Exmouth's Christmas Cracker gets ready to be bigger puller ever!

PUBLISHED: 13:30 31 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:55 10 June 2010

IT'S BEING touted as the best festive event Exmouth has seen for years – a real Christmas Cracker. The first of its kind, it is being planned for Friday November 28 and Saturday November 29 and plans are well in hand.

IT'S BEING touted as the best festive event Exmouth has seen for years - a real Christmas Cracker.

The first of its kind, it is being planned for Friday November 28 and Saturday November 29 and plans are well in hand.

This new Christmas event is the product of the Town Management Partnership working in a close relationship with the Exmouth Festival.

Friday evening sees the traditional carol singing by local primary schools, and the switching on of the Christmas tree lights, followed by a host of activities to entertain absolutely everyone.

Town manager Tony Collins said 25 market stalls are being set up for 5pm in the Strand and have been taken up by local groups and organisations raising money for their particular causes, and also local food producers offering a range of seasonal fare that will get us all in the mood for a bumper festive period!

Lantern and badge making workshops will be available for children with a passion for craft, while festive face painting will give anyone, willing to get a little more involved, a great deal of fun.

Plenty of local craft makers will be selling handmade glass, jewellery and Christmas decorations for anyone wanting that extra special seasonal gift.

The Manor Cottage is preparing hot turkey and cranberry rolls and Hogs Bottom Delight are bringing a range of pickles, preserves and gift baskets.

For those of you who love the traditional tombola, bric-a-brac and nearly new stalls - you'll find them all there on the night along with a guess the weight of the cake and a chance to pick the winning raffle ticket.

As with all Exmouth Festival events, music will be playing a big part: 'Boogalicious' will be filling the cracker with jazz funk vibes, to warm our Christmas souls and of course the well-known Exmouth Shanty Men will be on hand to entertain.

This will be closely followed by an after party at 11a restaurant with Phil King - acoustic guitar player and soul singer from Bristol - George Wilson, didgeridoo virtuoso and Phil Henry slide guitarist and beat-boxing harmonica player.

Finally On Saturday night we are lucky to offer you a one off concert with Paul Downes and friends, at the Blackmore Theatre.

Pencil the November 28 and 29 in your diary. Don't miss Exmouth's First Christmas Cracker!

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