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 lit procession around the grounds, singing Britten’s New Year’s carol before guiding you back indoors for some warming drinks to end the evening. Meet at 4pm by the Space Studios.
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!
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, 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, Thee 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.
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).
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?
CINEMA: Exhibition on screen: Lucien Freud, A Self Portrait, Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth, Tues 14 Jan
Curated by London’s Royal Academy of Arts in association with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, here’s a chance to see more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings by the iconic British artist on screen.
COMEDY: Tom Binns, Psychic Comedium, Palace Theatre, Paignton, Weds 15 Jan
The “jaw-droppingly brilliant” (according to The Scotsman) BBC 1 Friday Night Comedy star and co-writer, Tom Binns as as hospital radio DJ Ivan Branckenbury. Expect ventriloquism, gags and mind-reading. So pure thoughts only, please.
CINEMA: ROH Live: The Sleeping Beauty, Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth, Thurs 16 Jan
A live cinema screening of the Russian ballet featuring Tchaikovsky’s classic score and Marius Petipa’s original choreography with sections created for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. Sure to be a serene spectacle.
COMEDY: The Watershed Comedy Night, Soapbox Theatre, Devonport Park, Plymouth, Thurs 16 Jan
For your monthly dose of the best medicine, Watershed Comedy Night brings you some of the best stand-up comedy the South West has to offer, hosted by award-winning comic Christian Russell-Pollock, with a licensed bar. Cheers!
MUSIC: Los Pacimonos featuring Paul Young, Exmouth Pavilion, Fri 17 Jan
The Wherever I lay My Hat songster has a new song to sing (actually the 7-piece band has been around for 25 years – who knew?) featuring Texas Tornados, Doug Sahm, Flaco Jimenez, Roy Orbison, The Band, Chuck Berry, Ry Cooder and Calexico.
CINEMA: Present Laughter, NT Live from The Old Vic, The Flavel, Dartmouth, Fri 17 Jan
Here’s the plot – as he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching. (Or as I like to think of it – another excuse to see the sexy priest from Fleabag.)
MYSTERY: Sneaky Finders Torquay Detective Day, around Torquay, Sat 18 Jan
Don your deerstalker and prepare to be challenged by a 1920’s murder mystery. With one ticket purchased, you and a team of five people must stalk the streets of Torquay to catch the killer. Will you crack the case in time?
FOOD WORKSHOP: The Art of Yoghurt, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Sat 18 Jan
Yoghurt has many health and beauty benefits, obvs but, above all, it tastes amazing! And it would probably taste even better if you made it yourself. Join Dartington’s yoghurt workshop, covering the basics of natural yog-making techniques such as labneh or kefir.
WORKSHOP: Fabric Floral Wreaths, Coastal Craft Collective, Seaton, Sat 18 Jan
Is it possible to make wreaths non-christmassy? Absolutely! Relax and create fabulous felt flowers to adorn your gorgeous willow wreaths with.
WEDDINGS: The Wedding Show, Princess Theatre Torquay, 11am-3pm, Sat 18 Jan
Getting hitched in 2020, or know someone who is? Here’s your wedding inspo: from flower arrangements to venues, all under one, awfully convenient roof. And it’s free entry.
WEDDINGS: Something Old, Something New Wedding Fayre, The Old Barn, Clovelly, Bideford, Sun 19 Jan
Calling all brides to be: this one is not to be missed! Entry is free, plus over 60 exhibitors to chat to about every aspect of your Big Day, from make-up to food to venue
THEATRE: Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Mon 20 – Sat 25 Jan
The iconic West End show comes to Theatre Royal, starring Strictly Come Dancing winner Joe Mcfadden with enough sassiness, feathers and dance floor classics to last a lifetime.
FAMILY THEATRE: Gonzo Moose presents Once Upon A Time, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 21-25 Jan
The Brothers Grimm are about to finish their final volume of fairy tales when a shadow of the past kidnaps them both and their sister, Lotte, must save her beloved brothers. A fast paced comedy by Gonzo Moose promises slapstick, the bizarre and live music perfect for audiences of any age.
