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Entertainment and events across East Devon

Exmouth’s RNLI lifeboat weekend was hailed a success, raising more than £2,000 for the charity. Live music and sea safety rubbed shoulders as the Maer Rocks Festival and Exmouth RNLI open day attracted crowds keen to support the work of  the lifeboat crew. All the RNLI volunteers were overwhelmed with the generosity shown towards the RNLI over the weekend.Exmouth RNLI said the festival was a way of thanking the town for supporting the sea safety charity and its volunteers. Charlie Allen, Exmouth RNLI crew volunteer, who organised Maer Rocks Festival, said: “Thanks to a huge team effort from both RNLI…

The annual Sidmouth Junction ploughing match will take place on Sunday, September 8 – and you are invited. Taking place from 10am, the event will be staged at Fairmile on the Exeter side of the A30. Entries are still being accepted. Attractions will include a ploughing demonstration and a ‘lucky’ programme. Entry is free and on-site catering will be available. For further information, email Phillip Gibbins sjploughing@gmail.com  or call 07779 685858. Family names new Honiton bar after Jim ‘Bruv’ Hagon

Beautiful Days revellers laughed in the face of rain to party hard over the weekend. The popular family-friendly music festival, organised by The Levellers, held at Escot Park, near Ottery St Mary, from August 16-18, boasted a packed line-up promising something for everyone. Festival fun for the young and old was on tap all weekend at the three-day party that never sleeps. This event is about people young and old coming together and taking part in something that will be remembered for a long time.Those at Beautiful Days with their children were offered plenty to do, with a host of…

The headquarters of the River Cottage brand, made famous by campaigning broadcaster Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, is to stage a two-day festival near Axminster next week. Hosted by Mr Fearnley-Whittingstall and promising a weekend of ‘music, food and fun on the farm’, River Cottage Festival will boast talks, live music, a feast of meal choices and much more. Workshops and walks are part of the programme, along with theatre, yoga, bushcraft and stargazing. At the Fire Pit top chefs will give demonstrations and, in the bar, indie legend Richard Colburn will be DJ. Speakers include BBC One presenter Steph McGovern and Bez,…

Arts Council England-funded Boo To A Goose Theatre is bringing its Space Cats production to Honiton. The theatre company, run by educational storytellers Mark and Marie Cassidy, uses puppets, music and games to entertain children. Space Cats, for young children and their families, tells the story of two very curious kittens – Gumdrop and Spider. Discover how they find a spaceship while exploring a professor’s secret laboratory and head for outer space. Back on Earth, cat-loving hippy grandad Houston Collins is a real cool dude as he wonders why his kittens are late for supper. Boo To A Goose says…

Honiton Library will be welcoming the Dogs Trust to story time – to teach children how to stay safe with dogs. Doggy Tales will be staged in the library at 10.30am on August 27. Stacey Prosser, the Dogs Trust’s Education and Community Officer, will lead the event. As well as stories about dogs, there will be a mini Be Dog Smart workshop. During the event, which will run for an hour until 11.30am, there will be a chance for children to participate in Honiton Library’s free summer competition. Prizes include a Dogs Trust t-shirt. Staff at the library say booking…

Honiton Bowling Club will be throwing open its doors to the community for two open days – to show off its superb facilities. The ‘Let’s Play Bowls’ events are planned for August 30 and September 8, with varying times to ensure everyone has a chance to see what is on offer. A club spokesperson said: “We invite you to sample our superb indoor facilities for free at our open sessions. Bowls is a sport anyone can play and enjoy for life. “Try something new this winter in a warm and comfortable environment.” The club offers free, no obligation coaching with…

The bank holiday and regatta weekend in Sidmouth will get off to a flyer when an air extravaganza takes place above the town on Friday, August 23.  Timings of the air show have been announced today – with huge crows expected to descend on The Esplanade to marvel at performances from five different display teams. And visitors and residents are being asked to give generously so that the Red Arrows can return to Sidmouth in 2020. Collectors are also still being sought for August 23. The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire, Strikemaster Jets Pair…

Seaton and Me, part of the Forget-Me-Not project run by Action East Devon, is hosting a multi-generational tea dance for visitors. The event aims to help visitors reminisce and share stories about Seaton, from a recent day trip to the resort to living or working there. It is also open to those who have visited relatives in the town or memories of family holidays in Seaton. Open to people of all ages, it offers an opportunity to share stories and enjoy a day at the seaside. …these stories will help us to build up an archive that can then be…

A severe weather warning has seen Sidmouth Folk Festival’s popular Friday night torchlit procession and fireworks cancelled. Organisers announced the decision today (Thursday, August 8) and said it was ‘in the interests of public safety’. Heavy rain and strong winds are forecast for Friday and Saturday – with the South West the subject of a yellow warning for gusts of up to 60mph. A folk festival spokesperson said today: “Due to the forecast weather conditions, The Sidmouth Folk Festival has, with regret, cancelled Friday’s torchlight procession and fireworks, in the interests of public safety.” Huge crowds normally line The Esplanade…

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