Things to do on Exmoor in January and February

Although we’re not open this month, there are still lots of things to do here on Exmoor. So, if you’re in the area, then how about visiting one of these events below or waiting until February and booking in for a break with us?

Discover Exmoor’s Trees in Winter

Something for those who love the great outdoors. On January 17 from 10am until 3pm the Exmoor National Park Authority’s Woodlands Team will be hosting an event for people keen to learn about the principles of broadleaf tree identification in winter and put them in to practice in one of Exmoor’s special woodlands. The day includes an indoor session in the morning, followed by a practical session in Burridge Woods in the afternoon. £5 per person.

Talk by BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Nick Bailey

Calling all keen gardeners! On January 17, BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Nick Bailey will be on Exmoor for a talk at Dulverton Gardening Club. The event starts at 7.30pm and runs until 9pm at Dulverton Town Hall. Booking essential. Tickets, which are available from Dulverton Post Office, are £7.50 for non-members and £3 for members.

Life Below Stairs

Anyone interested in the life and times of the National Trust’s Dunster Castle are invited to St Petrock’s History Group on January 21 at 7pm. Dr Patrick Hoyte will be giving an illustrated lecture entitled: Life Below Stairs, which is based on the status of servants following research from Dunster Castle and other sources. Light refreshments provided. The lecture takes place at St Petrock’s Church, Church Street, Timberscombe, just down the road from us. No need to book – just turn up. Members £1 and visitors £4. Call 01643 841500 for further details.

Simonsbath Sawmill Open Day

There’s a fantastic opportunity for those interested in history to look around the historic, water-powered sawmill and estate workshops at Simonsbath on February 18 from 10am until 4pm. Dating from the early 19th century, this group of buildings, set in a beautiful, riverside location in the heart of Exmoor National Park, were once the hub of activity for a huge country estate. Volunteers will be leading regular tours of the mill and will explain the history of this remarkable area. Tours are free but donations to support the conservation work on-site are welcome. No booking is necessary ,but as the event is volunteer-run, it’s advisable to ring 01643 831202 on the day to check the opening details remain as advertised.