Events, Festivals & Arts

 

2014

   

October

   
18th - 19th
10am - 4pm
  Antiques & Collectors Fair, RHS Rosemoor. This popular fair, organised by Devon County Antiques Fairs, features carefully selected stalls from across the SW and beyond, selling a wide variety of antiques and collectibles to suit all tastes and pockets. Normal admission prices.
18th   Giant Veggie Competition, Big Sheep, Abbostsham.  Enter your own veggies of all shapes and sizes (entries must registered by 10th October) or just come to see some incredible specimens -including a 470lb giant pumpkin grown onsite! Free Entry (though normal admission applies if you want to stay on to visit the usual Big Sheep attractions). www.bigsheep.co.uk and 01237 472366
19th
10am - 4pm
  North Devon Foodfest 2014, Barnstaple Pannier Market.  This annual celebration of the finest food in North Devon showcases over 90 local food and drink exhibitors, chef demonstrations, tastings and live music.  This huge event is an absolute must-see.  Free Entry.
25th - 26th   Food & Craft Fair, Atlantic Village, Bideford. Stock up on tasy treats with over 27 stalls selling fresh local produce, delicious home made goodies and muchmore.  Free Entry.
25th Oct - 2nd Nov   Halloween Festival, The Big Sheep, Abbotsham.  The South West's biggest Halloween festival. Enjoy the happy, fun side of Halloween by day or the spooky, scary side at the Night Festival. Pumpkin carving, haunted rides, fancy dress, free face painting, Ghost busting, the Haunted Gallery and much more.  See www.bigsheep.co.uk for full details.
25th Oct - 2nd Nov   October Half Term Fun: Repulsive plants & Frightening Food at RHS Rosemoor. Keep half-term boredom at bay with this line-up of family fun. Get crafty, make your own snapping Venus' fly trap, and enter the world of Professor Gooblidook and his weird and wonderful plants! All events are free with normal garden admission (RHS members free). See https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor
27th - 31st   The Horrid Halloween Hunt, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford. To celebrate Halloween and all things horrid, every day during October Half Term we will be hosting 'The Horrid Halloween Hunt'. Suitable for all the family, all you have to do is find 3 letter B's and 3 letter H's (standing for Burton and Halloween of course!) and bring them to the Information Desk to swap for a prize..... But will that prize be a Trick or Treat?! Be brave enough to take up the challenge and you will find out!

Sneaky clue: all the letters are appropriately Halloween coloured... so look out for orange, black and green everywhere you go..

Part of B.O.B's (Businesses of Bideford) 'FRIGHTfully' Fun Friday events! See B.O.B Facebook page for further events.
For further details see www.burtonartgallery.co.uk

31st
9pm
 

National Theatre Live (Encore): Frankenstein, Plough Arts Centre, Torrington. National Theatre Live’s thrilling broadcast of Frankenstein enjoyed unprecedented audience demand. Directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, 12 Years A Slave, Star Trek: Into Darkness). Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal in this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale. Full £10.00 Concession £10.00 Supporter £8.00. To book your tickets, phone the Box Office on 01805 624624. See www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

31st
7pm - 2am
 

11th Annual Spooktastic, Fangtastic Halloween Party at the Westcountry Inn, Bursdon Moor, Hartland. Not to be missed! Music from 2 Bands. "9 YARDS" with Marie formerly from the FoodFighters and "THE BUZZ" Prizes to win. Fancy dress not essential, But why not?? Be a show stopper. Most drinks discounted. Vodka jellies and spooky treats. Food. Camping available at £3 a pitch and 9 on-suite rooms available (check availability and rates).  See their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/the.west.country.inn

