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Ottery St Mary Food and Families Festival

Held on Saturday 3rd June, Ottery St Mary Food and Families Festival shares with you Ottery St Mary's local producers, products and chefs.

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A community organised event, The Ottery St Mary Food and Families Festival was first held in 2012 and it aims to promote Ottery ST Mary as a key destination for all things food and drink orientated.

The festival is held throughout the town with the key locations being:

  • The Food Theatre
  • The Rusty Pig/The Institute
  • Samosa Lady
  • The Festival Market

To find out more, please visit

Easter Events in and around Ottery St Mary

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There are a number of Easter events taking place in and around Ottery St Mary this Easter.

Here are two of our highlights:

Escot Easter Egg Hunt

5th April to 21st April

Escot will he holding an Easter Egg Hunt every day until 21st April.

Collect a clue sheet from the kiosk.

During Easter weekend they will be having a special Golden Easter Egg Hunt.

For more info visit the Escot website:

Otter Nurseries Little Otters Easter Bonnet Making

Thursday 10th April 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Easter bonnet making at Otter Nurseries. Everything provided to make your bonnet including glitter and pom poms!

For more info visit the Otter Nurseries website:

Otter Nurseries Gardening Skills Weekend

Otter Nurseries Garden Centre are holding a gardening skills weekend in March.

The event takes place on the 22nd and 23rd March 2014.

With spring almost upon us Otter Nursries will give you advice on getting your garden looking its best.

There will be free demonstrations and the opportunity to talk to and ask questions of knowledgeable horticulturists.

The event is free to enter.

For more information visit the Otter Nurseries Website:

The Ottery St Mary Scout Group are holding their impressing Annual Jumble Sales over the next few weeks.

The first events take place on Saturday 25th January 2014 at the Coleridge Playgroup at 11am and at The Institure and the Old Boys School at 1.30pm.

The sale at the Coleridge Playgroup will include books, CD’s DVD’s and vinyl records. The Institute will be selling bric-a-brac, nearly new and auction items of great interest. There will be a café at the Old Boys School with home baked cakes and drinks. There will also be a sale of furniture, electrical goods and children’s games.

All these events will close around 4pm.

The next sales are on Saturday 1st February at 1.30pm.

Coleridge Playgroup will be selling children’s clothes.

The Institute will be selling adult clothes and nearly new items.

The Old Boys School will be selling shoes, travel cases, curtains, carpets etc.

For more information and contact details, please visit the Ottery St Mary Scout Group Website

Escot Sign

This winter Escot are having a special promotion, park entrance AND lunch in the Coach House Restaurant for just £12 per person (£11 children and concessions).

This offer is available every day until 14th February!

Their Bakers Dozen of reasons to visit Escot are:

  • It’s a place of great Natural Beauty
  • There is freedom and Space to Run
  • Fantastic Forest Playgrounds
  • Unforgettable Giant Rope Swing
  • A family of Cheeky Otters
  • One of the few places in the UK for a Red Squirrel Encounter
  • The Indoor Play Barn for toddlers
  • The Giant Maze
  • Visit the Saxon Village (my kids favourite!)
  • Enjoy the Birds of Prey display
  • Terces Shtap (can you work this one out??)
  • Plenty of Trees to Climb
  • Lunch in the Coach House Restaurant

Ottery St Mary Recycling Centre
In December 2013 a new state of the art recycling centre for Ottery St Mary and Sidmouth opened. The centre was opened by Councillor Bernard Hughes OBE.

The centre, on the C808, is around 300 metres south of the Woods Farm hub it has replaced.

SITA UK Ltd will be operating the centre for DCC and all the staff from Woods Farm will transfer across.

The site - leased to the council by Clinton Devon Estates – and an adjacent field will be landscaped and planted with around 5,000 trees and shrubs to screen it and minimise its visual impact on the surrounding area. The centre also features a split-level design where the public can deposit items in various containers placed at a lower level without the need to climb steps.

The facility will be open from 8am to 4.30pm from Monday to Friday and 10am to 4.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

If you’ve visited the new centre please let us know what you think via our contact page.

Otter Nurseries

Otter Nurseries Garden Centre are holding a number of Christmas events in the run up to this year festivities!

