Events, Festivals & Arts

 

2014

   

December

   
Throughout December
  Xmas Spa Parties, Hartland House Spa. The perfect chance for friends, family or staff to enjoy some time out! Celebrate the Festive Season in style for just £49 per person with a Spa Party at Hartland House Spa. Package Includes : 3 hours use of all Spa Facilities, One 25 minute Spa Treatment, A Glass of Fizz on Arrival, Hire of Robe, Slippers and Towel, Secret Santa Spa Gift. Or, add a little more Festive Sparkle to your Package with package upgrades: Indulge with a Festive Afternoon Tea +£10pp, Sparkle with a 55 minute Spa Treatment (Instead of 25min) +£10pp, Add any of the Spa Package Upgrades to your Spa Party and enjoy an extra hour at the Spa. Terms & Conditions: Minimum Group 4 People, Valid Monday to Saturday until Tuesday 23rd December, Please note that there is limited availability on Saturdays, This offer can not be used in conjunction with any other offers.
Throughout December
  The Hartland Town Band 2014 Christmas Carol Tour, venues across the Peninsula. Keeping to a very long held tradition, the wonderful Hartland town band will be touring right across the Peninsula throughout December to bring traditional carols to all corners of the area. See their website for dates and venues.
3rd Dec 
6.15 -8.15pm
  Hartland Late Night Xmas Opening, White Hare Gallery and other venues, Hartland. Do your Christmas shopping in relaxed style at the White Hare Gallery and other venues each Wednesday evening leading up to Christmas.  Wonderful and unique gifts to make someone's Christmas really special.

6th
2pm

 

Hartland Christmas Fair, Parish Hall, Hartland.  For festive fun and gifts come to Hartland Christmas Fair: food & drink, gifts, arts and crafts, tombola and much more, plus the Hartland Town Band will be playing.

6th
10am - 1pm

 

Christmas Workshop, Church Rooms, Hartland.  Make a Christingle, create artwork for the Nativity Play, Christmas crafts, story and games. For children aged 6 and over.

6th
6-8pm

 

Pasty and Pudding Night, Parish Hall, Hartland. – pasty with a choice of salads, homemade puddings and tea/coffee. Tickets only, £6 available from Ann Pillman 01237 441434 .

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 
10am - 1.30pm
  Bideford Winter Fair at The Pannier Market, Bideford. The Pannier Market is transformed into a beautiful winter fair on each of the Saturday's leading up to Christmas. Come and enjoy Christmas fun, music and entertainment, a traditional festive atmosphere and find fabulous local crafts, gifts, food & drink. Free entry and free parking in selected town centre car parks, plus a 1950s bus will be running free between the Quay and the Pannier Market so you can easily enjoy everything the town has to offer.
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
11am

 

Christingle Service, St Nectan's Church, Stoke.   All welcome to St Nectan's Christingle service.

7th
10am - 5pm
  Rosemoor Christmas Food Fair, at RHS Rosemoor, Torrington.   Rosemoor will be laden with the very best local produce including cheese, meats, fish, wine, cider, pastries, puddings, jams and more. The perfect place to stock up on some gastronomic goodies in the run up to Christmas! Normal admission charges apply, for further details see www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor.
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
8th
approx 5.30pm
  Santa is coming to Hartland! Santa Claus is coming to town, thanks to the Bideford Round Table.

Throughout December, Father Christmas will be calling at various towns and villages all around the Torridge area. Last year the Round Table’s tour raised more than £9,000. To follow the route, visit www.bideford
roundtable.co.uk

10th Dec 
6.15 -8.15pm
  Hartland Late Night Xmas Opening, White Hare Gallery and other venues, Hartland. Do your Christmas shopping in relaxed style at the White Hare Gallery and other venues each Wednesday evening leading up to Christmas.  Wonderful and unique gifts to make someone's Christmas really special.
11th
6.30pm
  Christmas Bingo! Hartland Parish Hall. All welcome for a festive eyes down at Hartland Parish Hall. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
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
13th
10am - 1.30pm
  Bideford Winter Fair at The Pannier Market, Bideford. The Pannier Market is transformed into a beautiful winter fair on each of the Saturday's leading up to Christmas. Come and enjoy Christmas fun, music and entertainment, a traditional festive atmosphere and find fabulous local crafts, gifts, food & drink. Free entry and free parking in selected town centre car parks, plus a 1950s bus will be running free between the Quay and the Pannier Market so you can easily enjoy everything the town has to offer.
13th Dec - 3rd Jan
Various
  Jack and the Beanstalk Christmas Panto at North Devon Theatre's Queen's Theatre, Barnstple.  Come and enjoy the BIGGEST pantomime of them all - with stunning sets, fabulous costumes and giant-sized jokes. The perfect treat for all the family.

