November 2016 Events

Thursday 3rd November 2016
On Thursday 3rd November between 10am and 3pm at Powderham Castle in Exeter, there is a Michaelmas Fair in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.
This is a chance to do some early Christmas shopping with many gifts you won’t find on the High Street, as well as supporting a great cause at the same time.
Tickets cost £3 in advance or £5 on the door, and are available from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity by telephoning 01392 496412 or emailing
Tickets are also available from Exeter Visitor Information.


Saturday 5th November 2016
The Blackawton Family Bonfire Night takes place on the 5th November, with the night beginning at 6.30pm in The George Inn car park. Refreshments will be available in preparation for Lighting of the Barrel which is then carried by four honourable village men who will lead the procession followed by Blackawton Morris Dancers to the field, where food and beverages will also be available.
The bonfire will then be lit followed by a firework display.
There is no admission charge but donations are welcome.


Saturday 5th November 2016
Join everyone at Hannahs At Seale-hayne in Newton Abbot for a magical evening of family-friendly stories and music around the bonfire, with hot chocolate to drink and marshmallows to toast.
Meet under the Main Arch at 6pm, and in the event of wet weather, the event will be moved indoors.
Tickets cost £5 adults and £3 children, and as numbers are limited, booking is essential.


Saturday 12th November 2016
Between 10am and 5pm on the 12th November, Plymouth Guildhall in Plymouth will be hosting a Christmas Show.
Take your friends and family along to explore their Christmas Market, pop along to the Santa’s Grotto and visit the main man as he makes an early visit from the North Pole, and even feast on a mince pie.
You’ll find everything you need to make this year’s holiday season festive; Christmas crafts, holiday gifts, seasonal fashions & decor, entertaining tips and a whole lot more!
Tickets are not required as entry is free, but there will be a small charge for the grotto, with all money raised from that being donated to St Luke’s Hospice.


Sunday 13th November 2016
In Newton Abbot there will be a Remembrance Service, starting with a Procession through the town centre at 10am, followed by a service held at the War Memorial, in partnership with the Newton Abbot Royal British Legion branch.


Monday 14th to Wednesday 16th November
The 307 Squadron Project invites you to Exeter’s Guildhall, from the 14th November 2016, to remember the Polish 307 Squadron that defended the South West of England during the Second World War.
307 Squadron, part of the RAF, were night-fighters who fought the Luftwaffe over the skies of Britain and prevented Exeter from being totally destroyed during the blitz on the city in 1942.
The exhibition is open between 10am and 4pm each day, and on Tuesday 15 November, ‘307 Squadron Day’, at 10:00 the Polish flag will be raised over the Guildhall by the Lord Mayor of Exeter.
This event has been organised by 307 Squadron Project in conjunction with Exeter City Council and is free to visit.


Friday 18th November to Friday 23rd December 2016
For the first time ever, the Edwardian Quad at Hannahs At Seale-hayne is being transformed into a Winter Wonderland, with a 15m x 20m skating rink, a giant 50-foot snowman (with a bouncy castle in his stomach), pop-up gift and food stalls, musical Christmas light shows and even regular snow showers. Expect a real Christmas atmosphere with music, stalls and hot chocolate, mulled wine and sweet treats available.
There will be special events throughout, including Themed Thursdays, Disco Skate Saturdays, Film and Skate Sundays, the School’s Out Christmas Party and our Skate and Chips evening. Booking is highly advised for these particular events and can be done by calling 01626 325800 or by visiting their website.


Saturday 19th November 2016
Make a visit to the Totnes Civic Hall on the 19th November between 10am and 4pm for a Christmas Market.
There will be over 30 stalls with a wide selection of crafts and gifts, from stocking fillers to that special unique gift.
Free entry to all guests and visitors.


Saturday 19th November 2016
There’s an All Things Vintage & Festive Show at The Guildhall in Plymouth on the 19th November.
The event will feature over 60 Vintage & Artisan exhibitors including lots of unique, quirky Christmas ideas. There will also be Christmas carols, cookery workshops, a festive tearoom and lots more.
The event runs between 10:30am and 4:30pm. Entry is £2.00 per person, with under 12’s going free.


Friday 25th and Saturday 26th November 2016
If you think that the romance and mystery of Christmas has been replaced with gaudy commercialism, then Dartmouth has got an answer for you.
Set alongside the river Dart and surrounded by steep wooded hills, the Elizabethan streets of Dartmouth come alive with the glow of Christmas each year as a fantastic procession of candlelight lanterns carried by the town’s children create a marvellous seasonal atmosphere that attracts revellers from all over Britain, and this year, they are celebrating their 10th anniversary.
On the Friday from 4pm, there will be a Christmas market, entertainers and musicians, carol singing with the BRNC Volunteer Band and the Britannia Choral Society, official switch-on of the town’s Christmas lights, Santa arrives by boat, and Christmas shopping.
On the Saturday from 10am, there will be Christmas markets, entertainers and musicians, “Candlelit Kids” ( featuring seasonal craft workshops, puppet show, Santa’s grotto and more) in the Flavel , a lantern procession, and Christmas shopping.


Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November 2016
Step back in time at the Victorian Festive Show at Dartington Hall in Totnes on the 26th and 27th of November.
Featuring over 50 Vintage, gift & food exhibitors, as well as entertainment with Victorian carol singers, Spectrum Wind Choir and much more. There will also be Lace making demos, workshops, a Victorian photobooth, children’s activity room and lots more!
The event runs from 10:30am until 4pm, and entry is £3 per person, with under 12’s going free, (although there will be an additional £2 charge if wishing to access the children’s activity room).

October 2016 Events

Tuesday 4th October
Visit Powderham Castle in Exeter on the 4th October for a Deer Rut Safari and Cream Tea.
Take a leisurely ride on the tractor/trailer into the Deer Park to see the fascinating behaviour of the deer during the rutting season. Enjoy your Cream tea anytime from 11am.
Tickets cost £13.50 and can be pre-booked by calling 01626 890243


Thursday 6th October
Between 10am and 3pm, Slade House Farm in Sidmouth will be creating a Butterfly Garden and would love your help.
If you like the idea of working alongside their gardeners to create a garden that can be enjoyed by wildlife and visitors, then please consider going along. No booking required, just meet Ruth at the Visitor Centre at 10am and spend as long as you like helping them with this exciting project.


Saturday 8th October
The Thelma Hubert Gallery in Honiton have family workshops available on the 8th October between 11am and 3pm.
This is a free event with no booking required, but donations are always gratefully received.


Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October
On the weekend of 8th and 9th October The Ariel Centre in Totnes will be immersing themselves totally in the 5 Beethoven Piano Concerti together with the McLachlan family and the Torbay Symphony Orchestra, performing Numbers 1, 2 and 3 on Saturday 8th, and Numbers 4 and 5 (‘The Emperor’) on Sunday 9th.
In addition to the two concerts (on Saturday and Sunday evening), there will be masterclasses, pre-concert talks, open rehearsals and other events, all focusing on the piano, the concerto and specifically on Beethoven’s 5 Piano concerti.
Tickets cost £12 per concert or £20 for both. The whole weekend event including talks and masterclasses is £25.


Sunday 9th October
Visit the Sharpham Estate in Totnes on the 9th October for a celebration of all things apple.
The day will include a host of apple-themed activities for all the family, including taster sessions, arts and crafts and games.
Try their fresh juice grown at Sharpham’s organic orchards – straight from the press, or bring your own apples to juice. In exchange for bringing the fruit, you will be given half of this delicious freshly-pressed apple juice back in new bottles while the other half will be kept to help support the charitable work of the Trust.
If you haven’t any apples to bring, don’t worry. You can buy bottles of this delicious juice on the day.
Entry is free, but there is a £4 charge for car parking.


Friday 14th and Saturday 15th October
Oktoberfest Exeter is coming and it’s going to be one epic weekend!
Friday 14th and Saturday 15th October will see a celebration of Bavarian culture at Exeter Castle with beers, food, music and everything else that will have you dancing in your lederhosen on top of a wooden table!
The weekend will be kicked off by the fairest maiden in the land cracking open a wooden barrel signifying the start of a wonderful 2 days!
Tickets start from £8 with various packages available to suit your needs. Do visit the website to book.


Saturday 15th October
The Kingsmen International Barbershop Harmony Chorus present a 25th Anniversary Celebration featuring special guests Panache at the Kingsbridge Community College on Saturday 15th October from 7pm.
Tickets cost £7.50 for adults and £5 for concessions, and can be purchased in advance from the Kingsbridge Tourist Information Centre or on the door on the night.


Thursday 27th October
The Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum is holding an Autumn Family Day on the 27th October between 10:30am and 4pm.
The day will be filled with family activities, craft demonstrations and refreshments including homemade cake.
Entry for children is free, and only £1 for adults.



Halloween events


Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th October
Celebrate Halloween this October half-term at Exeter’s spooky Underground Passages. Between 22–30 October there will be special ‘Witches & Wizards Tours’ where children are invited to explore under the city’s streets on special guided tours and discover ingredients for magic spells. Using the ingredients found, the young adventurers are challenged to concoct their own magic spell and enter it into a competition with the opportunity to win one of many fantastic prizes!
Admission is £6 for adults, £4 for children, and £5 for concessions, and booking is essential.


Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th October
Woodlands Family Theme Park in Blackawton is offering a family friendly fangtastic Halloween experience this half term.
Marty’s Monster Manor is back for your chance to meet Woodlands friendly monster ‘Marty’ with spookier surprises around every eerie corner. Ezmeralda the Wicked Witch of Woodlands has lots of fangtastic activities for you to take part in, and when children over 92cms join in 3 of the 7 activities they will get a free child’s return winter ticket. From broomstick training, party dances and games, creepy crawly photo opportunities, pumpkin carving, story time and Ezmeralda very own Halloween quiz there is something for everyone to take part in.
Plus, on the 28th October join Marty’s villain themed Monster Disco from 3.00 – 6.00pm. The disco, fun and games are all included in the park’s admission price, and whilst fancy dress is optional, it is encouraged.
Tickets can be bought on the day, but if pre-booked online you can save up to 20%.


Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th October
Visit Torquay’s Dinosaur World during half term for a week of scary Halloween fun.
Brave the ghouls and ghosts in the dinosaur graveyard to take part in their Ghastly Graveyard Quiz to help save the dinosaurs – win the Dinosaur Expert Certificate and a FREE 100 million year old fossil; and from 3.30pm everyday come back for their ‘Lights Out Torch Tour’ to explore the exhibition in the dark, and listen to the scary ghost story ‘A Night in the Dinosaur Graveyard’.
Tickets cost £5.95 per visitor, and also includes a Paleo Pass which gets you FREE re-entry for three months.


Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th October
Grab your hats, broomsticks, whiskers and pussycat tails and get ready for some spooky spellbinding adventures this half term at Devon’s Crealy Great Adventure Park in Exeter.
Step onto the hotel porch where you will be led through a doorway into the Creaky Hotel, lit by a large, flickering, cobweb-covered chandelier and surrounding candelabras. Walk through the rooms of this interactive spooky hotel where you will be guaranteed some spooktacular surprises.
Each child visiting the park will receive a free pumpkin picked fresh from the Crealy fields, and the Crealy team will be ready and waiting to make creative jack-o’-lanterns in the Animal Kingdom.’s-On-Live


Monday 24th to Sunday 30th October
Take your little monsters to Paignton Zoo this half term for a spooktacular time.
Take part in a Trick or Treat trail to receive a pumpkin mask and a chocolate treat, hop on board the ghost train, catch spooky animal talks, take part in bug-eating challenges, and treat yourself to ghoulish snacks such as creepy cupcakes and pumpkin soup in the Island Restaurant.


Monday 24th October
Exeter Cathedral are hosting a day of Harry Potter themed crafts on the 24th October between 11am and 3pm.
Join them to celebrate the magic of Harry Potter in the amazing space of the Chapter House. Imagine that you are in the Great Hall of Hogwarts and take part in a range of themed crafts. Get ‘sorted’ as you arrive, and make a banner to support your house; grab some friends and have a game of ‘Quidditch’ in the Cloister Garden; and feel free to come dressed up as your favourite character.
Entrance costs £3 per child, and there is no booking required – just turn up on the day.


Friday 28th October
The team from Dartmoor Skies will be at Hannah’s At Seale-Hayne in Newton Abbot on Friday 28th October with a Halloween Astronomy Special.
What myths, monsters and legends have been inspired by the night skies? A talk will be followed by guided stargazing with telescopes and hot chocolate and cookies around the campfire. In bad or overcast weather, other indoor activities will be provided.
The event starts at 7:30pm and tickets cost £10 per person. Booking is essential and can be done by calling 01626 325800.


Saturday 29th October
South Devon Railway’s scary Hallowe’en Express for families steams off into the gloom on the evening of Saturday 29th October. The train features a spooky night time run in the dark down the seven-mile route, complete with scary food and entertainment at Totnes.
The Hallowe’en Express leaves Bloodthirsty Buckfastleigh at 6.30pm, passing Scary Staverton, complete with ghosts on the platform en route, and arrives at Terrifying Totnes at 7.00pm. The Halloween Express leaves Totnes at 8.30pm, returning to Buckfastleigh at 9.00pm.
The wearing of scary Hallowe’en costumes and fancy dress by all attending is encouraged! Halloween themed music will also form part of the evening at both stations and on the train too.
On arrival at Totnes, families will be invited to take part in trick or treat games set up on the platform, plus there will be ghost stories in the station building before food is served as part of the all-in ticket. There will be some other fun events too, including apple bobbing, jelly dipping, a Jack o’ Lanterns treasure hunt, and a pin the tail on the cat game, plus guess the weight of the pumpkin.
Tickets cost £15 for adults, £10 for children, and under 3’s are free. Booking is essential.