Many of the artists are Helen’s friends, which along with the festival’s reputation – explains why Bishopstock can secure so many artists based in America. However, the concept evolved from a family house party for which Helen had no idea she required a license. Asides from the main stage which plays host to 23 artists and their bands, there is plenty else happening over the weekend. The talent tent allows budding young musicians to show off their musical prowess to record executives and managers in the hope they may become labeled as this century’s blues legends.
However, if you would like to hone your own musical skills, visit the twice-daily workshops where prominent members of the European Blues Foundation are on hand to teach enthusiasts how to improve their technique on acoustic guitar. The Swannery was voted Best Family Attraction in Dorset in 1999 by the ‘Good Guide to Britain’ and a visit here will always be very special.
Throughout the estate there are wonderful walking and horse riding trails open to the public through woods and open land. while you meander you may come across some of the many Barn owl and dormouse nesting boxes that have been put in place or you may come across the marshy butterfly habitat or perhaps the otter holt by the river. You are bound to see some of the badger hides and there are several ponds filled with fish that overlook Bodmin moor and Dartmoor.
The diversification at Percy’s also includes an excellent 2,000 metre hunter trail circuit with 60 horse jumps covering a wide variety of terrain. This addition, it is hoped, Facebook Advertisement Services provider will inspire visitors to bring their own horses with them on their holidays. This expansion project for the award winning Percy’s Country Hotel and Restaurant was unveiled recently by West Devon MP John Burnett, who described the extension to the restaurant as ‘outstanding’ and it truly is.
Mr Burnett also complimented the owners Tina and Tony Bricknell -Webb for all they had done to train people in the traditions of ‘gastronomic excellence’. Percy’s has also won numerous accolades since it opened four years ago including the Westcountry Cooking Award 2000 and it was the first restaurant in Devon to receive three RAC Dining Awards. Anyone visiting Percy’s will be sure of a wonderfully warm welcome from both Tina and Tony and their three resident and very friendly black labradors Bonnie, Tommy and Bonzo.