SHOW: The Dartmoor Highway Man, The Bedford Hotel, Tavistock, Weds 22 Jan
Alfred Noyse’s famous poem takes centre stage, with the Edge Players’ portraying the thrilling story (not for the faint hearted) in three acts accompanied by a delicious two course dinner in the hotel’s Gallery 26 which will be transformed into an olde England inn for one night only.
THEATRE: Circus of Horrors, Corn Exchange, Exeter, Weds 22 Jan
A rock n’ roll mix of a stage circus show, with scantily-clad fire-eating, trapeze, acrobatics and risqué acts. As seen on Britain’s Got Talent. Not for the kids, 18s and up only.
COMEDY: Suzy Bennet at The Comedy Club, Ocean, Exmouth, Weds 22 Jan
Got the January blues? Have a laugh with Devon comic (and former Butlins Redcoat) Suzy Bennet. She is a winner of the prestigious Funny Women Award, and was support act to Jimmy Carr on his Gag Reflex Tour.
EXHIBITION: Riviera Winter Open Exhibition, Artizan Collective, 5 Fleet Walk, Torquay, until 18 Jan
With nearly 100 artists showcasing over 500 pieces of their work, the Winter Open is back and celebrating the winter season by showcasing the incredible creativity on offer in the South West for you to take home.
THEATRE: Susie Dent – The Secret Life of Words, Exeter Corn Exchange, Thurs 23 Jan
The lexicographer shares her knowledge on the meanings. behind common and no so common words. (Scurryfunge anyone? It’s the frenzied fit of tidying before guests arrive, who knew?) Plus all the goss from her 25 years on Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
BALLET: The Wizard of Oz, Ballet Theatre UK, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, Thurs 23 Jan
A full-length, ballet adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s tale, set to a classical score and told through dance, A family-friendly performance – perfect for the prima ballerina in your life.
CHARITY DINNER: Burn’s Night Dinner, Huntsham Court, Huntsham, Thurs 23 Jan
Enjoy a sumptuous black-tie evening of haggis, ceilidh and of course, good old Robert Burns at Huntsham Court, a gorgeous Grade II listed Manor House near Tiverton, all the while raising important funds for the charity Hospiscare. £55pp (snow not included).
COMEDY: Lou Sanders: Say Hello to your new Step-Mummy, Exeter Phoenix, Thurs 23 Jan
Acclaimed comedian (having featured on 8/10 cats and The Russell Howard Hour) Lou Sanders examines relationships, mental health and perverts (herself being one, apparently). Prepare for some hilarious oversharing, overbearing and unwanted advice.
RETREAT: Luxury Wellness Retreat, Moorland Hotel, Dartmoor, Fri 24 Jan
Blow away those winter cobwebs at Moorland Hotel’s Wellness Retreat with some gentle fitness and natural health treatments. Includes all classes, morning and afternoon refreshments, a 2 course lunch, tea and coffee in the conservatory room along with a gift bag. (AND 20% off the hotel’s 6 course a la Carte dinner bed and breakfast rates should you fancy making a night or even a weekend of it.) £95 per person.
WORKSHOP: Experimental and Expressive Acrylics Course, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, Fri 24 Jan
For budding artistes and newbies alike, learn all about expressive and traditional methods of using acrylic to create beautiful work on a variety of different scales. Prepare to get messy!
MUSIC: Joe Brown in Concert, Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple, Sat 25 Jan
Celebrating 60 years in the music biz, the rock ‘n roll ledge takes to the road with timeless classics, rockabilly, gospel, country, bluegrass, and rock ‘n’ roll and Joe’s effervescent delivery and humorous reminiscences.
KIDS: Digital Creative Workshop, RAMM, Exeter, Sat 25 Jan
For kiddos who love to learn, whilst getting creative, RAMM has teamed up with Daisi for a series of engaging digital workshops, each hosted by a different artist, exploring the wonders of the museum’s objects and exhibits to create their own gifs and moving images.
MARKET: Teignmouth Farmers’ Market, The Triangle, Teignmouth, Sat 25 Jan
Every last Saturday of the month, Teignmouth’s farmers market pops up on the Triangle with a range of homegrown, organic produce; from veggies to juices, to get Jan-healthy and support local.
