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ART: Amanda Popham Solo Show, Steam Gallery, Beer, Sat 2- 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?


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.


FAMILY: Bonfire Night at the Big Sheep, Bideford, Tues 5 Nov

For littl’uns who hate the noise, The Big Sheep’s Burger and Bonfire evening begins with junior fireworks at 6pm, until the lighting of the bonfire at 7 and main fireworks at 7:45. Sparklers and candy apples at the ready!


FESTIVAL: Tar Barrels, Ottery St Mary, Tues 5 Nov

Historic tar barrel racing is how we want to spend our Bonfire night, how about you? 87 rollers racing past, 400 years in the making and £250,000 raised for local charities. It’s a no-brainer.


FAIR: Exeter Cathedral Winter Fair, Exeter Cathedral Nave, Tues 5 – Weds 6 Nov

Is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas? By the looks of it, er yes! Get gifting with over 60 stalls filled with hand-crafted, locally sourced goodies that would look brilliant under the Christmas tree, all wrapped up.


SIX WEEK COURSE: Carpentry for Women, The Chicken Shed, Dartington, Tues 5 Nov – Tues 10 Dec

If this doesn’t empower you, what will? Astrid, the super teacher, will be sharing her woodwork wisdom one evening a week for 6 weeks, giving you hands-on skills of joining and carpentry. Sounds like the perfect way to take DIY to the next level, don’t you think?


FIREWORKS: Stuart Line Cruises the Exe on Bonfire Night, Exmouth, Tues 5 Nov

Surely not more fireworks? Grab yer thick blankets, woolly hats and flasks of hot choc as Stuart Line cruises you down the calm waters of the estuary as you look to Exmouth fireworks’ burst and fizzle, uninterrupted by big crowds or the stress of where the car’s parked.


FESTIVAL: Exeter Literary Festival, around Exeter, Thurs 7 – Sun 10 Nov

Expand the mind, explore the themes and hear the writers in their own words at Exeter’s Lit Fest, featuring a range of fiction and non-fiction titles to be discussed and inspired by. There’s nothing better than being immersed in a good book.


CHARITY: Fire Walk for Children’s Hospice, Kitley House Hotel, Plymouth, Thurs 7 Nov

We promise that it’s not as dangerous, or scary, as it sounds. Well, maybe it is scary BUT it’s in aid of Children’s Hospice South West, with all money raised going to help children and their families make the most of precious and short lives. Bring family and friends along to watch as you walk a path of coals at 1200˚F in front of the rather beautiful Kitley House Hotel.


SHORT COURSE: Beginners Script Writing, Exeter Phoenix, Fri 8 Nov

Fancy yourself as the next Phoebe Waller-Bridge but lack basic skills and knowledge of screen and script writing? Local script editor Lucy Hay will teach you how to get those lightbulbs (you clever thing, you) onto paper, and all the basic elements and formula for film scripts to take it to the next level.


THEATRE: The Tell Tales, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, Fri 8 Nov

A storytelling show with a twist. It’s for…adults! Story-tellers Minnie Wilkinson and Paul Andrew decided kids shouldn’t have all the fun *so true*,  and are exploring folk tales from across the globe from the worlds of fantasy and myth.


FILM: Bait, Flavel Art Centre, Dartmouth, Sat 9 – 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.


MURDER MYSTERY: Murder Mystery Weekend, Two Bridges Hotel, Dartmoor, Fri 8 – Sun 10 Nov

Ooh, we love a good murder mystery, especially one with two nights’ accommodation at the Two Bridges, right in the heart of Dartmoor; perfect for total immersion in the mystery! Includes a four-course meal each night, a hearty brekky, drinks upon arrival and a guaranteed enthralling story. But whodunnit?


COMEDY: Jack Whitehall: Work in Progress, Plymouth Pavilions, Sat 9 Nov

Fan of embarrassing public encounters and cringe-worthy anecdotes? Award-winning comic and actor Jack Whitehall comes to Plymouth Pavilions this October, trying out new material before his upcoming arena tour. Book now.


RUN: Glow in the Park 5k, Westpoint, Exeter, Sat 9 Nov

It’s time to glow with WestPoint’s annual Glow in the Park fun run. Walk, run, jog and dance your way through the 9 ‘Glow Zones’ donning your best tutus, face paint and violently-hued 80’s leg warmers.


THEATRE: Austentatious: the improvised Jane Austen novel, Exeter Northcott, Sat 9 Nov

Is it Pride and Prejudice? Sense and Sensibility? No! It’s Austentatious, the improvised comedy play on tour! Performed by a group of quick comic performers as they conjure up a ‘new’ story based on the audience’s chosen title, fresh from six sell-out runs at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. No two shows are the same!


Words by Molly Grogan.

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