Browsing: What’s on in East Devon

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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