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Exmouth Rockpool ramble

Start Date: Wed 25th July 2018

End Date: Wed 25th July 2018

Explore Exmouth’s rockpools, 25th July, 10am to 12noon
Explore the mysterious world of Exmouth’s rockpools with the Countryside team.

Learn where to look and what to look out for.

Buckets and nets available to borrow. Bring your own if you have them.

Suggested donation £3 per child. No booking required.
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/july-2018/exmouth-rockpool-ramble/

Summer Wildlife Spotters Challenge

Start Date: Fri 27th July 2018

End Date: Mon 3rd September 2018

The Wetlands is bursting with Wildlife, Friday 27 July to 3 September, 10am to 4pm daily
How many creatures and natural treasures from the summer spotters sheet can you find?

Spotter sheets available from the Lookout or Discovery Hut.

You could win a professional pond dipping kit including net, tray and bug guide!

£1 per trail. No booking required.
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/july-2018/summer-wildlife-spotters-challenge/

Heath Week family festival day

Start Date: Sun 29th July 2018

End Date: Sun 29th July 2018

Celebrate the amazing heaths – Exmouth’s natural playground! Sunday 29 July, 11am to 4pm.
Heath Week is a week of activities catering for wildlife, sport and history enthusiasts. The week kicks off with the Family Festival on Sunday 29 July at Woodbury Castle.

Discover more at heathweek.org and facebook.com/heathweek

A partnership event with Devon Wildlife Trust, RSPB, Pebblebed Heaths and Clinton Devon Estates.

Suggested donation £5 per group. No booking required.
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/july-2018/heath-week-family-festival-day/

Have a go at Orienteering

Start Date: Mon 30th July 2018

End Date: Mon 30th July 2018

A Heath Week event with Devon Orienteering club
Come along to Uphams Plantation and try out this exciting activity.

Use a map to find the hidden locations. Suitable for beginners and families. Monday 30 July, 1pm to 4pm

All maps and instructions provided. Multiple courses to suit different abilities.

Organised by Devon Orienteering Club in partnership with Clinton Devon Estates and Wild East Devon. Dogs welcome on leads. Not suitable for wheelchairs.

No booking required.

Suggested donation £1 per child. No booking required.
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/july-2018/have-a-go-at-orienteering/

Exe Estuary Mud Walk

Start Date: Wed 1st August 2018

End Date: Wed 1st August 2018

Explore what lives in the mud at Exmouth, Wednesday 1 August, 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Discover what is living in the mud of the Exe Estuary.

Dig for worms, search for crabs and shells and fish for shrimps.

Wear wellies or old shoes that can get very wet and muddy.

Not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies.

Children must be accompanied.

Suggested donaton £3 per child. No booking required.
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/august-2018/exe-estuary-mud-walk/

Nightwalk at Mutters Moor

Start Date: Wed 1st August 2018

End Date: Wed 1st August 2018

Explore this magical heathland at night, Wednesday 1 August, 8:30pm to 10:30pm

Join the Countryside rangers and the Learning Officer from the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust for a night walk as part of Heath Week celebrations.

Listen for nightjars and bats, learn about your night vision and finish off with a hot yummy chocolate.

Age 8+.

Bring a torch just in case!

£5 per person. Booking required.
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/august-2018/nightwalk-at-mutters-moor/

Little one’s wild walk

Start Date: Thu 2nd August 2018

End Date: Thu 2nd August 2018

Explore the heaths with your little ones, Thursday 2 August, 10:00am to 12:00pm

As part of Heath Week, join the Education Ranger for a morning of exploring and wildlife themed fun.

Bring a picnic and extend your visit to this beautiful area.

£3.00 per child. Booking required.
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/august-2018/little-ones-wild-walk/

Fun in the stream at Cranbrook 2 August

Start Date: Thu 2nd August 2018

End Date: Thu 2nd August 2018

Come and make a splash in the Crannybrook, Thursday 2 August, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Dip for creatures, make a raft and more!

