Honiton

Nestled beside the breathtaking landscapes of the Blackdown Hills Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a visit to Honiton offers a gateway to the enchanting wonders of East Devon. Conveniently situated within easy reach of both the A303 and the M5, this charming town is an ideal base for exploring the beauty and heritage of Devon and beyond.

Enjoy nature and tradition

For nature enthusiasts, Honiton boasts an abundance of countryside walks and cycling routes right on its doorstep. From gentle strolls through scenic meadows to exhilarating hikes along rugged trails, outdoor adventurers will find their perfect escape amidst the rolling hills and lush valleys that surround the town.

While nature thrives here, Honiton is equally rich in cultural offerings. The town's centre is a treasure trove of art, history, and culture, showcasing its vibrant heritage and creative spirit. Visitors and residents alike can immerse themselves in a variety of galleries, museums, and historic landmarks that speak to the town's fascinating past.

Laced in tradition

Honiton is one of the region’s most fascinating historical towns. At one point, it was incredibly famous for the quality of lace made here. The lace was so sought after and such a high quality in fact that it was used to make Queen Victoria’s wedding dress for her marriage to Prince Albert. It wasn’t just the royal wedding gown created using Honiton lace – there are a host of beautiful garments and other items with historical significance, make sure to visit the Allhallows Museum where you can view exhibits made up of a selection of some of the best loved pieces.

It wasn’t just lace that put Honiton on the map, it was also well known for its pottery production and to this day, is still widely regarded as the antiques hub of the South West.

History and tradition continue to play a huge part in day to day life here in Honiton, something that is evident in the town’s regular events, including the Agricultural Show which has been taking place for hundreds of years. Another must see is the town’s Hot Pennies Day. Hosted every July, visitors can see warmed pennies thrown from pub windows as a way of commemorating how the wealthy landowners of the region would throw hot pennies to the poor as part of a cruel sport. These days though, the whole thing is much more fun! Music lovers will also love the biannual Honiton Festival which celebrates local classical music and art.

Explore East Devon from here

Beyond its natural beauty and cultural offerings, Honiton is strategically located to explore the wider East Devon. Be it an exciting day trip to nearby coastal towns, an exploration of the mystical moors, or a visit to other charming Devonshire villages, Honiton's central position makes it an excellent starting point for various adventures.

 

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Top picnic spots in Honiton

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As we’re fully in spring now and the weather is getting a bit brighter, there is never a better time to enjoy a picnic or two. Luckily, here in East Devon there are several beautiful picnic spots to enjoy, especially around Honiton which is surrounded by stunning countryside. If you’re planning to…

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Top things to do in Honiton and East Devon

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With the abundance of countryside surrounding it, Honiton is a great place to visit in the Spring. You’ll be able to watch the new lambs, hear the birds singing and even see the spring flowers by exploring the Blackdown Hills and the surrounding countryside. If you’re planning to spend some time in…

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Spring walks in Honiton

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Heading to East Devon this spring? Make sure to see the best of the season with these spring walks around Honiton – perfect for getting to spot those incredible spring flowers which are starting to spring up everywhere. Whether you’re looking to head out now to find daffodils and snow drops, or you…

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Where to enjoy nature in East Devon

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February is here already which means that it will be spring in no time! If you want to see the seasons change while exploring Honiton and the wider East Devon area, here are some suggestions to help you spy the first inklings of spring, the changing plantlife and even the new birds, lambs and…

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Victorian pottery found in Honiton sold for over £9,000

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A piece of pottery donated to a charity shop in Honiton has sold at auction for just under £10,000 – reaching a total of £9,800. The piece was described as an antique spoon warmer, which was popular during the Victorian era to keep serving spoons warm. It was discovered that the pottery was created…

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How much do you know about Honiton’s Lace making history?

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Honiton is famous for its lace, so much so that it was used to create Queen Victoria’s wedding gown. Were you aware of just how special Honiton lace is? Here’s everything you need to know. Honiton lace is a type of lace known as bobbin lace, which is made by braiding and twisting lengths of thread…

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