TOPSHAM, Devon

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.

NEW
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.
  • Cafe Lingua
    Every Thursday 6.30-8.30pm, Route 2 Cafe Bar: free language club, everyone welcome. Come along and practice your language skills and socialise, try international dishes. In partnership with St Peters Language College.
    French: 1st Thursday of every month
    German: 2nd Thursday of every month
    Spanish: 3rd Thursday of every month
    Guest Language: other Thursdays (see website for current details)
  • 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.
  • Exeter Alternative Theatre
    "A new theatre production company formed in January 2010. Our key ethos is to bring together creatively diverse, dynamic and talented individuals to stage an eclectic range of alternative theatre. We strive to push the boundaries of conventional theatre."
  • Exeter Camera Club
    Matthews Hall, during the winter months, meetings at 7.30pm Thursdays. Members use a variety of techniques, from b&w darkroom processing via transparencies to the latest digital technology. Visitors and prospective members welcome. Contact Ken Barrett (01392 877475)
  • Exeter Electronic Organ Club
    Meets at Matthews Hall at 7.00pm on the first Thursday of each month (second Thursday in May, due to elections). It features two-hour concerts, starting at 7.45pm, by some of the the UK's top professional electronic organists.
  • 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.
  • Singing for Fun
    Friendly harmony singing group led by Sarah Pennington, open to all who enjoy singing, no need to read music or have previous experience.  We meet at St Nicholas Methodist Church, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HE on Wednesday evenings, 7.30-9.30pm.  Cost: £6 (full) / £4 (low income) per session; or £60 (full) / £40 (low income) for 12-week term.  Telephone Sarah on 01392 437792 for more information or e-mail singingforfuntopsham@gmail.com.
  • 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).
  • TBNS
    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 topshamfilmsociety.co.uk
  • Topsham Flower Club
  • Topsham Folk Club
    Every Sunday at the Globe Hotel, Fore Street. 8,.30pm club nights, 8pm guest nights.
  • 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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