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Exeter Christmas Market

Start Date: Thu 16th November 2017

End Date: Sun 17th December 2017

Fabulous and atmospheric Christmas Market with dozens of stalls, in front of the stunning Exeter Cathedral. https://www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk/news-events/exeter-cathedral-christmas-market/

Guided Bird Watching Cruises on the River Exe

Start Date: Thu 16th November 2017

End Date: Sat 3rd March 2018

Departing from Exmouth Marina. Discover the winter visitors to the River Exe.
Thousands of wintering birds from Avocets to Sanderlings.
Full commentary from a leading ornithologist on identification, habitat & behaviour.
An open top deck & an enclosed heated lower saloon with panoramic windows.
Approximately a 3 hour cruise with refreshments & toilets on board.
See our website for dates & times. Booking is essential.
Adults £12.50 Children £7.50

Guided Bird Watching Cruises on the River Exe

Start Date: Thu 16th November 2017

End Date: Sat 3rd March 2018

Departing from Exmouth Marina. Discover the winter visitors to the River Exe.
Thousands of wintering birds from Avocets to Sanderlings.
Full commentary from a leading ornithologist on identification, habitat & behaviour.
An open top deck & an enclosed heated lower saloon with panoramic windows.
Approximately a 3 hour cruise with refreshments & toilets on board.
See our website for dates & times. Booking is essential. www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk
Adults £12.50 Children £7.50

12 Donkeys of Christmas Spotter Trail

Start Date: Fri 24th November 2017

End Date: Sat 6th January 2018

12 of The Donkey Sanctuary’s adoption donkeys are so super excited for Christmas they have decorated the sanctuary in Sidmouth for all to enjoy.

To find them follow the magical trail of hoof prints and signs in the right direction. Some of the donkeys will be easy to find, some you may have to look harder (and higher) for! The twelfth and final donkey will provide a picture-perfect opportunity for a Christmas photo to share with friends and family. You can pick up the trail sheet from the Gift Shop for just £2.

Once completed visit the Adoption Hut or Gift Shop to claim your prize and £2 off your first adoption pack. This Christmas there’s an adoption donkey for everyone, so why not give friends and family a unique gift they’ll treasure forever. Visitors can choose from nine adoption donkeys at Sidmouth for just £2 per month. The adoption pack includes two portraits, four beautiful postcards, a certificate and membership card. What’s great about gifting an adoption is that the recipient can visit their donkey for free at the sanctuary throughout the year.

So this Christmas get the whole family outdoors for a winter walk and meet some of the hundreds of donkeys who are cared for at the sanctuary.

The sanctuary is open seven days a week from 9am till dusk but the trail will not run on Christmas Day, when the Gift Shop and The Kitchen are closed. FREE entry and parking at the sanctuary.

For more information contact 01395 578222 or enquiries@thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk.

All proceeds support the work of The Donkey Sanctuary worldwide.

Visit Santa at World of Country Life, Exmouth, Devon

Start Date: Sat 2nd December 2017

End Date: Sat 23rd December 2017

Come and visit Santa in our traditional Victorian Christmas experience for the whole family to enjoy!
Your experience starts with a ride out on the Christmas Deer Train to go and hand-feed Santa’s reserve herd of red deer before heading inside to our Victorian Street for carol singing and sausage rolls!
Next, you’ll stroll down the Victorian Street to Santa’s Cottage Workshop where you’ll meet the man himself – he’ll check you’re on the nice list before you get your gift! And as we all know Santa is a very busy man – while you’re waiting you can visit the animals, make your own Christmas card with the elves and explore the museum!
Check out our website for more details and to book your tickets – booking in advance is essential!

