Browsing: What’s on in Honiton

Get the family together and enjoy a real festive treat this weekend – Honiton Christmas Carnival. Organised by Honiton and District Carnival, the spectacular event will take place on Saturday (December 14). The procession, which travels along the High Street, will start at 5.30pm. Be aware that road closures will be in place – from approximately 5pm to around 6.30pm. Honiton Christmas Carnival traditionally sees local carnival clubs revamp this year’s entries to offer a real flavour of Christmas, with plenty of singing and dancing along the way. Sheldon Singers to give complete performance of Handel’s Messiah in Honiton

St Paul’s Church in Honiton is raising money for its refurbishment with a Christmas Tree Celebration. Local organisations have decorated trees on display. The event, taking place in the High Street parish church, runs until tomorrow (December 8). A £2 entry fee includes a free draw ticket. Accompanied children can take part in free activities with prizes. Lunches and refreshments are available. The event will conclude with a carol service at 3pm tomorrow (December 8). Opening times today: 9.30am to 6.30pm. Opening times tomorrow: 12nooon to 3pm. Sheldon Singers to give complete performance of Handel’s Messiah in Honiton

The Sheldon Singers will give a complete performance of Handel’s Messiah in Honiton later this month. Featuring soloists Josie Walledge, Alison Kettlewell, Matthew Jeffrey and Matthew Cann, the concert will be performed in St Paul’s Church on Saturday, December 21. Accompanied by an orchestra, the singers will start the performance at 6.30pm. Founded in 1987, the Sheldon Singers’ chamber choir is revered for its high standards and broad range of music. Messiah is directed by Julie De’Ath Lancaster. Tickets cost £15 and are available from Fulfords Estate Agents in High Street or via 01404 43805. Free dabber at chamber’s Christmas…

Roy Orbison fans, get ready for a real treat. Darren Page enchanted an audience back in February when he brought his ‘Through the Decades’ show to Honiton. Now he is back with ‘The voice of Roy Orbison with Brenda Lee’. Recommended for Roy Orbison fans, the show will include all the hits – from ‘I Drove all night’, ‘Crying’, ‘Running Scared’, ‘You Got It’, plus a few earlier ones too. Darren Page is an artiste in his own right and he has a vocal range that fits into any genre. He is appearing along with Susan Lowry, who will whisper…

The Mackarness Hall is the venue of a Christmas bingo being staged by Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Taking place on Friday, December 13, the event boasts festive goodies, along with a £500 prize fund. Other attractions include light bites, bar snacks and refreshments. An 11-page book of tickets costs £8 – and a dabber is thrown in for free. Doors will open at 6.30pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. The event is expected to run until around 9.45pm. For further information, click here.

Tweets about places in England that have been ‘yarn bombed’ have led to Honiton having its own mini Christmas yarn bomb event. Following discussions between Heather Penwarden, chairman of Honiton Dementia Action Alliance, and town councillor Caroline Kolek, it was agreed they would do a small project together. The aim is to raise awareness about dementia and the importance of memory at Christmas. Caroline arranged for 12 local knitters and crochet enthusiasts to each make an item related to Christmas. Heather has produced a card to go with each one. They said: “It is hard to celebrate Christmas without looking…

Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton will kick off 2020 with an exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts (SWAc). It will feature a diverse range of media including paintings, sculpture, prints and photography from January 11 to February 8. The Dowell Street will also be hosting an exciting programme of workshops and events. To accompany the exhibition, THG will introduce inspiring art activities, from a new three-week acrylics course to a comic book workshop for younger artists. Exhibiting for the first time will be new members including Sue Luxton, Judith Jones and…

Legends of the 1960’s folk scene, The Strawbs are bringing their 50th anniversary acoustic tour to Honiton. The iconic band started life as the Strawberry Hill Boys before emerging into the mainstream from the exciting British folk movement. The Strawbs joined the likes of Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Al Stewart and Roy Harper to achieve international stardom. In fact, the band was the first British outfit to be signed by A&M Records in the United States. Under the guidance of Herb Alpert and Gerry Moss, major chart success followed with seven consecutive albums in the Billboard charts, including classics ‘Bursting at…

It is all systems go for this weekends’s hugely anticipated Honiton Carnival.  The last on the East Devon Circuit this year, the grand procession will take place on Saturday (October 26). Led by Honiton Fire Brigade, the carnival will start at 7.30pm. The fire crew will be closely followed by Honiton Twirlstars and the carnival’s royal float. Look out for the Devon Truck Show. The procession will set off from Ottery Moor Lane and proceed along High Street to Monkton Road. Honiton and District Carnival Committee says: “The entrants you will see have been working on their creations for the…

It’s spooky… Young members of Honiton Community Theatre Company have come up with a project they can really sink their teeth into – a fiendishly hilarious The Dracula Spectacula. Exclusively performed by the company’s talented youth members at The Beehive, the show will run for two days on November 1 and 2. Written by John Gardiner, The Dracula Spectacula is suitable for people of all ages and includes music by Andrew Parr. Described as having a ‘sizzling score’, it follows teacher Miss Nadia as she takes her class on a trip to Transylvania, meeting all kinds of interesting people along…

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