Introduction to Holsworthy
The market town of Holsworthy in the north West of Devon is an excellent place if you want to explore both Cornwall, Devon and the mesmerizing coast along this part of England.
Holsworthy lies at the River Deer and is a town that goes back many centuries and was mentioned in the Domesday Books. It's hilltop location has made it a popular place to live since Saxon times, and has helped the town to gain popularity as a holiday destination. The town is surrounded by rolling hills and offers a beautiful market square where you can discover many remnants of the history of the Holsworthy.
Culture and attractions in Holsworthy
The livestock market in Holsworthy has been held on this side since 1905 and is definitely and experience you won't forget – get a taste of the county life and shop – if you're not into cattle, the Wednesday farmers market might be a better option for that, though.
Aside from that, there is always something going on in Holsworthy, which you might not expect with a town this size: four times a year, a craft fair is held in the Memorial Hall, where local and national artists and craftsmen offer their goods – a visit will surely inspire you.
If you are more inspired by speed and beautiful cars, every June a vintage car rally comes to the town. Many visitors come from all over Britain or even further afield to enjoy the spectacle.
Even in the winter months, people here know how to celebrate: Holsworthy Carnival is held every November and is Devon's last carnival of the season.
Yet undoubtedly the biggest event is St Peter's Fair, which is held every July. For a whole week, there is live entertainment and music throughout the town. The highlight might be the annual crowning of the Pretty Maid, a beauty contest that dates back to 1841. On top of that, the fair features ale tasting, a traditional fun fair and the Furry Dance where people dance on the street throughout the town. Why not join them?
Must-see highlights in Holsworthy
The Holsworthy Museum is an excellent place to check out if you want to learn more about rural life in the area in the past and about the many saints and legends that have shaped the area.
Hikers and cyclists alike will love the various walking trails that lead past the town, such as the Ruby Trail (named after the local Ruby Red cattle breed). The Tarka Trail is a dream for cyclists – the flat path leads from Meeth to Ilfracombe and will not disappoint even the most ambitious cyclist.
The parish church of Holsworthy is the Church of St Peter and St Paul, which is said to have been built in the 12th century. The present church houses some of the carvings from the original church. The most famous feature of the church is it's stained glass art, with one of the rare representations of the devil in stained glass.
Eating and drinking in Holsworthy
Holsworthy offers a variety of traditional pubs and restaurants which pride themselves in hearty fare.
Rydon Inn is an excellent place any time of the day – while the time away with one of their great coffees, enjoy a fine ale or enjoy the food from the daily changing menu.
For a relaxed lunch or dinner, The Bickford Arms is worth a visit. Don't miss out on trying one of their fish dishes!
Accommodation in Holsworthy
With such a fabulous market, it would be a shame to stay in a hotel or B&B in Holsworthy. The best way to make the most of the delicious local ingredients, after visiting a restaurant maybe, is to go shopping at the market and cook yourself in your own holiday home!
35 The Ruby for example is a luxurious lodge outside town that sleeps up to four guests. If you enjoy fishing, this is the place to stay as the nearby lakes offer ample opportunities!
For a real country style stay, the Coach House is one of a variety of beautiful cottages set in 5 acres of garden and woodland. Relax in the open plan living area or enjoy the use of the tennis park and heated indoor pool! It's just 10 minutes away from the stunning beaches of Bude, as well.
So that's our round up of things to do on a weekend in Holsworthy. Have you ever been there? What would you recommend doing if someone went there for the weekend? Please share you experience with us…