Local Events on Exmoor 2019-04-03T16:45:08+01:00

Events on Exmoor

2nd April – 6th MayMinehead Literary Festival Art Exhibition, at the Regal Theatre and Toucan Wholefoods to celebrate Minehead Literary Festival, which takes place at Minehead Methodist Hall on Saturday April 27. The art exhibition focuses on the importance of place, the theme of the literary festival, and features work by accomplished local artists Jo Minoprio, Leo Davey and Pauline Clyde, who are well known for capturing a strong sense of place in their depiction of local scenes.

3rd April  Bats Castle Guided Walk, Dunster National Park Centre, booking essential, free but donations welcomed for Caremoor for Exmoor, 11am

4th April Flavours of Spring Tasting Menu, Dunkery Beacon Hotel, join Head Chef and proprietor John Bradley for a ‘Flavours of Spring’ 5 course Tasting Dinner in the award-winning Coleridge restaurant, Price £45pp (includes a £5 donation to CareMoor) call 01643 841241 to book

5th April  Discover Porlock Marsh Guided Walk, Porlock Visitor Centre, booking essential, free but donations welcomed for Caremoor for Exmoor, 10.30am

6th – 25th April  Dunster Castle,  Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt: a rabbit’s tale, Bunny is back and this year he’s brought some friends along with him. Hear the tales of famous rabbits throughout literature, solve the clues and claim your Cadbury chocolate prize at the end, £2.50 in addition to the normal entry fee.  Have a go archery and pistol shooting on selected dates (minimum ages apply).

7th April Lambing Talk at Horner Farm, meet Holly and Mark the tenant farmers and hear all about lambing time and meet the newborn lambs. An opportunity to get a peak inside the barn doors and hear tales from the farm. Meet at the farm gate in Horner National Trust car park at 12pm.

8th – 18th April Rosemoor RHS Garden, Torrington, Easter trail around the garden plus crafty activities with creative workshops (11am & 2pm) for children to get imaginative and make crafts they can take home to show to their family and friends. Activities:
*Monday 8 April and 15 April: Eggy Sheep
*Tuesday 9 April and 16 April: Rabbit Headband
*Wednesday 10 April and 17 April: Foxy Hands
*Thursday 11 April and 18 April: Mole in a Hole
Friday 12 April: Easter Cones

9th April Discover Exmoor National Park, find out what makes Exmoor such a special place and why it is a National Park. This 2 hour session will start with a quick presentation looking at some of Exmoor’s wildlife, history and landscapes, followed by a shortish walk to have a look. This is an introductory event that is suitable for anyone who would like to know a bit more about our National Park, and perhaps find out how to get more involved, 10am, booking essential, free but donations requested for Caremoor for Exmoor, 10.30am

10th April  Hidden Dunster Guided Walk, join local walk leader on a stroll around Dunster, taking in sites of historical interest and hidden parts to the village, free but booking essential, donations for Caremoor for Exmoor, 11am

10th April  Lorna Doone Safari, to celebrate 150 years since R.D. Blackmore’s novel was published, book a place on a special ‘Lorna Doone’ Landrover safari. Pass through the beautiful Doone country, and visit St Mary’s Church in Oare, Badgworthy Water and Robber’s Bridge. Sit back and enjoy the fascinating commentary which brings the book to life, booking essential, 01643 863150

13th April  Easter Egg Hunt, Porlock Methodist Church Garden, 10.30-11.30am, free

13th April  Flora and Fauna of the East Lyn walk, guided walk with a National Trust Ranger and National Park representative on the history and Flora/Fauna of the East Lyn to Watersmeet, noon, booking essential on 01598 752509, £7.50 to include a cream tea.

14th April  Exmoor Pony Centre – April Activity Day, pony rides, grooming, crafts, min age for riding 4yrs

15th April  West Exmoor Webfoot Walk, a real moorland walk with some historical interest. We will start at Goat Hill Bridge and go via Pinkery Pond, Wood Barrow, Saddle Stone, Shallowford, North Furzehill, Hoaroak, Exe Head and Chains Barrow back to the start point, 10 miles.

16th April  Moor Movies, Winsford, Stan and Ollie, story of Stan and Ollie’s farewell tour of Britain & Ireland with Steve Cougan, 7.30pm

17th April Haddon Hill Big Adventure, Join the adventure! Come and explore the natural world with family games and activities lasting all day. Experience the stunning views and open skies of Exmoor’s moorland here on Haddon Hill. Please wear outdoor clothing and suitable footwear. No need to book, free but donations to Caremoor for Exmoor please, 10am-4pm

19th April  Easter Egg Hunt & Easter Fayre, Cutcombe First School, Wheddon Cross, 11.30am

