Seaton Celebrates Christmas

Seaton will be kick starting its Christmas celebrations on Saturday 1st December with the return of its Christmas Carnival, light switch on and festive markets. The day will start with the Seaton Eats Boutique and Seaton Artisan Market both taking place at Windsor Gardens.  To continue the celebrations into the evening, Seaton will host its annual light switch on, Christmas Carnival and late-night shopping bringing residents a full day of Christmas fun.

Seaton Eats Boutique will be at Windsor Gardens next to the Christmas tree from noon to 8pm. For those looking to get into the Christmas spirit, there will be some favourite food vendors alongside the bar, which will be stocked with Gluhwein, mulled cider, festive punch and hot chocolate!

From 4pm till 8pm the Artisan Market will be back at Windsor Gardens.  Featuring traders from Devon, Dorset and Somerset, the market highlights the best arts, crafts, businesses and unique products in the area.  Entry is free and is the perfect opportunity to start your Christmas shopping.

The most anticipated part of the day is the Christmas light switch on followed by the enchanting Christmas Carnival. This year the lights will be turned on by the winner from Seaton Town Council’s Independent Seaton competition and a member of the Carnival Royal Party.  Seaton’s residents can watch the Christmas lights being switched on at the Town Square at 5.50pm and for those that are keen to carry on shopping, many of the independent retailers will be staying open late.

To top off the festivities, at 6pm the impressive floats from the Christmas Carnival will begin gliding through the streets of Seaton leaving a trail of Christmas spirit.   The carnival will commence from Harbour Road, travel up the Underfleet, down through Fore Street and then on to the Esplanade.  This year’s line-up will be led by the Fire Brigade, Seaton Majorettes and the royal float featuring a prince and two princesses.   Last but not least, Father Christmas will be at the end of the parade and will be stopping in the square to greet children.

A Seaton Town Council spokesperson said: “Seaton is a great town which prides itself on bringing the community together and the markets do just this.  Our independent shops are perfect for Christmas shopping as they create more of a festive spirit and provide a premium level of service that you wouldn’t necessarily find elsewhere.  This combined with our light switch on and carnival is a way that the town can celebrate the start of the Christmas season together”.

The Independent Seaton competition has been launched to celebrate and support independent businesses in the town centre. The public have been asked to share images of their favourite shop, café or restaurant on social media channels from 1st November to the 25th November, tagging in @VisitSeatonUK and using #MyIndependentSeaton. Seaton Town Council will then select their favourite image and the winner will receive a £100 gift voucher to spend in the local independent shops and eateries.  The winner will be announced on Seaton’s social media channels on 26th November.

 

Seaton Town Council Launches Christmas Shopper Loyalty Card

This year festive shoppers in Seaton will have the chance to get their hands on a Christmas Shopper Loyalty Card.   Shoppers will be receive a stamp from participating Seaton traders when they spend a minimum of £5.  Once the loyalty card is full with a minimum of five different traders’ stamps and posted in one of the boxes found at retailers, customers will then be entered into a draw to win a fabulously festive hamper full of gifts from each participating trader.

Click below for a full list of participating retailers and the T&Cs

Christmas Loyalty T & Cs pdf

 

Battle’s Over – commemorating 100 years since the end of WWI November 11th 2018

Seaton Town Council is playing its part in Battle’s Over, an international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I.

Organised by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Battle’s Over takes place on November 11th 2018, with events throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and at scores of locations overseas, including New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Bermuda, France, Belgium, Canada, the United States and Germany, to name but a few.

Seaton’s Commemoration to mark this event is being held at Jubilee Gardens, Seaton Seafront, commencing at 6.30pm and finishing with the lighting of a Beacon at 7.00pm, one of over 1000 Beacons being lit across the country.

All are warmly invited to this historic event.

A Seaton Town Council spokesperson, said: “We are proud to be playing a part in this historic international event to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War, and to recognise the contribution and sacrifice made by the men and women from our own community.”

For more information please contact:

Contact Name: Amy Tregellas, Town Clerk

Contact Email: townclerk@seaton.gov.uk

Contact Tel No: (01297) 21388

Council’s special parking offer designed to be a winter shopper winner

Temporary car parking deal in East Devon will run for five months from 1 November 2018 to 31 March 2019

Anyone planning to start their Christmas shopping early will be able to take advantage of East Devon District Council’s five-month winter parking special offer, which starts on 1 November 2018 and runs until 31 March 2019. The daily parking tariff of £2 offers unbeatable value as it enables shoppers to take their time when making purchases, as the ticket will cover them for the entire day, from whatever time they choose to arrive until midnight.

