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Festive Artisan Fair returns to Escot House

Authored by Sue Cade
Posted: Wed, 11/13/2019 - 10:05am

Christmas shoppers looking for unique and unusual gifts will find inspiration at the Escot House Artisan Fair on Saturday, November 23.

This is just the second year for the event, which debuted last year and was declared a resounding success by shoppers and traders alike.

The event is organised by Helen Bottrill of The Creative Business Network, whose work encourages artisans and crafters in the region. She said:

“We have such a wonderful array of makers locally and Escot House is the perfect venue for them to showcase their wares.

“By shopping for Christmas...

Christmas camaraderie and 15 naked men

Authored by Hospiscare
Posted: Mon, 11/27/2017 - 4:29pm

Christmas is a time of year when we all get involved with certain traditions. Hanging the mistletoe, brussels sprouts, mince pies, Christmas trees, office parties, so the list goes on…. And it’s no different for retired police officer Barry Frost, 59, from Exeter. However one of Barry’s festive traditions is a tad more unusual than most.

For the last 14 years Barry has gathered a group of colleagues and friends together who take off their clothes in the great outdoors to feature on the front of Barry’s light-hearted Christmas cards.

In the past these cards have been for...

Stately home marks 21 years as event venue

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 02/08/2017 - 8:46am

East Devon stately home, Escot House is celebrating a special birthday this year as a venue for weddings, conferences and special events.

21 years ago, Escot held its first wedding for a couple whose parents had worked on the estate.

“We still know the bride and groom well,” explained Lucy Kennaway, who manages events and catering at the venue.

“Traditionally, many of our weddings were booked by people who had a connection with Escot when they were younger, but these days we are also getting lots of interest from couples from all over the world.”

Escot was...

RockSolid Race Exeter - Go Team Hospiscare!

Thousands of runners braved the cold to take part in the RockSolid Race, an obstacle endurance race at Escot over the weekend.

Despite the freezing temperatures they queued up in their shorts and t-shirts to climb, jump and race either 5k, 10k or 15k.

Hospiscare entered three brave teams cheered on by staff from our city hospice, Searle House on the RD&E site.

After a warm up session it was off down the hill to discover what horrors lay in wait – freezing cold ponds, nearly vertical walls to climb, streams to cross, ladder bridges to crawl across, a sack race, a...

Ex-soldier takes on Rock Solid for charity

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 02/02/2016 - 11:05am

Steve French, an ex-serviceman from Exeter, will take on Exeter’s Rock Solid Race in March to raise money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a leading charity that helps bereaved British Forces children smile again.

Steve, 28, now a restaurant manager, was touring with the Army when Lee Scott, the inspiration behind the charity and father-of-two, was killed in Afghanistan after his vehicle hit an IED.

He will be running the obstacle event with partner Emily and the pair are hoping to raise up to £700 for the national children’s charity. It’s the second time Steve will be...

Pumpkins, Witches and Wizards

Event Date: 
24/10/2015 - 9:30am to 01/11/2015 - 4:30pm
Escot, near Ottery St Mary

Down at the Greenwood Centre this half term you’ll find Hagatha our resident witch who is making a brew for the grossest Yucky Dip in Devon ready for Escot Fright Nights.

Come along and help stir the cauldron if you can bear the smell! Get ready for Halloween and with help from our friendly witches and wizards, choose and carve your own pumpkin to take home with you.

There is a small charge for the pumpkins

Escot entry fee applies to non-members

Messing About on the River at Escot Park

Event Date: 
26/07/2015 - 10:30am
Escot Park, Ottery St Mary

An unforgettable day of fun at the River Tale on the Escot Estate. Make & race a mini-raft - Pan for gold! - River dipping - Build a beaver dam - Try fly casting – Make a beaver mask - BBQ, Ice creams & lots more!

Activities from 10.30am - 4.30pm Minimum Donation: £1 per person. Cash BBQ. All proceeds will be donated to local community charity, The Tale Valley Trust.

Great Golden Easter Egg Hunt

Event Date: 
03/04/2015 - 10:00am to 06/04/2015 - 5:00pm
Escot Park, Ottery St Mary

Come and celebrate Easter at Escot and take part in our Great Golden Easter Egg Hunt! Collect a clue sheet from the kiosk and follow the trail to find all the hidden Easter eggs but keep your eyes peeled as you go because every day at Easter we will hide just a few GOLDEN EGGS each containing a very special prize. You could win a Really Wild Birthday Party, a year's free Escot Entry, a Falconry Experience, Family Lunch in the Coach House Restaurant, the chance to feed the Red Squirrels, Tickets to our summer Theatre on the Lawn open air theatre productions or even a day at Camp Wild! Just...

Bugs, Ponds and Dens

Event Date: 
08/04/2015 - 9:00am to 09/04/2015 - 4:30pm
Escot Park, Ottery St Mary

Creepy crawlies, things that jump, squirm, swim and have lots of wriggling legs - Oh yes! Join our Forest School team leaders and discover the mini-beasties that live in the Escot wetlands. You will be equipped with magnifying glasses, bug collection pots and fishing nets to help you in your quest. Then try your hand at making Blob Monsters or building a den with the help of Escot master den-builders! But will it stand up to the water test!

11.00am - 1.00pm

Members: £4 per child

Non-members: £5 per child.

Places are limited and booking is required. Children...

Egg–tastic Easter Egg Hunt

Event Date: 
28/03/2015 - 10:00am to 12/04/2015 - 5:00pm
Escot Park, Ottery St Mary

To get into the swing of the easter holidays our Easter egg hunt takes place all day every day until the 12th April. Collect a clue sheet from the kiosk and see if you can find the eggs hidden around the park. A chocolate prize and certificate is awarded for every completed clue sheet.

You can also decorate your own paper egg to take home with you or peg it up in the park for all our visitors to enjoy! 50p per paper egg.

During Easter weekend we have a very special GOLDEN EASTER EGG HUNT - keep your eyes peeled for these very special eggs hidden around the park - each egg...