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Cofton Holidays

Social distancing duck whistles introduced at Devon holiday park

Authored by Mary

Park staff at Cofton Holidays are now providing colourful, high-pitched duck whistles to help guests staying with them to maintain social distancing while enjoying the countryside trail of South Devon.

Available to guests, the whistles are being introduced by ‘quackers’ staff at the popular holiday park in a bid to help visitors alert others to their presence. Holidaymakers can blow...

Over a third of Plymouth homeowners have invested in renovations to increase its value during lockdown

Authored by Mary

With most of the nation stuck indoors due to lockdown restrictions, homeowners across the UK are investing in lockdown makeovers, new research reveals.

The 2020 Renovation Nation Report , by mortgage comparison site money.co.uk , has found that UK’s homeowners have invested an average of £4,035.70 each on home renovations, since the lockdown began in March. And it seems that Brits...

Sanctuary blooms under lockdown

Authored by Mary

Wildlife has thrived under lockdown at The Donkey Sanctuary’s international headquarters in Sidmouth, as paths, walkways and verges have become a riot of pinks, purples, blues and yellows after wildflowers reaped the benefit of quieter conditions.

The Donkey Sanctuary attracts around 400,000 visitors a year, but with the sanctuary temporarily closed to visitors due to the coronavirus...

Plymouth Arts Centre

Plymouth Arts Cinema sets date for reopening

Authored by Mary

Plymouth Arts Cinema has released its plans to reopen on Saturday 26th September, following months of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

While cinemas in England have been allowed to open since July 4th, the majority of independent cinemas are planning September opening. The summer months are traditionally quiet for independent cinema, and film availability has been impacted by...

New guidance produced for visitors to the South West

Authored by Mary

ourism businesses, public health and local authorities from across the South of England have banded together in a broad partnership to produce guidance for visitors about COVID19.

A ‘tourist charter’ has been devised by the group, which is based on the experiences of the Isle of Wight’s recent test and trace pilot.

It gives simple advice to would-be visitors from booking...

Plan and prepare: 'Staycation' tips for Dartmoor

Authored by Mary

As more measures aimed at easing lockdown come into effect from July 4, people planning a holiday to Dartmoor are encouraged to ‘know before they go’ so they can enjoy their stay safely. Updated guidance published by Dartmoor National Park will help people – particularly those who want to camp in a motorhome, campervan or tent – explore the moor sustainably and stress-free. If you plan to...

Libraries phased return starts from 6 July

Authored by Mary

Libraries will begin to reopen with a limited number of services from Monday 6th July.

Four libraries, Braunton, Chudleigh and Honiton in Devon and Brixham in Torbay, will reopen from Monday 6th July as pilot libraries with public access to choose books from the shelves and use the computer facilities.

A ‘Choose and Collect’ service starts from Monday 6th July, at most...

Devon is in a good position to welcome back visitors

Authored by Mary

Devon is in a good position to start welcoming back visitors from July 4th in line with the Government’s target providing the low trend in Covid-19 cases continues.

John Hart, Leader of Devon County Council, one of England’s 11 Beacon Councils who will be leading the future local management of Covid-19 in partnership with the Government, said: “All the evidence from our Public Health...

Local pubs are often the hub of the community

Authored by Mary

Local pubs are often the hub of the community.

That’s certainly the case in Drewsteignton where The Drewe Arms has been supporting local people on Dartmoor throughout the coronavirus pandemic despite, like all pubs across the country, being closed during the lockdown.

The pub received a £500 grant from Devon County Council’s Prompt Action Fund and it has made it go a long...

‘We need more women engineers to fuel Plymouth’s economic growth’

Authored by News Desk

A leading Plymouth civil engineer says encouraging more women into the profession is vital for re-booting the city’s economic growth after the COVID19 pandemic.

Katy Toms, South West Chair of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and a senior engineer, based at WSP in Exeter, is highlighting the importance of greater diversity of talent ahead of International Women in Engineering...

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