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CINEMA: Exhibition on screen: Lucien Freud, A Self Portrait, Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth, Tues 14 Jan

Curated by London’s Royal Academy of Arts in association with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, here’s a chance to see more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings by the iconic British artist on screen.


COMEDY: Tom Binns, Psychic Comedium, Palace Theatre, Paignton, Weds 15 Jan

The “jaw-droppingly brilliant” (according to The Scotsman) BBC 1 Friday Night Comedy star and co-writer, Tom Binns as as hospital radio DJ Ivan Branckenbury. Expect ventriloquism, gags and mind-reading. So pure thoughts only, please.


CINEMA: ROH Live: The Sleeping Beauty, Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth, Thurs 16 Jan

A live cinema screening of the Russian ballet featuring Tchaikovsky’s classic score and Marius Petipa’s original choreography with sections created for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. Sure to be a serene spectacle.


COMEDY: The Watershed Comedy Night, Soapbox Theatre, Devonport Park, Plymouth, Thurs 16 Jan

For your monthly dose of the best medicine, Watershed Comedy Night brings you some of the best stand-up comedy the South West has to offer, hosted by award-winning comic Christian Russell-Pollock, with a licensed bar. Cheers!


MUSIC: Los Pacimonos featuring Paul Young, Exmouth Pavilion, Fri 17 Jan

The Wherever I lay My Hat songster has a new song to sing (actually the 7-piece band has been around for 25 years – who knew?) featuring Texas Tornados, Doug Sahm, Flaco Jimenez, Roy Orbison, The Band, Chuck Berry, Ry Cooder and Calexico.


CINEMA: Present Laughter, NT Live from The Old Vic, The Flavel, Dartmouth, Fri 17 Jan

Here’s the plot – as he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching. (Or as I like to think of it – another excuse to see the sexy priest from Fleabag.)


MYSTERY: Sneaky Finders Torquay Detective Day, around Torquay, Sat 18 Jan

Don your deerstalker and prepare to be challenged by a 1920’s murder mystery. With one ticket purchased, you and a team of five people must stalk the streets of Torquay to catch the killer. Will you crack the case in time?


FOOD WORKSHOP: The Art of Yoghurt, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Sat 18 Jan

Yoghurt has many health and beauty benefits, obvs but, above all, it tastes amazing! And it would probably taste even better if you made it yourself. Join Dartington’s yoghurt workshop, covering the basics of natural yog-making techniques such as labneh or kefir.


WORKSHOP: Fabric Floral Wreaths, Coastal Craft Collective, Seaton, Sat 18 Jan

Is it possible to make wreaths non-christmassy? Absolutely! Relax and create fabulous felt flowers to adorn your gorgeous willow wreaths with.


WEDDINGS: The Wedding Show, Princess Theatre Torquay, 11am-3pm, Sat 18 Jan

Getting hitched in 2020, or know someone who is? Here’s your wedding inspo: from flower arrangements to venues, all under one, awfully convenient roof. And it’s free entry.


WEDDINGS: Something Old, Something New Wedding Fayre, The Old Barn, Clovelly, Bideford, Sun 19 Jan 

Calling all brides to be: this one is not to be missed! Entry is free, plus over 60 exhibitors to chat to about every aspect of your Big Day, from make-up to food to venue


EXHIBITION: Dead Dad Book, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, until 1 Mar

Ceramicist Vicky Lindo’s award-winning exhibition of ceramics, inspired by a diary kept by Vicky’s mum and sisters about the journey they took to Ireland to visit their dad’s grave and find out what had happened to him in the years he’d been missing.


EXHIBTION: Winter Show, Brownston Gallery, Modbury, until end Jan

Pic: Charles Jamieson, Best Coffee in Town 2019

Got a bare wall needs cheering up, or after a special gift? Pick up a piece of fine art from one of the leading contemporary galleries in the South West. Styles on offer represent a established and emerging artists and range from abstract to figurative, psychedelic to portraiture, maritime to landscape.



BRISTOL: The Book of Mormon, Bristol Hippodrome, Weds 15 Jan – Sat 22 Feb

Photo Paul Coltas

The Tony, Olivier and Grammy award-winning musical comedy about a pair of Mormon boys – ‘foul-mouthed, funny and wild’ – on a mission comes to Bristol. I saw this when in London and it’s hilarious – go.


CORNWALL: Ice Skating at Eden, The Eden Project, Bodelva (until 23 Feb)

Eden’s glittering ice rink – the only indoor rink in Cornwall – is open until 23 Feb. Choose from family fun sessions, hire penguins and snowmen to assist with skating and warm up with a rink-side hot choc afterward.



Mama Mia! A brand new (and, quite frankly, must-see) exhibition is coming to The O2, London this month – ABBA: Super Troupers is a journey through the Swedish band’s career and will feature personal items and artefacts never seen before in the UK (until 21 Aug 2020).

Another newbie is Tutankhamun – Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the Saatchi Gallery. One of the biggest cultural events in the winter calendar, the exhibit features 150+ original artefacts found in the Pharaoh’s tomb that was unearthed in 1922 (until 3 May).

Other exhibitions worth a snoop are Vogue fashion and portrait photographer Tim Walker‘s enchanting, fantastical, frankly insane collection of work at the V&A (until 8 March); William Blake at Tate Britain, with the visionary painter and poets work blown up to enormous scale using digital technology (until 2 Feb 2020); Into the Night: Cabarets & Clubs in Modern Art at the Barbican  – a history of cabarets, clubs, dancefloors and party spaces that inspired artists from the 1880s to the 1960s (until 19 Jan).

Words by Molly Grogan.

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