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Packpony Routes, Dartmoor Ponies And The 100 Mile Challenge

A long winding march across the Moor

On Friday 23rd October 2015, Dru Butterfield of the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust, Paul Rendell, moorland guide and Sam Goodwin of ‘Dartmoor Pony and Pack’ with his ponies Billy and Jasmine, completed a real ‘first’ in the UK; a fundraising 100-mile Challenge walking across Dartmoor, one of the toughest environments in the UK. They were celebrating the role of the Dartmoor pony, critical to the livelihood

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Isles of Scilly offering packaged holidays for Germans

In an exciting development promoting overseas tourism on the Isles of Scilly, Urlaub Cornwall the Truro based marketing company, are offering the first packaged holidays for Germans visitors to the islands  ( ) in partnership with a large German tour operator Thoba Reisen based in Oberammergau. Holidaymakers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland are Cornwall’s most important inbound tourism market.

Announcing the new venture Niall MacDougall, managing

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Peninsula Rail Task Force’s On Track for South West Rail Network

On Track sets out the vision for the peninsula and the first steps needed to achieve the programme of work, which will improve the network over the next 20 years.

Chair of the Peninsula Rail Task Force, Councillor Andrew Leadbetter said: “We have been campaigning and pressing the Government to deliver a programme of improvement for the South West rail network, creating greater resilience, faster journey times

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Cornwall: Surfing for Beginners


As the weather begins to heat up and Britons flock to the great outdoors in their thousands, there is no better time – or excuse – to get outside and discover a new sport or hobby. The benefits of finding a new sport to enjoy can make a huge difference to your life.

Getting involved in outdoor activities can have a positive impact on both your mental

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60 Years of Craft-Guild Exhibition at Riverside Mill in Bovey Tracey

Devon Guild

2015 is a landmark year – the 60th birthday of Devon Guild of Craftsmen. So this year’s annual summer exhibition of work by Members is a special one. It is not only festive, but also reflects – on local craft heritage and how making is changing.



From humble origins, the Guild has grown from  a small group of craftspeople who held a yearly show in places round

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New Arrivals Humboldt’s Penguin Chicks at Paradise Park Cornwall

Penguin chicks

Staff at Paradise Park in Hayle Cornwall are delighted to have baby Humboldt’s Penguin chicks.


Humboldt’ Penguin chicks Aurora and Miski and Keeper Oliver Frost


Curator David Woolcock said “These two wonderful little characters are proving very popular with visitors. They are now ten weeks old and have been given the Peruvian names ‘Miski’ and ‘Aurora’. They eat around 200g of fresh fish a day, and are being

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Join Eat Drink Bristol Fashion for Festival Fun in Chew Valley this August

valley fest

Join Eat Drink Bristol Fashion at Valley Fest 2015 and see out the summer in style!




From 28-30 August, an organic farm overlooking Chew Valley Lake near Bristol will be transformed into a festival that celebrates music, food and all things wonderful…





Tickets on sale at

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Paradise Park’s Live Webcam Watched Twin Red Panda Cubs Birth

The first photo of the twin Red Panda cubs

Staff at Paradise Park are thrilled at the birth of twin Red Pandas, which many staff were able to watch live on the Parks new webcam. Click here to view

Director Alison Hales comments “For the first time this year we have sound on our webcam, and it is proving fascinating and helping us understand what is going on in the den. The webcam is on

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Boutique Retreats new properties and summer availability



Boutique Retreats – a collection of over 60 highly sophisticated self-catering properties across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire and the Cotswolds – introduces several striking new properties.

Plus, there’s still availability – albeit limited – over the summer months throughout the portfolio – take a look!

Whether you’re looking for a long weekend away or a full week’s holiday, there are bijou cottages for two, large properties sleeping

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Lyme Regis Mackerel Festival 2015

Lyme Regis Mackerel Festival – Dorset from £90 pp at the Alexandra

Fresh seafood, fishing and family-friendly seaside activities are at the heart of the Lyme Regis Mackerel Festival (4-6 September).

Championed by local celebrity chef Mark Hix, the festival showcases the plentiful fish and seafood harvest of Lyme Bay. Aside from the obvious mouth-watering mackerel feasts, fishy-focused events include mackerel fishing competitions, cookery demonstrations and cook-offs between

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