Still looking for presents and bits & pieces to complete your Christmas? Just enjoy the ambience of a Christmas Fair with a glass of mulled wine? Either way, there are still opportunities just about every day local to Sandays.
Just to get you started: The Lantern Parade and Christmas street fair happens this Wednesday 13th December in Newton Abbot, Christmas with the Lord Mayor at Exeter Guildhall on Thursday 14th, and The Shops at Dartington hold their Christmas Fair on 16th & 17th December.
We have once again dodged the snow here at the Warren, no doubt to the great disappointment of many children who would have enjoyed having an extra holiday.
It was a lovely frosty morning today though, with pale winter sunshine making it all look lovely. And yes, that is an intrepid swimmer in the sea!
The second Christmas tree festival is being held at St.Gregory’s this weekend, Friday 8th – Sunday 10th Dec.
Free entry and refreshments available. The trees will be decorated by many local groups and businesses.
The Christmas lights were turned on in Exeter last Thursday and it was also the start of the lovely Christmas market on Cathedral Green. We always enjoy the market from Sandays and tend to dip in whenever we are in Exeter. Plenty to eat and drink there as well as all the other goods.
In Teignmouth next Saturday 25th November is Super Saturday! Markets & entertainment during the day, lantern parade and light switch on from 5pm.
The following weekend, 1st – 3rd December is the big one in Dawlish with Carol singing around the bandstand on the Friday from 4.30pm and a local Christmas market along The Strand on the Sat & Sun.
I am not usually in favour of Christmas being thrust upon us all too early but the wonderful Fair at Hannahs at Seale Hayne is an exception to the rule. As always, lovely to be on the premises there, it is so beautiful, but especially so when every nook and cranny is filled with goodies of every sort. Despite the fact that people seemed to be pouring in as I arrived, there is such a lot of space there it didn’t feel too overcrowded and from little things to hang on the tree right through to wonderful works of art there is something for everyone here. Lots of unique high quality hand crafted items some of which are edible!
The food marquee in the quad is extremely tempting but I loved the fact that I could still get a big mug of coffee and some chunky sandwiches in The Pantry and have change from a £5 note.
Christmas Fair at Hannahs
Gift ideas at Hannahs
We had some beautiful and unseasonably warm weather last week during what was half term for most people. Once again it was very busy at the Warren and generally in the area too.
Now the clocks have gone back and there is more of a nip in the air but today was another blue and sunny one.
There are some great events coming up over the next few weeks. Look out for the Michaelmas Fair at Powderham Castle this Thursday 2nd November, and lots of firework displays to choose from at the weekend.
Sandays remains open until Friday 15th December.
Bonfire night celebrations are happening a week early in Teignmouth & Shaldon.
Fireworks are let off at the point in Teignmouth around 7.15pm; bonfire on the beach in Shaldon usually lit around 6.30pm
We have had some wonderful Autumn days over the last week. Last Friday (6th October) was a particularly beautiful calm warm day, and the Sunday sunshine attracted lots of weekend visitors. Our current guests at Sandays are walking parts of the coastal path and grateful for some good weather to do it in!
The Warren is lovely as ever. The majority of the beach management work is done. Four ponies are doing sterling work managing the terrain! Lots more birds here now and the fungi seem to be trying to compete with the Evening Primroses!