Leaflets about Great Torrington and it’s history – have you got yours? If not pick them up now from the Tourist Information Centre or the Library and many shops around the town centre.
Great Torrington Museum is a friendly, free museum run entirely by volunteers in the centre of Great Torrington, next to the Pannier Market entrance in the centre of the town. The museum has a remarkable collection of fascinating objects and reflects the diverse history of this ancient market town including exhibits about Glove Making, the Rolle Canal, Pottery and local inventor Thomas Fowler’s early computer.
Most exhibits have been donated by local people over the years, resulting a wonderfully eclectic collection of objects and documents which really bring Torrington’s people and stories to life.
The Museum is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 11am and 4pm (last admission at 3.30pm) until the end of October.
Further information can be found on their website http://www.torringtonmuseum.org.uk/
Have you seen the beautiful hanging baskets in the Pannier Market whilst shopping in the town? I’m sure you will agree they look stunning! The Town Council have provided these using the “Welcome Back Fund” which is a Government initiative to encourage people back into town centres.
The Street Music programme which has been running on a Saturday since the end of July is also part of this scheme.
There are more exciting plans to come which we will keep you informed of when we have more information. Please come along and visit Great Torrington, support our local traders and “shop local”.
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 visit the One Great Torrington website for more information about things to do and places to stay in Great Torrington