43. If festivals be the food of love…: There’s a cacophony of music festivals of all descriptions running throughout the year, and here’s a collection off the top of our head in no particular order. If any make your beat-bone bang faster then make a bee-line to it for either this year or, if you’ve missed it, next (and if there are any we haven’t got, let us know!): Lemonfest, Chagstock, Ivylive, Beautiful Days, Aeon, Lapstock, Barbican Jazz and Blues Festival, Teignmouth Folk Festival, North Devon Festival, Budleigh Salterton Festival of Music and Drama, Sidmouth Folk Week, Bideford Folk Festival, Dartmoor Folk Festival, Teignmouth Jazz Festival
44. A little horse: Dartmoor and Exmoor or home to ponies, and although once thought to be related, they are now known not to be. Dotted along the seemingly inhospitable countryside, the ponies have been used on the moors for centuries – with the Dartmoor pony bones being found in chamber tombs from the Neolithic Revolution – 3,500BC. Although living wild (please bear that in mind and don’t feed them), the ponies are in fact owned with markets taking place in autumn after the pony drifts – where they are herded together and separated by ownership
45. Big horses: There’s a strong equestrian tradition running through Devon, and it is an excellent place to ride. There are bridle routes (you have to log into the national bridleway site to find them), and there are trekking holidays you can undertake to enjoy riding and the countryside all in one. For a few ideas of where to go, canter over to the Devon horse riding site.
46. Put up or shut up: As you would expect golfing in Devon can be a rewarding experience from the links type courses in areas of outstanding beauty, like Dawlish Warren, to Teignmouth golf course, designed by the man behind Augusta National, Dr Alister MacKenzie. For a full list of golf courses, take a swing at the Golf in… Devon site
47. Get reading! Devon has largely been untouched by the attacks on the library service that places like Somerset has undergone, and it has a vibrant and exciting library service with plenty of activities. Newton Abbot Community Library is undergoing a refurbishment to its famous building as it transforms into a Library and Learning centre. Open the page on your local library in Devon, Torbay or Plymouth
48. Get spooked! Along with the myths and legends of Devon there’s an ectoplasm of ghost stories and sightings with fading monks, sobbing children, and even ghosts raising a glass. Find out more at the Paranormal database site, and maybe go hunting for your own.
49. Brewing up a storm: Forge Brewery at Hartland, Bideford offers a tour of its brewery; as does Otter, in Honiton, Bays in Paignton; Big Sheep, in Bideford; Red Rock, in Teignmouth and Tuckers Maltings in Newton Abbot, one of the few floor maltings in the country, which supplies more than 30 breweries in the South West also opens its doors to those interested in the fine art of making beer.
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