Around Plymouth

Moorland, woods, cycle trails, historic houses, gardens and coast close to this maritime city

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Apple growing in the Mother Orchard at Cotehele, Cornwall

Apple Anniversary at Cotehele

This year, Cotehele's annual apple weekend on 22-23 September is also a celebration of the Mother Orchard's 10th birthday. Come along to sample local apple varieties, see the Victorian cider press in action and lots more.

Things to see and do around Plymouth

Volunteer Simon Arnold at Buckland Abbey

Simon Arnold's 'Pachelbel's Progress Challenge' 

Find out about volunteer Simon's upcoming challenge to raise money to conserve musical instruments in National Trust care. Why not join him and see him play at various places across Devon, Cornwall and the South West.

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Family in the house at Stourhead in Wilthsire

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Discover somewhere to visit using our search. In the South West you're never far from somewhere to explore.

A water vole

Water voles make a welcome return to Exmoor 

This September, 150 water voles were reintroduced at six carefully chosen sites on the Holnicote Estate on Exmoor. The water vole is one of the fastest declining land mammal, disappearing from 94 per cent of its habitats. The plan for one of Britain’s most adorable, yet rare creatures is that it will be given a whole new start in a healthy environment, where they can breed and flourish.

Child apple picking in the orchard

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Places in the South West host everything from guided house tours and ranger days to walks and runs.

Caring for the coast

Plymouth events

Upcoming events

Buckland Abbey

Art of Reflection - The Cosmic Egg

Thu 20 Sep 2018
A final flourish of the Art of Reflection exhibition
Buckland Abbey

Drake's Drum - the World Encompassed

Thu 20 Sep 2018
A celebration of Drake's famous drum currently on display at the Abbey
Buckland Abbey

The World Encompassed exhibition

Thu 20 Sep 2018
An artistic celebration of Drake's famous circumnavigation of the world

'Seasons of Change' in Cotehele Gallery

Thu 20 Sep 2018
Cotehele Gallery exhibits and sells the work of West Country artists and craft makers. This exhibition features the work of local landscape watercolour painter Peter Dolbear and handcrafted mirrors created by Joan Bose.

Discover more on a free garden tour

Thu 20 Sep 2018
If you'd like to find out more about Lanhydrock's beautiful listed garden, then come along to one of our free garden tours.

Fame and friendship-Kauffman and Reynolds at Saltram

Thu 20 Sep 2018
Join us as we celebrate 250 years of the Royal Academy of Arts. Paintings by two of the founding members- Joshua Reynolds and Angelica Kauffman, form part of the Parkers remarkable collection at Saltram.
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English Riviera

Explore lush gardens and intriguing historic houses close by South Devon’s classic holiday coast