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Coca Cola truck comes to Exeter 23rd November.


The famous Coca Cola truck is heading to Exeter after the tour, returning for a sixth year, kicked off on November 17.

The truck is visiting 44 stops nationwide in the run up to Christmas Day.

The famous truck lands in Exeter today, Wednesday, November 23, and will be parked in Bedford Square, Princesshay between 1pm and 9pm.

This year, Coca-Cola has added an extra sprinkling of magic with a new look truck tour experience.

At each stop, visitors can share the festive cheer and explore a special winter wonderland, before enjoying a 150ml can of Coca-Cola Classic, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar or Diet Coke.

The last time the festive truck stopped in Exeter was in 2013 and the city saw thousands of people line up to have their picture taken in front of it.

So after missing out for the past two years a Coca Cola spokesman explained how they choose what lucky city gets picked.

He said: “We always try to fit in visits to as many areas of the country as possible during the Christmas period as well as special Christmas shopping days and events in some city centres.

“After many months of planning we created the best route, which covers a large regional spread. Sixteen per cent of locations for this year’s tour are new and we’ve facilitated 57 per cent of the requests made this year by the public and local councils.”

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Rhino Auction

The Great Big Rhino Project has come to an end with a successful charity auction that raised £123,000.

The summer-long project, organised by Paignton Zoo, saw a free public art trail of 40 life-size painted rhinos dotted around Exeter and the English Riviera. Thousands of people spent the summer searching out the dazzling artworks.
Now, 39 of the rhinos have been auctioned to raise money for rhino conservation.
The highlight of the evening came when a bidding war broke out over Hulk-O-Rhino, painted by Jenny Leonard and sponsored by Inter-Line Building Supplies. This eventually sold for £13,500 – ten times the price of some of the other rhinos.The final figure for the project surplus will be known once costs are taken into account. In 2013, the Great Gorillas Project made a surplus of £30,000.
Paignton Zoo’s Phil Knowling said: “We’d like to thank all our partners, artists and sponsors, everyone who followed the trail so enthusiastically and everyone who attended the auction. There was a great atmosphere and a real buzz. The figure is truly amazing!”
The grand charity auction took place at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay on Thursday 3rd November. The surplus from the project will be used by Paignton Zoo to support Javan and Sumatran rhino conservation via Save the Rhino International.

Sale prices

Symbiosis – £2,200
Maximus – £1,900
Big Sweetie – £3,100
Rhinosaur – £2,500
Sun’s Out, Horn’s Out! – £2,200
Blossom – £3,200
Stella – £3,400
Herby – £2,600
Stardust – £2,800
Charge – £1,200
Tranquillity – £3,600
Rhino An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly – £3,200
AquamaRhino – £3,000
Woodland Safari – £4,200
Rupert – £1,500
Paladin – £2,200
Finding Faru – £3,400
Dino Rhino – 2,400
Castle Siege – £2,300
Lost Time – £2,000
Targeted – £2,800
How Many? – £1,500
Hulk-O-Rhino – £13,500
Badak – £2,200
Down The Road – £1,800
Invincible? – £3,200
The Watering Hole – £1,900
Rhino – Zero – £3,000
Rhinoctopus – £2,100
Sir Richard The Rhinoheart – £2,800
Rhino Why The Cages Bird Sings – £3,000
Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside – £2,800
RhinoBeta3107 – £2,100
Louis – £5,000
Paignton By Numbers – £3,600
All Creatures Great And Small – £4,700
Spike (dreaming of the herd) – £3,400
Cath – £7,500
Glimpses – £3,200

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Stuck for ideas for Bonfire Night?

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 Here are 14 displays in and around Exeter not to be missed

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Remember remember the 5th November..

Abbie Bray

By Exeter Express and Echo Exeter Express and Echo  |  Thu 03 Nov 2016

Remember remember the 5th November the gunpowder treason and plot…Yes Bonfire Night is a couple of days away and there are many dazzling firework and bonfire displays in and around Exeter that will light up the skies on November 5.And as always there will be dozens of events taking place at parks, pubs, community centres and clubs where families can enjoy the magic of Guy Fawkes Night.

If you are not sure where to go this year then look no further as we have done all the work for you, here are 14 displays not to be missed on Bonfire Night.


Round Table Charity Fireworks Display, Westpoint Arena, Clyst St Mary, November 5

Every year Exeter’s Round Table display is one of the biggest in the city and this year will be no different as the theme of the display will be Star Wars. Along with the firework display there will also be a large fun fair with lots of thrilling rides and a range of food and drink stalls. The fireworks start at 7.30pm so visitors are advised to arrive by 6.45pm. Tickets can be bought in advance and for adults/seniors will cost £6, for children £4 and for a family of four £16. On the gate tickets for adults/seniors will cost £8, for children £5 and for a family of four £22. Stagecoach buses are also offering a special £2 return fare to Westpoint from Exeter St Davids and Exeter Bus Station.

Tickets for the event can be bought from the following locations:

  • Devon Air Ambulance Trust, 41 Cowick Street, St Thomas, Exeter, Devon, EX4 1AW
  • Devon Air Ambulance Trust, Heavitree, 90 Fore Street, Heavitree, Exeter, Devon, EX1 2RR
  • Devon Air Ambulance Trust, 47 Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter, Devon, EX3 0HD
  • Londis, Sylvania Drive, Exeter
  • Londis, Clyst St Mary
  • Quickprint, Sweetbrier Lane, Heavitree
  • Specsavers Opticians, High Street, Exeter
  • Langmaids News, 89 Fore Street, Exeter
  • Coaver Club, Matford Lane
  • Broadway Stores, St Thomas
  • Dunns Motors (BP Garage), Marsh Barton
  • Stagecoach Travel Shop, Exeter Bus Station
  • Gillets Spar, Silverton
  • Redmayne Bentley Stockbrokers, 20 Southernhay, West Exeter
  • Pinhoe Pharmacy, Exeter
  • Five Juice Bar, Guildhall, Exeter
  • Co-op supermarket, Fore Street, Heavitree, Exeter


Tar Barrels, Town Centre, Ottery St Mary, November 5

Thousands of people visit east Devon every Bonfire Night for one reason only – and that is to attend the annual tar barrels event.

