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NORTH DEVON NAMED AS ‘ENGLAND’S ADVENTURE COAST’

North Devon has been officially rebranded as ‘England’s Adventure Coast’ as part of an ambitious new campaign to boost tourism, encouraging visitors to discover, explore and enjoy the area.

Launched during English Tourism Week (30 March – 7 April), the new campaign will now be promoted across the country in a bid to promote North Devon like never before.

England’s Adventure Coast, which stretches from the Cornish border into Exmoor, features in a beautiful new video telling the story of North Devon and encouraging people of all ages to have adventures.

The inspiring video, made by local video production company Panoptic Motion, focuses on the outdoor landscape and the abundance of activities this offers, from wild swimming on Exmoor, to breathtaking coastal walks; from exploring pretty stone-villages, to surfing some of the best beaches in Britain.

The cinematic-style short advert is part of a wider campaign, including a comprehensive social media promotion and fresh new branding.

Nick White, Chair of the North Devon Marketing Bureau, said: “We are so very proud to announce North Devon as England’s Adventure Coast.

“It is such a special place in the country and it is our landscape that
truly sets us apart. We identified the natural resources of the region
to be something very special and wanted to recreate the spirit of
adventure the area offers to all ages.

“The campaign conveys the concept of adventure being much wider than about extreme sports: it is also about the heritage of the area, the wealth of locally produced food and drink and the independent businesses who embody the spirit of ‘adventure’. This is about celebrating that sense of adventure.

“Having a strong identity is vital in tourism – we hope this new brand
sets us apart, giving North Devon the platform it needs to compete in an increasingly competitive market.”

To watch the film, please visit: www.northdevon.com

NATIONAL PARK RANGERS SHARE THEIR EXMOOR EXPERIENCE

Ten new dates to enjoy a Ranger Experience have just been released by Exmoor National Park Authority, after a successful trial run last year.

During the one-day tour people will have the chance to ride with an Exmoor National Park Ranger in their Land Rover, sharing their extensive knowledge of almost every aspect of Exmoor life based on decades of experience of working with communities, farmers, landowners and conservationists in the area.

Travelling from Dunster with a maximum of three others, they will be taken through spectacular landscapes not often known to visitors, with a pit-stop at an Exmoor hill farm to meet the farmer and enjoy a local produce lunch. They will also have the chance to go behind the scenes and meet the team responsible for hand-crafting the distinctive countryside gates, fingerposts and footbridges seen throughout the National Park’s 1,300km rights of way network, all made from timber sustainably sourced from its own woodlands.

Dan James, Sustainable Economy Manager at Exmoor National Park Authority, said: “After a sell-out pilot last year, we’re delighted to be able to offer ten more dates for people to learn first-hand from our Rangers about the work done to protect and conserve the National Park through this unique experience. It’s a great opportunity to meet some real Exmoor characters and visit very special places not often seen by visitors or residents.”

The Ranger Experience is part of the English National Park Experience Collection launched earlier this year – a selection of over 70 immersive experiences showcasing that best of England’s National Parks and funded by VisitEngland’s Discover England Fund.

Local company Exmoor Trim, based in Williton, manufacture quality products for Land Rovers and are sponsoring this year’s Exmoor National Park Ranger Experiences.  Andrew Horton, their Managing Director, said: “We were excited to hear about this great opportunity for people to learn more about the National Park with a Ranger and know it will spark the interest of all Land Rover and outdoor enthusiasts. We are pleased to be supporting Exmoor National Park Authority and to be associated with all the work they do to protect the magnificent landscape.”

Tickets cost £145pp. More details and booking for dates from June to October can be found at www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/ranger-experience, or by visiting a National Park Centre at Dulverton, Dunster or Lynmouth, or calling 01598 752509. Exclusive bespoke Ranger Experiences can also be arranged.

A LIFE IN COLOUR: THE ART OF DORIS HATT

The life and works of a remarkable Somerset artist, with a revolutionary spirit, are being celebrated in a new exhibition opening at the Museum of Somerset on 16 March.

The twentieth-century artist Doris Hatt (1890–1969) was a Somerset pioneer of British modernism. She exhibited her vibrant works over almost five decades, beginning in 1920, and contributed to many exhibitions in the South West.

Sam Astill, Head of Museums at the South West Heritage Trust, said: “Doris Hatt was a woman ahead of her time – a feminist and socialist whose remarkable life and artistic achievements have remained surprisingly little known.”

Doris’ painting style developed over time as she absorbed the major influences of twentieth-century modernism, including cubism, purism, abstraction and the works of Cézanne, Picasso, Braque, Dufy and Léger. Her work includes portraiture, still lifes and landscapes. Clevedon, Watchet, East Quantoxhead and Wedmore are among the recognisable South West landscapes depicted in her art.

Doris’ modernist approach extended beyond her work as an artist. She designed her own Art Deco/Bauhaus style home in Clevedon where she lived with her partner Margery Mack Smith, a school teacher and weaver. It became a meeting place for radical activity in both the arts and politics. As a member of the Communist Party, Doris twice stood unsuccessfully for local election.

Co-curator Denys Wilcox from The Court Gallery added: “For 50 years Doris was an acknowledged but under-appreciated artist. We look forward to this exhibition bringing Doris Hatt the wider recognition she so richly deserves.”

The exhibition ‘A Life in Colour: The Art of Doris Hatt’ is being produced in association with the Court Gallery. It will be open at the Museum of Somerset, Taunton, from 16 March to 29 June.

The Museum of Somerset is part of the South West Heritage Trust, an independent charity that protects and celebrates Somerset and Devon’s rich heritage.

Visit museumofsomerset.org.uk

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