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Visit South Devon

Visit South Devon is the area tourism partnership responsible for promoting South Devon to national and regional audiences. The main aim of the company is to increase the number of visitors to South Devon for the benefit of the local tourism economy. Visit South Devon works with Visit Devon the Destination Management Organization for Devon.

www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk

Press Releases

Win a Christmas Treat with a Tweet in Visit South Devon’s Christmas Countdown

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Release Date: 19/11/2012

South Devon is the place to spend Christmas this year especially if you are a social media fan where you can combine a fantastic festive break with a whole host of special Christmas goodies thanks to members of Visit South Devon.

http://www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk/lots-to-do/christmas/christmas-countdown...

Visit South Devon Launch Region’s Official Visitor Blog

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Release Date: 01/10/2012

The official marketing organisation for South Devon has launched a brand new blog aimed at providing visitors with a real South Devon insight. From must see features and visitor accounts to special offers and competitions; the Visit South Devon blog is the perfect platform for engaging directly with potential visitors to the region.

visitsouthdevon.tumblr.com welcomes your questions and feedback on all things South Devon and with a new blog post every week there is sure to be something to interest everyone. ...

Strike gold with a water sports adventure in 2012 when you Visit South Devon

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Release Date: 06/09/2012

Water sports fans who were inspired by the heroes of London 2012 will be able to follow their dreams in South Devon which is home to an amazing range of water sports and outstanding facilities. www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk

South Devon may be renowned for its beautiful coast and surfing beaches but it also boasts some of the best facilities for sailing, canoeing, windsurfing and just good old fashioned adventure on the stunning coastline and estuaries of the region....

Mitch Tonks and Nathan Outlaw battle it out to be “ King of South Devon crab” at festival street party

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Release Date: 01/08/2012

Two of the UK’s leading seafood chefs, Mitch Tonks and Nathan Outlaw will be putting their crab cracking skills to the test this weekend at the final event of the South Devon Crab Festival - the Dartmouth Crab Street Party on Sunday 5 August. (12.00pm-4pm)

www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk/crabfestival...

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And the crab is on its way! Or rather the visitors coming to South Devon to celebrate the start of the South Devon Crab Festival. Stephanie Cherrett, marketing manager VSD makes sure everyone gets to try the crab assisted by First Great Western and Blue Chip Holidays.

All aboard the crab train for the launch of the South Devon Crab Festival

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Release Date: 14/07/2012

(*Photo call South Devon Crab Festival launch Wednesday 25 July 12.15pm Teignmouth Railway Station South Devon)

Holidaymakers traveling on the First Great Western train services into South Devon will be introduced to the joys of the region’s wonderful crab as part of the launch of the South Devon Crab Festival on Wednesday 25 July. ...

South Devon Crab festival is back with more bite for 2012

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Release Date: 14/06/2012

The South Devon Crab Festival is back with more bite for 2012 as it is bigger and better than before with more events and parties to celebrate all things crab.

www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk/crabfestival...

Sharpham wine wins accolade of “best wine to accompany South Devon Crab” from judges during English Wine Week

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Release Date: 06/06/2012

Celebrating English Wine Week, Visit South Devon has announced the winner of its search for a Devon wine to accompany its famous South Devon crab that has its own Festival dedicated to it during the summer. (30 July – 5 August). www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk/crabfestival

The 2010 Sharpham Estate Selection from South Devon Sharpham Estate was pronounced the winner by a distinguished panel of judges with an honourable mention given to Knowle-based Lily Farm’s Brut Sparkling Rosé. Those taking part in the blind tasting of 16 wines from an assortment of producers across Devon included international wine writer Susy Atkins, who is one of the regular wine experts from BBC1's Saturday Kitchen together with Master of Wine Xenia Irwin, local wine merchant Nick Borst-Smith, Ben Foster of Newton Wines, James Dart from Dart’s Farm and Jonathan Woollatt from Chris Piper Wines....

Visit South Devon launches hunt for Devon wine to complement its famous South Devon crab

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Release Date: 18/05/2012

The hunt is on for the best Devon wine to complement one of the region’s most famous sea foods - delicious South Devon crab which will be celebrated at the forthcoming 2012 South Devon Crab Festival. (30 July – 5 August). www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk/crabfestival

South Devon is home to some of the UK’s renowned and award- winning vineyards which produce some classic wines which could prove to be the perfect partner for South Devon crab. The winning wine will be showcased at the South Devon Crab Festival later this summer....

Head for South Devon for the Great Windsor Chair Race!

