This season Fairlynch geologist Nicky Hewitt will be leading walks each month, May - September, to explain the pebblebed and other strata in Budleigh's famous red cliffs, laid down in the hot Triassic desert of 240 million years ago. Located almost at the beginning of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, our cliffs are older and have a fascinating story to tell of tumultuous rivers and scorching winds, in the age before dinosaurs roamed the earth.
The walks will leave from Fairlynch at 2.00pm on the second Tuesday of the month. Heading west to begin with, those who are comfortable walking on the pebbles will descend onto the beach at Steamer Steps to walk the short distance to the start of the pebblebed stratum. Those less mobile are invited to wait at the top of the steps for their return and the remainder of the walk will be easterly along the seafront, to where the traces of ancient roots emerge from the rockface.
The cost will be £2.50 per person, under 16s free. Afterwards, why not tour the museum and see some fossils close up?
The dates are 9th May, 13th June, 11th July, 8th August & 12th September. There is no need to book.
Fairlynch has a great competition for Budleigh Salterton children to create a recycled crown for the forthcoming coronation of King Charles III. The competition is sponsored by Budleigh Salterton Lions Club. Winners will not only get vouchers to spend on crafting goodies, but will also see their crowns displayed in the museum until the end of October.
As the King is a committed environmentalist the crowns must be built only of materials and items found in East Devon recycling boxes and bags. No sharp items to be used please! They must be a strong enough structure to be worn and be all the child’s own work. The competition is open to children living in Budleigh Salterton only and there are three age categories:
Age groups: 5-8 9-12 13-16
Prizes: The Mayor of Budleigh Salterton will present the winners in each category with a £50 voucher and the runners-up with a £25 voucher, in a ceremony at Fairlynch on Friday 28th April at 16.30.
Unfortunately we do not have space at the museum to receive and store the crowns, so entries will be judged by emailed photo.
To Enter: Please take a close-up photograph of the finished crown either on display or on the head of the child who has made it and email it to:
with the name, address and age of the entrant, by the Closing Date of Monday 17th April.
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