Santa is in and around East Devon a lot this year. Today (Thursday, December 18), you can catch him at Santa’s Grotto at Bicton Botanical Gardens, 11am-4pm. He’s also there on December 19-23, and Christmas Eve, 11am-2pm.
Exmouth author Noel Harrower has a new book out. Uncivil War – Twin Tales From Nottinghamshire is an ‘action-packed’ historical novel, telling the story of five children caught in the conflict of the English Civil War. Set in Nottinghamshire, the twin tales follow the raising of the King’s Standard at Nottingham Castle in 1642, through to 1646, when King Charles surrendered to the Scottish army outside Newark.
From the moment when the strains of Once in Royal David’s City soared into the hushed and darkened church and the singers of Voces8 proceeded down the aisle bearing lighted candles, it was clear that Budleigh Music Festival’s Carols by Candlelight concert was a very special occasion indeed.
Alongside Otterton Mill’s impressive spring music season there are other events coming up at East Devon’s 1,000-year-old working watermill, café-restaurant, art and craft gallery, gift shop and artisan bakery.
The Music Room at Sidholme is rapidly developing a reputation as one of Sidmouth’s premier music venue, and the St David’s Singers are set to make a welcome return visit after their sell-out summer concert earlier this year.
There will be plenty of magic when 60 musicians of Exmouth Light Orchestra take the stage at 7.30pm on Saturday, December 13, to present a concert of light music in the beautiful surroundings of Temple Methodist Church, in Budleigh Salterton.
This year’s Christmas Cracker – which took place in Exmouth’s Strand and Magnolia Centre on Saturday, December 6 – is being hailed as the best to date. Now in its seventh year, the crowds were kept happy with a non-stop mix of music, entertainment, a lantern parade and fireworks finale.
Get on yer bike this Christmas! Xcycle - affiliated to the town’s environmental group Transition Exmouth - is having a festive cycle ride on Saturday, December 27, weather permitting. Meet at Phear Park’s main entrance on Marpool Hill at 11am for the ride to Budleigh for lunch and back via Castle Lane and Exmouth seafront. More details from Elinor Scott: 01395268301 or 07929732181
Next Friday will be quite a home-coming party for Tom Livingstone. Born in nearby Lympstone, Tom is a member of the highly rated UK improvisational comedy troupe The Noise Next Door. The troupe is appearing at the Exmouth Pavilion on Friday, December 19.
Think Floyd, regarded as one of the UK’s number-one Pink Floyd tribute bands, is coming to Exmouth, Renowned for its stunning celebration of one of the world’s greatest musical icons, Think Floyd is appearing at Exmouth Pavilion on Friday, February 6.