East Devon’s temporary tariff will not only support local shops over the run-up to Christmas, but will also help boost trade during the traditionally quieter months of January and February. It won’t just be shops that benefit either, the all-day ticket will, it is hoped, encourage people to use local cafes, restaurants and pubs and to linger longer over a cup of coffee or a meal.

The special offer tickets are available only in East Devon District Council’s 45 pay and display car parks, but does exclude Parkmobile payments and Permit Holders. Customers should not be concerned if they notice that their ticket may not have an expiry time of midnight printed on it. Parking officers will be checking that the £2 has been paid, which will make the ticket valid for the rest of that day. Please note that the offer applies to cash transactions only – unfortunately it is not possible to run the offer on the ParkMobile app.

Councillor Geoff Pook, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for Asset Management, said:

“We want to support businesses in all of our town and village high streets as much as we can through the quieter winter months. All the feedback we have received from last year’s parking offer showed that it was a great success. And the really good news is that not only is the price of all day parking now just £2. You can also use the same ticket in any other East Devon pay and display car park on that day so why not take a tour around to discover something different on offer.

“The ticket will be valid right up until midnight in all of our pay and display car parks in Exmouth, Seaton, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Beer, Axminster, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Lympstone or Colyton.  We know it’s a tough time for towns, so we want to do all we can to help traders and the district’s Chambers of Commerce. It will be interesting to see how the five month concession affects trade, but first I’d like to thank all our customers who took advantage of our previous offers – your custom was a big boost to the local economy.”

Seaton Choral Society presents Classic and Cool

Seaton Choral Society is presenting a festival of Christmas Music in The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton on Sunday 9th December at 4pm. The music will include the Christmas section of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ plus the famous ‘Hallelujah’ Chorus in the first half and, after the interval, several modern jazzy carols and arrangements of well-known favourites such as ‘White Christmas’ and ‘Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer’.  Accompanied by strings and piano, David Fouracre is the guest soloist and the whole is conducted by Les Baker. There will also be an opportunity to join in a couple of favourites, so all are invited to come and celebrate Christmas in a Classic and Cool style.  Doors open at 3.30pm. Tickets are £10 or £12 on the door and under 18s are free.

Storm Callum Fails to Stop Seaton’s 100th parkrun

Runners battle Storm Callum at the 100th parkrun

Last Saturday (13 October) saw the 100th Seaton parkrun. This free, weekly, timed 5k has been taking place on the seafront every Saturday since November 2016 and the occasional storm has provided the organisers with a few challenges over the months. None as difficult as Storm Callum last weekend which deposited a lot of the beach on West Walk on Friday and threatened to add to it during the gale force winds and high tide on Saturday morning. Undaunted the Seaton parkrun core team decided to reroute the run using just East Walk.

An amazing 176 hardy parkrunners turned up to run, jog or walk the new route and to celebrate the 100th Seaton parkrun. Battling the wind did not deter locals and visitors alike and we even welcomed 22 newcomers who hadn’t previously taken part here. Prizes were awarded to those with the most Seaton parkruns under their belts – The Churchill family, Rachel, Evelyn, Lila and Dean, who between them have chalked up 245 runs an average of more than 61 each; Julie Haines who took the prize for most runs by a woman with 67; John Mellodew and Martin Owen jointly completing 67 runs each; and under 11s Oliver Hawkins, 42 runs, and Cecelia Davies, 37, receiving the boy’s and girl’s prizes. Our most senior participant (from the comfort of a bench by the finish line) known fondly has “full English” Earnest received a prize for turning out to cheer whatever the weather.

Celebratory cake was kindly provided by Pebbles Cafe and Susi Sadler. Axe Valley Pedallers joined us to celebrate and to repeat their “Run like Froome”. A good time was had by all despite the blustery conditions.

Co-event directors Tony Smith and Carol Austin declared themselves to be as proud as punch at the fabulous turnout and the wonderful team of volunteers who make this event possible every Saturday.

If you would like to take part in parkrun please come down to the seafront any Saturday by 8:55am for a 9am start. Everyone is welcome. You can walk, jog or run and no one is last as there is always a tail walker in an orange tabard and clip-on tail! Under 11s are welcome but must take part with their parent or other responsible adult and may not run alone. More information can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/seaton/

Seaton CycleFest 2018

                                            

Seaton Town Council has recently hosted the third annual Seaton CycleFest www.seatoncyclefest.co.uk .  This year the event was even bigger and better than ever with two whole days of cycle events on Sat 30th June and Sun 1st July 2018.

