The Everything Okehampton

Gala Weekend

22-24 October 2021

 

Friday 22 October

7pm Gala dinner at Okehampton College Sports Hall raising funds for the Okehampton Christmas lights appeal. Featuring Pirate FM DJ, comedian and singer Johnny Cowling. Food provided by Oaktree Catering, bar by OAFC. Tables of up to 10 available, £35 per person, to book contact: Christine on 07881 802055.

 

Charity silent auction today too.  Money raised supporting the Chestnut Appeal, Exeter Leukaemia Fund, Pancreatic Cancer UK, The Farming Community Network, Okehampton Rugby Club, and the Okehampton Christmas lights appeal

To view lots and to bid go to www.galabid.com/pinkladies2021/items

 

Saturday 23 October

10am-4pm Rural Craft and Community Fayre - Simmons Park and Okehampton College Sports Hall. Tables available for local artisans to sell wares at £30, or if you are a local charity involved in mental health and wellbeing and would like to be represented at the event on the day please email: everythingokehampton@gmail.com

 

In the evening we have a free night of music with local groups and artists in Okehampton College Sports Hall.

 

Sunday 24 October

  • Fun, free activity 'taster' day for kids  - come and get a feel for :

  • Gym and Trampolining from Okehampton Flyers

  • Army and police cadets

  • Martial Arts

  • Okehampton Community and Recreation Association (OCRA)

  • West Devon Swords (demonstrating Historical European Martial Arts)

 

There'll be loads going on, fun for all the family. MC for the day is Okehampton's very own Rob Pudner.

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Everything Okehampton - what we do

 

CHRISTMAS TREES AND LIGHTS
Okehampton’s Christmas lights display is envied throughout Devon and beyond, with visitors and locals alike experiencing the ‘wow factor’ as they approach the town centre from every direction!


This is no surprise considering there are over 100 real Christmas trees, each individually lit with strings of LED multicolour light bulbs, plus commercial LED cross-street and column-mount decorations throughout the town centre.


The Chamber of Trade originally started putting up the Christmas lights in 1968, in the Victorian Arcade in the centre of town.  In more recent years Donald Rooke and his team of volunteers helped hang the decorations until Donald retired in 2016.  We rely on the goodwill of volunteers to make the town look magnificent over the festive season and currently we have Steve Bolt, Louis Enderson and Mike Harding doing all the hard work, with a team of volunteers helping us to decorate the trees.


Funding is jointly provided by the donations from many of the town’s businesses, grants from Okehampton Town Council, Okehampton Hamlets Parish Council and Okehampton United Charities, plus kind donations from private residents and visitors and proceeds from the annual Christmas Lights Draw. All of whom are rightly very proud of the town’s festive decoration.

Let's make 'Everything Okehampton Christmas Lights' happen


 


EDWARDIAN EVENING
On the first Thursday in December, Okehampton comes alive with festive cheer as the ever popular annual late-night shopping event takes place in the town centre.


The event is organised by Everything Okehampton, and as well as local businesses opening late to greet both their loyal and new customers, Edwardian Evening features the Mayor’s Carol Service accompanied by the Okehampton Excelsior Silver Band, Reindeer in Red Lion Yard, Santa often pays the Museum of Dartmoor Life a visit to meet local and visiting children, a Hog Roast by Martins butchers, Roasted Chestnuts and a huge Barrel Organ playing festive tunes.

 


OKEHAMPTON FESTIVAL OF FOOD & MUSIC
The festival is now firmly on Okehampton’s calendar on the last Saturday of June.
Previous years festivals have brought a wide range of local food & drink producers and street food vendors to the town: Authentic Spanish cuisine from the Basque region, Pizzas freshly made and cooked in a wood-fired clay oven, local Gourmet burgers cooked fresh on a BBQ, Real Ale brewed on Dartmoor, Handmade chocolates made from Goat’s milk, Devon Cream Teas served by Okehampton’s Victorian Tea Room and so much more.


Music of many different genres have filled the air at venues across the town: Wren Music’s Roots A Capella singers, West Devon Folk Choir, Okehampton Excelsior Silver Band, Jazz duo “One Point Five” and Tinners Morris Dancers have all made appearances.