21st April  Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Fun Day

23rd April Guided walk – The Lower Plants of Exmoor’s Temperate Rainforests, Exmoor’s woodland is part of the ‘temperate rainforest’—a rare and internationally important habitat found in western coastal and upland Britain. These forests, also known as Atlantic woodlands, are ideal habitats for lower plants including ferns, mosses and lichens, 10am-1pm

23rd April  Hidden Porlock, guided walk, 10.15am-12.15pm, book on 01643 863150

25th AprilGuided walk – Porlock Marsh, from Bossington village over Porlock Marsh, to Porlock Weir, and then back for lunch at The Top Ship in Porlock via the woodland path and gardens through West Porlock, 9.30am-1pm

26th April  A Star is Born, Dulverton Films at the Town Hall, 7.30pm

30th April Guided walk – Landscape Restoration in Culbone Wood, follow the South West Coast Path from Ashley Combe to Culbone Church and back, looking at the surviving features of the Ada Lovelace era designed landscape and the work to help restore some of its features. We will also discover some of the earlier history and management of these fascinating coast woodlands, 10am-2pm

May

1st May Lynmouth Boat Trip, look fo rare nesting birds along Exmoor’s dramatic coastline west of Lynmouth with commentary from an Exmoor National Park Ranger. Booking essential 01598 752509, 3:45pm-5:15pm

3rd May, Caremoor for Exmoor Dining Club, Wonders of Exmoor: Spring, Locanda on the Weir, Porlock Weir, Celebrate the May Bank Holiday with an Italian twist – foraged flavours from the sea, forest, hills and the moors, savour the new season’s bounty, £45 pp (includes a £5 donation to CareMoor). Call 01643 863300 to book or czs@locadaontheweir.com

4th, 28th & 30th May Lorna Doone Walk, a walk up the Doone valley alongside the beautiful Badgeworthy water. Visit the R.D.Blackmore memorial stone and try climbing up the infamous waterslide that John Ridd scaled to meet Lorna Doone; continue through the pages of the novel, enjoying the spectacular scenery of this remote stretch of moorland. Booking essential: 01643 831759.

6th May – 21st June  Simonsbath Festival, music, arts, talks & walks with a launch event on Exford Village Green on May Day with maypole, tug of war, wellie tossing, teas & live music

11th & 12th May  Rosemoor RHS Garden, Torrington, Plant Heritage Spring Fair, 10am-3pm

11th & 12th May  Cowbridge Sawmill Open Day, Timberscombe, 11am – 4.30pm

17th, 18th, 19th May – Golden Horseshoe Ride, from Exford Showground, the UK’s oldest competitive endurance ride.

18th May  Ralegh’s Cross Mineral Line Long Walk, 7 miles visiting Beulah Chapel, the remains of the mining village, the winding house and down the incline, booking essential on 01398 323841, free

21st May  Discover Exmoor’s Invasive Species, Tarr Steps, booking essential 07973 727469

24th – 27th May  Dunster Festival, 11 concerts and events with affordable ticket prices from £10

25th May  Nettlecombe Church Fete at Nettlecombe Court TA4 4HT

25th & 26th May  Brendon Open Gardens Weekend, noon-5pm, lunches, teas, plants & bric a brac

25th May – 2nd June Rosemoor RHS Garden, Torrington, Get set grow – garden trail: explore Rosemoor in all its late-spring glory, find fabulous flowers, enjoy creative play with free drop-in craft workshops (11am & 2pm) and spot wonderful wildlife.

26th May  Porlock Duck Race, Sparkhayes Campsite, 2-6pm

29th May   The Nutcombe Bottom Big Adventure, come and explore the natural world with family games and activities lasting all day. Play in the woodland, make a den and search for mini-beasts. Please wear outdoor clothing and suitable footwear. A partnership event with the Forestry Commission, 10am-4pm, free but donations welcomed for Caremoor for Exmoor.

30th May  Lynmouth Seaside Safari, joint a National Park Ranger to discover who’s eating whom in the rock pools and what’s hiding where, meet Lymouth Pavilion, 11am-1pm

30th May  Exmoor Pony Centre Spring Activity Afternoon, riding (4yrs+), grooming, games, crafts etc

June

3rd & 18th June Lorna Doone Walk, a walk up the Doone valley alongside the beautiful Badgeworthy water. Visit the R.D.Blackmore memorial stone and try climbing up the infamous waterslide that John Ridd scaled to meet Lorna Doone; continue through the pages of the novel, enjoying the spectacular scenery of this remote stretch of moorland. Booking essential: 01643 831759.

