Spend a day in Hartland village
Hartland village, once called Harton Borough, is a timeless, unspoilt rural gem. For over a thousand years the village has been the hub of social and community life for the whole Peninsula, so is packed with history, heritage and the kinds of shops, events and services that have served traditional village communities for centuries.
You can easily spend a day exploring the village. Follow the Harton Borough Heritage Trail to uncover the rich history and learn how to read the buildings, streets and public spaces for the stories they have to tell.
Spend time in the artisans workshops and galleries including the world renowned Springfield Pottery run by Phil and Frannie Leach; the White Hare Studio~Gallery home to Clive Brocklehurst, prolific watercolour artist, writer and illustrator; James Morley Furniture, making beautiful, bespoke 'go slow' furniture and cabinets and Merlyn Chesterman's gallery at 2 Harton Manor, offering woodcuts and monoprints inspired by the sea and cliffs.
Why not relax in one of the village's four hostelries including the Anchor Inn or the Michelin-mentioned Hart Inn? You can enjoy local ales, morning coffee, cream teas, light or lingering lunches and wonderful dinners, and the two mentioned inns both use fantastic local produce.
Of course as the centre of community life there are also countless events ranging from markets and regular festivals, to music and drama evenings, talks and lectures, drives and fundraisers and seasonal May Day, Easter, Christmas, Harvest, Carnival and other celebrations.
Finally, the village is the centre for all the practicalities of life: post office and cash point, sports fields and clubs, the local garage, doctors surgery and dispensary, places of worship, schools and so on.