Nov
16
Thu
Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market @ Exeter Christmas Market
Nov 16 – Dec 17 all-day
Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market @ Exeter Christmas Market | Exeter | England | United Kingdom

Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market

 

Thursday 16th November until Sunday 17th December 2017

It was announced on Thursday 5th April 2017 that the Cathedral is to take over running the Christmas market on the Cathedral Green this year. The market, which will be re-orientated to focus on the West Front of the Cathedral, will still have a ‘Continental’ feel but will also boast more opportunities to support local businesses and performers.

Opening times

The Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market will open on Thursday 16th November 2017 at 15.00, followed by an official launch later that evening.

Following the opening night, the market will open until Sunday 17th December, trading between the following times:

Monday to Wednesday: 10.00-19.00

Thursday to Saturday: 10.00-21.00

Sunday: 11.00-17.00

Stalls and entertainment

We’re looking forward to an exciting mix of local and continental traders, showcasing the best of festive food, crafts and gifts. New for 2017 will be the west front bandstand.

A list of traders, a map of the market and information about the Cathedral’s Christmas programme of services and events will be available soon.

Dec
1
Fri
Coleton Aglow @ Coleton Fishacre
Dec 1 @ 5:00 pm – Dec 31 @ 7:30 pm
Coleton Aglow @ Coleton Fishacre | Kingswear | England | United Kingdom

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.

 

Dec
16
Sat
Christmas at Paignton Zoo @ Paignton Zoo
Dec 16 – Dec 24 all-day
Christmas at Paignton Zoo @ Paignton Zoo | Paignton | England | United Kingdom

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

 

 

Dec
21
Thu
Cinderella – Palace Theatre Paignton @ Palace Theatre
Dec 21 2017 – Jan 3 2018 all-day
Cinderella - Palace Theatre Paignton @ Palace Theatre | Paignton | England | United Kingdom

Cinderella

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

Mar
24
Sat
Dinosaur Easter Egg Hunt @ Torquay Dinosaur World
Mar 24 @ 11:00 am – Apr 15 @ 5:00 pm
Dinosaur Easter Egg Hunt @ Torquay Dinosaur World | England | United Kingdom

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.

Mar
30
Fri
South Devon Railway – Easter Fair @ The Station, South Devon Railway
Mar 30 – Apr 2 all-day
South Devon Railway - Easter Fair @ The Station,  South Devon Railway | England | United Kingdom

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.

Apr
2
Mon
Easter Eggstravaganza At Babbacombe Cliff Railway @ Babbacombe Cliff Railway
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

22050367_1202606719870220_5319472510660923803_nBank 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.

Apr
13
Fri
Gin Festival Torquay 2018 @ The Assembly Hall
Apr 13 – Apr 14 all-day

Gin Festival Torquay 2018

Friday 13th April – Saturday 14th April

content_top-tipsThe 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.

Sessions Available:
Friday 13th ~ Evening Session 18.30 – 23.00
Saturday 14th ~ Day Session 12.30 – 17.00
Saturday 14th ~ Evening Session 18.30 – 23.00

Apr
20
Fri
Grinagog Festival Torquay @ Torre Abbey + Various Locations
Apr 20 – Apr 22 all-day

rgb_grinagog_2018_logo_date_location_devon_toolkit_01-01Grinagog 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.

 

May
4
Fri
BMAD Bike & Music Festival @ Paignton
May 4 – May 6 all-day

BMAD BIKE & MUSIC FESTIVAL 2018

4th  – 6th May  2018

bmadpostertop-1024x822The 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.