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12th
Jun

In Unity: An Approach To Making Japanese Tea Bowls

On this one day ceramic course we will be using hand building techniques to make two beautiful tea bowls. We will be exploring surface decoration and use texture, slips and underglaze to create original and functional pieces. The cost of the course includes all materials as well as the cost of slip decoration firing and glazing two of your pots. Pots can be collected or posted to you after you’ve finished the course. Japanese lunch and refreshments are included. The tea ceremony became highly developed in the 16th century and at its centre was the iconic tea bowl. Many forms have developed in different pottery-making areas, according to the tastes of different potters and tea masters. The essence of the tea bowl lies with an intimate form which can be cradled in both hands whilst drinking the thick green tea, an object of contemplation which brings one closer to nature and a state of contemplation. This course invites you to look at the basic form and it’s use, then interpret it creatively, drawing on imagery from the natural world and your own imagination. What is a Japanese tea bowl? In the 7th century Buddhist priests brought tea plants from China to Japan. Tea was cultivated in temple gardens and drunk by priests because it was regarded as medicinal and as an aid to keep awake during long hours of meditation. Tea drinking became very popular in the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1568-1600) with the nobility, samurai and the ruling class. Shogun Hideyoshi Toyotomi was a warrior who also practiced tea and had two very influential tea masters, Sen no Rikyu and Furuta Oribe. These tea masters created new forms of tea, tea utensils and food, but especially tea bowls which were commissioned from potters. The tea ceremony has continued in popularity to the present day. In busy, stressful modern life the tea room is a place of peace and contemplation. The tea master or mistress serves carefully prepared tea to guests whilst engaging in conversations about life. The focus is on the tea bowl which is at the centre of the ceremony and may be very old or a work of art by a famous potter and the tea master will have much knowledge about the implements used. Many Japanese potters make tea bowls in various styles, it is considered one of the most challenging things to make. But tea masters have also used everyday items such as Korean rice bowls for serving tea, so there is much flexibility.
17th
Jun
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19th
Jun

Craft Festival

Craft Festival Bovey Tracey is a collection of some of the finest contemporary craft events in the UK . Meet over 200 makers.  Meet TV potter Keith Brymer-Jones.  Worskshops, demonstrations, StartUP, Out of the Woods, Yoga by the River, The Craft Den, Live Music and Feasting, Street Theatre and Storytelling. Advance tickets for the event, workshops and an audience with Keith Brymer-Jones are on sale now, book here Open 10am - 5pm daily Accompanied children Under 18 Free. Free Parking, follow AA signs
17th
Jun
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19th
Jun

The Greatest Showman Outdoor Cinema Sing-A-Long

An amazing Sing-A-Long outdoor cinema experience at Torquay Recreation Ground with a showing of The Greatest Showman! The movie that has sold out cinemas all over the world! Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Gates open 8.30pm, film starts shortly after sunset. Bring a blanket or camping chair and sing along with The Greatest Showman on a giant cinema screen under the stars! LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE SO MAKE SURE TO BOOK YOURS TODAY! Hot food, snacks and a bar will be available on-site. Picnics welcome - Alcohol must be purchased on-site only. Film certificate PG Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. The event will go ahead if it's raining but we are hoping for a nice dry weekend. No seating provided unless you have VIP tickets. Blankets and camping chairs are allowed. On-site toilets will be available including accessible facilities. Tickets £9.50 - £20.50
18th
Jun

On the Fringe – craft event

A one day craft event for local makers. Situated in the heart of Bovey Tracey in the Methodist Hall, this is an exciting show case of the Granite elements collective of artist and makers. Hosted at the same time as annual Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey truly is the epicentre of quality UK makers and designers at this time of year. We look forward to seeing you at our fringe event. Open 10am - 5pm
26th
Jun

Wild Dart Swim and Aquathlon

Last year, we changed the format, so that swimmers could swim with the tide for the 5k, the whole way, getting out at Ashprington Point Field. As with previous years, you can enter the 2.5k or 5k swim, as well as a 7k, 10k and 15k aquathlon. The 5k swim covers a #GoWithTheFlow, one way only swim from Totnes to Ashprington Point Field, starting near the Dart-Totnes Rowing Club on Steamer Quay. The 2.5k swimmers start at the same place in separate waves (according to your predicted finishing time) but exit at Sharpham. Aquathloners will also exit at Sharpham, then move to a nearby transition area, before running the three miles back to the rowing club, following the cycle path above the Dart. Swimming alongside the tow path and the reed beds, which line the Sharpham side of the river and the rolling hills on the left, which wind along towards Stoke Gabriel. You will take your first snake bend here, as the river takes a turn towards Sharpham. You will know you’re approaching the Sharpham North Quay when you pass our event buoy and will soon after, catch sight of the small pontoon on your right, which is the 2.5k finish. The 7k Aquathlon includes: The 2.5k swim The hilly 4.5k run Through the picturesque vineyards at Sharpham and along the cycle track from Sharpham House to Moat Hill, turning left at The Steam Packet before crossing the bridge to Bridgetown and turning right in to Steamer Quay and the rowing club. The 10k aquathlon includes: The 5k swim to Ashprington Point and A 5k run run along the cycle track from Sharpham House to Moat Hill, turning left at The Steam Packet before crossing the bridge to Bridgetown and turning right in to Steamer Quay and the rowing club. All 5K swimmers will need to bring a drop back for the finish where changing cubicles will be erected in the finish field. You will have to walk the 2Km back to Ashprington, as there is no vehicular access to Ashprington Point Field. The 15k aquathlon takes runners up the hill from Sharpham House and down the road through Ashprington towards Bow Bridge before runners follow the Harbourne River to Beanleigh cross and back to Sharpham and then Totnes via the bicycle tracks.
30th
Jun
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2nd
Jul

