Archives: What's On

15th
Apr
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31st
Dec

Totnes Market

Our wonderful Totnes Market reopens! You'll find this vibrant market at the top of town in the market square, every Friday and Saturday. Find a great eclectic mix of items on offer as well as lots of great local produce, and yummy takeaway food. Please socially distance.
18th
Apr
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19th
Dec

Totnes Sunday Food Market

Every third Sunday of the month from 10am to 3pm. Come and explore the historic town of Totnes and visit the Totnes food market every third Sunday of the month with a wide range of wonderfully fresh and organic produce, direct from the producer and sourced as locally as possible. All size stalls are available please contact southhams.markets@swdevon.gov.uk
19th
Nov
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3rd
Jan

Saltram House at Christmas

This Christmas it's the perfect time to meet up with family and friends to see the well loved story of The Nutcracker bought to life within the house. From Friday 19th November - Monday 3rd January. Feel festive and marvel at our beautifully decorated treasure rooms this Christmas This year the house will tell the well loved story of The Nutcracker through some of it's grandest rooms and with some of the best parts of our collection. Amongst the other spectacular rooms, the grandest at Saltram, the Saloon, will be transformed into a magical fairytale forest with decadently decorated trees and magical interventions to make the house feel alive. We will be open 10-5 from Friday 19th November- Monday 3rd January. Please check the opening times before you visit.  PLEASE NOTE THE HOUSE WILL BE CLOSED EVERY TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY
19th
Nov
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24th
Dec

Experience the magic at Pennywell this Christmas

It's that time of year when the Farm becomes a magical winter wonderland with twinkling lights, hundreds of Christmas trees and plenty of Christmas sparkle. A truly magical Christmas experience awaits! Following on from the fantastic success of last year, this year's event will take a similar format but promises to be even more magical! Limited numbers mean we can ensure the safety of everyone, with social distancing and observing any new Covid-19 safety guidance as required. ⭐Arrive at the magical North Pole where you will be greeted by our friendly Elves and check-in! Collect your Christmas passport and get the stamps as you journey through our Christmas experience. ⭐It's then time to journey back 2000 years, as the Christmas Nativity begins. Travel to Bethlehem to find an inn for the night. After finding a vacancy in our cosy main barn, experience a real manger with all the Pennywell animals looking on. The scene is set and the story of the first Christmas comes to life. ⭐After the Nativity, head to Noah’s Barn for Christmas cheer with delicious mince pies and warming drinks for the adults and homemade Christmas biscuits and cold drinks for the children. ⭐Enjoy a visit to the Elves Sweetshop with a bag of yummy sweets for every child. ⭐Next, you'll experience Christmas close encounters with some of our amazing animals. Tickle, touch and stroke our Pennywell Miniature piglets, pygmy goat kids, and other furry friends. ⭐Save the best till last! Enter our sparkly enchanted forest where Father Christmas will be waiting in his grotto with a special gift for every child. The perfect way to end your Christmas visit! Our Christmas experience is a socially distanced shared group event with limited numbers. You will need to allow between 2 - 2.5 hours for the experience. Your Booking Tickets MUST be booked online in advance. When you book, you are selecting a time to visit. Each session starts promptly at your booked time. You must arrive at the farm 15 minutes before your booked time. The experience is a set journey with precise timings and will finish after your visit to Father Christmas. Tickets will be very limited to ensure we can remain Covid safe if it is required.
20th
Nov
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23rd
Dec

The Polar Express Train Ride at South Devon Railway

This Christmas, for the first time ever, the South Devon Railway is thrilled to bring to you THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride.  A truly magical experience for the whole family. The most iconic feature of The Polar Express is its sleek black steam engine. It’s even inscribed with the ‘1225’ signage to identify it as Santa’s own train. Your children will gasp with amazement as the Polar Express train pulls into the station. Billowing steam all the way, your authentic steam train ride will last around an hour. Even the tickets feature the beautiful train. Whether Grandad is a steam train fan, Dad wants to ride the footplate or the children love trains, there’s something for everyone. Make sure the whole family has their Polar Express tickets! Throughout your train ride you’ll be entertained, meeting the Conductor and his crew. All the while the train steams towards the North Pole. ! Here you’ll meet Santa and one of his friendly elves. He will climb on board the train to meet you all. The Conductor will even clip your Polar Express tickets just like in the film. Dates for 2021 ~ 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th, and 28th November ~ and ~ 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and 15th to 23rd December ~ Book here
24th
Nov
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30th
Dec

Train of Lights

The Christmas Train of Lights is now the must-see event in the South West festive calendar and of course the 2021 show will capture the magic of our previous shows - and then some!! After being unable to operate in 2020 we are raring to go for 2021 when we plan to be even bigger and better! Don't forget, the show can only be viewed from the train as you travel the line from Paignton to Kingswear (and we have a surprise or two up our sleeves for 2021!). ​Your festive illuminated journey starts at Queen's Park Station, Paignton, where our train with vintage carriages await you - decorated with thousands of lights, both inside and out (check out our gallery). Fifteen minutes later, once you've had time to settle back into your seat, you will arrive at Churston Station where the show begins. As the anticipation builds and minutes after leaving Churston, you will be propelled through the 450-metre Greenway tunnel that leads you to the enchanted forest which will be transformed by a multitude of lights with brand new feature displays plus some old favourites! The stunning show ends as you leave the forest only to be greeted by the twinkling lights of Dartmouth reflected on the river Dart. After a turnaround at Kingswear and with the opportunity to disembark and take photographs from the platform, you will be on your way back to Paignton to experience the spectacle from a different direction.​ This is a fully ticketed event with allocated seating so pre-booking is essential Dates & Times November 24th*, 26th*, 27th* & 28th* December 1st*, 2nd*, 3rd, 4th, 5th*, 8th*, 9th*, 10th, 11th, 12th*, 15th*, 16th*, 17th, 18th, 19th*, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 27th, 28th, 29th & 30th. Departure times : 16:45, 18:45 & 20:45 Note: * denotes no 20:45 service on these dates For full terms and conditions please visit the Train of Lights website.  Please ensure you arrive at our Paignton station 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.  Please be aware there is no Santa on the Train of Lights.  
26th
Nov
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2nd
Jan

