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Entertainment and events across East Devon

Exmouth Festival has been cancelled for the second year running because of the coronavirus pandemic. Exmouth Town Council said it was ‘with a heavy heart’ the decision had been taken to scratch the event, which had been due to take place over the Whitsun Bank Holiday, from May 28-31. Plans for Exmouth Festival 2022 will begin shortly ‘to make sure it is the party that the people of Exmouth deserve’, organisers said. We are all really disappointed that we are again unable to put on a festival this year… And the town council said it hopes to offer some community…

A new festive event is being planned in Sidmouth in December where public gardens will come alive with lights. The Connaught@Christmas event – expected to run from December 7-12 – promises seasonal entertainment in a bid to boost Sidmouth’s celebrations, with creative light displays, local crafts and food on sale. The town’s Connaught Gardens, trees and paths will be illuminated using low energy lighting and LED technology. A Santa’s grotto is expected and performances from local musicians and singers. Organisers said a limited number of tickets with staggered entrance times will ensure a clear passage around the gardens. Access for…

A free farming mental health and wellbeing online seminar is being held in February, organised by the Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service. The evening of talks about mental health and wellbeing support for the farming community is on Tuesday, February 3, at 6pm, and will include speakers from the Gay Farmer Helpline, an Accredited cognitive behavioural therapist (CBT), Market Chaplin, Farming Community Network and Kingsbridge Young Farmers. Each organisation will focus on the importance of mental health and wellbeing, highlighting what help is available and where to get support. In addition to the speakers there will be an…

A personal training business shining the spotlight on maternal mental health and motherhood has launched in East Devon. Funmumsfitness recently launched classes and sessions in Axminster and Colyton in a bid to promote body confidence to mums in East Devon. The workout sessions aim to help mums recover after birth, lose weight, get fit, feel strong and make new friends. The East Devon classes are held at the Reece Strawbridge Community Centre, in Colyton, and at Axminster Football Club. In September 2020 a new private studio for personal training sessions was set up in Axminster. Founder Dora Szentivanyi said: “Very…

The Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth is to open every weekend throughout December and daily over the Devon school Christmas holiday period. Over the winter months, the sanctuary will be open to visitors each weekend and during Devon school holidays, until the end of March 2021. Visitors must pre-book their free entry tickets through The Donkey Sanctuary website. Visitor numbers will be limited. Tickets will be released on Wednesday, December 9. During the Devon school Christmas holidays, the Sidmouth sanctuary will open daily from Saturday, December 19 until Monday, January 4, 2021 (excluding Christmas Day). The charity this week also announced…

Fans of the Devon County Show can expect its return in July 2021 as organisers have announced dates for a summer event. The Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA) on Tuesday (November 17) announced the 125th Devon County Show will take place at the Westpoint showground on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 2-4, 2021. Show organisers believe the summer dates will allow for the easing of coronavirus restrictions and the introduction of a public vaccine. The new summer dates aim to spread the number of visitors across the weekend, allowing for social distancing. Mary Quicke, DCAA chairman said: ‘We are absolutely…

Cinema screenings return to the Beehive community centre in Honiton after a seven-month break because of coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Socially-distanced cinema screenings begin on Friday, October 30, at the Dowell Street venue, and run until Christmas. A spokeswoman for the events said: “We cannot wait to safely welcome our audiences back into the building to experience the sheer joy of escaping for a couple of hours and enjoying a film on the big screen in all its technicolour glory.” A half-term treat for families is being shown on Friday, October 30, at 3pm, with the screening of Cats & Dogs…

Books, jigsaws, plants, cakes and even Christmas stocking fillers will be for sale from a garden wall in Exmouth on Saturday, October 31. The charity sale is in aid of Exmouth National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) organised by supporter Mary Hazlewood. Mary raised almost £100 for the charity during the March coronavirus lockdown, holding ‘on-wall swapping’ from her front garden, where she encouraged the borrowing and exchanging of books and jigsaws. She is inviting all to her latest fundraiser, on Saturday, October 31, at Phillipps Avenue, in Exmouth, EX8 3JE. Mary said: “During lockdown back in March, I began what I…

Pioneering women from East Devon and Exeter have been included in a new photographic exhibition of trailblazing females, being showcased from Saturday (October 24). The 100 First Women Portraits, is being exhibited at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAAM) until January 3, 2021, and includes images of Booker Winner Dame Hilary Mantel, who lives in Budleigh Salterton, Exmouth-born Bellatrix, the first female world champion beatboxer and Edith Kent (deceased), the first woman to gain equal pay in 1943, whose daughter Jean lives in Exmouth. The collection of images by South West photographer Anita Corbin is the result of 10 years…

Beer village is gearing up to host an alternative to Halloween trick-or-treating with its first ever drive-in cinema. Organiser Eleanor Carr, of Unique Boutique Events, is hosting the event on Saturday, October 31, with a screening of two films, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, rated PG, at 5pm, followed by Simon Pegg’s cult classic Shaun of the Dead, rated 15, starting at 9pm. Along with the socially-distanced showings, popcorn, hot food and drinks will be available on the night with an in-car order and delivery service. Eleanor said: “Beer village and I had been in talks about a drive-in cinema last…

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