What’s on in November
Here’s your fun for November, Muddies! I’ll be adding to this regularly and, if you think there’s something I’ve missed, do drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org x
Workshops at the Field Kitchen, Riverford, Throughout November
Have you discovered the absolutely gorgeous Field Kitchen yet? This cosy, inviting and stylish place to eat is situated on a farm near Buckfastleigh and the food is a-may-zing. They also hold regular events and workshops and, throughout November, the talented team are going festive by throwing a couple of hands-on christmas pudding workshops and sweet treats & preserving workshops. Go check ’em out and see if there’s anything else coming up that tickles your fancy.
For individual workshop details: fieldkitchen.riverford.co.uk
The Cast Made Pop-up Shop returns to Totnes High Street, Sat 11 Nov – Christmas
Hurrah! This shop, run by super-talented Lucie Cast of gorgeous bag fame, is returning for the festive period, which is good news if you’re after some truly lovely gifts made by indie designers and makers. Or one of Lucie’s bags, of course.
Open Weds – Sat, No9 High street, Totnes, TQ95NN. castmade.co.uk
Thelma Hulbert Present Makers, Honiton, Sat 11 Nov – Sat 23 Dec
This one is billed as a vibrant selling exhibition, where you’ll find the work of emerging talent from the region, in the form of lovely Christmas gifts. Expect ceramics, jewellery, art, textiles and lighting at the former home and studio of the artist Thelma Hulbert.
Exeter Christmas Market, Cathedral Green, Starts Thurs 16 Nov
Expect the continental markets to start popping up everywhere this month. But this one, on Exeter’s Cathedral Green, sounds especially pretty. Expect plenty of food, crafts, gifts and festive cheer. And there’s gotta be mulled wine somewhere, right? Top tip: seek out the lovely team from Amanda Marsden Exeter between Nov 25 – 1 Dec. They’ll be offering stress fix Christmas shopping rituals, Aveda cinnamon and gingerbread-infused tea, as well as selling some special gift sets. Oooohh.
Visible Girls: Revisited, Exeter Phoenix, Fri 17 Nov – Thurs 21 Dec
Wow, I love the sound of this! In 1981, photographer Anita Corbin set about capturing pivotal “coming of age” moments in the life of 56 young women – all members of different subcultures. From Skins, to Mods, Punks to New Romantics, the result was an extraordinary collection of portraits against a backdrop of heightened social, cultural and political change. Now, 36 years on, Anita has managed to re-photograph most of the original girls for a new exhibition that will feature the old, alongside the new, using tape recordings and interviews from both parts of their lives. Where are they now? And what happened to their dreams and beliefs?
Make 2017: Contemporary Crafts for Christmas, starts Sat 18 Nov
It’s not just Tavistock getting in on the festive action. Bovey Tracey’s Devon Guild of Craftsmen launch their annual Christmas selling exhibition this month, showcasing over 50 designer-makers from across the UK. With prices to suit all budgets, this is the place to find those lovely one-off pieces for somebody special.
Christmas at Killerton: Wind in the Willows, starts Sat 25 Nov
Aw, you’ve gotta love a good old classic at Christmas, haven’t you? Step into the world of Toad, Rat, Mole and Badger at Killerton House this Christmas and discover rooms transformed into scenes from this lovely old tale. This is lots of other festive fun to be had.
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Autumn Exhibition, Brook Gallery, until Tues 28 Nov
If you only see one exhibition before Christmas, make it this one. The small and perfectly formed Brook Gallery, based in beautiful Budleigh Salterton, is hosting internationally acclaimed Brad Faine: Big Screen Spectacular right through the festive period. For those yet to eyeball his visual explosions of colour and fun, expect a glittery display of memories and rhetoric from the film set, where large-scale diamond-encrusted celebrities will adorn the gallery walls. Book it in and bling it on! Read more about this fab gallery, by the way, in our Little Black Book.
Bananarama, Plymouth Pavilions, Tues 28 Nov
Yes! It’s time for a total, unashamed throwback moment for girls of a *cough* certain age. They’re back with All the Girls, All the Hits, All the Hair! This is the first time the original line up are performing live and it’s gonna be great, surely? Grab the girls, grab the hairspray, grab a drink and go!
LAU, Exeter Phoenix, Wed 29 Nov
If you’ve not heard of Lau, then this might be a good introduction to them. The pioneering contemporary folk trio awarded ‘Best Group’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and described by the Guardian as ‘The UK’s best live band’, has released a retrospective album, Decade (The Best Of 2007-2017).
8pm, tickets £17. exeterphoenix.org.uk
Two Shorts Nights, Exeter Phoenix, Thurs 30 Nov – Sat 2 Dec
Film buffs rejoice! The annual Two Shorts Nights event in Exeter shines a light on the very best in short film and homegrown filmmaking talent. Expect must-see shorts from across the globe, emerging local talent and special events with leading industry professionals throughout the weekend.
Abba Mania, Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple, Thurs 30 Nov
Throwback klaxon #2! Muddy Devon’s Emma is beside herself with excitement about this one. The original tribute from the West End, will be recreating one of the world’s top pop acts on stage in Barnstaple. So dig out the glitter and platforms and go sing every last word!