Exmouth Festival 2017 round-up... with arts, crafts and traditions

PUBLISHED: 12:48 08 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:48 08 June 2017

Raddon Hill Clog Morris at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.

Raddon Hill Clog Morris at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.

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This year's Exmouth Festival ended with a flourish on Saturday, June 3, with West Country Traditions Day, held in The Strand.

Exmouth Ceramic Group�s Judy Harrington helps six-year-old Harry Sawyer from Budleigh Salterton to make a pot on the wheel during the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.Exmouth Ceramic Group�s Judy Harrington helps six-year-old Harry Sawyer from Budleigh Salterton to make a pot on the wheel during the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.

A celebration of all things West Country – from music and dance to crafts and film, vintage vehicles and food and drink – there were town criers, shanty crews, morris dancers and more.

This year there was an expanded craft area to one side of The Strand. Various stalls showcased traditional skills, from spinning and weaving to woodwork, pottery and lobster pot making.

Lobster pot maker Dave French at work at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.Lobster pot maker Dave French at work at the 2017 Exmouth Festival West Country Traditions Day. Picture: Paul Strange.

Organiser Derek Brooks described the craft area as the ‘missing part’ of the West Country Traditions Day ‘jigsaw’, and he was delighted with its popularity.

This year’s festival also proved a hit for many of the town’s art groups.

Alex and Andy Hobdey enjoying the Exmouth Art Group exhibition as part of the Exmouth Festival. Ref exe 22 17TI 3517. Picture: Terry IfeAlex and Andy Hobdey enjoying the Exmouth Art Group exhibition as part of the Exmouth Festival. Ref exe 22 17TI 3517. Picture: Terry Ife

Exmouth Art Group’s festival exhibition – held on the first floor of Ocean during the festival week – was described as ‘a roaring success’.

There were more than 1,600 visitors to the exhibition of members’ work and artists-in-residence. In addition, there were children’s art related themes, with a display of pupils’ portraits from the Beacon Primary School, plus free children’s workshops, with support from the Norman Family Charity Trust and Exmouth arts manager Carla Hiley.

Katie Burke attended a workshop at the Exmouth Art Group exhibition as part of the Exmouth Festival. Ref exe 22 17TI 3522. Picture: Terry IfeKatie Burke attended a workshop at the Exmouth Art Group exhibition as part of the Exmouth Festival. Ref exe 22 17TI 3522. Picture: Terry Ife

“The workshops, offered by Sam Wood from the Creation Station and textile artist Helen Plant, were popular,” said group manager Cath Ager. “It was brilliant to admire the artistic talents of a younger generation.”

There was also a high standard of work when Exmouth Ceramic Group (ECG) held its annual exhibition of ceramics and pottery as part of the festival.

Debie Coles at the Exmouth Art Group exhibition during the Exmouth Festival. Ref exe 22 17TI 3528. Picture: Terry IfeDebie Coles at the Exmouth Art Group exhibition during the Exmouth Festival. Ref exe 22 17TI 3528. Picture: Terry Ife

“It was an opportunity for many visitors to see the work by our children’s classes led by Joy Davis, our adults’ pottery for pleasure classes led by Delia Pemberton, and classes for members of Rethink and Devon Recovery Learning,” said Doug Middleton, ECG’s chairman.

The theme for the exhibition was ‘Under the Sea’. Doug described the work as ‘wonderfully imaginative’.

Exmouth Ceramic Group's 'Under the Sea' exhbition:  work by Clare Medlock. Picture: Paul Strange.Exmouth Ceramic Group's 'Under the Sea' exhbition: work by Clare Medlock. Picture: Paul Strange.

“I was pleased to show some of our invited guests, including councillors, our exhibition as the standard was so high,” he said.

“This is all possible because we have our own special workshop with the right facilities for pottery making, glazing and firing.”

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