dreaded school summer holidays are almost upon us! And yet again the terrific Honiton Learning Community have compiled a list of activities taking place in the Honiton area.
Here are the highlights:
Honiton Leisure Centre – 28.07.14 – 29.08.14 (excluding 25.08.14) SportZmix Day Camps: sports, 8.30am – 5.00pm (half days available) Full day from £10 - £20. Ages 5–11.
Honiton Swimming Pool – Fun Splash: Mon – Fri 1.30pm – 2.30pm. Courses available. Prices vary
The Donkey Sanctuary – Children’s Activities, Wildlife Week 27 July – 2 August, 11am–3pm - a week of fun activities, no booking required - £3 for face painting & nature explorer pack, and bug hunt 2pm – 3pm.
Donkey Grooming, 19 July to 7 September, 11am–3pm – no booking required, £3 per person.
Exeter City Football in the Community, Soccer Road show,
Age: 5 – 14, Course times: 10am – 3pm. 10% discounts for 2 or more siblings booked for both days. Red Army discount applies!
Summer Reading Challenge 2014 - Mythical Maze. See www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk for more details
Pop in to the library to register – presentation of certificates and medals on 3 September. Free competitions
Events taking place throughout the holidays, such as –
Wild Life Ramble at Fire Beacon Hill – Tue 29 July – 8.30am – 10.30am. Booking required, donations welcome.
Branscombe Family Bug Hunt, Wed 6 Aug – 1pm – 3pm. No booking, FREE. Meet at National Trust Information Centre
East Devon Heath Week – 27th July – 3rd Aug, begins with a Family Festival Day at Woodbury Castle, inc tractor & mountain bike safari rides, storytelling & music
Offwell Woods – free open events for families throughout August. See website for details – booking required.
At Sidmouth Folk Week, 1st – 8th Aug, daily events based at Blackmore Gardens, workshops, craft sessions, showcases and dance displays. Family evening shows and 60th anniversary celebration this year.
Ferne Animal Sanctuary – 8miles from Honiton, signposted from A30. Annual admission charge £2 adult, £1 child. 10am–5pm, 7 days a week. 300 animals, nature trail, play areas.
Events: Sun 20 July – Ferne Music Festival at Haselbury Mill nr Crewkerne – music from numerous bands from 1pm – 10.30pm. £5, under 10’s go free. www.facebook.com/fernemusicfest
Wed 30 July – Family Fun Day – 11am – 4pm. Stalls, bouncy castle, performers, competitions & pets corner. Entry: £5 per family.
Dance workshops – 28 July & 22 August from 10am – including Street, Bollywood, Samba & Flamenco.
Adults £3.50, U16’s £2.50 per workshop
Axe Valley Wild Life Park, Mon - Fri 10am–5pm.
Adults £8, Child £6 under 3’s – free. Family £26.
Summer Holiday activities will take place Sundays, Tuesday, Wednesday & Fridays.
Bicton Fest 2014 – Bicton College – Fri 29 – Sun 31 Aug.
See the best of Devon’s musical talent
Various ticketing options available – 3 day camping £35, day tickets £20, 1 night camping pass £10. Under 12’s FREE
Thelma Hulbert Gallery
Summer Bunting Workshop - Sat 23 Aug – 11am – 3pm
Free family drop-in (donations welcome). Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Honiton Agricultural Show – Thurs 7 August
Alpaca, Cattle, Sheep & Horse classes, vintage tractors, dog shows and much more.
Advance purchases £13 per adult. Under 16’s FREE
The Children’s Centre will be hosting a number of events for younger families in August – including Bug Hunting, Stay & Play Pop-up Community Event and Messy Stay & Play.
Honiton Hill Rally – 24 & 25 August.
Nr Stockland between A30 (Honiton) & A35 (Axminster).
Lots of activities for children including Circus Workshop.
The event, dubbed a jolly good jaunt, takes place on Sunday 5th October 2014. Participants are encouraged to wear some tweed and join in on either a 5 or 13 mile sponsored walk. The aim is to help raise up to £20,000 to finish building the new day hospice in the heart of East Devon.
There is a small entry fee of £12 for adults, £7.50 for 16 and under and a family (2 adults + 2 kids) is £30. There also an early Bird Offer! Enter before the 31st July 2014 Adults £10 Children £5. You can download a Jolly Good Jaunt Entry Form here. You can also enter online at www.hospiscare.co.uk. Entrants are encoureged to rasie £100 each, but every pound raised will help towards the building. Once participants have signed up they will also recieve a welcome pack with fundrasising tips and a sponsorship form.
The new, state of the art day hospice in East Devon will be a haven of care for thousands of local people who are living with terminal illnesses. The new day hospice will enable patients and their families to receive care and support in a local setting, provide a base for Hospicecare community nurses to work from and be a hub of information and advice for the local community. The new East Devon Day Hospice is being built in partnership with Budleigh Salterton, Exmouth & Lympstone and Sidmouth Hospiscare charities as it will benefit patients in all these areas.
To find out more about the East Devon Day Hospice appeal and what you can do to help, visit www.eastdevondayhospiceappeal.co.uk or the main Hospiscare website: www.hospiscare.co.uk. You can also call Hospicecare on 01392 688020 or email them at email@example.com
The traditional Honiton Hot Pennies will be taking place on Tuesday 29th July
The ancient ceremony is said to date back to the 13th Century, when Honiton was granted a Royal Charter. The ceremony has remained unbroken from that time and always takes place on the first Tuesday after 19th July.
It all starts at 12 noon from the Old Pannier Market when The Town Cryer accompanied by The Mayor and local dignitaries, hoist up a garlanded pole with a gloved hand on the top, proclaiming that “no man may be arrested so long as this glove is up”. This was done to ensure everyone and anyone could come to the fair that use to follow the ceremony, without fear of being arrested for their debts.
The first pennies are thrown from the balcony of the former Assembly Rooms above The Old Pannier Market and then a procession follows the garlanded pole to a number of public houses.
It is claimed the reason the pennies are thrown hot is that in the past affluent people took great delight in seeing the peasants burn their fingers whilst collecting them! These days the pennies are (allegedly) merely warm!
However the real origins of the Hot Pennies is still a mystery. One version is that the gentry use to throw hot chestnuts to their surfs in the 13th century.
Whatever the roots of Honiton Hot Pennies, it’s still a great fun event and well worth visiting if you have not seen it before.