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

Seaton Artisan Market feeling the heat!

By the SeaThe Artisan Markets returned to Seaton over the early May Bank Holiday and have continued to thrive throughout this scorching summer heatwave that we are currently experiencing.

The free, open air Artisan market hosts a wide variety of  the best arts, crafts, upcycled and unique products from Devon, Dorset and Somerset. Everything from wood carvings, soft furnishings, tailor made clothing, handmade jewellery, artisan glass ware, delicious food and many more tempting local artisan products will be on display. There will also be music from ukulele band ‘Smugglers’ and from local melodeon player G.

The Artisan Market takes place on the 1st Saturday in every month, 10am-2pm on Thury Harcourt place which is outside the new Seaton Tramway terminus building, adjacent to Tescos.  Entry to the public is free and the cost to rent a pitch various between £12 and £30.

More information about the Artisan Market is available at www.facebook.com/SeatonArtisanMarket

Seaton Town Team plans for 2017

Seaton Town Development Team will be working hard this year to enliven Seaton. The team met recently to plan priorities for 2017. Amongst other things they will be looking at ways to ensure Seaton is ‘on the map’ as the home of outdoor adventure and natural environment. They also plan to keep developing Seaton as a  ‘vibrant town’ partnering with organisations such as the newly formed Seaton Traders Association, the Chamber of Commerce, the Town’s attractions, as well as sporting organisations. They are also working on better signage, creating opportunities for footfall, promoting culture, undertaking marketing and promotion of the town, as well as staging a number of events.

The first this year will be their annual Seaton Big Clean which takes place Sat March 4th from 11am when everyone is invited to come and join them to get out and about on the beach and streets of Seaton to clean up ahead of the main tourist season and the Grizzly.

During 2017, the team will also be working on Art@Jubilee, the Artisan Market, supporting a new Seaton Triathlon, continuing to support the Seaton Parkrun and helping with this year’s Seaton Cycle Fest which takes place July 1st-2nd and promised to be bigger and better than ever.

Seaton Town Development Team works under the remit of Seaton Town Council and was established in 2012 to increase awareness of Seaton, establish more events & attractive places for visitors and residents to enjoy, create an active town  and encourage pride in our community.

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New Seaton Town Guide

The team working on the 2017 Seaton Town Guide is gearing up for an early release this year. The town’s official guide – the 2016 version of which can be viewed  on our homepage – was so popular last year that more copies will be printed this year by local company Seaton Print & Design.

Advertising rates have been held at 2016 prices and bookings are being taken now. Anyone interested should email sales@seatondevon.org. file-page1

 

Seaton Artisan Market Christmas

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Shoppers are in for a treat again in the run up to Christmas.  Alongside Seaton’s Xmas Light celebrations Seaton’s traditional Christmas Artisan Market will be back Saturday December 3rd from 10am on Windsor Gardens.

Beautiful hand-crafted Christmas gifts and products from high quality traders with everything from artisan glass work, wood carving and beautiful jewellery though to hand-made fudge and well as traditional mulled wine will be available. Santa Claus will also be making an appearance at the market. You’ll find him in his grotto in Sweet Heaven in Fore St.

 

On Saturday December 10th a royal visit will take place. Queen Victoria will be arriving at the Victorian Artisan Fayre on Windsor Gardens and the Town Square at 10am.

Victorian Artisan Fayre Dec 10

Victorian Artisan Fayre Dec 10

She will be accompanied by Scrooge – who is rumored to be on stilts! and Victorian characters on traders stands and roaming around. There will be a host of entertainment during the day including dancing characters courtesy of JMDancefit, music from Seaton Primary School Choir and Victorian musicians and more.

More information about the Christmas Markets and the Christmas Trail are available on www.seatondevon.org/xmas-2016/

 

While you are at the market why not pick up a leaflet from local shops and enter the Seaton Christmas Trail for your chance to win over 100.00 of Christmas goodies and vouchers.