Browsing: What’s on in East Devon

A family attraction near Ottery St Mary has announced it will stay open and continue to welcome visitors amid the coronavirus crisis. Wildwood Escot, set in around 40 acres, said staff at the outdoor animal attraction were well used to taking measures to ensure the wellbeing of public health, and the methods taken to address the coronavirus issue had been ‘relatively simple’. The family attraction said maintaining consistent staffing levels meant Wildwood Escot had to make only ‘nominal alterations’ to adhere to government advice, and continue to offer a close-to-normal service. George Hyde, general manager, said: “We’ve followed the government…

Exmouth Festival 2020 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis. The town council said it made the decision ‘with heavy hearts’ after following government advice. Festivities had been due to take place from May 22-25. All artists, traders and acts will be rebooked for next year, says organisers. We realise that a lot of people will be disappointed, but the health and wellbeing of our artists, musicians, volunteers and festival supporters is always our priority…. An Exmouth Town Council spokesperson said: “The decision has not been taken lightly but has been made in accordance with government guidelines in relation…

Coronavirus concerns for older fans and musicians has seen Exmouth Town Concert Band call off its first performance of 2020. The group had been due to stage its Spring Concert at St Peter’s Church in Budleigh Salterton on Wednesday, March 25. We know that many of our followers and indeed members are in the older age bracket and are therefore considered to be at greater risk from the current virus…However, it says the event has been postponed indefinitely due to the ‘uncertain climate in the UK’. A spokesperson for the band said it had followers ‘in the older age bracket’…

More than 160 people flocked to the opening of a new exhibition by internationally-acclaimed British artist Sir Richard Long at Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) in Honiton. Being in the Moment, part of the national Artist Rooms programme, will run at the Dowell Street venue until May 23. It opened on Saturday, February 22, and explores the relationship between man and the natural world. The exhibition presents pieces spanning 40 years of Richard’s career – starting with his early experiments near his home city of Bristol. It takes its title from the work Being in the Moment (1999) – a portfolio of…

Hospiscare has announced its Twilight Walk will return to Exmouth in July with two new walking routes and a fresh venue. This year’s theme is beach party with a pink twist, and those taking part are encouraged to dress in tutus, beach hats and floral garlands. The 2020 Twilight Walk is on Saturday, July 4, and there is an early-bird entry fee of £15. Walkers can choose routes of 6.5 miles or 13.1 miles, starting at the Queen’s Drive Space, taking in Exmouth seafront, with entertainment along the way,  and a glass of pink fizz as a reward for crossing…

Exmouth firefighters will be making a splash for charity by staging a car wash on Saturday (March 7). Motorists are being urged to get their vehicles over to the crews’ Liverton Business Park HQ between 10am and 4pm. All money raised will go to The Fire Fighters Charity and provide support and rehabilitation to the fire and rescue community. Supporting the event could also help Exmouth’s crews net a national fundraising award through the National Car Wash League. Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell said: “Monies raised through national fundraising initiatives provide a real boost to The Fire Fighters Charity. “We…

Devon Fitspo will showcase the best of East Devon and Exeter’s fitness, health and wellbeing businesses at Sidmouth College next month. Those going along are encouraged to wear gym kits because the event will include some have-a-go fitness, dance  and martial arts sessions, plus demonstrations and talks from experts. The Devon Fitspo event, at Sidmouth College, in Primley Road, has been organised by Lauren Clapp from fitness studio LC Sidmouth. All proceeds from the event will be split between Sidmouth College’s new building fund and Action On Hearing Loss, who Lauren is running the London Marathon for in April. Entry…

The Romans and the influence they had on Exeter is the topic of Fairlynch Museum’s next Coffee Time Talk at the Peter Hall, in Budleigh Salterton, on Wednesday, March 4, at 10.30am. The talk delves into the arrival of the Second Augustan Legion, the building of the fortress and bathhouse, to the eventual abandonment of the civilian city of Isca Dumnonoirum as Roman control in Britain ended. The event includes the discovery of the Seaton Down Hoard, who found it, what it was and why it was there. The talk is at the Peter Hall, The Lawn, Budleigh Salterton, and…

Internationally-acclaimed British artist Richard Long has launched an exhibition at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) in Honiton. Being in the Moment, part of the national Artist Rooms programme, will run at the Dowell Street venue until May 23. It opened with a private viewing today (Saturday, February 22) and explores the relationship between man and the natural world. The exhibition presents pieces spanning 40 years of Richard’s career – starting with his early experiments near his home city of Bristol. There will be 21 works on show including photography, sculpture, text, drawings, maps and diagrams. The exhibition launches the gallery’s Culture…

Axminster’s police team is tomorrow, Thursday, inviting people along to speak to PCSO Chris Bolsover about any issues or concerns they have in the area. The police community support officer will be at the Dalwood Community Shop for an hour on February 20, from 9am until 10am. He will also have information on Farm Watch, banking or courier fraud, said Devon and Cornwall Police. If you cannot attend but have an issue to discuss, email 101@dcpolice. Axminster Repair Cafe launch success means monthly mend meetings and fix-it workshops

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