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Devonshire February March 17

Devon's Countryside, Wildlife, History and Events

DEVONSHIRE

DEVONSHIRE www.devonshiremagazine.co.uk LARGEST CIRCULATION COUNTY MAGAZINE FOR DEVON ADVERTISING nspector GOLD award www.advertisinginspector.co.uk/ glossy-a4-magazine-devon/ COMPARE LOCAL ADVERTISING The Devon family This issue we enjoy an intriguing journey through the fascinating history of Courtenay family (see p22) peopled with kings, conquerors, knights and princesses, since arriving in Devon 850 years ago. Visitors to Powderham Castle beside the Exe estuary will be able to hear these stories first hand when the Castle opens again on 1st April 2017. CONTRIBUTORS Nigel Jones, John Fisher, Helen Mulvaney, Ken Watson, Janet East, Christopher Taylor, Averil Quinain, Natalie Bucklar, Gill Heavens and Richard Woodward. OFFICE 01395 513383 letterbox@devonshiremagazine.co.uk Beech Royd, 6 Bennetts Hill, Sidmouth EX10 9XH Production: Charlotte Fergie charlotte@devonshiremagazine.co.uk Sales: Hannah Trim hannah@devonshiremagazine.co.uk Peak circulation over 20,000+ magazines (audited & guaranteed). 900 ABC1 type outlets, see Google outlet map: http://bit.ly/K7JN4E ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION UK £16 OVERSEAS FROM £22 MAGAZINE ISSUES Feb, April, June, Aug, Oct, Dec. DEVONSHIRE Devon’s Countryside, Wildlife, History and Events Hugh Courtenay - Exeter Cathedral The augury is good Devonians are due a memorable year! Perhaps I’m not on my own here, but all the signs seem to point to a busy, vibrant and buoyant year ahead for us Devonians. It’s difficult to put a finger on it, but all directions indicate optimism and progress. In terms of one of Devon’s major industries, namely tourism, the outlook is particularly bright, for obvious reasons I suppose. Holidaying in Britain is experiencing a major revival. I always consider the months of February and March to be the proverbial lull before the storm so to speak. Here at Devonshire magazine, once the hedgerows start to green up, it’s all systems go, particularly with our What’s On platform HubCast - incidentally a totally reworked mobile version is due for launch shortly - important, as half of HubCast traffic is mobile. named Valley of the Rocks. I remember last year driving down the precipitous lanes running alongside in a westerly direction - how I managed not to prang the car is a mystery, the tracks are so narrow and rough! At Lifton in West Devon, you may or may not have heard of Dingles, which is a fairground heritage centre (see page 20). It’s owned and FEB & MAR 17 LARGEST CIRCULATION DEVON GLOSSY - ADVERTISING INSPECTOR GOLD AWARD £3 WHERE SOLD 4 hubcast Massive listings from across Devon Ansteys Cove, Torquay © Nigel Jones DISCLAIMER The publishers of this magazine are not responsible for any costs, loss or damage suffered by any person, persons, or company as a result of any advertisement or article in this magazine. Adverts are accepted on the understanding that descriptions of goods and services are fair and accurate. All artwork is accepted on the strict condition that permission has been given by the owner for use in this publication. The opinions and comments expressed are purely those of the originators. We do not endorse any products or services advertised within this magazine. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that information is correct, the publishers take no responsibility for any errors or omissions. Any person or persons undertaking the circular walk featured within this publication does so entirely at their own risk. If you take children or dogs on the walk, they will require supervision. We strongly advise that prior to travelling to any of the events listed in our What's On sections, that you call the event organisers to check that the event is running at the times and dates specified. COPYRIGHT All material within this magazine are subject to copyright. Excepting adverts, all images within the magazine are copyright to N.Jones unless otherwise specified. BOOST YOUR EVENT PROMOTION EastDevon NorthDevon West Dorset SouthDevon Dartmoor North Dorset hubcast MidDevon Exeter East Dorset .co.u k hubcast.co.uk/ WestDevon Sidmouth In this issue we are delighted to take you on a journey with one of Devon’s most historic and illustrious families - the Courtenays, otherwise known as the Earl and Countess of Devon. Whether you’ve heard of the Courtenay family or not, you’ll no doubt be aware of their ancestral home, Powderham Castle. We also pay a visit to the wondrous Finch Foundry at Sticklepath, which is in the hands of National Trust. If you haven’t visited already, I can tell you it provides an insight into a particularly unique aspect of the 19th century metalworking industry. I’d also mention that round the back there are lovely gardens with refreshments available as well as delightful walks along the river Taw. Finch Foundry is undoubtedly one of Devon’s treasures. Last year I spent an enjoyable day milling around Lynton and Lynmouth - we bring you a glimpse of this fascinating area in this issue of the magazine (page 72). We’re due to revisit this year for a photographic expedition along the coastline, particularly the grandly Industrial paraphernalia at Finch Foundry, Sticklepath run by the Fairground Heritage Trust and is a great place to take the family, both to re-live some of the nostalgia of your youth and also treat the kids to many of their great fairground rides. It’s all under cover, so great for February half-term holidays and onwards when the weather can be difficult. Wishing you all the best Nigel Jones (Editor) @DevonshireMag

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