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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.


DANCE: The Nutcracker, Vienna Festival Ballet, Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple, Tues 26 Nov

Tchaikovky’s magical tale, first performed in St Petersburg over 100 years ago and still going strong. Guaranteed to get you feeling festive and Sugar Plum prepped for the Xmas shopping rigmarole.



Sigi’s Pop Up at Nine, Totnes, Mon 25 – Sat 30 Nov

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A chance to support local with this don’t-miss shopping pop-up, curated by clothes designer Sigrid Vershraegen – lots of lovely makers to choose from.



CRAFT: Decoration Making with Emma Capper, Knightshayes, Tiverton, Tues 26 Nov

It may only be November, but it might just be worth getting into the Christmas spirit for this. Join Emma Capper as she teaches you the secrets of the willow decoration and how to make it your own, creating all sorts of lovely, jolly shapes to adorn your table for the great feast next month.


XMAS: Wreath making and lunch, Hunter’s Inn, Heddon Valley, Parracombe, 10.30am-3pm, Weds 27 Nov

Using the foliage gathered from the Heddon Valley including willow, holly and ivy, you’ll learn how to make a long lasting wreath then tuck into a scrummy 2-course lunch. Finish off with a hot mulled beverage and mince pie before you totter home with your masterpiece.



XMAS: Boringdon Hall, Plymouth, Sun 24, Thurs 28, Sat 30 Nov and Thurs 5 Dec

Muddy-award winning florist Hannah Burnett shows you how to make a Yuletide wreath to take home and show off, all in the glorious Elizabethan surroundings of Boringdon. Lovely., £45pp


COMEDY: Frank Skinner, Princess Theatre, Torquay, Weds 26 Nov

He’s coming home, he’s coming home – okay Devon’s not exactly home for this droll Brummie comic, but Frank Skinner is coming to the Princess Theatre as part of a 47-date jaunt around the UK. Well reviewed in The Guardian, don’t miss.


THEATRE: Nativity! The Musical, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Tues 26 – Sat 30 Nov

The touring tinsel-tasmagoria, starring Love Island’s Dani Dyer, lands in Plymouth this month, featuring sing-along hits Nazareth and She’s the Brightest Star as well as a cracking dance numbers and enough glitter to last a lifetime.


SPOKEN WORD: Pam Ayres – Up in the Attic, Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth, Fri 29 Nov

Still wishing you’d looked after yer teeth? Navigating moments that are both hilarious and profoundly heart-breaking Pam shows she’s still got it – followed by a Q and A and book signing.


CHRISTMAS: Candlelit Dartmouth, Fri 29 – Sat 30 Nov

If this doesn’t get you in the festive mood, nothing will: two days of live music, children’s entertainment, a Christmas fair and all of Dartmouth’s lovely art galleries and shops to explore, with a lantern procession on the Saturday night. Now, where did I put that paper mâché?


Traditional and Burlap Wreath making workshop, Palace Theatre, Paignton, Sat 30 Nov

Take your pick of trad or long-lasting burlap wreath with lots of materials, help and advice on hand provided from talented painter and illustrator Cara Roxanne, as well as a mince pie *or two*, hot chocolate or mulled wine. One and a half hours, with a choice of morning and afternoon sesh’s., £20 traditional/£25 burlap


XMAS: Tiverton Lights Switch on, Tiverton, Sat 30 Nov

The town replaced its infamous pant-shaped Crimbo lights with something more trad last year (spoilsports), so you’ll just have to made do with with a lantern parade at 5.30pm, plus live choirs, a funfair for the littlies, street food in the Pannier Market and the Big Man himself will be making an appearance in his grotto on Fore Street.



WORKSHOP: Introduction to Curing, Ground up Cookery School, Crockernwell, Sat 30 Nov

Make and taste bacon, chorizo and cured salmon, a hands-on workshop led by award winning Duchy charcutier Marc Dennis. For the carnivore in your life, vegans look away now.


TALK: Griff Rhys Jones, All over the Place, Palace Theatre, Paignton, Sat 30 Nov

The Not the Nine O’clock News funny man is on tour with a new stand-up show, and riffing on everything from parenting, celebrity, his recent medical procedures and meetings with great and the good, including some royals.


PANTO: Beauty and the Beast, Exeter Northcott, Sat 30 Nov – Sun 5 Jan

A tale as old as time, now a panto! Things get romantic, things get magical and things get hairy as Belle, her sister Souffle and Dame Betty Bonbon fight to free Prince Valentin from the curse of the Evil Enchantress. Will they succeed in time to save Belle’s love and the family business? You’ll just to have go along and find out,


COMEDY: Ben Elton, Princess Theatre, Torquay, Sat 30 Nov

Ho ho ho! (sorry, too early?) There’s plenty to laugh about this month, but most notably, we recommend getting tickets for Ben Elton’s return to the stand up scene. The iconic comedian hasn’t toured in 15 years, with his new material promising to attempt to make sense of a world that he thinks has gone mad (fair point).


Festive Food & Gift Extravaganza, John’s Deli, Instow, 10-4, Sun 1 Dec

Not been to the Muddy-award-winning foodie heaven that is Johns Deli yet? Go this Sunday for their annual extravaganza, free tastings with 12 local festive producers, new launches from Pull the Pin rum, hamper ideas and John’s personal pick of the best local.



EXHIBITION: VR Show: Cirque Du Soleil, University of Plymouth, Sun 1 – Sun 8 Dec

Explore the surreal world of acclaimed circus troupe, Cirque Du Soleil, as three new Virtual Reality films by Liminia transport you to a world of whimsical, water dwelling characters, an epic adventure of two warring families clashing in breath taking acrobatic combat and a journey through an imaginary Mexico suspended between dreams and reality, all made possible by Plymouth University’s all new, cutting edge Immersive Visualisation Lab.


Words by Molly Grogan.

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