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What’s that bird? 22 November

Start Date: Thu 22nd November 2018

End Date: Thu 22nd November 2018

Whatever your experience come along and improve your bird identification skills
An informal drop-in session to improve your bird identification skills.

Whatever your level of knowledge come along and enjoy an afternoons birdwatching with the help of a knowledgeable and experienced volunteer guide.

Meet in the Tower Hide at Seaton Wetlands.

Telescopes and binoculars are available for use in the hide free of charge during the session.

Tower Hide at Seaton Wetlands
11am to 1pm
A free event
No booking required

Guided Birdwatching Cruises

Start Date: Thu 22nd November 2018

End Date: Wed 6th March 2019

Join our leading ornithologists to see the thousands of migrating birds on the glorious River Exe.

During the Winter months the River Exe becomes a home for many of migrating birds, one of the reasons this river is a designated RAMSAR Wetland of International Importance and a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its nature and wildlife.

Knowledgeable and informative commentary from renowned ornithologists throughout provide guidance on the species, habitats and behaviours of the thousands of bird that have made their way to this stunning part of the world.

Our boats have covered and heated lower decks with excellent panoramic windows, and outside upper decks with cosy blankets for plenty of fresh air and great views!

These three hour cruises sail along the calm and sheltered waters of the river and due to the length of this trips we would not recommend them for young children.

All tickets cost just £12.50 per person, and for just an extra £3.50 a hot and tasty Chunk of Devon pasty, both steak and vegetarian, can be added onto your booking!

Bookings can be made online at www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk/bird-watching
Call 01395 222144

Christmas Fair

Start Date: Sat 24th November 2018

End Date: Sun 25th November 2018

Kick-start your Christmas shopping or simply treat yourself at this fabulously festive Fair, taking place at The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth. The sanctuary’s indoor arena will be packed full of talented local traders selling wonderfully unique items, from beautiful gifts and Christmas crafts to delicious edible treats.

Santa and his reindeer (donkeys!) will also pay a special visit to the sanctuary, and taking residence in their Grotto, will provide little ones with a magical Christmas experience to remember (including a small gift).

Winter-warming refreshments will be available at the Fair and from The Kitchen restaurant from 9am – 4pm.

While there, take the opportunity to explore the sanctuary home to hundreds of friendly donkeys just waiting to meet you, including the gentle giant Poitou donkeys, lovable adoption donkeys and ever-so cute miniature donkeys. Or escape the elements in their exciting new indoor attractions and discover just why donkeys are so special through fun, interactive displays in the new Exhibition Barn, Understanding Donkeys Zone and Dr Svendsen’s Hut.

£2 per adult, under 12s FREE. Santa tickets are £4 including a small gift and will be available to purchase each day on a first come, first served basis.

Entry and parking at the sanctuary is free. Dogs on leads welcome.

Further information: 01395 573156 | events@thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk

All proceeds go directly to the worldwide work of The Donkey Sanctuary.

Walter’s Winter Trail

Start Date: Sat 24th November 2018

End Date: Fri 15th February 2019

Do you know what special treatment Walter, one of The Donkey Sanctuary’s adoption heroes, and the rest of their donkeys need during winter to keep them happy and healthy?

Help the donkeys get winter ready by making sure they have had all their health checks and are warm and comfortable now the temperature is starting to drop. Follow the trail around the sanctuary and record the items you find, on Walter’s Winter Checklist, before claiming your prize and certificate. Just £3 per trail.

So wrap-up warm this winter and get the family outdoors for a meet and greet with some of the hundreds of friendly donkeys who are cared for in Sidmouth, including the gentle giant Poitou donkeys, the lovable adoption donkeys and ever-so cute miniature donkeys.

Entry and parking at the sanctuary is FREE. Dogs on leads are welcome.

Further information: 01395 578222 | enquiries@thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk

All proceeds help fund the work of The Donkey Sanctuary Worldwide.

Walter’s Winter Trail

Start Date: Sat 24th November 2018

End Date: Fri 15th February 2019

Do you know what special treatment Walter, one of The Donkey Sanctuary’s adoption heroes, and the rest of their donkeys need during winter to keep them happy and healthy?

Help the donkeys get winter ready by making sure they have had all their health checks and are warm and comfortable now the temperature is starting to drop. Follow the trail around the sanctuary and record the items you find, on Walter’s Winter Checklist, before claiming your prize and certificate. Just £3 per trail.

