This has to be one of the most popular categories for visitors to Devon to get a taste of, the unassuming side of life that has been going on for what sometimes seems like centuries. When I visit a new place, I always seek out the traditions of that area and society, as I consider these things, whether taking place in the shape of gastronomy, music, art, rituals or culture, to be one of the best ways of getting to know a place.
Cider Bar – very few cider houses still exist in England, at the last count only four, but a visit to Ye Olde Cider Bar in Newton Abbot will take you to one of those last remaining. Cider Houses are not pubs as they only sell cider and perry and no beer (although the Cider Bar also sells country wine and soft drinks). Ye Olde Cider Bar is a gem which shouldn’t be missed by anyone wanting to see South Devon at its humble best – try a glass of local scrumpy, and you’ll know you’ve arrived.
Devon Open Studios – Devon Open Studios is a unique opportunity to meet artists in their studios in some of the most beautiful, unexplored parts of Devon. In addition to being able to buy art direct from the creator, many demonstrate, give talks or give you a chance to have a go. This really is a great opportunity for you to get up close and personal with some of the region’s most creative people.
Folk Night – folk music and dancing is a thriving scene in Devon and there are number of folk groups in the area arranging folk nights around the county. Teignmouth, Brixham and Exeter all have folk clubs and hold regular events, and here in Denbury my local pub, The Union Inn, stages turn up and play folk evenings. This is your opportunity to listen to timeless folk songs, performed by unpretentious musicians.