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.
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.
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.
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.
Rotary Pedal Car Grand Prix 2018
July 15th 2018
Watch the very competitive pedal car teams all striving to win top trophies in this 2 hour endurance race using nothing but their own strength and fitness!
Running along side this will be an arts and craft fayre, live music, and demonstrations.
Licensed bar and catering tent.
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!