November

   
1st   Lakeside Firework Event, Milky Way Adventure Park, Nr Clovelly. £3 per person. All proceeds go to the RNLI, Woolsery Young Farmers & Tarka Radio. Refreshments available. Gates open at 5:30pm. Bonfire lit at 6:30pm. Fireworks at 7:00pm. The Milky Way itself will be open at 7:15pm till 10pm for dodgems, roller coasters & play areas - £2.50 per person. Food and refreshments also available. For further details see www.themilkyway.co.uk
5th   Guy Fawkes Firework Party, Big Sheep, Abbotsham. Free entry.  Doors open at 5pm, Junior Fireworks - 6pm, Bonfire Lit at 7pm, Main Fireworks at 7.45pm, Indoor Playground closes at 9:30pm. Remember, remember the 5th of November - Bonfire and Burgers – Fireworks and Fun. Dig out your woolly hats, scarves and gloves, wrap up warm and enjoy the heat from our BIG Bonfire! Toast your marshmallows, spin your sparklers and tilt your head up high to see the BIGGEST and BRIGHTEST fireworks around! Visitors to the BIG Sheep’s traditional family bonfire will be able to bring along their very own Guy for the Guy Fawkes competition and the owner of the winning Guy will get to light the bonfire. The evening kicks off at 5pm with the a special Toddler Firework Display at 6pm and the Main Fireworks lighting the skies at 7.45pm. After the BIG bangs have woken you up and you’re beginning to feel cold outside you can run wild in our HUGE indoor playground! Those hats and scarves will soon be coming off! We’ll also be serving fresh to order tasty burgers, chips and hot dogs as well as the family favourites; toffee apples, popcorn and candy floss!
For further details see www.thebigsheep.co.uk
7th   Free Friday at RHS Rosemoor, Torrington. This is an ideal opportunity for you to enjoy the garden as our guest and get ahead of the Christmas rush by browsing our selection of Christmas gifts, decorations and cards. Why not come with a friend and enjoy a leisurely lunch in our award winning restaurant? Bonhams Auctioneers of Exeter will be on site to undertake charity valuations too, so turn out your attics and bring along your treasures. There is plenty to enjoy in the garden so come and make a day of it. Free admission. See https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor
15th - 30th   Tales from Beyond a Tangled Wood, photographic exhibition by John A Howells at RHS Rosemoor, Torrington. An exhibition of images inspired by the wild magic found in such diverse places as an English field or a richly carved doorway. The result of peregrinations near and far, these moments are gilded glimpses of another world. Come and explore the visions that can be seen if you are prepared to take a look at life from a different perspective and peek beyond the obvious. See https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor
16th   Clovelly Herring Festival, Clovelly. There'll be a wide variety of herring dishes in the quay kitchens, cookery demonstrations, live shanty singers, street entertainment, other local food and craft stalls, a photographic exhibition of Clovelly herring fishing and A.O.N.B. event-themed, free craft activities.
To see the 'Silver Darling' menu at the Red Lion Harbour Restaurant, please click here http://www.clovelly.co.uk/red-lion-hotel-harbour-restaurant
Standard admission charges include all entertainment.
22nd   Clovelly Lectures: "Religion in Society: from Clash to Dialogue", Clovelly. Speakers: Lord Hameed CBE DL and Lord Blair QPM.  

LORD HAMEED is chairman of the Woolf Institute and a patron of the Three Faiths Forum. He is involved in the interfaith harmony and dialogue for which he regularly undertakes public speaking. In 2005 he was awarded the Sternberg Award for his work on interfaith matters, and in 2007 he was also awarded the Ambassador for Peace Award by the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace.

LORD BLAIR of Broughton is a Cross-bench Peer. He gave the 2005 Dimbleby Lecture and now lectures and consults extensively in the UK, the US, the Middle East and India, where he has five times been the coordinator of a strategic training course designed by the University of Cambridge for the command ranks of the Indian Police, focussing on modernization, legitimacy and change management. He is a trustee of the Woolf Institute for the study of Abrahamic Faiths.

Tickets: Reception, Lecture, Debate: £18 each (including a glass of wine). Reception, Lecture, Debate, Dinner (Black Tie): £40 each

Times: 5.45 p.m. Reception. 6.30 p.m. Lecture, followed by questions and answers. Dinner : 8.30pm at the Visitors Centre (Black Tie). Please apply as soon as possible as spaces are limited. Email: clovellylectures11@gmail.com Tel: 01237 431200.

22nd - 23rd
10am -3pm
  Christmas Craft & Design Fair at RHS Rosemoor, Torrington. Start your Christmas shopping at our fantastic two-day Christmas Craft and Design Fair, where you will find exciting gifts on display on every stall. The fair focuses on the beautiful and the unusual, so you're guaranteed to find something for everyone. Normal admission charges.
For further details see www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor
22nd Nov -22 Feb
10am -3pm
  Winter Sculpture Exhibition at RHS Rosemoor, Torrington. Rosemoor's winter sculpture exhibition is now an established part of our Events Programme and continues through into 2015 with an exciting and eclectic mix of exhibits from a diverse collection of sculptors, spread throughout the Garden. Pick up a trail and see how many sculptures you can discover. Most of the pieces exhibited are for sale. Plus free, guided sculpture walks leave the Visitor Centre at 11.30am most Wednesday mornings. Please see the Courtyard information board for details. Normal admission charges. For further details see www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor
December    
6th - 24th
  Wooly's Wonderland at The Big Sheep, Abbotsham. Free entry.  

