Archives: What's On

14th
Dec
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24th
Dec

Christmas at Paignton Zoo

Meet Santa in his magical grotto and receive a fantastic present. Follow the snowman trail to pick up a special prize from the elves as you leave (available only for children who have booked to meet Santa). Indulge in festive food and drink at our Island Restaurant* *Not included in £9.50 price. Tickets: £9.50 per child (normal Zoo admission prices apply) For just £9.50 children will receive: A Santa meet and greet with present A chocolate snowman upon completion of the trail When can I meet Santa? Saturday 14th December Sunday 15th December Saturday 21st December Sunday 22nd December Monday 23rd December Tuesday 24th December (morning only) How much does it cost? Children (up to 15 years): £9.50 *Please note: This price does NOT include entry to the Zoo. Non-members must pay for day tickets upon arrival. To save time, you can buy standard day tickets online here. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL.
14th
Dec

Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments: The Longest Night

In Norway, the Lussinatten festival celebrates the longest night of the year. Legend has it that Lussi, a feared enchantress, punishes anyone who dares to work and, from Lussinatten until Christmas, spirits, gnomes and trolls roam the earth. Celebrate The Longest Night with devilish tunes, ancient Norwegian and English folk carols and other festive musical treats!
Award-winning Norwegian Hardanger fiddle player and singer, Benedicte Maurseth, SSAI’s director, Clare Salaman and harpist Jean Kelly, play hardanger fiddles, Swedish nyckelharpa, and clarsach (celtic harp). Their collaboration has resulted in a enchanting repertoire of songs, dances and instrumental pieces from Purcell and Playford to traditional Norwegian Hardanger fiddle tunes and ancient songs.
Advance tickets £13 (under 18s £5) available from the  Dartington Box Office (01803 847070).
Box Office opening hours 1pm - 7pm.
Tickets on the door £14/£5.
14th
Dec
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15th
Dec

Santa by Steam

Come and join Father Christmas for an enchanting experience at the South Devon Railway this Christmas. Admire our wonderfully traditionally decorated carriages and stations as you take a warm and cosy journey to Totnes behind one of our majestic steam locomotives. Enjoy festive refreshments in your seat as the beautiful Devon countryside passes by the window and visit Father Christmas in his Grotto carriage with a gift for every child. Santa Times Our Santa by Steam departure times for 2019 are: 11:30 am 1:45 pm 4:00 pm 6:00 pm We advise that you arrive no later than 15 minutes before your booked departure time to allow time to book in and board the train. Your Experience Your experience starts in our cosy check-in marquee at Buckfastleigh Station, where you can briefly wait in the warm as Father Christmas’ elves prepare your train. Once Father Christmas gives the green light you will be taken through to board the train; our helpers will be there to guide you to your reserved seats. Once you have found your seats, be sure to keep a look out for the Guard; when everyone is on board he will walk along the platform checking that everyone is “all aboard”. As we set off, the engine will whistle and we’ll be on our way to Totnes Riverside behind one of our majestic steam locomotives. As we depart don’t forget to wave to the Station Master! During your journey you will be travelling in our beautifully decorated, warm and cosy, heritage coaches. You can sit back and enjoy the views as the complimentary refreshments are served to you at your seat. Each passenger will receive either a hot chocolate or fruit juice as well as a biscuit or mince pie. Everyone will get to visit Father Christmas in his wonderful Grotto Carriage, with children receiving a gift, before our return to Buckfastleigh. On arrival at Totnes station, with its’ traditional Christmas decorations, our steam locomotive will run around the carriages ready to take us back; we will have about 10 minutes before we depart again for Buckfastleigh.
17th
Dec

Totnes Christmas Festival

Indulge this Christmas and experience Totnes at its finest on Tuesday evenings in December. South Devon’s most famed late night shopping event, now called Totnes Christmas Festival, will run from 3-9pm on 3, 10 and 17 December. Up through the Medieval High Street’s magnificent variety of shops intermingled with delightful craft vendors and delicious food and mulled wine stalls.  Buskers and carol singers will relax you into the Christmas shopping mood while the cafés and bars are open tempting you in with seasonal sparkle! There will be approximately 50-60 stalls in the main street and the Civic Square. There will also be two stages hosting live entertainment on all three nights; one will be in the Market Square and one in the Rotherfold. A free park and ride bus will be operating into town from Follaton House and coach parking is available at the Steamer Quay Car Park.  Located at the very top of the High Street through the unique Narrows, the Rotherfold will be featuring the second stage, an open mic stage available for anyone who wishes to show off their talents. Nestled amongst softly lit trees, artisanal traders and the highest quality hot food traders, The Rotherfold is the hidden gem of the Totnes Christmas Festival absolutely not to be missed.  The unique and diverse Totnes Christmas Festival, 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 and you can tick off your Xmas lists in this most magical location. What’s not to love?”
18th
Dec
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24th
Dec

