Gala promises fun for all

BUDLEIGH Salterton Lions Club has revealed its fun-packed programme of events for the 2009 Gala Week. Here the Journal offers a sneak preview of this year's activities. A full programme of events is available throughout the town, priced 50p. The week-long

BUDLEIGH Salterton Lions Club has revealed its fun-packed programme of events for the 2009 Gala Week.Here the Journal offers a sneak preview of this year's activities.A full programme of events is available throughout the town, priced 50p.The week-long event, organised by Budleigh Salterton Lions Club, provides entertainment for the whole family - and many people ensure their holiday coincides, in order to take full advantage. Lions club secretary Richard Tuckett said: "It's a good selection of family fun and entertainment. There is a packed programme with lots going on."It brings people to the town for their holidays. People base their holidays around the events."Gala Week, from Saturday, May 23-Sunday, May 31, begins with the traditional Big Budleigh Breakfast and brunch in the Public Hall in aid of Cancer Research UK.The popular children's procession through the town and crowning of the Gala Week royal family on The Green - which for the first time ever includes a king, queen, prince and princess - adds to the first-day fun.A young pirates' treasure hunt, and the popular pedigree and novelty dog show all make a welcome return this year.Competitions galore will again be held throughout the week. Budding young artists can take part in the pavement artist contest for the chance to win a cash prize.There will also be a beach fishing competition, dog agility classes and a family treasure hunt.The chance to become the proud owner of a unique piece of art at a bargain price can be had by visiting Budleigh Salterton Art Club's show in the Public Hall.Or head down to the beach and show off your skill, imagination and balancing expertise by entering the pebble building competition.Family fun on the Methodist Church lawn, with stalls, teas, face painting and a bouncy castle offers a whirlwind afternoon of activity for the young and old.Art and craft sessions, a cycle competition and a host of musical entertainment and cookery demonstrations mean there really is no reason to leave the town during Gala Week. The Shandford residential care home's popular coffee morning, the Public Hall table top flea market and the all-day bumper sale give visitors the chance to bag a bargain while donating to local good causes.Budleigh Salterton Games Club is giving wannabe bowlers and croquet players the chance to try the games for free.Youngsters can learn to street dance and the Exeter Morris Men will be showing off their fancy footwork along the seafront.Bingo, held in the Public Hall, and a horse racing evening could result in cash wins for those taking part.Age Concern is welcoming Gala Week revellers in for a drink and the chance to rest weary feet.Fairlynch Museum will have its 2009 displays on show, including the designs of Zandra Rhodes, embroidery and lace, the history of Budleigh Salterton and the Jurassic coast.Family swim time and swimming lessons will be held at St Peter's School pool.Those who still have any energy left at the end of the week are invited to take part in the town's chamber of commerce popular family fun run.For those who prefer to put their feet up, the Feathers Hotel is holding its quiz night.


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