Famous for its shops’ policy of banning the use of plastic carrier bags, the town of Modbury in South Devon has a great sense of community and boasts a number of small independent retailers. From arts and crafts to fine dining on quality local produce, Modbury is a picturesque and lively West Country holiday destination that takes the idea of preserving its unique environment seriously.
Recorded in the Doomsday book Modbury, meaning ‘meeting place’ in Old English, is a Saxon settlement. The town was the scene of two battles in the English Civil War, and by the 19th Century was prospering thanks to the wool trade. Today the town attracts visitors for its rural location and cultural heritage.
Things to do
If you want a base that’ll let you explore everything that South Devon has to offer easily, then Modbury is ideally placed to access a great range of attractions. It’s close to the coast, estuaries and the Dartmoor National Park, but if you want to stay a little closer to town then there are plenty of festivals and events throughout the year. Modbury has a strong sense of community, and the whole town comes together to celebrate Modbury May Fair every year, featuring stalls, performances and entertainments.