There are some top people in Honiton
PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:10 16 January 2018
Fiona Page-Turner, of Honiton's Thelma Hulbert Gallery talks about the town.
What is your favourite building in Honiton and why?
My favourite building is Elmfield House, in Dowell Street, which houses the Thelma Hulbert Gallery where I work. It is a beautiful, airy Georgian townhouse and thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant we have been delving into its heritage as both a family home and artist’s studio, which is really fascinating.
What do you think is Honiton’s biggest asset?
I would have to say the Thelma Hulbert Gallery, wouldn’t I! There are not many market towns lucky enough to have a public art gallery managed by East Devon District Council, showing contemporary art exhibitions of local and national importance and a fantastic programme of events and workshops to boot. Both the garden party every May and Halloween party are now firm favourites for Honiton families.
Where in Honiton have you had your best-ever meal?
Definitely at The Holt. I had fresh sea bass the last time I visited and it’s always worth returning as the atmosphere so friendly.
How do you think Honiton can improve as a town?
We have a great High Street famed for its antique shops plus so many bars and restaurants. We all need to work together to shout about it more! It would be great to have a regular food and/or craft market to get us on the map too.
How do you think Honiton’s tourism fares against other big towns in East Devon?
I think Honiton has a unique tourism offer which is quite different to other seaside towns in East Devon. It is ideally situated just off the A30 as a stop-off for tourists travelling to Cornwall and Dorset. It is flanked by both the Blackdown Hills and the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Honiton has so much to offer to culture vultures, with THG, The Beehive and Lace Museum, and antique lovers alike.