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!
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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!
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