By good_time at 11:25 on 08/04/12
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This Easter weekend North Devon welcomes the opening of the first exhibition of The Museum of British Surfing in Braunton.
The museum tracks more than 200 years of national involvement with surfing showcasing surfboards and memorabilia.
The museum began in 2003 and in 2009 formed a base at Braunton where work began to house its collection and displays.
Its collection includes more than 200 surfboards dating back to 1920 of which a quarter will be displayed at any time.
The museum's first exhibition is called The Art of Surf and it includes a wide range of works from the sketches of early explorers through to works by contemporary British surfing artists.
Ged Bryan and Mark Haywood produced a fabulous work of art to mark the museum's opening and its first exhibition.
Racing against the tide they created a massive design of a surfer in the curl on Saunton Sands.
The design was washed away by the incoming tide but you can see pictures of it on the museum's website (link below).
Surfing in North Devon is of course incredibly popular with our fabulous surf beaches and even Prince William came to here to enjoy the surf on his stag do in 2011 so Braunton is a great place to base the museum.
And the new museum's already attracting lots of visitors - why not have a great day out there yourself?
The Museum of British Surfing is based next to Braunton Museum and Braunton Countryside Centre, both of which are free so you can take them in at the same time and head for the beach afterwards.
Read an initial review on This is North Devon, here's the link
Museum of British Surfing
31 Church St
The museum will be open over Easter 2012 from 11am to 6pm.
Afterwards it reverts to Spring 2012 opening times which are:
Tuesday - Sunday 11am-5pm
Child 3-15 yrs £2.75
Family (2 plus 2 or more) £12
Grandparents (2 senior and 2 or more children £11)
Children under 3 yrs free
Cash only at present no cheques or debit cards
There are no toilets on the premises but the nearest are 50m away in the Caen St Car Park.
Find out more on the museum's website http://tinyurl.com/c5d5aqj
Tel: 07801 522 892
Date: Sunday, April 08, 2012
Repeats: Every Day until Sunday, April 07, 2013