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25th
Oct
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31st
Oct

Spook Hunt at Totnes Rare Breeds Farm

Happy Halloween!! With Halloween rapidly approaching, why not come and join us for our final week of the 2021 season? This half term (October 25th-31st) we are running a special Spook Hunt around the farm - find all the Spooks and win a tasty treat! Plus all of our usual fun of meeting the Eerie Owls, feeding the Gobbling Goats, cuddling a Ghastly Guinea Pig and so much more!! Hope to see you all soon! How to get here PLEASE, PLEASE follow the directions on our website here  
26th
Oct
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29th
Oct

October Pottery Evenings at China Blue

China Blue are taking bookings for their October Pottery Evenings. The class will include hand building and pot throwing.  You can return to paint the items once they've been fired. Our October events are on: Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 29th Timing: 5pm - 8pm We have 8 spaces for each evening.  Booking will be on a first come, first served basis.  The session costs £45 and a 50% deposit is required at the time of booking. Phone us to reserve a space on 01803 860905 Free onsite parking available    
28th
Oct

Guided Totnes Town Walk

Every Thursday from April to the end of October, meet local guide Kathy Alexander at 10.30 am at the Tourist Information Office, Market Square. Learn about the history of the town in an informal and friendly walk. £8 per person, £4 under 16's.
30th
Oct
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31st
Oct

Window Wonderland Totnes

With the dark nights drawing in and still being in uncertain times there is going to be an illuminated, magical, whole-town walking trail, to be explored and enjoyed this Halloween organised by Totnes Carnival Committee. WHAT IS WINDOW WANDERLAND? Window Wanderland is an uplifting, family-friendly event, where residents, businesses, groups and schools can create a display for their window, door or garden forming an illuminated walking trail. These individual windows across the town will transform our streets into dazzling galleries and the beauty of Totnes’s unique community spirit will be showcased and ablaze for all to see. WHEN IS IT? Due to the success of our first event in 2020 and things still being a little uncertain  Totnes Carnival's second Window Wanderland will be brightening the evenings of Saturday 30th October and Sunday 31st October between the hours of 6pm – 9pm.  Or you can put your displays up in the run up to the 31st. HOW TO GET INVOLVED It’s really easy to do. You can take part by either making a display or simply by coming out on the trail and seeing Totnes in a whole new light. No matter how small or large your street facing window, door or garden, let’s brighten up TOTNES with this unique and wonderful feel-good festival. Anyone can take part, regardless of age and almost anything can count as a display: from a string of fairy lights to a band playing in your front room. As long as it's family friendly, anything goes! No fancy lights needed, just a normal room light or lamp will bring your display to life. The theme is Halloween so let your creative juices shine. PARTICPATE  Let’s set Totnes alight together. We’ve all had such a bizarre few months and the carnival had to be cancelled again this year so we thought this is a way to bring our community together again and bring light to the darkness in these times.  No matter what is happening in the world, Wanderlands are self-contained and Covid-safe. Window Wanderland is a free event and everyone in Totnes is welcome to be part of the trail.  You can make a display in the window of your home, business, school, nursery, shop, car, campervan, boat, pub, front door or even your garden. Your display can be as simple as a string of lights, an open book with a lamp, tissue and card silhouettes or you can totally push the limits and create an installation piece, live performance or living art.  Set your imagination alight.  See window ideas here: All the displays are put on to a map for people to follow and local businesses, residents, groups and schools are encouraged to get involved. Once you’ve decided to take part, then simply register your display and this will create a map for the trail on Saturday 30th October from 6-9 pm. Register here:  If you have any questions please contact Claire through Contact Organiser or email totneswindowwonderland@yahoo.com Follow our Facebook page to stay up to date. Let's get our community illuminated together
31st
Oct

