There are definitely a few indications that the heatwave is gone and autumn has arrived in North Devon. How many of these can you relate to? Barricane Beach packs up its curries Yes, weve been meaning to get down there all summer too. Now were just going to have to wait until next year for some sun-drenched curry on the beach! The beach doesnt look so warm anymore Instead of building sandcastles and lying on the sand, were wrapping up warm and clutching a hot chocolate on an autumnal walk. but the surf is pumping! No more sunshine = bigger waves. Lets show those summer holiday makers what theyre missing. And the weather warnings start How many storms will hit North Devon this autumn and winter? Get ready for big waves, possible flooding and more. Barnstaple fair is back in town The smell of candyfloss, colourful lights and whoops of delight are back. Time to enjoy a week of fun. The Hockings van leaves Sainsburys All summer long youve been able to get your ice-cream fix with your food shopping, but this month the van finally says goodbye to its Barnstaple pitch for the season The autumn colours are back Head to glorious gardens such as RHS Rosemoor or Arlington Court to witness some gorgeous autumnal tones in the trees. The traffic dies down There are no more caravans on the country lanes but good luck trying to get across Barnstaple during rush hour. You swap ice-cream for hot drinks Forget holding a freezing cold ice-cream on the beach, were making the move to clutching a hot chocolate or coffee from a cozy café as we admire the views. You cant remember when North Devon looked like this... Was this only a few months ago? Was the sea ever this blue? Could I even step outside without a jumper? The Barnstaple panto launches Yes folks, its time to start thinking about brushing up on your hes behind you (oh yes it is!) as the panto tickets are now on sale! The Gazette gets its first Christmas listing Thats right, we havent even had Halloween yet but some people are super organised. December 1 in Northam, if youre interested.