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What’s on (and in) in November

Remember, remember to have fun in November! Here's Muddy curated guide to the coolest online courses, shopping, shows and more this month.

EXHIBITION: 100 First Women, RAMM, Exeter, from 24 October

A fascinating exhibition of photographic portraits by Anita Corbin at the recently opened RAMM, featuring 100 female firsts, great and small, including Devon’s own Dame Hilary Mantel (first woman to win the Man Booker Prize – twice). What’s surprising is how recent some of the firsts are: Edith Kent – equal pay 1943, Janice Long (remember her?) the first woman to present TOTP. Makes you think.

EXHIBITION: Telling Our Stories, Finding Our Roots, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, until 6 Feb

The result of a year-long project offering an opportunity for community members from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities to share their experiences of living, working and raising their families in and around Bideford via photos, oral history and personal artefacts in the museum

SHOPPING: Art Bank, Pop-up Art Gallery, South Street Collective, Fore Steet, Totnes, until 3 Jan

The South Street Collective, a group of community-minded women artists have popped up in the closed Santander building in the run-up to Christmas to showcase their ceramics, homeware, jewellery, sculptures and woodwork, while also generating funds for charities which help women and children from underprivileged backgrounds. Go show your support!

DRIVE-IN CINEMA: 28 days Later, Seafield Haunted House, Westward Ho! Sun 1 Nov

A wonderfully spooky setting to watch this fab film (modern zombie genre), purportedly North Devon’s most spooky house and with the gorgeous Cillian Murphy playing a blinder. 

EAT: Fired Feast, Southcombe Barn, Widecombe in the Moor, Sun 1 Nov

A combined culinary dining and art experience for All Hallow’s weekend to mark the opening of a ceramic exhibition by Sandy Brown with four courses of locally sourced foods, by top local chefs served up on ceramic works by the artist. Tasty and tasteful.

CRAFT: Knitting Course, The Loom Shed, Cullompton, Mon 2 Nov

Is it just me or has everybody you speak to gained new skills lately? To fill the skills gap, this might be a good place to start with a beginner’s course in knitting. Covering all the basics should you wish to channel your inner Madame Defarge. Runs for five consecutive Monday afternoons and covers the cost of your needles and yarn.

EAT: Guy Fawkes Dinner and Fireworks, Paschoe house, Crediton, Thurs 5 Nov

Remember a toffee apple and a sparkler? How things have changed. Paschoe house does things in style, with champagne and canapes, dinner in the dining room followed by private firework display in the grounds. If this lights your fuse book quickly as there are very limited spaces. (£125pp)

FAMILY: Bonfire Fireworks Party, The Big Sheep, Bideford.  Thus 5, Fri 6, Sat 7 Nov

Not one but three Covid-safe firework fiesta nights to celebrate with pyrotechnics, music and bonfire.

EAT: A la carte dinner and fireworks, Orestone Manor, Fri 6 Nov

Even if the fireworks don’t light sparks for you the three-course meal that accompanies them looks absolutely delicious and most decidedly will, including a glass of mulled wine on arrival, a three course Autumnal a la Carte dinner. Booking with deposit essential (£45 pp.)

OUTDOORS: Clued Upp Witchcraft and Wizardry, around Exeter, Sat 7 Nov

Here’s something novel. An outdoor adventure game designed for your bubble of 6, which takes your team on mysterious journey across the city. Grab your teammates (and your cloak and wand) and crack clues,  solve puzzles and generally save the day. Now that would be a good magic trick.

FIREWORKS: Drive in Display, Westpoint, Exeter, Sat 7 Nov

Covid will not prevent the annual celebratory whizzes and explosions at Westpoint – you can still ‘Ooh and Ahh’ from the safety of inside (or around) your motor.

SHOPPING: Ocean Winter Market, Royal William Yard, Plymouth, Sat 7 – Sun 8 Nov

Christmas shopping, get, set…go! Over 30 artists, designers, makers and tech innovators are opening their studios and workshops for the weekend. Free, ticketed event.

EXHIBITION: Amanda Popham Annual Solo Show, Marine House, Beer, Sat 7 – Fri 20 Nov

Internationally acclaimed British earthenware sculptor Amanda Popham’s 2020 collection is as fun, humorous and creative as ever. Amanda will be there in person on the Saturday 7 launch. Don’t miss!

COURSE: Sourdough Baking Workshop, Riverford Field Kitchen, Buckfastleigh, Mon 9 Nov

Guest chef Andy Tyrell comes with an indisputably talented pedigree, starting in patisserie then moving on to be head chef at River Cottage, he is now head chef at the Lyme Bay Cafe and Bar. You will have a whole day to benefit from his skills and leave with a little pot of ‘Peggy’ the Riverford field kitchens sourdough starter culture, so no more excuse to run out of bread…(£110 pp)

COMEDY: Sofie Hagen:The Bumswing, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, Weds 11 Nov

Now this is one lady we’re keen to see. Winner of the prestigious Edinburgh Best Newcomer Award, a cult Danish podcaster, and now the author of the hugely successful book Happy Fat, now she’s in Exeter with a show about things you forget, things you remember and all those things you wish you could forget. Bums included.

