Honiton to welcome Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 July 2018

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall on a visit to Braunton in 2013

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall on a visit to Braunton in 2013

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Royalty is coming to Honiton next week when the The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall make their annual visit to the South West.

The Royal couple will visit the hotly anticipated Gate to Plate event on Wednesday (July 18), which has already seen 60 stallholders confirm their attendance.

This year’s visit will focus on the region’s local businesses, from the artisan producers who help bolster the area’s food and drink sector to innovative firms.

His Royal Highness, who is well-known for his advocacy on environmental issues, will also attend part of the Ocean Plastic Solutions Day, organised by Surfers Against Sewage.

Another highlight will be Their Royal Highnesses’ visit to the Isles of Scilly - St Mary’s and St Martin’s - on Tuesday (July 17).

In addition, the Royal couple will show their support for local communities.

Her Royal Highness will attend a reception to mark the 15th anniversary of the Cornwall Community Foundation, of which she is Patron.

Both Their Royal Highnesses will visit the village shop in St Tudy, a community-run business, where they will meet the volunteers who staff the shop and will officially open its new extension, which provides a meeting space for local residents.

Honiton’s Gate to Plate event is a celebration of some of the district’s most outstanding businesses.

It will let people to see, try and buy a range of products as the traders will be bringing along samples of the highest quality local food and drink for people to taste.

Entertainment on the day will include Honiton Town Band and the children’s choir from Honiton’s Littletown Primary Academy.

The event is being organised by East Devon District Council and supported by Honiton Town Council and Taste of the West, the largest independent regional food group in the UK.

Mark Tredwin, town clerk for Honiton Town Council, said that the town is looking forward to welcoming many visitors to the event.

He added: “It doesn’t matter if you are from Honiton, Hull or Houston - everybody who comes can be assured of a warm welcome with plenty of food and drink to sample and take home.

“We are very grateful that such a fantastic group of participants have agreed to come along and show what the area can produce.”

Diversions on the day will be in place in the town from 6am to 6pm and the event will be open from 9am to 4.30pm.

If you’re travelling by car, free parking is available at St Rita’s off Ottery Moor Lane and further down at Honiton Business Park and Tesco car park (limited to a specific area).

A shuttle bus service will regularly run to and from the town centre from these three free car parking sites.

There is a further free parking area at Allhallows Rugby Club ground which is within walking distance of the event.

Pay-for-parking car parks are available at Silver Street, Lace Walk, Thelma Hulbert, King Street, New Street North and New Street South.

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