SeatonCarnival

Week full of carnival fun in Seaton

The first illuminated carnival in the East Devon circuit will be transforming the streets of Seaton on Saturday 31 August.

 

In existence for over 50 years, the traditional street procession through the town centre will follow a week of events, shows and activities.

 

The multitude of events during the week will include a classic car show, car treasure hunt, murder mystery, dog show, children’s golf, bingo and the crowning of the royal carnival party plus many other activities suitable for the whole family.

 

June Millman commented on behalf of the Carnival Committee: “We are very grateful to the traders of the town who have advertised in the programme or are helping with events during the week, and we know with this help, we are going to have a terrific week.”

 

The grand procession, on the final day of Carnival Week, on 31 August, will start on the Esplanade at 8pm. The procession route will go through Harbour Rd, Underfleet, Fore Street and Marine Place finishing up on the Esplanade.

 

As well as the spectacular illuminated floats there will be costumed walking entries, many of whom will also be illuminated with lights attached to their costumes. The parade will also be host to troupes of majorettes, smaller floats, street bands and local clubs and organisations.

 

This year the parade will be led by Seaton’s very own Samba Band who will entertain the crowds on the Esplanade after the procession has gone through.

 

Cllr Ken Beer, Mayor of Seaton Town Council commented: “Seaton Carnival Week is always a highlight for the summer in the town. The carnival committee have worked with the town’s retailers to plan a fantastic programme of events and activities for families to get involved with. The main procession at the end of the week is something that the residents of Seaton look forward to, kicking off the first illuminated procession in East Devon. We hope to see many of you in the town!”

 

Programmes with all the events and times will be available in many shops in the town, just look out for cards in the windows of the shops selling them for 50p each.

OYEZ: New Town Crier Wanted for Seaton

Applications are open for a new town crier in Seaton. Following the retirement of the former crier in 2017, Seaton Town Council is looking for volunteers to take on this noisy and celebrated role.

Seaton Councillor Ken Beer explains, “Seaton’s town crier is an important and traditional role and we are keen to appoint a new crier as soon as possible. Our town holds many events throughout the year and a town crier adds ceremony and history to those as well as being a great attraction for tourists. A town crier can be any age or gender – as long as they have a loud voice, a sense of fun and a love of Seaton we would like to hear from them.”

Former Seaton Town Crier, David Craner, attended events and spread the word across the town for over six years, enjoying the voluntary role until his recent retirement. He says, “A town crier gets to meet a variety of people and be part of a community. In Seaton, holiday makers from all over the world have their photo taken with me – some of them have never seen a town crier before. It is a such an enjoyable way to represent the town.”

The Seaton Town Crier has the honour of starting the renowned annual Grizzly run setting the 2,500 runners off on the 20-mile race from Seaton seafront as well as attending up to 40 events a year including meeting residents, opening new shops and entertaining visitors at the town’s summer events. The volunteer also wears a specially made Seaton Town Crier outfit, covered in badges about the town, as part of the role.

David Craner says, “Anyone wanting to volunteer for the role should just go for it. I am happy to help with advice or take them out for a practice to make a bit of noise. If you are a forward-thinking, friendly person who loves Seaton, this is the role for you!”

Whilst this is a voluntary role, expenses are paid.  Anyone interested in volunteering for the role of Seaton Town Crier should send their CV into the Town Clerk at Seaton Town Council on townclerk@seaton.gov.uk or call 01297 21388.

World Wetlands Day – James Chubb Q&A

In respect of World Wetlands Day on 2nd February 2019 we’ve spoken to James Chubb Countryside Team Leader at East Devon District Council about the fabulous Seaton Wetlands and all that it has to offer…

 What is your role on a day to day basis?

The role of Nature Reserve Manager alters massively from day to day; its my responsibility to ensure the site is safe and welcoming for human and animal visitors! Adjusting water levels to seasonally flood areas or dry them out, looking after livestock, and monitoring wild species are all part of the daily task list.

  1. What is Seaton Wetlands?

Seaton Wetlands is an area of saltmarsh and freshwater grazing marsh on the western bank of the Axe estuary near the town of Seaton.

  1. Why are the Wetlands important?

The wetlands are important breeding grounds for many rare animals, most notably birds, but mammals too. The mosaic of lagoons, ponds, reedbed grassland and traditionally-managed hedgerows are alive with biodiversity and bring wildlife and people together for the ultimate wild experience.

  1. What can you expect to see if you visit the Wetlands? What is the standout wildlife that you have seen there?

We’ve recently reintroduced water voles, so they  should be a prominent mammal to look out for in the summer months; otters are very active this winter so will possibly breed in the nature reserve this summer, the hedgerows are home to endangered dormice and harvest mice are found in the scruffy grass margins. Our rarest mammal is probably the grey long eared bat – only a handful of sites in the UK are known to have this amazing little animal! In bird terms the site is an important breeding area for shelduck, barn owls and kestrels breed in the valley and feed on the reserve and oystercatcher breed on the islands of Black Hole Marsh todal lagoon.

