Browsing: What’s on in Ottery St Mary

Beautiful Days 2020 has become the latest big East Devon event to be cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis. ‘Very sad’ organisers of the music festival at Escot Park, near Ottery St Mary, said the global pandemic had made the decision ‘unavoidable’. They added that it was ‘impossible’ to ‘confidently plan’ and ‘safely deliver’ the festivities. The event had been due to take place between August 21 and 23. The wellbeing of everyone involved in the festival and the wider local community is our top priority but the uncertainties around COVID-19 make it impossible for us to confidently plan and…

A new location has been announced for the Ottery St Mary Food and Families Festival, enabling the whole event to be held at one location. The site of this year’s festival, on Saturday, May 30, starting at 10am, is just off Alfington Road, near Otter Nurseries, which will allow for more entertainment, and a bigger market. Having the festival in one enclosed and car-free space allows us to do many things… Organisers of the Food and Families Festival have begun recruiting for entertainers and are keen to hear from musicians, or other artists. Now gearing up for the eighth food…

The first trees will be planted in Ottery St Mary’s community orchard tomorrow, Saturday, January 11, and all are invited to go along. East Devon District Council (EDDC) has donated 10 trees and a strip of land at the Land of Cannan for the town’s community orchard. We really hope locals turn up and celebrate this precious gift and then keep in touch with Greener Ottery to suggest the next plants and flowers and help us maintain this vital space…Volunteers, the Greener Ottery group and EDDC Streetscene will be on site from 10am until 12noon, tree planting. All are welcome…

A returning New Year’s Eve party in Ottery St Mary will help a family boost the suicide bereavement charity that supported them after the loss of a loved-one. Gemma Youlden is putting on the December 31 celebration at the town’s cricket club for the second time to raise money for Pete’s Dragons. Last year’s inaugural event, in memory of her late brother Rob, raised nearly £1,000 for the cause. I’ve come to realise just how important it is to have amazing support just when you need it the most. It can be very comforting in such a distressing and vulnerable…

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…

Cadhay Fete is more than just a… fete. This year’s fund-raising event, taking pace on Saturday (August 24), will actually start the night before. Tomorrow (Friday) supporters of Ottery St Mary’s parish church will stage a Battle of the Buskers – and you are invited. Taking place at Cadhay House, Ottery St Mary, the event will see 10 bands go head to head. There is a huge prize of £500 up for grabs and you, the audience, will decide who wins. This fabulous buskers’ event is open to anyone aged 10 and over and will take place from 7pm to…

Beautiful Days revellers laughed in the face of rain to party hard over the weekend. The popular family-friendly music festival, organised by The Levellers, held at Escot Park, near Ottery St Mary, from August 16-18, boasted a packed line-up promising something for everyone. Festival fun for the young and old was on tap all weekend at the three-day party that never sleeps. This event is about people young and old coming together and taking part in something that will be remembered for a long time.Those at Beautiful Days with their children were offered plenty to do, with a host of…

Entry is free to the Ottery summer mini-fest, which promises live music and a day of fun and entertainment for all ages. The summer fun afternoon, on Saturday, July 20, from 3pm until 6pm, at Ottery St Mary Primary School, in Longdogs Lane, and is open to all. The event will be held on the school playing field, with entry through the gates on Yonder Street or Spring Gardens. On the day there will be plenty of free activities and entertainment, such as live music, Taiko drummers, the chance to try your hand at circus skills, play in the Lego…

The spotlight is on the best of Ottery St Mary on Saturday, July 20, with a showcase of the town’s businesses, organisations and community groups. The Showcase Ottery event, on the Land of Canaan, 10am until 4pm, highlights the work of more than 50 businesses, charities and clubs. A spokesperson for Showcase Ottery said the town’s new event has something for everyone: “The day will be bursting with fun for everyone. “There are too many businesses and clubs to mention individually, so you will have to come along and see for yourselves.” Visitors can enjoy entertainment, prizes, demonstrations, live music,…

The magic of Beautiful Days is back and this year’s family friendly festival promises more than ever before. The Levellers’ independent and award-winning festival, at Escot Park, near Ottery St Mary, has revealed its main stage line up for the 2019 event, August 16-18, which includes LA punk rock band NOFX and Florida ska punk band Less Than Jake. Headliners Skunk Anansie, Ziggy Marley and The Levellers, music from Seth Lakeman, Hothouse Flowers, Cara Dillon, The Fisherman’s Friends and The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club are a mere taste of the eclectic line up over the three days. Fiddler’s…

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