Monday 10th April, 11am-4pm. The Heritage Simonsbath Sawmill will be opening the gates to people of all ages and hosting a truly Exmoor Easter Extravaganza.
Witness the vast cultural heritage of Simonsbath and understand the importance of managing our woodlands whilst conserving and preserving the beauty of our National Park.
See and hear the spectacular Ruston Hornsby engine in action, still powering the Sawmill after 70 years.
Take a trip back in time to the Old Carpenter’s workshop. Here you will find a treasure trove of ancient, historic tooling used by the Carpenters of the Knight Estate.
Experience the sheer force of the water power with our sawyer team on hand to demonstrate the engaging of the engine
The extravaganza is entirely free to enter however, a percentage of proceeds from sales will be donated to Caremoor for Exmoor.
Not only will you be able to see the historic Sawmill in action, we have invited quite the variety of local producers, makers and businesses to join us for the day.
First up on our Easter Extravaganza list is our dear friend and all round nature champion Ema @wildwellies
Ema is a forest school educator, acting as a conduit between our beloved native Exmoor and the next generation.
Ema launched Wild Wellies (tales and treasures) ten years ago and is at her happiest when immersed in nature working with young minds.
Not only is she providing a safe space for our youth to explore and understand our landscape, she has published and released 2 books.
My Favourite tree in 2019 – a delightful activity book allowing people of all ages to find and connect with nature through identifying their favourite tree.
This publication gave way to the collaboration on our ever popular My Favourite Tree competition
The Snowdrop tree 2021 – a collaboration with Denise Ross, who founded the charity “Slide Away” in memory of her son Daniel. This beautifully illustrated book gently draws children into conversation supporting both parents and children with the grieving process.
Ema will be providing fun, nature immersed activities for children and families to enjoy throughout at the day.
BurntChips is a husband-and-wife team making bespoke wooden products from their workshop in Carhampton.
They use both laser and CNC engraving to create a wide range of items. From house signs to serving boards and even sign posts.
Local produce and unique items are their passion, which is why they strive to source local materials wherever they can.
Not only are they passionate about local produce, the beauty of #exmoor holds a special place in their hearts. Therefore, each piece commissioned is always in keeping with the breath-taking scenery only #exmoor has to offer.
We are very excited to announce @ruthessencegallery will be joining us for the Easter Extravaganza!
Ruth has been an artist for nearly 30 years completing many animal and pet portrait commissions. As well as original art depicting the beautiful #exmoor landscapes, wildlife and work of a more abstract nature.
Essence Gallery provides originals, limited edition giclee prints and cards. As well as offering animal and pet portrait commissions in graphite, watercolour or unison handmade soft pastel sticks depending upon what best depicts the paintings subject.
Much of Ruth’s artwork is inspired by #exmoor wildlife and landscapes. The way light and rain play over the moors holds a very special place in Ruth’s heart as do the majestic trees of #exmoor that have played muse to countless pieces
“In the enchanted and wild depths of Exmoor, we journey down an old and rough track as it hugs to the side of a deep valley. It is here we come to a small secluded cottage. And in front of a whispering fire on a cold windswept day, our soap is being carefully crafted with natural ingredients gathered from the generous countryside.”
Yet another local, wonderful business joining us for our Easter Extravaganza.
Tom and Lena own @thewildsofexmoor. A family run business producing chemical-free soaps suitable for every skin type.
Crafted with pure essential oils and natural ingredients a variety of scents are available
Each soap is individually and lovingly packaged in one of 7 designs. Each connoting a different aspect of Exmoor and country life.
Salty Glass is a flourishing business based in Timberscombe. Foraging sea glass from the #somersetcoast and #exmoor beaches and turning them into bespoke jewellery and other glass designs.
Kelly spent her childhood roaming the Moors and adventuring spots around #dulverton and left for the Midlands to obtain her HND in glass design. She travelled and lived in Guatemala running a restaurant before returning to the place she calls home
After a serious accident, Kelly unfortunately lost the use of her hands. Meaning she was no longer able to blow glass.
Kelly was determined to get back to her glass design passion somehow so, with a love for local beaches and upcycling, she decided to begin foraging sea glass.
Kelly feels very strongly about producing affordable designs for every budget to access and boosting our local economy by selling and supporting other local businesses.
“A childhood filled with horses and a love of beautiful leather was born.”
We are very excited to welcome Katrina, the owner and founder of @simplyhide. She will be joining us for our Easter Extravaganza.
Using traditional techniques and the finest vegetable tanned leather. Katrina creates the most beautiful products that are both classic and timeless.
From handbags to notebook covers, toiletry bags to key tassels, bespoke orders and so much more, Katrina has a design!
All of her items are individually hand made with such care and attention to the finer details.
The business logo was inspired by Katrina’s first pony, a stubborn gelding from the New Forest named Crocus, due to his bold star. He taught her resilience.
Launched in September 2015 under the banner “The Spirit of Exmoor®. Wicked Wolf® Exmoor Gin™ is a premium craft gin made from 11 botanicals, distilled and blended on Exmoor.
Wicked Wolf Exmoor Gin uses the combination of 11 exotic botanicals producing complex layers of citrus and pepper notes finely balanced with the distinct flavours of juniper and coriander. Hibiscus, cardamom and kaffir lime leaves have been artfully blended with these traditional aromatics creating a full-flavoured, smooth gin.
Each aromatic is prepared by hand, infused and distilled in 100 litre batches. This approach enables complete control over the strength of each flavour, and consistency across each batch. The gin is filtered at each stage of the production process, producing a 42% ABV, smooth, full-bodied and elegant spirit.
Wicked Wolf Exmoor Gin truly is “The Spirit of Exmoor®”
Paradise Catering is based on Exmoor and has been operating at the highest of standards for over 30 years. Owned, operated and managed by experienced caterer – Sharlie Hosegood A.K.A Grandma.
Their extensive experience in catering really is proven, and they always welcome suggestions and ideas in order to make your special occasion a success.
From outside catering to catering in your own home, they can offer hearty dishes to more refined menus. Weddings, Birthdays and Anniversaries, Funeral Teas, Outdoor Events to Marquee Arrangements and cutlery/crockery hire – they have it covered.
Most importantly, all produce for their dishes is sourced seasonally and locally from the wealth of excellent food producers we have here on Exmoor. Allergens and special dietary requirements are always catered for.
Sharlie will be onsite serving delicious homemade cakes, tea and coffee along with a variety of savoury delights.
We may be biased however, Grandma’s grub really is the best. Make sure you pop by and grab yourself something yummy for your tummies!
Leaving London and the rat race of the film & TV industry Dave moved to North Devon in 2008. Subsequently returning to his original skill set as a welder & fabricator.
For the past 12 years Dave has been a self employed contractor involved in the construction and installation of large scale structural steel projects.
Reconnecting with his love of metal has resulted in many mild steel sculptures and other smaller pieces. Dave creates unusual items; wherever possible using offcuts, scraps, and other pieces of metalwork that are normally discarded and forgotten.
He also loves to combine wood and metal within the same piece.
Dave also takes photographs as occasions and opportunities arise. He has always had an affinity for rock formations and trees and likes his work to express the very essence of the subject that gives him the most pleasure, be it the clarity of a black and white print or the pure colours of a sunset.
Come along and meet Dave.
Due to limited internet connection onsite we recommend bringing cash for purchases should our card machine be unable to connect.
Parking is available at Ashcombe Gardens car park approx. 6 minutes walk 51.140994, -3.754200
We look forward to greeting you all.