Your guide to What’s On in and around Exeter this weekend

Mary Youlden
Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 5:29pm

Your essential guide to What’s On in and around Exeter this weekend (18-20 August).


Sidmouth Play Festival
Friday & Saturday, 8pm, Manor Pavilion Theatre, Sidmouth
Relative Values by Noel Coward. Tickets: adults £17/£16, under 16s £8. Box office: 01395 514 413.

Jimmy Carr: The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour ** SOLD OUT **
Saturday, Exeter Corn Exchange
A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy Carr's new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by, into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment.


Ba Ba Boom
Friday, Exeter Phoenix
Highest Grade and Eyes Open Promotions present Ba Ba Boom, Exeter’s finest regular reggae dance sessions featuring Highest Grade Sound System playing the latest cuts in dancehall, conscious vibes and classic roots reggae. Profits for famine relief in East Asia. 9pm-2am, free before 10pm, £4 after. Over 18s.

Exeter Punks Picnic
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Barnfield Theatre & Cavern Club, Exeter
Friday features four acts at the Barnfield Theatre, 7pm-11pm - A Waste of Damnation, Skinners, Bastard and The Bus Station Loonies. £5 entry, advance tickets from the box office: 01392 271808.   Saturday is at the Cavern Club, 3pm-11pm. Bands are Bavarian Wrecking Crew, Husband N Knives, Sickpig, Mark Ayling, 51st State, The Migraines, Rash Decision, Cydernide and The A Heads. Sunday is also at the Cavern Club, 4pm-11pm and features stand up poetry from Si, Sniff and the Fatha with bands Po-lice, Space Tourettes, Bobby Funk, The Skraelings and headliners Anthrax.  Tickets online or from the Cavern. The Barnfield gig is all ages but the Cavern days are 16+. More information here

Beautiful Days Festival
Friday, Saturday & Sundaty, Escot Park, Ottery St Mary
Beautiful Days is the Levellers’ family music festival with six stages, site art, a huge children’s area, comedy, theatre, licensed real ale bars, food and craft stalls.


Tudor Family Day
Saturday, Tiverton Museum, Tiverton
A special day celebrating the Tudor period featuring Exeter's Tudor Dance Group. There will be Tudor-themed crafts, games and dressing-up as well as butter making and drop spinning demonstrations. 10am-3pm. Adults £7.50, accompanied children free.

Inside Outside General Market
Sunday, 10am, Transit Shed, Exeter Quay
This general market takes place on the third Sunday of each month and features a diverse selection of market traders. 10am-5pm. 

Double Locks Dog Show
Sunday, noon Double Locks Canal Banks, Exeter
Enter for the chance to be crowned the Double Locks’ Top Dog. With a range of categories from best trick to the fastest to retrieve the ball from the canal, there is something for any kind of dog. Fun for all the family, noon-2pm.

Exmouth Classic Vehicle Gathering
Sunday, 10am, Imperial Recreation Ground, Exmouth
The annual Exmouth Classic Vehicle Gathering, staged by the Devon Branch of the Morris Minor Owners Club, attracts in excess of 250 classic and more recent cars and motorcycles of interest from across the region. Open 10am and 4pm.

Pirates & Mermaids
Sunday, Powderham Castle, Kenton
Join Captain Jack and his crew to see if they have managed to capture a mermaid. Themed sessions take place twice a day, aimed at children aged 5-11 and adults of all ages.


The Summer Show
Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey 
This year marks the 62nd annual Summer exhibition of selected pieces by Devon Guild Members. The show features a diverse range of contemporary craft from across the South West. You can also gain an insight into what makers do all day with diary snapshots of Members' everyday lives displayed alongside the exhibits. Open daily until 10 September, 10am-5.30pm. Free entry.

Hannah Murgatroyd: Landscape as a Peopled World
Exeter Phoenix
Hannah Murgatroyd’s works can be seen as island spaces of the imagination; painted and drawn worlds inhabited by protagonists who spring from a history of the body, as told through high art, popular culture and personal narrative. Her images often explore a moment of desire; one that is owned equally by men and women. The exhibition runs until 2 September. Open 10am-5.30pm daily.

Sea Life: Glimpses of the Wonderful
RAMM, Queen Street Exeter
Catch a glimpse of the magic and mystery of the world under the sea. Dive in, and delight in the wonders of aquatic life. Through a playful mix of historic objects, film, illustrations, live creatures and contemporary craft, the exhibition combines science and art to inspire a greater appreciation of Devon’s glorious coastline for visitors of all ages. The exhibition runs until 17 September, open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm.

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