Entertainment & Reviews

The festival of facial hair returns to Torbay

 The World Beard and Moustache Championships was held in Antwerp, Belgium in May this year, but you don’t have to travel far to see some world-class face fuzz!

August 10 will see the return of South West Beard Club’s very own competition, at the Lucky 7 Club in Paignton, Devon.

Mary Youlden



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Star writers and performers to appear at Quay Words in Exeter

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 06/20/2019 - 3:14pm

Emmy award-winning writer Patrick Gale, leading contemporary novelist Amanda Craig and Raymond Antrobus, winner of the Ted Hughes award, all appear in Exeter as part of an incredible line-up of writers for Quay Words 2019 at Exeter Custom House this summer.

Villages in Action shortlisted for rural touring award

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 06/20/2019 - 9:39am

Devon rural touring scheme Villages in Action have been shortlisted for the ‘Touring Scheme Collaboration of the Year’ award for their partnership which saved VIA from closure in late 2017

Volunteer and enjoy first class festival line-up for free

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 06/20/2019 - 7:28am

Do you love live music and the festival vibe?  Then why not volunteer for Child Bereavement UK at the Sunday Sessions at Powderham Castle in Exeter and enjoy the festival for free?

Child Bereavement UK supports families both when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, and when a child faces bereavement. The charity also trains professionals such as doctors, teachers and midwives to help them better understand and meet the needs of grieving families.

Comedian Mark Watson at Exeter Corn Exchange

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 06/18/2019 - 9:49pm

Award-winning comedian Mark Watson brings his UK national tour to Exeter Corn Exchange at 8pm on Sunday 23 June. 

After spending last year being cluster-bombed with yoghurt on 'Taskmaster' and half-killed by Bear Grylls, multi award-winning Mark Watson returns tour doing what he's best at: being indoors. 

Callan Foulser

Exeter Festival organisers reveal line-up

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Fri, 06/14/2019 - 12:09pm

An eclectic mix of local bands and musicians have been chosen to play at this summer’s Exeter Festival.

The free afternoon of music takes place in Exeter’s Northernhay Gardens on Saturday 6 July.

Earlier in the year local bands and musicians were invited to pitch for a slot at the Exeter Festival, which runs from 5 to 7 July.

TINA Simply the Best heads to Exmouth

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 06/11/2019 - 12:50am

Showtime Australia brings Tina - Simply The Best to Exmouth Pavilion as the show starts its national tour.

The Australian production team behind Belinda Davids’ hit show The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston is set to debut its newest tribute extravaganza TINA Simply the Bestin the UK when it tours nationally this month.

Frankie’s Guys comes to Exeter Northcott

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 06/09/2019 - 11:00pm

Celebrate the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons with Frankie’s Guys, presented by Sweeney Entertainments. This fast-paced, energetic production brings the talented foursome to theatres across the UK to relive an era of timeless classic hits.

Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons were one of the most consistent 60s super groups and had a string of worldwide hits, selling over 100 million records and earning themselves a place in the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

All Saints, Eggesford

Family fun at Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves in aid of Devon charity

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 06/09/2019 - 10:49pm

Families in Devon are invited to enjoy some fast-paced fun at a performance of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves on Friday 14 June at 6.30pm in a beautiful location between Crediton and Barnstaple.

The professional open-air performance, by award-winning Illyria, takes place in the picturesque grounds of Eggesford Barton (EX18 7QU) near Chulmleigh.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Friends of Eggesford All Saints Trust (FEAST) which raises money for the restoration and preservation of the village’shistoric All Saints Church.

Seaton hosts Great British Seaside Weekend

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 06/06/2019 - 9:57am

Vintage entertainment, live music and traditional seaside activities, as well as the 15th Velo Vintage Occasion and Ride, are part of the ‘Great British Seaside Weekend’ taking place in Seaton on Saturday 22ndJune.

The event is hosted by Seaton Town Council and includes the Velo Vintage - a genteel vintage cycle ride attracting over 100 amateur cyclists dressed in vintage clothing and riding decorated bicycles on a 9-mile leisurely route around the coastal town. 

Exeter's Thomas Hobbs sings Gerontius

ESO's Brian Northcott conducts Elgar's Dream to celebrate his 75th birthday

Authored by Sharon Goble
Posted: Wed, 06/05/2019 - 9:38am

To celebrate his 75th birthday, Brian Northcott, Exeter Symphony Orchestra’s Musical Director, will be conducting a special performance of Elgar’s powerful work The Dream of Gerontius, bringing together a host of the city’s musical talent and two soloists of international repute.