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20 April 2021

Bovey Tracey – The Gateway to the Moor

Situated on the very edge of Dartmoor, Bovey Tracey gains its name from the River Bovey, which runs through the town creating an attractive feature, and the de Tracey family who were lords of the manor after The Norman Conquest. The Town was first documented in 1309 as Bovitracy.

Stickwick is just two miles from the Town and offers a wealth of experiences and places of interest. A stroll to the town is possible with great views on route, however it is a steep climb back home!

At any time of the year, whatever the weather, there is entertainment for everyone in ‘Bovey’ (as the locals refer to it). We take pleasure in sharing with you our local knowledge, together with visiting holiday maker’s comments and recommendations. 

Here are the favourites:

House of Marbles 

The Old Pottery, TQ13 9DS 

All the family will be intrigued by the exciting, giant sized marble run!

Watch skilled craftsmen shaping, blowing, moulding and cutting glass to create the magnificent colours and designs of glass art (many of which are available to buy).

Games and pottery museums, with collection of board games, bagatelles, centuries old marble games, history of pottery, artefacts and models.

Large shop on two floors selling handmade glass, furniture, ladies wear, unusual gifts, cards, jewellery, sweets and confectionary, traditional toys, puzzles, books, games and a huge range of marbles of all colours and sizes.

Outside there is a garden with giant games, marble playing area and climbing frames.

The Old Pottery Restaurant is licensed and serves freshly prepared hot and cold food as well delicious deserts, cream teas and cakes.

Entry is free and there is ample parking.

The Jolly Roger

St John’s Lane, TQ13 9FF

Train lovers will be enthralled by the sights and smells, as well as being able to go behind the scenes at the workshops, signal boxes and museum. Photo opps a-plenty.

Lifesize models with various themes, such as dinosaurs, Egyptian, historical fantasy, Hollywood, sport, music and horror. 3D menu boards. 

Motorbike showroom featuring gleaming Harleys and Triumphs.

Christmas showroom available by appointment in separate building.

Good fun at any time, but perfect for a rainy day, and it’s free.

The forecourt has picnic tables, there are stalls for food, drink and luscious local ice cream.

Some parking on the road or in the football club car park with donation box. Station Road car park (pay and display) is a short walk away.

The Devon Guild of Craftsmen 

TQ13 9AF

Situated in an attractive historic mill beside the River Bovey in the town centre.                 

Inspiring and acclaimed gallery and exhibition space promoting contemporary craft and design by Guild Members from all over the South West.

Frequent events and changing exhibits showing a range of crafts from all over the country. Large shop selling craft items, gifts for adults and children, cards and wrapping paper.

On the first floor there is a large cafe and outside area, selling hot and cold food, cakes and beverages. 

Parking in nearby Station Road car park (TQ13 9AL – pay and display).

Bovey Tracey Openair Swimming Pool

Newton Road, TQ13 9BD 
Open May to September

Open-air heated pool 25m x 9m and a 3m x 3m toddler pool.  

Changing facilities, baby changing and disabled access, hot showers and kiosk selling ice creams, drinks and sweets.

Mill Marsh Park 

TQ13 9NB (entrance opposite Devon Guild of Craftsmen)

Great for a walk by the River Bovey. Continue walking or cycling through to the Parke Estate and beyond onto the Wray Valley Cycle/Walking route, which can take you to Lustleigh and Mortenhampstead.

Children’s playground, skate park, grass lands, river side paddle and plenty of open space.

Parking in opposite Station Road car park at TQ13 9AL (pay and display).

Shopping, Parking, Cafes and Restaurants

Newton Road, TQ13 9BD 
Open May to September

Bovey Tracey is known for its craftmanship and there is a great selection of shops devoted to craft and design. Look out for Serendipity, Grace and Favour, Artisan Abode and Spin a Yarn. Terrific range of independent food shops, visit Wildmoor Deli (with small cafe for refreshments), Thomas Bakers, White’s greengrocers, The Bovey Larder zero waste shop, The Cheese Shed and Lloyd Maunder butchers.

For supermarkets (all in Fore Street) there is a Co-op with a car park TQ13 9AF. 

Tesco Express and Spar convenience store with Post Office. Lloyds Chemist is located at Fore Street, TQ13 9AD.

Other shops on Fore street include estate agents, jewellers, second-hand shop and charity shops.

There are a good variety of cafes, pubs, takeaways and restaurants in Bovey Tracey, from cakes/scones and snacks to cosy pub restaurants or fine dining.

There are limited parking spaces on the road, but watch out for restrictions and yellow lines. There are also two pay and display car parks; Station Road, TQ13 9AL and Mary Street TQ13 9HE.

Further Information

Information Centre
Community Hub, Station Road Car Park, TQ13 9AW

Bovey Tracey Heritage Centre
The Old Railway Station TQ13 9GP
Photographs and archive material throughout the ages of life in the town. History trails. Exhibitions and displays about the pottery industry, agriculture, railways, granite tramway on Dartmoor and the remains of a restored GWR brake van. Please check opening times.


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