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Brixham Heritage Museum

Brixham Heritage Museum Forthcoming Events

Easter Explorers at Brixham Heritage Museum from 5th April -19th April (Tuesday to Saturday).

A great day out for families, with activity bags, dressing up in themed costumes, quizes and competitions as well as toys, games,drawing and reading activities. Play, learn and explore together! Activities are free with museum ticket.


Brixham Library

Quiz at Brixham library

Quiz on May 9th with David Bubbear at 7 for 7.30pm

Join David for an fun evening, with supper included, at Brixham Library. David always produces an excellent quiz on a variety of topics. He aims to ensure that people can answer at least 60% of the questions with the more difficult ones intended to create the battle for the prizes.


David Soakell

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Regional Conference

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Brixfest 2014 Brixham, Devon

Brixfest 2014 – Brixham, Devon

May 24th to May 28th 2014

Vintage planes, historic fishing trawlers, delicious seafood, live music and spectacular fireworks combine in a 1940’s themed weekend that celebrates the best of Brixham – past & present.


Brixham St Mary's Bowling Club Events Poster

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April Events

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Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet comes to Brixham, Paignton, Plymouth & Torquay

Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet comes to Brixham, Paignton, Plymouth & Torquay

Written by William Shakespeare, and directed by Miss Laura J, the writer and director of our recent smash hit Les Miserables The Memoirs of Jean Valjean, this is a full-length, original language adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, set in 1860s Brixham, in a conflict between two families, the Capulets of Higher Brixham (Cowtown) and the Montagues of Lower Brixham (Fishtown).


Brixham Town Band Poster

Brixham Town Band

Brixham Town Band Engagements as at 25th January 2014

•  Sunday 8th June at 2.30 pm – Courtney park, Newton Abbot

Summer Concert in bandstand

•  26th June to 4th September from 8 to 9.30pm – Brixham Quayside

Mondays & Thursdays throughout the summer

•  Saturday 19th July at 7.30pm – All Saint Church, Brixham Summer festival of music

Latin Fever hits Brixham

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Brixham Dance Project

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Torbay Ukulele Club looking for new members

Torbay Ukulele Club, based in Brixham, is inviting new members to join us.

We meet every Thursday at 7.30pm in Brixham.
Join us learning and playing all styles of music on this versatile instrument. A limited amount of instruments are available on the night.

Please phone 01803 852051 for further details.


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Mens Breakfast

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Diary Dates for 2014


Sat 19th April to Sat 25th October 2014 - BRIXHAM ART & CRAFT MARKET

Each Saturday the Arts & Crafts stalls transform the inner harbour next to the Golden Hind into a haven for those wanting to sample a variety of unique and handmade items. From paintings and sketches, to photography, jewellery, textiles and cards, offering potential gifts to suit all budgets. For more info visit www.brixhammarket.co.uk www.facebook.com/BrixhamArtAndCraftMarket


Wed 23rd April - Spring garden demonstrations at Coleton Fishacre

Join the garden team for a series of talks and demonstrations throughout the day covering all aspects of spring gardening, including propagation and seed sowing. Free event. Normal admission charges apply . Time: 11am. More Information: Coleton Fishacre, 01803 842382, coletonfishacre@nationaltrust.org.uk .

Sat 26th and Sun 27th April - Beginners Bird Identification Course

A beginner to intermediate level course to improve your bird identification skills with local expert Mike Langman. This two day course corresponding with the busy spring migration period of the year will be a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities. The first day concentrating on visual identification, bird families, taking notes, birdwatching resources and optical equipment and of course putting it all into practice in the field. Up to 80% of ‘birdwatching' in a woodland is using your ears so day two will be learning to identifying birds by calls and song. During the afternoon we will be making the most of Berry Head National Nature Reserve with a short introduction into how to watch and identify seabirds. There will be a follow up intermediate to advanced Bird Identification course in the Autumn. Meet: Berry Head National Nature Reserve main car park. Time: 10am – 4pm. Cost: £55.00 per person. Booking: Essential on 01803 520022 or www.countryside-trust.org.uk 

Info: Please bring change for parking, a packed lunch, notebook, binoculars (if you have them) and wear sturdy shoes. There is some free parking outside the Reserve Office however this fills quickly.