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Release Date: 01/05/2012

Some of the UK’s leading craftsmen and designers will be honing their skills in readiness for the Great Windsor Chair Race which takes place at the Contemporary Craft Festival (15 – 17 June) at Bovey Tracey in South Devon. Renowned furniture makers will be competing against one another and showcasing their skills in a competition to make the iconic Windsor Chair.

Famous names in the furniture world such as Chris Eckersley, who last year made a prototype chair named the Devon Chair which has just received a Design Guild Mark from the Furniture makers’ Livery Company, will be competing against Gareth Neal, a highly innovative furniture maker renowned for his use of digital technology. However at this year’s Festival there is a move to get back to basics and use simple hand tools as a challenge to themselves and a reconnection with their materials. The Great Windsor Chair Racers will also be joined by furniture designers Carl Clerkin and William Warren. William has also produced a contemporary Windsor chair with iconic British furniture brand Ercol, who are sponsoring the Race....

This Easter go miniature pig racing in South Devon!

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Release Date: 05/04/2012

Visit South Devon this Easter and you can enjoy the delights of miniature pig racing at Pennywell Farm at Buckfastleigh. This new venture got its starting orders this week and it has got off to a very promising start. It was nine month old Red Runt who triumphed in the first race. With obstacles like Bacon's Brook and the Trough to contend with the pint sized porkers have to be at the peak of their physical fitness and on sizzling good form.

Pennywell’s owner Chris Murray says, “The pigs have been hamming it up, the visitors have been all out in supporting them and it’s odds on we have a classic activity in the making”....

South Devon provides colourful inspiration for Creative Tourism

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Release Date: 21/03/2012

Visit South Devon has identified an exciting new holiday trend that is seeing visitors coming to locations like South Devon to get their creative juices flowing. Creative Tourism is one of the reasons that Visit South Devon is supporting the Contemporary Craft Festival at Bovey Tracey in Devon (15 -17 June). The Festival provides a spectacular creative focus for visitors who cannot help but be inspired by over 200 of the finest designer makers from all over the country. www.craftsatboveytracey.co.uk.

Stephanie Cherrett, Marketing Manager from Visit South Devon, comments, “We have a number of South Devon based makers who will be exhibiting at the Festival and we are keen to give our support to an event that is attracting visitors to the region from all over the UK and features some truly cutting edge contemporary craft.” ...

What’s hot in South Devon 2012…the essential guide to the best food, arts, sports and cultural events

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Release Date: 01/03/2012

You don’t have to head for London in 2012 to enjoy the nation’s best food festivals, arts, cultural and sports events but to South Devon where there is an unprecedented choice of exciting and inspiring activities to enjoy in one of the UK’s most beautiful and unspoiled locations. www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk

South Devon’s stunning coast and countryside is home to some of the UK’s best food festivals, sailing regattas, arts, events and music concerts. ...

Visit South Devon gives tourism industry a helping hand to boost online reputation

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Release Date: 01/02/2012

Tourism businesses in South Devon can help to boost their business turn over if they manage their online reputation better, according to the Visit South Devon tourism partnership which is hosting a special seminar on this issue. www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk

The seminar “Managing your online reputation” will examine ways local businesses can enhance their reputation or brand name online and help to promote their companies on the Internet....

South Devon tourism businesses strike gold at Visit Devon Awards

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Release Date: 24/11/2011

South Devon tourism businesses have swept the board at the Visit Devon Tourism Awards 2011 which recognises the cream of the Devon tourism industry. www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk

South Devon tourism businesses scooped seven Gold awards and the coveted Winner of Winners accolade as well as a special award for outstanding contribution to tourism at the prestigious ceremony at Exeter’s Sandy Park last night which was hosted by the popular BBC Radio Devon presenter Judi Spiers....

South Devon for all seasons… VSD launch 2012 calendar

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Release Date: 23/11/2011

Iconic images of South Devon’s stunning coast and countryside are featured in a new 2012 calendar which is being launched by the Visit South Devon tourism partnership to showcase the area’s tourism hotspots and “must do” events.

www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk...

Visit South Devon announces appointment of new Marketing Manager

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Release Date: 14/11/2011

Stephanie Cherrett has been appointed as the new Marketing Manager for Visit South Devon (VSD) and brings to the role a wealth of experience in the tourism industry from previous positions at the Science Museum in London, ZSL London Zoo and more locally at the Teign Heritage Centre where she worked as a volunteer publicity officer.

Stephanie’s new role at VSD involves delivering the marketing of the region through a range of activities aimed to achieve tourism strategy objectives across the Teignbridge and South Hams area. ...

Visit South Devon for a festive feast of fun this Christmas!

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Release Date: 08/11/2011

Take a break from the stress of organising Christmas and celebrate with a seasonal break in glorious South Devon where you can indulge in all the delights of the Yuletide season. www.visitsouthdevon.com.

