5 of the Best Local Experiences…

5 of the best things to do in Devon this year

When you purchase a residential park home, it’s always important to know what’s available in the local area.  Below we’ve listed just a few of the best things to do in Devon this year – all being just a short drive from Otter Valley Park!

Thelma Hulbert Gallery

The Thelma Hulbert Gallery encourages people of all ages to get creative. As well as a gallery full of stunning art, there is so much more at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery. From a dedicated learning room to workshops and much more, there’s something for everyone

One of the great things about the gallery is the art you create, you can choose to take it home or you have the option to display it in the gallery for others to admire. The gallery combines traditional and modern art and something is sure to capture your eye!

Whilst at the gallery, be sure to check out the cafe which is situated within the beautiful Georgian building. Thelma Hulbert Gallery combines contemporary art, beautiful gardens and traditional teas and cakes…

Alpaca Trekking

Yes, you read that right!  If you love the outdoors and animals, the Alpaca Trekking with Bearhouse Alpacas is a fantastically different experience for you. The working alpaca farm is not far from the seaside resort of Sidmouth and is situated in an area of outstanding beauty.

However, there are not just alpacas the farm is host to!  You can find many other animals such as angora goats, horses, ducks and geese, so there’s lots to see on your visit to the farm. The experienced staff will tell you everything you need to know about alpacas, including of course their amazing fluffy fleeces.

The team at the farm will take you on an alpaca trek around the tracks and bridleways near to the farm and you’ll be allowed to handle these beautiful animals.

Just a short 10 minute drive away, there’s no reason not to go!

The Donkey Sanctuary

Another one for the animal lovers!  You may be surprised to learn that donkeys are in a major crisis across the world, so this is where The Donkey Sanctuary comes in.

Based near to Sidmouth, the registered charity provides sanctuary to suffering donkeys and mules from around the globe.

You’ll be able to see the amazing work the charity carries out free of charge, however, it is advisable that you be respectful of their privacy when required, as some of these animals are still recovering from their previous homes.

Dogs are more than welcome at the sanctuary as long as they are on a lead. The donkeys are the sanctuary arrive for a number of reasons such as health reasons, companionship, or if the owners’ circumstances have changed.

Gifts and meals are also available and will help support the sanctuary.

Burrow Farm Gardens

Burrow Farm Gardens is just shy of 10 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and have been created from scratch over the last 50 years.

Owner Mary Benger has tamed the garden over the years and created a space of pure botanical beauty.  The gardens are perfect for anyone wanting to enjoy a peaceful day out, from fascinating woodland gardens to adventurous Pergold walkways, the gardens are simply breathtaking. The gardens have continued to expand over years with new features being added regularly!

The gardens are dog-friendly, however animals must be kept on a lead at all times. Don’t forget to check out the nursery while you’re there and buy some beautiful plants to spruce up your residential home! The quaint tea room offers a selection of cakes and cream teas to enjoy whilst you are visiting too.

Beer Quarry Caves

Without the Beer Quarry Caves, we wouldn’t have Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle and The Tower of London. Without this location and the links it created, these historic buildings just wouldn’t exist!

You’ll be able to visit the entire site and see the beautiful stone which the buildings listed above were created of.  With years of tunneling, the quarry has now become a series of amazing underground caves.

You’ll be led through the tunnel by an expert who knows all about the tunnels and their history.  From the Romans through to the Normans, you’ll be able to see each excavation technique and it will feel like you’re walking back in time…

So, are you thinking of moving to a residential park home in Devon?  Get in touch with us today to book your viewing and find your perfect home at Otter Valley Park!

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