Easter

Thank you for giving nature space says Dartmoor National Park

Thank you for giving nature space says Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor says big thank you to everyone for ‘giving nature space’ after a busy weekend. Places across the National Park were busy throughout the long weekend with lots of people taking advantage of the good weather to enjoy picnics, walks and the health benefits of being in an iconic landscape. Dartmoor National Park launched its 'Leave no trace, give nature space' campaign ahead of the...

Fire service asks public to avoid disposable BBQs this holiday

Fire service asks public to avoid disposable BBQs this holiday

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is asking the public to think twice about using disposable BBQs this holiday.

Wayne Rawlins, area manager for risk at Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue says:

“Every year we see so many preventable fires caused by disposable BBQs. They are a not only a fire risk when they’re being used, but also pose a risk when being disposed of,...

Getting the help you need this Easter weekend

With Easter fast approaching, Devon’s NHS leaders are calling on people to take preventative measures ahead of the bank holidays and after as lockdown restrictions start to ease and ‘staycations’ start.

The long Easter weekend traditionally puts extra pressure on health services when most GP practices are closed and more people are outdoors enjoying everything Devon has to offer....

Tourists asked to stay away until April 12 by East Devon

East Devon District Council (EDDC) is busily preparing for the next stages in the Governments’ pandemic roadmap aimed at easing the country towards a less restrictive way of life in the coming months.

From Monday, 29 March people have been able to:

  • Meet outside in groups of up to six people and up to two households including in private gardens.
  • Use outdoor
  • ...

Virtual donkey day out on Easter Sunday

This Easter Sunday (4 April), animal lovers will once again be able to catch up with the four-legged residents of The Donkey Sanctuary as its award-winning Sanctuary From Your Sofa event returns for another virtual day out with the charity’s donkeys.

Viewers will be able to tune in from 10am to watch a series of live broadcasts from The Donkey Sanctuary headquarters in Sidmouth, as...

Would-be visitors cautioned not to travel too soon

The South West’s tourist industry and the emergency services are warning visitors against travelling to the region before lockdown measures are due to be relaxed on 12th April.

There are fears a minority of tourists might be tempted to travel early, before facilities are ready or attractions are open. Apart from the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19, a dangerous 'false start' to...

RNLI lifeguards to provide Easter cover on Exmouth beach

RNLI lifeguards to provide Easter patrols on Exmouth beach

On the request of East Devon District Council, for the first time this year, the RNLI will provide lifeguard cover on Exmouth beach over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend (Friday 2 April to Monday 5 April).

The lifesaving charity has been working with partners behind the scenes through the challenges of lockdown, to recruit, train and prepare their lifeguards for what is expected to be...

Be a ‘Home Hero’ – stay at home and do your bit to fight pandemic

Dartmoor National Park is asking people to be ‘home heroes’ - to stay at home, help keep each other safe and limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Chief Executive Dr Kevin Bishop today thanked people for their co-operation and consideration so far and, as we look towards the bank holiday weekend, urged everyone to continue to do their bit. Continuing to stay at home and make use of...

A virtual day out with The Donkey Sanctuary

On Easter Sunday, people will be able to catch up with the Sidmouth donkeys and mules by watching a series of live Facebook broadcasts from The Donkey Sanctuary.

For the first time ever, the international animal welfare charity will be bringing its visitor experience to the virtual world for a day of donkey interaction. Starting at 10am, viewers will be able to see how donkey-facing...

Stay away from Devon says county council

Devon County Council has sent an all-party message to holidaymakers and second home owners: Stay away from the South West during the current crisis.

And the council is calling for much tougher penalties to be imposed on people who flout the rules.

Council leader John Hart said he was planning to meet the leaders and chief executives of all Devon's district councils to...

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