South Devon has a feast of festive fun events which are guaranteed to please everyone from traditionalists to those who enjoy a Christmas with a difference!...

Got the Winter Blues? Head for South Devon and soak up some jazz at the Teignmouth Jazz Festival (18 – 20 November 2011)

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Release Date: 07/11/2011

Teignmouth in South Devon may be famous as the birthplace of the rock band Muse but for November at least it becomes known as the home of jazz.

Those who would rather listen to the Blues than suffer from them, head down to South Devon where there is a thriving jazz scene taking place in the seaside town of Teignmouth. This month sees the 13th annual Teignmouth Jazz Festival attracting around 2000 visitors from far and wide. ...

“Forage for your Breakfast” with the new River Cottage Canteen and Deli Plymouth Team at the Dartmouth Food Festival

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Release Date: 28/09/2011

Fans of local, organic and seasonal food can “Forage for breakfast” in South Devon with the team behind the new River Cottage Canteen and Deli, opening in Plymouth in November, at the high profile Dartmouth Food Festival this Autumn. (21–23 October) www.dartmouthfoodfestival.com

Wild food forager Thom Hunt and star of the Channel 4 TV series, the Three Hungry Boys, is the latest celebrity “foodie” to join forces with the Dartmouth Food Festival, one of the UK’s leading food festivals. Thom is part of the team who are set to launch the new River Cottage Canteen and Deli which is due to open at the Royal William Yard in Plymouth in November....

Dartmouth Food Festival 2011 showcases the UK’s top chefs and food producers

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Release Date: 15/09/2011

Dartmouth Food Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever in 2011 as it showcases the skills of some of UK’s top celebrity chefs as well as 80 of Devon’s outstanding food and drink producers. (21 – 23 October)

www.dartmouthfoodfestival.com...

Thousands turn out to make first ever South Devon crab festival a resounding success

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Release Date: 10/08/2011

The first ever South Devon crab festival has proved to be a resounding success with thousands of people supporting the week- long event according to the festival organisers, Visit South Devon.

Tourism businesses, crab fishermen, chefs and celebrities have all come together during the festival week (31 July – 7 August) to celebrate one of the UK’s finest and delicious seafoods. Highlights of the week included the crab street party in Dartmouth (7 August ) where more than a thousand people turned up to support the event and where 400 people sat down to enjoy a lunch of South Devon crab on the South Embankment. ...

South Devon goes “crab crazy” with the launch of the first South Devon crab festival!

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Release Date: 01/07/2011

South Devon is all set to go “crab crazy” with a feast of fun family events with the launch of the first ever South Devon crab festival at the Church House Inn at Harberton on Sunday July 31 (1-30pm onwards). Check out: http://tinyurl.com/6hcxzxc to see some video action showing a taster of what’s to come.

The Festival Advocate celebrity seafood chef Mitch Tonks will open the festival (August 1-7) which will herald a week- long programme of crab related events at locations all across South Devon. Tourism businesses, crab fishermen and chefs have all come together in a festival to celebrate one of the UK’s finest and delicious seafood....

“Lets have a cracking time” with a Summer Crab Street Party! Visit South Devon launches first ever South Devon Crab Festival

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Release Date: 02/06/2011

Visit South Devon in August for a summer celebration of South Devon crab with the launch of the first ever festival dedicated to all things crab! www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk/crab www.facebook.com/southdevoncrab .

What better way to celebrate one of the UK’s most delicious and sustainable seafood than with one of Devon’s best street parties on the banks of the River Dart in Dartmouth. (Sunday 7 August)...

South Devon becomes home to supper clubs to raise funds for Dartmouth Food Festival

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Release Date: 02/06/2011

Pop up restaurants or supper clubs will soon be springing up all over South Devon this summer as part of a major fund raising scheme to support one of the county’s best loved food events, the Dartmouth Food Festival. www.dartmouthfoodfestival.com

The festival (21 – 23 October) attracts leading regional and national chefs and the county’s premier food producers and for the 2011 festival celebrity chefs Fergus Henderson, Mark Hix and Valentine Warner have already agreed to appear alongside the festival patron Mitch Tonks....

Visit South Devon and Riverford join forces to deliver a nationwide campaign to attract visitors

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Release Date: 15/04/2011

Visit South Devon tourism partnership and Riverford Organic have combined forces as part of a nationwide campaign to promote South Devon.

30,000 copies of the Visit South Devon 2011 tourism brochure are being distributed across the UK through Riverford Organic’s unique vegetable box scheme....

Destination Dartington…. For the UK’s most family friendly food fair!

