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MON 29 OCT - SUN 4 NOV 2018

Special thanks to our roving photographer, the very talented Imi F Hughes Photography. See more of her work over on her Instagram feed @imi.f.hughesphotography.

Exhibition: Plate Up, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, runs until Sun 4 November

knives on grey surface

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.


Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, Soapbox Children’s Theatre, Plymouth, Fri 19 – Wed 31 October

woman in scary fancy dress

Seasonal fun from the ever-quirky, creative and brilliant Stiltskin’s Soapbox Children’s Theatre. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein follows the story of Miss Treat, who is an admirer of the famous story Frankenstein.  She decides to give a lecture on the author when she is interrupted by Rat, her sidekick, who has found something amiss in the grave yard. Join them as they recount ghost stories, delve into the fiction of Frankenstein and his creature and re-enact some of the wild experiments that influenced Mary Shelley at the time of writing her novel. A mad and marvellous gothic adventure, with curious creatures, shocking science and hilarious happenings, based in and around the Soapbox Theatre. Book it, book it now!

Ideal for kids aged 6+.  To book tickets visit


Rosie & Rosie: Overshare, Exeter Phoenix, Mon 29 October

women with finger to lips against yellow wall

Married British internet comedy stars Rose Ellen Dix and Rosie Spaughton have announced 13 dates across UK & Ireland this October and Exeter is one of them. This is an exclusive opportunity to join Rose & Rosie for a live screening of their first feature-length documentary, followed by an intimate Q&A and book signing. The documentary accompanies Rose & Rosie’s upcoming book release, Overshare, which delves into their unique take on love, friendships, fame, sexuality and more, including mental health and LGBT issues. The exclusive screening will show what it means to the girls to be LGBT today, how the social media revolution doesn’t have to be divisive and also revealing some of their best-kept secrets!  Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Doors open 6pm, tickets £28.


BE Festive Elemis Gifting and Skin Lab Evening, Beyond Escapes, nr Totnes, Mon 29 Oct

mansion house

How about a bit of a pamper, under the guise of an evening of “productive” gift-shopping? Get yourself along to Beyond Escapes, for an evening of Elemis skincare advice, festive gift-set shopping and foodie treats – and yes, of course there’ll be a glass of festive fizz! This will be an opportunity to take advantage of some special offers on Elemis products and treatments, as well some mini-treatments to soothe and relax you on the night.  There are even pre-bookable appointments with an Elemis specialist for Skin Lab consultations (a godsend as the weather turns harsher on the skin).  Combining state-of-the-art technology in 3D facial mapping analysis, with a lifestyle consultation and tailored prescription, this offers you a truly personalised experience in only 30 minutes.  Sign me up, babay!

5 – 9pm, FREE (Skin Lab sessions are £15, but can be redeemed on the night against products or treatments).


Workshop: Halloween Workshop, Mon 29 Oct, Hannah Burnett Floristry, Plymouth


You know that this is the season to get creative and Hannah’s workshops are so much fun. So if you’re looking to be creative (and tasteful!) with a pumpkin, book up now and tell your mates to get on it, too!


Still Alice, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Tues 30 October – Sat 3 November

sharon small on stage

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.


Joanna Lumley: It’s All About Me, Plymouth Pavilions, Wed 31 October

joanna lumley

Oh, oh, OH! The legendary Joanna Lumley is embarking on her first ever live tour, IT’S ALL ABOUT ME, and she’s coming to P-town!! The plan? Our fave national treasure will take audiences through her four decade-long career starting in the swinging 60’s, recounting some never heard before stories. She’ll also be joined on stage by friend and producer Clive Tulloh, who will put to Joanna questions from the audience that they’ve always wanted to ask, so get your thinking caps on! I’m booking, NOW!

7.30pm, tickets from £33.04.


Festive Shopping Event at Exeter Castle, Thurs 1 Nov.

christmas present wrapping table

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

man in blue suit orange tie

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,


Artisan Market, Barnstaple Pannier Market, Sun 4 Nov

coffee machine

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).


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.


Good Food and Craft Market at the Melville Building, Royal William Yard, Plymouth

old building waterfront boats

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.

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