TOPSHAM, Devon

Topsham is an attractive town on the Exe estuary, Devon, in England's Westcountry. Now part of Exeter, it nevertheless maintains a distinctive identity. Loved by its locals, and savoured by those who visit, Topsham offers river walks; wildlife; a Saturday morning market; many characterful shops, restaurants and inns; and quiet space to sit and watch the sailing boats go by. But while present-day Topsham is undoubtedly picturesque and has a rich historical heritage, it always has been a working town. Despite no longer being one of the great trading ports of Britain, it continues to have a very strong business and commercial life, with traditional maritime trades continuing alongside the modern and computerised. The site aims to support and encourage the current and future community, so that the history which awaits us may be just as interesting and rewarding.

Topsham - looking north from Quay

Bunny seeks owner

This Mothercare Beasley Bunny has been sitting on a window-sill opposite Matthews Hall, Topsham, for several days. I've taken him in for safe keeping, but I'm sure he'd like to go home. If you recognise him, e-mail me (ray@raygirvan.co.uk).

Bowling Green Marsh Hide

News from RSPB Devon:
"We’re pleased to say that the new hide down at Bowling Green Marsh is open and ready for business! We hope you’ll come and make the most of this exciting new facility and with winter fast approaching (sorry!) there will be more and more birds arriving. We’ve already had a visit from an avocet and there’s osprey here now, so come along and see what you can see.

Topsham along the river Exe


Topsham along the river Exe from neil ewins on Vimeo.

Neil Ewins sent me a link to this stunning UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) flypast of Topsham - best viewed fullscreen. See Neilewins.com and his commercial page Ewins Aerial for background and other Devon aerial movies.

TOPSHAM TOWN FAYRE WEEK 2014

The Topsham Town Fayre 2014 takes place from Saturday 16th - Saturday 23rd August. Billed in the programme as having new ideas and fresh energy, this year's program includes some new events including a family fun day featuring The Wild Experience (where you can see and handle wild animals), an Antiques Valuation Evening, and Diamondogz 70s Night (an evening of glam rock in Matthews Hall). See the print programme - on sale from Topsham Stores - for full details, but a basic listing is online here: TOPSHAM TOWN FAYRE WEEK.

Topsham from the air

The Summer 2014 issue of EX magazine has a very nice feature on some photography commissioned by the local estate agents Wilkinson Grant, using a drone camera to take aerial videos and 'tilt-shift' stills of Topsham, Lympstone and Woodbury.

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