Browsing: What’s on in East Devon

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…

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…

Exmouth RNLI’s November 5 fireworks spectacular has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic – dealing a fundraising blow to the lifesaving charity. Organisers have made the ‘difficult decision’ to pull the plug on this year’s fun due to restrictions on large outdoor gatherings. The event was due to take place at the town’s rugby club and recreation ground. Whilst it is very sad news…we are even more determined to return with a bigger and better experience in 2021 – Lousie Hockings-ThompsonLast year’s event – the first to be organised by Exmouth RNLI – raised £12,834 for the popular cause.…

Hospiscare is challenging cyclists across Exeter and East Devon to sign up to its own Tour de Devon and ride their bikes for the charity along their own routes. The hospice charity for Exeter, Mid and East Devon has come up with the new cycle event in a bid to raise much-needed funds because the coronavirus lockdown had a ‘drastic impact’ on the cause, forcing the cancellation, or scaling down, of its fundraising events. The charity’s Tour de Devon is a virtual cycling event, planned to coincide with the Tour de France, from August 31 to 21 September 21, 2020.…

Organisers of an online Sidmouth Folk Festival are promising a ‘diverse and memorable’ virtual event – as a fundraising bid to secure the tradition’s future topped £70,000. The official fun will see shows performed from a ‘secret location’ in the town on August 1 and 2 among other festivities throughout the week. They will ‘harness the spirit of the annual seaside music and dance party’ in the absence of the real thing. And a crowdfunding appeal to secure the future of Sidmouth Folk Festival in 2021 and beyond has been going from strength-to-strength. It smashed its initial target of £30,000, hit…

Leading the 2021 torchlight procession and having an original song penned for you are some of the rewards on offer to boost Sidmouth Folk Festival funds thanks to a campaign beginning on June 30. From tomorrow, Tuesday, Sidmouth Folk Festival fans disappointed by this year’s Covid-cancelled event can scoop ‘exclusive treats’ by donating to safeguard the 2021 celebrations. When the coronavirus crisis prompted organisers to cancel the festival for the first time in its 65-year history, they came up with fresh fundraising ways to champion the event’s long-term future. A Crowdfunder campaign launches tomorrow, June 30, where donations can be…

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