Things to do in and around Totnes

There is lots to do and see in and around Totnes, South Devon, during your stay with us. Here are a few suggestions.

Dartington Hall Estate – host to many events annually, including the Ways with Words Literary Festival, as well as the Barn art-house cinema, Cider Press Centre (a.k.a. ‘The Shops at Dartington’), beautiful grounds and much more.

Sharpham Estate – Vineyard, Cheese shop and café. A visit to Sharpham is a pleasure for all the senses. Enjoy their individual, hand made wines and cheeses which have a special character and flavour that relates to the estate’s unique position in the South Hams area of Devon. The estate itself is situated in the stunning Dart Valley. Telephone 01803 732203.

Schumacher College – is a unique international educational institution providing individuals and groups from across the world with the opportunity to learn on numerous levels about subjects relating to environmental and social sustainability.

Totnes Rare Breeds Farm & South Devon Railway – both make a nice family day out, reachable on foot from Totnes Passivhaus B & B.

The Devon Guild of Craftsmen is an acclaimed exhibition space for contemporary craft and design as well as a leading charity for craft education. With exhibitions and events, a café and a craft shop. Located in Bovey Tracey. Open daily from 10am to 5.30pm. Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon TQ13 9AF. Telephone 01626 832223.

Devon Weavers Workshop – enjoy learning a new craft or honing your existing weaving skills.

Walking and hiking in Devon – see the county council’s guide to walking trails in Devon

The ReStore – The Re-Store project combines the skills of volunteers and local upcycling artists to Rediscover, Recreate & Rejuvenate items of donated furniture and furnishings from its shop and workshop in Dartington. Located next to the “Shops at Dartington”/Cider Press Centre at Shinners Bridge, the store is just off the foot/cycle path to Totnes as it leaves the Cider Press Centre.

Transition Town Totnes – learn about how one of the leading towns in this international movement is working to build a community-based response to our environment and energy predicaments.

Things to do in South Devon and further afield

The National Trust has a number of attractive houses and gardens – Coleton Fishacre, Greenway, Killerton, Saltram, Overbecks and Castle Drogo – any of which make a relaxing and interesting afternoon out.

South Devon beaches and coastline – there are lots to choose from – Bantham Beach and Sharpitor to Bolt Head are our favourites.

Plymouth, about 30 minutes away from Totnes, has many attractions, including the National Marine Aquarium, Theatre Royal and Drum Theatre and more.

Exeter, also about 30 minutes away from Totnes, has the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre, Spacex Art Gallery and Exeter Cathedral.

Torquay and Paignton are very close by – visit Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts in Torquay, as well as Babbacombe and Goodrington beaches.

Dartmoor Walks This Way – walking and e-bike (electric assist bike) tours of stunning Dartmoor. Telephone 07914 184220.

Dartmouth, Kingswear and Brixham (Berry Head, Fish Market) are all easy to reach from the Totnes Passivhaus.