One-day event will go ahead this summer ahead of full return in 2022 Confirmed so far: White Flowers, JOHN, The Orielles, Anna Phoebe, Breathe Panel,  Anna B Savage, DJxKWF, Heavenly Recordings, White Rabbit Books and MIRRY: From  The Shadows Into The Light 

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28/6/21 — Sea Change, one of the most distinctive events in the festival calendar, is delighted to confirm that it will return this year, aiming to spark a genuine cultural recovery in the South West.  Following the inevitable cancellation of two editions of the festival, Sea Change will return this summer with a one-day event taking place in Totnes on 28 August 2021. The full three-day event will return to Totnes from 27-29 May 2022

This year’s Sea Change event will see live music, film and conversations happening at atmospheric venues across Totnes, including St Mary’s Church, the Totnes Cinema, The Barrel House Ballroom and The BulI Inn. 

Confirmed so far are dream-pop duo White Flowers; the BBC 6Music A-listed JOHN; The Orielles presenting a screening (and Q&A/DJ set) of their ‘La Vita Olistica’ film; violinist and composer Anna  Phoebe; South-East based four-piece Breathe Panel; singer-songwriter Anna B Savage; improvisational duo DJxKWF; and MIRRY: From The Shadows Into The Light, an installation and live experience (with musicians Tom Fraser and Simon Tong) that dives into the magical music and archives of Mirabel “Mirry” Lomer. 


White Rabbit Books will be joining the weekend too with conversations including Jeff Barrett and  Robin Turner in conversation with author Roy Wilkinson about ‘Belief In Magic’ (charting the first 

thirty years of Heavenly Recordings) and Gordon Burn Prize-winning author David Keenan who will be talking about his masterly fifth novel, Monument Maker. 

This year’s event marks the start of an exciting new partnership with The Bull Inn (Eco Hotel of the  Year 2020’ The Times and The Sunday Times), run by Geetie Singh-Watson MBE, which will host intimate events and bring beautiful festival food to Totnes. 

Sea Change’s return comes as many festivals remain in jeopardy and are being forced to cancel for a  second year running. Given the ongoing precarious situation across the arts, Sea Change’s road back to life will be purposefully gradual, with the immediate emphasis being on bringing a safe, small and manageable event to Totnes this year. Director Rupert Morrison explains, “After the journey we’ve all been on, we’d never be complacent about being able to get people back to congregate safely.  

We’ve designed a day of live arts for intimate audiences that enables us to bring people back together with safety. We’ve kept it as small as we can and there will likely be some social distancing measures, but, whereas large events will continue to be so susceptible to governmental COVID  parameters, our scale enables us to present a euphoric live experience. We can’t wait.” 

The first two Sea Change events (2016 and 2017) generated over one million pounds for the local economy and today’s announcement and continued commitment to the area will be very welcome news to a town synonymous with tourism. Sea Change is committed to bringing new and exciting events in music, art, film, literature, conversation and culture to the South West and specifically  Totnes. All events will follow Sea Change’s original mission statement, ‘Always intimate, always different, always special, always rare’. 

Rupert Morrrison adds, “I remember how different the town felt on those first few weekends. It was more alive than it had been in decades and everyone felt it. We’re still really in love with the town and we’re going to bring Sea Change to Totnes for a full weekend from 27th – 29th May 2022. We’ve  started production now and it feels great getting back to it.” 

Since the last proper edition of the festival in 2019, Sea Change became one of the first events to go digital, ran an extremely successful Crowdfunder campaign to ensure its survival and was also awarded a grant as part of Arts Council England’s Cultural Recovery Fund. Now, the re-branded Sea  Change Presents has already operated a pioneering socially distant live show with Squid (on the eve of their BBC Jools Holland appearance) at St Mary’s Church and has announced forthcoming Totnes shows for Gruff Rhys and Pip Blom. 

