North Devon AONB Marathon & Half Marathon, 24th June 2018

Run the UK's most beautiful race while raising money for the North Devon Hospice.

Places are still available for the North Devon AONB Marathon and Half Marathon. Information on the race and how to register can be found here.

The half marathon takes in Woolocombe and Putsborough beaches, Baggy Point, Croyde and Saunton.

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The full marathon route continues from Woolocombe to Morthoe, Lee Bay and Ilfracombe, returning to Woolocombe.

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Oceanfest 15, 16 & 17 June 2018!

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The line-up is looking great (again!) for the 20th Edition of Oceanfest 15-17 June 2018.

Friday 15th June: Chase and Status, Mista Jam, Jaguar Skills

Saturday 16th June: Jess Glynne, COASTS

Sunday 17th June: Razorlight, Toploader

#Oceanfest18 takes place in Croyde, North Devon - a mere 30 minute walk from Thornclose Barn, making Thornclose a great base for attending this event.

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More info on #Oceanfest18 including ticket sales can be found here:

Hope to see you there!

Return of the Foragers...

After a successful visit in May of this year, Fred Gillam (a.k.a. Fred the Forager) will be returning to Thornclose Barn in May 2017 to host another full weekend of North Devon foraging.  Following on from the success of this years course we are glad to see a return visit in the calendar.  If you'd like to join Fred for a weekend of collecting wild food around the beautiful North Devon coastal countryside then follow the link below and find out more.  I can personally vouch for Fred's exceptional expert knowledge of the edible wild plants to be found in the UK having joined him last year on several enjoyable and very informative mushroom forays.

A Forager's follow up

We recently had a group of Foragers staying in the barn lead by renowned expert Fred Gillam - a.k.a. "Fred the Forager".  It seemed as though they had a wonderful stay in the barn and found plenty to keep them interested in the nearby fields, hedges and beaches.  Fred reported a huge variety of tasty finds from seaweeds to salad leaves and primrose to plantain - all in all a memorable weekend for all those taking part.  For more information on the courses run by Fred visit his website at

For those of you not so confident about foraging for your food we've just planted a large herb bed in the garden to satisfy the less adventurous visitors need to pick something!

Coastal Foraging at Thornclose Barn

Fred Gillam a.k.a. Fred the Forager will be running a Weekend of Coastal foraging based in and around Thornclose Barn.  The course takes place from the evening of the 13th May to Sunday 15th May 2016.  Expect lots of coastal, hedgerow and meadow foraging, lots of cooking and sampling of wild food and evenings spent chatting by the fire with a glass or two of Dandelion and Elderflower wine.

To see more details and enquire about spaces on the weekend follow the link below to Fred's website: