1. Get Kinky! Or rather get Kinky and Quirky, Devon’s own burlesque evening. With events in Torquay or Exeter, the Kinky and Quirky team offer that extra edge of naughty glamour in the South Devon area.
2. Go With the Wind: Vivien Leigh’s Scarlett O’Hara dress resides in Topsham museum, and it’s only one of the wealth of off-beat interests that Devon’s treasure trove museums hold. Computers were born with Babbage in Totnes, the epic/tragic story of Donald Crowhurst is told in Teignmouth and in Newton Abbot you can even play with railway points. But those are just a few of the museums and jewels that are around, for often free exploration. Find out more on the Devon Museums site.
3. Moor friends: The moors are open, dramatic, beautiful and breath-taking, and Devon’s blessed with two: Dartmoor and Exmoor. They’re so vast, knowing where to start can sometimes be confusing. Start at the official sites: Dartmoor National Park and Exmoor National Park (the more experienced walker can get some inspiration from the walks on the PRSD)
4. Zoo-topia: Popping to the zoo is something that is sometimes put off till tomorrow, but in Devon it’s something that you can do today. The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust runs Paignton Zoo and the bird santuary Living Coasts in Torquay. Just down the coast is the Shaldon Wildlife Trust. And high on the moor, and with a touch of Hollywood is Dartmoor Zoo, the subject of Hollywood film, We Bought a Zoo staring Matt Damon (to be released at Christmas 2011).
5. Going underground: Medieval passages snake beneath Exeter city centre, and although they were dug in the 14th and 15th centuries for the laudable reason of bringing fresh drinking water to the city, there’s still a mysterious fascination with going underground in the only city in the UK to have such structures.
6. Get crabby: Devon crab is widely thought to be the best in the world – there’s even a crab festival each year in the first week of August. It’s not just eating the tasty delicacy that’s recommended, you can also drop a line yourself (we reckon using a pincer movement, a la the A-Team, would be the most successful), places like the River Shack Cafe, on Stoke Gabriel’s Quay sells crabbing gear, for example. And if you’re feeling expert, there’s an annual crabbing competition on Appledore Quay in North Devon in August. To find out how to cook, catch and even where to buy, scurry along to the South Devon Crab website.
7. Train to gain: Devon boasts some of the most beautiful railway journeys in the country. The line from Exeter to Newton Abbot is often dramatic, running as it does next to the sea (it’s the most expensive line in the country to maintain), but across the estuary, the route to Exmouth is equally a picturesque and a little calmer to boot. If you want something a bit more traditional there are steam railways in operation: the South Devon railway; the Dartmouth line; and Linton and Barnstaple line.
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