Did you know that Honiton is home to unique events that happen every year? Our town is full of history which we love to celebrate, two of which are coming up in the next week! Make sure you don’t miss out on any of the fun.


Tuesday 25th July brings with it Hot Pennies Day, a tradition dating back to the 13th century. Taking place on the first Tuesday after the 19th July each year, this tradition is much loved by residents and children. Taking place at midday at the Old Pannier Market, the Town Cryer kicks off the event by hoisting a garlanded pole with a gloved hand on and proclaims ‘No man may be arrested so long as the glove is up’, calling back to event’s history. The first pennies are thrown from the balcony of the former Assembly Rooms before a processions begins through the town. Passing many pubs and public houses, ‘hot pennies’ are then thrown from the windows to the gathered children and watchers who aim to catch as many as possible. While the pennies are now only warm, it calls back to when affluent people of the 13th century would throw hot pennies to the peasants who would then burn their fingers trying to pick them up. Luckily today’s event is much more friendly and fun for everyone!


Later on in the week, Honiton’s Market Charter takes place, on Saturday 29th July. Honiton Charter Day celebrates the granting of the Royal Charter for a weekly market. This was awarded in 1257, and the Charter Day event has been celebrated since 2007! As a fun family event, the day is full of activities and a jam-packed program. With stalls, animals, face painting and bouncy castles and slide to explore, there’s also non-stop entertainment throughout the day. With a variety of dancers & performers, fun dog show and classic car show, there is no shortage of fun for the whole family to enjoy. 

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