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24th
Nov
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24th
Dec

Christmas Nativities at Pennywell Farm

Nativity Plays and Visits to Father Christmas on the magically decorated farm from 24 Nov – 24 Dec. Bringing the Nativity to Life The whole family is caught up in the Christmas magic at Pennywell. Adults are welcome to take part in the Nativity or simply watch the delight and wonder on the children’s faces from the cosy straw bale seating, as the greatest story ever told comes to life. Picture the scene . . a magical manger setting with all the Pennywell animals, the barn twinkling with hundreds of tint lights in the many Christmas trees and carols ringing out across the farm. Every child can become a star performer of they would like to. We have the costumes to provide a host of heavenly angels, shepherds watching their sheep, wise men travelling to worship, innkeepers and of course, Mary and Joseph. The Christmas Journey continues as every child will be greeted personally by Father Christmas to receive their very special Christmas gift. A warm festive welcome then awaits in Henny Penny's Cafe where the smell of mulled wine and delicious mince pies fill the air. Sit back and enjoy a tea or coffee while the children are treated to a homemade Christmas biscuit and a soft drink. You need to allow two hours for your Pennywell Christmas experience, beginning with your Nativity performance to get you into the Christmas spirit, followed by a visit to Father Christmas and rounded off with festive refreshments. Please arrive 15 minutes before your performance, remember to wrap up warm and don't forget to bring your camera. Breakfast with Santa Santa arrives with his elves on Saturday 24th November! Book the 9.45am performance on Sat 24 Nov to see Santa arrive at the farm, Pennywell style. Plus . . . . If you book the first performance on 24th, 25th Nov or 1st, 2nd Dec, Breakfast with Santa is included. OR . . . book the 2.30pm performance on Sat 1st or Sun 2nd Dec and enjoy a Devon Cream Tea with Santa after your performance. A Christmas experience like no other! Leave the high street behind and lose yourself in the joy and wonder of Christmas. Journey with us as our authentic manger scene in the cosy barn takes us back to the very first Christmas with the arrival of the baby Jesus at its heart. Booking is essential - book your tickets online HERE
1st
Dec
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24th
Dec

Santa comes to the South Devon Railway

Father Christmas comes and visits us on the South Devon Railway every year and he, and all his singing elves, will be back to see us again this December! You can book now online, or via phone on 01364 644 370. Dates and Times Santa-by-Steam operates on the following dates in December: Saturday 1 December 10.15 12.00 2.00 3.45 Sunday 2 December 10.15 12.00 2.00 3.45 Saturday 8 December 10.15 12.00 2.00 3.45 Sunday 9 December 10.15 12.00 2.00 3.45 Saturday 15 December 10.15 12.00 2.00 3.45 Sunday 16 December 10.15 12.00 2.00 3.45 Tuesday 18 December 12.00 2.00 3.45 5.45 Wednesday 19 December 10.15 12.00 2.00 3.45 Thursday 20 December 10.15 12.00 2.00 3.45 Friday 21 December 10.15 12.00 2.00 3.45 Saturday 22 December 10.15 12.00 2.00 3.45 Sunday 23 December 10.15 12.00 2.00 3.45 Monday 24 December 10.15 12.00 We are delighted to announce that on 18 December, following many requests from passengers, there will be an additional special evening train, which boards at 5.45pm, for those who would like to experience the magic of travelling by steam train in the dark! Please note these are the boarding times of the trains, and the train leaves as soon as everyone has boarded. Entertainment at Buckfastleigh starts BEFORE these times. (Please note that unfortunately we are unable to hold any trains for passengers who arrive later than the boarding time.) All Santa-by-Steam experiences start and finish at Buckfastleigh, where there is a large free car park, cafe, gift shop and toilets. The train, which has been decorated with brand-new high-quality decorations, leaves from Buckfastleigh as soon as everyone has boarded. Once the train has departed, refreshments will be served by our volunteers: A Fruit Shoot drink and small pack of biscuits for children, and a mince pie and fruit punch for adults. Dairy- and gluten-free alternatives are available on request, please advise our staff on the train if you require these. Other refreshments, including light snacks, crisps, drinks, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and alcoholic beverages (including a delicious Irish Coffee and Irish Hot Chocolate) are available to purchase from the buffet car on the train throughout the journey. There will also be children’s entertainers on the train.
1st
Dec
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23rd
Dec

Train of Lights….