Children must be accompanied.

No dogs.

Unfortunately there is no disabled access.

£4 per child. Booking required.
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/august-2018/fun-in-the-stream-at-cranbrook-2-august/

Sidmouth Folk Week

Start Date: Fri 3rd August 2018

End Date: Fri 10th August 2018

Great, week long Festival, with music and entertainment. Much is free to attend. Hugely family-friendly.

Check out http://www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk/ for details

Tai Chi on the heaths

Start Date: Fri 3rd August 2018

End Date: Fri 3rd August 2018

Learn Tai Chi basics, Friday 3 August, 10:00am to 11:30am

Join qualified Tai Chi instructor, Sam Forder on the East Devon Heaths for a unique Tai Chi experience.

This taster session will introduce the concepts and benefits of practising Tai Chi.

Tai Chi is an excellent exercise for the whole body, and practicing in the outdoor environment can enhance our connection to nature.

Practicing Tai Chi can strengthen our immune system, whilst also putting a large emphasis on improving the bodies’ energy system.

An introductory session can be the first step for both new and returning students, and could lead to further practice for those who find a new passion in this exercise.

The session will include a variety of warm-up exercises and both Qigong and Tai Chi movements.

No specific clothing required.

Any fitness level and age welcome.

No dogs please.

£8 per person. Booking required.
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/august-2018/tai-chi-on-the-heaths/

A wild day on the Maer

Start Date: Mon 6th August 2018

End Date: Mon 6th August 2018

Come to The Maer Local Nature Reserve and get creative! Monday 6 August, 10:30am to 3:30pm

A day packed with crafts and wildlife activities by the seaside with the Countryside team and other local wildlife organisations.

Bring a picnic and enjoy a whole day out.

Suggested donation £4 per child. No booking required.
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/august-2018/a-wild-day-on-the-maer/

Mini beast mayhem in Cranbrook

Start Date: Wed 8th August 2018

End Date: Wed 8th August 2018

Come and find the bugs living in Cranbrook, Wednesday 8 August, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Come and find the bugs living in Cranbrook’s green spaces.

Dip in the stream, sweep net through the grass and make natural crafts with the Countryside team.

Children must be accompanied.

No dogs.

Limited accessibility, please contact the Countryside team to discuss.

£3.00 per child. Booking required.
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/august-2018/mini-beast-mayhem-in-cranbrook/

Bug hunt at Seaton Wetlands

Start Date: Thu 9th August 2018

End Date: Thu 9th August 2018

Hunt for the bugs which call the wetlands home, Thursday 9 August, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Dip in the pond and sweep net through the meadows and see what you can find with the Countryside rangers.

£3.00 suggested donation per child. No booking required.
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/august-2018/bug-hunt-at-seaton-wetlands/

Countess Wear Evening Cruises

Start Date: Sun 12th August 2018

End Date: Sun 12th August 2018

Come and join us on one of the few times every year where the full length of the River Exe can be sailed on our Countess Wear Evening Cruises!

Setting sail at 7pm from Exmouth we will take you the entire navigable length of this stunning river to view the sunset whilst you sit back, relax and enjoy a drink from our bar before we return you at 9.30pm

This is a rare not to be missed event so booking is essential – we look forward to welcoming you aboard.

To book, please go to http://www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk/countess-wear/

Rockpool Ramble Sidmouth

Start Date: Tue 14th August 2018

End Date: Tue 14th August 2018

Discover the wonders of Sidmouth’s rockpools, Tuesday 14 August, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Explore the mysterious world of Sidmouth’s rockpools with the Countryside team.

Learn where to look and what to look out for.

Some buckets and nets available to borrow – please bring your own if you have them.

£3 suggested donation per child. No booking required.
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/august-2018/rockpool-ramble-sidmouth/

Fun in the stream at Cranbrook 15 August

Start Date: Wed 15th August 2018

End Date: Wed 15th August 2018

Come and make a splash in the Crannybrook, Wednesday 15 August, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Dip for creatures, make a raft and more!