Children across the South West are invited to experience the Christmas magic at The BIG Sheep’s Woolly’s Wonderland during the month of December, on weekends and daily from 20th – 24th December. Santa will be ensconced in his very own Christmas grotto, and Santa knows whose being naughty and nice and will be giving away some lovely gifts to all the boys and girls who visit his cosy little grotto.

Children and their grown-ups can enjoy festive fun ice skating, tobogganing and a ride-on snowboard simulator. Children can collect their magic reindeer food to put out for Santa’s helpers on Christmas Eve and this magical food will sparkle and shine guiding the reindeers to the children’s home so they don’t miss out on their presents on Christmas morning. Children might also like to take home their own melted snow drink which if drunk on Christmas Eve will help them sleep and dream of all things Christmassy.

Before going home you will not be able to resist watching a truly magical and unique sparkling light show with lights dancing in tandem to some of your favourite Christmas tunes.

FREE Entry to Woolly's Wonderland! - For families wishing to simply see Santa, and not take part in the other Big Sheep attractions such as ice skating, ewetopia playground etc, you may visit Woolly's Wonderland free of charge. Children who wish to see Santa can visit him from £5 per child when booked in advance or £6.50 when purchased on the day. Adults are free of charge when visiting Santa with children.

Enjoy a full day out at The BIG Sheep including Ice Skating, Tobaganning, Snowbard Simulator, Ewetopia Indoor Playground, Jumping Pillows, Battlefield Live, Twister and Eweston Station Train Ride from £6.50 per person.
For further details see www.thebigsheep.co.uk

6th
9am - 1pm
  Christmas Farmers' Market at The Big Sheep, Abbotsham.  Free range turkeys, organic meats, sprouts on stalks, cheeses, cakes, puddings, biscuits, fudge, chocolate, bread, fish and Christmas trees are just some of the delights which will be on offer at the South West’s BIGGEST indoor Farmers’ Markets. The markets will be held at the BIG Sheep in Bideford on Saturdays 6th, 13th, 20th December. So why not forget the hustle and bustle of high street shopping and enjoy the social buzz of a fantastic traditional country farmer’s market and stock up on some last minute Christmas presents in the BIG Sheep’s Sheepy Shop which is an Alladin’s Cave full of unique and quirky gifts. Free entry. For more details see: http://www.thebigsheep.co.uk/events
7th
from 4pm
  Clovelly Christmas Lights. Christmas is a magical time at Clovelly. A local brass band leads the procession down to the harbour and accompanies Christmas carols sung with a local choir. A hog roast, punch and mince pies follow and Father Christmas makes a surprise visit. At about 5 p.m. the switch is thrown and the entire village and harbour are lit up. It's a fantastic sight and there is a grand finale of fireworks to finish off. Admission charge by donation to the R.N.L.
For further details see www.clovelly.co.uk
13th
9am - 1pm
  Christmas Farmers' Market at The Big Sheep, Abbotsham.  Free range turkeys, organic meats, sprouts on stalks, cheeses, cakes, puddings, biscuits, fudge, chocolate, bread, fish and Christmas trees are just some of the delights which will be on offer at the South West’s BIGGEST indoor Farmers’ Markets. The markets will be held at the BIG Sheep in Bideford on Saturdays 6th, 13th, 20th December. So why not forget the hustle and bustle of high street shopping and enjoy the social buzz of a fantastic traditional country farmer’s market and stock up on some last minute Christmas presents in the BIG Sheep’s Sheepy Shop which is an Alladin’s Cave full of unique and quirky gifts. Free entry. For more details see: http://www.thebigsheep.co.uk/events
20th
9am - 1pm
  Christmas Farmers' Market at The Big Sheep, Abbotsham.  Free range turkeys, organic meats, sprouts on stalks, cheeses, cakes, puddings, biscuits, fudge, chocolate, bread, fish and Christmas trees are just some of the delights which will be on offer at the South West’s BIGGEST indoor Farmers’ Markets. The markets will be held at the BIG Sheep in Bideford on Saturdays 6th, 13th, 20th December. So why not forget the hustle and bustle of high street shopping and enjoy the social buzz of a fantastic traditional country farmer’s market and stock up on some last minute Christmas presents in the BIG Sheep’s Sheepy Shop which is an Alladin’s Cave full of unique and quirky gifts. Free entry. For more details see: http://www.thebigsheep.co.uk/events
26th
  Clovelly Boxing Day Barbeque.  Bring your family and friends for a relaxing Boxing Day and enjoy a lunch time barbecue of meat, fish and vegetables at the harbour with a background of live jazz music. A varied menu with a New Orleans twist, all individually priced. FREE entry to the village on the day. For further details see www.clovelly.co.uk