Devon County Show

There’s only one place in Devon where on just three days of the year the county is revealed in all its glory! We’re looking forward to treating our visitors to the best of food, farming and entertainment all in one day. The Devon County Agricultural Association is delighted to announce that the 2022 Devon County Show will take place on Thursday 30th June, Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd July. The event traditionally runs during the third week of May, but along with other shows was cancelled in 2020 . In 2021, the Show was delayed to July and was one of the few three-day agricultural shows to go ahead. As a Covid Safe outdoor event, the organisers were delighted at the confidence of the general public and welcomed over 60,000 visitors across the three days. After much consultation, discussion and reviewing of the likely impact of Covid-19 during the winter and spring, the Council of the DCAA have agreed to schedule the Show at the start of July for a further year to mitigate any further risk posed by the Pandemic. It is anticipated that the Show will return to its usual May dates in 2023. Show Manager, Sam Mackenzie-Green said: ‘By taking an early decision now rather than next spring we hope this will give our exhibitors and trade stands time to prepare and we look forward to welcoming them to 126th Devon County Show in 2022’.
1st
Jul
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3rd
Jul

Women’s Adventure Weekend

Join us for our Women’s Adventure Weekend; an action packed, versatile event providing opportunity, challenge & empowerment through adventure! About this event Ever fancied giving Rock Climbing a go, or flying across a 500ft zip line? Or maybe you are a well versed adventurer looking for like minded companions to share the adventure with? Whatever you're skill level or experience, this event is for you! Create your own timetable, choosing from a wide variety of outdoor, fitness and environmental activities including Rock Climbing, Canoeing, Caving and Bush craft. Every activity is designed to offer personal challenge whilst igniting adventure! Choose from a variety of tickets to suit your personal needs. Fancy taking part in 2 of our activities and spending the rest of the weekend exploring South Devon? Our half day activity ticket and separate camping ticket would be the one for you! Or sign up for our weekend ticket if you are ready for an action packed weekend full of adventure, with 2 or 3 nights camping included! Our basecamp will be at Dartington's Campsite where our network of women will unite. The event will start at 4pm on Friday 1st July and draw to a close at 8:30pm on Sunday evening. Struggling to find childcare for that weekend? That's not a problem! Dynamic are a family run business and we understand that finding time for ourselves can be difficult. Therefore we have 30 childcare spaces on offer (first come, first served,) to allow your children to also enjoy the adventure. They have their own timetable of activities to keep them fully occupied for the entire weekend, so you can dive right in and fully experience a Women's adventure weekend! Book Tickets here 
3rd
Jul

English Riviera Triathlon

The English Riviera Triathlon starts with a great sea swim in the warm waters of Goodrington Sands. Then it’s onto the bikes for a challenging loop around the Torbay area and finally a stunning out and back off-road coast run over towards Brixham. Everyone loved the NEW single loop Standard bike course in 2021. Be warned it’s a tough course. The first sections of the bike courses are rolling but eventually you hit Parliament Hill which averages 11 percent and another climb before the super-fast descent towards the finish. The run course is also tough with some steep hills & steps to contend with. There are also swim only and swim/run options. Prices from £29 (Go Tri). For the Standard & Sprint distances, teams please see our website for more info & to register.
8th
Jul
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10th
Jul

Dartmouth Tunes on the Sands 2022

 We are very pleased to announce the new dates for Tunes on the Sands will be 8th, 9th, 10th July 2022.
A festival, set on the beautiful golden Blackpool Sands in Devon, just 5 miles from Dartmouth. With a backdrop of scenic forests and hills, this will be a truly unique event where you can enjoy an ice-cold beverage with the ocean only a stone’s throw away.
8th
Jul
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17th
Jul

Ways With Words Festival

Dartington Hall in Devon is where Ways With Words began and 2022 will be our 30th festival here. Ways With Words at Dartington is a special event. The surroundings are beautiful, and arguably at their best in the peak of summer (assuming the weather isn’t too British). Each year over one hundred events are held in either the medieval Great Hall or the more intimate Barn Theatre. You’ll find workshops and more specialist talks in smaller venues on-site too. A burst of activity follows each event as festival-goers gather in the courtyard to buy books, meet authors, chat with friends over freshly made coffee and relax in a deck chair. Or you may prefer to explore the Dartington gardens and wider estate. Accommodation You can build your own festival experience, and there are a variety of options depending on your budget. Dartington Hall offers hotel accommodation in the East and West Wing of the courtyard where the festival happens. There are simpler single rooms in Higher Close just a two-minute walk away from the festival venues, as well as camping options in the estate. Totnes, a bustling market town, is three miles from the estate offering hotels, B&Bs, self-catering accommodation and AirBnB.  
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