Browsing: What’s on in Ottery St Mary

The Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) has revealed a new East Devon venue for its summer Rainbow Run event. The colouful run – which for the last two years was held virtually because of the pandemic – has early-bird tickets on sale, with discounts of 10 per cent for those signing up before May 4 to take part. This year the CHSW Rainbow Run will be held at Escot Park, near Ottery – a move away from the 2019 event at Westpoint, near Exeter, where 1,000 people took part and raised thousands of pounds for the youngsters and their families…

A singing schoolboy from Sidmouth who lost his hair to alopecia will be in Ottery St Mary later this month to sign books he illustrated during illness and lockdowns. Chorister James Mason-Carney – who with his mum, Julie Claire-Carney, wrote and illustrated Tiggs and the Midnight Choir – will be at Otter Garden Centres on Saturday, November 27, where he will sing carols and songs he plans to record onto CD. And the Exeter Cathedral chorister is gearing up for the sequel to his book, with mum Julie working on the next adventure. They will be at the garden centre…

The line-up has been announced for the free-to-enter Ottery St Mary Food & Families Festival, taking place in the town on Saturday, September 11. Jazzi Curley from Devon Cookery School, The Pig at Combe’s Dan Gavrilidis, Michael Caines, Liam Finnegan, Ottery St Mary’s Samosa Lady Tina Chauhan-Challis, Good Game’s ‘Salami Steve’ and Chris Piper of Christopher Piper Wines, are among those billed to share their knowledge with cooking demonstrations on the day. Food festival organisers have pledged the greenest event yet, with no single-use plastic, and the sale of reusable cups. Entry to the festival on Saturday, September 1, is…

The popular Ottery St Mary Food and Families Festival is to return with a new date and location. Festivities will take place on Saturday, September 11, on a site in Alfington Road next to Otter Garden Centres. The event has previously fallen victim to a number of postponements due to the coronavirus pandemic. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at the new festival site in just a few weeks’ time… A new location means the festival will be all in one place – with a ‘real carnival feel’ promised. One of the event’s organisers, Ruud Jansen Venneboer, said: “Everyone is…

The team behind the Exmouth Pavilion Christmas Pantomime have confirmed TV Legend and all-round good fox, BASIL BRUSH, will join pantomime favourite Stuart Earp in this year’s production of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. Basil Brush will feature as The Magic Mirror, alongside Stuart Earp as Muddles, Harry Moore as Nurse Nellie, Kassie Malam as Snow White, Jessica Fay Long as The Wicked Queen and Exeter’s own Sam Emmerson as The Prince. We cannot wait to get back to Exmouth and bring fun and laughter to our amazing audiences, Basil Brush is a great addition to our show… Producer Kevin Brown says “It’s going to be…

Ottery St Mary Library is inviting readers to use the choose and collect service while the building remains closed through the pandemic. Library staff have introduced the new service, now in its second week, where people can phone in or email their book choices, and collect them from the Silver Street branch at an arranged time. Returned books are quarantined for a set time before they are circulated back for public use, the library staff said. An Ottery St Mary Library spokeswoman said: “Our building is not yet open to the public instead we are offering choose and collect. “Customers…

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…

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