Coleton Aglow ~ Kingswear
Why not wrap up warm and explore the garden at Coleton Fishacre as it is aglow with festive light? The streams, beautiful trees and exotic features of the garden are lit for Christmas in spectacular fashion and the house is ready for a 1920s Christmas party this December.
The garden at night:
A walk through the garden during Coleton aglow truly delights. The route leads you between twinkling fairy lights down past the front of the house to the Rill Garden where the stream through the centre of the garden is filled with light and the colours of the summer recreated with uplighters. Down through the centre of the garden the ponds and trees are awash with warm and colourful light, and above your heads disco balls glitter. You’ll pass the Quarry where a giant cocktail glass spills champagne bubbles, reminiscent of the party taking place in the house. At the bottom of the garden you’ll reach the tree fern glade, before coming back up the garden to the summer house, where you can take a moment to admire the views across the route you’ve just walked and see the wave of lights cascade down Cathedral Bank.
This walk takes about 40 minutes, after which you can warm up in the gazebo with a mulled wine. There is also a short route which leads past the house to the gazebo and back, if you aren’t up for walking the entire route or you’re looking to avoid steps and steep hills. Dogs are welcome in the garden on short leads.
Christmas in the house:
The Christmas decorations this year have been inspired by a Christmas party which took place at Coleton Fishacre in 1929. The D’Oyly Carte family built Coleton Fishacre as their country home, and spent their time here relaxing and entertaining in style. When you visit the house you’ll see preparations underway for a glamourous 1920s Christmas party just waiting for the guests’ arrival. You’ll be able to try on your party outfit in the handling room, listen to party music playing in the Saloon and there’ll be parlour games in the Sitting Room such as Gilbert and Sullivan charades.
Dates, times and booking:
Coleton aglow is running on Fridays – Sundays from 1 to 17 December and Wednesdays – Sundays from 20 to 31 December. There are two time slots available to book for your visit: 5-6.30pm or 5.30-7pm.
Normal admissions apply for Coleton aglow, and entry is free for National Trust members and under-fives.
Booking is essential; please call 01803 842382 to book. Places are limited: when you book, you will be allocated a parking space. You will need to bring proof of booking with you to be granted admission to the car park.
Trains depart from Queen’s Park Station, Paignton only.
Calling all children – both young and old! You will arrive at Queen’s Park Station, Paignton (TQ4 6AF) for your return journey to Kingswear on the Santa Express. During your trip, you will be entertained by our two-part mini pantomime to get you in the festive spirit (part one on your outward journey and part two on your return journey – c.10 minutes in total).
The beautiful Princess Aurora, her three Fairy Godmothers, Prince Philippe and the wicked Maleficent are the stars of the show. Aurora pricks her finger on an enchanted spinning wheel and the Fairy Godmothers will need your assistance to battle to save Princess Aurora from Maleficent’s evil spell and help Prince Philippe find her. And all so they can live happily ever after!
Father Christmas will visit you at your seat with his sleigh and band of merry helpers. Make sure you help The Fairies and perhaps their wish will be that you receive a gift from Santa. (Children up to 14 years only.) If you have chosen to travel with us on a 15:45 service please feel free to let your kids come in their Jim Jams (pyjamas). Adults welcome to as well if that’s your thing!
Whilst on the Santa Express you will be offered a glass of mulled wine and festive mince pie (adults only). Balloon modelling and lineside I-Spy ensure that every member of the family is involved in this truly magical experience.
This is a fully ticketed event so pre-booking is essential. If you wish to travel with another party please inform us at the time of booking and we will do our utmost to accommodate you all together. We can offer a wheelchair specific carriage that means the whole family can sit together in comfort to enjoy this unique experience. Please let us know when you book. Sorry, only guide dogs allowed.
Babbacombe Theatre ~ Torquay
Christmas Is Magical
An enormous hit with the Babbacombe Theatre audiences, this past two years has been Steve Laister.It is great to have him back again with even more side-splitting original humour that will make you laugh louder than ever. He is joined on stage by other artistes instantly recognisable to Babbacombe Theatre regulars, including International Illusionist Daniel Dean, a master of his craft who will not only amaze you, but leave you in wonder, as you ponder, “how did he do that?” Additionally, we welcome back the delightful Lindsey Collard, a talented actress and singing sensation, the effervescent Wayne ‘Champagne’ Martin who is literally up for anything to generate a laugh. You may be familiar too with our troupe of sassy dancers, Danze Magique, who execute wonderfully the highly acclaimed dance routines set by our choreographer, Sadie Oliver, set to the musical arrangements of the Musical Director, Pete Leonard.
Glitz and glamour come in all guises in this show of festive fun, with Disney favourites, Moana & Maui, dashing cavaliers and a host of heavenly angels. Look out though for the international travellers raising ‘a glass’ or ‘twelve’ of cheer, as they enjoy; just a little bit too much, of the Christmas Spirit!
