Wings to the Mind: Music, Festivals, and Lifestyle

As the great Greek philosopher Plato said in the 5th Century BC, ‘Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and flight to the imagination.’ And who would disagree?

This blog is specially designed for anyone who considers themself a free spirit, a lover of music and festivals, or who adheres to a free and individualist lifestyle.

Here, readers will find a wide range of engaging posts about music of every conceivable genre and style, festivals (both musical and otherwise), and lifestyles centered on art, creativity, and independence of thought.

What To Do in Branscombe?

12 Dec 2020

Branscombe is a quiet, placid village in Southwest England, home to a small population of just over 500 residents. It’s a historic parish with an interesting past. Today, its economy relies mostly on tourism and farming, though many retirees from the big city call Branscombe home.

Location of Branscombe

Branscombe is located in the East Devon district of the English county of Devonshire.

It has a privileged position amidst the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with scenic views of Lyme Bay.

The parish also comprises a sizable portion of the world-famous East Devon and Dorset Jurassic Coast.

History of Branscombe

The village dates back to Celtic times, with its original settlement estimated between 2700 and 2000 BC. King Alfred the Great left the village of Branscombe to his youngest son, Aethelweard, in his will. A couple of centuries after that, construction of the local church began. It took more than 200 years to reach its present state.

Through the centuries, it has remained a small but active centre for trade and industry. Branscombe was a major hub for lace production, starting in the 17th century. The Branscombe point is still a very well-recognized style, in fact. The village also had thriving fishing, flint manufacturing and limestone cooking industries.

Things You Can Do in Branscombe

Despite its humble size and reputation for tranquillity, Branscombe is not without its sights. The following are some of the most interesting things you can do in the area.

Head down to Branscombe Mouth

The most prominent local attraction in town is probably Branscombe Mouth. This iconic shingle beach is part of the renowned Jurassic Coast, a natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. For more than two centuries, the beach has produced fascinating archaeological and geological specimens.

Check out the historic Saint Winifred’s Church

Dedicated to the Welsh Saint Winifred, this church is thought to date back to the late 10th century. The building blends Norman and medieval styles. The nave is Norman, with a central tower and a three-decker pulpit. A mural made in the memory of Joan Tregarthin stands in the north transept. She was the mother of Nicholas Wadham, founder of Oxford’s Wadham College.

Visit the Old Bakery, Manor Mill & Forge

These three historic buildings, property of the National Trust, are built in stone and traditionally thatched. The bakery closed its services in 1987, though it’s been repurposed as a tearoom. The mill is fully operational at the moment, after a recent restoration. The forge actually sells its ironworks to visitors.

Walk the South West Coast Path

One of the most appealing aspects of the village is the South West Coast Path. It’s a favoured starting point for people to walk the coast to Beer or Sidmouth. Locals really enjoy walking the path as well.

I personally know a guy who moved to Branscombe to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. He was a huge fan of online casino gambling, but wanted to settle down somewhere peaceful. Now, he walks the coast path back and forth every other day, and couldn’t be happier.

Getting Inspired For Festivals, Art and Music

28 Sep 2020

The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site is the perfect place to get some inspiration for art and music. Visitors can also take time out after festivals. The area is UNESCO listed due to its geological importance. See caves, cliffs, and rock formations from the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous Periods.

What Kind of People Love Branscombe Festival?

30 Aug 2020

The Branscombe Festival is all about freedom of expression and the free spirit that is in all of us. The festival attracts people with love for all kinds of nature, beauty, music, art forms and creativity. A willingness to be open will attract people to the Branscombe Festival.

Places that are Close to Branscombe

28 Jul 2020

Branscombe is close to several small towns such as Seaton and Sidmouth. Sidmouth is a beautiful coastal town with picturesque views and walks along the seafront. Seaton is known for its outdoor adventure sports and coastal scenery. Both places attract many people looking for an escape from the cities.