There’s still time to enjoy Topsham’s shops, pubs, restaurants and other businesses – and some sultry afternoons on the estuary – before summer draws to an end.

With outdoor dining and a vast range of takeaways we’ve shown the new normal can be really rather special, and safe. Now we’re talking with traders and residents to see how we can continue this into autumn, coping with social distancing during more difficult weather; please check www.lovetopsham.co.uk for the latest news.

The most obvious new feature in town is the Topsham Bunting.

It’s previously been reserved only for our Charter Day celebration but as the days shorten so we hope the flags and pendants will keep our spirits high and serve as a symbol to visitors that the town remains fully open for business.

And while you’re here, do please check out our latest new benches. They’re ideal for late summer picnics, chatting with friends and watching the estuary, and they’re located at various spots around town such as the Recreation Ground, and down at The Quay. These benches are provided for visitors and locals by Love Topsham with a much-appreciated contribution from local councillor Andrew Leadbetter’s Devon County Council locality fund.

If you’re dropping in to us on a Saturday in the near future you might catch the final notes of our Summer of Sounds – specially selected buskers invited to play at the shopping area on Fore Street and at The Quay.

The aim is to make those shop queues and lunchtime drinks a little more enjoyable each Saturday, usually between 10am and 1pm – let us know what you think of them!

And for regular visitors, a Love Topsham Card is a ‘must have’ this autumn for making the most of trips to our town. A minimum donation of just £3 per month, which helps fund activities to make the town so special – and allows you to have some bargain purchases with many shops giving special offers to cardholders.

See you in town!