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LIGHTS: Illuminate the Gardens, Dartington Hall Trust, until Sun 24 Nov 

Experience the magic of Dartington’s grounds in the dark as a glorious lightshow unfolds before your eyes. Watch as the Henry Moore sculpture and the Great Hall are illuminated by environmentally sensitive lighting. We’re all about looking after nature, after all. Booking essential.


ART: Amanda Popham Solo Show, Steam Gallery, Beer, until Fri 15 Nov

Local sculptor and artist Amanda Popham brings her unique style to Steam Gallery for the 16th time with an exclusive showing of her newest work available to buy. A little something for the shelf maybe?


FILM: Bait, Flavel Art Centre, Dartmouth, until Thurs 14 Nov

Another chance to see Cornish director Mark Jenkin’s darkly witty take on the effect of tourism on one south-west fishing village, as raved about by Guardian film critic, Mark Kermode.  Check out the Muddy preview here.


COMEDY: Live at Comedy, Exeter Corn Exchange, Mon 11 Nov

On its first ever national tour straight from Islington’s Union Chapel, Live at Comedy features a star-studded line up sure to tickle your funny bone. Mock the Week’s Reginald D Hunter and apologetic ex-Etonian Ivo Graham to name a few.


MUSICAL: Fame, Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple, Tues 12 – Sat 16 Nov

Fame! I’m gonna live forever: Selladoor Productions present the definitive 30th anniversary tour, starring Keith Jack (Any Dream Will Do, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) and Jorgie Porter (Hollyoaks, Dancing On Ice). Seven West End runs can’t be wrong.


SPOKEN WORD: Joe Dunthorne and Matt Harvey, Exeter Custom House, Weds 13 Nov

An evening of uplifting poetry to brighten the dark winter nights with Joe Dunthorne, author of best-selling Submarine, and Matt Harvey, host of Radio 4’s Wondermentalist Cabaret. Two witty acclaimed writers with poetry of a positive persuasion are the perfect way to boost your *possibly* drooping mid-week spirits.


CHRISTMAS: Exeter Christmas Lights Switch On, Exeter City Centre, Weds 13 – Sun 17 Nov

A light show to make even the most bah humbug types excited for Xmas! This year there’s a staggered switch-on across different parts of the city, starting with South Street, North Street and Cathedral Green lights on Wednesday and finishing with a flourish on Fore Street on Sunday.


SHORT COURSE: Blogging Workshop, Exeter Phoenix, Thurs 14 Nov

Why not follow your blogging dreams? The Phoenix is offering a fab workshop teaching you the do’s and don’ts of running your very own with tips about subject matter, pesky writers block and utilising visuals. So, whether it be about fashion, food or fitness; the blogging world is your oyster.


WINE: Cheese and Wine Night, Royal William Yard, Plymouth, Thurs 14 Nov

French cheese and French wine go together. They just do. But have you ever wondered how to pair them perfectly? So have we! Learn the secrets of the match to impress your guests with your post-Xmas feast cheese boards.


FAIR: Christmas Craft and Gift Fair, NT Knightshayes, Tiverton, Fri 15 – Sun 17 Nov

All you need for Christmas, right here. A gardening set for Mum, a jam hamper for Dad and all sorts of goodies for the littluns. Over 50 stalls and the launch of their brand-new Christmas range, inspired by Knightshayes, everyone loves a bit of shopping.


COOKING: Edible Gift Making with Valentina Harris, Exeter Cookery School, Fri 15 – Sat 16

If you’re a fan of Italian food and festive gifts, Valentina Harris’ workshops promises both. Prepare to learn the art of grissini breadsticks, various deliciously seasoned biscuits and of course, olives. All wrapped up nicely for you to take home for a friend or loved one as a lovely little gift.


CHILDREN’S THEATRE: I Believe in Unicorns, Exeter Phoenix, Fri 15- Sun 17 Nov

According to school-loathing Tomas, ‘stories are for snotties’. But what happens when the unicorn lady arrives in town with her magical tales? Michael Morpurgo’s I Believe in Unicorns has been adapted for the stage by Exeter-based Theatre Alibi for an evening of mystery, danger and…yep, unicorns.


THEATRE: Becoming Electra: A Queer Mitzvah, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, Sat 16 Nov

A heart-warming and original one-woman drag show about a queer Jewish girl trying to find her voice. Moving, beautifully written and acted, and a fab rendition of Teenage Dirtbag. What more could you possibly want?


MARKET: Exeter Christmas Market, Cathedral Green, Sat 16 Nov – Thurs 19 Dec

Done your Xmas shopping yet? Exeter’s annual Christmas market arrives just in time to save the day. Treat yourself to a handmade necklace or grab a bag of fudge for the perfect stocking filler. A quality, totally tat-free zone.


KIDS: Robin Hood, Soapbox Theatre, Plymouth, Sat 16 Nov

Join the charitable outlaw and his band of merry men as they swashbuckle and steal their way to victory. Using puppetry, physical theatre and everyone’s *favourite* – audience participation – expect a fun-filled winter’s evening with the kiddies.


FAMILY: World Scrabble Championship, Riviera Centre, Torquay, Sat 16 – Sun 24 Nov

A whole week of scrabble, anyone? Mattel, Inc. are bringing everyone’s fave word-game to Torquay, starting with the Junior World Scrabble Championships on the 16th – 18th followed by the main event 19th – 24th. Better swallow that dictionary now.


FESTIVAL: Clovelly Herring Festival, Clovelly, Bideford, Sun 17 Nov

North Devon’s village of Clovelly celebrates the arrival of the ‘Silver Darlings’ or herring as they’re more commonly known. Promoting sustainable fishing and healthy eating, there’ll be food stalls, exhibitions and demos on how to keep debris clear of fishing nets.


Words by Molly Grogan.

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