Devon’s BIG day out!
Devon County Show
The Devon County Show is what Devon’s all about!
17th – 19th May 2018
It brings together the very best of food, farming and rural life – plus lots of fun – all rolled into one.
See the incredible animals – livestock, horses, dogs and poultry
Taste the very best of local food and drink
Enjoy a world of entertainment with the Monster Trucks*, the NEW Ocean Discovery Zone, sheep shearing and lots, lots more
Relax at our NEW Watering Hole where street food, live music and plenty of seats are all under one gigantic roof
Marvel at Westcountry crafts created by the talented exhibitors
Take a ride on the Devon Eye
Enjoy a unique shopping experience
Watch old Massey Ferguson tractors on parade
Discover the world of the honeybee
Find out more about country life – watch demonstrations and have-a-go
Finally, our NEW Show ambassadors will be on hand at the entrance gates to help you at the start of your Big Day Out!
PLUS You’re invited to the biggest Royal Wedding party in the county to celebrate the marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Harry & Ms. Meghan Markle on Saturday (May 19). Don’t miss it!
*Friday and Saturday
Christmas at Cockington Court
In the lead up to Christmas, every weekend in December there will be pop-up activities, with music and a Christmas trail, all while you browse the craft studios to find unique, handmade gifts. The exhibition in the Gallery will be showcasing the finest gifts for you to pick up for Christmas.
As a special treat, Santa will be joining us on the following dates as part of our Christmas trail:
2nd and 3rd
9th and 10th
16th and 17th
With fine art, paintings and prints, slate gifts, traditional wooden toys, hand crafted leather goods, ceramics, mosaics and jewellery amongst the luxury handmade products, there is something for everyone.
Would you like to book a stall for our Christmas events?
To find out more and apply, please download the application form and return to firstname.lastname@example.org
Santa In The Caves
Join Santa and his friends in a magical underground adventure – more than just a Grotto! Tickets sell fast, so we recommend you book online in advance.
Come along, find out and get caught up in the magic as another exciting Christmas adventure ensues full of; Christmas spirit, fun and laughter for all the family. A truly wonderful experience that brings out the child in everyone and puts the joy and wonder back into Christmas! Join in, in this hour long Panto sytle adventure around the caves, with some of the best Christmas characters. Your ticket includes; an hour long promenade performance, a personal visit with Santa, fantastic Christmas presents, mulled wine and mince pies -what more could you ask for!? Each child (2-12) meets Santa and receives a wrapped quality present.
Aladdin is the big fun, not-to-be missed pantomime at the Princess Theatre, Torquay this Christmas.
Sam Callaghan (X Factor) plays Aladdin, the son of a poor laundry owner. He falls in love with the Princess, daughter of the Empress of China, Anne Hegerty, (ITV’s The Chase) and must prove himself a worthy suitor.
Aladdin, finding a rusty old lamp, becomes master of the Genie inside but the Wicked Sorcerer, Evil Abanazar played by Tom Owen also wants the lamp.
Can Aladdin and his friends, including Luke Friend (X Factor) as the Genie of the Ring, outwit the baddie, keep the lamp, marry the Princess and live happily ever after?
You’ll have to come and see to be sure. Hop on a magic carpet and fly to a magical place of mystery and enchantment, where carpets fly, genies live and love conquers all.
Christmas at Paignton Zoo
Visit Paignton Zoo this Christmas for a magical experience!
Visit Paignton Zoo this Christmas for a magical experience!
Meet Santa in his magical cabin and receive a great present.
Hop aboard the Christmas train* to spot the hidden elves
Take the snowball throwing challenge in the Jungle Fun play area.
Indulge in festive food and drink at our Island Restaurant**
Pick up some chocolate coins and magical reindeer dust as you leave, but
only available for children who have booked to meet Santa.
Tickets: £9.50 per child (normal Zoo admission prices apply)
*The train will not run in severe weather conditions.
**Not included in £9.50 price.
For just £9.50 children will receive:
A Santa meet and greet with present
Chocolate coins and reindeer dust to take home
Christmas train ride for one child and one adult
When can I meet Santa?
Every day from Saturday 16th – Sunday 24th December
You can meet Santa at the following times:
10.30 a.m. 12.00 noon 2.00 p.m.
How much does it cost?
Children (up to 15 years): £9.50
*Please note: This price does NOT include entry to the Zoo. Non-members must pay for day tickets upon arrival, to save time you can buy online at www.paigntonzoo.org.uk.
BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL
Tickets will be sold in 5 minute time slots to keep queuing times down.
Please do not arrive earlier than 10 minutes before your scheduled time.
A maximum of 6 children per time slot will apply.
Please note: No refunds will be given once a booking has been received.
