Things to Do in Ottery St Mary
There is a host of things to do in Ottery St Mary and you'll step into a world where tradition comes alive. This charming town proudly upholds its heritage, hosting the renowned Tar Barrel Rolling event, a unique and exhilarating experience that sets it apart from other destinations in the country.
Immerse yourself in the surrounding countryside, which offers a wealth of outdoor activities and adventures. With sprawling landscapes and picturesque vistas, Ottery St Mary is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Embark on countryside walks in Ottery or cycle through the breathtaking scenery, embracing the natural beauty that surrounds you.
Wild at heart
In addition to its outdoor pursuits, the shops in Ottery St Mary offers a delightful shopping experience. Explore a variety of independent shops, where you can discover one-of-a-kind treasures, locally made crafts, and artisanal products. Whether you're searching for souvenirs or indulging in retail therapy, the town provides a range of shopping opportunities to satisfy your desires.
The town itself is also full of lovely thatched cottages and picturesque views, as well as two historic houses which are located nearby. One, a Tudor style manor house and the other, featuring gardens designed by Capability Brown. Both are well worth a visit if you’re into your local history.
Throughout the year, Ottery St Mary is alive with fascinating festivals that celebrate the town's rich culture and traditions. From vibrant music events to captivating cultural showcases, you'll be enthralled by the lively atmosphere and the chance to immerse yourself in local festivities.
Around bonfire night every year, there is the Ottery St Mary Tar Barrels, one of the only events of its kind that still takes place in the West Country and features barrels being set on fire and then paraded through the streets towards a giant bonfire. Another popular event is Pixie Day, held in the summer. This is where the local children dress up as pixies and re-enact an old legend which tells how the town’s pixies were banished.
Heart of East Devon
Devon takes on a whole new meaning in Ottery St Mary. Prepare to be captivated by its unique blend of tradition, stunning countryside, independent shopping, and unforgettable festivals.
It is the perfect base for a quiet retreat or a day trip – you can be at the beach in just 15 minutes, while adventure parks, country houses and relaxing walks are all on your doorstep.
Plan your visit to Ottery and discover a side of Devon that will leave a lasting impression.