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Release Date: 14/04/2011

Riverford Organics’ award winning celebrity chef Jane Baxter will be heading the line up of chefs, foodies and entertainers who are all part of the UK’s most family friendly food festival, the Dartington Food Fair. This three-day celebration is the first of its kind and launches in South Devon at the May Spring Bank holiday weekend (28 – 30 May).

This exciting new event at The Shops at Dartington, near Totnes (formerly the Cider Press Centre) is aimed at giving all members of the family a fun and hands on food experience by tasting, making and celebrating Devon’s world renowned larder of food and drink. It is being organised in association with the Taste of the West and supported by Visit South Devon. www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk and Foot Anstey solicitors....

Devon Runner aims to set 12-hour record for Trailblaze extreme sports challenge!

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Release Date: 06/04/2011

All eyes will be on South Devon this Easter as one of the UK’s leading ultra distance runners aims to set a 12 hour record for completing the Trailblaze extreme running challenge which launches on Good Friday in Dartmouth.www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk; www.trail-blaze.com .

Thirty five year old Devon born, Neil Bryant, a data analyst who now lives in Bristol is aiming to complete the 88K Trailblaze course from Dartmouth to Plymouth in just twelve hours on Good Friday (22 April). The running challenge organised by Endurancelife is to be the first in a national series of events being held across the UK and which will position South Devon as a centre for global extreme challenges. ...

Blaze a trail in South Devon this Easter with a unique extreme sports challenge!

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Release Date: 25/02/2011

Visit South Devon this Easter for the launch of the first Trailblaze extreme running challenge which is to be the first in a national series of events being held across the UK and which will position South Devon as a centre for global extreme challenges. www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk and www.trail-blaze.com.

South Devon’s glorious but challenging coastal landscape was chosen for the launch event (Friday April 22nd)* to inspire runners of all abilities from the relaxed 10k runner to the extreme sports enthusiast. Celebrity seafood chef and award-winning restaurateur Mitch Tonks (pictured left) and the renowned gardening expert and TV presenter Toby Buckland will be among those taking part in the first UK Trailblaze challenge. Along with a team from Riverford Organics, remember to look out for their famous carrot runner!...

Major online marketing boost for tourism in South Devon in 2011

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Release Date: 08/02/2011

The South Devon tourism industry is to be given a major marketing boost in 2011 as Visit South Devon and the English Riviera Tourism Company join forces online to market South Devon to national and international visitors.

Whilst each organisation will retain their own long-term marketing strategies to promote their respective areas, the two tourism partnerships recognise the value of a joint online marketing strategy to significantly raise the profile of the region and to promote local tourism businesses....

“Have a cracking time” with the new “Eat Fish app” South Devon crab reaches the iPhone generation

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Release Date: 11/02/2011

Visit South Devon’s campaign to promote South Devon crab reaches the iPhone generation with the launch of a new “Eat Fish” app from the celebrity Devon based restaurateur and chef Mitch Tonks.

Earlier this summer Mitch Tonks and the Visit South Devon tourism partnership launched the “Lets have a cracking time” campaign to highlight the benefits of eating South Devon crab which proved to be a resounding success leading to an increase in sales and renewed consumer interest in South Devon crab....

Three national restaurant awards put South Devon on the UK foodie map

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Release Date: 12/10/2010

South Devon is fast becoming a top UK foodie destination following the announcement of three prestigious national awards for the area’s chefs and restaurants.

The Riverford Field Kitchen at Buckfastleigh has won the ‘Best Ethical’ restaurant award at the Observer Food Monthly awards for the second year running....

South Devon restaurant Ode celebrates prestigious national food award

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Release Date: 08/09/2010

An inspiring South Devon restaurant which champions local produce has won a prestigious national food award in the Good Food Guide.

The Ode restaurant situated in the picturesque village of Shaldon near Teignmouth has received the Editors’ award for “Best Use of Local Produce” in the “Which Good Food Guide 2011”....

Visit South Devon for Blackpool Sands one of the UK’s best beaches

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Release Date: 09/08/2010

Blackpool Sands in South Devon boasts one of the UK’s best beaches and also has an award winning café according to the Guardian and Coast magazine.

They have both published recent surveys of Britain’s best beaches and Blackpool Sands was highlighted as one of the most outstanding beaches to visit and to swim at....

A Head for PR’s involvement in Visit South Devon’s South Devon Crab Campaign has been invaluable, to think that in the last 6 months we have reached over 10 million people nationwide with PR coverage is a testament to the teams hard work and passion. Within weeks of developing this campaign we had coverage in national magazines, newspapers and most importantly, local and national TV coverage with the BBC, ITV and the Good Food Channel!

Sue Wiles, Marketing Manager Visit South Devon

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