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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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New Devon based Daffy-down-dilly’s Online Sweet Emporium


The nation is set to get that little bit sweeter as Devon based confectionery shop Daffy-down-dilly throws open the doors of its online emporium. Located in the seaside town of Sidmouth, the award winning family owned business has grown in leaps and bounds since opening in 2014. Now, the owners are ecstatic to launch a brand new website featuring over 300 types of confectionery. From

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New Stone Avenue found at UNESCO World Heritage Site

New Silbury Avenue

A remarkable new Stone Avenue has been located by photographic evidence at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avebury in Wiltshire. Previously, two other Stone Avenues known as the ‘West Kennet Avenue’ and the ‘Beckhampton Avenue’ are known to archaeologists as they still have some of the massive stones that line these avenues present, but this new Avenue was never thought to exist.

Robert John Langdon, an

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