For the very first time in the UK, and possibly the world, you are invited to take a trip on our brand new, magical Christmas Train of Lights!​ This truly spectacular illuminated journey starts at Queen's Park Station, Paignton, where our train with vintage carriages await you - decorated with thousands of lights. Fifteen minutes later, once you've had time to settle back into your seat, you will arrive at Churston Station where the dazzling show begins. As the anticipation builds and mere moments after leaving Churston, you will be propelled through the 450-metre technicolour Greenway tunnel that leads you onto the enchanted forest which is transformed by a multitude of lights and feature displays into a nocturnal extravaganza. The breath-taking show ends as you leave the forest only to be greeted by the twinkling lights of Dartmouth reflected on the river Dart. After a quick turnaround at Kingswear you will be on your way back to Paignton to experience the spectacle from a different direction - be sure to swap sides of the carriage to gain the best views of both sides of the stunning light show.​ You also have the opportunity to upgrade and experience the Train of Lights in the Devon Belle observation carriage. These tickets will be on sale on the train, strictly on a first come first served basis and priced at £7.50 per person (cash only on board). This is a fully ticketed event so pre-booking is essential. Please ensure you arrive at least 30 minutes before your Train of Lights departure time. The Head of Steam café will be open serving tea, coffee, (fabulous!) hot chocolate and snacks. Toilets are available at the station and on the train. The experience lasts for 90minutes and onboard refreshments will also be available. Dates & Times*: 1st, 2nd, 4th, 11th, 18th & 27th-31st December trains depart at 17:00 & 19:00 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th & 20th-23rd December trains depart at 19:00 only Please note: there are no Train of Light services on Christmas Eve. ​ Prices**: Adult £18.50 Child £11.50 Concession (aged 65+) £18.00 Family (2A, 2-3Ch) £49.50 We are offering 25% discount on Train of Light tickets if you have purchased Santa Express tickets.
6th
Dec
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6th
Jan

Bedtime Stories at Dartington

Celebrate the magical time of the day when the stresses and strains of life melt away and enter a world of imagination and dreams with Bedtime Stories. Tucked up with your family in a bedroom installation, take this chance to unwind and be dazzled with circus, theatre, dance and projections from circus pioneers Upswing. Bedtime Stories reconnects adults with their childhood and children with their often too-busy parents. This award winning show is suitable for the whole family. Upswing is a leading, award-winning, contemporary circus company based in the UK. Upswing Aerial create world-class experiences that connect audiences, artists and participants through cutting-edge circus. Their productions interweave aerial, theatre, dance, text and multimedia to create fresh experiences with narrative punch. “A delightful and dreamy piece.” The Guardian “A very beautiful, dynamic and well-crafted show for children and their grown-ups.” The Scotsman **** This production is supported by Marchand Petit. A #DartingtonLive event.
8th
Dec
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24th
Dec

Santa Express 2018….

This year the Santa Express features Snow White and runs from 8th-24th December. Calling all children - both young and old! You will arrive at Queen’s Park Station, Paignton (TQ4 6AF) for your return journey to Kingswear on the Santa Express. Each carriage is decorated for Christmas and during your trip you will be entertained by close-up magic and, of course, our famous two-part mini pantomime to get you in the festive spirit (part one on your outward journey and part two on your return journey - c.10 minutes in total). Santa Claus visits you at your seat accompanied by his elves pulling a gargantuan sleigh (Prancer and Dancer et al will have been given the day off!). All children receive a gift (up to 14 years of age only). ​ Jealous of Snow White's beauty, a wicked queen orders the death of her pure and virtuous stepdaugher, but later discovers that Snow White is still alive and hiding in a cottage with friendly little miners - the seven dwarfs!! Disguising herself as a hag, the Queen brings a poisoned apple to Snow White, who falls into a death-like sleep that can be broken only by a kiss from her Prince. Be prepared to come along and join in the Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho chorus and chase off the wicked Queen for the sake of true love. Altogether now. . . . . "Heigh-Ho-o-o-o-o. . . . .!" ​Whilst on the Santa Express you will be offered a glass of mulled wine and festive mince pie (adults only). Close up magic and lineside I-Spy ensure that every member of the family is involved in this truly magical experience. ​ This is a fully ticketed event so pre-booking is essential. If you wish to travel with another party please inform us at the time of booking and we will do our utmost to accommodate you all together. We can offer a wheelchair specific carriage that means the whole family can sit together in comfort to enjoy this unique experience. Please let us know when you book. Sorry, only guide dogs allowed. Please ensure you arrive at least 30 minutes before your Santa Express departure time. The Head of Steam café will be open serving tea, coffee, (fabulous!) hot chocolate and snacks. Toilets are available at the station and on the train. Dates: 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th December Departure times (trains depart from Paignton only): 10:30, 13:00 & 15:30. Note: Christmas Eve 10:30 & 13:00 services only ​​ If you have chosen to travel with us on a 15:30 service children (and adults if you like!) are encouraged to indulge the spirit of the season wearing Jim Jams (pyjamas). Adults are welcome to do the same if that's your thing! Prices Per adult (aged 15+) £19.75 Per child (aged 19 months to 14 years) £13.00 Adult Christmas Eve only £ 20.75 Child Christmas Eve only £14.00 Children aged 0-18 months are free of charge but no seat is provided.
18th
Dec