As it returns, Sea Change also announces the formation of an advisory board to support its events,  which includes Venue Group Head Of Production Chris Pollard; Rough Trade Books co-founder Nina 

Herve; live arts programmers Chris Bye, Susanna Grant and Kirsteen McNish; artists Matthew Shaw and Jenny Frances; press officer Michael Barrett; artist manager Andrew Ellis; journalist and broadcaster Laura Barton; and Heavenly Recordings founder Jeff Barrett. One of the board’s first commitments has been to sign up to the PRS-supported Keychange movement, a global network working towards gender equality in the music industry. 

Rupert Morrison explains: “We wanted to this past year as a complete redux; a one-time opportunity to really look at what we’re doing and where we want to be. The members of the board have all been instrumental in Sea Change’s successes so far and I am thrilled that I have been able to call on them all to ensure that we continue to head towards something genuinely different”.

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New retreat venue at Sharpham

Charity invests £1.6million in a new retreat venue at Sharpham

The Sharpham Trust is investing £1.6 million to convert a stable yard behind Sharpham House to a new centre for mindfulness courses and retreats.

The charity, which works to connect people to nature and themselves, has begun the creation of The Coach House - which will feature a new meditation space and 18 en-suite rooms.

The current, disused stableyard is a Grade II-listed building, dating back to 1760 when Sharpham House was built for the naval sea captain Philemon Pownoll.

Now work has begun to develop the single-storey quadrangle directly behind Sharpham House into a new retreat centre where participants can stay, amid historic grounds thought to have been landscaped by Capability Brown.

The Trust runs an annual programme of courses and retreats featuring mindfulness meditation and nature connection on the wider Sharpham Estate and on the adjacent River Dart.

“Prior to the pandemic we were finding that our programme was fully booked with long waiting lists,” said Trust Director Julian Carnell.

“As a charity we want to help as many people as possible and so creating more accommodation became a priority. The stable yard had become rundown and so there was a fantastic opportunity to give the building a new lease of life and restore it as part of the Sharpham Estate’s important heritage,” he said.

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The Coach House will join the Trust’s other retreat venues Sharpham House, The Barn Retreat and Woodland Campsite and it will offer a weekly programme for those in need of developing and deepening their mindfulness practice, compassion and their connection to nature.

Participants staying there will be able to spend a week living in community surrounded by the amazing natural environment of the Sharpham Estate.

They will spend time volunteering in the 18th century Walled Garden – helping to grow food for the retreats at Sharpham – and conserving the heritage and wildlife of the wider estate.

Helping 1,000 more people a year

Chairman of Sharpham’s Trustees Daniel Stokes said: “Our mission is to connect people to nature and foster mindfulness and wellbeing. There is now a plethora of research showing the physical and mental health benefits of spending time in nature.

“This project will enable us to help another 1,000 people a year, giving them a chance to spend time slowing down and reflecting in a beautiful natural setting,” he said.

Using local construction companies

The Trust is using South Devon firm Carpenter Oak to build the frame for an eye-catching glass structure linked to The Coach House which will be the new centre’s meditation and dining space.

Classic Builders, a local South West-based construction company, has been awarded the contract to convert the Coach House and hopes to complete the works by January 2022.

“We are delighted to be working with The Sharpham Trust on this significant local project. The Coach House is an important listed building, not only in a sensitive location but also next to Sharpham House. We’re looking forward to drawing on our years of experience delivering comparable works in similar settings to make this project a success,” said Adam Brimacombe, Director at Classic Builders.

The Trust has been busy over the last ten years developing its charitable programmes and refurbishing the heritage of its listed landscape and properties. Every year, some 2,000 people attend retreats, courses and events on the Sharpham Estate.

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A new fish finger takeaway in town

Cormack's Seafood recently launched a takeaway lunch menu from our fish shop. We sell a range of four sandwiches, featuring our handmade products. On offer at the moment is:

Classic Fish Finger Sandwich  £8
shoestring fries, tartar sauce, iceberg

Nashville Hot Fish Finger Sandwich £8
fish fingers, hot chilli dust, pickles, Cajun mayo

Plaice Katsu Curry Sandwich £9
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Brixham Crab & Avocado Sandwich £10
Coconut, lime and chilli mayo, smashed avocado, crispy fried onions

Our fish fingers are made using line caught pollack from Devon and are battered in panko breadcrumbs, dill and spices. Our katsu fillets are inspired by Aarik’s (owner and chef) time working in South-East Asia and are made with plaice landed in Brixham.

