What’s On In November
And here we are, the penultimate month of the year. Errr, how?!
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Magical Garden Illuminations ‘Glow’, RHS Rosemoor, Fri 16 Nov – Sat 5 Jan
For a warm, wintery glow, wrap up and head out to Rosemoor to see the magical illuminations in and around the Foliage Garden, Stream Field and Lake area. To thaw out, head to the award-winning Garden Kitchen restaurant for a special family-friendly hot menu. Best book a table, though!
Thurs- Sat 3-8pm. Members free, normal garden admissions apply otherwise. rhs.org.uk
Christmas Selling Exhibition: MAKE, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Sat 17 Nov – Sun 6 Jan
The Jubilee Gallery will be buzzing with festive cheer this month as the annual Christmas selling exhibition launches. Filled to the brim with contemporary craft, you can see – and buy – work by designer-makers from across the UK. With treats at all price ranges, this is a great opportunity to find an individual gift for someone special, or a quality treat for yourself!
Free entry. Open daily, 10am – 5.30pm. crafts.org.uk
Dirty Dancing, Plymouth Pavilions, Tues 27 Nov – Sat 1 Dec
A true-to-screen production of the well-loved film hits the stage in Plymouth this November, so grab your watermelons, round up the bezzies and out you go! Muddy Sussex has been, seen and has the goss, so you can read the full review here.
Comedy: James Alderson, The Beehive, Honiton, Thurs Nov 29
According to Russell Kane,”James lights up the room like a pyromaniac in a fireworks shop!” So with such a glowing endorsement, this one’s worth a watch if you’re free. James is fast becoming a name on the comedy circuit, as well as recently filming a new Sky Christmas comedy show, so prepare to see more of him over the next year. Go laugh and enjoy!
8pm. Advance tickets £8.50 (£10.50 on the door) Suitable for ages 16+ thebeehive.savoysystems.co.uk
Wonderland, Dartington Christmas Maker’s Market, Thurs 29 Nov – Sun 2 Dec
Wonderland. Is this going to be our favourite festive event of the entire season? It might just be! This very special event at Dartington is one where you’ll get to meet over 60 of the best makers in the South West, as well as eat, drink, shop, play, make, dance, sing, listen and, most importantly, enjoy. There are some brilliant makers and local indie brands involved, including the very brilliant Me and East in Totnes. You can make your own gifts with your favourite makers. Plus, don’t miss Dark Poetry, Romany band, Nordic and Baltic choir, Santa Frau, Kids Create Workshops and the tiniest Gin Palace in the World. See you there?
Fri – Sun 10am – 4pm, plus special preview party on Thurs 6-9pm. dartington.org
Harry and Chris Save the World, The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, Fri 30 Nov
Lots of fairly new faces to the comedy scene coming to Devon this month, including Harry and Chris – dubbed the hottest comedy-rap-jazz duo out there, possibly because they are the only one. The pair enjoyed sell-out runs of their 2016 and 2017 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, and have been featured three times on ‘The Russell Howard Hour’ (Sky), as well as touring regularly around the UK. Fancy a night out and a few laughs? Book it!
8pm, tickets £12. theploughartscentre.org.uk
Exhibition: Plate Up, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, runs until Sun 4 November
A new exhibition with a foodie theme (a bit like this month’s guide!), Plated Up is co-curated by two star Michelin chef Michael Wignall (formerly of Gidleigh Park), showcasing artisans who use contemporary craft to present food. If you fancy it, get yourself along to the launch party at Bovey’s lovely crafts hub on Fri 14th and toast the man himself! Details at the link below.
Still Alice, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Tues 30 October – Sat 3 November
Ooh, I love Sharon Small and apparently in this play, she’s ‘spellbinding’. Alice Howland is stubborn, clever and driven – a professional at the top of her game. But, diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 50, she is compelled to confront her new reality and draw on her resilience to remain independent for as long as possible. Alice strives to remain true to the woman she has always been, while relationships shift within her family, in her work and most importantly with herself. Uncompromising yet tender, this new adaptation of the award-winning novel truthfully acknowledges life with a progressive disease – its conflicts and burden, and its small, priceless victories.
