Honiton, Devon

There are two things that the East Devon town of Honiton is famous for and they are lace and pottery; an odd combination but there you are. The lace industry here was huge back in the day and you might not know this but the lace on Queen Victoria’s wedding dress was made in Honiton - go and find out all about it at Allhallows Museum. If the pottery side of things interests you more go to The Honiton Pottery Workshop and have a go at throwing your own pot.

The town itself has a wide main street that is twice a week lined with stalls and the atmosphere becomes all very bustling for the market. Otherwise the shops are mostly independent ones, with a few big names thrown in and there are some excellent places to eat, like The Holt, Honiton Wine Bar and JK’s Bistro. Arty types should definitely visit the award winning Thelma Hulbert Gallery, and if you’ve got little ones on board, take them to the Playdome for soft play.

Highlights of the year in Honiton include the customary Hot Pennies Day, Honiton Agricultural Show and the Carnival, when a spectacular display of illuminated floats and people in fancy dress parade through the town, lighting up the night. You’ve got to see it.

All information correct at the time of writing

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