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The takeaway is available every day from noon Tuesday to Saturday. We are located on Ticklemore Street in Totnes. 

Why we love Totnes

Why We Love Totnes - by Blueriver Cottages.

One of the first things you might notice when you visit Totnes is the eclectic fashion and alternative attitude to life. Don’t be surprised to see festival dress or the occasional parrot on someone’s shoulder as you make your way to one  of the many cafés and coffee shops.

Totnes is the first transition town with a global reputation for its interest in environmental and sustainability issues. Take a trip over to Dartington Hall which has a programme of wonderful courses, talks, festivals and events set in beautiful surroundings.

Staying in the town centre, a visit to the Totnes Museum will give you a rich insight in to the history of this enchanting town. Right in the middle of the hubbub is Totnes Castle which offers super views of the town and surrounding area.

Totnes prides itself on its high percentage of independent shops, cafés and restaurants. Interestingly, in 2012, the town came together to protest against a large coffee chain opening locally and won. This is a town with heart and spirit.

Its narrow winding roads, hidden passages and half-timbered housing give Totnes a certain Harry Potter charm. It’s hard not to succumb to the magic of this quirky, friendly town.

The team at Blueriver Cottages are passionate about where they live. Gemma, local Property Recruiter and Quality Assessor shares what she loves about the town..

" Down the road from Dartington, this arty town has plenty to satisfy all senses from the food, to the entertainment, and the views.

Pie Street is a great place to visit if you are looking for great comfort foods.

Standing at the top of Totnes Castle looking out over the town.

The Totnes Elizabethan Market is unique. I also love the Christmas markets which are great to get a bargain."

You can take a look at Blueriver Cottages’ collection of holiday homes in Totnes and surrounding area by clicking here.

Zero Waste & Plastic Free

8 million pieces of plastic are making their way into the ocean every day, an estimated 8.3 billion straws are on coastlines around the world and 1.75 billion single-use plastic bags are still being handed out by supermarkets in the UK. With plastic never fully degrading this has already and will continue to have a huge impact on our planet. The 5p plastic bag levy (which will soon increase to 10p) has helped to reduce the number of bags being used and there are other nationwide schemes available, however much more still needs to be done. Many of the local businesses and organisations in and around Totnes have been making a conscious effort to reduce, reuse and recycle for many years now. Most recently the Plastic Free Totnes campaign has been developed, a community-driven movement aimed at reducing the use of single-use plastics across town. Formed from the Transition Town Totnes Waste Into Resources group in partnership with Totnes Rubbish Walks and Totnes Against Trash, they have signed up to the 'Plastic Free Communities' campaign led by Surfers Against Sewage which sets out 5 objectives for the town to meet including replacing single-use plastics with sustainable alternatives. Many businesses including Waterside Bistro have signed up to Refill Devon, a free tap water initiative designed to reduce plastic pollution by making refilling a water bottle easy, social and rewarding. Earth Food Love was the UK’s first zero-waste shop and is based at the top of the High Street in the area known locally as the Narrows. The shop was started by ex-Manchester United player Richard Eckersley and his wife Nicola after their frustrations with how much packaging they used as a family. With a simple self-weighing system, consumers can bring in their refillable pots and buy everything from flour to peanut butter, tea, fruit, syrup and many more food items, plus non-food items including washing up liquid, wooden toothbrushes, metal straws and bamboo cutlery. Other businesses who are striving to significantly reduce their waste and actively encourage recycling include the riverside restaurant Waterside Bistro who feed their coffee grounds and vegetable peels to the owners’ chickens, and the Totnes Brewing Company who feed excess malt and grain from their brewing process to local pigs. pig  
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Businesses reopening