EAT OUT: Burn’s Night Dinner, The Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, Sat 25 Jan
No plans for Burn’s Night? For a very Scottish (tartan covered) evening, enjoy a traditional four course meal in the decadent Royal Beacon Hotel before dancing the night away to some lovely Scottish music.
THEATRE: The Cat and the Canary, Princess Theatre, Torquay, Mon 27 Jan – Sat 1 Feb
The classic 1922 whodunnit by John Willard takes place in a country house where the decendants of Mr West gather to find out who gets their hands on the inheritance, but get a load of spookily macabre goings-on instead. From The Classic Thriller Company and featuring a lotta well-known TV faces, including Brit Ekland (yes the Brit Ekland).
RUN: Trust10 Trail Run, Coleton Fishacre, Kingswear, Sun 26 Jan
Complete your monthly running goal of 5k (or 10k with a double lap of the trail) or just spend some quality time running with the family, the dog or by yourself in the stunning D’Oyly Carte gardens.
EXHIBITION: Sea Garden, RAMM museum, Exeter, until Sun 26 Jan
A vibrant, contemporary exhibition exploring the female-gendered relationship with the ocean and seaweed, featuring works from artists such as photographer Susan Derges, Dorothy Cross and Lucy Skaer.
THEATRE: Drink Rum with Expats, Sh!t Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Tues 28 Jan – Sat 1 Feb
According to Time Out, (who gave it a 4/5 review) this comedy docu-theatre about the pair’s experience of taking a job in Malta “is about the perils of turning your back on the world in order to pretend there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s about ignoring refugees, ignoring corruption, ignoring home, ignoring abroad, of taking the easy route”. According to the multi-award winning pair themselves it’s another excuse to get drunk on stage. You decide.
CLASS: Yoga at RAMM, RAMM Museum, Exeter, Weds 29 Jan
Find your Zen in the beautiful surroundings of the RAMM this January, balancing the mind and body with Hatha Yoga, improving your flexibility, core strength, grounding and mental health. A must for post-Christmas, back to work stress.
EAT OUT: Chinese New Year, Wild Artichokes, Thurs 30 Jan
Multi-course feast inspired by Chinese New Year with Jane Baxter at her Kingsbridge HQ. Its buzzy and the open plan kitchen means you get to see all the action.
KIDS: Under 5’s Creative Session, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, Thurs 30 Jan
A perfectly genius solution for any bored littl’uns in need of some creative stimulation. Explore the latest exhibitions at the Gallery before taking part in a crafty, play-based, sensory session for the kids to use their imaginations artistically.
MUSIC: Think Floyd, Exmouth Pavilions, Fri 31 Jan
Dubbed the definitive Pink Floyd experience, Think Floyd pride themselves on having all the musical, techno, performative calibre as the original, performing the complete The Wall album and a range of classics from Dark Side of the Moon. The perfect birthday gift for a fan.
SHOW: Murder by Gaslight, Exmouth Pavilion, Ocean Suite, Exmouth, Fri 31 Jan
Here’s a chance to mmerse yourself in the complex minds of infamous psychopaths at Exmouth Pavilion’s Murder by Gaslight. You’re given an an insight into the lives of two medicine men, William Palmer and Harvey Crippen, who poisoned their victims. You will then be invited to decide for yourselves whether or not the two were indeed guilty. Thrilling stuff.
FAMILY THEATRE: Beowulf, The Plough Arts Theatre, Fri 31 Jan
The classic old English tale of the brave warrior Beowulf, who defeats his monsters and goes onto become king, brought to life with music and shadow puppets.
CINEMA: Abba Party Night, Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth, Fri 31 Jan
Get down your local charity shop to grab some platform boots and satin flares then trot along to a relaxed screening of Mama Mia! where you can singalonga to those Abba hits. And for those not doing dry Jan, there’s a free cocktail to warm up your vocal chords beforehand.
EAT OUT: Murder Mystery Night at Boringdon Hall, Plymouth, Fri 31 Jan
Release your inner sleuth, and tuck into a succulent three-course à la carte dinner with coffee for £57 per person including welcome drink in a grand 16th century manor. And did I mention the award-winning spa?
Words by Molly Grogan.