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.
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.
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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
Dinosaur Easter Egg Hunt – Torquay’s Dinosaur World
Visit the only dinosaur exhibition in south Devon during the Easter holidays for the rooaarsome Dinosaur Easter Egg Hunt.
Be a brave explorer to get close and personal with the dinosaurs, and be a Palaeontologist to discover fascinating fossils and find out who has been stealing the dinosaur eggs. Use the clues to solve the mystery and win a special Easter Edition Dinosaur Expert Certificate, a selection of real 160 million-year- old fossils, and a chocolatey treat.
Plus, win a Dinosaur World T Shirt and a Dinosaur Goodie Bag full of toys, models and fossils with our Easter Card competition.
Come and see the world of dinosaurs brought to life. Whether you are a little dinosaur fan, or a big one, there’s something for everyone to their teeth into over the Easter holidays!
Only £6.95 per visitor plus get our Paleo Pass which gives FREE unlimited re-entry for 3 months and 1/2 price entry to Kents Cavern* during the Easter school holidays.
Now that’s rooaarsome!
*See the website for T&Cs.
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.
Bank Holiday Easter Monday fun at Babbacombe Cliff Railway and on Oddicombe Beach.
Take part in our FREE Easter Treasure Trail with a choc-tastic treat for all those who successfully complete it (while stocks last).
This event is for children up to, and including, the age of 15.
No charge to take part in the event but normal Cliff Railway travel charges apply.
Gin Festival Torquay 2018
Friday 13th April – Saturday 14th April
The UK’s first, biggest and best gin festival is making a visit to Torquay and we’re bringing an enormous variety of different gins with us!
As well as the opportunity to try a huge variety of gins from all over the world, (including exclusive gins you won’t see anywhere else) there will be live music, great food and a gin cocktail bar.
There will also be gin masterclasses and the opportunity to meet gin distillers in person, try free samples and chat about their gin.
THIS EVENT IS STRICTLY OVER 18’S ONLY (ID MAY BE REQUIRED).
Give your best gin buddies the gift of Gin Festival! Avoid all that gift wrapping – just buy tickets and print the FREE MESSAGE.
Friday 13th ~ Evening Session 18.30 – 23.00
Saturday 14th ~ Day Session 12.30 – 17.00
Saturday 14th ~ Evening Session 18.30 – 23.00
BMAD BIKE & MUSIC FESTIVAL 2018
4th – 6th May 2018
The clock’s ticking. With plenty of Bikes, Incredible Bands across 2 stages, Beer & Cider tent, Traders and so much more. The BMAD Festival has grown into one of the best Biker weekends in the UK.
BMAD is, probably, the biggest biker, music and beer festival in the South West of England. Now in its 13th year and better than ever before. With plenty of bikes, bands and beers to keep everyone happy; and with food, traders and the wonderful beach – it’s likely to be the perfect weekend.
We have put together an incredible line up of some of the top bands in the UK & Europe, including Hells Bells, Stop Stop, Departed, Dizzy Lizzy, 4th Street and plenty more . . There are two stages this year as well.
All the money raised at both the Wednesday Bike Nights and the Festival goes to our chosen charities.
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.
Dartington Food Fair
When: Sunday 27-Monday 28 May 2018
Join us again for another fabulous Bank Holiday weekend filled with foodie fun for all the family!
Working alongside Food and Drink Devon, this events celebrates the very best of Devon’s thriving food and drink community, with an emphasis on local, sustainable produce.
If you’re a Devon food or drink producer who’d like to exhibit at next year’s Food Fair, we’d love to hear from you – download a booking pack from the website, or email email@example.com for more information.
All proceeds generated by the event go towards supporting The Dartington Hall Trust (a registered charity).
The Dartington Food Fair is two fantastic days filled with great local produce, tastings, workshops, chef demos, children’s entertainment, music and activities for all the family.