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Out and about Exeter and Devon.

Sunset Over The River Exe in Exeter – #MySundayPhoto

The sunset over The River Exe in Exeter, Devon.

Taken after an afternoon of exploring around Exeter Quay with the little one. I would have played around to get a few photos from a lower angle… but I needed to stop the LO from wondering to far.

 

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Feeling Snug, At The Snug in Exeter

Normally if I rave about a eatery in Exeter, it can normally either be found in the city centre, or down near the River Exe. The Snug is found deep within the eastern side of Exeter, around the back of Whipton.

If you have kids, are in this part of Exeter, check this place out, if only for the kids play area. And its probably the kids area that sums up The Snugs selling point so well.

It feels like home.

I don’t have an indoor slide, or indoor soft play at home. But I have space, there are toys (sometimes all over the place), and I have a sofa. The Snug has all these things, with a fantastic sofa overlooking it all. The Sofa supplying a great place to both try and sleep, and show your daughter how a Jack In A Box Works.

Although called The Snug, they have plenty of space for buggies. There is also a “quieter” side of the cafe as well, which is away from the noise of the play area.

Food wise, its great little cafe style menu with daily specials… But I have to admit. I’ve been a few times now, and only ever eaten the breakfast. Make of that what you will, but it is worth noting that they talk about sourcing as much of their menu as locally as they can. Also the menu has gluten free options! Gluten free options are subject to what they have in stock, but I’ve always found the staff friendly and helpful when discussing this with them.

(Edit. The Good Lady Wife has just poked me in the back, and reminded me of their cake.)

Last point. (I feel I am gushing over this place too much). The Decor. Words cant explain it, so I’ll finish off with a few images.

More details about The Snug can be found on their Facebook Page.

Christmas Events and Activities in Exeter, Devon

With Christmas now well and truly here, people local to Exeter / Devon will find there are plenty of activities and events happening. As we’ve just had a “pre-Christmas” holiday, here’s a round up of the Christmas Activities we found in the Exeter area.

Darts Farm

Devon does farm shops well. Darts Farm near Exeter is an example of a fantastic farm shop. Except it doesn’t just have a vast varity of fruit, veg, and meat. It also has a huge selection of ciders and beers (including gluten free!), all sorts of foodies treats, its own toy shop, and many other gifts.

On the lead up to Christmas it also a place to get your real Christmas tree, and… you may also bump into Father Christmas himself!

Details about when Father Christmas is at Darts Farm (and he’s around alot), can be found at the Darts Farm website.

Christmas Lights

Because which small kid doesn’t love Christmas lights? If you’re going to look at the Christmas lights in Exeter, make sure you check out, both the lights in the High Street, and Princesshay.

Food Markets

Do you like fresh locally sourced food?

Do you like sampling food and local cider?

Do you like supporting independent businesses? (The answer is yes to this, even if you’ve not answered positively to the above)

If your answers are yes, then look out for Exeter Street Markets. You’ll know them when you see them. (Or check out the website to find out where and when they are!)

Snow Globe

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From The Express & Echo Website

Now this is cool. The Exeter Snow Globe is a giant snow globe found around the back of Debenhams in Princesshay. You and friends / family climb into it, and find yourselves transported to the most wintery scene you’ll probably find in Devon. It comes complete with fake snow that you can throw at each other.

Great fun for throwing snow at Daddy!

Christmas Markets

I cannot write a round up of Christmas activities and events in Exeter, without mentioning the Christmas Markets in the Exeter Cathedral Green. This years markets are in a different layout this year, (due to the Exeter fire at the end of October), but its still ram packed with Christmas presents, good food, Gluhwein, and possibly the best cider in the world. (Ok it possibly isn’t, but the guy manning the Northcotts stall was a bit of a legend, so I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt).

This is all in the shadow of the beautiful Exeter Cathedral.

Check it out, then have a nose down Gandy Street for other shopping choices. (And more great chocolate!)

Exeter is also filled with many random Christmas markets, Christmas fares, and a fair few hours that are lit up like Blackpool.

Where would you suggest?

#MySundayPhoto – The Royal Clarence Hotel

A fireman approaches the remains of The Royal Clarence Hotel. Destroyed in last weeks fire.

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Thank You.

It started Friday morning.

I roused from my sleep, turned over and looked at my phone. It was earlier then I was expecting. I still decided to check Facebook.

What I saw made me sit up, it was a video of the Art Gallery building on Cathedral Green on fire.

As the morning progressed, it looked like the fire was being sorted… Then it spread.

The rooftop of The Royal Clarence Hotel caught on fire, and the fire held on.

