Exmouth Festival's Manor Gardens mix

PUBLISHED: 11:00 05 May 2016

Hundreds of people enjoy the party atmosphere in the Manor Gardens at the Exmouth Festival on Saturday evening. Ref exe 0802-22-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Hundreds of people enjoy the party atmosphere in the Manor Gardens at the Exmouth Festival on Saturday evening. Ref exe 0802-22-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn


Details have been finalised for this year's Exmouth Festival half-term week events.

Aimed at keeping children entertained over the half term – with a wide range of events for all ages in the evenings – they’re at the Manor Gardens and Exmouth Library from Tuesday, May 31, to Friday, June 3.

The half-term-holiday events follow on from the bank holiday main event at the Imperial ‘rec ground, and precede the West Country Traditions weekend in The Strand.

Children’s events include Viking sagas and pirate tales, Nuts and Volts theatre, Isabella and her Story Bicycle, Granny Eyeball’s Drama Workshop, Flute Cake and Fairytales, and According to Arthur – a theatre performance from the Paddleboat Theatre Company.

Evening events include a concert by the Exmouth Town Concert Band (Tuesday, May 31), Jazz in the Park, featuring Jazz Lounge, The Ronnie Jones Quartet and Maggie Reeday and Craig Milverton Trio (Wednesday, June 1) and Home Brewed (local musical talent, including Poppy Freya, Rob Lees, Megan Edlin and more, Thursday, June 2).

There are also two ticketed events – The Shanty Cruise (7pm-9pm, Thursday, June 2, £10 from Stuart Lines) and Twelfth Night (7pm, Friday, June 3, Manor Gardens, £12 on the gate). Both events will help to raise money for the festival.

“Manor Gardens provides a safe chill-out space for families to spend half-term days,” says Carla Hiley, arts manger, Exmouth Town Council. “And then in the evening a variety of entertainment will be on offer throughout the week.

“The concept [of the daytime events] is keeping the children entertained over the half term. The festival will be working together with the Exmouth Library and the Children’s Centre to offer families some exciting workshops, entertainment and laughter.

“In the evening, the offer will be varied throughout the week and for all ages. There isn’t a theme as such – a good variety of events so there should be something to entice everyone.

“Two key highlights are the Jazz in the Park evening (Wednesday, June 1) and Home Brewed (Thursday, June 2), which will include performance from some of Exmouth’s favourite musicians.”

Twelfth Night and the Shanty Cruise are both ticketed because numbers are limited. It also provides the festival with some much needed income.”

Families are being encouraged to picnic at all the Manor Gardens events.

“There will be a selection of food stalls,” says Carla, “but people are welcome to bring a picnic if they prefer.”

For more on this year’s Exmouth Festival, visit: www.exmouthfestival.org.uk

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