The village is under threat from an enormous evil giant. Poor young Jack sells the beloved family cow in exchange for just a handful of beans. What he doesn't know is that they are magic beans and this is the beginning of a huge adventure.  For full details see: www.northdevontheatres.org.uk

17th Dec 
6.15 -8.15pm
  Hartland Late Night Xmas Opening, White Hare Gallery and other venues, Hartland. Do your Christmas shopping in relaxed style at the White Hare Gallery and other venues each Wednesday evening leading up to Christmas.  Wonderful and unique gifts to make someone's Christmas really special.
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
20th
10am - 1.30pm
  Bideford Winter Fair at The Pannier Market, Bideford. The Pannier Market is transformed into a beautiful winter fair on each of the Saturday's leading up to Christmas. Come and enjoy Christmas fun, music and entertainment, a traditional festive atmosphere and find fabulous local crafts, gifts, food & drink. Free entry and free parking in selected town centre car parks, plus a 1950s bus will be running free between the Quay and the Pannier Market so you can easily enjoy everything the town has to offer.
21st
10am-1pm
  Hartland Farmers' Christmas Market, at The Parish Hall, Hartland.  Delicious festive food & drink and unique gifts, arts & crafts. A wonderful chance to purchase your Christmas fruit, veg, cheese, meat & cream plus last minute perfect gifts. 
21st
Arrive before 10.30am
  Breakfast with Santa, at The Big Sheep, Abbotsham. Families are invited to come and join Santa for a delicious hot or cold breakfast. Spend some quality time with Santa, tell him all your Christmas wishes, receive a free gift and then go on to spend a full day at the Big Sheep. Costs £10 per adults and £13.95 per child. For more details see: http://www.thebigsheep.co.uk/events
24th
  Carols in the Square with Hartland Town Band, Hartland Square.   You know Christmas is finally here when it's Carols in the Square with Hartland Town Band. This annual tradition means that the big day is almost here and it's time for the festivities to truly begin. Bring all the family for this wonderfully traditionally start to Christmas. 
25th
  Bude Christmas Day Swim! Crooklets Beach, Bude. On Christmas morning, hundreds of intrepid swimmers from across Cornwall and beyond will go for a refreshing dip in the sea to help raise money for the Northern Hemisphere’s oldest Surf Life Saving Club at Crooklets Beach, Bude.

This year the organisers of the Mike Moyle Memorial Swim are aiming for their biggest ever turnout, setting a target of 600 sponsored swimmers from all age groups. Organised by the Bude Surf Life Saving Club, the community-spirited act of madness is rapidly growing as a spectator event, making Bude seafront remarkably busy on Christmas morning with thousands of spectators and well-wishers lining the beaches and cliff tops.

Grin and bare it!  Swimmers of all ages (from 8 up if accompanied by an adult) are welcome to take part in the mad cap splash but only those 12 and under are allowed to wear wetsuits! To stave off the cold, swimmers will be led in a group warm-up on the beach by the club’s resident fitness trainer, David Herman, before the klaxon sounds at 11am to signal the dash for the waves. In honour of the fun headgear worn by many, this year there will be a competition for the swimmer with the best Christmas hat. A winner will be chosen from among the under 13s, under 21s and ‘senior splashers

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
 

31st
from 10am until very late indeed!

  Bideford New Year Celebrations.  Bring your family and friends for a totally unique New Year's Eve, considered to be one of the top 3 destinations for New Year's Eve in England!  With a whole day and whole night's programme of events, starting with an open air market, Bideford Eye Ferris Wheel and ice skating during the day and ending with thousands of people in full fancy dress packing the streets for the midnight countdown and spectacular fireworks!  For full details see here.