Devon, England: What’s New?

What’s New in Devon, England?
By Danielle Aihini

Bicycle riding around the Exe Estuary in Devon.
Bicycle riding around the Exe Estuary in Devon.

Stretching from England’s Bristol Channel to its English Channel, Devon covers over 2,500 square miles in the south of England, full of a variety of restaurants, parks, rivers, zoos, museums, castles and more.

Some of the county’s more popular attractions include the South West Coast Path, Crealy Great Adventures Park and tours through the impressive castles like Powderham Castle.

More recently in 2016, Devon has seen the rise of new projects from new cycling routes, up and coming restaurants, family attractions and a cooking school in Quayside.

“Devon offers something for everyone from foodies to families and is increasingly becoming a destination visitors head to all year round,” said Amanda Lumley, Chief Executive of Destination Plymouth and Devon Tourism Partnership Steering Group Member.


Get ready for the new Toboggan Ride at Watermouth Family Theme Park and Castle coming this October. Both children and adults are invited to take a ride down the 820-foot alpine track.

"The BIG One" Big Sheep roller coaster.
“The BIG One” Big Sheep roller coaster.

A new family roller coaster is now open at Devon’s Crealy Adventure Park in Exeter. The Twister roller coaster features 1017 feet of winding track standing about 39 feet high.

Twenty guests, at least four feet tall, are invited to experince The Twister. The roller coaster reaches speeds of up to 30 mph offering a spectacular view of the park to enjoy as a family, according to the Devon Tourist Board.

Take a ride of The Big Sheep’s new roller coaster, “The BIG One.” Five years in the making, the ride has been the largest single investment North Devon tourist attraction has ever seen and will provide a new draw to North Devon.

The roller coaster will open later this year at 1312 feet long reaching heights of up to 42 feet at speeds of 27 mph. You will be able to find “The BIG One” above the Battlefield. With 26 riders per train, you must be at least four feet tall to join the fun!
A new cycle route around the Exe Estuary now links Exmouth, Exeter and Dawlish, with views of River Exe throughout.

Jim Fisher teaching -- what you can be a part of at the soon-to-be Exeter Cookery School.
Jim Fisher teaching — what you can be a part of at the soon-to-be Exeter Cookery School.

The route offers 26 miles of flat walkway and is predominately off-road. Cyclists can now ride through the entire estuary through parts which have been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area and a Ramsar Site or an important area for birdlife.

Exeter Cookery School
Become the next great chef at the soon-to-be Exeter Cookery School opening this fall in Exeter run by Jim and Lucy Fisher. Jim’s cooking background will impress any food lover — making it to the semi-finals of Masterchef in 1997, winning a Rick Stein seafood competition and 14 years running Cook in France.

“We are still in the planning stages, but are champing at the bit to get started, as we have big ideas to bring our unique sense of drama and flair, backed up with good, old-fashioned cooking knowhow, to the already booming food industry here,” said Jim.

Jim and Lucy Fisher squaring off.
Jim and Lucy Fisher squaring off.

The school will offer an array of culinary courses packed with tips, tricks and techniques to take to the restaurant or right at home to make cooking for family an easy and fun task, according to the school’s press release. All are welcome to join the excitement in Exeter’s historic Quayside!


Dine at the Rockfish Brixton in Brixham, Mitch Tonks’ newest addition to the Rockfish restaurants. The brand focuses on quality and service and promotes locally caught fish from the South West Waters every Friday with fish and chips for only about $3.50.

The Glaze brook House Bar in South Brent.
The Glaze brook House Bar in South Brent.

Circa 1924, a two-story 1920’s inspired steak and seafood house, is open in Exeter with a speakeasy inspired cocktail bar. The chef and his team design the menus in-house with sharing options for all to enjoy.

Now open, The Boston Tea Party in Plymouth welcomes visitors to its renovated three-story building seating 150 indoors and 30 outdoors looking over the marina.

“When new attractions and establishments open in Devon it is really positive for the area and of course for Devon as a whole. New businesses are crucial to the area both in terms of their fresh appeal to our regular Devon visitors but also in terms of attracting new visitors, growing the industry and supporting the local economy,” said Lumley.

New Accommodations

The Boringdon Hall Hotel will add a new spa next spring.
The Boringdon Hall Hotel will add a new spa next spring.

The Glazebrook House Hotel in South Brent, a boutique hotel and restaurant, opened last year and is home to eight unique rooms. The building, decorated by Timothy Oulton, is designed with British revival decor and the perfect spot for events like weddings or parties. Keep in mind, though, that no children under 16 are allowed.

The Islington House Hotel recently opened its new spa equipped with a hydrotherapy pool, pool side sauna and steam room, indoor pool, poolside shower, LifeFitness treadmills, cross-trainers, bicycles and weight machines, changing room showers, lockers and spin dryers, and two treatment rooms for health and beauty treatments.

Opening in the spring of next year, The Boringdon Hall Hotel will add its own spa with a variety of health and wellbeing treatments, an indoor swimming pool, hydropool, showers, five heat fixtures, a dining space, fitness suite, beauty suite, boutique, changing rooms and meditation space.

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Danielle Aihini is an editorial assistant at GoNOMAD Travel. She is currently studying Journalism and Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She enjoys exploring the outdoors whenever she can and trying new, exotic foods. When she is not writing, she is either singing, dancing, or both.

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Danielle Aihini is currently studying Journalism and Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She loves interacting with people and exploring new places and travel journalism is the perfect way to combine the two. She now lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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