Browsing: What’s On

Entertainment and events across East Devon

The team behind the Exmouth Pavilion Christmas Pantomime have confirmed TV Legend and all-round good fox, BASIL BRUSH, will join pantomime favourite Stuart Earp in this year’s production of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. Basil Brush will feature as The Magic Mirror, alongside Stuart Earp as Muddles, Harry Moore as Nurse Nellie, Kassie Malam as Snow White, Jessica Fay Long as The Wicked Queen and Exeter’s own Sam Emmerson as The Prince. We cannot wait to get back to Exmouth and bring fun and laughter to our amazing audiences, Basil Brush is a great addition to our show… Producer Kevin Brown says “It’s going to be…

The Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth is gearing up to host East Devon’s Creative Cabin next month, with free hands-on activities and the chance to learn about bats and wildlife. The mobile creative space will be at the animal sanctuary on Monday, August 9 and Tuesday, August 10, offering ‘completely batty’ activities to learn more about the grey long-haired bat. Activities include making flying bat models, masks and wildflowers seed bombs, to attract bees into gardens at home. The Creative Cabin’s free drop-in activities run from 11am until 3pm and follow Covid-safe guidelines. Visitors can also join in the bat discovery…

The Red Arrows, Spitfires, Lynx helicopters, an RAF Dakota, and biplane aerobatics have been confirmed to appear at this year’s Sidmouth Airshow. The air display, on Friday, August 27, will begin at 5.30pm with the Royal Navy’s solo wildcat helicopter display team, and Sidmouth is ‘lucky enough’ to be one of ‘a handful’ of events where they will appear in 2021. Returning to fly over the town after a two-year absence, is the Red Arrows display team, while performing in Sidmouth for the first time is Rich Goodwin with his ‘high energy muscle aerobatics’. Councillor Ian Barlow, Sidmouth Town Council…

There is still chance to enter Hospiscare’s July Twilight Walk as entrants plan their own routes all across Devon. This year’s Twilight with a Twist is being held on Saturday, July 10, with registration closing at midnight on Sunday, July 4. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, entrants are plotting their own routes from home instead of scores of walkers setting off from Exmouth. The 2021 theme is glitter and sparkle and those taking part are encouraged to dress up for the event. Participants will get their own Twilight kit through the post, complete with limited edition t-shirt, themed goodies, plus a…

A nature conservation group in Sidmouth is inviting people to help celebrate its first birthday by taking part in a week of free guided walks and talks. The Sid Valley Biodiversity Group was set up in June 2020 by a small band of enthusiasts who had been inspired by discussions at Sidmouth Science Festival. They recognised the rich diversity of wildlife in Sid Valley, but were concerned about how climate change and habitat loss is affecting the area’s natural environment. The idea for the group gathered strength during the first coronavirus lockdown when many people were taking regular walks, appreciating…

A host of yellow and blue teddies hidden in Honiton from the end of May are raising awareness of a friendship group for retired people. Honiton U3A (University of the Third Age) is marking National U3A Day on Wednesday, June 2, with a hunt the teddy competition, with prizes donated by local businesses. From Friday, May 28, until Friday, June 4, spot the knitted bears, in the blue and yellow colours of the U3A, in the windows of shops and businesses in the town centre. Entry forms for the Spot the Teddies competition are available from May 28 from the…

Free taster sessions to try your hand at bowling are being held during open days held in Honiton at the end of May. Honiton Bowling Club is offering pre-booked taster sessions for anyone aged 10-years-old and over, keen to try out a new sport. The organisers said the weekend sessions, available on Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30, from 10am until 2pm, will be Covid-19 secure. There will be refreshments available on the day. Anyone wishing to take part will need to wear trainers or flat shoes to be allowed onto the green. A spokeswoman for the club said:…

Honiton Charter Day will return in July and the town’s memory café is to benefit from funds raised at the event. Honiton Memory Café members were ‘absolutely delighted’ to be picked as charity of the year, benefiting from the 2021 family-friendly event. Terry Darrant, Charter Day organising committee chairman, said: “We hope everyone will support us, and the shops participating in our window dressing competition, to raise as much money as we can for them.” Heather Penwarden, Honiton Dementia Action Alliance chairman, said: “Memory Cafe members were absolutely delighted to be chosen as the Charter Day official charity for 2021.…

The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth has announced visitors have just days to wait until it reopens on Monday, May 17. The animal charity said it has a number of Covid measures in place to keep visitors, staff and donkeys ‘as safe as possible’, including hand sanitisation points and a social distancing one-way route around the centre of the site. John Crouch, visitor engagement manager at sanctuary, said the team ‘can’t wait’ to welcome back visitors. He said: “We have all been looking forward to this day for some time, welcoming back our loyal supporters and visitors. “The sanctuary always comes alive when it’s open, there is always such a nice…

The Red Arrows are set to return to the skies over Sidmouth in August as the town welcomes back its annual air show. The 2020 event was cancelled when the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing rules put a stop to large crowds congregating in public. Sidmouth Town Council today (Wednesday, May 10) announced the return of the family-friendly air show and, showstoppers the RAF aerobatic team, The Red Arrows. The event, with fly-pasts over the seafront and Esplanade, is planned for Friday, August 27, at 6pm. The Red Arrows, who last appeared over Sidmouth in 2019, will be joined by…

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