Topsham is an attractive town on the Exe estuary, Devon, in England's Westcountry. Now part of Exeter, it nevertheless maintains a distinctive identity. Loved by its locals, and savoured by those who visit, Topsham offers river walks; wildlife; a Saturday morning market; many characterful shops, restaurants and inns; and quiet space to sit and watch the sailing boats go by. But while present-day Topsham is undoubtedly picturesque and has a rich historical heritage, it always has been a working town. Despite no longer being one of the great trading ports of Britain, it continues to have a very strong business and commercial life, with traditional maritime trades continuing alongside the modern and computerised. The site aims to support and encourage the current and future community, so that the history which awaits us may be just as interesting and rewarding.

Topsham - looking north from Quay

Clubs & Societies

Topsham has an active community with various organisations, clubs and societies which work to improve our town and help the people who live, work and visit here. Topsham has a wide range of facilities too, some of which have dedicated clubs and/or voluntary organisations which support them.

Finding information
If you are in Topsham and would like to know about clubs, facilities and events in general, it's worth looking in the following places. See also the Topsham Leisure Directory (see link in sidebar).
  • General and at Matthews Hall - boards outside Matthews Hall.
  • Parents and children - in Matthews Hall foyer
  • General - Topsham Library.
  • Music/jazz/folk - Globe
  • Places to visit - inside Globe, Lighter
  • Classical music/arts, alt health - Topsham Bookshop
  • Health and fitness - Topsham Surgery waiting room
  • Community - e.g. Community Association, refuse collection dates - Mary Evans' window, Victoria Road.

Topsham School of Dance - dance classes for all ages, held at the Dorothy Holman Centre and Clyst St Mary Village Hall: Melody Bear (2-3 years / 3-4 years); Tap, Musical Theatre & Show Work (4.5-17 years); Adult Ballet (16+ years); Adult Tap. Also Theatre Kidz!
Theatre Kidz! - musical theatre training (drama, dance and singing) for 5-11 years.
Estuary Players
Topsham-based amateur dramatic society
Exe Decorative and Fine Arts Society
ExeDFAS meets on the second Thursday of the month at 10.30 am from September to June in Matthews Hall. The lectures are on a variety of subjects such as architecture, painting, music, ceramics etc. There are also two study days and three visits (e.g. to National Trust properties or houses which are not usually open to the public). Once a year a 5/6 day foreign tour is arranged.
Singing for Fun
Friendly singing group led by Sarah Pennington, open to all who enjoy singing, no need to read music or have previous experience.  Very broad range of musical styles, all sung acappella (voices only), very accessible.  May occasionally perform locally.
Where: St Margaret’s Church Rooms, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HX
When: Tuesdays from 11am until 1pm
Cost: £6 (full) / £4 (low income) per session; reduction for six-session block.
Contact: Sarah Pennington, tel 01392 437792,
Line Dancing: Matthews Hall, 7pm-10pm Mondays (beginners' session at 7pm). Contact: Estelle on 07759797571.
Leaps & Hounds - positive, science-based dog training (inc. one-to-one training, group classes and puppy training). Courses beginning in September 2014 - contact for more information

Topsham Art Group - "Since the 1960s, The Topsham Art Group has been welcoming people who have a common love of the visual arts, and have aimed to encourage its practice and appreciation.  The membership of 150 includes amateur and professional artists, and others who simply enjoy art and like to broaden their knowledge and understanding.  The artists amongst us work in a wide range of media including watercolour, oil, pastel, acrylic, gouache and sculpture".

Topsham Sailing Club

  • Topsham St James Cricket Club
    Based at Bonfire Field in the heart of the Topsham community, this family-orientated cricket club offers competitive and social cricket for all standards of men, ladies and children from the age of 7 years. During the summer, training nights are held on Wednesdays (Ladies), Thursdays (men) and Fridays (U8s-U15s).. There is also a large programme of social events throughtout the year. For further information, please look at our website or contact Sheila Harding (01392 876481
Topsham Birdwatching & Naturalist Society:
A society for those interested in the natural world around them, and in particular this area of Devon; activities comprise a mix of indoor illustrated talks and fieldtrips. Indoor meetings take place at Matthews Hall, Topsham between September and April, on the second Friday of the month. For full details of the society, see our website.
Topsham Bowling Club
Topsham Community Association
  • Topsham Film Society
    Topsham Film Society was initiated in Spring 2004 and currently has over 200 members. It shows 12 films each season over the winter months - high quality, mostly non-mainstream titles selected by its committee. It meets approximately fortnightly on Fridays (matinee and evening) from October to March in the Matthews Hall, Topsham.
    For more information, visit

  • Topsham Flower Club
    Our Club meets monthly on 3rd Tuesday of each month, (except June and August) at Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham at 7.30pm. We invite a different, professional demonstrator each month (from anywhere in the country) to create 5/6 floral designs on stage whilst giving us an interesting, hopefully amusing, talk about themselves. At the end of the evening a raffle is held and if you are lucky you will go home with one of the usually stunning arrangements. Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits are served. There are even shopping opportunities at our sales table. Come along for £6 as a visitor initially. If you love flowers this could be for you!! For more info contact Sally Rawlings, Membership Secretary on 01395 233739.
  • Topsham Folk Club
    For the following Sundays, 6, 20, 27 March 2016 in  Matthews Hall, Fore Street. 8,.30pm club nights, 8pm guest nights. (The Globe is undergoing some refurbishment).
  • Topsham Rock School
    Community organisation, funded by the National Lottery's Awards for All scheme, Exeter Arts Council, local charities and community groups. "We give young people aged 10 - 16 the chance to write, rehearse and ultimately perform live music" - rehearses Mondays, Methodist Church.
  • Topsham Rugby Club (RFC)
  • Topsham Society
  • Topsham Toddlers
    Parent and toddler group
  • Topsham Sailing Club
  • Topsham White Ensign
    Social and philanthropic club
  • TADS
    Topsham Amateur Dramatics Society
  • Turtle Tots - Baby swimming group whose Exeter & East Devon group meets in the Exeter Golf & Country Club. "We teach aqua-natal yoga, and specialist and progressive baby and toddler swimming classes from birth": see mini-site or Facebook TurtleTotsEastDevonandExeter.


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