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Seaton, Devon, England

  This section is all about possible places to go, to eat, to wander, to amuse.
  The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth. Obviously donkeys!! Young donkeys, retired donkeys, not too well donkeys (don't worry the Sanctuary has a large hospital). A good cafe, ice cream stall, free parking, free entry and if you wander the paths some fantastic view. Great for the younger children.
  Axe Valley Wildlife Park - just outside Axminster . Large variety of smaller animals. Most friendly. Cafe, Picnic area. Outside the summer months best to check if they are open.

Lyme Regis - a brilliant place to be. We think Lyme is great. Sandy Beaches, wide range of cafes, ice cream stalls, pubs (!), museum, etc., etc. Also some very handy toilets. Families can't fail to enjoy themselves. At the Cobb (west end) two great pubs - The Harbour. Great place for coffee, tea, wine, beer and excellent food. Helpful, cheerful staff. You can sit indoors, on the verandah or The Harbour area on the beach. The Cobb Arms is just around the corner from The Harbour. Again good food, good beer and indoor and outdoor seat.

Yesterday we discovered Cellar 59. Cellar 59 is a cellar bar and bottle shop specialising in natural, unrefined craft ales. The "brainchild" of the owners of the GYLE 59 Brewery, Thorncombe. Half way down Broad Street on the left. The ales are special and very moreish. The brewery has an excellent website The Gyle 59 Brewery. I was driving and so had coffee. The best coffee I have had for years.

There is a good amusement arcade along the Esplanade and of course an interesting and 'comein-ish' Lyme Regis Antique & Craft Centre (if nothing else come in and browse our tools). If you have questions about the tools our mobile number is 07971521744. If you have questions about other dealers' items then phone The Centre - 01 297 445053. November 1 onwards opening hours are Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday - 11 to 4.30 with extended hours over the Christmas period (obviously not open Christmas Day). But phone for exact opening times. What else?? Do wander the beaches, walk along The Cobb, peer in the windows ot The Boat Building Academy. Generally enjoy yourselves - Lyme has so much. Lyme tells you about Lyme and coming events - which are frequent and another site Lyme Regis org gives lots of information so two sites to help you.



Go about 8 miles west along the coast road and you will come to Seaton, Axmouth, Colyford & Colyton and the Axe Estuary (absolutely beautiful) (A3052) Axmouth is a small village on the Axe Estuary. Home of two excellent pubs - The Harbour and The Ship. Both serve good food, good ale and have a comfortable relaxed atmosphere. Very pleasant, helpful staff.

Okay - now for Seaton. Seaton has its Jurassic Centre. The site says: Travel through time, discover hidden wonders and have a great day out! The Centre is fun, children, and you and me, can learn a lot about those amazing dinosaurs, etc. It does have a great cafe (with outside seating if weather allows). It has an interesting blog - highlights some 'Cream Tea' Wednesdays!

If you want a leisurely (flat) walk - then walk along the Esplanade. Beautiful views West. If you catch the sunset - amazing. And there is a great 'Hideaway Cafe' at the far end of the Esplanade. Great tea, great coffee, great cakes! Another cafe which offers great food - a lot of it vegan is The Terrace Arts Cafe on the front at what is called Fishermans Gap. Sort of half way down the Esplanade. I have just glanced through their menu. Everything sounds totally delicious.

  Beer A great fishing village, about 2 miles west of Seaton. Three pubs - all good. The Dolphin, The Anchor and The Barrel of Beer. Down on the beach (admittedly pebbles) three good cafes - Ducks, Hive Beach and one more! And Beer is a good place to go out mackerel fishing from. Beer also has a Youth Hostel at the top end of the town. Our son and his family stayed there in May and said it was very comfortable, beautiful views inland (can't see the sea from there). There is also a rumour about a headless horseman who drives a horse and cart up a green lane from the hostel to Boevey House. Best to avoid.
And if you are thinking of going to France, two suggestions:
  High Recommended Bed & Breakfast in Brittany - La Vieille Grange
  A good, comfortable bed & breakfast in Brittany, 1 hour 15mins drive from St. Malo. in the lovely little village of Plouguenast 10 minutes drive from the medieval city of Moncontour. I can promise you comfortable rooms, lounge and an excellent breakfast.
  Family Holidays on 4 Star French Camp Sites
  If you are planning on going on a family holiday in Brittany, The Vendee or the South of France, Matthews Holidays have specialised in holidays with young children for over 30 years. We have used them many times when our children were younger and now are thinking about taking the grandchildren.


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