Heritage Open Days 7th – 10th September

Heritage Open Days are an annual event throughout the country and there are lots of different buildings involved in Devon. Exeter alone has a list of 47 different events over the period 7th – 10th September, allowing access to buildings, or parts of buildings which the public do not usually get to see.
Lots to choose from and mostly free but you may have to book in advance. Enjoy exploring!

August Bank Holiday Weekend and the sun is shining!

Despite it being a Bank Holiday weekend the sun is shining on us at the Warren and the beach today was the busiest we have seen it since we took over at Sandays. Is it the new sand or just the good weather? Whatever the reason it looks like there will be more of the same tomorrow and a lot of fun to be had in this last week of the school holidays. But before you ask: we don’t have any availability until September!

Open Studios

Look out for the free event guides for the Devon Artist Network Open Studios, coming soon. 

Over 250 artists from many genre open their homes and studios across Devon between 9th and 24th September and invite you to turn up and take a look for free with no pressure to buy anything … but you will be tempted! 

The event guide provides full details, maps and contact information.

Dawlish Celebrates Carnival

Dawlish celebrated Carnival in style again this year with a week of fantastic family activities. Our family really enjoyed all the action and colour on the Lawns in Dawlish, Titan the robot at the Warren, and of course the wonderful firework display at the Warren on the Thursday evening. There really was something for all ages and a fun atmosphere helped along by the entertainers, circus workshops and fancy dress.

A big “thank you” to the organisers & helpers (who must be completely exhausted!!) from Sandays. Please do it again next year!

British Firework Championships in Plymouth

We were invited by the Rotary Club of Ivybridge to a charity evening on Wednesday 9th August to enjoy the spectacle of the fireworks competition in Plymouth Sound. It took us less than an hour from Sandays to the viewpoint around Victoria House in Cattedown overlooking the glorious Plymouth Sound.

This was our first visit to the British Firework Championships and we were lucky to get a lovely clear evening to have our picnic and watch the sun set before the first of 3 companies started their display from Mountbatten island around 9.30pm.

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Folk week in Sidmouth

The annual folk festival is up and running in Sidmouth; the whole town bursting with stalls, musicians and dancers! Great fun for a visit and sure to get the feet tapping. Full programme every day ending on Friday 11th August.

Sidmouth Folk week 2017



Alice in Wonderland at Hannahs

There is an Alice in Wonderland theme continuing throughout August at Hannahs at Seale Hayne. This is always a glorious place to visit but we really enjoyed all the Alice in Wonderland extras from the flamingo croquet in the quad, to the exquisite exhibition of illustrations by John Tenniel.
There are lots of childrens’ activities and even a themed afternoon tea.

Alice in Wonderland theme at Hannahs

Teignmouth Carnival Procession & Fireworks

Lovely procession in Teignmouth yesterday as part of their carnival week. The evening stayed mainly dry and our Sandays delegation really enjoyed all the floats, the colour and the fun atmosphere. Lots of very clever costumes, music & dancing.

The fireworks later on were a good display too and rounded off a great evening.

Surf Rescue Demonstrations at Dawlish Warren

The popular and informative demonstrations by the Dawlish Warrren Surf Rescue club have re-started on Wednesday evenings at 7.45pm.

The very physical & practical demonstrations are accompanied by a commentary that provides more details about the action unfolding and water safety tips, and every week is a bit different dependent on the water conditions. We are lucky to have this local club trained as they are to rescue people from the sea and the discipline and precision of the demonstrations are impressive.

Demonstration over however and orange hats thrown high in the air it was also great this evening watching their exuberance as they all leapt back into the sea for the sheer pleasure of it!  


Make time for T.R.A.I.L;  that is,  Teignmouth Recycled Art in the Landscape. Community groups and professional artists have created a wonderful outdoor trail along the sea front at Teignmouth, and there is also an indoor exhibition from 12th August at the TAAG Arts & Community Centre.

The outdoor T.R.A.I.L runs throughout the school holidays but obviously looks at its best now before it gets battered by the weather and/or over enthusiastic children! It looks different in differing light conditions, whether wet or dry, etc so take a look whenever you are there.

1785 Craft Markets in Shaldon

You don’t really need an excuse to go to Shaldon; we were there just yesterday evening enjoying a lovely meal at The Clipper (whilst enjoying the views from their balcony) and having a stroll around. It is an easy trip from Sandays and while there we noticed a sign for the 1785 Wednesdays held during the summer months 10 -4.

Named “1785” after the period Georgian houses that circle The Green, there is apparently also early evening entertainment for the children including maypole dancing in July, magician Hat McKool in August, followed by a one act play, with audience participation, continuing the saga of Zebediah Hook. 

Shaldon Green



Teignmouth Carnival week

As we head into the main school summer holiday period there is loads going on everywhere in Devon. In the first week (22nd to 29th July) look out for the Paignton Festival week and the Teignmouth Carnival week.