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Plymouth based travel expert makes dreams come true

With ‘lockdown’ officially becoming the ‘word of the year,’ many people are looking to 2021 to sprinkle some much-needed magic into their holiday plans and, perhaps, to do something a little bit different.

And travel specialist Karen Thornton is rapidly becoming the ‘go to’ person to...

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Santas on a Bike will be a little different this year but keep an eye out between 4 - 6 December

Santas swap sleighs for bikes

Authored by caroline

Over the weekend of 4 – 6 December motorbike lovers across the South West are being asked to don their festive attire and take part in Santas on a Bike to raise vital funds for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) and its children’s hospices; Little Bridge House in north Devon, Charlton Farm in Somerset and Little Harbour in St Austell.

Santas on a Bike is an annual festive fundraiser...

6 virtual sporting events that will help keep you fit, healthy and in shape

Authored by Mary

Attending huge sports events probably seems like a distant memory, lost in the past. Those days when we got up early for 6am training or to travel to one of the many races held most weekends across the country. Whether we were running, cycling or swimming, we only wanted the following - to have fun whilst keeping fit! We can’t bring back all of this just yet, but we want to make sure that...

Energy firm to recruit school age board members from the South West

Authored by News Desk

An energy firm is recruiting school pupils from the South West to join its board and advise it on how to tackle climate change.

The move comes in a year that has seen young people face unprecedented uncertainty with regard to their future career prospects, with more and more young people looking to green sectors for a sustainable career.

Nearly half (46%) of young people in...

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Comedian Jo Brand urges people in Devon to express themsELVES for Elf Day

Authored by Mary

It’s been a tough year for many, but Alzheimer’s Society supporter and stand-up comedian Jo Brand is determined to help spread some festive cheer.

Jo wants people across the South West – where more than 92,510 people are living with dementia – to pop on a pair of elf ears, pull up their festive tights and shake a leg in some jolly jingle-bell slippers on Elf Day to raise some much-...

Mama Bear’s children support Children in Need with lockdown-friendly fun

Authored by Mary

Children at Mama Bear’s Day Nursery and Pre-Schools across Devon have had to get creative with their Children in Need fundraising efforts this year in order to abide by coronavirus rules.

Instead of the usual bake sales, raffles, teddy bear picnics and spare change collections, the tots have enjoyed pyjama days, crazy hair days, bear hunts and Pudsey crafts to mark the important...

ReadAlong with RNIB! Charity calls for children in the South West to help set Guinness World Records title

Authored by Mary

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is calling for families in the South West to take part in a giant virtual reading event next month.

The charity hopes that the event will break a world record to highlight the need for more positive representations of disability in children’s literature.

To take part, families will need to read the RNIB’s reimagining of a...

Families get in line as holiday caravan sales soar in Devon

Authored by Mary

Waiting lists for would-be holiday home buyers are being put in place at many of the six holiday parks in Devon operated by Park Holidays UK.

The group says it regrets that some customers are being asked to remain patient until new stocks of holiday homes are delivered, and extra pitches developed.

Director Tony Clish reports that demand for holiday lodges and caravans has...

Theatre Royal Plymouth Announce Funky Llama Club Night at Home!

Authored by Mary

Theatre Royal Plymouth Announce Funky Llama Club Night At Home !

Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Funky Llama is back and like you have never seen before! This January they are bringing their funky, futuristic Club Night event straight to you in the comfort on your own home.

Funky Llama Club Night At Home is an interactive website experience that takes you on a virtual journey into...

Coffee and cheese are the perfect pairing say two award winning Devon companies

Authored by Mary

Coffee and cheese are proving the perfect match for two Devon companies that have combined to bring a whole world of alternate pairings to the table following their two star accolades at the Great Taste Awards.

Blue Goose Coffee and South West Dairy Sharpham Cheese have teamed up with their award winning products to show that a cup of coffee and a well-curated cheese board are as...

The Riverford Field Kitchen restaurant has used lockdown two to cook 250 meals a week for local community food charities

Authored by Mary

Organic restaurant The Riverford Field Kitchen has turned its kitchen into a community resource to serve 250 meals a week from surplus organic produce for local people in need.

Buckfastleigh-based organic veg box company Riverford has been supplying surplus veg to their long-term charity partners FoodCycle and Food in Community for years, both of which have seen demand surge since...