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Dartmouth Regatta

If you like regattas then Dartmouth Regatta 2014 it is not to be missed – it must be Dartmouth Regatta Every Time!

Dartmouth Regatta 2014
Come and join the fun from 23rd to 30th August – there really is something for everyone! Put on your glad rags at the Regatta Ball, watch the competitive local Barrel Racing or have a go at Water Polo in the Boatfloat. There are sailing and rowing events all week long, sporting events and of course a full schedule of air display including the ever popular Red Arrows and of course the must see fireworks.

Fireworks at Dartmouth Regatta

Fireworks at Dartmouth Regatta

Red Arrows over Dartmouth

Red Arrows over Dartmouth

Super Dartmouth Regatta firework photograph by Herald Tribune

Super Dartmouth Regatta firework photograph by Herald Tribune

It’s a great time to stay at the luxury family friendly Higher Bowden Holiday Cottages only 4 miles from the center of Dartmouth

This time of year is perfect for making Elderflower Cordial

Here at Higher Bowden Holiday Cottages we are home to quite a few ‘Elders’, which are currently in flower. It is something that we look forward to each year as our Housekeeper enjoys making it into Elderflower Cordial, which we enjoy with sparkling water and served over ice.

Elderflower cordial

Elderflower from an Elder

The Elder belongs to the genus Sambucus and is a member of the Elderberry family (Adoxaceae) and can have a lifespan of up to 60 years.

It is a small tree or shrub with a short trunk (bole) producing many erect, straight suckers. Its bark is grey-brown, corky and deeply furrowed and it twigs and branches have soft pith at their core. The leaves are opposite and pinnate with five to seven leaflets (each 3–9cm long), oval and toothed, with a pungent scent.

Elders are hermaphrodite: they have ‘perfect’ flowers with both sexes represented in one flower. Flowers are grouped in a large flat-topped umbel with many branches (10–20cm across). Individual flowers are approximately 5mm, with five petals and five stamens, and creamy in colour with a heavy, sweet scent. Fruits are a black edible berry (6–8mm) and appear late August to September.

If you would like to make some cordial – here is the recipe that we follow here at Higher Bowden Holiday Cottages.

Kingsbridge Food & Music Festival 2014 is a celebration of the best food and live music our beautiful region can offer.


Yes Sir Boss blues group

It will run from Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June and set on the quay, this year’s festival has something for every member of the family and entry is FREE!

Food lovers will be in their element , with Middle Eastern and Southern Indian food, as well as wood fired pizzas, char grilled Steaks, Sushi, proper Devon Pasties, Thai and Chilli sauces, real ale and wines, meringues, cream teas, puddings, ice cream and much more. The Heron Valley cocktail and cider bar will be running throughout the event.

On the music front, this year there is an eclectic mix ranging from folk, blues and classical, to up-and-coming dance DJ’s, Ska and funk bands. Acts include: Sam Fearon, Panda, Chippie Tucker, Hazaar, The Sheikhs, Dr Oz, and Three Men in a Wok. The festival will also feature the not-to-be-missed, irrepressible 8-piece funk band ‘Freshly Squeezed’; and next-big-thing, the energetic soul band, ‘Yes Sir Boss’, who have played alongside Joss Stone, and featured on BBC Radio 1’s Rob Da Banks show, as well as on Radio 2, and 6 Music.

The Big Jam will take place on Sunday 1st June – an attempt at making a world record for the biggest group musical Jamming session (open invitation for anyone to download the chords and music from the website and come along with their instrument to play!). Talented young musicians are also encouraged to come along on Saturday and Sunday mornings until 11am to busk and showcase their music.


Higher Bowden Adopts miniature pig

Higher Bowden Holiday cottages adopts a miniature pig from Pennywell Farm. Lin (owner of Higher Bowden Holiday Cottages) states “we have worked with Pennywell over the years having bought 3 Goats from them as well as sometimes providing free tickets to our guests. Our guests have always enjoy a superb day out at the farm whatever the weather”.



New Art Loft for 2014

Higher Bowden Holiday Cottages has announced its new “Art Loft” for 2014.The Art Loft will provide children of all ages staying in the award-winning cottages with a fun place to create unique art and craft as a reminder of their holiday.  The facility is a unique blend of traditional art and craft combined with the latest technology using smart phones/tablets to “print” to wood as well as 3D image capture – a first for the holiday cottage industry in the UK.

Art & Craft at Higher Bowden

New Art Loft for 2014

Some of the activities available in the new art loft include, creating wall murals, painting on beach stones, sketching, jewellery-making, ceramic painting, 3D image capture and a unique nature-art trail.

The Art Loft will be open all day for simple activities (such as crayoning – line drawings provided by Pennywell Farm a well-known local attraction ) but there will be dedicated times throughout the week when expert help will be provided for activities such as ceramic painting and using tablet computers  to “paint” or capture a picture and transfer to wood.  Each week we will have a different “art” theme which will be linked to local events throughout the year such as the crab festival, Dartmouth Music festival, Dartmouth Regatta, Agatha Christie week etc.


Happy New Year for 2014

Happy New Year!


From all of us at Higher Bowden Holiday Cottages, have a great 2014 and we look forward to welcoming you when you stay in South Devon during the year.

We will be soon announcing the details of our new Art Loft which will be a great place for all the family to enjoy some fun art & crafts and take home a unique memory of their stay at Higher Bowden Holiday Cottages.