Sat 26th and Sun 27th April - Intermediate Breadmaking

A two-day workshop for those with some experience of breadmaking and looking to expand their repertoire. We will revise the basics before exploring different flours and techniques with the use of yeast (fresh and dried), starters and overnight rising – showing how the flavours of loaves can be altered. Loaves and doughs covered on this course with Sourdough, Brioche, Rye, Fougasse and Pizza. You will leave with baskets of delicious breads along with the confidence to try new methods at home. Workshop led by Lucy Croose, who studied with expert baker Andrew Whitely, author of Bread Matters, founder of the Village Bakery and co-founder of the Real Bread Campaign. Meet: Occombe Cookery School. Time: 10am - 4pm. Cost: £140 to with lunch and all ingredients. Booking: Essential on 01803 520022 or on www.countryside-trust.org.uk

Wed 30th April to Thu 1st May - Short Course - Introduction to Marine Ecology and Conservation 

This two-day course gives participants an overview of marine ecology and conservation. Participants have the chance to work towards gaining an accredited unit that covers marine and coastal ecology, species identification, sustainable management, monitoring environmental changes and marine and coastal legislation. The course is delivered by Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust who have over a decade of experience in working in marine policy, conservation and education. This course is accredited. Meet: Occombe Farm. Time: 9.30am – 5.00pm.

Cost:  £200 + VAT (this course with a buffet lunch). Booking: Essential on 01803 520022.

Every day from 1st May until 31st Aug- Great Occombe Monster Hunt!

Kids, come on a monstrous wild adventure this year at Occombe Farm. Wild monsters with pointed fangs, hairy bodies, gnarly skin and gruesome eating habits are lurking in the woods at Occombe Farm and they only have one thing on their mind - protecting their most precious treasure! Every month a new wild monster will appear and your mission is to find it by crossing swamps, balancing on logs, dipping in ponds and hunting in trees to find its hiding spot on the nature trail. Find the monster and you will be rewarded with a sticker and a prize, plus the code to unlock a map to help you find the next monster. Collect all four monsters and you will gain the powers to reveal where their most precious treasure is and gain a very special prize! There will also be fun wild monster activities happening at the farm every weekend throughout the summer - look on our website for more details www.countryside-trust.org.uk. Suitable for 4-12 year olds. Meet: Occombe Farm Visitor Centre. Time: 10-3pm. Cost: £2.50 per child per monster trail (total of four different monster trails from May to August), with sticker and prize and bumper prize if you do all four trails.

Fri 2nd May - Coleton Fishacre Jazz Club

7-9.30pm. All Tickets £28. See above for more information or contact Coleton Fishacre, 01803 842382, coletonfishacre@nationaltrust.org.uk


Sat 3rd May - Dawn Chorus & Spring Arrivals

Join local bird expert Mike Langman at Berry Head at his favourite spring location for a dawn chorus. The headland should be alive with birds just back from a winter in Africa desperately announcing their territories and hoping to attract a mate. There may even be the chance of something special being found in early May. The frenetic Guillemot colony will be noisy with birds coming and going from their nesting ledges. The very best time to hear bird song and to witness migration in full swing is at sunrise, so it will be an early start. This event is part of International Dawn Chorus Day. The event will be finished off with a delicious breakfast at The Guardhouse Cafe, Berry Head. Breakfast with the full Monty, tea or coffee, toast, butter & homemade marmalade. Meet: Berry Head National Nature Reserve main car park. Time: 5.30am – 8.30am. Cost: £13.50 per person (with breakfast at The Guardhouse Cafe). Booking: Essential on 01803 520022 or online on www.countryside-trust.org.uk

Sat 3rd, Sun 4th, Mon 5th May - Brixham Pirate Festival - Ahoy there! Come to the Brixham Pirate Festival 2014 for a bank holiday weekend bursting with entertainment for young and old! With live music, games, re-enactment, skirmishes on the Golden Hind, Fancy Dress Competition and thousands of pirates! Come to watch or dress up and join in. Everyone welcome. Around the harbour Brixham. For more details of what to wear and all about the weekend – check out – www.brixhampiratefestival.co.uk