So wrap-up warm this winter and get the family outdoors for a meet and greet with some of the hundreds of friendly donkeys who are cared for in Sidmouth, including the gentle giant Poitou donkeys, the lovable adoption donkeys and ever-so cute miniature donkeys.

Entry and parking at the sanctuary is FREE. Dogs on leads are welcome.

Further information: 01395 578222 | enquiries@thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk

All proceeds help fund the work of The Donkey Sanctuary Worldwide.

Wreath making at Seaton Wetlands

Start Date: Fri 7th December 2018

End Date: Fri 7th December 2018

Prepare your home for Christmas
Get that festive feeling with the Countryside rangers at Seaton Wetlands.

Make a beautiful Christmas wreath for your front door using natural materials.

Enjoy mince pies, festive drinks and Christmas carols in the Reed Base at Seaton Wetlands.

2pm to 4pm
6pm to 8pm
At The Reed Base at Seaton Wetlands
£15 per wreath
Book online at: wildeastdevon.co.uk

What’s that bird? 8 December

Start Date: Sat 8th December 2018

End Date: Sat 8th December 2018

Whatever your experience come along and improve your bird identification skills
An informal drop-in session to improve your bird identification skills.

Whatever your level of knowledge come along and enjoy an afternoons birdwatching with the help of a knowledgeable and experienced volunteer guide.

Meet in the Tower Hide at Seaton Wetlands.

Telescopes and binoculars are available for use in the hide free of charge during the session.

2pm to 4pm
The Tower Hide at Seaton Wetlands
A free event
No booking required

Sail with Santa

Start Date: Sat 8th December 2018

End Date: Sun 23rd December 2018

The BEST way to see Santa in the South West!
Sail with Santa is the family’s favourite way to see the man himself!

Cruising up the calm and sheltered waters of the stunning River Exe there is plenty for everyone to do on this fabulous hour long trip!

For the children there’s music, singing, balloon modelling, face painting, boat driving lessons, sweets and a visit to the amazingly authentic grotto to see Santa and receive their high quality hand-picked gift!

There’s plenty for the grown-ups too, with a welcoming glass of mulled wine and a warm mince pie whilst you enjoy the festive family fun!

As part of local families Christmas tradition, these trips are extremely popular and as each gift is age appropriate to the child, advanced booking is essential!

Festive Special River Crusies

Start Date: Mon 10th December 2018

End Date: Wed 2nd January 2019

Come on-board with us at Stuart Line Cruises and take time out of the busy festive season to sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of the calm and sheltered waters of the River Exe on our Festive Special River Cruises.

Our festively decorated boats have covered and heated lower decks, with cosy blankets, plenty of fresh air and great views on our upper outside deck.

Our Festive Special River Cruises welcome you with a hot glass of homemade mulled wine and tasty warmed minced pie whilst you sit back and take a breather from the busy Christmas season.

Sailing through December and January – right the way through the Christmas and New Year period – with live, informative and interesting commentary, these cruises are just the ticket to get you in the Christmas spirit!

Cruises last one and a half hours and tickets cost just £9.50 for adults and £6.00 for children, sailing times vary, so take a look at the timetable and we look forward to welcoming you on-board!

Bookings can be made online www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk/festive-specials
Call on 01395 222144

Carols by Candlelight

Start Date: Fri 14th December 2018

End Date: Fri 14th December 2018

Join The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth for a special evening of carol singing by candlelight alongside the resident donkeys.

Setting the scene and adding a touch of magic to the evening’s proceedings, the sanctuary will be spectacularly illuminated by thousands of candles from 3pm onwards.

The festive celebrations will then begin with a host of merry tunes on Main Yard, before the 45 minute Christmas carol service commences at 5pm in New Barn surrounded by lots of friendly donkeys – who may even join in!

The Kitchen restaurant will be open for festive refreshments until the end of the event, as will the Gift Shop for all those Christmas gift needs.

This event is free to attend with free parking. Dogs on leads welcome.

Further information: 01395 573156 | events@thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk

All proceeds go to the work of The Donkey Sanctuary worldwide.

Seaton Wetlands Snowman Trail

Start Date: Sat 15th December 2018

End Date: Sun 6th January 2019

How many wooden snowmen can you find hiding around Seaton Wetlands nature reserve?
Come and see how many wooden snowmen can you find hiding around Seaton Wetlands nature reserves.

