Devon’s BIG day out!
Devon County Show
The Devon County Show is what Devon’s all about!
17th – 19th May 2018
It brings together the very best of food, farming and rural life – plus lots of fun – all rolled into one.
See the incredible animals – livestock, horses, dogs and poultry
Taste the very best of local food and drink
Enjoy a world of entertainment with the Monster Trucks*, the NEW Ocean Discovery Zone, sheep shearing and lots, lots more
Relax at our NEW Watering Hole where street food, live music and plenty of seats are all under one gigantic roof
Marvel at Westcountry crafts created by the talented exhibitors
Take a ride on the Devon Eye
Enjoy a unique shopping experience
Watch old Massey Ferguson tractors on parade
Discover the world of the honeybee
Find out more about country life – watch demonstrations and have-a-go
Finally, our NEW Show ambassadors will be on hand at the entrance gates to help you at the start of your Big Day Out!
PLUS You’re invited to the biggest Royal Wedding party in the county to celebrate the marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Harry & Ms. Meghan Markle on Saturday (May 19). Don’t miss it!
*Friday and Saturday
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.
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
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.
Candlelit Dartmouth 2017 will take place on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November.
Friday (from 4pm): Christmas market, entertainers and musicians, carol singing with the BRNC Volunteer Band and the Britannia Choral Society, official switch-on of the town’s Christmas lights, Santa arrives by boat, Christmas shopping.
Saturday (from 10am): Christmas markets, entertainers and musicians, “Candlelit Kids” (seasonal craft workshops for kids and Santa’s grotto) in the Flavel , lantern procession, Christmas shopping.
Lanterns, Lights and ‘luminations’ Parade ~ Brixham
Sat Nov 25th
Lanterns, Lights & ‘luminations
10:00am – 8:00pm
Venue: The Quay, Middle Street, Fore Street, Strand, Kings Street.
Christmas Street Market 11am to 7pm.
**Free Lantern Making Workshop. Scala Hall Saturday 25th November 10am to 1pm.
**Christmas Street Market. Middle Street 11am to 7pm.
**Lantern Parade 5pm (meet outside the Harbour Office at 4:45pm)
**Grand Fireworks spectacular and Lights Switch on at 6pm.
**Late night shopping, street entertainers, childrens rides, live music and much more!
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 Cockington Court
In the lead up to Christmas, every weekend in December there will be pop-up activities, with music and a Christmas trail, all while you browse the craft studios to find unique, handmade gifts. The exhibition in the Gallery will be showcasing the finest gifts for you to pick up for Christmas.
As a special treat, Santa will be joining us on the following dates as part of our Christmas trail:
2nd and 3rd
9th and 10th
16th and 17th
With fine art, paintings and prints, slate gifts, traditional wooden toys, hand crafted leather goods, ceramics, mosaics and jewellery amongst the luxury handmade products, there is something for everyone.
Would you like to book a stall for our Christmas events?
To find out more and apply, please download the application form and return to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Santa In The Caves
Join Santa and his friends in a magical underground adventure – more than just a Grotto! Tickets sell fast, so we recommend you book online in advance.
Come along, find out and get caught up in the magic as another exciting Christmas adventure ensues full of; Christmas spirit, fun and laughter for all the family. A truly wonderful experience that brings out the child in everyone and puts the joy and wonder back into Christmas! Join in, in this hour long Panto sytle adventure around the caves, with some of the best Christmas characters. Your ticket includes; an hour long promenade performance, a personal visit with Santa, fantastic Christmas presents, mulled wine and mince pies -what more could you ask for!? Each child (2-12) meets Santa and receives a wrapped quality present.
Totnes Christmas Late Night Shopping – Totnes
The 2017 Christmas Shopping In Totnes will be held on the 5th, 12th and 19th of December. Now in its 6th year in its new format, the event has become safer and is the showcase event for Totnes High Street, we might be biased though! Come and enjoy a great evenings shopping supporting Totnes businesses and restaurants and you of course have the additional creative street traders to tempt you as well.
PARK AND RIDE provided by BOB THE BUS
Please remember the FREE (donations taken on board for Bob the Bus Charity) Park and Ride service is available from Follaton House 5:30 till 10 pm. Two buses will run every 15 minutes stopping at the Rotherfold and from 7pm also at the Seven Stars for both drop off and pick up.
Buskers are welcome but we request you register with us to confirm placements, as this is an organised event.
Stall spaces are still available for Craft traders, sorry we are full for Food stalls. Click for Application form
Aladdin is the big fun, not-to-be missed pantomime at the Princess Theatre, Torquay this Christmas.
Sam Callaghan (X Factor) plays Aladdin, the son of a poor laundry owner. He falls in love with the Princess, daughter of the Empress of China, Anne Hegerty, (ITV’s The Chase) and must prove himself a worthy suitor.
Aladdin, finding a rusty old lamp, becomes master of the Genie inside but the Wicked Sorcerer, Evil Abanazar played by Tom Owen also wants the lamp.
Can Aladdin and his friends, including Luke Friend (X Factor) as the Genie of the Ring, outwit the baddie, keep the lamp, marry the Princess and live happily ever after?
You’ll have to come and see to be sure. Hop on a magic carpet and fly to a magical place of mystery and enchantment, where carpets fly, genies live and love conquers all.