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Things to Do in Bovey Tracey

With the Dartmoor National Park on the doorstep, there are a never ending stream of activities in and around Bovey Tracey. With a host of adventure attractions and activities taking place on the moor suitable for all ages and abilities, there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor pursuits, learning new skills or brushing up on old ones. From hiking and climbing to orienteering, there is fun whatever the season.  

You don’t have to leave the town centre to have a bit of fun though, Bovey Tracey itself has plenty to offer visitors. Aside from the eclectic mix of shops and cafes where you can exercise your credit cards, there are also a wide range of places to visit to suit families, couples and solo travellers alike. With parks to enjoy in the summer and museums unveiling the secrets of the region’s past, there is always something to do, come rain or shine.  

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There are several National Trust properties to visit, as well as places like House of Marbles, the base of the Teign Valley Glass-makers. Here you have the chance to see traditional glassblowing techniques in action as well as being able to buy these sought-after products – not only that but House of Marbles is also home to four museums covering everything from games to pottery and plenty of other quirky activities to keep everyone entertained.  

The town’s history can be explored at the Bovey Tracey Heritage Centre and the kids will love spending time at the skate park. If you are interested in local history, Bovey Tracey is the ideal place to visit, the town gets its name from the De Tracey family who settled in the region after 1066. The family were Lords of the Manor back in the day and Sir William was said to be involved in the murder of Thomas Beckett at Canterbury Cathedral in 1170. Other places of historical interest include the Riverside Mill in the centre of town which is now home to MAKE SouthWest, who were formerly the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and Cromwell’s Arch which is all that remains of a former monastery which once served as the headquarters of the Parliamentarians during the English Civil War.  

As well as an eclectic mix of attractions, there are pubs and bars offering live music and a host of other regular events taking place throughout the year.