Its was an absolutely stunning morning today so we decided to take a trip to a firm family favourite, the historic Tunnels Beaches in Ilfracombe.
Steeped in history, Tunnels Beaches makes a fascinating visit for all ages. We love them. They were hand carved back in the 1820′s and the four tunnels provide a truly unique experience. You can read extensive history information throughout the site – including the hilarious guides to Victorian etiquette for boys, girls and for when boating with ladies! We also learned how local entrepreneurs developed the tunnels and pools, and transformed Ilfracombe from a small fishing village into a popular seaside tourist resort.
Best of all we just sat back and admired the lovely rugged scenery while the kids explored the fantastic rock pools. And did you know that Tunnels Beaches were rated the third best beach for rock pooling in the UK by BBC Wildlife Magazine? An award not to be sniffed at!
Things are gearing up for the 2011 Appledore Book Festival.
Born of Appledores successful fight to save its library, the Festival continues to promote access for all, especially young readers, to wonderful words and ideas.
Idyllically situated on the Taw and Torridge rivers, with breathtaking sunsets and huge tides, Appledore is a unique place to hear authors discuss their work and creativity. Join novelists, historians, broadcasters, poets and playwrights and a dazzling Children’s Family Day and be enchanted!
Star turns this year include Michael Rosen, Joss Ackland and Anne Widecombe. The festival runs from 24th September until the 2nd October. A must for both young and old.