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What’s On In January


Killerton Parkrun, Killerton, every Saturday

Running fitness

Slowly dragging yourself into a healthier lifestyle? This might be just the ticket. Join the masses for this free, friendly 5k run in gorgeous surroundings. Bring the whole family and make a thing of it! You can track your progress each week, as your run is timed.  Ready, steady, GO!



Theatre: Matilda the Musical, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Tues 15 Jan – Sat 16 Feb

matilda on stage

The multi award-winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company arrives in Devon this month and, if the hype is to be believed, it’s one not to miss.  The story, inspired by Roald Dahl’s much-loved book, is that of a little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Book it, pronto!


Exhibition: Criminal Ornamentation – Yinka Shonibare MBE curates the Arts Council Collection, Exeter RAMM Sat 19 Jan – Sun 17 March

Brighten up the greyest of months with an exhibition brimming with colour and pattern. Celebrated British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE has chosen nearly 100 works by more than 50 artists featuring eye-popping art from film to fashion and ceramics to sculpture. From a sequinned dress by Alexander McQueen to 19th century William Morris Wallpaper, his selection tells a story of objects that refuse to be confined.


Exhibition: Get Fresh, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Sat 19 Jan – Sun 10 March

wooden utensils

Takahashi Mcgil

A brand new exhibition at this lovely gallery, showcasing a range of fresh and innovative work from emerging makers across the south west. You’ll be able to view ceramics, jewellery, glass and woven textiles among the exhibits, and most importantly, you’ll be supporting these newbies as they set out to carve a name for themselves.


Food: Seville Orange and Citrus fruits marmalade workshop at Riverford Field Kitchen, nr Buckfastleigh, Mon 28 Jan

orange slices

And breathe! Feeling frazzled after all the over-indulgence of December? You need a nice, calming, marmalade-making session in the bucolic surroundings of Wash Farm. Get peeling, slicing and simmering and take in the comforting aroma’s in the kitchen. Plus, enjoy a delicious lunch while you’re there – a reason to visit, alone!

£110 pp.


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Panto: Dick Whittington, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, until Sat 12 Jan

panto characters

Oh no it isn’t! Oh yes it is – a whole host of soap stars descending on Plymouth for this year’s panto season! See if you can guess who’s who in the pic above – and joining them is none other than Eastenders’ Ronnie (Gawd rest her soul), AKA Samantha Womack. It’s not Christmas without Panto, right?


Comfort Puddings & Desserts Half-Day Course, Exeter Cookery School, Sun 13 Jan

rolling pin pastry flour

Ready, steady, bake! Ditch the healthy living and lettuce leaves for a day and get yourself booked onto this comforting course at Exeter Cookery School. You’ll learn how to make a couple of classics, which might include Sticky Toffee Pudding, or Cheesecake. Then you can take it home and gorge on the sofa when you’re done! Result.



Winter Feasting at WAHQ, Kingsbridge, Fri 18 Jan

plates food hands

It’s the middle of the most dreary month; the perfect antidote? A night of winter feasting with the girls at Wild Artichokes.  These two run regular delicious pop-up feasts celebrating all the seasons and an evening of indulgence here is one to put on the to-do list for 2019.

3 courses £35pp.  7-10pm.


Theatre: The Adventures of Pinocchio, The Soapbox Children’s Theatre, Plymouth, Fri 18 – Sat 26 Jan
woman jumping

Far from resting on their laurels following a magical Christmas, this fab children’s theatre rolls out another corker.  This time, a heart-warming tale about Giuseppe, a carpenter, who carves a puppet out of wood and names him Pinocchio.  One night a fairy comes to visit and hears Giuseppe wish that he came to life, she grants him his wish on condition that Pinocchio is always good.  Join Pinocchio and his friend, Grasshopper, as they meet unsavoury characters and get caught up in mischief.


Women’s Health & Wellbeing Lunch, Hotel Endsleigh, Wed 23 Jan

country house hotel in gardens fields and trees

Credit: Hotel Endsleigh

Fancy lunch at this gorgeous country hotel, with award-winning Pharmacist Yung Strawbridge, chatting about all things wellbeing? Topics covered during this informal get-together will include winter health, healthy diet, skincare and healthy ageing. Talk about starting 2019 on the right foot!

£48 inc. a 2 course lunch, coffee and a small gift.


Burns Night at Glazebrook House, South Brent, Sat 26 Jan

Glazebrook Christmas

If there’s one place that goes all out to celebrate Burn’s Night, it’s Glazebrook House.  Go treat yourself to a warming night of traditions, including trenching and ode to the haggis, combined with a special menu and washed down with a selection of whiskies from the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society. Cheers!

£70pp including whiskey or a wine flight.


Circus of Horrors, Plymouth Pavilions, Sat 26 Jan

What does the name of this one conjure up for you? Chances are it’s that, plus a whole load more! This infamous touring circus production promises a thrilling mix of rock, daredevil stunts and lots of eye-opening stuff that’ll have your jaw to the ground!



The Hutong Pop-up Record Shop, Hutong Cafe, Plymouth, Sat 26 Jan


Take one of the region’s best coffee hang-outs, add a whole lotta vinyl and you’ve got yourself quite a Saturday sesh, where you may just pick up a musical gem or two. All the genres and styles are covered and I also hear there’ll be beer.  Just saying…

6-9pm. Details on Facebook.


Wassail, Saltram House, nr Plymouth, Sat 26 Jan

Join the team in the orchard at this beautiful National Trust property, to scare away evil spirits and bless the crop for 2019 in the ancient custom of wassailing. Wrap up warm and cosy around the bonfire, afterwards, with traditional food, juice and cider.


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