A self-guided trail starting from the Lookout at Seaton Wetlands.

Find all of the snowmen for a chance to win a wooden snowman for your garden!

Daily from the Lookout at Seaton Wetlands
Saturday 15 December 2018 9:00am – 6 January 2019 4:00pm
£1 per trail
No booking required

Reindeer trail and Christmas crafts

Start Date: Sat 15th December 2018

End Date: Sat 15th December 2018

Father Christmas needs your help!
Follow the clues around the wetlands to help track down Father Christmas’ missing reindeer in time to deliver his presents!

Once you’ve completed the trail join the Education rangers in the Reed Base for Christmas crafts.

10.30am to 3pm
Reed Base at Seaton Wetlands
£3 per child
No booking required.
Find out more at: wildeastdevon.co.uk

Christmas Boat Party

Start Date: Sat 15th December 2018

End Date: Sat 15th December 2018

The Christmas Party with a Difference!
Make your Christmas party one to remember with Stuart Line Cruises!

Join us in celebrating the festive season with a evening cruise on the calm and sheltered waters of the River Exe! Be welcomed aboard with a glass of hot mulled wine, enjoy a deliciously tasty locally produced buffet before dancing the night away to our on board disco!

Our boats have a fully covered and heated lower deck that is festively decorated and a fully licensed cash bar with a wide selection of drinks!

This three hour cruise departs at 7.30pm and brings you back to Exmouth Marina for 10.30pm and tickets cost just £20 per person.

Bookings can be made online at www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk/christmas-boat-party
Call 01395 222144

Willow Christmas Decorations

Start Date: Sun 16th December 2018

End Date: Sun 16th December 2018

Make wreaths, stars, hearts, 2d trees and more
Join Windrush Willow at Seaton Wetlands for a willow weaving course suitable for beginners.

Make wreaths, stars, hearts, 2d trees and more.

2 good strong hands needed.

Must be 12 years or over to work independently.

A great fun day with some serious learning elements.

No tools or experience necessary. Please bring an apron, notepad and packed lunch.

Cost includes all willow materials, expert tuition and hot drinks throughout the day.

The class takes place in the peaceful Reed Base classroom in the heart of the Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve.

10am to 4pm
The Reed Base at Seaton Wetlands
£45 per person
Book online at: wildeastdevon.co.uk

What’s that bird? 20 December

Start Date: Thu 20th December 2018

End Date: Thu 20th December 2018

Whatever your experience come along and improve your bird identification skills
An informal drop-in session to improve your bird identification skills.

Whatever your level of knowledge come along and enjoy an afternoons birdwatching with the help of a knowledgeable and experienced volunteer guide.

Meet in the Tower Hide at Seaton Wetlands.

Telescopes and binoculars are available for use in the hide free of charge during the session.

11am to 1pm
The Tower Hide at Seaton Wetlands
A free event
No booking required.

Exmouth Christmas Day Swim

Start Date: Tue 25th December 2018

End Date: Tue 25th December 2018

Christmas Day Swim
Join all the Stuart Line family to watch from the warmth and comfort of the boat, Exmouth’s greatest Christmas Day tradition, the Christmas Day Swim!

Setting sail at 10.45am, we cruise down to the seafront for the best view of all the crazy revellers as they charge down the beach and dive into the water – brrrr!

We then turn to take a leisurely cruise up the glorious River Exe to enjoy a hot glass of mulled wine and tasty mince pie, whilst relaxing and soaking up the views.

This cruise lasts one and a half hours and will return you to Exmouth Marina for 12.15pm as we’ve got a turkey to cook!

Advanced booking on this trip is essential, tickets cost just £10 for adults and £7 for children and include your glass of mulled wine and mince pie!
Book Online at www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk/exmouth-christmas-day-swim
Call 01395 222144

Asymmetric Waste Paper Basket

Start Date: Sat 12th January 2019

End Date: Sat 12th January 2019

Make a small round willow basket in a day
Join Windrush Willow at Seaton Wetlands for a willow weaving course suitable for beginners.

Make a small round willow basket in a day.

2 good strong hands needed.

Must be 12 years or over to work independently.

A great fun day with some serious learning elements.

No tools or experience necessary. Please bring an apron, notepad and packed lunch.

Cost includes all willow materials, expert tuition and hot drinks throughout the day.

The class takes place in the peaceful Reed Base classroom in the heart of the Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve.

