Published: 23rd October, 2017
Say goodbye to summer…and hello to autumn. After Kingsbridge In Bloom garnered its fourth consecutive win, our town centre has been transformed into a vast array of incredible colour; violet shades and vibrant scarlets – Kingsbridge is certainly an eye-catching display for both citizens and visitors alike. But there’s more to South Devon than its outstanding natural beauty. The area is ‘fall to the bloom’ of events in which you can attend this Autumn.
The Autumn Arts Trail organised by the South Hams Arts Forum, spanning the 14th to the 29th October can provide entertainment for anyone creatively inclined. With 60 artists and 18 workshops, you’re sure to find yourself inspired wherever you may go, be it nearby in Loddiswell where you can also check out their additional “Art Under Glass” exhibition, or further away in Ivybridge where jewellery is made inspired from every-day objects. For the painters, creators, sculptors or those who need some inspiration, the Arts Trail is a necessity when it comes to getting motivated and inspired. The Kingsbridge Information Centre has programmes on this if you choose to drop in. There is also a digital version online at on the South Hams Art Forum's website.
With Halloween on our heels, Crealy certainly appears to be getting into the holiday spirit with fun for all the family, including free pumpkins (you can carve them too!) and an appearance from our favourite mystery-solving pooch, Scooby Doo. If you’re into wildlife, there’s an eerie bug show, but if you’re more of an inside person, then perhaps the creaky hotel will make you feel right at home. With fireworks and trick or treating, it’s sure to be a blast, especially for those who want to get a little spooky with the family. Crealy’s Halloween week spans the 21st to the 29th October, and you can find more information on their website.
There are also family days on the horizon, especially if you're feeling creative. The Cookworthy Museum is holding one on Thursday 26th October from 10:30 am to 4 pm, with children's activities and demos to keep you busy, along with some refreshments. Attendance is free for children and costs only £1 for adults - what a bargain! If you’re looking to have some fun and not spend your savings for Christmas, then a trip to the museum is in order! More information can be found on the website.
Kingsbridge's Wildlife Watch Programme have recently released their exciting Autumn and Winter booklet, including "Tremendous Trees" which will be taking place in Andrew's Wood, located just off the Loddiswell-California Cross road, on Saturday 18th November from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. One of Devon's Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves, Andrew’s Wood is the perfect place to learn about types of trees and enjoying oneself out in nature. It’s bound to be a chilly experience, but there's no need to worry about getting cold since the event will be followed by a fire and some creative activities. So if you'd like to feel a lot warmer inside this autumn, then perhaps The Wildlife Watch Programme is something to investigate. If you're planning on attending a session, then please email Claire at [email protected] as soon as you can to get involved or for some more information.
For those who want to relax this autumn, then Lukesland Gardens and Tea Rooms might be a more suitable location. The Gardens will be open for exploring between 8th October and 12th November, on Sundays and Wednesdays from 11 am to 5 pm. So if you're looking forward to seeing those gardens in its autumnal beauty, then heading to Ivybridge would be a good idea. You're sure to enjoy the sights and smells of nature, along with a good old cup of tea and a delicious soup or slice of cake.
There's sure to be hundreds of other events in the area of South Hams, especially when it comes to embracing the Autumn spirit. You'll be sure to find something that suits you if you look a little further. If you'd like to know about any other events, then feel free to head on down to your local Tourist Information Centre or see the Whats On pages of the website here. For the busy, never fear! Seeing Kingsbridge in Bloom is bound to take your breath away even when you're occupied. Regardless of your plans for the autumn season, enjoy trick or treating, sipping at a pumpkin spiced latte, or seeing Kingsbridge in all of its glory before winter makes an appearance. Now, I don't know about you, but I have some events to look forward to!
This article was written by Ben Turner, a twenty-one year old living in the South Hams area. He aspires to be an author and photographer, with a passion for exploring nature, media, and the creative arts.