Honiton is truly one of the most friendly market towns in the South West. Famous for its lace and pottery, Honiton has now become one of the most prosperous and lively shopping centres in East Devon.
Watch this aerial fly by to get a feel for this picturesque and bustling market town
Historically, the town was one of the centres of the medieval West Country cloth trade and later became famous for its lace. There is an excellent museum containing the main collection of Honiton Lace, while the High Street hosts specialist shops for both antiques and pottery. The High Street, wide enough to allow parking on both sides, is lined with Georgian buildings, many of which are former coaching inns. Small courtyards and alleyways leading off of the High Street provide further compelling shopping. Renowned for its antiques, Honiton’s world-wide reputation is justified by the large number of antique shops situated in or near the High Street itself.
Honiton stands in delightful country of rich farmland watered by the river Otter and several of its tributaries. Steep-sided hills rise between Honiton and the sea, and narrow winding lanes lead to villages that are as charming and interesting as any in Devonshire, providing many miles of footpaths that offer wonderful walking opportunities for the country-lover.
There is a street market in the town on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the year. Fresh local produce and crafts are also available on every third Thursday in the month at the popular Country Market. Early Closing Day is Thursday, although many shops now remain open throughout the day.
There are lots of restaurants and coffee shops, to meet up with friends and family, or just to while away the day.
The Beehive Community Centre is just at the other side of the town centre from Stanhope and hosts many activities including writing classes, university of the 3rd age as well as being the local cinema and venue for music recitals and groups.
And that is just Honiton. This part of Devon is near the sea, it is less than 40 minutes to Exeter on a bus, and being in the middle of some of the most beautiful countryside in the country is host to many attractions and events throughout the year.
It is a lovely place to live.