Children must be accompanied.

No dogs.

Unfortunately there is no disabled access.

£4 per child. Booking required.
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/august-2018/fun-in-the-stream-at-cranbrook-15-august/

AVDCS family explorer day at Pennyhayes Farm

Start Date: Fri 17th August 2018

End Date: Fri 17th August 2018

Come and explore Pennyhayes Farm, Friday 17 August, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Join the Axe Vale and District Conservation Society with the Countryside Education Ranger for an afternoon of outdoor fun!

Explore Pennyhayes Farm, find out about the wildlife that lives here and get creative with natural materials!

All children must be accompanied.

£5 per family group. Booking required.
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/august-2018/avdcs-family-explorer-day-at-pennyhayes-farm/

Seaton Wetlands Summer Holiday Club

Start Date: Mon 20th August 2018

End Date: Fri 24th August 2018

Summer holiday club at Seaton Wetlands, Monday 20 August to 24 August, 10am to 4pm daily

Fun, engaging and adventurous outdoor holiday club for 7-11 year olds, based at Seaton Wetlands.

Everyday will be different with opportunities to learn about Wetlands wildlife, natural craft, use tools, cook on campfires and play. Max 16 children.

Children will need to bring a water bottle and packed lunch.

Morning fruit snack and campfire cooked afternoon snack provided.

To book please complete and return via post or email (countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk) the:

Parental consent and medical form

Booking and cancellation policy

Photo permission form

A member of the team will then call to arrange a payment for these spaces.

Booking will be confirmed once the relevant paperwork has been received and payment has been made over the phone or via cheque (made payable to East Devon District Council).

Enquiries taken via email: countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk

£25 per child per day. Book 5 days for £112. 10% sibling discount for single day bookings. Booking required.
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/august-2018/seaton-wetlands-summer-holiday-club/

Family adventure day

Start Date: Thu 30th August 2018

End Date: Thu 30th August 2018

A fun-day at Offwell Woods, Thursday 30 August, 10:00am to 3:00pm

A fun, hands-on day with the Education Ranger at Offwell Woods.

An opportunity for families to work and play together and learn outdoor skills. Den building, fire lighting, cooking and crafts.

Children must be accompanied. Aimed at 7 to 14 years. Min age 5.

£13 per child. Booking required.
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/august-2018/family-adventure-day/

Rockpool Ramble Exmouth

Start Date: Thu 30th August 2018

End Date: Thu 30th August 2018

Explore Exmouth’s rockpools, Thursday 30 August, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Explore the mysterious world of Exmouth’s rockpools with the Countryside team.

Learn where to look and what to look out for.

Buckets and nets available to borrow. Bring your own if you have them.

Suggested donation £3 per child. No booking required.
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/august-2018/rockpool-ramble-exmouth/

Outdoor Theatre. The Importance of Being Earnest

Start Date: Thu 30th August 2018

End Date: Thu 30th August 2018

Enjoy a hilarious evening of theatre in Manor Gardens, Exmouth, Thursday 30 August, 7:00pm to 9:30pm

Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece gets The Pantaloons treatment in this anarchic take on the classic comedy of manners. Handbags at dawn!

A hilarious performance in Exmouth’s Manor Gardens.

Bring a chair, picnic and a blanket and enjoy a night at the theatre with a difference!

Adults £13.30, Under16 £8.00, Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) £37
Book via: http://thepantaloons.co.uk

Bat Walk 6 Sept

Start Date: Thu 6th September 2018

End Date: Thu 6th September 2018

Discover bats at Seaton Wetlands, Thursday 6 September, 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Join the Countryside rangers for a twilight walk at Seaton Wetlands.

Look for evidence of greater horseshoe bats and listen using a bat detector.

Wrap-up warm and enjoy hot drinks in the Discovery Hut to finish. No dogs.

