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PANTO: Beauty and the Beast, Exeter Northcott, until Sun 5 Jan

My fave panto of the year! It’s pink, it’s funny and the music and sets are fab, with songs from The Greatest Showman and Lady Gaga on the playlist. All the players are a total delight, with Cupid and Betty Bonbon the stand-out stars of the show. I promise you’ll love it. Go!


EXHIBITION: Magical Gingerbread Town. Hunters Inn, Exmoor, until 4 Jan

Pic by Rob Joules

It’s only North Devon’s first Gingerbread Town – and why not! More than 200 illuminated gingerbread houses baked by local community groups and businesses, to ogle while filling up on hot chocolate and mulled wine.


OUTDOORS: Rosemoor Glow, RHS Rosemoor, Torrington, until 4 Jan 2020

RHS Rosemoor’s Illuminations return with colour-changing lights reflected in the Cool Garden lake, and the twiggy silhouettes lit up in rainbow shades. I want that giant mirror ball in my garden *hint hint*. Plus, the shop stays open late too so a chance to do some panic gift-buying. Trowels for everyone!


THEATRE: Treasure Island, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, until Sun 5 Jan

Ho, ho, ho and, er, a bottle of rum. X marks the spot this Christmas, with the four lads from Le Navet Bete delivering a swash-buckling comedy aimed at littlies from 6 and up.


KIDS THEATRE: Hansel and Gretel, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Sat 21 Dec – Sun 5 Jan

Follow the mischievous Hansel and his equally naughty sister Gretel as they navigate their way through a world of winding woods and trailing breadcrumbs to find the magical Christmas Market-but there’s more than just sweets waiting for them in the snowy forest. Paddleboat Theatre Company bring you and the family an interactive and musical retelling of the classic fairy-tale; the perfect first theatre experience for the littl’uns.


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.


SHOW: Kagemusha Taiko: Shadow Warrior, Exeter Phoenix, Sat 4 Jan

Experience stories of space and time with Kagemusha Taiko as you’re transported to a world of European myths, legends and magic incorporating bass guitar, vocals and drums for an exhilarating new show.


WALK: Twelfth Night New Year Ceremony, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Sun 5 Jan

To honour Benjamin Britten’s influence at Dartington, join Soundart on their annual procession around the grounds, singing Britten’s New Year’s carol before guiding you back to Space for some warming drinks to end the evening.


OUTDOORS: Traditional Wassail, Buckland Abbey, Yelverton, Sun 5 Jan

What is the festive season without its traditions and no Twelfth Night is complete without a wassail. Join the Dartmoor Border Morris with your pots and other noisy crockery for a day of drinking mulled wine and warding off those bad spirits.


OUTDOORS: Female Specific Canoe Coaching, Dartmoor National Park, Sun 5 Jan

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to conquer the river in a canoe but hesitated due to lack of experience or confidence, LM Coaching have got your back. You’ll learn how to make bigger boats work for you in the open water. You go, girl!



PANTO: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Princess Theatre, Torquay, until Sat 4 Jan

Tousled Devon songster, Luke Friend, from The X Factor stars in the vertically-challenged classic, along with Hollyoaks‘ Marcus Patrick, so you can be sure the toons will be in tune.


Words by Molly Grogan.

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