Devon diary

What’s on near our Devon eco lodges

Local pubs: The Kings Arms in Winkleigh is open – not closed as some websites still say. The Seven Stars is another friendly pub in the village.

The New Inn, Sampford Courtenay, about 10 mins drive from the lodges and cottage. Good food. 01837 82247

The Lymington Arms, Wembworthy. Just 2 miles away – from the end of the drive keep turning right and you’ll get there. Ring for opening times 01837 83572 – Good restaurant.

What’s on near our Devon eco lodges in January 2017

On 14 January at 7.30pm Ira Loveworthy is singing Songs for Citizens at the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington. Ira is unveiling a new set of songs that present revealing portraits and explore relationships with poignancy, honesty, insight and, as ever, plenty of humour. Set in a wide variety of styles and supported again by creative local musicians. Additional words and imagery contributed by local artist Franca Westaway. Tickets £5. All proceeds to The David Knott Foundation that provided medical training for teams in areas of conflict and natural disaster.

On Wednesday 18 January the Plough Arts Centre have a comedy gig at 8:15pm. Catch Tiff Stevenson delving into morality, modernity, vanity, mental health, film reboots and clouds. Tickets £12

On Saturday 21 January Vin Garbutt, winner of BBC Radio 2’s Folk Awards Best Live Act is performing at the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington at 8.00pm. Tickets £15.00 Box Office 01805 624624.

Want to know how to make your own soap gifts? On Tuesday 24 January you can join a workshop at the Plough Arts Centre (10am – 2pm) led by Chris Keeley from Hogwash Soap. You will make 1 kilo (approx 10 bars) of natural soap which will be ready to take home the next day. Take an apron and your own rubber gloves if you prefer to use them. Costs £40.00. Box Office on 01805 624624.

What’s on near our Devon eco lodges in February 2017

RHS Rosemoor’s winter sculpture trail starts on 19 November (and runs until mid February).

Saturday 4 February is the Orchards Live Scion Exchange Day at Eggesford Gardens (4 miles from the eco lodges) from 11am to 1pm (but arrive by 10.30am if you have scion to exchange). A scion is a shoot for grafting on to a stock, to produce a fruiting tree. This an informal ‘bring and buy’ mini-market at the garden centre. There will be advice on how to collect and store scions plus grafting demonstrations. Everything you need for grafting, (knives, tape and wax), will be available for sale, including a limited number of rootstocks (M25 and MM106 for standard and medium-size trees).

14-21 February is National Nest Box Week – and half term too. National Trust properties like Lydford Gorge often have nest box building activities.

On Sunday 19 February it’s Grow Your Own Veg Day at Eggesford Gardens (the local garden centre) 11am to 4pm. There will be special offers on the day, and experts on hand to give help and advice and tips and tricks for a successful crop.