Sparking the imagination through time in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 18:30 01 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:01 04 May 2017

The Honiton Festival of Imagination has been a big success. Photo: Jeremy Trew

The Honiton Festival of Imagination has been a big success. Photo: Jeremy Trew


The final pieces for the Festival of Imagination are being put in place for the two-day event at The Beehive.

Organisers have lined up a packed programme of workshops, activities and exhibits to appeal to visitors and get their imaginations working.

This year’s event is based on the theme of time and those planning to go along have already had the chance to go on a time-seeking expedition around Honiton, to find 20 timepieces in shop windows.

They were being displayed mainly in shop windows, but also elsewhere and time is running out to take part in this part of the festival, with just two days left to get your entries in to Honiton Library.

As to the festival itself, this takes place on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, with a series of talks by experts and workshops, and the screening of the film Interstellar.

The event will be concluded with a musical comedy, The Element in the Room, about the death and life of Marie Curie.

The talks will feature John Somers, Honorary Fellow University of Exeter, who will present A Snapshot in Time: A Welsh childhood in the 1940s, followed by Dr. David Chivers, who will be discussing Cadhay House through the ages and providing an insight into the architecture and intriguing people of Cadhay House from medieval times.

Professor Brian Kirby OBE will be discussing an overview of how human lifespan has increased through the millennia.

The final talk on the Friday will be by Dr. Martin Jenkins, called the Fascinating World of Sundials, which will be followed by a workshop.

More talks follow on the Saturday, with Alan Green, a director at the Norman Lockyer Observatory talking about how time affects satellites and space travel, Michael Hind discussing the History of the Huguenots in the West Country, Julian Hemming presenting information about weather forecasting through the ages and finally Peter Ransom presenting a piece about telling time without a watch.

Throughout the Saturday, there will also be children’s activities which will offer participants the chance to make clock kits and sundials; see: cheating time, measuring time, geological time; do puzzles through time, jigsaws, measure pulse, dress like the Tudors, as well as storytelling and pop-up performance for all.

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