Christmas at Killerton 2021

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year when twinkling lights and seasonal sounds will fill the air with festive fun at Killerton. Look forward to some together time and make everlasting memories as you discover sparkling tunnels of light, walk under giant baubles and beneath trees drenched in jewel-like colour. Get the festive feeling watching the flickering flames in the fire garden, gaze at the specially chosen illuminations and don’t forget to look out for Father Christmas along the way. Our  brand new, after-dark illuminated trail through festive gardens at Killerton. With over a million lights, this is a spectacular must see. Spend time together and create everlasting memories as you make your way through the sparkling trail. Tickets are on sale now. Book early to avoid disappointment here The illuminations run from 26 November 2021 to 2 January 2022* and will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day *Selected dates during the festive period
28th
Nov

Ten Steps – a beautiful evening of music, song and spoken word with Max ZT and Dan Whitehouse

An evening with one of the world’s most celebrated hammered-dulcimer players and one of the UK’s finest singer-songwriters: beautiful music and songs mixed with spoken word and “lyrics that avert your gaze to the sky” 
 
Ten Steps "is both extraordinary and beautiful. I strongly recommend you try and see this tour if you can, it will be one of a kind." Folk Radio UK
 
"Ten Steps and these two artists are enough to swell your soul and soothe your ears. As they say, ‘let the rhythm guide you’.” Arts Culture Mag
English singer-songwriter, composer and spoken word artist Dan Whitehouse and one of the best hammered dulcimer players in the world Max ZT  step out together from behind the glass in November for a series of special shows in a selection of the UK’s coolest acoustic environments.
 
"Force of nature”, Brooklyn’s Max ZT, is an innovator of his instrument. His unorthodox playing and bold experimental style have led him to be described as the “Jimi Hendrix of hammered dulcimer” (NPR). This, his first solo UK tour, sees him pushing the boundaries even further as he embraces the spoken word, soulful singing, and “lyrics that avert your gaze to the sky” (BBC Radio 6) of award-winning Black Country singer-songwriter Dan Whitehouse.
Both artists were selected to represent their countries in the international Global Music Match project back in May, when Dan found himself in lockdown in Japan. The pair collaborated online - interweaving poetry and song with music that fuses multi-cultural roots and traditions - to create a truly compelling and innovative sound.
Doors 7pm music from 7.30pm
Tickets are £7 / £10 / £14
2nd
Dec

Christmas Party Sale event at China Blue

Join us for an evening of celebrations to kick start the Christmas Countdown!   30% Off All Christmas Stock & FREE Mulled Wine!   China Blue’s Christmas Party is back for 2021! Thursday 2nd December,  5:00pm – 8:00pm This huge in store discount means you can purchase quality gifts worth giving – without the high price tag! Free Mulled Wine! You will be greeted on arrival with a Free glass of mulled wine to get your evening started! There will be mince pies and other festive treats available from our café, Wild Thyme Deli & Kitchen. Live Music! Hannah Souch will be joining us to provide live entertainment throughout the evening. There is no entry fee, and our large car park is available for all your friends and family! If you fancy a mulled wine or two, don’t forget the train station is just a 5-minute walk!    
7th
Dec

Christmas Late Night shopping

There are no road stalls or road closures in Totnes this Christmas however on Tuesday 7th, 14th and 21st December there will still be some late night shopping from a variety of local shops including China Blue and the Shops at Darlington out of town; a Christmas Market on the Square, a classic Christmas movie at Totnes Cinema with mulled wine and mince pies, plus lots more at the Mansion including a craft market, food from Pizza Pirates and Edgy Veggie, music from Jamming Station, and Totnes Bike Hub CIC.  If you would like a stall contact totnescm2021@gmail.com
At St Mary’s Church there will be music, stalls, angels, community banners and refreshments.  If you would like a stall/table or the opportunity to play some music on one of these evenings please get in touch with Fr. Jim by e-mail or phone (07775356652 or fr.jim@totnesrectory.co.uk).  These sessions will be hosted by Totnes Heritage Trust, Friends of St Mary's and the Unity in Diversity inter-faith project.  Proceeds will go towards the 'Transform St.Marys' project.  So also a great opportunity to talk about plans for the interior of the church.
All of this plus lots of events at The Barrel House and music and mulled cider at The Bay Horse from 7.30pm.
Tuesday 7th December:   JAZZ, The Drat Pack Three
Tuesday 14th December:  FOLK, Winter Shenanigans
Tuesday 21st December:  FUNK, Schofield Duo
Please support our wonderful independent businesses by shopping local this year.
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