9.30am to 4.30pm
The Reed Base at Seaton Wetlands
£45 per person
Book online at: wildeastdevon.co.uk

What’s that bird? 12 January

Start Date: Sat 12th January 2019

End Date: Sat 12th January 2019

Whatever your experience come along and improve your bird identification skills
Join an experienced volunteer guide for an informal drop-in session to help improve your bird identification skills and get the most out of your visit to Seaton Wetlands.

All are welcome to come and enjoy time spent birdwatching, whatever your level of knowledge.

Hide TBC, follow signs on the day.

Telescopes and binoculars are available for use in the hide free of charge during the session.

Warm-up with a trip to the The Discovery Hut, open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 12 January for hot drinks, refreshments and more information about the site.

11am to 1pm

Free

No booking required: http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/january-2019/whats-that-bird-12-january/

What’s that bird? 24 January

Start Date: Thu 24th January 2019

End Date: Thu 24th January 2019

Whatever your experience come along and improve your bird identification skills
Join an experienced volunteer guide for an informal drop-in session to help improve your bird identification skills and get the most out of your visit to Seaton Wetlands.

All are welcome to come and enjoy time spent birdwatching, whatever your level of knowledge.

Hide TBC, follow signs on the day.

Telescopes and binoculars are available for use in the hide free of charge during the session.

11am to 1pm

Free

No booking required: http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/january-2019/whats-that-bird-24-january/

Bird ringing demonstration 5 February

Start Date: Tue 5th February 2019

End Date: Tue 5th February 2019

Bird ringing demonstration by Axe Estuary Ringing Group
An exciting chance to see wild birds up close as they are ringed to allow us to obtain important data about them.

Please note, this event is dependent on suitable conditions and weather. Sometimes the event is unavoidably cancelled at the last minute.

Check the Axe Estuary Ringing Group’s blog for up to date information, additional ringing dates or cancellation

9am to midday, drop-in

Free

No booking required: http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/february-2019/bird-ringing-demonstration-5-february/

What’s that bird? 9 February

Start Date: Sat 9th February 2019

End Date: Sat 9th February 2019

Whatever your experience come along and improve your bird identification skills
Join an experienced volunteer guide for an informal drop-in session to help improve your bird identification skills and get the most out of your visit to Seaton Wetlands.

All are welcome to come and enjoy time spent birdwatching, whatever your level of knowledge.

Hide TBC, follow signs on the day.

Telescopes and binoculars are available for use in the hide free of charge during the session.

Warm-up with a trip to the The Discovery Hut, open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 9 February for hot drinks, refreshments and more information about the site.

11am to 1pm

Free

No booking required: http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/february-2019/whats-that-bird-9-february/

Bird watching for children

Start Date: Wed 20th February 2019

End Date: Wed 20th February 2019

Learn about the birds at Seaton Wetlands
Come and learn about the different species of birds found at Seaton Wetlands with an experienced volunteer guide.

If you’re lucky you may spot the resident kingfisher catching fish in the estuary.

This event is perfect for school aged children.

See if you can complete your bird spotting sheets using our binoculars.

All children must be accompanied by an adult, but adult spaces do not need to be booked.

£2 per child

10am to 11am: http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/february-2019/bird-watching-for-children-20-february-10am-to-11am/ /> 11am to 12noon: http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/february-2019/bird-watching-for-children-20-february-10am-to-11am/

Willow Breton Button Basket

Start Date: Sat 23rd February 2019

End Date: Sat 23rd February 2019

Make a large round willow basket in a day
Join Windrush Willow at Seaton Wetlands for a willow weaving course suitable for beginners.

Make a large round willow basket in a day.

2 good strong hands needed.

Must be 12 years or over to work independently.

A great fun day with some serious learning elements.

No tools or experience necessary. Please bring an apron, notepad and packed lunch.

Cost includes all willow materials, expert tuition and hot drinks throughout the day.

The class takes place in the peaceful Reed Base classroom in the heart of the Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve.

9.30am to 4.30pm
The Reed Base at Seaton Wetlands
£45 per person
Book online at: wildeastdevon.co.uk

What’s that bird? 28 February

Start Date: Thu 28th February 2019

End Date: Thu 28th February 2019

Whatever your experience come along and improve your bird identification skills
Join an experienced volunteer guide for an informal drop-in session to help improve your bird identification skills and get the most out of your visit to Seaton Wetlands.

