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!
I enjoyed watching the sun set over the Teign on a lovely September evening yesterday. The views around Teignmouth back beach and over the water to Shaldon are always lovely, but there is something about the evening light that makes folk reach for their camera. Lots of people sitting about with a drink in the warmth of the last of the day’s sunshine, little boats on the move, fishermen engrossed, just a perfect evening.
The first festival celebrating local food and drink in Teignbridge got underway this weekend and runs until Sunday 1st October. Lots of different events and venues to choose from and some fantastic food options; several different things happening each day.
The Agatha Christie festival is well underway in Torquay, and there are lots of different events over this weekend. Torre Abbey is at the heart of the festival and is a good place to start.
Very well established and covers many different aspects of her life as well as the many local connections.
The Dawlish Countryside Park has been created to provide additional recreational space in the area and, rather luckily, is within walking distance of Sandays. There are 2 pedestrian accesses off Shutterton Lane, so we can be into the park within 15 mins of leaving Sandays. There is also a car entrance and parking area just off the A379 close to Sainsburys.
Various walking routes have been created around the 65 acre park and there are some lovely views. It is hoped that the area will be a haven for wildlife as well as people and the park will be carefully managed to that aim. Some patches will continue to be farmed. Dog walking is being encouraged.
There were some archaeological finds on the site as it was being prepared, including pottery, Georgian coins and prehistoric worked flints which are currently being dated.