Browsing: What’s on in East Devon

Festive fun for the family is afoot at The Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth in the coming weeks. A Christmas Fair, Carols by Candlelight and an ‘Adoption Donkey Christmas Stocking Trail’ will be on offer at the international animal welfare charity in Salcombe Regis. The Christmas fair takes place over the weekend of November 23 and 24 from 10am to 4pm – with the sanctuary’s indoor arena packed with traders selling unique items. Santa will put in a special appearance and children will be able to visit him in his grotto. Winter-warming refreshments will be served throughout the weekend and East Devon…

Events in November Budleigh Salterton Tourist Information Centre has highlighted the following dates for your diary from now until the end of the month. Lunch for locals, Christmas dishes from around the world, pampering and prosecco, music and walks….it’s going to be a busy November! November 14 Michaelmas Fair Powderham Castle It is the perfect occasion to start your Christmas preparations with superb stalls from the South West with items not usually found on the high street! Tickets £3.50. November 15 2019 Hefted The Beehive, Honiton Come along to the beehive at Honiton for a performance of Hefted. Tickets £9.00,…

Musicians helped make East Devon’s very-own night at the proms a fitting tribute to the event’s  inspirational late founder – as the event achieved his fundraising dream.  Classics Galore! was established by former Exeter policeman Dick Passmore and has been staged every two years since 2007 to boost FORCE Cancer Charity. The seventh concert at the University of Exeter Great Hall on Saturday was particularly poignant following Mr Passmore’s death earlier this year. The award-winning swcomms band from Lympstone and Ottery St Mary Choral Society helped make it an evening to remember with tears, tributes and plenty of rousing musical moments.…

Christmas shoppers looking for unique and unusual gifts will find inspiration at the Escot House Artisan Fair on Saturday, November 23. This is event’s second year; its debut in 2018 was declared a resounding success. It is organised by Helen Bottrill, of The Creative Business Network, which encourages artisans and crafters in the region. By shopping for Christmas at Escot, people will have the chance to purchase beautiful, quirky gifts whilst showing support for smaller, independent businesses at the same time – Helen Bottrill Helen said: “We have such a wonderful array of makers locally and Escot House is the perfect…

Exeter Festival organisers are promising another massive weekend to remember when the event returns next summer. The festival will be back at Northernhay Gardens and other venues around the city from Friday, July 3, to Sunday, July 5. Details of 2020’s headline acts, and how to buy tickets, are set to be revealed shortly. This summer’s event was a big success which surpassed our expectations in terms of both numbers attending, and the amount of positive feedback it received – Cllr Rachel Sutton More than 8,000 people attended this summer’s event, which was widely hailed as a big success. It…

Littleham Playgroup is inviting Exmouth youngsters and their mums, dads, carers and childminders to join them for some free fun. The charity-led playgroup is hosting open mornings from 9.30am to 11.30am on Tuesday, November 19, and Wednesday, November 20. Organisers of the sessions guarantee there will be plenty to keep the little-ones – and accompanying adults – entertained. Our open morning is the perfect opportunity for anyone new to experience our fantastic facilities and get a feel for our lovely group… As well as themed play, there will be crafting, snacks and a group sing-song. Also, if the weather permits,…

A free suicide prevention and awareness talk being held at the Budleigh Hub this month will help stop the stigma in East Devon, creating safer communities. The suicide awareness talk, on Tuesday November 19, at 2.30pm-4pm and 6pm-7.30pm, at the Budleigh Health and Wellbeing Hub, East Budleigh Road, is suitable for anyone aged over 15 years old. The 90-minute free session, with Action to Prevent Suicide, aims to deal openly with the stigma attached to suicide, common myths, and how communities can support prevention work. A spokesperson for the event said: “It aims to dispel common myths around suicide, including…

It’s nearly time for Otterton’s festive Reindeer Run, so dust off your antlers and get ready for some festive fun. The event will take place on Saturday, December 7 and offers both a 3km fun run and a 10km multi terrain run – each through the stunning Otter Valley. Each run will start at 10am at St Michael ‘s Church, Otterton. The event, which usually attracts around 350 runners, many in fancy dress, raises money for Otterton Primary School and is supported by several local businesses. Last year, the popular Reindeer Run adopted a new course for its 10k route…

Residents have been invited to join in a weekend of tree celebrations and planting in Exmouth. East Devon District Council (EDDC) has organised two days of activities later this month. They include a tree trail, stories and a giant tree map at Phear Park on Saturday, November 23, from 11am until late. This is an amazing opportunity over two days for people to have fun and plan the treescape for the Exmouth area into the future – Cllr Geoff Jung People of all ages can suggest ideas for Exmouth’s ‘tree vision’, as well as learning about some of the amazing…

Thousands of people are set to descend on Ottery St Mary for its famous November 5 flaming Tar Barrels.  The hotly-anticipated tradition will see a host of fiery fun take place at locations all around the town. The children’s barrels get under way at around 4pm. This is followed by the women’s, men’s and intermediate barrels from around 7pm. The men’s Midnight Barrel is then rolled in Broad Street, otherwise known as ‘The Square’. Rob Wickham, event director, has called for visitors to be patient and has urged them not to panic and arrive in the town early, after it…

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