Festive Shopping Event at Exeter Castle, Thurs 1 Nov.
Let the festive shopping events commence! It all kicks off with an evening market of artists, makers and artisan food producers at Exeter Castle. If you pop along to this one, you’ll be supporting both local businesses and children’s charities, so an even warmer glow than that brought on by the mulled wine alone!
Advance tickets £6 or 2 for £10 inc complimentary prosecco. Tickets available from Hyde + Seek, Exeter.
Comedy: Paul Foot, Image Conscious, Exeter Phoenix, Thurs 1 Nov
Let’s laugh our way through November, shall we? Following a sold out and critically acclaimed run at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, the award-winning Mr Foot hits the UK with his new show, Image Conscious. Here’s what he has to say about it: “Greetings! It’s my brand new show, baybayyy! Ever considered the unique predicament of the soft-shell crab? I have. What about the numerous problems of organising a suburban orgy? The catering for example. It’s an absolute nightmare!” Curious? You should be!
7.30pm, Tickets £15, exeterphoenix.org.uk
Artisan Market, Barnstaple Pannier Market, Sun 4 Nov
Celebrating all things handmade, this bumper artisan market will showcase over 90 artists and makers from across the South West, from jewellery to ceramics, wood to photography and food. Lots of it! Go and show your support for all our local talent.
10am – 4pm. £1.50 entry fee on the door (under 16s FREE). devon-pop-ups.co.uk
Good Food and Craft Market at the Melville Building, Royal William Yard, Plymouth
This month sees the fab, award-winning food and craft market move into its new home indoors, where it will remain for the winter months – huzzah! You know what this means, too; it signals the start of the festive season at the Royal William Yard, with lots of exciting events in the pipeline this year. Market traders will be located outside the Melville Building and in the Melville courtyard. Arts and crafts stalls will also be inside on the ground floor, so there’s plenty to browse and buy.
10am – 3pm. royalwilliamyard.com
Bonfire Night at Paschoe House, Bow nr Crediton, Sun 4 Nov
The gorgeous country house hotel just outside Crediton is celebrating Guy Fawkes in true Paschoe style once again this year. You can book a table for an early dinner from 5pm, then move to the South Terrace to see the ‘wow’ bits. Don’t fancy dinner? Just come along and check out the hot food, mulled wine and cider and treats on offer outside, before the big bonfire and display. There’s time for a sneaky nightcap in the library bar before heading off, too. Sold!
Entrance to display £2. Bring cash tokens to purchase from the stalls. paschoehouse.co.uk
Bonfire Fireworks Party, The Big Sheep, nr Bideford, Mon 5 Nov
Bonfire and burgers, fireworks and fun, plus a mini street food fest in the mix – just your average bonfire night at The Big Sheep, then! Get yourself along for a firework display for the tots at 6pm, or the lighting of the bonfire, followed by the main display from 7pm. As soon as the cold begins to bite, you can decamp to the massive indoor playground, before heading off for some well-deserved zzzz’s. Sounds like an awesome evening, to me.
Open from 4pm. Kids under 3ft FREE, tickets £2.50 – £6. thebigsheep.co.uk
The Prodigy, Plymouth Pavilions, Tues 6 Nov
Very apt for Bonfire week! The band famous for their ‘fire starter’ anthem (oh the memories!) are on tour once again, tying in with their seventh studio album released this month. I’m no expert, but I reckon this one will be, err, energetic?!
7pm, tickets £50.40. theticketstore.co.uk
An Evening of Gin Tasting with Salcombe Gin, Crocketts, Exeter, Tues 6 Nov
A night at Exeter’s super-cool Crocketts bar is always a treat, but this one’s a special evening of gin tasting with local gin favourites, Salcombe Gin. They’ll be showcasing the brands limited edition gins Arabella & Mischief, which have been made in collaboration with local star chefs Michael Caines MBE and Mark His MBE. Definitely one not to miss if you’re a gin fan.
7-10pm. Crocketts, 2 Upper Paul Street, Exeter, EX4 3NB.
Buddy Holly and the Cricketers, Palace Theatre, Paignton, Thurs 8 Nov
Paignton, brace yourselves! The show that has rocked audiences from Cardiff to California and Barking to Bangkok is heading your way. Starring some top musical-acting talent from the West End, this one was pronounced Britain’s most popular Buddy Holly act on Graham Norton’s ‘The One and Only’ show. You should totally check it out.
