The Venue

Powderham Castle

Powderham Castle enjoys a unique, picturesque setting within an ancient deer park beside the Exe estuary, just south of Exeter.

Over 600 years of history can be discovered within the walls of one of Devon’s oldest family homes. Powderham came to the Courtenay family in the dowry of Edward I’s granddaughter, and her son, Sir Philip Courtenay, began building the Castle in 1391.

It has remained in the family to this day, and recently became home to the new Earl & Countess of Devon, the 28th generation to move in.

The magical setting and convenient location makes Powderham Castle the perfect venue for the Devon Fire & Spice Festival.

Getting there

Powderham Castle is located 6 miles south of Exeter on the west side of the Exe estuary. The nearest village is Kenton. The car park postcode is EX6 8PD, but please follow local signage.

BY CAR

From the South: Leave the A38 at the ‘Wobbly Wheel Junction’ and merge onto the A379 (signposted Dawlish). At the Marsh Barton Roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A379 then at the Matford Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A379 signposted to Dawlish and continue south for 5.5 miles, then follow the Devon Fire & Spice Festival signs. After passing through the village of Kenton the Car Park entrance is on the left-hand side.

From the North:  Leave the M5 at junction 30 and proceed towards Exeter joining the A379.  At the Matford Roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A379 signposted to Dawlish and continue south for 5.5 miles, then follow the Devon Fire & Spice Festival signs. After passing through the village of Kenton the Car Park entrance is on the left-hand side.

SATNAV warning:  the nearest postcode to the Car Park entrance is EX6 8PD . Please note if you have a SATNAV and use the Castle postcode it may direct you around the back of Powderham. Make sure you stay on the A379.

WALKING AND CYCLING

Powderham Castle is easily accessed by foot or by bicycle. It is situated on the western side of the 16 mile circular Exe Estuary trail. The route is sign posted as NCN2. More information on the Exe Estuary Trail can be found on www.cycledevon.info

From Exeter Quay it is about 6 miles to Powderham Castle, which should take approximately 45 minutes by bicycle. The route is traffic free with a section of quiet road between Powderham church and the castle.

Directions: From Exeter Quay: follow the blue NCN2 signs to Turf Locks/ Dawlish. Once you have passed the Turf Locks pub, you will continue along the newest section of the trail which leads on to a quiet road called Estuary Road. Do not turn right at the church, but carry on toward Starcross Village. You will see the Castle on the right hand side. Turn right at the permissive footpath/ cycle path at the Starcross Lodge. This will take you to Powderham Castle and the Festival Entrance.

From Dawlish:  it is about 4 miles along a mixture of quiet roads and traffic free sections.

Directions: From Dawlish, follow the blue NCN2 signs to Starcross and on toward Exeter. After Starcross village continue to follow the signs toward Exeter. You will turn right onto a quiet country lane called Estuary Lane, and you will see the Starcross Lodge on your left. Just before the lodge, turn left onto the permissive footpath/ cycle path which will take you to the Powderham Castle and the Festival Entrance.

From the eastern side of the river Exe The Exe Estuary Trail also runs along the Eastern side of the river Exe, connecting Exmouth to Exeter via Lympstone, Exton and Topsham.

Directions: From Exmouth, Lympstone, Exton and Topsham, follow the blue NCN2 signs toward Exeter. Once you reach Bridge Road, and cross both the river and the canal, follow the signs to Turf Locks/ Dawlish. Once you have passed the Turf Locks pub, you will continue along the newest section of the trail which leads on to a quiet road called Estuary Road. Do not turn right at the church, but carry on toward Starcross Village. You will see the Castle on the right hand side. Turn right at the permissive footpath/ cycle path at the Starcross Lodge. This will take you to the Country Store and down the drive to the Castle.  Please note this is not a through-route.

It is possible to take a short cut and hop on to one of the three pedestrian and cycle ferries at Exmouth or Topsham. (see section ‘by boat’)

BY BOAT

There are a number of ferry companies that operate on the Exe. Bicycles are accepted but are subject to a charge.

Topsham to Exminster Ferry Runs all year round between Passage House Inn (Topsham) and Lock Keeper’s Cottage (Exminster).. www.exeter.gov.uk Tel: 07801 203338 One way £1.10 dogs, bicycles, pushchairs 60p.

Topsham to Turf Locks Ferry The Sea Dream II ferry, seasonal service www.topshamtoturfferry.co.uk Tel: 07778 370582 One way £3, children £2, bikes £1, dogs 50p

BY BUS

Take the No 2 Stagecoach bus from Exeter/Newton Abbot. The bus stop is right outside the entrance at the top of the drive. For latest timetables please visit www.stagecoachbus.com

BY RAIL

There is a direct service from Exeter St David’s to Starcross.  Powderham Castle is less than 2 miles from Starcross You have the option of catching the bus from here. It would take about 30 minutes to walk.