All are welcome to come and enjoy time spent birdwatching, whatever your level of knowledge.

Hide TBC, follow signs on the day.

Telescopes and binoculars are available for use in the hide free of charge during the session.

11am to 1pm

Free

No booking required

Willow Plant Supports

Start Date: Sat 2nd March 2019

End Date: Sat 2nd March 2019

Make a sweet pea support and a grow through in a day
Join Windrush Willow at Seaton Wetlands for a willow weaving course suitable for beginners.

Make a sweet pea support and a grow through in a day.

2 good strong hands needed.

Must be 12 years or over to work independently.

A great fun day with some serious learning elements.

No tools or experience necessary. Please bring an apron, notepad and packed lunch.

Cost includes all willow materials, expert tuition and hot drinks throughout the day.

The class takes place in the peaceful Reed Base classroom in the heart of the Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve.

10am to 4pm
Reed Base at Seaton Wetlands
£45 per person
Book online at: wildeastdevon.co.uk

Bird ringing demonstration 8 March

Start Date: Fri 8th March 2019

End Date: Fri 8th March 2019

Bird ringing demonstration by Axe Estuary Ringing Group
An exciting chance to see wild birds up close as they are ringed to allow us to obtain important data about them.

Join the Axe Vale and District Conservation Society and the Seaton Wetlands over 55s Outdoors Club at this session.

Please note, this event is dependent on suitable conditions and weather. Sometimes the event is unavoidably cancelled at the last minute.

Check the Axe Estuary Ringing Group’s blog for up to date information, additional ringing dates or cancellation

9am to midday, drop-in
Free
No booking required
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/march-2019/bird-ringing-demonstration-8-march/

What’s that bird? 9 March

Start Date: Sat 9th March 2019

End Date: Sat 9th March 2019

Whatever your experience come along and improve your bird identification skills
Join an experienced volunteer guide for an informal drop-in session to help improve your bird identification skills and get the most out of your visit to Seaton Wetlands.

All are welcome to come and enjoy time spent birdwatching, whatever your level of knowledge.

Hide TBC, follow signs on the day.

Telescopes and binoculars are available for use in the hide free of charge during the session.

Warm-up with a trip to the The Discovery Hut, open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 9 March for hot drinks, refreshments and more information about the site.

11am to 1pm
Free
No booking required
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/march-2019/whats-that-bird-9-march/

What’s that bird? 28 March

Start Date: Thu 28th March 2019

End Date: Thu 28th March 2019

Whatever your experience come along and improve your bird identification skills
Join an experienced volunteer guide for an informal drop-in session to help improve your bird identification skills and get the most out of your visit to Seaton Wetlands.

All are welcome to come and enjoy time spent birdwatching, whatever your level of knowledge.

Hide TBC, follow signs on the day.

Telescopes and binoculars are available for use in the hide free of charge during the session.

11am to 1pm
Free
No booking required
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/march-2019/whats-that-bird-28-march/

Mother’s day treats at Seaton Wetlands

Start Date: Sat 30th March 2019

End Date: Sun 31st March 2019

Enjoy cream tea at Seaton Wetlands
Explore Seaton Wetlands this Mother’s Day and treat your mum, granny and yourself to a delicious cream tea at the Discovery Hut in the heart of Seaton Wetlands.

Enjoy scones handmade by Paul’s Bakery (Seaton).

Cream teas served with a hot drink for £3 per person. Cash only.

Served by our fantastic volunteers from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March.
Discovery Hut at Seaton Wetlands
No booking required.

Mother’s day treats at Seaton Wetlands (Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March)

Start Date: Sat 30th March 2019

End Date: Sun 31st March 2019

Enjoy cream tea at Seaton Wetlands
Explore Seaton Wetlands this Mother’s Day and treat your mum, granny and yourself to a delicious cream tea at the Discovery Hut in the heart of Seaton Wetlands.

Enjoy scones handmade by Paul’s Bakery (Seaton) served with plenty of jam and cream in the peaceful Seaton Wetlands. Gluten free cake will be available.

Discover bird hides, a stream and wildlife garden set alongside the Axe Estuary.

Cream teas served with a hot drink for £3 per person. Cash only.

Served by our fantastic volunteers from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March.

10am to 4pm
£3 per cream tea
No booking required
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/march-2019/mothers-day-treats-at-seaton-wetlands-saturday-30-march/

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.