Date for the Diary: Christmas Fayre in Lynmouth


Anyone not yet into the Christmas spirit should head for the Christmas Fayre at Lynmouth on Sunday 11 December from 10am to 4pm where a host of delights will await them.

The National Park Centre team at the Lynmouth Pavilion ran a similar event in a small way last year which was so successful that more and more people wanted to be involved so this year there will be 15 stalls inside the Centre including arts, crafts, books, pottery, woodcraft items, jewellery and other seasonal items. In addition to these, a further 15 market stalls will be open along the Esplanade outside selling food, Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths, the contents of a seaside gift shop which will be sold in aid of Unicef, a scout stall, calendars, artisan items and a host of Christmas items.

Inside the Pavilion there will also be an elf workshop where children can make a Christmas tree decoration for free; they can also make a Christmas card in a competition that will be judged by Suzette Hibbert, Mayor of Lynton & Lynmouth, later in the afternoon.

Santa will be on hand and children are welcome to come and pay him a visit – the numbers able to do this are limited so places will need to be booked by phoning the Dining Room on 01598 753484 prior to the day. There will be plenty more to see and do with Lyntones Ladies’ choir singing seasonal songs at 11am and 2pm, plus face painting for a donation to Children’s Hospice, a raffle for a £75 Christmas hamper kindly donated by Marsden Devon Cottages who are also sponsoring the event, and a special festive menu in the Dining Room. 

National Park Centre Manager Dave Wilde said: “Entry is free so everyone is invited to come along and sample the special Christmas atmosphere. All this is in addition to the normal National Park Centre retail area where there are local books, jewellery, art items, Exmoor Christmas Cards and other local items for sale.

“Proceeds from the raffle and the £5 hire fee for the stalls and market stalls outside are all going to CareMoor for Exmoor* – especially to support the Dormice boxes appeal.”

For further information please call the National Park Centre at Lynmouth on 01598 752509.

Photo: Lynmouth Pavilion by Ken Blakey 

An Inspiring Day of Environmental Games and Activities

Posted on 12 December, 2013 by 

Friday 7 February – 10:00-15:30

This day is designed for people who would like to know more volunteering with Exmoor National Park and its partners to support  education and outreach work with the National Park.DSCF2474

You will be able to visit the Lynmouth Pavilion, explore with the Moorland Classroom, develop new activities for 2014 and hear more about volunteering with the National Park team over a roll and a bowl of soup

Location/start point: The Pavilion, The Esplanade, Lynmouth, EX35

Places are limited, booking essential. To book please visit

Click here to download the PDF poster for this event.

For further information, contact David Rolls, Moorland Education and Outreach Officer, Heart of Exmoor Project on: or 07875 565823

Evenings @ ThePavilion – and more

A fortnightly series of evening talks will be starting at the new Lynmouth Pavilion, kicking off with Julian Gurney on Thursday 9 January, showing his wonderful photos and talking about his coastal work as Head Ranger for the National Trust.

Following that is astronomy enthusiast from Porlock, Matt Morris, talking about the Dark Skies of Exmoor, on Thursday 23 January, again 7pm at Lynmouth Pavilion. Telescopes will be set up outside for star gazing if weather permits.

Louise Reynolds, Lynmouth Pavilion Project heritage officer says: “We also have an exciting range of talks in February including an archaeological romp through the parish of Lynton and Lynmouth by Exmoor National Park’s conservation manger Rob Wilson-North: From Hoaroak to Hollerday Hill on Thursday 6 February, and fishing enthusiast Wayne Thomas from Combe Martin will be entertaining us with amazing images as we ‘Glimpse into North Devon’s Angling Past’ on Thursday 20 February.”

Evenings@ThePavilion, 7pm every other Thursday, all welcome.

And more…

On Saturday 11 January Frances Harrison delights us all with her Dark Starry Skies Story Cafe – come and enjoy local stories about Exmoor’s night sky and what it meant to people of the past. There is an opportunity for the audience to add their own stories and poems if they wish. Astronomical refreshments (along a starry theme) are available throughout. Families are encouraged to come along – 3pm-5pm at Lynmouth Pavilion.

Sunday 12January sees the first of a few folk evenings ‘Moor Music Sessions’ which will alternate between the Blue Ball Inn at Countisbury and the Exmoor Forest Inn at Simonsbath. The first one is at the Blue Ball Inn, 8pm on Sunday 12 January – a celebration of local music and song. Musicians, singers and audience welcome!

A fortnightly morning art group aimed at families and children will be starting at Lynmouth Pavilion on 18 January – 10am-12.30, run by a local Lynton artist and volunteers. Please phone 01598 752509 for more details and to book (space is limited so booking is essential). Trial period for 4 sessions – if they go well then the group will continue.

Photo by Peter Duckett

Photo by Peter Duckett





Media Release: Lynmouth Pavilion opens this Thursday

enpaBoost for Lynmouth

The North Devon coastal town of Lynmouth will receive a major boost when the new Lynmouth Pavilion is officially opened this Thursday (17 October 2013) after less than twelve months of construction work.

Andrea Davis, Chairman of Exmoor National Park Authority, who was instrumental in securing substantial funding from Devon County Council will open the £1.2 million Pavilion building. The project to replace the old 1930s Pavilion, which was beyond repair, was jointly funded and led by Exmoor National Park Authority.

Miss Davis said: “The funding we received from Devon County Council’s ‘Invest in Devon’ scheme has enabled this amazing state of the art attraction to come about which will benefit tourism and businesses in Lynton and Lynmouth and the wider Exmoor area for years to come.”

On the ground floor, the National Park Centre is a learning and experience hub which will help local people and visitors understand more about Exmoor National Park. The Pavilion has been designed to have a mix of high tech and more traditional exhibits with everything from a large touch screen table and ipads to the traditional seaside photo board.  A short film, which has been specially commissioned for the Centre, offers new, aerial views of Exmoor National Park and will run in the audio theatre offering people a different view of Exmoor and encouraging them to explore further.

On the top floor is a new café run by a local Lynmouth business with exhibition space available which will change throughout the year. Also upstairs is the new home of the HLF-funded Lynmouth Pavilion Project aimed at uncovering local heritage and displaying it for all to enjoy. The Project will also work with schools and  colleges in the area and will be recruiting and training volunteers.

Chris Spear, area director at Morgan Sindall said: “We are delighted to have been involved with the rebuilding of the iconic pavilion.  The new year round facility will be entirely beneficial to Exmoor National Park and the local community.  The opening is the perfect way to celebrate the work achieved in the rebuilding of Lynmouth Pavilion.”