Weird and wonderful things about Totnes

Aimee Fenech
4 min readSep 12, 2022

As I travel from Southern Spain to Oxford in the UK for a permaculture festival I find myself stopping for a couple of days in Totnes. Since I am here, even though I still have to work from home I would like to see what’s on offer in this lovely town I have heard a lot of good things about.

You can learn how to make a guitar

…at the Totnes School of Guitar Making established in 1985 for a 12 week course the course fee is GBP 5,250 + c. GBP 500 for materials you can go higher if you want more fancy hardware and there is optional accommodation with a family in Totnes for GBP 145 per week.

Screenshot from the Totnes School of Guitar Making website — https://www.totnesschoolofguitarmaking.co.uk/course/all

Join a Cloth Club

Screenshot from the Cloth Club page on Stone Fabrics website — https://www.stonefabrics.co.uk/cloth-club/

This little shop is a mother & daughter business, they sell fabric and sewing bits and also run a cloth club which you can sign up for at GBP 5 per month and get samples from them posted to your door.

Do something random at the Albatross!

If you are visiting Totnes, be sure to check out what is going on here, this place was once a fish and chip shop and because the fishing industry isn’t that ethical and most fish are no longer that health this place has been transformed into a venue for “other”. From community supper club meetings to book talks, caligraphy workshops, course tasters and all sorts of wonderfully interesting events. You can also visit their organic ethical pub & Inn right across the road — Women onwed & LGBTQ+ friendly!

Screenshot from the Albatross website — https://www.albatrosstotnes.co.uk/story

Find yourself a-Drift in Music

Drift is an independent family owned and operated record shop in Totnes, here you will find copies of their free Delux Newspaper which is a…

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Aimee Fenech

#permaculture practitioner, teacher and designer, co-founder of #ecohackerfarm, writer, project manager and activist get in touch mail@aimeefenech.com