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What’s on this weekend

FRI 24 - SUN 26 NOV 2017

The Kite Runner, Exeter Northcott, Tues 21 – Sat 25 Nov

red kite in blue sky

Following a brilliant run at the West End, the play based on the international best-selling novel comes to Exeter.  If you’re not familiar with the story, it’s a haunting tale about two childhood friends in Afghanistan, enjoying a kite-flying tournament, whose lives are about to be torn apart.  One to watch, definitely.

7.30pm (+ matinee performances).

Candlelit Dartmouth, Fri 24 – Sat 25 Nov


If there’s one thing that Dartmouth does brilliantly, it’s a festival.  This event across the town promises a jam-packed festive weekend full of Christmas markets, a lantern procession, entertainment, even the big man himself arriving by boat.  Go, if only to soak up the atmosphere.

Crux Craft Fair, Rattery Village Hall, Fri 24 – Sun 26 Nov

Another gift-buying sesh looms here. It’s the 23rd year for CRUX, plenty long enough to establish itself as the south west’s premier craft fair.  It’ll feature a careful selection of the region’s top makers, so prepare to browse and soak up a bit of festive fun.

Fri 4 – 7pm, Sat & Sun 10am – 5pm.

Christmas Shopping Fayre, Westpoint, Exeter, Fri 24 – Sun 26 Nov

Father christmas

So, basically if you’re a Christmas eve panic shopper, then avert your eyes now.  You could, on the other hand, be really organised this year and give yourself Christmas eve to put your feet up? Because, for three days, Exeter’s Westpoint transforms into an Aladdin’s cave full of gifts, decorations and big day essentials.  It might even be fun!

9.30am – 5.30pm, adults £3.50, under 16s free.

The Last Droll Teller with John Brolly, Stiltskin’s Soapbox Children’s Theatre, Plymouth, Sat 25 Nov

soapbox children's theatre

Another captivating performance for children from Stiltskin’s Soapbox Theatre.   John Brolly plays the Last Droll Teller, bringing to life the tales of the hapless Tom Trevorrow and his attempts to outwet the magic creativres of Cornwall.  A tale of mystery and excitement for all the family.

2pm & 7.30pm

Steve Bugeja, The Plough Arts Centre, Sat 25 Nov

Steve Bugeja

More comedy light relief to get us through November.  Steve Bugeja, of Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central fame, delivers an evening of wit, telling tales of what happened when he worked on a kids camp in America when he was 19.  Thinking it would be a summer of girls, partying and booze, he was wrong.  Ooh, intriguing…

8pm, tickets £13.

Christmas Cookery Masterclass, Glazebrook House, Sat 25 Nov

If you’re feeling the fear about cooking up a storm on Christmas day, then this is a mighty fine way to prepare for it and have a blast while you’re at it.  This uber-award-winning hotel’s resident chef Ben Palmer will be demonstrating a Christmas feast in front of you, and hopefully some of his magic will rub off on you.  Enjoy a tasty 3 course lunch and snaffle a few recipes to take away and perfect in time for the big day.

Tickets £35 pp, 12pm,

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., Open daily

Autumn Exhibition, Brook Gallery, until Tues 28 Nov

Interior of art gallery

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.


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