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First ibises born in the UK at Exmoor Zoo!

If you’re planning on coming down to the gorgeous Devon countryside in October for the Two Moors Festival’s main two-week event (taking place between the 15th and the 25th), you should think about making more of a holiday of your trip down here and find some other Devon attractions to discover.

A trip to Exmoor Zoo would certainly be an excellent choice at the moment, because the very first ibises to be born in the UK – typically found in the highlands of southern Africa – now call the animal park home. These birds are particularly vulnerable, with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature especially concerned about their survival in the wild, with fewer than 2,000 breeding pairs in their natural habitat.

The zoo is open in the autumn from September 16th until November 2nd between 10:00 and 17:00, so you have plenty of time to go and have a look at the new arrivals while down in Devon for the Two Moors Festival.

Do let us know if you go and have a look at the birds, as well as all the other animals. There are over 600 for you to go and have a look at, so for a brilliant day out in between enjoying some amazing classical music, think about making a trip to the zoo.

To find out more about the Two Moors Festival and to order a brochure for the 2014 event, visit our website today.

6 weeks of heat for Devon!

Dare we say it? Is summer here? Well, it certainly seems as if it’s on its merry way, with the Met Office now predicting a six-week heatwave for Devon. Absolute bliss, if this is indeed the case!

If you are on holiday in Exmoor or Dartmoor over the next month and a half, you’re probably wondering what to get up to while in the area, so we thought we’d compile a list of brilliant activities to keep you busy and out and about in the sunshine.

1. Drake’s Trail

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Keep yourself active in the gorgeous Devon countryside by walking or cycling the Drake’s Trail, a network of routes between Tavistock and Plymouth that will take across the western edge of the region through wooded valleys and across open moorland. Points of interest include Crowndale Farm near Tavistock which is where Sir Francis Drake was born and the amazing Burrator Reservoir.

2. Tiverton Balloon Festival

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On between July 11th and 13th, the Tiverton Balloon Festival will see over 30 balloons take to the skies, with a fire and light show taking place on Friday and Saturday, choreographed to music along with a lantern procession and fire jugglers! There’s also the Devon Food Festival, bumper cars and a comedy night so you’ll find plenty to entertain you.

3. Go crabbing!

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One of the best ways to spend your time in Devon – whether you’re young or just young at heart – is to go crabbing. All you need to get to grips with this fantastic pastime is a bucket, a net, a crab line and some bait (we hear crabs are particularly partial to squid or bacon!), and there are some great places in south Devon to do so. Stoke Gabriel is a great choice, as is Dittisham where you can crab right off the pontoon along the River Dart, and Wembury, which Bill Oddie declared was his favourite place for rockpooling in the UK.

4. Wild swimming

Lots of water in Devon!
Lots of water in Devon!

Not an activity for the faint of heart, wild swimming has become increasingly popular in recent years, with lots of hardy folk taking to the rivers, lakes and waterfalls in the Devon countryside for a bit of a dip. If you fancy trying it out in a river, head to the woods and Double Waters where the Walkham and Tavy meet – it’s often quiet so you should be able to splash about in peace. There’s also a brilliant river pool in the woods near Castle Drogo that’s about 1.5m deep, with three plunge pools as well.

In the area? Pop along to Two Moors Festival HQ and say hello!