Things To Do
Take a visit to the Dolphin House Gallery and take in the original works of art by contemporary artists displayed in exhibitions and open-gallery events. In the family-run gallery you’ll find examples of textiles, pottery, art and sculptures from prominent, as well as up-and-coming, artists both local and national.
Take A Train Ride
A visit to Colyton would not be complete without a trip on the Seaton Tramway.
The Seaton Tramway operates electric narrow-gage trams over a three-mile route that offers up the best views of the Axe Valley alongside the Axe River wetlands to Seaton. Throughout the year the folks behind the scenes of the Tramway create experiences such as The Polar Express and The Dinosaur Tram, which are sure to delight the whole family.
Blackbury Honey Farm is the place to go for some seriously good fresh honey to smother over your bread. Meander through the wildflower gardens and pop into the gift shop for some tasty presents.
Pack a picnic and take a scenic tour of the surrounding area on two wheels. In Queens Square visit Soanes Cycles, where the great guys here will fit you up with bikes to hire for a day. Head east towards Musbury Castle for a mostly traffic-free ride.
Eat And Drink
Merchants Tea Rooms
This traditional tearoom is situated in the historical building of Merchant’s House, so pop in for a friendly welcome and a delightful afternoon cream tea. A garden to the rear of the house offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy their tea in a quintessential English countryside garden. Dogs are welcome both in and outside the tearooms.
The Tramstop Restaurant
Add to your day-trip after a ride on the Seaton Tramway, or beforehand if you’d prefer to fuel up before your adventure, with a visit to the Tramstop Restaurant for one of their delicious cakes or light lunches. Seating on the platform adds a bit more of a special treat.
Liddons Dairy Tearoom
Just down the road from the Tram Station these ‘tropical tea gardens’ combine the experience of a small petting zoo with a traditional country tearoom. Guinea pigs, horses and the ever-popular llamas are a great diversion for little ones whilst you sip on your tea on the sun-soaked patio, complete with palms and parasols to add to the tropical feel.
With a range of local ales on tap this 16th century inn in the heart of Colyton makes an ideal pit-stop for a thirsty. The carvery served each Sunday is very popular, and a great afternoon can be spent in the skittles alley.
The Kingfisher Inn
Renowned for its friendly atmosphere, this pub serves a great traditional menu and is popular amongst locals and visitors alike.
Rebel Town Pizza
This pizzeria hand-creates all their authentic, rustic pizzas with their own dough before cooking to perfection in their wood-fired oven. Contact the team to make an order before heading to their pop-up location.
Events And Festivals
Southleigh Fayre & Country Market
Take that old favourite team competition tug-o’-war, add some sheep racing, carriage rides, fresh produce and craft stalls and you have a lovely country fair in the picturesque village of Southleigh just outside of Colyton.
Colyton Carnival Week
A week-long carnival of treasure hunts, arts-and-craft shows, bindo and bowls tournaments, with Petticoat Lane Street Market the main draw for many.
Colyton Carnival Illuminated Parade
A delightful parade to finish off the Colyton Carnival Week.
Michaelmas Goose Fayre
A colourful procession of many hundreds of people follow the Mayor of Colyford and his lady down to Springfield, to the accompaniment of much music and jollity from the Mummers and the many providers of Medieval music. The Medieval costumes on display are a real treat.
Colyton Christmas Fayre
Every Christmas sees the village fill up with stalls, carol singers, mulled wine and mince pies, live music, lights and Santa’s Grotto. A family-friendly event to celebrate the festivities of Christmas.
Shop Til You Drop
The Garden Shop and Café
Indoor/outdoor plants and a wide range of homeware and fair-trade gifts fill this pretty shop, where gifts for everyone can be found. There’s a little café on site for those who need a pick-me-up after browsing the shelves.
A sweet-lover’s dream, this wonderful little shop specialises in handmade chocolates and packaged confectionery. Added to the tasty delights you can also find a selection of gifts sure to appeal to everyone.