Browsing: What’s on in East Devon

A free course is being held in East Devon in January in a bid to tackle regional farming and woodland management skills shortages. Bicton College is hosting the eight-week course, boosting farmland and woodland management. The Train4Tomorrow course is a government-funded programme supporting adults with free training in the South West, in a bid to develop the in-demand skills required by industry. In January Bicton College is running an eight-week Agri-Tech Woodland Management course. There are no set entry requirements to take part, and the course is completely free. Students over the age of 19 with an interest in forestry…

While East Devon residents hunker down to enjoy Christmas, grooms at The Donkey Sanctuary, in Sidmouth, remain dedicated to caring for their 232 charges. Grooms at charity will be working on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and over the holiday period, feeding, watering and caring for the animals living at the animal sanctuary. The Donkey Sanctuary is closed to visitors on Christmas Day, December 25, but is otherwise open throughout the holiday period, every day from 9am to 4.30pm. Last entry into the car park is at 4pm. Although the facilities are closed on Christmas Day, the Sidmouth sanctuary has many…

A new walking group for people in East Devon living with autism or Asperger syndrome will meet monthly in Sidmouth. The Aspie Walking Group has been formed by ‘like-minded people’ with the aim of sharing experiences and exploring Sidmouth. The first walk has been planned for Friday, January 7, 2022, setting off at 11am from The Triangle bus shelter, in Sidmouth. The organisers said there is no need to book, and a ‘warm welcome’ awaits. The walking group is for those with autism or Asperger syndrome as their prime diagnosis, or for people who identify as such. However, you do…

The Sidmouth Folk Festival has announced it will be ‘firing on all cylinders’ with its return for summer 2022, boasting an ‘eclectic’ line-up of artists and performers. Tickets have gone on sale for the next year’s festival, as organisers have revealed the return of the Bulverton marquee at the top of the town – the ‘high energy hub’ for ceilidhs and evening shows. Organisers said the 2022 festival will be ‘firing on all cylinders’ after the Covid-19 pandemic forced the 2020 event to be held online, and last year’s gathering was scaled-back. Festival organisers said the 2022 line-up, from July…

Seasonal music and ‘light-hearted’ surprises are promised when the Sidmouth Town Band takes to the stage at the Manor Pavilion Theatre on Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4. The Sidmouth Town Band Christmas concerts will perform a ‘packed programme’ starting at 7.30pm, and 3pm, respectively. Tickets have been selling fast, organisers say, and can be bought at the theatre box office, or online. A Sidmouth Town Band spokesman said: “There’s no better combination to raise the spirits and help keep warm than Christmas and a brass band – and this year sees the return of the incredibly popular Sidmouth…

Excitement is building as lighting designers are at Connaught Gardens, in Sidmouth, gearing up to fit sparkle and illuminations ahead of a new family festive event. With days to go before the official opening of Connaught@Christmas, the team has been dressing the trees, shrubs, flower beds, walls and pillars with spotlights, light curtains, uplighters and tree illuminations. Some 550 lighting units, seven kilometers of cable, more than 860 metres of fairy light strings and thousands of LED lamps will be fitted, plus a projection ‘finale piece’, which organisers say will ‘add colour and texture on to the cliffs above Jacob’s…

For the first time ever, Connaught Gardens, in Sidmouth, will be lit up as a beautiful, illuminated trail to celebrate the start of the festive season. From Tuesday, December 7, until Sunday, December 12, the much-loved gardens high on the clifftops will be dressed with twinkling lights, spotlights, light curtains, tree lights and up-lights to create nine themed zones using architecture, trees, flora and flower beds. Making the most of the stunning coastal location, the final vista in the trail is a projection on to the cliffs and hillside above Jacob’s Ladder beach. Santa will be on hand to chat…

A singing schoolboy from Sidmouth who lost his hair to alopecia will be in Ottery St Mary later this month to sign books he illustrated during illness and lockdowns. Chorister James Mason-Carney – who with his mum, Julie Claire-Carney, wrote and illustrated Tiggs and the Midnight Choir – will be at Otter Garden Centres on Saturday, November 27, where he will sing carols and songs he plans to record onto CD. And the Exeter Cathedral chorister is gearing up for the sequel to his book, with mum Julie working on the next adventure. They will be at the garden centre…

Exmouth will kick off the festive season with a free ‘Winter Festival’ featuring live music, and a lights switch-on on Saturday, December 4. Carol singing, walk-about performers and a children’s lantern parade will also feature in the festivities in the Strand. The family-friendly ‘mini-festival’ aims to ‘welcome the community back together with warmth and light to celebrate the town’s creativity’. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy being back amongst friends and to welcome in the festive season together – Mayor of Exmouth Steve GazzardExmouth primary schools have been invited to take part in making environmentally-friendly willow lanterns for which the…

A community champion has been picked to switch on the Christmas lights in Sidmouth at a special event on Saturday, November 20. Di Fuller, of Sid Valley Help, will do the honours as part of festive festivities organised by the town council. Local duo Vine and Dandy will be providing music and entertainment from 4.30pm. She and Sid Valley Help have been invaluable throughout the most difficult of times and continues to work tirelessly for our community – Cllr Ian BarlowA ‘golden ticket’ draw for primary school children will take place at 5.15pm – with the winner netting a £100…

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