Honiton

If it isn’t already, Honiton should become the byword for short breaks and day trips in Devon. This East Devon town grew up around the Fosse Way, an old Roman Road, and has several points of interest for visitors:

First up should be a visit to the Allhallows Lace Museum, to learn more about the market town’s longstanding connection with lace making. Although Honiton also made inroads into the cloth trade, it was lace making where it really made its name, at one time contributing lace for Queen Victoria’s wedding dress.

In keeping with the historical theme, if you arrive at the right time of year, you and your children could enjoy the famous ‘Hot Pennies Day’. ‘Hot Pennies’ is a ceremony dating back to the 13th century, where the rich would essentially give to the poor, by throwing pennies out of windows. These days, it’s something aimed at the children.

Elsewhere, Honiton is a great place to hunt down antiques and pottery, and there are around 20 antique shops in the town, and antique festivals form part of the town’s events program. You’ll also find a good range of community events, street markets, and traditional cafes and tea rooms to enjoy. There’s also the annual Honiton Agricultural Show, which took place for the 121st time in 2011.

Interested? Then you may want to find out about places to stay in Honiton and the surrounding area as well. There are holiday parks, inns, farmhouses, Georgian houses, and traditional cottages, all offering accommodation, if you’d like to stay in the so-called ‘town in the country’.