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

Mary Youlden
Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 4:48pm

Your essential guide to What’s On in and around Exeter this weekend (23-25 November):


Bicycles and Fish
Friday, Exeter Phoenix
Combining comedy, storytelling and original songs, Bicycles and Fish is Katie’s charming award-winning debut show about the day she stopped being a girl and became a woman. Aged sixteen, still in school and hopelessly in love, Katie is about to learn what it means to stand up for yourself.

Saturday, Exeter Northcott
Radamisto tells a dramatic story of a royal family in old Armenia, locked in mortal conflict. Thematically, it champions faithfulness and married love, but it also has a fine gallery of moral depravity and intolerance.  Radamisto was one of Handel’s most appreciated operas, not least for its famous aria “Ombra cara”, which stunned audiences and was sung in drawing rooms for decades thereafter. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Spirit of Theatre
Saturday, Barnfield Theatre, Eexeter
In an old-time Theatre, long since converted to a cinema, a new employee listens avidly to the elderly caretaker as he recalls bygone theatrical performances, comedies and tragedies, shows and musicals that graced the theatre stage. He continues reminiscing on into the cinema age and the classic movie scenes that have stayed with him to this day. The Spirit of Theatre is brought to you by Topsham School of Dance.


The Blockheads
Friday, Exeter Phoenix 
The Blockheads return to Exeter for another benefit bash for Phonic FM! Originally fronted by the legendary Ian Dury, this incredible band are continuing to tour the world with their original blend of upbeat tunes and cheeky stage antics. Expect all the hits including Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Billericay Dickie, Reasons to be Cheerful, What a Waste and, of course, and Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick in a set packed with classic tracks and new material delivered in inimitable Blockheads style.

Revelation Roots Live
Saturday, The Old Firehouse, New North Road, Exeter
Revelation Roots is a collaboration of reggae musicians from several renowned bands on the UK reggae scene. See them Live & Free at Old Fire House 10.30pm-1am.

The Wandering Hearts
Saturday, Exeter Phoenix
The harmony-laden folk and Americana band are heading out on a UK tour.  

Glen Tilbrook – The Voice and Face of Squeeze
Sunday, Exmouth Pavilion
It was 1973 when Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford first formed the band that would that would see them dubbed ‘The New Lennon and McCartney’. 45 years later they continue to tour in Squeeze, together as a duo, or as solo performers.


Exeter Christmas Market
Daily, Exeter Cathedral Green
Supported by local businesses and performers, you’ll find an exciting mix of continental and local, independent traders, showcasing the best of festive food, crafts and gifts. The west front bandstand showcases local bands, carol singers and choirs able to bid for free slots to entertain traders and customers.

Christmas Fair
Saturday & Sunday, The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth
Kick-start your Christmas shopping or simply treat yourself at this fabulously festive Fair. The sanctuary's indoor arena will be packed full of talented local traders selling wonderfully unique items, from beautiful gifts and Christmas crafts to delicious edible treats. 10am-4pm.  Santa and his reindeer (donkeys!) will also pay a special visit to the sanctuary.

Hospiscare Christmas Fair
Saturday, Exeter Guildhall, High Street, Exeter
A joyful start to the festive season, courtesy of Exeter Friends of Hospiscare. You'll find stalls selling crafts, Christmas goods and bric-a-brac as well  as a tombola, draw and refreshments. To get you into the festive mood the Hospiscare Choir will be singing carols. Make sure you pop in. 10am-3.30pm.

Exeter Chocolate Festival
Sunday, Exeter Phoenix
Join the chocolate revolution! Exeter’s first festival dedicated to chocolate comes to Exeter Phoenix. Celebrating fine quality, handmade, bean-to-bar and ethically sourced products and promoting local chocolatiers; taking visitors on a journey of artisan chocolate made across the world. Plenty for connoisseurs and families alike! 11.30am-6pm.

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