Monthly Archives: March 2014

The First Wave exhibition at The Museum of British Surfing – new from April 5th 2014

TFW OverviewThe Museum of British Surfing re-opens after its annual winter refit on Saturday April 5th 2014, with its third major new exhibition ‘The First Wave – surfers & their stories‘.

This exciting new display has touch-screen units so that you can find out about British surfing history from those who were there, including interviews with people who were surfing here almost 100 years ago! A new eight minute film about UK surf heritage has been produced and will be showing on a loop on a special screen.

You’ll be able to see action & hear stories from famous British surfers like big wave experts Andrew Cotton & Gabe Davies, plus the late Viscount Ted Deerhurst who became the UK’s first professional surfer back in 1978.

Surfboards and other items have been selected that help to tell the story of surfing in the UK, and for the first time we are adding QR codes to many items on display so that you can find out even more information on your smartphone.

We are celebrating opening for our third year with a revamped price structure for visitors giving even better value for money. From April 2014 when you buy a full price adult or concession ticket you can get in free for the rest of the year! Plus children aged 16 and under now go free (when accompanied by an adult), which means it will be cheaper for families to come & enjoy our surf culture and heritage displays.

There are new children’s activities for 2014, and we’ll reveal more about the fun ‘pop-up’ challenge with Ollypop very soon! There’s the ever popular spotter’s trail, and the chance to play pinball on an original 1970s surfing themed pinball machine!

‘The First Wave’ exhibition runs from April 5th to December 31st 2014 at the Museum of British Surfing, Caen Street car park, Braunton, North Devon EX33 1AA – see the information section on our website for opening times, admission charges and directions.

Image: copyright Museum of British Surfing

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Stuart Holder’s Nursery at Chivenor, Braunton


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Nona’s Kitchen – Authentic Homemade Indonesian Food


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The Big Spring Beach Clean


Join the Big Spring Beach Clean this weekend and help tackle the marine litter crisis.

In the wake of the winter storms our beaches have been impacted by marine litter on an unprecedented scale. Tide lines are covered in a thick, multi-coloured layer of marine litter as far as the eye can see. Cotton bud sticks, shipping crates, carrier bags, water bottles, fishing netting, cigarette butts, mermaid’s tears – the vast majority of it plastics.


In response to these devastating beach scenes Surfers Against Sewage is calling on coastal communities to help tackle this crisis as part of the Big Spring Beach Clean.

Everyone is welcome at these fantastic events.

Saturday 29th March:

Crow Point: 10.30am – 12.30am

Croyde (Downend Car Park): 10am-Midday

Sunday 30th March:

Saunton Sands: 10am

Volunteer now before the problem becomes bigger than we are…




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Braunton from the Beacon Trail


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March 22 – Quiz and Chips in Braunton


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A Braunton Business launches National Franchise

CDs Farm ShopMoo Music, an under 5’s music class, is going nationwide. It has enjoyed a phenomenally successful first year, with 15 classes already up and running and plans for many more in the next 12 months.

Moo Music is the brainchild of husband and wife team Ant and Jess Parker who live in Braunton with their two daughters, Hannah, 10, and Eve, 8.

Moo Music is a musical feast for pre-school children, featuring four fabulous characters – Maggie Moo, Ollie Oink, Henry Horse and Doris Duck – created by renowned artist Alan Rogers, whose credits include TV classics Bod, Pigeon Street and The Flumps. Each character has its own repertoire of 25 songs by well-known songwriter Craig McLeish, who has worked on hit West End shows like Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, as well as many television favourites.

The songs were recorded by professional singers and musicians, and a team of primary education experts was involved in every stage of Moo Music’s development. Janet Reynolds, who runs Moo Music classes in Braunton, Georgeham and Ilfracombe, says feedback from parents has been overwhelmingly positive. “Even the quietest children are singing and dancing after a week or two because sharing music is such a brilliant way to boost confidence.”

Ant has a great deal of experience in the music industry. He spent 10 years as lead singer and guitarist in a folk rock band, which toured internationally and enjoyed much success. He now runs his own record and music publishing companies with the help of his wife Jess. When their daughters came along they wanted to do something which combined their interests in business and music, and the concept of Moo Music was born. “We’ve had a wonderful first year,” says Jess. “The enthusiasm from everyone involved has been astonishing and we can’t wait to welcome even more children, parents and class leaders to the Moo Music gang!”

To find out more about Moo Music franchise opportunities visit and watch the 2 minute video. Please do forward to other that way be interested. Postcode territories start from as little as £99 with most UK postcodes costing £999 or less. Locally EX31, EX32, EX33 and EX34 have already been sold.

For the general public website please go to

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Plan B – a green drinks evening in Braunton

Want to meet others in this community who care about the environment and want to live sustainably?

Come along to The Aggi, Braunton every third Friday of the month 7.30pm onwards for an informal drinks evening called Plan B.

No agenda – a chance to share ideas – just hang out – anyone welcome

Starts Friday 21 March

Ask behind the bar if you can’t find us!

Plan B is organised by the North Devon Transition Forum, a network or local people sharing community-led ideas, events and activities in response to climate change, economic hardship and shrinking supplies of cheap energy.

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Snowdrop Valley today


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