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Ottery St Mary, Devon

Ottery St Mary, known as “Ottery”, is a town in the East Devon district of Devon, England, on the River Otter, about 10 miles east of Exeter. The town was the birthplace of the Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

The town is also famous for their November Tar Barrel ceremony. Thousands of people come from surrounding areas to witness this exciting event. In June there is also an event called Pixie Day – great entertainment for children and adults alike.

The streets around Ottery provide a wide variety of independent shops, and eating places. Other places to visit whilst you are there include Ottery St Mary Parish Church. This is a lovely church, and very welcoming.

Within a mile or so outside of Ottery, you will find Escot Country Park. There are a variety of things to do there which include meeting up with the animals including the Red Squirrels. Don’t forget to pay a visit to their well stocked gift shop whilst you are there. Perfect for those little souvenirs!

Cadbury House, a Grade II listed building, is also close by where you will find some beautiful gardens to walk around. The house itself is full of interesting objects and many paintings. There is also a pretty tearoom which supplies mouth-watering refreshments for you during your visit.

Within a short distance of the town centre you will find Otter Nurseries. This is a wonderful garden centre where there is a vast range of plants, garden tools and furniture. There are always plants to buy, as they have such a large variety. I never leave without at least two or three! You can never have enough plants.

I hope you enjoy Ottery St Mary. It is a lovely little town, well worth a visit!

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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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