We now have more details of the activities that will take place during the 24 hour Bioblitz on Friday and Saturday this week and how YOU can get involved. Whether it’s by bringing pictures or specimens on unknown species for identification; providing data on the flora and fauna in your garden; or taking part in one of the guided walks, there’s loads going on to interest children and adults alike.
See all the details by clicking here. See you in the marquee on Friday and Saturday.
The weather forecast for the weekend is very promising – a great weekend to visit ten gardens in Chudleigh. They are all looking wonderful, and their keepers are looking forward to meeting you! For the best value lunch in Devon, make sure you visit Woodlands (see menu here), while cream teas are available at several gardens, including The Appleloft (Saturday), Woodlands (both days), Watercress Farm (Sunday) and Oakfield Coach House (Sunday).
Tickets at just £5 are valid for both days and take you into all ten gardens. And if you want to get the kids interested in gardening, remember that under-16s go in for free.
Note these recent programme updates:
The Rock Garden is open, but is not going to be manned and will NOT be selling tickets. Tickets can be obtained at the Chudfest Box Office on Saturday morning, or on the gate at all the gardens apart from the Rock Garden.
Oakfield Coach House will be open on both Saturday and Sunday, although the cream tea will only be served on Sunday afternoon.
One of the features of Chudfest that we are most proud of is that we put on a number of free events during the week, especially for the youngest members of the community. This year, this includes the Superheroes Party and Messy Church.
And on the Tuesday afternoon, there’s a treat in store for years 4 and 5 at the Primary School:
Every year, during Chudfest, individuals and organisations raise money for good causes. Town Councillor and former Mayor, Chris Webb, is a staunch supporter of vulnerable young people and each year, he finds a novel way to fund-raise. This year he will be spending two nights, Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th July, sleeping rough under the stairway at Chudleigh Town Hall.
Calling all parents and grandparents. Do you know a child who would like this beautiful lorry?
Made by the talented Richard Marks and donated by Gina and Jon Sherwood, the lorry is the prize in the draw taking place across the whole of Chudfest week.
But you don’t have to wait until then to get your tickets. They are on sale, at just £1 per strip, at the Chudfest Box Office every Thursday and Saturday morning in the market, outside the Town Hall. Get your tickets now, with the chance of making your favourite child very happy.
Fast forward to the last evening of the Chudfest calendar: you can pop along to the Parish Church and let your ears be delighted by an evening of music from 7pm. This concert celebrates all styles of music and is organised by Ellie Rowles.
The evening is free, but donations are invited in aid of mental health awareness and MIND. What a wonderful finish for our week of fun! Get all the details by clicking here.
Have you ever fancied turning your hand to a new craft? How about trying an age-old craft as a new hobby? Friday 8th July brings Shan Palmes to the marquee to demonstrate and entice you to the world of Willow Weaving. You could try a basket, or a 2D sculpture, maybe a garden tripod. You could make all of this year’s Christmas Gifts!
There is a £3 charge for adults, but all materials used will be included. Kiddies come for free, but must be accompanied by an adult. For full details, click here.
If your Superhero has enough whizz! and pow! left in them after the Superhero party, why don’t you stay put in the marquee for an activity session with Christian Story Teller Alexa Tewkesbury, hosted by Messy Church? And this isn’t just for pre-schoolers; the bigger kids are welcome too.
With free entry, the afternoon will be messy and fun and informative! Messy Church is running from 3.30 pm to 5:30 pm on Thursday 7th July. You can find full details by clicking here.