Ashburton, Devon

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Ashburton Town Hall
  • Ashburton Town Hall
  • Ashburton Town Centre
  • Ashburton Arts Centre
  • Ashburton Streets with colourful shops and houses
  • Ashburton Church in backgrond
  • Ashburton Town Centre
  • Ashburton Town Hall and Town Centre
  • Ashburton Town Centre
  • Ashburton Town Centre
  • Ashburton Town Hall with Bike
  • Ashburton Town Centre
  • Ashburton Town Centre with Dartmoor in Background
  • Ashburton Town Hall with Antiques Sign

Nestled in the heart of South Devon, Ashburton is a charming market town that seamlessly blends historical allure with contemporary vibrancy. Surrounded by the picturesque landscapes of Dartmoor, this quaint town beckons visitors with its quaint streets, independent shops, and a warm community ambiance. Ashburton's rich history, evident in its architecture and landmarks, makes it a fascinating destination for those seeking a quintessential English experience in a rural setting.

History of Ashburton

Ashburton's history dates back to Saxon times when it was a significant trading post. The town's name is believed to originate from the Old English words 'aesc' (ash tree) and 'beorht' (clearing), highlighting its wooded surroundings. Over the centuries, Ashburton grew in importance as a wool and tin trading hub, and its medieval market square, still a focal point today, attests to its historical significance. It’s also one of four Stannary towns in Devon, alongside Chagford, Plympton and Tavistock. The St. Lawrence Chapel, a 15th-century structure, stands as a testament to the town's enduring architectural heritage.

Things to Do in Ashburton

Ashburton offers a delightful array of activities for visitors. Explore the historic St. Lawrence Chapel and immerse yourself in the town's past at the Ashburton Museum. For nature enthusiasts, the nearby River Dart provides a tranquil setting for walks and picnics. The town is a gateway to Dartmoor National Park, offering opportunities for hiking, cycling, and wildlife spotting.

Events in Ashburton

Throughout the year, Ashburton hosts a variety of events that celebrate its culture and community spirit. The Ashburton Food and Drink Festival in September is a highlight, showcasing local culinary delights. The Little Big Town Festival, also in September, attracts music and art enthusiasts with its soulful performances and workshops. Additionally, the Ashburton Carnival in July brings the community together with colourful parades and entertainment for all ages.

Food & Drink in Ashburton

Ashburton is a gastronomic delight, boasting a range of eateries that cater to diverse palates. From traditional Devonshire cream teas to international cuisines, the town's cafes, pubs, and restaurants offer a culinary journey. Local produce markets provide an opportunity to taste and purchase fresh, regional ingredients.

Something a Little Different

For a unique experience, visitors can delve into Ashburton's thriving arts and culture scene. The town hosts performances, workshops and galleries where local artisans showcase their craft. The Ashburton Arts Centre is a hub for contemporary art, including music, poetry, and plenty more; it’s the perfect place to explore the region's artistic talent. The town is host to a number of unusual ceremonial events throughout the year dating from the stannary days, including an ale tasting and bread weighing ceremony (held at the end of July each year).

Ashburton invites travellers to step back in time, explore the beauty of Dartmoor, savour local flavours, and engage in creative pursuits. Whether you're interested in history, outdoor activities, culinary experiences, or artistic endeavours, Ashburton offers a well-rounded and enriching escape in the heart of South Devon.

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