The Surrounding Area Gallery

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Seaton Tramway operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in East Devon’s glorious Axe Valley, travelling alongside the River Axe estuary through two nature reserves and giving an unrivalled view of the abundant wading bird life. The coastal resort of Seaton is now a gateway town to the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, whilst the historic town of Colyton is described as “Devon’s Most Rebellious Town” for its part in the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685.

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At The Donkey Sanctuary, we strongly believe that supporters have the right to see how their donations are spent on caring for our large family of donkeys. Our main headquarters and intake centre at Slade House Farm is therefore open to the public. There are no commercial attractions – just gently rolling countryside with walks around the fields where you can meet the donkeys, who adore the fuss and attention received from visitors. Donkeys of all ages are resident at Slade Farm but a large percentage are elderly and remain here in order to be close to the veterinary hospital. Visitors are free to spend as much time as they wish meeting the donkeys in the Main Yard where they wander at will. These donkeys live in the main barn with the other residents, some of which are over 40 years of age. They need plenty of extra attention and are kept here to be close to the veterinary hospital. Please do stop by and spend some time with them as they adore fuss and attention in their old age.


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The Norman Lockyer Observatory Society exists to further the members’ interests in astronomy, radio and science in general and to give them access to a number of telescopes, historic and modern, at the Observatory. It also exists to keep the Observatory operating, to maintain and develop these facilities and to open them to the public. On a day each summer during the Sidmouth Folk Week, the Society mounts the annual South West Astronomy Fair, with distinguished lecturers and marquees of trade stands along with telescope tours and planetarium presentations.


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The grounds of PECO’s Head Office and factory on the hill overlooking Beer and Lyme Bay contain the celebrated PECORAMA gardens, Beer Heights Light Railway and indoor model railway layout exhibitions. This exhibition hosts a display of superbly crafted model railway layouts in all the many scales and gauges produced by the company.There is also a specialist Model Railway and Book Shop selling every thing a model railway enthusiast would want.

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Devon’s Crealy is relatively nearby, where you can ride Vortex, Maximus, Tidal Wave, Pirates Revenge, The Meteorite Ride, Techno Karts etc.. Check their website for opening times and entrance prices.

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Seaton Jurassic is a brand new attraction in Seaton. Take a journey through time to worlds familiar and alien. Do you have what it takes to survive? There’s even more to Seaton Jurassic than time ships, submarines and ferocious predators! We’re part of a great day out, whatever the weather. Find out about our events, activities and other ways to explore Seaton’s wilder side. Local, ethical, delicious: our ingredients for good food. Relax with family and friends in our spacious café and enjoy freshly prepared meals and drinks or grab a special gift from our Seaton Jurassic shop. Visit our website http://seatonjurassic.org/ for more details and events.


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Many of us marvel at the intricacy of stonemasons’ work on numerous stately buildings, cathedrals and churches. But do we ever stop to consider where the stone came from and the history of the excavation behind it?

Beer Quarry Caves Conducted Underground Tours
Our guides will take you on an hour long tour through the awe-inspiring caves with their mighty halls of vaulted roofs and pillars of Beer Stone which have been likened to a vast underground cathedral.This vast man-made complex of underground caverns was created by centuries of quarrying the famous Beer Stone. The underground quarry, first worked by the Romans, supplied stone for 24 cathedrals including Exeter and St.Paul’s, parts of Westminster Abbey,the Tower of London, Hampton Court and Windsor Castle. Quarried by hand, a small block weighing 4 tons, the stone was carted on horse-drawn wagons and by barges from Beer beach to its destination, sometimes involving journeys of several hundreds of miles. The quarry closed around 1920 as a new quarry opposite was opened. This closed in 2003, so there is no quarrying activity now.