Totnes Christmas Markets

Indulge this Christmas and experience Totnes at its finest on Tuesday evenings in December. Devon's most famed Late Night Shopping events run from 3.30-9.30pm on 4th, 11th and 18th. Up through the High Street's magnificent variety of shops intermingle delightful craft vendors and delicious food and mulled wine stalls. Buskers and carole singers will relax you into the Xmas shopping mood while the Cafes and Bars are open tempting you in with seasonal sparkle! The unique and diverse Totnes market , packed with an atmospheric and seasonal variety of traders will feature bands, dancers and young local talents from the community. Add these dates to your festive diary now you can tick off your Xmas lists in this most magical location. Park and ride by donation from Follaton 5.30-10pm. What's not to love ?
20th
Dec
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23rd
Dec

Breakfast with Santa at Living Coasts

Experience the magic of Christmas at Living Coasts by sitting down to breakfast with Santa.   For this exclusive NEW event you’ll get the opportunity to: * Meet Santa at breakfast time where you’ll get to decorate and enjoy your very own pancakes * Receive a special present from Santa himself * Help to make some presents for the penguins * Say hello to our happy elf who will then deliver your presents to our playful penguins. DATES: Thursday 20th December
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Saturday 22nd December and 
Sunday 23rd December TIME: 9.00 am – 10.30 am TICKETS: £15.00 per child Adults are free of charge but please note that only 2 adults per child will be able to attend the event due to limited capacity.   Price includes: * Breakfast pancakes and fruit juice per child * One present per child * Santa meet and greet and help make presents for the penguins. Terms and Conditions: This event takes place in the Terrace Cafe. Entry to Living Coasts is NOT included.  If you are not an Annual Pass holder and wish to visit Living Coasts after the Breakfast with Santa event then you will need to purchase day tickets at the main entrance. Half price entry* will be offered to those who booked onto the event and do not hold an annual pass. To gain half price entry please show your 'Breakfast with Santa' confirmation email, this offer is only valid on the day you attended the Breakfast with Santa event. Booking is essential – book online here   *Half price entry is only available for children who have booked Breakfast with Santa along with the 2 adults per child. Any extra guests will need to pay the standard entry admission prices.   Kindly sponsored by Union Square Shopping Centre.
21st
Dec

Totnes Friday Indoor Collectors Market

The Indoor Collectors Market is part of the Friday Flea Market and takes place on the 3rd Friday of the month. The flea market itself runs every Friday but the more specific collectors market takes place on the one day a month upstairs at the Totnes Masonic Hall. Entry is free and unlike its downstairs relation the collectors fair is always in the dry and warm. The market opens at 7.30 in the morning and finishes at 2pm.
26th
Dec

Boxing Day Dinner & Dance at Dartington Hall

Join Dartington Hall and The Drat Pack for a magical evening in the beautiful Great Hall. Celebrate with us this Boxing Day and return to the glamour and beauty of yesteryear. Enjoy a delicious four-course dinner showcasing the very best locally sourced seasonal produce. Dance the night away with the perfect soundtrack from The Drat Pack, a collection of the finest musicians and singers based in the South West. For more details and booking enquiries please contact us on 01803 847150 or email reservations@dartingtonhall.com.
18th
Jan

Totnes Early Music Society – Flauti d’Echo

Awake Thou Wintry Earth - A programme to inspire thoughts of spring from deep in the winter! Exciting recorder duo Tabea Debus and Olwen Foulkes are joined by theorbo player Toby Carr in a programme which takes music from Monteverdi and Purcell to Vivaldi and Handel arranged for recorders. The duo won the Nancy Nuttal Early Music Prize for Chamber music at the Royal Academy of Music in 2016, were participants on the BREMF Live! Scheme 2017-18, and have already performed in venues including the Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, and Somerset House. They regularly perform as soloists and have each released solo albums. Here are two young players who are definitely going places! The concert starts at 7.30pm Advance tickets available from the Dartington Box Office (01803 847070), and website (boxoffice@dartington.org) £13, under 18s £5. On the door £14/£5.