Honiton stands in the south-east of the county on the main road and rail routes from London to Exeter.
It is a pleasant, busy market town with a growing population and provides a prime shopping centre for a large part of East Devon. Close to both the Dorset and Somerset borders, recent improvements to the A30/A303 trunk road have attracted people to the Honiton district.
Historically, the town was one of the centres of the medieval West Country cloth trade and later became famous for its lace. There is an excellent museum containing the main collection of Honiton Lace, while the High Street hosts specialist shops for both antiques and pottery. The High Street, wide enough to allow parking on both sides, is lined with Georgian buildings, many of which are former coaching inns. Small courtyards and alleyways leading off of the High Street provide further compelling shopping. Renowned for its antiques, Honiton's world-wide reputation is justified by the large number of antique shops situated in or near the High Street itself.
Honiton stands in delightful country of rich farmland watered by the river Otter and several of its tributaries. Steep-sided hills rise between Honiton and the sea, and narrow winding lanes lead to villages that are as charming and interesting as any in Devonshire, providing many miles of footpaths that offer wonderful walking opportunities for the country-lover.
There is a street market in the town on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the year. Fresh local produce and crafts are also available on every third Thursday in the month at the popular Country Market. Early Closing Day is Thursday, although many shops now remain open throughout the day.
Saturday 25th May 2013
The Honiton Festival presents Craig Ogden at St' Paul's Church, High Street Honiton at 7.30pm. This Australian born guitarist is one of the most exciting artists of his generation and one of the UK's most recorded guitarists, whose recordings have recieved wide acclaim - his classic FM albums The Guitarist and Summertime both shot straight to No.1 in the UK classical chart.
"Fantasy to Flamenco" - Programme to include:
Dowland - Lachrimae Pavane & Fantasia no.7
Bach - Prelude and Allegro BWV 998
Sor - Variations on a theme from Mozart's Magic Flute
Albeniz - Sevilla & Asturias
Turina - Soleares (from Homenaje a Tarrega)
Giuliana - Grand Overture
Ryan - Lough Caragh & Rondo Rodeo
Tickets available from Honiton Tourist Information Centre or tel: 01404 43716
Talaton Open Gardens
Saturday 25th May until Sunday 26th May 2013
Talaton Open Gardens celebrating its 20th Year. A variety of gardens open within the parish.
Cream Teas and Plant sales
£4 entry, 16 years and under free.
Start off from the Church Car Park EX5 2RL.
Ticket valid for both days.
Contact Peppi Shaw 01404 822482
Proceeds towards the Parish Hall and Church of St. James the Great, Talaton, Exeter, Devon.