Kindly sponsored by Union Square Shopping Centre
As Christmas approached Baron Hardup looked dejected. “Where can I take my family to see the best value for money pantomime in Torbay and how can I afford it?” he said to himself.
Suddenly there was a flash of light and a beautiful Fairy Godmother appeared before him. “Go to the Palace Theatre in Paignton this Christmas and see everybody’s favourite pantomime Cinderella” she proclaimed. “The £45,000 production has a total cast of 40 with experienced principals, excellent dancers, babes and chorus together with a live five piece professional band. There is a very witty script for all your favourite Cinderella characters, lavish costumes, modern songs, sparkling dance routines and a special appearance of Bob the Bunny”.
Baron Hardup sighed. “Is all this going to cost me a lot of money?” he said. The Fairy Godmother laughed. “It will only cost the same as last year as all the seat prices have been held at 2016 prices with tickets starting at just £11. The pantomime runs from the 21st December 2017 to the 3rdJanuary 2018 and you can book by going to the Palace Theatre or telephoning 01803 665800.” Suddenly the Fairy Godmother looked thoughtful. “Last year over 4100 patrons saw the Paignton Pantomime Productions panto at the Palace and tickets will undoubtedly sell fast again this year so – DON’T DELAY – BOOK TODAY” and with another flash of light she was gone.
Baron Hardup smiled his first smile in ages, quickly reached for his mobile and tapped 01803 665800 or 522330
Cinderella runs from the 21st December until 3rd Jan 2018
SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY ~ Easter Fair
30th March to 2nd April 2018
The South Devon Railway will be having an Easter Fair over the full Easter weekend of Friday 30th March and Monday 2nd April 2018.
As well as our heritage train service, with FOUR locomotives in operation on each day, be sure to visit the display at Buckfastleigh for a fascinating selection of heritage vehicles on display.
The Refreshment Rooms at Buckfastleigh are open for everything from a snack to a hot meal, and be sure to call in to the adjacent Gifts & Models shop and view the model railways.
A round trip ticket is valid for travel all day, on all our trains, so you can ride as many trains as much as you like! See if you can get a ride behind each of the four locomotives in operation today! Be sure to also take a ride on the heritage GWR auto trains which are in operation all day, including, for part of the day, the ‘auto sandwich’, where the locomotive will be sandwiched between two auto carriages! The views of the line from the front vestible are not to be missed!
To complement the trains, there will be a selection of vintage cars and motor bikes on display in our gardens at Buckfastleigh station.
Our red London Routemaster bus will also be running around Buckfastleigh and Ashburton as usual. For more information, see the Omnibus Timetable.
Grinagog Festival Torquay 2018
20th – 22nd April
We invite you to start the festival season in style. Join us from the 20-22 April 2018 at Torquay’s breathtaking coastline and centred around the 800-year-old grounds of Torre Abbey. This is a festival to immerse yourself in genre defining music, mind-blowing arts and memorable performances.
The legend of the Grinagog runs deep in Devon. With hundreds of sightings off the coast of Torquay. Conspiracy theorists and cult followers alike agree that this ancient sea creature and the associated tidal wave of live music, DJs and inspiration will arrive back on our shores in April 2018.
Led by DJ Chris Tofu MBE, and the award winning Continental Drifts (curators at Glastonbury’s Shangri-La, Boomtown’s Ballroom Stage, Bestival’s Caravanserai) – come discover a weekend of escapism.
This festival is small yet mighty! Giving more colourful and creative experiences for festival goers, inspiring the next generation of local talent and making us all a little more proud of the place we call home.
Bring the kids! Saturday is officially families day. Whatever the weather, discover a great day out with indoor family programming of music, dance and arty things at the Festival Barn and a spectacle outside too with carnival, trails and stalls.
Experience something new. Discover mudless intimate indoor stages. Run free by the sea. Meet old friends, make new ones. Share a smile and know that you will make memories like no others with a weekend at Grinagog Festival.
Totnes and District Show 2018
Sunday 29th July 2018
Inaugurated by the local farming and town communities 100 years ago, the show has certainly moved with the times, but one of its aims still is to represent life in the wonderful South Hams. Every year we attract thousands of visitors, young and old and there is something for all of them.
We have exciting demonstrations, displays and parades in the Main Ring, our Music Stage speaks for itself and there’s even a sheep shearing competition.
Sheep, cattle and horses compete for showing honours and show jumping is as popular as ever. Amongst a whole host of other things, there’s a Home, Handicraft and Horticulture marquee, Craft Tent, Food Hall and a large trade stands section, offering a wide choice of goods and services.
So come and join us for a great day out on Sunday 29th July 2018 for our Centenary celebration show.