Saturday 30th June saw the return of the Vintage Cycle Day kicking off the weekend-long Festival. Over 100 vintage cyclists descended upon Seaton with #VeloVintage www.velovintage.co.uk. Everyone was welcome to join the vintage cyclists up at Cliff Field Gardens for a retro style fete and family picnic and to browse through the stalls and enjoy some traditional entertainment.

Sunday 1st July welcomed British Cycling back to Seaton with the town centre turning into a racing course for the day and featuring some of the best cyclists in the South West. The Town Development Team working with 1st Chard Wheelers started the cycle races at 11am on the Criterium course which runs along the esplanade, up Castle Hill, down Seafield Hill Rd and onto Harbour Road before making its way to the Esplanade finish line via Beach Rd.

Alongside the cycling races was plenty of family entertainment at the Festival Village on Thury Harcourt Place with shopping, bouncy castles and other entertainment.  There were also several beachside activities including Seaton Bay Paddlesports plus lots of refreshments froCycle Fest-2016 Women's Racem Seaton’s pubs, cafes and restaurants.

For race results and more information about this year’s CycleFest event and to find out details for CycleFest 2019 please refer to the website:   www.seatoncyclefest.co.uk

Great Summer for Seaton

Seaton is looking forward to a great line-up this summer!

On Saturday 21st July,  the Natural Seaton Festival will take place at Thury Court/Tesco Plaza from 10am to 4pm.  This festival is an opportunity to explore and celebrate the natural wealth of this unique part of the Jurassic Coast.  Entry is free.

The arrival of the August summer holidays will welcome many more fun activities and entertainment for all the family.

Jubilee Gardens will play host to The Seaton Eats Boutique to be held on Friday 3rd August from 5pm to 9pm.  The Seaton Eats Boutique is an evening food market by the sea with vendors offering a wide selection of hot and cold food from all the different corners of the world.

 

Great artisan gifts will be available at Seaton Artisan Summer markets on Saturday August 4th from 10am to 3pm.  Beautiful art displays will be showcased in Jubilee Gardens at Art@Jubilee  also on Saturday August 4th from 11am to 4pm.   Watersports will be available in the form of Paddle boarding and Kayaking which you can get directly at Fisherman’s Gap on Seaton beach. You can also take part in all the events that Seaton Jurassic or Seaton Wetlands has to offer.

There will also be plenty of family fun over the summer holidays – from exploring the labyrinth, taking a ride on the Seaton Tramway, enjoying the Underfleet PlayPark, or the Jurassic Adventure Golf at Seafield Gardens.  Other activities include or taking a ride out on a vintage bus with the @Jurassic Mule.

Many great bands from pub gigs to the Gateway as well as music and cinema were on offer

If you wanted a bite to eat, Seaton has plenty to offer from great cafes, eateries and restaurants or dining alfresco at the popular Seaton Eats Boutique overlooking the sea.

There’s always more information  on our events pages and What’s On section

 

Seaton Youth Blog

Seaton is an up-and-coming town with lots going on, but amongst the toddler groups, kids clubs and OAP lunches, what is there for the teenagers?

Our aim is to find out all the opportunities, clubs and activities that young people can get involved in, and spread the word to get as many young people involved as possible, but we need your help!

Do you belong to a club, team or group that includes (or could include) young people aged from 11-18? If so, please get in touch, and we’ll do our best to put them in touch with you.

We will keep adding listings as we learn about them, so be sure to check back regularly, and follow us on social media to keep up to date with clubs, events and ideas to keep young people in Seaton entertained, inspired and active.

The Skate Park is a popular spot with all ages

 

Seaton Artisan Market returns for Summer

The popular Seaton Artisan Marketgeneric artisan 2017 returns this summer on Saturdays 4th August 2018 and 1st September 10am – 3pm. Beautiful arts and crafts will be on display from local artisans from Devon, Dorset and Somerset.

Taking place at at Thury Harcourt Place in Seaton the Market will have some lovely new products including ceramics and pottery, art, paintings, wood carvings and creations, clothing, scented gifts, artisan glasswork and yummy jams, chutneys and cakes.

The Smuggler’s ukulele band will be entertaining everyone from 10.30am.

FREE to enter, the Artisan Market takes place on the first Saturday of each month.

More info at www.seatondevon.org/artisan