  1. Are there any guided walks and talks that take place? What do these involve?   

We have regular Meet the Birds mornings, where an experienced guide is in the hide to help visitors identify what they are looking at. We have a really busy events programme which runs throughout the year and includes canoe safaris and night time bat walks, all can be found at wildeastdevon.com

  1. When is the best time of year to visit the Wetlands?

ANY TIME! There’s something to see in any month and each month is slightly different to the next!

  1. Do you encourage families with children to visit the Wetlands? Are there things for children to do/ learn?

Yes, the site is really popular with families as there are no vehicles and no dogs so it is really safe and secure. The cyclepath runs through the site and is a great place for little people to learn to ride bikes, its not all about the wildlife.

  1. How can people get involved to help protect and conserve the Wetlands?

We have a regular group of volunteers who grapple with practical tasks ever Tuesday, we’ve always keen to encourage more people to join in. Our Discovery Hut is open every Saturday, Sunday and Monday and is staffed by a loyal volunteer workforce. They extend a warm welcome to visitors, point out the daily interests, make refreshements and introduce people to our resident ‘pet’ harvest mice and estuary fish tank. Local companies donate staff time to help with conservation tasks too.

  1. How many Wetlands are in Devon?

Devon is rich in wetlands with all of the major river estuaries in the County having intertidal wetland features. However Seaton Wetlands is the largest purpose-built site for visitors and wildlife, and so I am honour bound to recommend people come here!

Seaton Wetlands has been nominated in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2019 in the ‘Best Nature Reserve’ category!

To vote for our fantastic nature reserve, click the following link:

https://countryfile.awardsplatform.com/entry/vote/XmyNDrpZ/ajwarKWP?search=9c97739b7ef12c67-4

The voting deadline is 17th February at 23:59pm.

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.

The draw will be happening on the 20th December, so why not visit Seaton on the 1st December for late night shopping and the Christmas light switch on, a great opportunity to fill your card with stamps!

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

Loyalty Card Terms & Conditions v1

Seaton Parkrun

Every Saturday morning Seaton’s seafront is taken over by the Seaton Parkrun. Part of a nation-wide movement, Parkruns are well-organised, timed runs which are totally free to join, open to any age or ability, non-competitive and aimed at getting more people outside running in the fresh air. You don’t have to qualify, apply or be part of a team; you just register your details online before you go, print out a barcode which the volunteers will scan, and then all you have to do is do your best!

With barcodes scanned at the beginning and the end, the events are timed, but this is just for your own benefit, so that you can set yourself a target, beat a personal best etc, or you can ignore the times completely and just join in for fun.

There is a great atmosphere, with runners of all ages and abilities, and the volunteers will help you with any questions or problems you may have.

The runs start every Saturday morning at 9am, meeting at Seaton Esplanade, and the course is 5km. It is a very straight-forward route back & forth along the seafront, with a tricky little stretch on the pebbles, which is hard work. There is always a good number of runners, and many people have made friends through the run and the after-run coffee stop.  Lots of people meet afterwards for a coffee in Pebbles, Marine Parade, and the atmosphere is very welcoming, friendly and there is absolutely no pressure to be a fantastic runner or super-fit, just get out there and enjoy it!

 

Underfleet Play park going Jurassic!

Underfleet Play Park, Seaton EX12 is getting a re vamp. The new play ground will feature a Jurassic theme and a host of exciting new play areas and equipment including  a rock wall, batty tunnels, a 30 meter zip-wire, a viper giant rope and arched jungle, areas for younger and older children, and more.

Seaton Bay

New Seaton website is live

New Seaton website is live.

Whether you are looking for information on Seaton’s attractions and events, wanting to explore our stunning natural environment, interested in experiencing the thrills of Seaton`s year round outdoor activities, delving deep into our ancient history, looking for inspiring culture, or just wanting somewhere to stay, eat or shop, you’ll find the latest information right here. Thanks for stopping by.

Art@Jubilee

ART@JUBILEE

JOIN US for an exciting series of outdoor fine art shows in a beautiful setting overlooking the sea.

12 noon to 4pm

May to September each year

Seaton Town Development Team’s summer outdoor art show Art@Jubilee takes place on the third Sunday of each month  over the summer.

Set in the stunning location of Jubilee Gardens overlooking the sea, it showcases the work of local artists from Devon, Dorset and Somerset.

Art@Jubilee 2016 final show this year is  Sunday 18 Sept.

2017

Pitches will be available for artists of 2D and 3D media for our 2017 series starting in May.
There is NO commission on sales. T&Cs apply.

For more info email Arts@seatondevon.org or see www.facebook.com/artatjubilee