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This weekend

Fri 22 - Sun 24 November

LIGHTS: Illuminate the Gardens, Dartington Hall Trust, Sat 2 Nov – 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.


EXHIBITION: Sea Garden, RAMM, Exeter, 16 Nov – 26 Jan

A female-centric focus on the sea from a range of contemporary artists, including film, photography and beautiful pressed seaweed from RAMM’s now collection.


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.


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.

DANCE: Matthew Bourne’s Red Shoes, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Mon 18 – Sat 23 Nov

Matthew Bourne’s Olivier-award adaptation of Hollywood’s romantic tale of obsession, possession and a girl’s dream of becoming the greatest dancer the world has ever seen. Golden Age nostalgia, fab costumes and romp.



CRAFT: MAKE – Contemporary Crafts for Christmas, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, until Sun 5 Jan

Christmas presents sorted! Bovey’s annual exhibition of designer-makers with over 50 UK designer-makers to the rescue.


ORCHESTRA: Love Actually in Concert, Exeter University Great Hall, Sat 23 Nov

The nation’s favourite festive motion picture comes to Exeter Uni Great Hall, accompanied by a full orchestra, violins all the way to Grand Piano, playing Craig Armstrong’s famous score – live! We’re definitely going to cry at *that* scene even more now.


Christmas paper wreath workshop, Arlington Court, Sat 23 Nov

Bored with holly and ivy? Make an intricate paper wreath instead this year (presumably for indoors not outside, or things could get a bit soggy). Tea and coffee included., £8pp


SHOPPING: Christmas Wine & Luxury Goods Fair, Honky Tonk Wine Library, Sutton Habrour, Plymouth, Sun 24 Nov

An opportunity to taste, spit, crunch, munch and smell some amazing produce from luxe local businesses offering chocolate, rum, deli hampers, Barbican Botanical gin, flowers, all in the tipple-tastic setting of the Wine Library. Tickets £15pp.


COMEDY: Josh Widdecombe – Bit Much, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Great Hall, Sun 24 Nov

The Devon comic promises a very funny night of grumbles and jokes in which he will finally tackle the hot comedy topics of advent calendars, pesto and the closing time of his local park.


EXHIBITION: Present Makers, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, until 21 Dec

Support local! Celebrating the talent of South West-based contemporary crafts people and designer-makers, and a chance to tick off that Xmas gift list, with a range of top-notch hand-made jewellery, furniture and prints on offer.


Words by Molly Grogan.

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