It’s the Festive December Guide!
An unashamedly festive guide this month. As ever, if there’s something you think I should be telling you all about, then drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, can’t speak, I’ve got a mouthful of mince pie and a whole cheeseboard to get through.
Merry Christmas, Muddies! x
Christmas at Killerton: Wind in the Willows, Throughout December
Aw, you’ve gotta love a good old classic at Christmas, haven’t you? Step into the world of Toad, Rat, Mole and Badger at Killerton House this Christmas and discover rooms transformed into scenes from this lovely old tale. This is lots of other festive fun to be had.
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The Enormous Turnip, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Until Sat 13 Jan
Stuff and Nonsense theatre company deliver every year with a sweet and captivating take on a classic tale. This year’s offering focuses on Mr and Mrs Chickweed, living in their tiny shed, squeezed amongst the garden tools. Their prize-winning vegetables have taken over everything but before they retire, they can’t resist planting one last seed, try for one more champion vegetable and one more trophy! Well, you can guess the rest. Smalls are invited to pull together to get this enormous turnip out of the ground before it takes over the planet. And they can meet the characters and puppets after the show, too. We took the Mudlet to last year’s show and highly recommend a visit.
For seedlings aged 2-8 and all the family, Running time: 1hr approx. theatreroyal.com
Enchanted Christmas 2017 at Saltram, Plymouth, until 30 Dec.
You can’t fail to feel warm and fuzzy after a trip to Plymouth’s Saltram House at Christmas – they do like to spoil us with a generous dollop of festive cheer. This year, stroll around the enchanted illuminated gardens and marvel at the magically decorated house. Spot the inspiration from some best-loved fairytales as you wander around. And that’s just for starters; make the most of the twinkly cafe, book in a story time session with Father Christmas (grown-ups can get in on the fun too, this year, with a special adults-only version!).
Brad Faine: Big Screen Spectacular, Brook Gallery, Budleigh Salterton, Tues 28 Nov – Sun 7 Jan
If you only see one exhibition before Christmas, make it this one. The small and perfectly formed Brook Gallery, based in beautiful Budleigh Salterton, is hosting internationally acclaimed Brad Faine: Big Screen Spectacular right through the festive period. For those yet to eyeball his visual explosions of colour and fun, expect a glittery display of memories and rhetoric from the film set, where large-scale diamond-encrusted celebrities will adorn the gallery walls. Book it in and bling it on! Read more about this fab gallery, by the way, in our Little Black Book.
Cinderella, Exeter Corn Exchange, Sat 9 Dec – Mon 1 Jan
It’s the tale that needs no introduction and it’s the UK’s favourite pantomime, taking us through the season in Exeter. Will Cinderella meet her Prince Charming?
Peter Pan, Theatre Royal, Plymouth< Fri 15 – Sat 13 Jan
We couldn’t not include a panto at this time of year, especially when the baddie is none other than ‘Fil Mitchell’ off ‘Enders. Yep, the stage at Plymouth’s Theatre Royal is transforming into Neverland, for the swashbuckling adventure, Peter Pan. Fun for all the family, surely?
Bubblicious New Year’s Eve Baby Rave, The Soapbox Children’s Theatre, Plymouth, Sun 31 Dec.
For those of you with small people, worrying that your partying days are over, rejoice. Because the clever people at Stiltskin have realised that, during the day, New Year will be beginning somewhere in the world. So rave it up with the smalls, dance and eat cake. Under 5s can celebrate with Queensland Australia, Papua New Guinea and regions of Antarctica, whilst over 5’s get to countdown with Indonesia, Thailand and Christmas Island. Bring on the glow sticks and let there be fun!
NYE: Party in the Cosmos, Exeter Phoenix, Sun 31 Dec
Be transported to the Starship Phoenix for a party like no other. From cosmopolitan cocktails to space-age silent discos and the Ultimate Bowie headlining, dig out the intergalactic fancy dress and get your groove on.
8pm – 3am, tickets £20, exeterphoenix.org.uk
Soiree Savoyarde, Le Vignoble, Plymouth, Sun 31 Dec
The team at the Plymouth waterfront wine lounge know how to put on a good party, so you’ll be in good hands this NYE. Be welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine, then get stuck in to a 3 course buffet, along with fizzy when the bongs bong at midnight.
7.30pm – 1.30am, £40pp, levignoble.co.uk