We went up to Devon for the day, and even though we were glued to the social media updates about the fire, nothing prepared us for the smell and sight of smoke rising over the city like that.

img_6773Over the next few days, this city has been coming to terms with losing one part of its historic heart, while also massively coming together.

There are a number of companies that kept the emergency services fed and watered.

The people who saw their water pressure dwindle, as the fire was fought.

South West Water for dishing out water.

Exeter Council, and Exeter Cathedral for showing how to engage with the public on Twitter and Facebook.

People for sharing as much as information as possible about who’s open where.

Most of all, the emergency services have simply been amazing, and the fact they stopped the fire taking any other buildings has been a testament to their good work.

To those who run in, while others run out.

Thank you.

#MySundayPhoto – A Good Day To Go Hunting 

Taken during a birthday trip to The Orange Elephant in Devon.

Up on being given the chance to choose what she wanted to do for her birthday, the little one decided to do the Maize Maze at Orange Elephant. As it’s the last weekend they’re open for the year, we went for it.

The question now is, where shall we go for ice cream in Devon now?

Even if the sun isn’t shining like this today, I hope you have a good day.

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#MySundayPhoto – Days On The River

We discovered over the last week that taking the boat on the River Exe, may potentially be the small ones new favourite thing to do.

Check out exetercruises.com for more information about it.

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The Joy Of A “Stay-cation”

It’s quite a predictable conversation really, you say to someone you’re going to be on holiday, they ask where you’re going, you say your staying at home, and that seems to be the end of the conversation.

The thing is, yesterday, out on our bikes, chasing the small one around a nearby park, I don’t know where else I would want to be*, it was all quite simply glorious…

Shame Devon Council wants to dump a road over all of this really.

*It can also work out far cheaper to holiday at home…

Where To Go In Exeter When Its Raining?

There you are, visiting Exeter, arguably the capital of Devon, and its raining – not just raining, but really wet.  If its just you and possibly other adults, I’d suggest  hanging out in one of the pubs in town. If you’ve got small children with you, then its a different matter.

Heres the Dads Sofa list of where to go in Exeter, when its raining.

The Twisted OakThe Twisted Oak

The Twisted Oak pub, can be found in Ide, just by Exeter. The Twisted Oak is a combination of a pub, restaurant, tuck shop, and a indoor play area. We have a lot more about this playful pub here.

Café Connect at Riverside Church

Spacious cafe with nice food, good tea, and a box of toys. There is also good disabled access if needed. It found by the river, between the city centre, and St Thomas.

The Welcome Inn

Wonder down the quay – keep to the right hand side, and you’ll come across The Welcome Inn. Serving tea, cake, and a very warm welcome. It looks like The Welcome Inn will be closing soon, so make sure you can check it out when you can!

Stormtrooper-Lego2Thomas Moore

Because who doesn’t love a Toy Shop? That has lego and train play tables? It has loads of Legos, and this guy…

Work out the route from the City Centre down to the river, and you’ll find it.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Exeter’s, Royal Albert Memorial Museum is found in the town centre, minutes away from the High Street. There are many things to do, walk through / around, eat, and look at.

Its not open on Mondays or Banks Holidays, but feels like its open the rest of the time. Its free entry, and a great rainy day activity.

Just don’t bring in helium balloons. The staff get nervous.

Exeter Cathedral.

The Cathedral in Exeter is quite simply gorgeous.  While adults are charged, children can visit the cathedral for free, and use one of the “Explorer Backpacks” to explore the cathedral for themselves*! You can also help build a Lego Exeter Cathedral.

If you live within EX1 – 4 areas of Exeter / Devon, ask about their Resident Cards for free access. (Just remember to donate!) Theres also loads of events on, check out their website for more information.

Soft Play!

If you’re feeling brave, you could let yourself be dragged to one of the Soft Play centres in or near Exeter.  You could try…

Bear Feet

Riverside

Waie Inn (If you can get out there – give this a go!)

 

That’s a few ideas.

Are there any rainy day places to go in Exeter, that I’ve missed out, and should be included?

*Parental supervision is probably expected.

 

 

Rhino Hunting Continued…

Rota’s have aligned and both myself and Mrs Sofa have been able to get week holiday at the same time. After hearing horror stories about traffic down to Cornwall, we’ve decided to spend our holiday around Exeter, possibly also exploring around Devon a little.

After seeing the Grandparents in North Devon yesterday, we decided to go Rhino Hunting again in Exeter (as well as a few other jobs), here’s a little photo album of the ones we found – excluding the castle one… he didn’t take a good photo.

If you’re around the Exeter Cathedral Green, take a moment to say hi to the guys on the Lego table, and donate a pound to build a brick on Exeters very own Lego Cathedral.

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