What’s on in January
Huzzah! It’s 2018 and you won’t find a sad face or the faintest whiff of the January doldrums here. This is the month to get out there and embrace wintery walks, family fun and blow away the cobwebs good and proper, dry or not. So, let’s do this!
As ever, if there’s something you think I should be telling everyone about, then I’m all ears, just get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parkruns, Victoria Park, Bideford & Rock Park, Barnstaple, every Saturday
It wouldn’t be a January guide without some fitness, would it? How about joining one of Devon’s many Parkruns? These free, group runs take place in parks all over the place and are a fab way to coax you into a fitter lifestyle. These two take place every Saturday morning, so you can be up and having coffee and cake by 10.30am. That’s the bright way to look at things, right?
9am, free, parkrun.org.uk
Simon Bayliss: Kangaroo Beach Exhibition, Exeter Phoenix, Sun 14 Jan – Sat 17 Feb
The Devon-raised and Cornish-based contemporary artist exhibits an intriguing body of recent works spanning video, ceramics and poetry.
Daily, free, exeterphoenix.org.uk
Exhibition: Jerwood Makers Open, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Sat 20 Jan – Sun 11 March
The touring exhibition from the Jerwood Visual Arts Programme lands in Bovey Tracey this month. Jerwood Makers Open focuses on makers and making, supporting work in a diverse range of materials and progressive practices. Following a national call which elicited 271 submissions, five artists were selected for the exhibition (including sculptor Jessica Harrison, above) and will show works in wood, glass, parian porcelain, shellack, steel and organic waste and vellum.
Open daily 10am – 5.30pm, free, crafts.org.uk
Stuart Lamble Craft Gallery Showcase, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, Starts Mon 22 Jan
Useful and beautiful crafts? We love this. Stuart Lamble makes striking handcrafted contemporary lighting and furniture – isn’t it pretty? Using sustainably sourced wood from the Cornwall and Devon border, there’s more than a hint of Stuart’s love of his natural surroundings. Go see, covet and, if you’re in the market for an interiors overhaul, buy!
Burns Night Dinner at Wild Artichokes, Kingsbridge, Thurs 25 Jan
The ladies behind this brilliant feasting event venue have taken a break and hung up their aprons, but they’re back in time for Burn’s Night, with a suitably themed feast that pays homage to the haggis.
7 – 10.30pm, £35 for a celebratory 3 course dinner, wildartichokes.co.uk
Sultans of String, Exeter Phoenix, Thurs 25 Jan
Stars on the Canadian folk music scene, Sultans of String are in the UK and bringing their multi award-winning blend of music to Exeter, to launch their new album 10. The three-time JUNO Award nominees (basically the Canadian Grammy) and Billboard charting group promise a thrilling evening of celtic reels, flamenco, gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban and South Asian rhythms. It’ll be energetic, captivating and toe-tapping stuff, folks! Perfect to take you into the weekend.
8pm, tickets £13, exeterphoenix.org.uk
Winter Warmer Apres Ski Party, The Thatched Inn, Ilfracombe, Fri 26 Jan
This little thatched Muddy award-winning, pubblicious beauty in Ilfracombe will transform into the ultimate Apres Ski event for one night only (well, more coming up in the future, but y’know). Having met Paul and Fiona last year, I have a feeling this will be fun. It’s billed as ‘a chance for all skiers and shredders to get together and discuss the snow conditions in Zermatt or Tignes’ and you can expect a landlord in a Lederhosen. Fancy dress encouraged and drinks specials, prizes and a DJ in the house. If that doesn’t dazzle your January, I’ll faceplant into the powder myself.