7.30-10pm, tickets from £14. palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk
Rosemoor Live! Adam Frost, RHS Rosemoor, Fri 9 Nov
Adam Frost is a local lad, having gone to school in Ilfracombe and going on to be apprentice gardener for the parks department. Since establishing his own landscape business in 1996, he’s designed gardens across the world and also happened to win seven Gold medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Quite the talent, really – so if you’re a keen gardener, you should go and spend an afternoon in his company.
2.30 – 4.30pm. Tickets £10 (£15 to non members). Free garden admission from 11.30am for ticket holders. rhs.org.uk
Relish Turns One Birthday Party, nr Kingsbridge, Sat 10 Nov
Relish is one of those finds you happily stumble upon during a visit to the local farm shop and find yourself making the special journey to again and again. It’s a treasure trove of gorgeous interiors pieces, many of which have been reclaimed, recycled and re-imagined. Go celebrate one year since the doors opened with a glass of fizz and have a browse of the new Autumn Winter collection. And yes, yes, there will be goody bags – as long as you get there quick!
2pm, Relish, Stokeley Farm Shop, Nr Kingsbridge. relishlifestyle.co.uk
Film: Kusama, Infinity, Exeter Phoenix, Sun 11 – Wed 14 Nov
Pull out the polka dots from your wardrobe and go see this film celebrating the life and art of legendarily dotty, octogenarian Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. If you turn up in polka dots, by the way, you get 2 quid off your ticket – can’t say fairer than that!
Tickets £7 (£5 for polka dot icons). exeterphoenix.org.uk
Christmas Foodie Gift Workshop, Riverford Field Kitchen, Mon 12 Nov
elves hosts Pam and Liz will guide you through some fab festive sweet treats and those all important Boxing Day chutneys to accompany your Stilton or leftover turkey. You’ll learn how to make Christmas mincemeat, chocolate peppermint creams, spicy pear chutney and balsamic onions, cheese’s best friend! Pam and Liz will also do a demo on how to make Limoncello and of course, you will be the expert tasters! Gift packaging will be provided, plus a delicious lunch made using the veg growing in the fields around us.
9.30am – 3pm. £110 pp. fieldkitchen.riverford.co.uk
Arrested Development, Exeter Phoenix, Tues 13 Nov
How – how – has it been twenty years since Arrested Development came into our lives? Back then, they fast rocketed their way to being the first ever hip-hop artist to receive the ‘best new artist’ Grammy, plus a Grammy for ‘best rap single’ for their anthemic song, Tennessee. And here they are again, back in Exeter, doing what they do best.
7 – 11.30pm, £21. exeterphoenix.org.uk
Beer Dinner at Hotel Endsleigh, Wed 14 Nov
Take one of the country’s top hotels (made for cosy winter visits), add a special five course tasting menu in the restaurant and pour into the mix a selection of beer pairings by Beer Sommelier (yep, it is a job) Marc Bishop from St Austell Brewery. You’ve got yourself a pretty fine evening out there – just book a taxi because you’ll be fighting over who drives, otherwise.
7pm, £40 pp. hotelendsleigh.com
Unique Boutique Christmas Market, Exeter Phoenix, Sat 17 Nov
Now in its 9th year Unique Boutique has most definitely established itself as Exeter’s alternative maker’s market. Come along to this wintery edition at Exeter Phoenix’s newly refurbished ground floor and you’ll see many of the regulars, as well as some newbies, across 40+ stalls. Prepare to part with some pennies!
10am – 4pm. FREE entry. exeterphoenix.org.uk
The Vintage Home and Antiques Fair, Westpoint, Exeter, Sat 17 – Sun 18 Nov
Over 400 stands from all over the UK makes this a massive deal if you’re a fan of all things vintage and antique (who isn’t?). Clear the diary and make a list of all those little bits and bobs you’ve been meaning to go looking for. Happy browsing!