If you haven’t been it is definitely a night you won’t forget because every November 5, the famous flaming tar barrels are carried through the streets of Ottery St Mary.

It is a longstanding tradition where between 8,000 to10,000 people attend to watch men, women and even children run fearlessly through the town carrying blazing barrels.

The event is organised by the carnival committee, with volunteers and fundraising money throughout the year in order to keep the tradition going.

This year the event will be held on Saturday, November 5, and like previous years Otter Nurseries Garden Centre will be opening its car park for visitors for the event.

The cost of parking this year will be £10 per car and £150 for 50+ coaches, £75 for 26 seaters and £40 for minibuses, with the money raised at the car park to be split between the Ottery Carnival Committee, which organises the event, and Otter Nurseries charity of the year.


Exmouth and District Round Table Charity Fireworks Display, Imperial Recreation Ground, November 4

The annual fireworks display will be supporting Exmouth Beach Rescue and Exmouth RNLI and will take place on Friday, November 4. Gates to the event open at 6pm and the display will start at 7.30pm.

Tickets will cost £6 per adult and £4 per child.

Contact: Exmouth and District 415 Round Table’s Facebook page @Exmouthroundtable


1st Pinhoe Scouts Bonfire and Firework Display at the New Inn, Broadclyst, November 5

The 1st Pinhoe Scouts annual firework display is back at the New Inn this year bringing a BBQ, soft drinks, side shows and stalls.

The gates open at 6pm and the bonfire lighting will start at 6.45pm followed by the fireworks display at 7.30pm.

Advanced tickets can be bought and will cost £5 per adult, £4 per child and £12 for a family of four.

On the night tickets will cost £5 per person and £15 for a family of four.


Stuart Line Cruises firework cruise, Exmouth, November 5

Celebrate Bonfire Night by sailing the River Exe and watching all of the displays taking place in the surrounding areas.

It is ideal for families as you can watch the display away from the bangs but close enough to ‘ooo’ and ‘ahhh’ at the beautiful colours.

It starts at 7pm and there will be a licensed bar on board with homemade soup, snacks and hot drinks.

Tickets will cost £7.50 and the cruise will depart from Exmouth

Contact: 01395 222144


Firework Display, Exeter Golf and Country Club, Topsham Road, November 4

Exeter Golf and Country Club’s annual firework display is back with their spectacular firework display, hog roast, barbecue, live music, children’s fancy dress disco, face painting and of course a bouncy castle. There will also be mulled wine and drinks available in the sport’s bar and the Wear Park restaurant.

Gates to the event open at 5.30pm for fireworks night ticket holders and the club will close from 4pm until 5.30pm for set up.

Advanced tickets will cost £7.50 per adult, £5 per child and £23 for a family ticket. Tickets purchased on the gate will cost £10 per adult, £7.50 per child and £28 for a family ticket.

Contact: 01392 874139 or


Alphington Scouts, Clapperbrook Lane, Alphington, November 6

This annual event will be back bigger and better than before. The gate to the event opens at 6pm and visitors can enjoy a spectacular fireworks display and a roaring bonfire.

Contact: 01392 259386


Cullompton RFC Firework Display, Stafford Park, Knowle Lane, November 4

Cullompton Rugby Football Club is back with their annual firework display this year on Friday, November 4. Gates to the event will open at 6pm followed by the fireworks display at 7pm. There will also be a bar selling food and drinks. Ticket information to follow.

Contact: 01884 32480


Tiverton Rugby Club Bonfire and Fireworks night, Coronation Field, Bolham Road November 5

Tiverton Rugby Club will be holding their annual fireworks night on Saturday, November 5. Gates to the event will open at 6.15pm and tickets will cost £5 per adults and £3 per child. There is also no on-site parking available for visitors.

Contact: 01884 252271


Okehampton Fireworks Night, Simmons Park, November 5

Okehampton fireworks and bonfire display will take place at Simmons park this year. There is currently no information about the event on their website but we do know it will start from 3pm.


The Waie Inn, Zeal Monachorum, Crediton

The Waie Inn is back again this year with their annual fireworks display (although the date is to be confirmed). Parking is free and there will be a selection of food and drink served at the event.

Contact: 01363 82348


Topsham Rugby Club Firworks and Bonfire Display , Exeter Road, November 5

Topsham Rugby Club will host their fireworks and bonfire night this year on Saturday, November 5, although a time, details of the event and ticket prices are to be confirmed.

Contact: 01392 873651


Newton St Cyres Recreation Ground Fireworks Display, November 5

Visitors can enjoy a fireworks display and bonfire night at Newton St Cyres Recreation Ground on Saturday, November 5. Gates to the event open at 6pm followed by the fireworks which will start at 7pm. Tickets will cost £5 per adult and £2 per child and there will also be a hot food bar.

Contact: 01392 432287


Stoke Canon Inn pub, Stoke Canon, November 5

A time for the event is to be confirmed but we do know that it will be held on Saturday, November 5. Visitors can enjoy a bonfire and a spectacular fireworks display.

Contact: 01392 840063


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