Your guide to What's On this weekend

Your guide to what’s on in and around Exeter this weekend (21-23 April).


The Castle Builder
Friday & Saturday, Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter
An emotional and hard rocking journey into the hearts and souls that exist on the outer limits of creativity and building regulations. It tells the true story of an inmate in a Norwegian psychiatric institute who, over 5 years, built a castle on a remote headland.

Babe, The Sheep-Pig
Saturday & Sunday, Exeter Northcott Theatre
Meet the lovable Babe in a heart-warming tale of friendship, adventure and bravery. When Babe arrives at Hogget’s Farm he is taken in by the trusty sheep dog Fly and discovers a talent for herding. With the help of his adopted Mum, our polite piglet soon wins over the most suspicious of sheep. But can a small pig make it in a dog’s world, and when his farmyard friends are in trouble can Babe save the day?

Dancing at Lughnasa
Friday & Saturday, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter
This extraordinary play is the story of the five unmarried Mundy sisters, eking out their lives in a small Irish village in 1936. Tickets £13.50 (£11.50)


One Night of Ska
Friday, Exeter Corn Exchange
Taking the best of the original 1960s Jamaican scene as well as the 2 Tone English Revival of the late 1970s this is crammed full of songs made famous by names such as Prince Buster, Desmond Dekker, Madness, The Specials, The Selecter, The Maytals, Rico, and Tony Tribe. 8pm (doors 7.15).

Hummingbirds Acappella Trio
Saturday, 8pm, St Stephen's Church, High street, Exeter
Hummingbirds Acappella trio, Ami Lee, Emily Roblyn and Sarah Pennington have been delighting live audiences since 2013 with their extraordinary arrangements, powerful original songs and infectious sense of fun. They weave quirky rhythms around lush harmonies across an impressive spectrum of songs, some political, some sweet, some just darnright entertaining. Tickets£8/£6 conc – email to book.  Part of the proceeds of this concert wil go to Hospiscare

Doghouse Roses and Joseph Parsons Duo
Saturday, 7.30pm, The Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter
Glasgow’s Doghouse Roses (Iona Macdonald and Paul Tasker), once more present their unique take on contemporary folk and reaffirm that they are ‘Something a little bit special’ (The List) with the release of their long-awaited third studio album ‘Lost is Not Losing’. Tickets £10 (£12 on the door, if available), available from the bar, on 01392 873862.

Chainska Brassika
Saturday, 8pm, Exeter Phoenix
This mischievous rabble from Lewisham have been causing trouble since school, spreading their contagious horn driven ska anthems across the UK and beyond.

Budleigh Jazz Festival 2017
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton
A weekend of live jazz and blues. Full programme and ticket information can be found at

Sunday, 8pm, Exeter Phoenix
A genre busting mix of sweet stunning vocal harmonies over funky blissed out grooves, punctuated by echoing banjo, guitar, shimmering mandolins, spooky brass and keyboards.

Paintbox Jane
Sunday, Clifford Room, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter
A Music-Theatre celebration of painter Raoul Dufy, Paintbox Jane
returns to Exeter Barnfield re-worked, fully formed and ready for its London debut.  Tickets £10 (£5) in advance, £12 (£6) on the door.


Poltimore Flower Festival
Saturday & Sunday, Poltimore House, Exeter
Over 40 tutors and students from one of the UK’s leading flower schools, the Academy of Floral Art near Exeter, are joining forces to create a series of floral displays in the Grade II listed Poltimore House to mark St George’s Day weekend. The house will be open for the Flower Festival between 10.30am and 4.30pm and the entrance fee of £8 will go directly to support the work of Poltimore House Trust.

Seaton Down Hoard Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter
Saturday is Finds Day - a chance to show your archaeological finds to an expert and to talk to metal detectorists. Sunday is Coin Conservation Day -  Meet museum conservator Sarah Klopf and watch her conserving coins from the Seaton Down Hoard.

Bishopsteignton Easter Fayre
Saturday, Bishopsteignton Community Centre
Starting at 10.30am and running through to 1.30pm on Saturday 22 April, the Bishopsteignton Pre-School Easter Fayre, which is free to enter, will have a bouncy castle for small children, face painting, games and competitions as well as plant stalls, tombolas and much more besides.  Old favourites will include splat the rat, sun flower seed growing, toy stalls and Easter mask-making.  There’ll even by cream teas, cakes and refreshments to keep everyone happy. See Bishopsteignton Pre-School Playgroup Facebook page for latest updates.

Toy Train and Collectors Fair
Sunday, 10.30am, Westpoint, Exeter
Catering for all collectors, walk, browse and look for those elusive and hard to find models – thousands of toys and models for sale from dealers all over the country, 10.30am - 2.30pm. Admission: Adults: £4, children: under 15 years free with an accompanying adult.

mum2mum market Exeter
Sunday, 10.30am, America Hall, Pinhoe, Exeter
Buy top quality baby and children's second-hand goods at this pop-up baby and children's market nearly new sale. Admission £2 on the door, children free. 10.30am-12.30pm.

Wrestling Supershow Torquay
Sunday, 2.30pm, The Acorn Centre, Barton Torquay
An Easter Holiday Afternoon show for the entire family. Doors will open from 2:30pm and the show expected to kick off just after 3pm and finishing around 5pm. Chance to meet the stars and have photos with them backstage!


Queen Victoria in Paris: Watercolours from the Royal Collection
RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter
This exhibition shows forty four watercolours of Queen Victoria’s remarkable visit to Paris in 1855. The exhibition runs until 23 April.

Roger Mayne photography Exhibition
From Friday, THG, Elmfield House, Dowell Street, Honiton
An exhibition of rarely seen, large-scale photographs by one of Britain's most outstanding photographers Roger Mayne  (1929 – 2014) who famously documented the children and young residents of Southam Street in West London in the 1950's and 60's. These photographs lead to him becoming one of Britain's most important post-war photographers. His exhibitions have included the V&A and National Portrait Gallery, London. Open Tuesday to Friday, 10am-5pm, the exhibition runs until 22 April.

Commemorating the First World War: Comforts for Soldiers
RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter
Queen Mary led a drive on the home front to knit warm woollen garments, ‘comforts’ for those on active service. Surviving garments are rare, and this small display showcases objects from the museum’s collection. Patterns and advertisements are shown alongside a part knitted pair of socks, as well as examples made from the original instructions.  The exhibition runs until 17 May.