As per the latest Government advice, some of our non-essential shops opened their doors again from 15th June and were very happy to safely welcome some of you back. Restaurants, bars & visitor attractions should be able to open from 4th July with our local businesses working hard to make things as safe as possible.  Totnes Town Council has been working tirelessly to try and make the town as safe as possible for your return and have had a modification of the current speed limit to 5mph on Fore St / High St and The Narrows allowed by DCC to ensure the possibility of shared space and safety of pedestrians while social distancing.  There is also a road closure every Saturday from 9am - 1pm as a temporary measure so long as social distancing is required offering a good time for those who are more vulnerable to visit the town, however, bear in mind that the Saturday Market will be on this day as well which can get quite busy. There are no markets Mon - Thurs.  Here are just some of the shops, eateries, galleries and attractions that have or will be reopened:
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BOOKS Totnes Bookshop - open from Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm
ART White Space Art - open with reduced opening hours from 10.30am - 2.30pm. Please call to make appointments at other times. Eastgate Gallery in Totnes - open Creative Crafts and Needlework - open 10am-4pm Monday-Saturday. 3 customers into the shop at a time  the bowie gallery Totnes Devon - gallery is open by appointment plus always Friday 10am - 4pm. Call 07956412278 or 01803 863054 for appointments Yvonne Coomber Art Gallery - will open on Saturday 4th July & then Friday & Saturday 11-3pm during July. For appointments Monday - Thursday please call 01803 840161/07779058735 or email They're offering 15% off prints, hand embellished canvases & original paintings to NHS/Key workers during July - email for information 
GARDENING / SERVICES Footworks Podiatrist on Castle Street. Rosanne and her specialist team Alex and Polar are available by appointment / 01803 868888  The Potting Shed Totnes - open Tues to Sat 10am till 4pm with people allowed inside from 15th (under social distancing rules) The Potting Bench Totnes - open Thurs to Sat 10am - 4pm  The Totnes barbers - will reopen from 4th July  The Cobblers & Cleaners - open  Totnes TV and Electrical - open  Go Mobile - open  Barnes the Cleaners - reopening from 29th June
FOOD & DRINK The Hairy Barista - opening from 29th June The Green Cafe - open for takeaway and will open for indoor and garden tables from July 4th The Cellar Door at Sharpham Cheese - opening Wednesday - Saturday from 24th June  Green Table at The Dartington Hall Trust - open 11am - 4pm (closed Mon & Tues) Roly's Fudge Totnes - open with a serving hatch at the door and you'll be able to watch the fudge being made from the window  Ben's Farm Shops - open  Sharpham Wine - wine and cheese shop open Mon - Fri 11am - 4pm or order online with 10% off using code SHARPHAM10 Earth.Food.Love - open  The Kitchen Pantry by The Kitchen Table - new shop open Mon - Fri, 10am - 3pm selling home & locally made fresh & pantry food stuffs on the Industrial Estate  Delphini's Gelato Totnes - open 7 days a week 12 to 5pm, take away with card payment only Eversfield Organic Farm Shops - open from 8.30am to 5.30pm. Monday to Saturday The Curator Totnes - reopen for takeaways  Totnes Little Asia - open for takeaway & home delivery service from Wednesday 24th June. 5-9-30pm. Call 01803 868803 or 01803 868866 after 5pm for order  Silver Grill - The Totnes Chippy - open Tuesday - Thursday 4:45 - 8pm, Friday - Saturday 11:45 am - 2pm, 4:45 - 8pm. Order over phone, one entrance and one exit Bull Inn, Totnes - will be reopening on 8th July to overnight guests and customers for food only at first from Wednesday to Sunday initially. Check their website for more information: The Signal Box Cafe - (railway station) open for takeaway food, drinks, newspapers etc Back for 2 Seconds – open The Happy Apple - open  Bridgetown Stores - open 6am - 9pm 7 days a week Follaton stores - open 7am-8pm Mon to Sun  A W Luscombe Butchers - delivering with a range of products from other local businesses including Annies Fruit Shop, New Lion Brewery, The Almond Thief, The Wild Fig Deli and more Bridgetown Butchers - call 01803 866165/863323 to order where possible to help reduce waiting times. Minimum order for delivery £25 - free delivery within the Totnes area McCabes and Halls Butchers are both also operating Many businesses have been offering takeaway food, click & collect services or are selling online as well. Some of the restaurants / cafes / bars will be opening from 4th July (all being well) but in the meantime here is a list of those still operating online or with takeaways / click & collect until then: 