10am – 5pm. Tickets £5 (under 16s free). westpointexeter.co.uk
Comedy: Angela Barnes & Support, The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, Sat 17 Nov
Heard of Angela Barnes? Here are some nice things people have said about her: according to Sarah Millican she’s “Brilliantly funny”; and The Guardian have described her as “gloriously down-to-earth, straight talking and extremely funny”. In other words, she’s definitely one to check out – perfect to brighten up those dark evenings now.
8pm, tickets £15.50. theploughartscentre.org.uk
Sara Pascoe: Ladsladslads, Exeter Corn Exchange, Sun 18 Nov
I love Sara Pascoe and this show sounds epic. Always honest, always regretting it later, Sara takes to the stage to share her adventures of the last year. Ladsladslads is the thinking person’s stag do, apparently. Snap up tickets pronto, if you can!
Shrek the Musical, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Tues 13 – Sat 24 Nov
Hands up who fancies this?! Meeeeee! The smash-hit blockbuster is in Plymouth this month, bringing the animation to life on stage, in an all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy. Join Shrek, and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. Add the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got a pretty irresistible family-friendly few hours!
Tickets £18 – £48. theatreroyal.com
Pearls & Prosecco Shopping Event, Ashore Jewellery, Bideford, Mon 19 Nov
Love pretty, pearly things? Get yourself along to Bideford’s Muddy award-winning jewellery store for this special shopping event and a unique opportunity to meet jewellery designer Claudia Bradby. You’ll get to hear all about her brand and also be able to try on the full range of jewellery, to find the style that suits you best. Oh – and fizz! Fizz, of course!
Tickets available from the shop.
Illuminate, Festival of Light, Royal William Yard, Plymouth, Thurs 22 – Sun 25 Nov
Plymouth’s spectacular light festival returns to the oh-so-photogenic Royal William Yard this month for a weekend of awe-inspiring immersive shows. Take the ferry over, grab a SUP, however you choose to do it, you’ll love the light projections bouncing off all the historic buildings and across the shimmering water. One to marker pen into the diary and round up the family for!
Gandy Street’s Countdown to Christmas, Exeter, Thurs 22 Nov
Exeter’s Gandy Street takes on a festive glow at this time of year and on this special evening, its traders will take to the cobbles, with stalls welcoming shoppers to an evening of Christmas Fun. Shoppers can expect treats, fudge, chocolate samples, prosecco, mince pies and mulled wine as well as loads of offers and promotions up and down the street. There will be SNOW, a children’s craft workshop, street musicians, a choir and more. Plus this year there will be a Santa’s Grotto in Coolings’ Cellar bar. If this doesn’t get you feeling festive, you’ve obviously had a spell cast on you by the ice Queen.
5.30 – 8pm. facebook.com
Cheese and Wine Night, Le Vignoble, Plymouth, Thurs 22 Nov
Tis the season to crack out the cheese board and swap from white to red, isn’t it? Kick things off with an evening exploring French cheeses and the wines we should pair with them at Plymouth’s Le Vignoble. You’ll enjoy a guided tasting of 6 of their favourite authentic french cheeses including hard and soft varieties, from ewe, goat & cows milks, alongside 6 top wines. You’ll also be able to take advantage of special take home prices on the night for everything you’ve tasted, plus an exclusive discount when ordering cheese to collect the week before the big day.
7 – 10pm, £25 per person. levignoble.co.uk
Chocolate Advent Calendar Course, Ashburton Cookery School, Sun 25 Nov
How inspired is this?! Ditch the mass-produced supermarket Advent calendars this year and create your own unique version, while having a serious chocolate-fest in the process. These one-day courses taught by the pro’s will teach you how to create your own calendar filled with handmade chocolates – perfect as gifts or for your own brood. You’ll learn a technique to temper chocolate at home and the skills to make impressive filled chocolates as well as dipped chocolate truffles. At the end of the class you will have the skills to make professional quality artisan chocolates at home, and take away two completed advent calendars each containing 24 handmade chocolates. This is just one of a whole raft of Christmas-themed courses on offer through November and December. You really should take a look – highly recommended by Muddy!
£165. 9.30am – 4.30pm. Buffet lunch is provided, additional moulds, ingredients and calendars will be available in the shop if you want to make more at home. ashburtoncookeryschool.co.uk