MUSIC: Music in the Castle, Powderham, Kenton, Fri 13 Nov, 3pm and 7.30pm

Internationally acclaimed husband and wife duo, Phillippa Harrison & James Willshire, performs a wide variety of repertoire, including Ravel, Schubert and Saint-Saëns in the sumptuous surroundings of a 14th century castle.

ONLINE: London Jazz Festival Online, Fri 13 – 22 Nov

Despite the many, and various, stunning things to do in our wonderful county just occasionally there may be a little pang of envy for some of the fascinating stuff that ends up in our capital? So to turn that Zoom-frown upside down virtually pop along to London to enjoy one of the numerous very diverse and jazz acts performing for you online.

CINEMA: NT Live:Warhorse, The Beehive, Honiton, Sat 14 Nov

mechanical horse on stage with actor

The critically acclaimed and suitably poignant play, based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, returns to cinemas to mark Remembrance Day.

FITNESS: 5K Inflatable Obstacle Run, Westpoint Arena, Exeter, Sat 14 Nov

This should be hilarious. the obstacles, all 28 of them, have been moved indoors so the weather can do its November worst and yet you can run the gauntlet with much fitness, foolishness and foam. Lots and lots of foam.

THEATRE: The Rat Pack, Babbacombe Theatre Torquay, Sat 14 Nov

The star studded cast of the UK’s original and longest running Rat Pack show have played numerous venues  from the West End to Strictly so this should be a feast for the ears.

COMEDY: To Womb it may Concern, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, Sat 14 Nov

Realised during lockdown you are absolutely hilarious but you lack a voice to share your humour? A comedy workshop for women to learn about comedy and stand up and how you can improve both your confidence and your communication skills. 

EAT: Murder Mystery Evening, Berry Head Hotel, Brixham, Sat 14 Nov

Who dunnit?  Travel back in time a hundred years to solve the murder. The Autumn menu is however, bang up to date.

TECHNO: Casa, Day Party 2, Plymouth Albion, Devonport, November 21st

Calling all ravers! A socially-distanced day party with full Covid adherence to rules. If techno is your vibe, give it a whirl.

ILLUMINATIONS: Rosemoor Glow, Rosemoor, Torrington, from Thurs 19 Nov – 19 Dec

As the nights start earlier and earlier, Rosemoor’s gardens will be lit with rich colour and light as their artistic team illuminates this lovely space.

SHOPPING: MAKE: Contemporary Crafts for Christmas, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Sat 14 Nov – 10 Jan

Want to support the arts and buy someone specials a unique, handmade Xmas presents. Head to Bovey for jewellery, textiles, ceramics, art and more from fifty talented makers sourced from across the UK.

ANIMALS: Introduction to Alpacas, Mullacott Alpacas, Ilfracombe, Sat 14 Nov

Apparently alpacas are excellent at keeping foxes away from chickens and more importantly, their wool makes splendid socks. This course covers basic husbandry and care, and should you be thinking of making a business of it, they also do advanced courses. Just saying.

SHOOTING: Ladies Clay Shoot, Eastway Farm, Barnstaple, 15 Nov

If you’ve ever wanted to try shooting, or if you’re a dab hand already, this event with clay shooting followed by tea and cake sounds like it may hit the spot. You can bring your own gun or your own cake…..welcome to Devon.

ART: Architectural Feminists Guide To Botany, Online, Thurs 26 Nov

Feeling inspired by your house plant? Why not draw it with help from the London Drawing Group, in this open to all ‘pay what you can’ online art class. Drawing from the rich history of women botanical artists, as well as inspiring stories of women botanical explorers through the ages.

XMAS: Christmas Wreath Making, Boringdon Hall, Plymouth, Sat 28 Nov (also Fri 4 and Tues 15 Dec)

Make your own decorative and natural festive wreath in the magnificent Elizabethan surroundings of Boringdon Hall with the Muddy award-winning Hannah Burnett. Mince pies, tea and coffee will be provided, all materials are included and of course, you’ll take your creation home to enjoy throughout Yule. (£47.50 pp)

XMAS: Wreath making, Palace Theatre, Paignton, Sat 28 Nov, 5 Dec and 12 Dec

Everything you need to make a traditional wreath to take home, including all materials, as well as a mince pie, hot chocolate or a cheeky mulled wine. (£20 pp)

WINTER WALKS: National Trust, across Devon

While many of the NT’s Christmas-themed celebrations look like they’re on hold, some houses, including Killerton (above) and cafes are still open for winter walks topped off with lashings of cocoa. Here’s where open for a south-west stomp.

KIDS: UV Disco, Air Extreme, Barnstaple, ongoing sessions

Trampolining with disco music and ultraviolet lights. If only they had this when I was little.

Words by Ashley Tremlett.


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