Taking a stroll through the town, one will notice street names and shops that are reminiscent of the town's thriving lace industry which was brought by Flemish immigrants in the Elizabethan era. The town became so renowned for its lace that Queen Victoria had it used on her wedding dress.
Hot pennies day is the town tradition of throwing pennies from the balcony of the former Assembly Rooms above The Old Pannier Market. The procession moves to the pubs where pennies are thrown for children to pick up. The pole that leads the procession stays at the last pub for the rest of the week.
The tradition started when the aristocracy would throw hot pennies out of their windows to amuse themselves at seeing the lower classes burn their hands when trying to pick them up. The train service is fairly regular with an hourly service to Exeter St Davids and Waterloo, London.