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Entertainment and events across East Devon

Exeter Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) is gearing up to reopen to the public at the end of October. The museum and art gallery, which closed at the end of March in response to the coronavirus pandemic, will open its doors to the public from Saturday, October 24. New Covid safety measures introduced by the museum include a timed ticketing system that can be booked in advance from Thursday, October 1. Cllr Amal Ghusain, Exeter City Council’s lead for communities and culture, said: “We are delighted that the Royal Albert Memorial Museum will be reopening its doors in October. “The…

Visitors are from Monday (September 28) being welcomed back at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth after months of closure because of the coronavirus lockdown. The free-to-visit sanctuary today announced it was reopening daily, from 9.30am until 4pm, with safety measures in place to stop the spread of the virus. The Donkey Sanctuary said because coronavirus restrictions visitors can expect a ‘different’ experience, with one-way routes around the site, hand sanitiser stations and ‘fewer opportunities’ to mingle with the resident donkeys. A spokesperson for the sanctuary said: ““Like lots of other attractions, people can expect a different visitor experience when visiting…

A packed programme of autumn events is promised by a new, travelling Creative Cabin in East Devon after its successful launch in Exmouth. The Honiton-based Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) and Wild East Devon have teamed up for the innovative and mobile initiative exploring art, culture and nature. It travelled to Exmouth over the August bank holiday and offered three days of fun-filled activities. Now a host of projects, talks, performances and workshops have been announced for the autumn exploring our relationship with nature and the climate emergency. The programme begins with a talk by Turner Prize winning artist Richard Long.…

An exhibition of art inspired by experiences of lockdown is running in Topsham throughout the month of September. Self-taught artist Jayne Farleigh’s current work can be seen as part of the annual Devon Open Studios event, and runs until September 30, in The Café, Fore Street, in Topsham. She said her latest exhibition focusses on her experience during the coronavirus lockdown, and also features some paintings from Ottery St Mary’s Tar Barrels, inspired by Jayne’s visit to watch the event last year. Her Topsham exhibition work also extends to being inspired by plastic glowing toys on sale at carnivals, and…

On Saturday, October 17, 2020 West End stars are bringing their talents to Exeter Racecourse with the previously sold out West End meets Animation LIVE and West End Extravaganza LIVE. Appearing will be: David Ribi (Channel 5 Milkshake), Emma Hatton (Wicked), Jason Leigh Winter (Kinky Boots), Lauren Varnham (Gypsy), Lucy St. Louis (Motown), Matt Croke (Aladdin) And local star Romanie Jija-Wakeman (School of Rock). Scott Hayes will be Musical Director. West End meets Animation is a drive-in concert for all the family, where David Ribi, Lauren Varnham and their West End friends take the audience on a journey filled with…

Sidmouth Rugby Club is set to serve up a full weekend of fun after the game’s governing body ruled it can move a step closer to competitive action.  The Rugby Football Union (RFU) said late last month that, from Tuesday, September 1, clubs can to start limited and restricted contact training and organise inter-club non-contact fixtures. As a result, Sidmouth Chiefs have announced a big weekend of activities from Friday, September 11 to Sunday, September 13. A busy weekend for the club is launched on the Friday (September 11) with ‘Seniors’ Fun’ all getting under way from 7pm. It includes…

If you are holding an event for your club, charity, group or cause, and would like it to appear in the What’s On section, email newsdesk@eastdevonnews.co.uk  Exmouth in Bloom and Centre Stage are holding events this weekend. Award-winning Exmouth youth theatre group hit in pocket by COVID-19 launches fundraising appeal after warning it will ‘run out of money’

A village show with a difference is being held in East Devon where competitors showcase their skills online, photographing their entries. Every penny raised from entries taking part in the Newton Poppleford Online Village Show will be given to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. While there is no white tent to display your entry, all the fun of the traditional village show can be enjoyed with a host of categories to enter, including home-grown produce, floral displays, a pet competition, photography, art, craft, and the popular children’s classes. But if you want to enter, you had better be quick because…

Covid has cancelled Sidmouth 2020 air show amid town council fears it would be ‘irresponsible’ to encourage 30,000-plus people to the seafront. Sidmouth Town Council on Tuesday (August 11) officially announced the cancellation of the August bank holiday event, where traditionally the Red Arrows appear alongside a host of aerial entertainment. The cancellation of the annual event has been done to protect the town against the spread of coronavirus, and ease residents’ anxieties as they come out of lockdown. The council said it would have been ‘difficult’ to enforce the social distancing of thousands of extra people. Overall, we felt…

Families can now enjoy a new wildlife-themed sculpture trail at Seaton Wetlands, featuring 11 natural sculptures spread around the nature reserve. Funded by Tesco’s Bags of Help, all the sculptures have been hand-crafted out of natural materials. The challenge is to find all 11 willow and wood sculptures of a crow, hare, snail, willow dragon fly, wooden dragon fly, frog, heron, stickleback, deer, buzzard and snake. The Wild East Devon team has installed the sculptures at locations that will not disturb the resident wildlife. The trail starts near the car park and follows the main path, past Black Hole Marsh…

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