Santa by Steam

Come and join Father Christmas for an enchanting experience at the South Devon Railway this Christmas. Admire our wonderfully traditionally decorated carriages and stations as you take a warm and cosy journey to Totnes behind one of our majestic steam locomotives. Enjoy festive refreshments in your seat as the beautiful Devon countryside passes by the window and visit Father Christmas in his Grotto carriage with a gift for every child. Santa Times Our Santa by Steam departure times for 2019 are: 11:30 am 1:45 pm 4:00 pm 6:00 pm Except for Christmas Eve when departure times will be: 11:00 am 1:15 pm We advise that you arrive no later than 15 minutes before your booked departure time to allow time to book in and board the train. Your Experience Your experience starts in our cosy check-in marquee at Buckfastleigh Station, where you can briefly wait in the warm as Father Christmas’ elves prepare your train. Once Father Christmas gives the green light you will be taken through to board the train; our helpers will be there to guide you to your reserved seats. Once you have found your seats, be sure to keep a look out for the Guard; when everyone is on board he will walk along the platform checking that everyone is “all aboard”. As we set off, the engine will whistle and we’ll be on our way to Totnes Riverside behind one of our majestic steam locomotives. As we depart don’t forget to wave to the Station Master! During your journey you will be travelling in our beautifully decorated, warm and cosy, heritage coaches. You can sit back and enjoy the views as the complimentary refreshments are served to you at your seat. Each passenger will receive either a hot chocolate or fruit juice as well as a biscuit or mince pie. Everyone will get to visit Father Christmas in his wonderful Grotto Carriage, with children receiving a gift, before our return to Buckfastleigh. On arrival at Totnes station, with its’ traditional Christmas decorations, our steam locomotive will run around the carriages ready to take us back; we will have about 10 minutes before we depart again for Buckfastleigh. The on-train experience will last approximately 1 ¾ hours.
24th
Dec
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27th
Dec

Dartington at Christmas

Make it a Christmas to remember at Dartington Hall this year. Join us for a 2 or 3 night stay and enjoy the warmth and charm of the Medieval Hall and the splendour of prehistoric Kent's Cavern. On Christmas Eve enjoy 'Carols in the Caves', a candlelit tour and mulled wine with mince pies at the prehistoric Kent's Cavern before heading back to Dartington Hall for a delicious roast buffet in the Medieval Feasting Hall at the White Hart. Enjoy a festive breakfast at your leisure on Christmas Day, a 5 course festive lunch and light evening buffet in the Great Hall, and test your mettle with the White Hart Quiz, explore the wonderful Grade II listed gardens or why not relax with some board games in one of our lounges. On Boxing Day you will have another relaxing breakfast before a fond farewell - unless you're extending your stay for a third night.
31st
Jan

London Baroque: Les Amours Baroque

Outstanding viol player Charles Medlam and his daughter Hannah, a soprano, are joined by theorbo player Alex McCartney for a programme of 17th century songs and instrumental music from London, Paris and Rome. Featuring vocal works by William Lawes, Purcell, Michel Lambert and Marc-Antoine Charpentier, and a cantata in French written during Handel's sojourn in Rome. Virtuoso bass viol pieces from France's foremost “Maître de viole” are complemented by some  wonderfully rich theorbo pieces by Robert de Visée, Louis XIV’s favourite lutenist. Advance tickets £13 (under 18s £5) available from the Dartington Box Office (01803 847070) and website (boxoffice@dartington.org), on the door £14/£5. For more see totnesearlymusic.org.uk
29th
Feb

Continuum: A celebration of Bach

Some glorious music from the composer described in his day as 'the Miracle of Leipzig', From violin sonatas with basso continuo to solos for each instrument, this wide-ranging programme includes the great Sonata in A major for violin and keyboard, the beautiful G major Basso Continuo Sonata, and a highlight from The Art of Fugue. TEMS is delighted to be bringing flautist Liz Walker and Continuum  back to Totnes after a nine year gap. Advance tickets £13 (under 18s £5) available from the  Dartington Box Office (01803 847070) and website (boxoffice@dartington.org), on the door £14/£5. For more see totnesearlymusic.org.uk.
18th
Apr

Joglaresa: The Enchantress of Seville

A welcome return for one of our most popular ensembles!
Joglaresa explore the roots of Iberian song - from the motets from the convent of Las Huelgas, and Arab-Andalusian ballads, to Judeo-Spanish romanzas.
With medieval and traditional instruments from Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Joglaresa perform songs, kept alive through centuries of tradition - a colourful and timeless kaleidoscope of Occident and Orient connecting the Occident to the Orient, and the 11th to the 21st century.
Advance tickets £13 (under 18s £5) available from the Dartington Box Office (01803 847070) and website (boxoffice@dartington.org), on the door £14/£5. For more see totnesearlymusic.org.uk