Feniton Primary School Carol Singing

On Wednesday 18th December from 2–3pm children from Feniton Primary School will be singing Christmas Carols in the restaurant area.

Santa’s Magical Kingdom

Santa will be in residence at a brand new grotto with singing reindeer!

Santa will be available from the 9th November 2013 between the following times:

  • Saturdays From 9th November 9:30am - 5:00pm
  • Sundays From 10th November 10:00am - 4:30pm
  • Wed 4th & 11th, 18th December 1:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Thursday 5th & 12th December 1:30pm - 5:00pm
  • Friday 6th & 13th December 1:30pm - 5:00pm
  • Monday 16th to Friday 20th December 10:30am - 5:00pm
  • Monday 23rd December 10:30am - 5:00pm
  • Christmas Eve 10:30am - 2:30pm

Tickers are £4.99 per child and include a present and a Santa’s Fun Club Sticker. More details and tickets are available here.

Magic & Cookies with Santa

You can combine you visit to Santa’s grotto with a magic show & milk and cookies on the following dates:

  • Sunday 15th & 22nd December
  • Saturday 21st December
  • Monday 23rd December
  • Tuesday 24th December

All events start at 8.45am

For more details and news of other events visit the Otter Nurseries website


Killerton Christmas Lights Killterton House near Broadclyst are holding a number of festive events in the run up to Christmas including:

  • Farmers and local produce market - Saturday 16th November and Saturday 21st December, 10:30am - 2:30pm.
  • Wreath-Making Workshop - Saturday 30th November, Sunday 1st December, 10:30am - 12:30pm and 2–4pm.
  • Victorian Father Christmas - Saturday 7th, 14th and 21st December, 2–3:30pm.
  • Harp Concert - Thursday 5th and 12th December from 7pm.
  • Craft Fair - Saturday 9th an Sunday 10th November, 10:30am - 4pm.

There will also be locally grown Christmas Trees available for sale and on Friday 6th, Saturday 7th, Friday 13th Saturday 14th, Friday 20th and Saturday 21st December Killerton will be open until 6pm so that people can enjoy the Christmas Lights as dusk settles.

For more information and details of other events visit the National Trust Website

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Ottery St Mary Festive Fun Day Ottery St Mary is having a Festive Fun Day on Saturday 30th November. The event starts at 12:30pm and concludes at 6pm when Santa will be turning on the Christmas Lights!

There will be a stage in the Square with live acts performing all day and local schools will be competing in the “OSM Factor”!

There will be a large street market with a wide variety of goods and produce.

Lots of the shops in town will be having lots of special offers on the day too!

For more information and news checkout out the Ottery St Mary Festive Fun Day Facebook page

Escot Logo This weekend entry to Escot is competely free for everyone!

Their Christmas Treats Weekend takes place on the 23rd and 24th November 2013 and includes the chance to meet Santa, drink some mulled wine, eat some mince pies and generally get into the Chrismas spirit!

There is a small charge for some activities. Bookings to see Father Christmas in his forest grotto will be taken on each day on a first come, first served basis. Everyone will however have the chance to see Father Christmas when he delivers Christmas presents to the otters and visits the restaurant and play barn in the afternoon.

For more information vist the Escot Website

Escot Maze

The Tar Barrel tradition is hundreds of years old. The exact origins are unknown but probably started after the gunpowder plot of 1605. Various alternative reasons suggested for burning barrels have included fumigation of cottages and as a warning of the approach of the Spanish armada.

The West Country has a history of torchlight processions and burning barrels and Ottery was only one of the many towns and villages following an annual tradition containing barrels which were rolled in the streets on November 5th each year. Somewhere along the line someone decided rolling was tame and carrying barrels on your shoulders was far more appealing and so the present tradition was born and now Ottery is the only Town in the country carrying full sized lighted tar barrels through the streets.

The procession of tableaux is also an old West Country tradition and is still a popular part of the winter months when most weekends will see a procession of brightly lit tableaux in a great many Towns and villages.

November the 5th each year is the traditional day for the Tar Barrels and only changes when the 5th falls on a Sunday. The procession and fireworks are normally on the Saturday before the 5th of November.

You can find out more information here

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