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Entertainment and events across East Devon

Outdoor food festival Honiton Gate to Plate has been shelved a fortnight after it was announced it would return in August with added Covid safety measures. Organisers Sarah Milner Simonds and Beverley Milner Simonds have spoken of their ‘disappointment’ over Honiton Town Council’s decision to postpone the event until 2021 – after it was announced on June 17 the outdoor food event would go ahead. The street market, backed by Honiton Town Council and East Devon District Council, had been set to return in August with a new layout, extra space and safety measures in place to safeguard visitors and…

The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth will remain temporarily closed to visitors despite the lifting of some lockdown restrictions from Saturday, July 4. The international charity says huge numbers of people flocking to the attraction from across the UK poses a ‘heightened risk’ to staff who care for its famous animals. We are continuing to monitor the situation on a local, regional and national level, and when it is safe to do so, we will reopen our public centres and welcome visitors back to our site…Its HQ in East Devon welcomes around 400,000 visitors every year. Faith Burden, executive director of equine…

Leading the 2021 torchlight procession and having an original song penned for you are some of the rewards on offer to boost Sidmouth Folk Festival funds thanks to a campaign beginning on June 30. From tomorrow, Tuesday, Sidmouth Folk Festival fans disappointed by this year’s Covid-cancelled event can scoop ‘exclusive treats’ by donating to safeguard the 2021 celebrations. When the coronavirus crisis prompted organisers to cancel the festival for the first time in its 65-year history, they came up with fresh fundraising ways to champion the event’s long-term future. A Crowdfunder campaign launches tomorrow, June 30, where donations can be…

The Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) in Honiton is gearing up to reopen its doors on Saturday, July 11, with guided tours and new hours. The gallery, which closed its doors to the public when the UK was forced into lockdown by the coronavirus, will celebrate opening with the relaunch of the exhibition: Artist Room: Richard Long Being in the Moment. The gallery has measures in place to ensure the safety of visitors and staff following government guidelines. Individuals and households of up to four people will be able to book a guided tour of the current exhibition (up to 45…

Parents with young children in Exeter and East Devon are invited to sign youngsters up for a free virtual bike ride for charity. Whizz Kids Toys, based in Exmouth, has launched the Little Wheels Lockdown Ride 2020 for children aged between two and six years old, mapping out four routes suitable for little legs. The aim of the event is to give East Devon youngsters who might be missing school and nursery a boost, while raising funds for nationwide charity Whizz-Kidz, who work to transform the lives of disabled children across the UK. The event is thought to be the…

A four-year-old girl with autism is the inspiration behind Sidmouth holding its first ever scarecrow competition in July. Mum Amy Roles brought the idea of a competition to Sidmouth, Newton Poppleford and Sidford, thanks to her daughter’s enjoyment of seeing scarecrows on display in Beer when she drove the youngster to nursery. Amy, 37, who lives near The Byes, in Sidmouth, is already looking ahead to next year’s event – she is determined Sidmouth wins the world record for scarecrows, taking the title from Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Married mum-of-two Amy, 37, organised this year’s free-to-enter event to bring the community together…

Honiton Gate to Plate street market returns for its third year this August, celebrating food and craft produced in East Devon. The annual street market this year will take place on Saturday, August 15, with a new layout, extra space and safety measures in place to safeguard visitors and traders against the coronavirus. The event, from 10am until 4pm, is free to attend and will showcase what Honiton has to offer alongside some of the best food and drink producers in the South West, plus traditional crafts made locally. COVID-19 precautions put in place by organisers include the introduction of…

Fans of the Hospiscare Twilight Walk can take part virtually this year as the charity has come up with a fresh way to hold the event amid the pandemic. Virtually Twilight is being held on Saturday, July 4, where people can walk laps of their garden, complete a stair climb, or plan a five-mile walk locally. Entry to the Hospiscare Virtually Twilight is £5 and once signed up, participants can download an information pack which includes a memory star that can be printed and customised at home. Entrants are being asked to raise £30 in sponsorship to support the vital…

These photos show how a for-fun social distancing art project in Exmouth has brought strangers together in lockdown while raising funds for charity. Community artist Anna Fitzgerald, of Gussiford Lane, Exmouth, came up with the idea of shared art – like a creative game of consequences – where anyone can have a go and pass it on. The finished works of art will be auctioned at a later date, raising funds for the Exmouth Open Door Centre. There is still time to get involved in the community art project, which ends on Friday, June 26. The Lockdown Art Share project…

Hospiscare supporters can take a tour of glorious gardens without leaving the comfort of their own home after the charity had to rethink a popular annual fundraiser. The cause, which supports terminally ill people and their families in Exeter, Mid and East Devon, has taken the event online due to the coronavirus pandemic. Community events such as the Open Gardens are needed now more than ever to help the charity continue to provide its essential care…Its much-loved Open Gardens event will offer virtual tours from June 19 to July 3 with the public able to make a donation through JustGiving.…

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