Manor House Open Day

Activities taking place throughout the day:


From 10am – 4pm in room 3 the “Dawlish Art Group led by Jenny Norman will be demonstrating their members work and inviting you to contribute to the “Dawlish Big Paint”. This will be a selection of small images that when combined will form a large painting that you will have an opportunity to contribute to.


From 10am – 4pm in room 6 “Dawlish Local History Group and the Dawlish Museum will have a slide show of old photographs of Dawlish and a selection of their books and DVD’s on sale. This will be an ideal opportunity to sit down and talk to one of the historians to learn about many aspects of the history of Dawlish. Refreshments are available in room 6 with donations requested to cover costs.

At 11am in the Mayors Parlour there will be an illustrated talk by Derek Gore, local author and historian, entitled “Roman Exeter”. This is the prelude to his guided walk on Thursday 1 June, but both events will stand alone if you are not able to get to one of them. Todays talk should last about 1 hour, plus time for questions and discussion.



From 11am till 2pm  there are a series of tours to see the model railway, that is the pride of the “Dawlish Model Railway Club”. This is free to visit but advanced booking is recommended due to time and space restrictions Bookings page.

From 1pm to 5pm in room 4 the “Art for All” group led by Angie Jenner of “Gallery No 2” will be exhibiting some of their work and will invite you to join in with an activity.


At 1.45pm to 2.45pm in the Council Chamber, The Dawlish Dancers will be rehearsing and will invite you to watch, ask questions or even join in.



At 2.30 in room 5, there will be an illustrated talk by Robert Hesketh entitled “Devon’s Railway Heritage”.  This talk explores the Railways that have profoundly altered Devon, leaving a rich and varied heritage. For more details click here

In room 2 The Dawlish WW1 group are displaying the results of more than a year of detailed research.

Refreshments will be available in room 2 and room 6, there will be live piano music and a display of Floral Art. Manor House staff will also be available for you to learn about the other groups who meet there. Nearby, the Riverside Centre, formerly The Hedley Way Centre, will be opening their door for you to join the Centre Club, a social club for over 60’s who meet at the Riverside Centre every Wednesday to enjoy a variety of activities. Today The Silver Chain Singers will be performing to raise funds for this years charity Richards Wish.