Circus skills, music hall and more have come to Teignmouth today (Friday, June 11) as hundreds of local children have stepped back in time for a taste of Victorian and Edwardian times.
The special event celebrates the town’s heritage, sharing its rich history and past glories with youngsters from across the Teignbridge district. Staff, councillors, teachers and children have gone all-out for the event, many sporting authentic Victorian dress as they share and learn about different aspects of Victorian and Edwardian times. Lively practical workshops have included circus skills, Victorian health tips, traditional playtime activities, music hall and more. Arranged by Teignbridge District Council in partnership with the Environment Agency, the event is funded by both organisations along with the Heritage Lottery Fund, which contributed £14,200.
While today has been the turn of the schools, tomorrow (Saturday, June 12) Teignmouth will welcome everyone as the unique event continues with a mixture of traditional and modern twists, including entertainment, a sand-castle building competition and free water-sport activities. These include windsurfing, paddle boarding, kayaking and rowing.
All are welcome for a day at the seaside unlike any other, whether they fancy walking a local History Trail, listening to the Teignmouth Community Choir, masterminding top quality sandcastles, checking out an authentic Victorian ‘bathing machine’, taking in a traditional Punch and Judy show, or any of the other activities on offer.
The watersports sessions are being provided by Seasports South West, who will have a registration tent on the Den. The only exception is rowing, which is provided by Teignmouth Rowing Club on the Back Beach from 10.30am-3pm. Places are limited for some activities and age limits may apply. Registration will open when the event kicks off at 10am, and the day’s activities will conclude at 4.30pm.