RNLI Events

Royal National Lifeboat Institution Events

As you would expect in this coastal community, the RNLI is well supported and there are lots of fundraising activities. Events are run throughout the year, here are just a few coming up in Teignmouth. The lifeboat stations closest to Sandays are at Exmouth and Teignmouth. At the time of writing this, the most recent lifeboat launch from Teignmouth was on 13th March 2017, and from Exmouth on the 12th February 2017.

Saturday 25th March 10am – 4pm Big book Sale & refreshments at the TAAG Community centre in Teignmouth.

Exmouth crew volunteers launch the all-weather lifeboat R and J Welburn on exercise every fortnight. They meet at 6pm and recovery on the beach is between 8 and 9pm.

Check the RLNI website for up to date information.

Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT)

Devon Air Ambulance Trust Events in 2017

Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) now needs to raise £5.5 million pounds every year to run the service as they extend their flying hours until midnight. DAAT are proud to be independent of Government and National Lottery funding and are now in the 24th year of service. Two helicopters operate seven days a week and respond to approximately 1,400 incidents every year. With one helicopter based in Exeter and one in North Devon the Air Ambulances are able to get to most of Devon within 10 minutes and the whole of Devon within 15.
There are fund raising events across Devon throughout the year but these listed here are the closest to Sandays.

Wednesday 22nd March 2017 Exmouth Town Concert Band Spring concert at Holy Trinity Church in Exmouth.

Sunday 9th July 2017 Motorcycle Ride-out Trago Mills to Teignmouth.

Sunday 24th September 2017 Dragon Boat Festival at Exeter Quay.

For more details about any of these events go to http://www.daat.org/our-events

Powderham Castle

Events throughout the Year

We don’t usually list the events at Powderham Castle because there are so many of them! Have a look at their website and you will find a huge range of possibilities from concerts and camping through to festivals and themed weeks of childrens’ activities.
We particularly recommend the regular Music in the Castle events, held in the beautiful music room, and on Sunday 30th July 2017 there is going to be a spectacular “Last night of the BSO Proms” complete with fireworks.

Sandays is within 4 miles of Powderham Castle.

Exeter: a beautiful city with many events to look out for.

Visiting Exeter

Exeter Quayside

Exeter is a beautiful and historic city well worth a visit at any time, and less than half an hour by train or car from Sandays. The regular train service from Dawlish Warren means that your car can be left at Sandays while you explore. Exeter is said to be the cultural heart of Devon and the West Country and the city supports a thriving arts scene through its many galleries, theatres and live entertainment venues. There is a first class museum (the RAMM) that organises talks, spotlight tours, and special events and exhibitions.
Shopping is wonderful with many independent shops, and can be interspersed with historical interest and good food & drink. The Red Coat Guided Tours and the Exeter University sculpture trail run all year round and are recommended. There are many interesting events in Exeter throughout the year that attract visitors and locals alike.

We particularly love the Exeter Quayside for its shops, eating places and scenic walks by the river.

[EXPAND Click here to read more about events in Exeter]

Events in Exeter during 2016/17

Exeter enjoys a year-round calendar of vibrant events ranging from the quirky to the traditional. These are a few that might be of interest.

February Exeter Dance Festival at the Corn Exchange

March Spring Fair at Cathedral. Community Open Day at the University.

April                Festival of South West  food & drink, Exeter Castle & Northernhay Gardens

May                 Devon County Show at the Westpoint Centre. Open Studios.

June                Ignite festival of theatre across 4 Exeter venues.

July                 Lammas Fair & Cathedral Green craft fair.

August                Lots, incl Sunday Jazz on the Quay and Big Screen in the Park (Northernhay Gardens).

September          Heritage open days. Dragon boat festival.

October   The Great West Run.

November Exeter City Football Club charity Santa Dash.

December      Christmas market on Cathedral Green and Christmas tree festival on Roman Way


To find out details of these and other events in Exeter the following website is a good place to start: www.ExploreExeter.co.uk


Dawlish Arts Festival 2017

May 27th – June 3rd 2017

Always a packed and varied programme for the Dawlish Arts Festival, we are really looking forward another good year.
Events include concerts, art exhibitions, dancing and poetry at venues across Dawlish and many are free.
For more information and to book tickets visit the festival website dawlishartsfestival.org.uk
You can walk from Sandays to Dawlish, or take the train (one stop) or the No.22 bus.


International Agatha Christie Festival

Calling all Agatha Christie fans! The Agatha Christie festival returns in 2017 always an extremely popular event with locals and visitors alike. The festival usually sees special events throughout the town and at Greenway, including of course performance of some of her work.

Her phenomenal output of successful novels and plays are still immensely popular throughout the world and this is a great opportunity to find out more and just enjoy the festival atmosphere.

September 13th – 17th 2017
Torquay can be reached easily from Sandays by train, bus, or car.

Perhaps enjoy the steam trains and fit in a visit to nearby “Greenway” (owned by the National Trust) too.