From 7pm, details at facebook.com
Hans Zimmer- Live in Prague, The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth, Fri 26 Jan
Wowser. Currently the only venue in the UK to be screening this film, if you’re a fan of the work of the Academy Award-winning composer, then snap up a ticket pronto! This critically acclaimed performance at the O2 Arena in the Czech capital was a sell-out to 0ver 17,000 people, featuring a support cast of 72 musicians, enhanced by a cutting-edge, immersive light show and award winning live audio production. From Gladiator to The Lion King to Pirates of the Caribbean, Hans has sprinkled musical magic across countless box office hits – and now you get the chance to see the musical maestro at work. That’s cool.
Workshop: Kickstart your new year, juice up with fruit & veg, Riverford Field Kitchen, nr Buckfastleigh, Fri 26 Jan
Urgh, I could certainly do with booking on to this workshop, how about you? During these juicing demo’s, the chefs at the lovely Riverford Field Kitchen will show you how to give your diet a New Year makeover with recipes that go further than simple apples and oranges. Kick off with coffee and a treat (they’re not total killjoy’s you know), then you’ll go through a load of recipes with lots of take home hints and tips. Finish the day with a 3 course lunch and then watch the pounds fall off you.
10.30am – 2.30pm, £65 per person, fieldkitchen.riverford.co.uk
Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room, Plymouth Pavilions, Sat 27 Jan
The Canadian funny girl is back with her first UK stand up tour since the hugely successful Kathbum. The regular on our fave panel shows from BBC’s QI, to Have I Got News For You and Live at the Apollo is bringing Glitter Room to Plymouth – it’s one not to miss.
8pm, tickets £22, theticketstore.co.uk
Burns Night at Glazebrook House, South Brent, Sat 27 Jan
They know how to celebrate Burns Night at Glazebrook. Expect a night of traditions and surprises, including trenching and ode to the haggis, along with an imaginative menu created by resident chef Ben Palmer. And don’t forget whisky – there’ll be plenty of that.
Tickets £70 including a whisky or wine flight. glazebrookhouse.com
Dino-Saw, Tiny Theatre for Under 5’s, Stiltskin’s Soapbox Children’s Theatre, Plymouth, Sat 27 Jan
The Muddy award-winning theatre are back for their first production of 2018, with a cute tale of a little dinosaur. Join Dino on an adventure to explore his world. With giant plants and unusual creatures, it’s a great story to help developing imaginations and encourage discovery of the world.
Tickets £7.50, stiltskin.org.uk
A BIG Devon Wedding Fayre, Exeter Racecourse, Sun 28 Jan
Did someone pop the question over Christmas? I take it you said yes? You’ll need to get planning, then. Chic Elite are putting on one of the most established wedding fayres in the UK where, for one day only the rooms at Exeter Racecourse will be filled with the best wedding exhibitors, live music, entertainment and a car show outside. As a nice little footnote, for every bride that visits on the day, the organisers pledge to plant a tree in Kenya, so make this the day to kickstart all the plans.
11am – 3pm, tickets £3.71 in advance, or £5 on the door, evensi.uk
Tony Law, Exeter Phoenix, Tues 30 Jan
Billed as a ‘delirious Canadian’, if you’ve seen this guy on the likes of Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Have I Got News For You, you’ll probably agree. Anyway, Mr Law is back with a brand new show full of his unique stand-up comedy and he’s in Exeter for one night only.
8pm, tickets £12, exeterphoenix.org.uk
Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Tues 30 Jan – Sat 3 Feb
Here’s a nice end-of-the-month treat for you: Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella – a thrilling and evocative interpretation of the classic love story, set in London during the Second World War, which forms part of the company’s 30th anniversary celebrations. The people behind this production are no strangers to critical acclaim and sell-out shows and this is most definitely one of them.
Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert, Exmouth Pavilion, Wed 31 Jan
Ed’s hitting the road with his biggest tour to date, apparently. In this show, he’ll be exploring the thin line between righteous complaining and brat-like whining and asks ‘are we right to be fed up, or are we spoiled’? Hmm, one of life’s big questions there…
8pm, tickets £27.45, ledleisure.co.uk