Your essential guide to what’s on in and around Exeter this weekend (2-4 December).
Comedy at the Park
Friday, 7pm, Sandy Park, Exeter
An evening of comedy MC-ed by Carly Smallman, described as 'the most exciting female act in the country right now.' First up is Trevor Crook, a deadpan Australian - one of Australia's most successful comics in the UK, followed by Simon Clayton, a likeable, fast-thinking Londoner' followed by John Robertson who's 'cheeky, brilliant, funny and sharp. Tickets £10 or £15 to include a meal. www.sandypark.co.uk/book
Living with the Lights On
Friday & Saturday, Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter
Meet Mark. The thing is I’ve got myself into a bit of a mess… Mark’s an actor. I keep forgetting my lines. I’ve left my girlfriend and I’m beginning to stink. Mark was an actor. And to make matters worse I’ve met the Devil. Hilarious, touching and utterly bonkers, a gripping story of a life lived at the edge. Mark Lockyer trained at RADA. For the last 30 years he’s been at the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Old Vic, Young Vic and the Royal Court working with Ken Campbell, Mark Rylance and Sam Mendes. https://www.bikeshedtheatre.co.uk
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Exeter Northcott Theatre
Escape to Neverland this Christmas with Exeter Northcott Theatre and the boy who never grew up… Join Wendy, John and Michael as they soar into the night sky with Peter, to a magical land of mermaids and fairy dust, where children can fly and all sorts of exciting adventures happen every day. But beware – danger is just around the corner. Captain Hook and the pirates are looking for revenge and Peter Pan is top of their list! The show runs until 1 January. Tickets and performances: https://exeternorthcott.co.uk
Michael Morpurgo and Virginia McKenna Christmas Concert
Friday, 7.30pm, Exeter Cathedral
A unique Christmas concert celebrating the 40th anniversary of Farms for City Children, the charity founded by Michael and Clare Morpurgo in 1976. Michael Morpurgo and Virginia McKenna will be narrating Michael’s story “The Best Christmas Present in the World” which revisits the trenches and tells the haunting story of Christmas 1914 when soldiers on both sides put down their weapons in honour of Christmas Day. The event will be performed by candlelight at Exeter Cathedral Tickets £25 (£18.75 for 12 and under) and £20 (£15 for 12 and under). Box office: 01392 276 381.
Beatz & Bobz Present Mungo’s Hi Fi
Saturday, Exeter Phoenix
Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring Solo Banton with special guests Laid Blak (full live band), Danja X Joe Burns (showcase) Lewah; in the bar – Mr Nice and Friends with Mr Nice, High Daniels, Ivory. 9pm-2am, tickets £15, over 18s. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk
Sunday, 7pm, Exeter Phoenix
Instrumental in kick-starting the original punk rock scene, The Damned have never been afraid to push themselves musically and throughout their years together have cruised through whatever areas of progressive, psychedelic, goth and pop rock that take their fancy. Smash it up with the original gothic punks – back with original members Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible. Tickets £25. http://www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/
Clyst Honiton Christmas Tree Festival
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Clyst Honiton Church
You'll find over 25 Christmas trees decorated at the Clyst Honiton Christmas Tree Festival - go along and vote for your favourite! Church open Friday and Saturday 10.30am-7pm; Sunday 11.30am-4pm. Refreshments available, raffle and competitions. Admission is free, donations welcome.
Cats Protection League Christmas Coffee Morning
Saturday, 11am, Axhayes Adoption Centre, Little Hill Cottage, Clyst St Mary, Exeter
Christmas coffee morning and launch of Santa Paws Appeal, 11am and 2pm. Everyone welcome.
Paper Phoenix Christmas Market
Saturday, Exeter Phoenix
Paper Phoenix design and art market is a platform for independent, artisan, craft and DIY designers and illustrators to showcase their work. With free entry to this vibrant and lively environment, come along and browse the best that Exeter’s creative side has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a stylish addition for your home, or seeking out some extra special presents, Paper Phoenix has it covered. 10.30am - 4pm
Exeter Raspberry Jam
Saturday, 10am, Exeter Library
The next Exeter Raspberry Jam takes place in the Rougemont Room at Exeter Library between 10am and noon. As usual there will be lots to do, plenty of help and advice and pis to play with, we'll also have some BBC Micro:bits and Arduinos.
Cotley Matford Farm Launch Day
Saturday, 11am, Cotey Matford Farm, Exeter
Enjoy appearances by Cotley Farm’s reindeer, carol singers and Elsa from Frozen. Elsa will be judging the Exeter bauble decorating competition, and children will get the chance to hang their bauble from one of our locally grown trees. Entry is free, but booking is essential. http://www.cotleychristmas.co.uk
Exeter Christmas Market
Cathedral Green, Exeter
Exeter Christmas Market represents the best of what Britain, the South West and the rest of Europe has to offer – with a mix of great food, excellent crafts, unique gifts and decorations. Open 10am-7pm Monday to Wednesday, 11am-9pm Thursday to Saturday and 11am-6pm Sunday until 18 December. https://www.facebook.com/exeterxmasmarke/
St Leonard's Christmas Fair
Saturday, 2pm, Magdalen Road, St Leonards, Exeter
Magdalen Road will once more be closed to traffic as St Leonard's sees in the festive season with lots of filled with stalls, food and entertainment. Go along and support the independent traders in this lovely part of the city, 2pm-6pm.
Westcountry Equine Fair
Saturday & Sunday, Westpoint Arena, Exeter
With its indoor arena and dedicated shopping village, the event is the perfect place to indulge in all things equestrian. Full details: www.westcountryequinefair.co.uk
Kurt Jackson: Revisiting Turner’s Tourism
RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter
Visitors can explore changing Southwest landscapes in an exhibition featuring works by J.M.W. Turner, one of Britain’s greatest landscape painters, and contemporary British artist Kurt Jackson. The exhibition runs until 4 December.
The Beauty of Light on Dartmoor
Dartmoor National Park Visitor Centre, Princetown
An exhibition by international award winning photographer and film maker Jonathan Scott. Jonathan has travelled the world and has had his work featured by the likes of National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, Google, the BBC, ITN and many more. The exhibition is open until 5 March 2017.
MAKE 2016 Contemporary Crafts for Christmas
From Saturday, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey
The annual Christmas selling exhibition Make showcases over 50 designer-makers from across the UK. With works in a variety of disciplines and with a range of prices to suit everyone. The event runs until 2 January. www.crafts.org.uk