Explore the Coast and "Country" Side of Bideford
|Copyright Notice||"Great" Day out in Torrington|
|Rosemoor Scents and Sensibility|
Garden brochure promises you will be "spellbound by the spectacular
display of 2,000 roses to stir your senses" and June is the perfect
time to see those famous roses in all their stunning glory. The photos featured
were taken on a hot sultry day in June 2009. (Read
Scents and Sensibility on the North Devon Focus blogspot).
The garden, donated to the RHS by Lady Anne Berry in 1988, nestles
in a sheltered wooded valley and covers 65 acres in all including the Arboretum
and surrounding woodland. In additon to Lady Ann's original gardens you
will see a variety of settings including a Wild Flower Meadow and a Lake.
The quintessential English Cottage Garden abounds with traditional English
flowers, climbers, shrub roses and flowering bushes cascade along the winding
circular paths. Rosemoor is now licensed to hold Civil Weddings and Civil
Partnership Ceremonies so this area makes for a truly romantic setting.
The aptly named Wisteria Room at Rosemoor House is open for tea and coffee.
One picture perfect garden follows another as you stroll through formal
borders culminating in an explosion of colour and fragrance as you reach
the Queen Mother's Rose Garden. A new attraction for 2009 was "The
Brash" a pretty picnic area on the edge of the woods where the kids
can have a fun time spotting birds and learning about beetles and badgers.
There are events running throughout the year including Family Fun Days in
August. The layout and easy access makes it enjoyable for all, there are
lots of benches in strategic places for those wishing to take a breather
or merely admire the view. Great Torrington, a delightful, thriving
market town is perched high above Rosemoor and the Torridge Valley. The
"Cavalier" town is at the heart of "Tarka Country" and
is famous for its historical association with the English Civil War, specifically
the Battle of Great Torrington in 1646. The Black Horse Inn, reputed to
be the oldest pub in North Devon was said to have been the headquarters
of General Fairfax and Lord Hopton. In addition to the local businesses
and craft workshops in Torrington Pannier Market, the individual style shops
span out in and around the main square where Torrington May Fair has been
held since 1554. The Plough offers an exciting programme of events and celebrated
35 years as an arts centre in 2010. While you are here make sure
you visit Dartington Crystal, learn about the 40 years of history at the
Audio Visual Theatre, watch the expert Master Engraving and live Studio
Glassmaking demonstrations. Torrington Cavaliers are famous for their
giant themed Bonfires. HMS Victory Bonfire 2005 was a spectacular event
attended by over 20,000 spectators who helped to raise over £70,000
for local charities.
Useful Links: Torrington TIC, RHS Garden Rosemoor, Torrington 1646, The Plough Arts Centre - Dartington Crystal - Torrington Cavaliers - We hope you enjoy a "Great" day out in Torrington.
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