Inspirational lighting, costume design, choreography and musical arrangements are without exception the icing on the Christmas cake in Christmas is…Magical. After all, the theatre experience is never just about the performance.
Christmas wouldn’t be half as much fun without the obligatory ‘Singalong’ and this show promises some true yuletide favourites, with White Christmas, Drummer Boy, Jingle Bells & Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Albeit with some, movie masterpieces highlighted, as well as pop hits and comedic classics that feature the song writing talents of the late greats, Benny Hill and Victoria Wood, you are promised a bountiful punch of musical moments.
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.
Brixham Pirate Festival 2018
May 5th – 7th 2018
This year promises to be a veritable treasure trove of excitement with a boat load of exciting skirmishes, fantastical yet historical re-enactors, and everything in between!
Take a gander at some of the people and groups who’ll be entertainin’ ye at this years festival!
The Crew of the Sheppey Pirates have been entertaining and educating the public for over 20yrs
Our informative and fun learning experience is suitable for all ages. Guests can not only meet 17th century characters, understand sayings that are still used today, ‘do you know where “no room to swing a cat” comes from ?”, but can understand how life on board ship really was, see ships cooks at work, watch gunsmiths at work, gain an understanding of 17thc navigation, we have a hands on approach which will really engage and entertain!
Ed Fox is well-known on the international pirate scene as an historian (with actual letters after his name and everything!), singer, storyteller, fiddle-player, and rum-disposal specialist. Author of many books, teller of many tales, and survivor of many honourable retreats, with a massive bank of songs and tunes between his ears he brings the soul to even the piratiest of parties.
Dart Music Festival ~ Dartmouth
In 2018, May 11, 12, & 13 ~ We Celebrate 21 Years
In 2018, we continue our ‘ FREE Music for All’ policy, all generously sponsored by fans and businesses.
Over 100 performances, spanning almost every musical genre. Based at venues throughout the town: pubs, churches, restaurants, in the open air – and it’s all FREE. So join us May 2018 11th – 13th.
A Brief history of Dart Music Festival:
The Dart Music Festival was started over 20 years ago – an annual music event over three days, which was initially to help improve the length of the tourist season for the small riverside town of Dartmouth and its tourism based businesses.
We have over 100 acts performing in over 20 closely sited town venues. These include churches, arts centre, restaurants and hotels. Our main area (centred around wonderful gardens and bandstand) is next to the river’s edge, surrounded with cafes and bars. There are many open air street-based performances making for a constant buzz of enjoyment over all three days. Many of the musicians, both amateur and professional, are from the West Country but we strive to be inclusive and attract national and international acts.
We are a not-for-profit organisation and have formed a ‘Dart Music Foundation’ whereby young hopefuls can apply for grants to help with music lessons, equipment and other associated costs relating to their musical progression.
Brixfest 2018- Multi Award Winning Event
BrixFest 2018 returns from 26th – 30th May this year, and we’re so excited to show you everything the committee have been working on the past twelve months.
As usual, our official opening at 11am on Saturday 26th May features an appearance by a local VIP and music from Brixham Town Band. The opening will be followed by cooking demonstrations sponsored by England’s Seafood Coast featuring local chefs and ingredients. The chefs will be preparing local fish dishes and audience members will have a chance to taste the final product. Live Music by local musicians continues into the afternoon and evening – and the day culminates in our annual Grand Firework Display at 9:50pm.
Sunday 27th May sees the return of the annual BrixFest Dragonboat Challenge. Teams made up of local people battle it out along the Breakwater for victory – a chance to be crowned Brixham’s Dragonboat Champions! Look out for Buoys ‘n Belles – a team which have won the last two challenges in a row and hold the course-record…Also find the Arts & Craft Market run by Brixham Chamber of Commerce, all day underneath The Old Fish Market.
On Monday 28th the eagerly anticipated Children’s Day will bring together organisations from all over Torbay and Devon on Breakwater Beach, offering local and visiting children and families the chance to engage in free activities throughout the day. Face painting, drama workshops, interactive trails, local acoustic live music, balloon-animal making, build-a-boat and loads more on offer – all for free! A charity-stall mini-market takes place underneath The Old Fish Market on this day too.
Tuesday and Wednesday feature our Crabbing Competition and Vintage Car Rally respectively.
BrixFest 2018 will bring hundreds of artists, charities, chefs and local people together with thousands of visitors. Throughout the festival we encourage you to keep it local and spend your hard earned money in the local shops and restaurants.
Please visit the Brixfest website for more information.
Marldon Apple Pie Fair 2018
28th July 2018
The Marldon Apple Pie Fair has been going since 1888 in memory of local farmer, George Hill, who would use his windfall apples to bake an enormous apple pie for the village. Nowadays, locals and visitors alike join in the celebrations.
Events throughout the afternoon include local arts, crafts and food stands, falconry displays, games and even a novelty dog show!
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.