6th JuneThe Lorna Doone Experience, meet at Lorna Doone Farm, with its ancient packhorse bridge and crossing ford, and walk up the Doone valley through pastures alongside the beautiful Badgeworthy water. You can visit the R.D.Blackmore memorial stone and try climbing up the infamous waterslide that John Ridd scaled to meet Lorna Doone. We then continue through the pages of the novel, finding the ruined medieval village where the outlawed Doone Clan hung out, and enjoying the spectacular scenery of this remote stretch of moorland. We will likely see  Exmoor ponies, now an endangered rare breed, and will have a good chance of spotting  Red deer,  particularly splendid with full antlers, in  the Autumn.  A picnic lunch will be provided. We know the places that inspired the story of Lorna Doone, and will safely guide you over some pretty remote country, so that you can confidently enjoy this beautiful landscape.  Please book via AirBnB Experiences, numbers limited to 8 guests.  This tour can also be privately arranged call 01643 831759.

5th June  Exmoor Park Ranger Experience, Step aboard a National Park Land Rover this summer with an Exmoor Ranger to experience a wild and hidden landscape!  6 hour experience with just 4 participants per date includes lunch and visits to hidden Exmoor.

9th June  Wimbleball Lake Open Day, have a go at a range of activities including; bushcraft, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing trips, archery, high ropes and roller zorbs. Face painting will also be available as well as giant games, a bouncy castle, family fun with Entertainingly Different.  Dog Show

15th June  The Canterbury Tales, Dulverton Town Hall, presented by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

19th June  Exmoor Park Ranger Experience, Step aboard a National Park Land Rover this summer with an Exmoor Ranger to experience a wild and hidden landscape!  6 hour experience with just 4 participants per date includes lunch and visits to hidden Exmoor.

21st – 23rd June Rose Weekend and Craft Market, RHS Rosemoor, Torrington

29th June Barbecue in the forest, nightjars and other creatures of the night with Wild About Exmoor, join us for a delicious home cooked barbecue with local produce from our farm, then walk out on to the common to see Exmoor’s wildlife come out at dusk….a magical experience! Meet in Dunster, booking essential 01643 831759

29th & 30th June  Dulverton Summer Festival celebrating all things Lorna Doone. Reenactments, Lorna Doone characters, children’s activities, film on Saturday, live music and Lorna Doone banquet on Sunday.

July

3rd & 17th July  Exmoor Park Ranger Experience, Step aboard a National Park Land Rover this summer with an Exmoor Ranger to experience a wild and hidden landscape!  6 hour experience with just 4 participants per date includes lunch and visits to hidden Exmoor.

14th & 20th July Lorna Doone Walk, a walk up the Doone valley alongside the beautiful Badgeworthy water. Visit the R.D.Blackmore memorial stone and try climbing up the infamous waterslide that John Ridd scaled to meet Lorna Doone; continue through the pages of the novel, enjoying the spectacular scenery of this remote stretch of moorland. Booking essential: 01643 831759.

16th July Barbecue in the forest, nightjars and other creatures of the night with Wild About Exmoor, join us for a delicious home cooked barbecue with local produce from our farm, then walk out on to the common to see Exmoor’s wildlife come out at dusk….a magical experience! Meet in Dunster, booking essential 01643 831759

30th July  Captain Coconut and his Amazing Bubble Show, RHS Rosemoor, Torrington

August

2nd August  The Lorna Doone Experience  see 6th June for details.

3rd & 4th August  Vintage & Classic Weekend, RHS Rosemoor, Torrington, eclectic range of classic cars, motorcycles, tractors, machinery over in the Lady Anne’s Garden from 10am–4pm, live music.

7th & 21st August  Exmoor Park Ranger Experience, Step aboard a National Park Land Rover this summer with an Exmoor Ranger to experience a wild and hidden landscape!  6 hour experience with just 4 participants per date includes lunch and visits to hidden Exmoor.

7th, 10th, 13th, 21st, 30th August  Lorna Doone Walk, a walk up the Doone valley alongside the beautiful Badgeworthy water. Visit the R.D.Blackmore memorial stone and try climbing up the infamous waterslide that John Ridd scaled to meet Lorna Doone; continue through the pages of the novel, enjoying the spectacular scenery of this remote stretch of moorland. Booking essential: 01643 831759.

11th – 18th August  Exmoor Pony Festival with different events:

  • 11th August  BBQ and Quiz at the Exmoor Pony Centre
  • 12th August  Guided walk with Tricia Gibson and Open Farm – join the Wescott family to meet their herds of ponies, deer and cattle
  • 13th August  Walk on Haddon Hill with pony experts
  • 14th August  Exmoor Pony Show Annual Breed Show at Exford Show
  • 15th August  Exmoor Pony Centre Activity Afternoon, pony rides, crafts, games & refreshments
  • 17th August  Fun Ride across Dunkery from Webbers Post
  • 18th August  Model Pony & Hobby Horse Show, Filleigh Village Hall

16th August  Dunster Show

17th August  Brompton Regis Horse Show and Gymkhana, all day

21st August  Magic Martin at RHS Rosemoor, Torrington

27th August  Captain Coconut and His Amazing Bubble Show, RHS Rosemoor, Torrington

31st August & 1st September  Autumn Artisan Food Fair, RHS Rosemoor, Torrington