Sun 4th May - River Dart Canoe Expedition

Tour the River Dart by canoe with the National Trust countryside rangers. This exciting new event is perfect for all abilities - canoes and an instructor are provided. Learn a great new skill and find out all about the River Dart and its flora and fauna. Starting at Stoke Gabriel, our instructor will take you down to Greenway where you will be able to enjoy light refreshments before heading back up the River Dart to Stoke Gabriel. 10:00am. All Tickets £50. Booking Essential 01803 842382?. Please book onto this event by 20th April. More Information: Greenway, 01803 842382, greenway@nationaltrust.org.uk

Sun 4th May - Ranger in the Hide at Occombe Farm

Join our Occombe Ranger for an early start in the bird hide, a perfect place to listen out for the wide array of birds we get at Occombe Farm. We are lucky enough to have Cirl Bunting in some of the hedgerows at Occombe, take this chance to join in the International Dawn Chorus Day and see how many birds you can hear and see. Reward yourselves afterwards with a delicious breakfast at Occombe Farm Café; breakfast with cooked breakfast, tea or coffee, toast, butter & marmalade. Meet: Occombe Farm. Time: 5.30am – 8.30am. Cost: £10 per person (with breakfast at Occombe Farm Café). Booking: Essential on 01803 520022 or online on www.countryside-trust.org.uk  Info: Please bring binoculars, stout footwear and a waterproof jacket.


Mon 5th May - Doggy Day - Colton Fishacre

Bring along your dogs for a day of fun for all the family - also those with waggy tails. Fun dog competitions will run throughout the day; pick up a programme from visitor reception as you arrive. From waggiest tail to cutest puppy, there's sure to be something your pooch will be top-dog at. Time: 10.30am. Price: Per item £1(Entry to each competition). Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Please bring dogs on leads. More Information: Coleton Fishacre, 01803 842382, coletonfishacre@nationaltrust.org.uk



Work with a highly experienced and friendly tutor. Build your child's confidence, co-ordination, and creativity with games and imaginative exercises. They will learn Singing, Dancing and Acting and perform regularly. Classes for ages 2-13yrs. 


Ibex 2013 Courses

Ibex 2014 Courses

Kayak Courses Start in May Beginners and Improvers Courses available Monday, Tuesday and Thursday's details can be found on our Website:




New Brixham Harrier's beginners' group

Do you want to start running and lose weight in a friendly social environment? Brixham Harriers is offering a new beginners' course, with the aim of working with budding runners slowly to build up their confidence.


Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir logo

For the latest concerts by The Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir follow link:



Admiral Swimming Centre

The Admiral Swimming Centre former Brixham Indoor Swimming Pool.

For more information about opening times, costs of swimming or hiring the Pool, Saloon and Galley contact 01803 857151 or click on www.admiralswimmingcentre.co.uk

Live Music

Southern Comfort

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Every Friday - Berry Head Hotel


Every Sunday - Ernie Lister Bar


Folk Club – John Turk and friends - The 1st  Thursday of every month -

The Ernie Lister Bar - King Street  Brixham. Guest singers very welcome.

No admission charge.

Brixham Memory Café

1.30 to 3.30 pm at the Baptist Church Hall (on the town Taxi Stand). For anyone worried about their memory, or anyone with a diagnosis of dementia and their carer, family or friend - a chance to meet others in the same boat over refreshments. Free.

Further details from David Mannion, Alzheimer's Society, 01626 834599, or email: david.mannion@alzheimers.org.uk

Brixham Heritage Museum

Brixham Heritage Museum:


Tel: 01803 856267.

Email: mail@brixhamheritage.org.uk

WEB: www.brixhamheritage.org.uk

Winter opening times:

TUES to SAT  10am to 1pm.

Brixham Museum Family History Group

Come and trace your family history. We will help you in your quest to locate your ancestors, access to all England and Wales Censuses, plus more! Family history books sold. Family History Group meet every other Thursday 7pm to 9pm.

Donations for the museum for these services are as follows:

£10 for Museum members. £12 for non-members per session.

