Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Christmas jollity to look forward to

Christmas decorations appeared weeks or even months ago and I got my first Christmas card in mid-November.

In Budleigh Salterton's Cape Cod sister-town they're gearing up for the Brewster for the Holidays event, a three-day weekend jamboree with its own website promoting a host of activities: concerts, and of course shopping: the Brewster General Store for example is open for three days from 6.30 am to 6.00 pm.

Here in Budleigh Salterton the festive season also starts on Friday 3 December with the Late Night Shopping event organised by the town's Chamber of Commerce. Santa Claus is scheduled to set out on his sleigh from the Public Hall at 6.00 pm and will make his way along the High Street. Children from St Peter's School will be singing carols around the Christmas Tree in Rolle Square and shops will be staying open until 9.00 pm.

Plenty of other entertainments are promised including Majorettes, Morris Men, Bellringing, a Singing Trio and a Carnival Float.

At Fairlynch Museum they'll have their own Christmas tree, a traditional gift made every year by Lord Clinton, the Museum's Patron. Entry to the Museum will be free from 6.00 - 8.00 pm. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served at a small cost.

Just a little further along the road Budleigh Salterton Art Club members will be selling unframed art in the entrance foyer of the Methodist Church, Budleigh Salterton The Methodist Church itself will be providing coffee and mince pies in aid of Action For Children (a National Children's Home Scheme).

If you feel like prolonging the holiday atmosphere and there's still room after all those mince pies, a short walk or drive along the River Otter will take you to Otterton Mill where you can indulge yourself the following day, Saturday 4 December between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm, with free tastings at the Christmas Fair's specialist stalls selling local festive goodies. Entry is free.

And then back to Budleigh in time for Imperial Productions' staging of Gigi in the Public Hall. 'Christmas Budleigh' is the affectionate name for the London-based company's annual long weekend spent in the South West, planned to coincide with the town's late-night Christmas shopping and general festive cheer. The musical runs for two performances only on Saturday 4 December 2010 at 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm. Click on for further details.

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