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KIDS: Polar Bear Explorer Trail, Plymouth, until 1 Mar

Plymouth has 20 polar bears hidden around the city’s waterfront for kids to find, An interactive trail with prizes to be won and a chance to learn about climate change for the littlies.


WORKSHOP: Bullet Journaling, Coastal Craft Creative, Seaton, Thurs 9 Jan

Dive into the trendy, extremely organised world of bullet journaling. Never heard of it? You’ll learn how to document and draw everything from mood trackers to productivity charts, creating gorgeous ink illustrations for each month. Planning has never been so fun.


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.


WALK: Hospiscare, Haldon Forest, near Exeter, Thurs 9 Jan

New Year can be tough when you’ve lost a loved one so Hospiscare have set up a monthly, short distance walk through the beautiful Haldon Forest as an opportunity to clear your head and meet new people who are going through the same thing. Meet at The Ridge Cafe, 9.45am sharp.


FILM/BALLET: Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet, The Beehive, Honiton, Fri 10 Jan

Shakespeare’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers brought to life in dance, choreographed by Matthew Bourne – ‘One of Bourne’s smartest, sexiest, most stirring shows ever,’ according to the Daily Telegraph. Book now.


OUTDOORS: Guided Bird Watching Cruise, Exmouth Marina, Fri 10 Jan

Finches, harriers, firecrests. During the winter months, millions of birds migrate to our area and wouldn’t it be lovely to have some clever ornithologists (bird experts) explaining which is what? This cruise provides all this and more, and by more, we’re talking hot pasties to munch on as you spot.


COURSE: Digital Photography – Get off auto, Dartington Hall, Sat 11 Jan

Got a new camera from Santa and not sure how to use it? This beginners’ course will cover the basics in just one day and get you off auto and onto using those apertures and shutter speeds like a pro.


TALK: Deep Diving: Writing your life with Lily Dunn, Exeter Custom House, Sat 11 Jan

Fancy having a go at writing your life story? This five week Saturday morning course with writer Lily Dunn will guide you on how to record your memories and explain how to write compellingly about personal experience. For newbies and experienced writers. (£75/£50 concessions).


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.


WORKSHOP: To Womb It May Concern, Women’s stand-up comedy workshop, Exeter Phoenix, Sat 11 Jan

Ever fancied having a go at stand-up? Now’s your chance. Dr Maggie Irving will help you perfect your punchlines and persona, interpreting how you see the world right now, through comedy.


THEATRE: Beauty and the Beast, Palace Theatre Paignton, Sun 12 Jan

Belle, the town’s resident bookworm, finds herself trapped in an enchanted castle with the hideous Beast. Little does she know, the handsome Prince Louis hides underneath all that hair. Will true love prevail in time for Belle to lift the curse? And can Dame Tilly Tarte and the Enchantress of the Rose guide her down the right path in time?


OUTDOORS: 125th Anniversary, National Trust, Coleton Fishacre opens for free, Kingswear, Sun 12 Jan

Not an NT member? No problem. To celebrate their 125th anniversary, the National Trust are opening the beautiful subtropical gardens, cafe and shop at the 1920’s country retreat of Coleton Fishacre for a free wander from 11am till 3pm.


Words by Molly Grogan.

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