£5 per person. Booking required.
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/september-2018/bat-walk-6-sept/

Tai Chi on the Maer

Start Date: Sat 15th September 2018

End Date: Sat 15th September 2018

Learn Tai Chi basics, Saturday 15 September, 9:00am to 10:00am

Join qualified Tai Chi instructor, Sam Forder on the Maer front for a unique Tai Chi experience.

This taster session will introduce the concepts and benefits of practising Tai Chi.

Tai Chi is an excellent exercise for the whole body, and practicing in the outdoor environment can enhance our connection to nature.

Practicing Tai Chi can strengthen our immune system, whilst also putting a large emphasis on improving the bodies’ energy system.

An introductory session can be the first step for both new and returning students, and could lead to further practice for those who find a new passion in this exercise.

The session will include a variety of warm-up exercises and both Qigong and Tai Chi movements.

No specific clothing required.

Any fitness level and age welcome.

No dogs please.

£8 per person. Booking required.
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/september-2018/tai-chi-on-the-maer/

Family forage and cook-up

Start Date: Sat 15th September 2018

End Date: Sat 15th September 2018

Discover food in the forest, Saturday 15 September, 10:00am to 12:30pm

Join the Education Ranger for a foraging walk in the woods, followed by snacks cooked over the fire including seasonal wild foods.

Children to be accompanied.

Well behaved dogs on leads only.

£6 per person. Booking required.
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/september-2018/family-forage-and-cook-up/

Bat Walk 20 Sept

Start Date: Thu 20th September 2018

End Date: Thu 20th September 2018

Discover bats at Seaton Wetlands, Thursday 20 September, 8:00pm to 10:30pm

Join the Countryside rangers for a twilight walk at Seaton Wetlands.

Look for evidence of greater horseshoe bats and listen using a bat detector.

Wrap-up warm and enjoy hot drinks in the Discovery Hut to finish. No dogs.

£5 per person. Booking required.
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/september-2018/bat-walk-20-sept/

Sidmouth Walking Festival

Start Date: Sat 22nd September 2018

End Date: Fri 28th September 2018

Sidmouth Walking Week offers daily guided and circular walks, enjoying East Devon’s Coast & Country. Check www.facebook.com/sidmouthwalkingfestival" rel="nofollow">http://www.facebook.com/sidmouthwalkingfestival">www.facebook.com/sidmouthwalkingfestival for details

Outdoor meditation 22 Sept

Start Date: Sat 22nd September 2018

End Date: Sat 22nd September 2018

Learn to meditate outdoors, Saturday 22 September, 10:30am to 12:30pm

Join local instructor, Katherine Bolton in the peaceful wildlife garden at Seaton Wetlands for a morning of mindfulness and meditation.

Learn basic meditation skills and take home some quick-fix tips for handling stressful or busy times.

If poor weather the class will take place in the Reed Base Classroom.

Please bring a mat/ towel to sit on and wear comfortable loose fitting clothes.

£10 per person. Booking required.
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/september-2018/outdoor-meditation-22-sept/

Apple day at Elbury Farm Orchard

Start Date: Sat 29th September 2018

End Date: Sat 29th September 2018

Make delicious apple juice, Saturday 29 September, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Help to gather apples to chop and press to make delicious fresh fruit juice.

Bring a container and take some home.

No dogs.

Wellies advised.

Limited disabled access, please contact the Countryside team to discuss.

Free. no booking required.
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/september-2018/apple-day-at-elbury-farm-orchard/

Ottery St. Mary Tar Barrels

Start Date: Mon 5th November 2018

End Date: Mon 5th November 2018

This is one of these events you HAVE to have experienced once. Total flaming madness in the centre of Ottery, from 4 pm all the way until midnight. Free to enter but donations to help keep the tradition going strongly encouraged.

Ottery St Mary Food & Families Festival

Start Date: Fri 31st May 2019

End Date: Sat 1st June 2019

The 7th Ottery St Mary Food & Families Festival is planned for Saturday June 1 2019, with various Fringe activities on Friday evening (May 31). Free entry, with lots to do for all the family.