Exciting new library reading programme for under 4s aims to boost children’s love of books

An exciting new early years reading programme with stickers to collect has been launched in libraries across Devon and Torbay, aiming to inspire a lifelong love of reading.

Libro’s Friends is an extension of Libraries Unlimited’s hugely successful The Secret Book Quest, which was launched in 2021.

Both programmes have been created as part of Libraries Unlimited’s drive to...

Kidzone adds new outdoor facilities to welcome more preschoolers at Westbank

The thriving preschool within Westbank Community Health and Care’s centre at Exminster has added new outdoor play facilities with a view to welcoming more 2- to 4-year-olds from the local area.

The ‘Kidzone’ at Farmhouse Rise in Exminster already offered a large, bright room with an amazing view over the Exminster marshes towards Woodbury, providing high quality, individually tailored...

Watch Spring unfurl at RHS Rosemoor and enjoy Snowdrop walks and Half Term magic and stories

Spring has arrived at RHS Rosemoor, signalled by the appearance of large drifts of delicate snowdrops throughout the gorgeous gardens. In celebration, you can join an expert on a special walk every day at noon from 1–11 February. Booking is not required but places are limited and are offered on a first-come basis.

Before you know it the school holidays will be upon us – but have no...

Step into spring with the National Trust in Devon

Across Devon, National Trust gardens are filling with colourful spring blooms, and houses are looking tip-top after their intensive winter cleans.

There’s loads going on this season from Easter adventures and family trails to tree planting and learning about veteran trees to guided art tours and much more.

What’s more, every time you experience a National Trust day out, you...

Devon & Cornwall Police go back to school

As part of Vision Zero South West - a campaign to cut road deaths and serious injuries - police officers attended Barton Hill Academy in Torquay alongside Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to deliver a lesson in road safety.

The lesson was aimed at nine to eleven-year-olds, teaching them about the dangers on the road and what steps they can take to keep themselves safe....

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Police Community Support Officers offer a warm welcome at TOAST youth club

Police Community Support Officers Colin Balch and Karen Capey will be taking part in a new Exmouth youth club initiative on Tuesday 23 January.

Called ‘TOAST’, the sessions run on a Tuesday and Thursday from 3.30pm to 5.30pm at Open Door community centre in Church Street, Exmouth and are for secondary school and college age students.

PCSO Karen, who works in Budleigh...

Christmas at the Castle is BACK, with the special gift of a sign-language grotto.

Powderham Castle, a historic gem nestled in the heart of South Devon, is set to transport visitors to a winter wonderland with the return of its highly-anticipated Christmas at the Castle event, which this year sees the introduction of a BSL Christmas grotto.

As part of this magical celebration, Powderham Castle invites visitors to experience the historic grounds in a whole new light...

Brightside Exeter and Honiton invites young chefs to pizza making classes

Calling all young aspiring pizza chefs and ice cream aficionados… Brightside at Exeter and Honiton are holding pizza making and ice cream decorating classes on Wednesday 15th and Wednesday 29th November 2023, from 4-7pm.

Each child will be given a pizza base and four toppings of their choice to create their ideal pizza which will baked to perfection in the pizza oven. Moving on to...

Planet Action Workshop - Castle Primary School in Tiverton

Planet & People CIC Launch Fundraiser to Support More Schools & Children with their Planet Action Workshops

Planet & People, a community interest company based in mid-Devon was founded in 2021 by teacher and environmentalist team, Bethia Stevenson-Paul and Jess Carter. Together they deliver fully funded Planet Action Workshops to schools throughout the county with the aim of motivating young people to value the natural world, make planet positive changes and enable schools to become beacons of...

NSPCC to launch campaign on impact of online pornography on children and young people in Plymouth

A major new campaign to raise awareness about the experiences and impacts of online pornography on young people will be launched in Plymouth this week.

The NSPCC is leading the project which is part of the children’s charity’s Together for Childhood programme. The Online Harm Campaign is supported by Plymouth City Council, Devon and Cornwall Police and local schools to address the...