Bampton, Devon

A small town on the River Batherm, only 6 miles from Tiverton, so you could explore both on the same day. The town centre is a conservation area with almost 100 listed buildings and the backdrop of Devon hills is lovely. Each year on the last Thursday in October they hold the Bampton Charter Fair, one of the oldest in the country, dating back to before it received its Royal Charter in 1258. The streets come alive with stalls selling local food and crafts and there are workshops, demonstrations, music and livestock to see. When you’re hungry try The Swan, the Quarryman’s Rest, Ginger Peanut or Bridge House where the garden is a delight.

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