Totnes Halloween Event: Let the Light In

A processional event with performances and installations taking place in the afternoon and evening throughout Totnes for Halloween presented by NDP Circus & Partners. The veil is thinning and the separation between the living and other worlds is becoming blurred.... Bring your pumpkin or collect one from St Johns Church and follow the route below as we procession to each venue. Here is a small selection of what to expect! Decorations throughout Bridgetown and Totnes courtesy of Halloween Window Wanderland by Totnes Carnival. 2pm: St John's Church IMAJEN ARTWORKS, PARTICIPATE ARTS, INTEGR8 UK & FOOD IN COMMUNITY Head dress making, pumpking carving & Lantern preparation Procession down to Steamer Quay 5.00 - 6.30pm GHOST GALLEON (Steamer Quay) IMAJEN ARTWORKS, PARTICIPATE ARTS, INTEGR8 UK & OLD GAFFERS SEA SHANTY MEN Gather at ghost galleon for sea shanties, the goddess Styx, pumpkin soup and pumpkin prizes! A ferryman will ferry pumpkins (souls) across the river Dart to the Underworld (VIRE ISLAND) 5.30 onwards... Vire Island: UNDERWORLD GLORIOUS CHORUS & DELIGHT Choral singing & light installations Back entrance to Mansion (South St) - GHOST GROTTO & HAUNTED ALLEY TOTNES ART TEAM The Mansion 6.30pm onwards THE MANSION, PIZZA PIRATES, JAMMING STATION, LOCAL ARTISTS Pizza, music, dance & insect decorations by Daisy Nursey. St Marys Churchyard: Gathering of the Souls 8-10pm NDP CIRCUS, DG WHEATLEY, G GRANT & SHEREON K, ST MARY'S CHURCH, JACK WIMPERIS LIGHT Light installation with dance & circus, art installations, sculpture & live music with pumpkin soup! COME IN COSTUME! All events are free - no ticket needed. Suitable for all ages.
6th
Nov
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7th
Nov

Stitch Fest 2021

So much to see, do and buy at this year’s show, including felting, crochet, knitting, spinning and dyeing workshops, lots of lovely exhibitors selling everything you need for your yarn and fibre crafts, fleece sale and café. We are in our new venue too at Newton Abbot racecourse; plenty of space and all on one site with ample free parking. Stitch Fest launched in November 2016 in Totnes Civic Hall with a hugely successful festival that drew people from all over the UK. Its second, third and fourth years were even better with a fabulous new venue in the Grove School and more classes. Stitch Fest 2020 would have been our fifth show and was expected to see another exciting growth step with the show moving to the fantastic venue at Newton Abbot Racecourse where it was to be all under one roof and as ever, showcasing some of the best independent makers, dyers, spinners and designers in the UK yarn industry along with fabulous workshop and demonstration timetables. Come and join us for a fun weekend of workshops, talks and yarn-related happiness - and stock up on some really gorgeous yarns, fibre and accessories to take home!  BOOK TICKETS HERE  
13th
Nov

Christmas Market at the Civic Hall

Join us in Totnes Civic Hall for 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, this will be a fun day out with plenty of wonderful stands to browse at Totnes Town Hall. Open from 10am - 4pm
14th
Nov

Dvorak’s – Stabat Mater

A Darting Community Choir performance at 7.30pm The great Czech composer Antonin Dvorak began and completed Stabat Mater, one of the world’s most loved oratorios, at a time of extreme personal grief, between 1875 and 1877. In this short time his three infant children all died, leaving him childless. It is a deeply moving reflection on the grief of Mary mother of Christ, as she stood by the cross. Based on a well-known mediaeval poem in Latin, there have been many other settings by other composers over four centuries. Dvorak’s is arguably the best. First performed in Prague in 1880 when Dvorak was little known outside Czechoslovakia. It was an instant success giving him a reputation as a major international composer. In 1884 a performance in the Albert Hall with a vast orchestra and 600 voices was received with ecstatic applause. It may be a crowd pleaser but it is also a profound piece of music. His vision brings together both delicacy and the extremes of passion, both gentle lyricism and the full power of voices and orchestra. No doubt his devout Catholicism underlies his expression throughout of consolation, acceptance and even joy. The choir has chosen to perform Stabat Mater for our first concert emerging from the ordeal of the pandemic reflecting the mood of a world in sadness. Dvorak ends the work in a major key; surely an expression of hope. Remembrance Sunday is perhaps a fitting evening for an oratorio which takes an audience through emotions of sadness, grief and ending on a hopeful note.
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
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
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