Browsing: What’s on in East Devon

A host of yellow and blue teddies hidden in Honiton from the end of May are raising awareness of a friendship group for retired people. Honiton U3A (University of the Third Age) is marking National U3A Day on Wednesday, June 2, with a hunt the teddy competition, with prizes donated by local businesses. From Friday, May 28, until Friday, June 4, spot the knitted bears, in the blue and yellow colours of the U3A, in the windows of shops and businesses in the town centre. Entry forms for the Spot the Teddies competition are available from May 28 from the…

Free taster sessions to try your hand at bowling are being held during open days held in Honiton at the end of May. Honiton Bowling Club is offering pre-booked taster sessions for anyone aged 10-years-old and over, keen to try out a new sport. The organisers said the weekend sessions, available on Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30, from 10am until 2pm, will be Covid-19 secure. There will be refreshments available on the day. Anyone wishing to take part will need to wear trainers or flat shoes to be allowed onto the green. A spokeswoman for the club said:…

Honiton Charter Day will return in July and the town’s memory café is to benefit from funds raised at the event. Honiton Memory Café members were ‘absolutely delighted’ to be picked as charity of the year, benefiting from the 2021 family-friendly event. Terry Darrant, Charter Day organising committee chairman, said: “We hope everyone will support us, and the shops participating in our window dressing competition, to raise as much money as we can for them.” Heather Penwarden, Honiton Dementia Action Alliance chairman, said: “Memory Cafe members were absolutely delighted to be chosen as the Charter Day official charity for 2021.…

The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth has announced visitors have just days to wait until it reopens on Monday, May 17. The animal charity said it has a number of Covid measures in place to keep visitors, staff and donkeys ‘as safe as possible’, including hand sanitisation points and a social distancing one-way route around the centre of the site. John Crouch, visitor engagement manager at sanctuary, said the team ‘can’t wait’ to welcome back visitors. He said: “We have all been looking forward to this day for some time, welcoming back our loyal supporters and visitors. “The sanctuary always comes alive when it’s open, there is always such a nice…

The Red Arrows are set to return to the skies over Sidmouth in August as the town welcomes back its annual air show. The 2020 event was cancelled when the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing rules put a stop to large crowds congregating in public. Sidmouth Town Council today (Wednesday, May 10) announced the return of the family-friendly air show and, showstoppers the RAF aerobatic team, The Red Arrows. The event, with fly-pasts over the seafront and Esplanade, is planned for Friday, August 27, at 6pm. The Red Arrows, who last appeared over Sidmouth in 2019, will be joined by…

Colour, light and music will come together on The Green in Budleigh Salterton this summer for a first-ever festival event. Budleigh Music Festival has announced Colourscape – an interactive, family-friendly, walk-through labyrinth of colour, light and music. The festival will be held in the town from July 9-17, promising a week-long programme of live music. Concerts will be limited in capacity this year. The organsiers said live performances are in a ‘more intimate setting than ever before’ with daily sittings at 5pm and 8pm. Jason Thornton, artistic director for the festival, said: “2021 is a really important and special time…

Organisers of The Sidmouth Folk Festival aim to put on a week of music, dance and family entertainment this summer. Billed as A Celebration of Sidmouth Folk Festival, the event from July 30 until August 6, will be an ‘authentic taste’ of the traditional event. The Sidmouth Folk Festival plans to return in full in 2022, the organisers said. John Braithwaite, festival director, said: “We are looking forward to this special celebration, as we thank everyone who helped the festival survive last year’s cancellation and to secure its future. “All this year’s festival activities will be run in line with existing Covid-19 guidance. “All relevant precautions…

Exmouth Festival has been cancelled for the second year running because of the coronavirus pandemic. Exmouth Town Council said it was ‘with a heavy heart’ the decision had been taken to scratch the event, which had been due to take place over the Whitsun Bank Holiday, from May 28-31. Plans for Exmouth Festival 2022 will begin shortly ‘to make sure it is the party that the people of Exmouth deserve’, organisers said. We are all really disappointed that we are again unable to put on a festival this year… And the town council said it hopes to offer some community…

A new festive event is being planned in Sidmouth in December where public gardens will come alive with lights. The Connaught@Christmas event – expected to run from December 7-12 – promises seasonal entertainment in a bid to boost Sidmouth’s celebrations, with creative light displays, local crafts and food on sale. The town’s Connaught Gardens, trees and paths will be illuminated using low energy lighting and LED technology. A Santa’s grotto is expected and performances from local musicians and singers. Organisers said a limited number of tickets with staggered entrance times will ensure a clear passage around the gardens. Access for…

A free farming mental health and wellbeing online seminar is being held in February, organised by the Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service. The evening of talks about mental health and wellbeing support for the farming community is on Tuesday, February 3, at 6pm, and will include speakers from the Gay Farmer Helpline, an Accredited cognitive behavioural therapist (CBT), Market Chaplin, Farming Community Network and Kingsbridge Young Farmers. Each organisation will focus on the importance of mental health and wellbeing, highlighting what help is available and where to get support. In addition to the speakers there will be an…

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