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Axe Vale Festival June 2017

Held on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June at The Showground, Trafalgar Way, The Axe Vale Festival is suitable for the entire family with plenty of activities to keep all entertained.

Axe Vale Festival June 2017

With a wide range of stalls featuring everything from arts and crafts to antiques and collectibles, the show caters to all tastes. With a floral marquee renowned for its colour and scents, the show is also perfect for the enthusiastic gardener!

See many tradition crafts demonstrated throughout the day and make sure you don't miss the mouth watering food marquee!

There is plenty to see in the main area with entertainments held throughout the day featuring, Heavy horses, Dogs and Ducks, and Falconry Displays.

Listen to music at the Axe Vale Festival Bandstand, including local acts, The Window Trees, Kilmington Choir, Paul Black and many more!

Open between 10am - 6pm on Saturday 17th June and 10am - 5.30pm on Sunday 18th June.

To find out more and buy tickets, please visit

Held at the Axminster Arts Cafe, this exhibition showcases the works of 19 members of the Axminster Arts.

With diverse talents across a varietry of medium, you wil find works in watercolours, oils, textiles, mixed media and photography.

The Axminster Arts Cafe is located in the historic grade II listed Old Courthouse, directly in the center of Axminster.

This highly varied exhibition is being held from Monday 6th March to Sunday 2nd April between 9am and 3pm. It's also completely free!

Easter Holiday Activities Axminster

Unsure What to do this Easter? Here's a few suggestions to keeps the whole family entertained..

Things to do this Easter near Axminster, Devon

The Flamingo Pool

Open from 9am until late so there is plenty of opportunity to take the kids for a swim, why not take them to a family fun session on Sunday or to an afternoon toy session in the hydro pool. For more information, please visit or call 01297 35800 .

Bird Watching...

What's that bird? is bing held on 2nd and 14th April between 12-2pm at the IslandHide at Seaton Wetlands. This a is free activity for the whole family to enjoy.

Bird watching for children. Held on the 4th April between 10-12am, at the Tower Hide at Seaton Wetlands, this activity is aims to introduce children to the art of bird watching. To learn more please call 01395 517557, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

... and Bird Ringing

Why not come and watch bird ringing with the Axe Estuary Ringing Group. Held on 5th and and 16th April between 9-11am at the Discovery Hut at Seaton Wetlands.

To find out more please visit The Axe Estuary Ringing Group Website.

Easter Monday Egg hunt at Trill Farm,

Trill Farm of Musbury are holding a Egg and treasure hunt for the kids on Eastr Monday (28th March), between 3-5pm. There will also be the opportunity to explore the farm, meeting their newbirn lambs and chick. You can even decorate your own real eggs! The Old Dairy Kitch will be open aswell, selling tea and cakes.

To find out more please visit

Axe Vale Festival
The 2014 Axe Value Festival will be taking place on Saturday 21st June from 10am to 6pm and Sunday 22nd June from 9.30am to 5.30pm.

There will be a full range of activities, stands and marquees including:

  • Crafts
  • Antiques & Collectables
  • Art
  • Trade Stands
  • Horticultural Show
  • Charities
  • Floral Marquee
  • Children’s Activities
  • Licensed Bar
  • Food Hall
  • Demonstrators
  • Arena Events
  • Toys & Hobbies
  • Live Bands

As usual the Festival takes place at The Showground, The Trafalgar Way, Axminster.

Ticket’s are £8.00 for adults and £2.00 for children under 16. Under 5’s are free.

Advanced tickets are cheaper and available online, at the Archway Bookstore, Mole Avon and the local Tourist Information Centre.

More information is available on the website and their Facebook Page

Axminster Art Society Workshop

Axminster Art Society is a long established group whose:

overriding objective is the encouragement of fine arts and crafts, not only amongst its own members but also by reaching out to the wider world.

Their next workshop takes place on Saturday 1st March 2014. It is being run by Micheal Lewes and is on the subject of Using Pastels for Cityscapes at Night.

The workshops are held at All Saints Village Hall

The society was founded in 1948 by Mr William Gill and Colonel Tyte. Mrs L M Robertson, Chairman of the U.D.C., became the first President and continued for the amazing period of 30 years.

The society hold regular workshops and demonstrations. More details of which can be found on their website

This January Axminster Drama Club will be putting on their 2014 pantomime Peter Pan.

The show takes place at The Guildhall on West Street in Axminster.

Show times are as follows:

  • Thursday 16th January 7.30pm
  • Friday 17th January 7.30pm
  • Saturday 18th January 2.30pm (Matinee) and 7.30pm

Tickets are available from the Archway Bookshop Church St Axminster, EX13 5AQ. Tel: 01297 33595 (After hours Tel: 01404 831089).

Tickets are £8.00 in advance or £10.00 on the door.

For more information please visit the Axminster Drama Club Website.


A MAJOR fire in Axminster, which closed off the town centre, saw firefighters from across the area go to the scene.The blaze at Webster's Garage, in Lyme Road, was reported to Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) at 1.30pm on Thursday, April 17. A structural engineer was called to assess the structure, which lost its chimney in a collapse around 4pm. Crews also attended fires at Thorney and Uton in Devon and Chilcompton and Wiveliscombe in Somerset.
Landlords Dan and Lyndsey Ecclestone called time at the Castle Inn last week – and treated their regulars to cut price drinks throughout their farewell day. It is understood that opposition to expansion plans needed to keep the business viable prompted them to quit. Regular Kerry Burke, a local carpenter and joiner, said they had been hounded into giving up. Their plans to stage live music, run discos and have entertainment in the beer garden had brought complaints from neighbours, despite them bending over backwards to do what was asked of them.