We’re off on holiday!

Posted by Lipglossiping On March - 25 - 2012

Today, I’m heading off to Devon for a week… hoping for continued sunshine and plenty of excuses for ice cream. We’re going to the classic English riviera that is Torquay before a couple of nights on the Northern edge of the county near Barnstaple.

photo credit: Mark Robinson

I usually plan my holidays with military precision (before letting it all go awry by the end of the first day) but I haven’t had time to do anything in advance of this one. I have no idea where we’ll go or what we’ll do. To be honest, that makes the control freak in me feel a little bit… antsy. If you have any suggestions, I’m all ears!

So far, all I plan on doing is pretending that I’m in a Famous Five book (I’m probably more Anne than George). I’m going to talk about “coves” a lot, eat many, many cream teas and hopefully take some photos to make me proud. If I remember my camera.

photo credit: Mark Robinson

I’m very excited, all recent holidays have involved more hectic breaks in London and whilst I’ll never get bored of exploring the city, it can get a little bit tiring with Leila in tow (for both of us).  We’ll have the car this week, and I’m literally sitting here grinning with excitement at the thought of all the sea air, beautiful views and unexplored terrain!  I bought a family English Heritage membership last month, hoping to be able to visit a bazillion castles but I’ve just found out that most of them don’t open until April 1st.  Guess the joke’s on me!

Whatever you’re doing this week, have a lovely one!  I’ve got some brilliant guest bloggers coming on board to delight and entertain you and I’ve managed to schedule a couple of posts in myself aswell.

See you soon! x


18 Responses to “We’re off on holiday!”

  1. Katrina says:

    I’ve just moved to Westward Ho! (that exclamation mark is really there) and it’s awesome if you like a quiet little seaside town. It’s not far from Barnstaple and there’s a nice restaurant there called The Pier House if you fancy lunch/dinner. The last couple of days have been gorgeous so I hope it stays like this for you!

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  2. The English Heritage membership is completely awesome – we’ve used ours at Stonehenge and Dover Castle so far. Such good value. Enjoy your trip – Devon’s up there on my list of weekend-places to go, so I’m looking forward to hearing about your holiday :)

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  3. Maddy says:

    My Boyfriend’s parents live in a tiny village just outside Barnstaple and we go there every June. I’d reccomend Ilfracombe/ Woolacombe. Morthoe (think thats spelt right) especially if you follow the path and climb down the rocks to a really secluded beach. If you’ve got a whole day you could go to lundy which is a beautiful ferryride then an uninhabited Island. Of try the alpaca farm although thats heading down towards cornwall. Saunton Sands/ Braunton are also nice. I hope the weather stays fine for you!
    Maddy x

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    • Thank you do much Maddy! We’ll check those out for sure, can’t wait to get stuck in!

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      • Maddy says:

        oh I forgot. I’m proably too late now buy if by any chance you get this go to the bee museum in south molton. It shows you how to make honey and you get to taste some too!

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  4. Bicky says:

    Ohai I’m in Bstaple! <3

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  5. Lucy says:

    Yay! I live in Torquay; we’ve had amaaaazing weather this week. The one place you *have* to visit is Roly’s fudge shop on the harbourside. The best fudge in Devon, made fresh onsite and the couple who own the shop are sweeties.

    Cockington is an awesome place to bumble around with a camera, it’s a little village between Torquay and Paignton. You might even be able to get a ride from Torquay seafront in a horse and carriage if it’s not too early in the year. Top place for a picnic. And yes, I still snigger at the name.

    There are some great rockpools off Corbyn Head too (opposite the Livermead Hotel), if it’s warm you might be able to catch some crabs, or at least a gorgeous sunset.

    Have a great time guys!

    Lucy x

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    • Thank you so so so much! We’ve just arrived a bit later than expected and car wait to get stuck in tomorrow morning (head first into the fudge hahah)

      We’re going to check out all of those places, even if you do recommend catching crabs in cockington *snigger*

      Really appreciate you taking the time, it’s a privilege to get some insider info like this!

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    • So, we did Roly’s Fudge Shop today…. What?!?!?!?!? Gotta get the priorities right no? Hehehe

      Clotted Cream and Butterscotch fudge. GOD.

      Can’t decide between Cockington and Babbacombe for tomorrow.

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  6. Alicat says:

    Barnstaple has some GREAT charity shops if you feel like a good rummage :)

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  7. Emily says:

    I’m from very near Barnstaple (although living in London for university now and missing it!!). The best place by far is Baggy Point, in Croyde (between Saunton and Woolacombe, 20 mins from Barnstaple!). Go to Croyde, drive through the village towards signposts for the beach/Ruda holiday park – as you come out of (the very small) village and go up a little hill you will be directed to turn left towards the beach. Follow the directions to the National Trust carpark (the cheapest around). Just next to the carpark is the most lovely teashop…cream teas and cath kidston-style! Then enjoy a wonderul walk up Baggy Pointe for incredible views (go up the top way, rather than along the cliff path if preferred, with Leila!)

    North Devon is the most wonderful place – have a lovely holiday!!

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  8. Looks beautiful! *Stamps feet* I want to go now!!
    Hope you have a wonderful time :)

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