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Midsummer Fun in the Babbacombe Festival Marquee

For the 8th consecutive June the stunning Babbacombe Festival Marquee will take its place on Babbacombe Downs and open its doors for five days of great entertainment. This year there will be an opening night party with local band, 3 Bags Full, entertaining the crowds to get everyone in a Festival mood. As always, there’s something for everyone as the five days unfold. Daytime activities include a look at the local area during World War 2 in a special event on the Thursday entitled “Babbacombe, The War Years”. There’s a scrumptious Devon Cream Tea in aid of CLIC Sargent on the Friday and Saturday 21 June will be celebrating all things Armed Forces with the Torbay Armed Forces Day on Babbacombe Downs and in the Marquee. Featuring all sorts of exhibits, surprises and some wonderful nostalgic “Concert Party” style entertainment this is a real family day out.

 Babbacombe Festival Marquee Fun

Evening events include the ever-popular Oompah Night and this year on midsummer night, Saturday 21 June, the Midsummer Festival Funk Party will take place raising funds in aid of Rowcroft. With live music from great band, Funkty Dumpty, and some disco classics, the dance floor is sure to be full all evening. Tickets for both these events are available to buy at www.babbacombefestival.com. One of the Festival Marquee organisers, Nicky Allen, said “We’re delighted with the selection of events we have in the marquee this year. Our aim is to make the most of the marquee for the few days that it’s up and the way to do this is to provide events and entertainment that people want to be a part of. Our line-up includes some events that we have year after year as well as some new additions to keep everything fresh.” She added “Whilst the Marquee itself is pretty spectacular, so is the location. Babbacombe Downs is a very special place and we hope that lots of people will come along while the marquee is up and enjoy the great atmosphere created by this unique combination of venue, location, music, food & drink and, most importantly, people.”

Many of the events in the marquee are raising money for charity and the finale event is no exception. Sunday 22 June sees the annual Hanbury’s Fish and Chips Music Day take over the marquee, in aid of the Torbay Holiday Helpers Network (THHN). Starting at midday with live entertainment throughout from bands such as The Land of the Giants, The Stone Angels and ending on a high with headline act Mama Stone’s House Band.

Live music on stage

For information and tickets visit www.babbacombefestival.com or get along to the Marquee Facebook page, new for this year, at www.facebook.com/BabbFestMarquee

Have a Ball this Summer

Laura Ballard and her team at Torquay’s Toorak Hotel, part of the TLH group, are busy putting the final touches to a fabulous summer ball that the hotel is hosting in aid of the Torbay Holiday Helpers Network.  This fun, summer event includes a sumptuous 3-course meal and entertainment, all with a summer holiday theme and will be held on Friday 30 August, starting at 7pm.

The line-up includes Chris Chaplain, Steve Laister and great gypsy swing band, Hammer & Isaacs.  The THHN gives free holidays to families who have seriously ill and bereaved children, recently bereaved families, couples who have lost a child and to families who have a terminally parent.  Founder Luke Tillen recently announced his plans to build a bungalow so that families with high care needs, that the charity cannot currently provide for, can also get the chance to have a break on the beautiful English Riviera.  It was these plans that Laura read about and that inspired her to put this event on.

Brian Lewis, THHN Fundraising Manager said “We’re really looking forward to this event.  The whole team will be there and we’re in the mood for a summer party.  We’re so grateful to Laura and her team for all their hard work and hope that as many people as possible will come along, say hello and join in the fun.”  He added “The menu and line-up is great and, at just £30 a ticket, it’s great value for money.”  The aim of the evening is to raise enough money to equip the new THHN bungalow with a family bathroom containing all the special equipment required.

Tickets are available from the Toorak Hotel reception or phone 01803 400400. For more information on the Torbay Holiday Helpers Network visit www.thhn.co.uk