Festive season events lined up in Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 18:30 30 November 2017

'Exmouth Christmas Day Swim' by Lorna Porter is available on Christmas cards, prints, mugs, coasters and tea towels at the Exmouth Christmas Market at Ocean on the seafront this Sunday. Picture: Contributed.

'Exmouth Christmas Day Swim' by Lorna Porter is available on Christmas cards, prints, mugs, coasters and tea towels at the Exmouth Christmas Market at Ocean on the seafront this Sunday. Picture: Contributed.

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Festive events are beginning to come in thick and fast now that December is upon us.

Residents gathered to sing carols at Exmouth Quay on Sunday evening to raise funds for Christian Aid. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 0321-51-11SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24Residents gathered to sing carols at Exmouth Quay on Sunday evening to raise funds for Christian Aid. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 0321-51-11SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

There’s ‘Chrimbo Bingo’ on Friday, December 1. Run by Littleham in Bloom, the event is at Littleham Village Hall this Friday (December 1), eyes down 7.30pm.

Then there’s Exmouth’s ‘Cracking Christmas Market’ at Ocean on the seafront. A replacement event for the cancelled Christmas Cracker, it’s this Sunday (December 3), 10.30am onwards, and comprises indoor and outdoor festivities, with more than 50 festive stalls, plus festive food, carol singing, Santa Claus, live music and more.

One of the stalls at Ocean will be run by Exmouth Art Group (EAG), who will be selling a range of items featuring a lively image of Exmouth’s Christmas Day swim, created by EAG’s Lorna Porter.

Lorna’s image was first seen at this year’s Exmouth Art Group show, where it was much admired by visitors. The image is now available on Christmas cards, prints, mugs, coasters and tea towels, with a percentage of sales helping the local sea scouts.

The Cracking Christmas Market culimates with a children’s lantern parade, leaving Gunfield Gardens at 3.45pm, parading along the seafront, up to Manor Gardens and arriving at The Strand for the Christmas Lights switch on. More details of that event here

And that’s not all that’s on the seafront on Sunday. There’s also a free-entry craft fair, being run simultaneously at the Exmouth Pavilion (10am-4pm). It features more than 40 stalls selling products from Devon crafters, plus live music.

The festivities continue next week, when there’s a charity fundraising concert at Glenorchy United Reformed Church (Thursday, December 7, from 6.45pm). Featuring the Renaissance Ladies Acapella Chorus, Jemima Farey and Andrew Gilham, tickets are £6, including tea/coffee and mince pie. There will be a Christmas cake auction and prize draw. Proceeds are going to the Exeter Adaptive Ski Club. Tickets available from Whitton and Laing estate agents, Chapel Street.

There are two events on Sunday, December 10. From noon-6pm there’s a Christmas Craft Fair at The Beach pub, featuring a range of stalls selling gifts and Christmas crafts, with food and drink available.

That’s followed by Carols on the Quay at Exmouth Marina. The popular candlelit service – in aid of Christian Aid – starts at 6pm. Hosted by The Exmouth Shanty Men, it will feature the Exmouth Town Concert Band, the Woodbury Community Choir, the Exmouth Bell Ringer and Exmouth Carollers.

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