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Photo competition

The Town Council has recently taken over a subscription for Great Torrington to have a presence on the Visit North Devon website.  This website is run by the North Devon Marketing Bureau who are working closely with Visit Devon to encourage more visitors to North Devon, to stay longer and to spend more. You can access the website here: https://www.visitdevon.co.uk/northdevon

The Town Council is updating the information about Great Torrington on the Visit North Devon website and would like the community’s help in selecting 5 photos for the website to showcase our fantastic town and everything it has to offer.  Below you will find 15 photos and we would like you to choose your top 5 and let us know either by email (admin@great-torringtontowncouncil.gov.uk) or by phone (01805 626135) by quoting the photograph number.  Once we have everyone’s feedback, we will choose the most popular photographs to be shown on the Visit North Devon website.

The competition will close on Friday 27th November 2020 and we hope to have the selected photographs uploaded onto the Visit Devon website in December.

The Town Council would like to thank Cllr John Insull for supplying all the photos.

1 – Town Centre Clock
2 – Town Centre, Town Hall
3 – Pannier Market
4 – Mayfair, Town Clerk
5 – Mayfair, Town Crier
6 – Castle Hill View 1
7 – Castle Hill View 2
8 – Rolle Road
9 – River Torridge 1
10 – River Torridge 2
11 – River Torridge 3
12 – Taddiport Bridge
13 – Secret Memorial Garden
14 – Tarka Valley Railway
15 – St Michaels & All Angels

Visit Great Torrington

This friendly, welcoming town, set in the heart of rolling, unspoilt green countryside, has become recognised as an important heritage centre for the history of the 17th century.  Great Torrington had a significant role in the English Civil War, specifically, the Battle of Great Torrington in 1646 which marked the end of the Royalist resistance in the West Country. This led to the eventual defeat and execution of King Charles 1.

Great Torrington today is a vibrant community and people in the town, proud of their heritage, can often be seen dressed in 17th century costume for re-enactments, festivals and celebrations. Great Torrington, the town on the River Torridge, is an ancient settlement extraordinarily sited on a cliff top with steep drops down to the River Torridge below. This impressive situation has always been valued for its strategic importance; now it is valued for its spectacular views. The Torridge Valley lies in the very heart of Tarka Country. This wonderful landscape has remained practically unchanged since Henry Williamson found inspiration here to write his classic novel ‘Tarka the Otter’ in the 1920’s.

On the first Thursday in May the annual May Fair celebration takes place, first held in 1554, complete with the crowning of the May Queen plus Maypole and Floral dancing in the Town Square (see video below). The Fair culminates with the Carnival procession on the following Saturday night. Later in the year there is a week of entertainment by the town’s own Silver Band. Every few years during August Bank Holiday Weekend there is a charity bonfire event that is second to none and then as Christmas approaches, a candlelit “Big Sing”.

Please click HERE to view a Map of Great Torrington.

Please click here to visit the One Great Torrington website for more information about things to do and places to stay in Great Torrington