Dawlish Warren Surf Rescue Club Demonstrations

During the main school summer holidays our local Dawlish Warren Surf Rescue Club perform a sea rescue demonstration on Wednesday evenings. Make sure to catch one of these displays this year at the main beach at 7.45pm on Wednesday evenings and hear a bit more about the Surf Rescue Club. We are just a few minutes walk from the beach at Sandays and enjoy watching this very impressive display. These pictures were taken on July 23rd 2014, a very warm & pleasant evening.

[EXPAND Click here for full view]


ngs gardens open for charity

Local Gardens opening for ngs

Look out for some local gardens opening for visitors in 2017.
Nearest to Sandays is the lovely High Garden in Kenton which is open most days throughout the summer and well worth a visit.
There are many others around the Exe Estuary and in nearby Teignmouth which open on specific weekends, take a look at the ngs Devon Gardens leaflet, or on their website. Anyone doing trips over to Dartmoor or further down the coast to Paignton and Brixham (as our guests often do) may find themselves with an opportunity to enjoy a garden at the same time.

Teignmouth and Shaldon: Music and Sailing Events

Some 2016/17 Events in Teignmouth and Shaldon

There is an active programme of events throughout the year at Teignmouth & Shaldon. Both of these places are beautiful and extremely easy to get to from Sandays by car or train. Teignmouth is 5 miles away and will take approx 15 mins to get to from Sandays.

We have selected just a few events here that might be of interest to you.

[EXPAND Click here for a few events in Teignmouth & Shaldon in 2017]

Shaldon Music Festival 22nd – 25th June 2017

Shaldon’s festival of classical music, which began in 1990, was the inspiration of Eileen Croxford Parkhouse, cellist wife of David Parkhouse, as a memorial concert to celebrate the life of her husband who was born in Teignmouth and lived latterly in Shaldon.  David was Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music.  The original concert proved so successful that it was decided to make it an annual event based at Shaldon Parish Church. The event has grown into a four-day festival drawing audiences from all over Devon and beyond and  2015 marks the 26th classical music festival . The aim of the Festival is to bring together singers and instrumentalists of international repute to provide a series of enjoyable concerts of good quality, live classical music, at affordable prices. The festival also  actively encourages both up and coming performers and reaches out to a younger audience with workshops for schoolchildren. For details of this year’s programme and to obtain tickets go to: www.shaldonfestival.co.uk

Teignmouth Jazz and Blues Festival 18th – 20th November 2016

2015 saw the 26th Jazz and Blues festival with an absolutely packed programme of events across Teignmouth. A must for lovers of this style of music with great diversity on offer.
Teignmouth is easily accessible from Sandays by car, train or bus. For details of this year’s programme and to obtain tickets go to: www.teignmouthjazz.org

Teignmouth Folk Festival usually the 3rd weekend in June

Teignmouth folk festival 2013Now a regular feature, the Teignmouth folk festival is growing in size and reputation each year. There is always a packed schedule of entertainment across various Teignmouth venues on Friday evening, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Music, dancing and workshop events in many different styles. Fantastic atmosphere. For programme and tickets go to: www.teignmouthfolk.co.uk

Teignmouth Regatta Sat 30th July to Sunday 7th Aug

The town of Teignmouth has a strong maritime heritage and a history of being both a fishing port and a great family resort for holidaymakers so the Regatta is an important event that links the two. Today it remains a working port, with many types of sea craft using its harbour and facilities, while the community celebrates its fishing and sailing traditions every year at the Teignmouth regatta. The Regatta sees competitors from Teignmouth and the surrounding area gather to race, spectate and participate in a range of events related to the town’s links with the estuary and the sea. For information close to the time go to: www.teignmouthregatta.co.uk


Devon Coastal Run: July 2016

Devon Coastal Run July 17th 2016, for vintage vehicles

Coastal run 2013This will be the 38th annual coastal run organised by the Historic Transport Club, following a route of around 70 miles. In 2014 this event was incorporated into their 40th anniversary celebrations and as usual attracted hundreds of cars, coaches, commercial vehicles and motorcycles from a bygone age.

[EXPAND Click here to read more about the Devon Coastal Run]

Cars taking part can date back to the early 1900s and many are rare specimens with fascinating histories. Representatives of many famous motoring monikers, such as MGs, Jaguar and Bentley turn heads as they cruise past and the commercial vehicle section may prove to be equally fascinating with lorries , tractors and other vintage vehicles. There can be everything from a diminutive 1933 Austin Seven to a 1952 Scammell Explorer former British Army tank recovery vehicle. It is a very special sight to see these cherished vehicles in lovely condition joining the normal Sunday morning traffic.

Read more: http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/PICTURES-Vintage-vehicle-enthusiasts-great-pride/story-19582727-detail/story.html#axzz2hhQlapdR
Follow us: @thisiscornwall on Twitter | thisiscornwall on Facebook

The route includes the main road (A379) through Dawlish (passing within a mile of Sandays) and Teignmouth. There is usually a stop on Teignmouth sea front and at Buckfastleigh station. On completion of the run all the vehicles gather in a showground for the rest of the day, and stalls band, etc  make for a great afternoon.

The route of the Devon Coastal Run and timings can be checked at www.historic-transport-club.co.uk