Christmas trees everywhere!

There are Christmas trees everywhere now, in windows, churches and town centres. Exeter is looking lovely again this year with the Christmas market spread out around the centre and the wonderful charity trees on Roman Way always a highlight.

St. Gregory’s church in Dawlish has a Christmas tree festival ending tomorrow (Saturday 11th Dec) and the town always looks pretty with the lights over the brook as well as the additional Xmas lights. Of course we have a tree at Sandays too and enjoy the scent of pine as we come through the door.

Thank you for your cards and hope your Christmas preparations are going well!

Train of Lights

There are lots of lovely Christmassy things happening around the area at the moment, but the most dramatic must be the Train of Lights. 

The steam train, decked out with lights inside & out, runs from Paignton to Kingswear and back. Today we were at  Goodrington Sands where we could hear the shriek of the whistle as the steam train left Paignton station, and could see the plume of steam before the train itself came into view. Watching a steam train close up is always amazing; the sounds and smell as the train powers by is breath-taking. Add to that thousands of lights approaching through a dark evening and it is almost other-worldly!

Check the dartmouthrailriver website for details and try to fit this into your Christmas schedule. Whether you have a ticket to ride or are just spectating, it really is worth taking a look.

Swans & salt water

I often see white (mute) swans on the Exe, sometimes vast numbers around Exeter or much closer to the mouth of the estuary around Powderham. Today I saw flock at the mouth of the Teign, close to the shore at Shaldon. Lovely sight, unfazed by people and dogs on the beach and obviously busily feeding. 

Dawlish Remembers

Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday are both marked in our region with services and parades. There are also displays of poppies in a number of places including this lovely “Poppy Wall” in Dawlish. Along with the Autumnal colours along the brook this makes for a lovely and poignant sight.

Halloween and Bonfire Events

Shaldon & Teignmouth held their bonfire night celebrations last night (Sat 30th Oct) and what a wonderful event it was. Their luck was certainly in with a mild, clear and fairly still evening, absolutely perfect conditions. We like to be on the beach in Shaldon, close to the bonfire and part of the general hubbub, all very enjoyable! Hats off to the team who created the amazing viking inspired bonfire and organised the whole thing. A great firework display topped it all off, and the many Halloween displays around the village were fun to see too, not to mention some of the little witches & wizards already out & about.

Of course Bonfire Night is still to come and there are many more planned in our area so plenty to choose from. We certainly hope to do it all again on Nov 5th.

Fabulous Weekend

Fabulous weather this second weekend in October, sunny and warm throughout! Very happy guests here at Sandays and generally lots of people out & about in Dawlish Warren. Very low tide during the afternoons drew many people down to the vast beach for games, walks and water play: happy days! Sales of ice-cream seemed to be going very well.

In to September …

The main summer holidays are over and we are in to September! Barring cancellations (stay well everybody!)  we will have a busy month at Sandays, with no availability left at all the way things stand at the moment. 

September is usually a lovely month with everything still open, days still reasonably long and lots of interesting free stuff like the Devon Open Studios, the heritage events, or catching part of the cycle tour. For those (like me) who like a dip in the sea, water temperatures are usually at their best in September.

Here are a few random local pics. The Warren is known for many things, but I haven’t caught sunflowers growing on the point before! And we have a lovely little clutch of cygnets down in Dawlish again, so cute.

Summer Update

We are enjoying the summer here at Sandays even though covid remains an ever-present threat! We are being super- cautious here and asking our lovely guests to be careful too. So not so much in the way of events and festivals this year and more about the Warren here on our doorstep, and making the most of other open spaces. Here are a few pics and we hope to see you soon.

Devon County show

The Devon County Show is on this weekend, 2nd, 3rd & 4th July, a change from its usual position in May. Lots going on for all the family in a Covid secure way. Also another opportunity to get vaccinated if you haven’t done that yet.

Expect slow traffic for miles around over these 3 days!

Toby’s Garden Festival

At the moment I am not populating the event page of the Sandays website because the never-ending uncertainty around covid regulations is making it difficult to be sure of anything actually going ahead! However there are some things happening this summer despite it all, and one such was Toby’s Garden Festival at Powderham this weekend. This event usually takes place at the beginning of May and of course it was organised a bit differently to meet all the current guidelines, but remained a great place to be. Seemed to be popular as ever and some people were much better organised than I was with a trolley to put their purchases in!
Well done to Toby and everyone involved in making it happen: not easy these days!

Sunshine & honeysuckle

What a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend with lots of warm sunshine for everyone to enjoy! Lots of people here to make the most of it. Low tide around Red Rock in the sunshine, what could be better?!

Noticed the first honeysuckle in the hedges over the last few days too.

We are open!

Delighted to say that Sandays has re-opened and we would love to hear from you.

We made many changes to our usual routines last year to help us keep covid free. These will remain in place in line with on-going government restrictions, aiming to help keep everyone safe.

We are not taking deposits this year so all bookings can be changed or cancelled with the minimum of fuss. 

Dawlish and much of Devon has been consistently well below national levels of covid infection and we are confident that you will have a safe and enjoyable time with us.