Researching on your behalf for your ancestors and family members: £20 per family for a maximum of 2 hours (£10 an hour thereafter, if required). Researching Brixham Families yourself with the help of our computer database and microfiche parish registers:  £12. Contact Brixham Heritage Museum on 01803 856267.

2014 TALKS

We have a number of interesting talks to come, which will be advertised on the website: www.brixhamheritage.org.uk. The talks commence at 2.30pm, doors open at 2.00pm.


Date                 Speaker              Subject                                       Venue

May 12th          Derek Barker     H.M.S.— A Man of Brixham     Museum

              (Henry Smardon). 

July 9th       Bridget Cusack     To be confirmed                         All Saints Church. 

September 8th           To be confirmed. 

October 13th           To be confirmed. 

November 24th     Philip Armitage     To be confirmed.



31st May, 26th July, 27th September and 29th November, all in the Museum at 7pm for 7.30pm! Teams of 4. Snacks available inc. in your £5 entry charge. In Brixham Heritage Museum Contact 01803 856267.

The Museum's annual Quay Market will take place on Wednesday 4th June between 9.30am and 3.30pm, on the Quay, Brixham. All welcome. For contributions please contact Mrs L Smith, Brixham Heritage Museum, 01803 856267.



NAPOLEONIC BOOT CAMP ON BERRY HEAD WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY 1ST JUNE (FOR FAMILIES), NO CHARGE, COME AND JOIN US! Drop in any time from 10am – 2pm. March and drill with the 32 nd (Cornwall) Regiment of Foot in the North Fort at Berry Head. Also, Musket drill and cooking. Uniforms and costumes will be available for the activities during the day. Sizes suitable for pre- schoolers to 12 years. Contact Dr Philip L Armitage at the Museum – 01803 856267.


TUESDAY 27TH MAY, 1-3pm, in Brixham Heritage Museum, Family Fun afternoon, Fossil- and Caveman-making! Suitable for Ages 5-10. All children must be accompanied by an adult. (Free entry & activities for children with Adult Admission - £2).


WED. 28TH MAY to SAT 31ST MAY - In Brixham Heritage Museum ‘Crazy about Caverns' – Free Family Fun. To celebrate the Geopark Festival, Brixham Museum will be delving into the amazing discovery of Brixham's Bone Cavern, through modelling a cave, a Cave Quiz sheet, prehistoric colouring sheets to colour, and play activities. Suitable for children of all ages. All children must be accompanied by an adult. (Free entry & activities for children with Adult Admission - £2).

For Brixham Does Care events: www.brixhamdoescare.org.uk

For Torbay Woodturners events: www.torbaywoodturners.co.uk

Meetings held in the St Paul's Church Hall, Preston from 7.30pm.Contact Elaine on 01803 873648.

South Devon Players local drama group: www.southdevonplayers.weebly.com

The Island Club, situated in the Baptist Church Hall, by Brixham's bus station and taxi rank, is now open on Friday evenings 6.15 - 7.15pm for children (school year's 3-6) and 7.30pm - 9pm for youth, with further possibilities being considered for the future.

It costs just 50p for children and £1 for youth with everything inside then free (except the tuck of course)! With the club set to attract large numbers, young people are encouraged to register soon to ensure their place.

Further details available from Phil on 01803 851905.

Argentinean Tango

New details: www.vidadetango.co.uk also info@tangofeast.com 07910256510

Vida de Tango

Was founded in 2007.
Argentinean tango is an improvisatory dance. At Vida de Tango classes they will use exercise to encourage improvisation from an early stage as well showing short sequences of steps to grasp a concept. They provide to the students tools to understand the principles that govern each movement. They create exercises that enable to them to experience something first, and then reflect on it. All this surrounded by a young, friendly learning environment!


The Barn Gallery at Greenway


For further info please call

01803 842382.

For the latest visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Coleton Fishacre view of house

Coleton Fishacre:

For further info please call

01803 752466.

For the latest visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust: Berry Head & other local Brixham Events. Call 01803 606035 or visit: www.countryside-trust.org.uk

Brixham Yacht Club: Lots of Sailing for more details visit: www.brixhamyachtclub.com

Brixham Model Engineering & Craft Society. Meet in the Churston Golf Club from 7 for 7.30pm. Call Peter 01803 552492 for more details.


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