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Entertainment and events across East Devon

Get the family together and enjoy a real festive treat this weekend – Honiton Christmas Carnival. Organised by Honiton and District Carnival, the spectacular event will take place on Saturday (December 14). The procession, which travels along the High Street, will start at 5.30pm. Be aware that road closures will be in place – from approximately 5pm to around 6.30pm. Honiton Christmas Carnival traditionally sees local carnival clubs revamp this year’s entries to offer a real flavour of Christmas, with plenty of singing and dancing along the way. Sheldon Singers to give complete performance of Handel’s Messiah in Honiton

A nurse from Budleigh Salterton running the London Marathon for Hospice UK is holding a dedicated fundraising day in town’s new Tesco Express store. Debbie Newson, aged 45, is inviting all to her Hospice UK Day on Saturday, December 14, in Budleigh’s Tesco Express, Fore Street, where visitors can leave a donation for the charity, and be in with the chance to win raffle prizes. Debbie wants to thank those in Budleigh and beyond who have donated raffle prizes for Saturday; The Gentlemens Room, Granny Gothards, Findlay Wines, Something Lovely Pottery, in Sidmouth, and Nikki Smith – Women’s Client Centred…

Late-night shopping in Budleigh Salterton attracted crowds in their hundreds to soak up and evening of festive fun. Budleigh’s High Street was packed on Friday (December 6) as families and shoppers mingled and browsed for unique gifts for their loved-ones while enjoying the evening’s varied entertainment throughout the town. Budleigh Salterton and District Chamber of Commerce chairman Mike Hilliar said his hopes the 2019 late-night shopping event would be bigger and better than ever before had exceeded expectations. They all came out, they all care, and that’s what it’s all about – supporting the High Street… Now he is…

St Paul’s Church in Honiton is raising money for its refurbishment with a Christmas Tree Celebration. Local organisations have decorated trees on display. The event, taking place in the High Street parish church, runs until tomorrow (December 8). A £2 entry fee includes a free draw ticket. Accompanied children can take part in free activities with prizes. Lunches and refreshments are available. The event will conclude with a carol service at 3pm tomorrow (December 8). Opening times today: 9.30am to 6.30pm. Opening times tomorrow: 12nooon to 3pm. Sheldon Singers to give complete performance of Handel’s Messiah in Honiton

The Sheldon Singers will give a complete performance of Handel’s Messiah in Honiton later this month. Featuring soloists Josie Walledge, Alison Kettlewell, Matthew Jeffrey and Matthew Cann, the concert will be performed in St Paul’s Church on Saturday, December 21. Accompanied by an orchestra, the singers will start the performance at 6.30pm. Founded in 1987, the Sheldon Singers’ chamber choir is revered for its high standards and broad range of music. Messiah is directed by Julie De’Ath Lancaster. Tickets cost £15 and are available from Fulfords Estate Agents in High Street or via 01404 43805. Free dabber at chamber’s Christmas…

Budleigh Salterton Tourist Information Centre has been busy putting together a selection of diary dates for December and into the New Year. Christmas carol evenings, late night shopping, walks in beautiful East Devon, events for children, choral performances and Pantomimes – you won’t be short of things to do! For more what’s on information, see Budleigh TIC’s website, or call in to the Fore Street office. Events in December  Until December 7 Season’s Greetings. Go along to the Salterton Playhouse to see the latest production from the Salterton Drama Club. For more information, and tickets, call in at Budleigh’s Tourist…

Roy Orbison fans, get ready for a real treat. Darren Page enchanted an audience back in February when he brought his ‘Through the Decades’ show to Honiton. Now he is back with ‘The voice of Roy Orbison with Brenda Lee’. Recommended for Roy Orbison fans, the show will include all the hits – from ‘I Drove all night’, ‘Crying’, ‘Running Scared’, ‘You Got It’, plus a few earlier ones too. Darren Page is an artiste in his own right and he has a vocal range that fits into any genre. He is appearing along with Susan Lowry, who will whisper…

The Mackarness Hall is the venue of a Christmas bingo being staged by Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Taking place on Friday, December 13, the event boasts festive goodies, along with a £500 prize fund. Other attractions include light bites, bar snacks and refreshments. An 11-page book of tickets costs £8 – and a dabber is thrown in for free. Doors will open at 6.30pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. The event is expected to run until around 9.45pm. For further information, click here.

Tweets about places in England that have been ‘yarn bombed’ have led to Honiton having its own mini Christmas yarn bomb event. Following discussions between Heather Penwarden, chairman of Honiton Dementia Action Alliance, and town councillor Caroline Kolek, it was agreed they would do a small project together. The aim is to raise awareness about dementia and the importance of memory at Christmas. Caroline arranged for 12 local knitters and crochet enthusiasts to each make an item related to Christmas. Heather has produced a card to go with each one. They said: “It is hard to celebrate Christmas without looking…

Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton will kick off 2020 with an exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts (SWAc). It will feature a diverse range of media including paintings, sculpture, prints and photography from January 11 to February 8. The Dowell Street will also be hosting an exciting programme of workshops and events. To accompany the exhibition, THG will introduce inspiring art activities, from a new three-week acrylics course to a comic book workshop for younger artists. Exhibiting for the first time will be new members including Sue Luxton, Judith Jones and…

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