GIFTS - ONLINE  Love Frankie - buy online Little Blue Budgie - buy online or phone 01803 847800 / message via facebook Penelope Tom - buy online
FASHION - ONLINE Colony Life Store - online orders via their website with FREE delivery on orders over £20 SMALL-FOLK - check their online shop & free UK shipping (no end date). Use code POSITIVITY at checkout for the free postage
FLOWERS ONLINE AND COLLECTIONS Blue Geranium Florist - continuing with online, phone and collect. Fresh flowers available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday every week
TAKEAWAYS & HOT FOOD COLLECTIONS Bianca e Massimo - open for takeaways  The Cott Inn - open 7 DAYS A WEEK Monday to Saturday 4 - 8 pm and Sunday 12 - 3pm for takeaway services, drive through collection in the car park. Willow Vegetarian Restaurant - take-away Waterside Bistro Totnes - their take-away menu is now available from Wed-Sat 5-8pm. Please order online The Wild Fig Deli - order and collection service. Check their page for menu Totnes Grill – kebab and pizza delivery, call 01803 863835 Cafe Mumbai – take away from 5.30pm Tuesday to Sunday call 01803 866171 Room 101 – pizza delivery Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm call 07727 278428 The Kitchen Table - order for delivery call/ text Sima on 07583400998 or email to collect from the Totnes Industrial Estate kitchen Pie Street - take away & delivery Wednesday to Sunday 1pm-8.30pm. Call 01803 868674 to order Lamaro Bakery – Italian food on Friday and Saturday 5-9pm, call 01803 862288 tamarindtree.totnes - on the Industrial Estate next to Kitchen Table with Indian food on Friday 1-8pm or Saturday 4-8pm. Order by DM, phone 07768964024 or email Taguchi-ya Canteen - Japanese food on Friday and Saturday collect 5-9pm, order online by Wednesday 12pm Good Food House – Delivery from 6-10pm every day (except Tuesday when closed), call 01803 864696 Pizzaside – Thursday to Sunday 5-8.30pm for collection or delivery.
FOOD & DRINK DELIVERIES / ONLINE Majestic Wine - email for delivery or call if over 70. Annies Fruit Shop - online with delivery to Totnes & the wider area The Refillery Totnes - daily deliveries to Totnes & Dartmouth areas, visit the website or call Tracy 07950 269955 Dartmouth Dairy - deliver to Totnes & surrounding villages on Monday & Thursday 🐄 Wine & Greene - delivering nationwide via courier and doing local drops every weekday (free over £20 to TQ9) - Dartmouth Fine Foods - home delivery of frozen ready meals, alongside boxes of veg and essentials to Totnes and the surrounding areas -
LEISURE Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company - reopening 6th July. You are not expected to wear a surgical style face mask, any face covering will be accepted. We have been working hard to ensure that we meet all the guidelines and will not put our customers and staff at risk.  Pennywell Farm - planning a phased reopening from early July:…/were-planning-for-a-phas…/ Paignton Zoo - will reopen 6th July Totnes Fashion & Textiles Museum - will not reopen this year but you can check out a virtual exhibition on their website: Sea Kayak Devon - NOW OPEN for groups of up to 5 people. All bookings are completely amendable or refundable if they are unable to run due to COVID 19. Totnes, Berry Pomeroy & Dartmouth Castles will be selling pre-bookable tickets online from July for an August opening:…/inspire-me/totnes-castle/ Totnes Rare Breeds Farm - open
PHARMACIES Most pharmacies are open with reduced hours and social distancing - please check each page and site for more details.
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