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Sail with Santa

Start Date: Sat 9th December 2017

End Date: Fri 22nd December 2017

Kick-start your festive celebrations with an enchanting one hour nautical adventure, full of magic & entertainment.
Children get to visit the big man in his grotto for a gift suitable for their age & gender.
They also have drinks, sweets & biscuits with face painting & entertainment.
Adults have hot mulled wine & warm mince pies.
Advance booking essential.
See our website for dates & times www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk
All tickets £10

Christmas Boat Party

Start Date: Fri 15th December 2017

End Date: Fri 15th December 2017

Enjoy a warming glass of mulled wine upon arrival, a locally produced buffet & on-board festive disco to dance to night away.
Departing fro Exmouth Marina at 7.30pm until 10.30pm
£20 per person

Christmas Boat Party

Start Date: Fri 15th December 2017

End Date: Fri 15th December 2017

Enjoy a warming glass of mulled wine upon arrival, a locally produced buffet & on-board festive disco to dance to night away.
Departing fro Exmouth Marina at 7.30pm until 10.30pm
£20 per person
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Reindeer trail

Start Date: Mon 18th December 2017

End Date: Mon 18th December 2017

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 and hot drinks.

http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/december-2017/reindeer-trail/

Band Night on board Pride of Exmouth

Start Date: Fri 22nd December 2017

End Date: Fri 22nd December 2017

Dance under the stars to the sound of live music from Carnaby Street.
A 3 hour cruise departing from Exmouth Marina at 7.30pm
Licensed bar.
£10 per person.

Band Night on board Pride of Exmouth

Start Date: Fri 22nd December 2017

End Date: Fri 22nd December 2017

Enjoy a warming glass of mulled wine upon arrival, a locally produced buffet & on-board festive disco to dance to night away.
Departing fro Exmouth Marina at 7.30pm until 10.30pm
£20 per person

Festive Special Cruises departing from Exmouth

Start Date: Sun 24th December 2017

End Date: Mon 1st January 2018

Hop aboard our River Exe Cruises for a taste of the festive season.
Boasting stunning scenery & calm waters, with warm mince pies and hot mulled wine included.
The perfect opportunity to get together with friends and family.
See our website for times/dates
Book online at www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk
Tel 01395 222144
Adults £9.50 Children £6

Bird watching for children

Start Date: Mon 12th February 2018

End Date: Mon 12th February 2018

Learn about the birds at Seaton Wetlands

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

There will be bird spotting sheets as well as binoculars to borrow.

See how many birds you can identify!

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

Book 10am to 11am http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/february-2018/bird-watching-for-children-12-february-10am-to-11am/ /> Book 11am to 12noon http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/february-2018/bird-watching-for-children-12-february-10am-to-11am/

Nest box building

Start Date: Tue 13th February 2018

End Date: Tue 13th February 2018

Make bird nest boxes for your garden

Join the Countryside rangers and make bird nest boxes for your garden.

£10 per kit with full instruction and help on hand!

Please book a child’s place for each bird box you would like to make!

http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/february-2018/nest-box-building/

Dawn chorus walk

Start Date: Sat 10th March 2018

End Date: Sat 10th March 2018

Welcome in the weekend with the birds’ Dawn Chorus

A wonderful chance to experience an day break in an early spring woodland.

Listen out for a range of birds which the Countryside ranger will help you to identify.

Meet at the lay-by on Seaton Down Road at 6am, before a short (but steep walk) down into Holyford Woods.

http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/march-2018/dawn-chorus-walk/

Mothers’ Day treats at Seaton Wetlands

Start Date: Sat 10th March 2018

End Date: Sun 11th March 2018

Treat your mum to a delicious cream tea at Seaton Wetlands

Delicious scones from Paul’s Bakery with jam and cream – the perfect way to spend Mothers’ Day weekend!

Enjoy a traditional cream tea served from the Discovery Hut at Seaton Wetlands, 10am to 4pm on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March.

Sit outdoors in the heart of Seaton Wetlands or take tea in the shelter of the Reed Base.

£3 per cream tea.

http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/march-2018/mothers-day-treats-at-seaton-wetlands-10-march-10am-to-4pm/

Ottery St Mary Food & Families Festival

Start Date: Fri 1st June 2018

End Date: Sat 2nd June 2018

The 6th Ottery St Mary Food & Families Festival is planned for Saturday June 2 2018, with various Fringe activities on Friday evening (2nd). Free entry, with lots to do for all the family.

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

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