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East Devon is a fantastic place for indoor and outdoor sports and leisure. As well as many facilities we also are lucky to have so much amazing estuaries and the sea.

East Devon District Council’s leisure facilities are now managed and operated by the Leisure East Devon charitable trust.

Please use this link to visit the Leisure East Devon website.

Sports Clubs

There are many sports and physical activity clubs in East Devon and many more informal groups. Libraries are a good source of information of what is available but many clubs are also signed up on the Active Devon website www.activedevon.org.

Museums & Galleries

Axminster Museum

Visitors can discover old police cells, see displays in the former courtroom, and view collections ranging from agricultural tools to Axminster carpets, archaeology to old photographs. The collections offer an insight into Axminster’s illustrious past, the museum also has occasional special exhibitions. Originally the Old Police Station and Courthouse, the museum is opposite St. Mary’s Church in the centre of Axminster.

Axminster Museum, Church Street, Axminster, EX13 58Q.

Telephone: Axminster Tourist Information Centre (01297) 34386
Open end of May to end of September (closed Bank Holidays)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, &Friday 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm
Thursday 10am to 4pm, Saturday 11am to 1pm
Admission: Free

Please Use this link to find out more about Axminster Museum

Colyton – Local History Centre

Colyton Local History Centre provides an exhibition of Colyton’s history, as well as housing the Societies collection of deeds, documents, books, photographs, maps and other records relating to local history. The Local History Centre is situated at the entrance to the main car park in Colyton.

Research Room is open regularly Thursdays 2pm to 5pm, and can be opened at other times by arrangement with John Cochrane, jncochrane@roadgreen.fsnet.co.uk (01297) 552828, or John Addie john-pam@coly99.freeserve.co.uk, (01297) 552610. Town history walks for groups of ten people can be organised at a cost of £2 per head.

Colyton Local History Centre, Dolphin Street, Colyton, EX24 6NA.

Telephone: (01297) 552828
Open from March until October
Exhibition open weekdays 2pm to 4.30pm Exhibition free

Click here to go to the Colyton Local History website

Honiton – Allhallows Museum

Part of the museum is formerly Allhallows Chapel, dating from the 13th Century. In a town famous for lace-making, Allhallows has one of the most comprehensive collections of Honiton lace in the world which has just been redisplayed. There are daily lace-making demonstrations throughout June, July and August. There are further displays of local interest including geology, the world wars and the colourful political history of the town. Allhallows is situated in the centre of Honiton High Street, next to St. Paul’s Church.

Allhallows Museum, High Street, Honiton, EX14 8PE.

Telephone: (01404) 44966
Open April 1st to last Saturday in October
Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm October only 10am to 4pm
Small Admission Charge

Please use this link to find out more about Allhallows Museum

Honiton – Thelma Hulbert Gallery

The Gallery shows a changing display of paintings by artist Thelma Hulbert together with temporary exhibitions of contemporary art and craft. The aim of the Thelma Hulbert Gallery is to support and promote contemporary visual arts and crafts in the East Devon district and beyond. Through the combination of professional and amateur exhibitions, educational projects and artist’s residencies, we create an accessible, high calibre exhibition space. East Devon District Council bought the house in 1995 from the artist’s estate.

Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Elmfield House, Dowell Street, Honiton.

Telephone: (01404) 45006
Open Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm
Admission: Free

Please use this link to find out more about the Thelma Hulbert Gallery

Seaton – Seaton Museum

The museum has a large collection of photographs and documents illustrating life in Seaton in past days. Displays illustrate the history of the Axe Valley, including archaeology, natural history and geology. There are special displays of tradesman’s’ tools, Honiton lace and Victorian costume. The Axe Valley Heritage Association holds a series of informative lectures each winter.

Top Floor, Seaton Town Hall, Fore Street, Seaton EX12 2LD

Telephone: Seaton Tourist Information Centre (01297) 21660
Open last Thursday in May to end of October.
Tuesday to Friday 10.30am to 12.30pm, 2.15pm to 5pm
Admission: Free

Please use this link to find out more about the Seaton Museum

Parks and Gardens

East Devon District Council is responsible for a large number of parks and gardens. Several of these have won awards for their high horticultural and management standards and in 2005, both Manor Gardens in Exmouth and Connaught Gardens in Sidmouth were awarded a Green Flag by the Civic Trust.

Leaflets are available in both Manor Gardens and Connaught Gardens giving some historic information and we have made these available online via the pages for each park.

If you would like any further information regarding East Devon’s parks and gardens, please call Street Scene Services on 01395 517528 or email streetscene@eastdevon.gov.uk.

Rick Wood