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.

 

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
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

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  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.

 

 

 

May
5
Sat
Brixham Pirate Festival 2018 @ Brixham Harbourside
May 5 – May 7 all-day
Brixham Pirate Festival 2018 @ Brixham Harbourside | Paignton | United Kingdom

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.

 

 

May
11
Fri
Dart Music Festival @ Dart Music Festival
May 11 – May 13 all-day

Dart Music Festival ~ Dartmouth

In 2018, May 11, 12, & 13 ~ We Celebrate 21 Years

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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.

May
26
Sat
Brixfest – Brixham Festival 2018 @ Brixham Harbour
May 26 – May 30 all-day

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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.

Geopark Festival @ Torquay & Various location on the English Riviera
May 26 – Jun 3 all-day
Geopark Festival @ Torquay & Various location on the English Riviera | Torquay | England | United Kingdom

Geopark Festival

26th May – 3rd June 2018

Celebrate The English Riviera UNESCO-recognised Global Geopark at this years Geopark Festival . A wide range of events will be available to visitors and residents at a number of locations across the bay.
There’s a range of events all week that can help you enjoy, explore and experience all of the different aspects of the Geopark.

What is a Geopark..

UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development.

A UNESCO Global Geopark uses its geological heritage, in connection With all other aspects of the area’s natural and cultural heritage, to enhance awareness and understanding of key issues facing society, such as using our Earth’s resources sustainably, mitigating the effects of climate change and reducing the impact of natural disasters.

By raising awareness of the importance of the area’s geological heritage in history and society today, UNESCO Global Geoparks give local people a sense of pride in their region and strengthen their identification with the area.

May
27
Sun
Dartington Food Fair @ The Shops at Dartington
May 27 – May 28 all-day
Dartington Food Fair @ The Shops at Dartington | Shinner's Bridge | England | United Kingdom

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 events@shops.dartington.org 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.