Your guide to What's On this weekend

Mary Youlden
Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 1:02pm

Your essential guide to What’s On in and around Exeter this weekend (15-17 December).


Friday, Saturday & Sunday, St Nicholas Priory, Exeter
Inspired by Charles Dickens’ classic ghost story 'A Christmas Carol', Humbug! Will transport you back in time to the world of Ebenezer Scrooge. Featuring live music, video projections and plenty of surprises, Humbug! is an immersive, multi-sensory Christmas experience that takes place throughout Exeter's atmospheric St Nicholas Priory until 24 December.

Dick Whittington
Exeter Northcott Theatre
With his faithful Puss by his side Dick leaves his Exeter home for the bright lights of London in search of fame and fortune. Follow his adventures as he reaches the big city and travels the high seas. Will Dick find his fortune? Can he and Puss defeat the evil villain King Rat and return home triumphant? Expect plenty of audience participation, live music, magic, mayhem and lots of laughter – the perfect recipe for a family Christmas panto treat! The show runs until 7 January.

From Saturday, Exeter Corn Exchange
A story full of magic and mess as Cinderella has to keep her wild Ugly Sisters under control.  As sure as there will be a sing-along, though, Cinders is bound to meet her Prince Charming in the end... The show runs until 1 January.

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
Until Sunday, The Blackmore Theatre, Bicton Street, Exmouth
Featuring a large cast of all ages, The Exmouth Players promise a show packed with plenty of jokes, laughter, songs and dance. Tickets £10, £5 conc, £25 family. Tickets available by calling 07484 509514.

Journey to the Impossible
Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter
A Christmas coming-of-age quest, devised by the Little Soldier company and scripted by Matt Harvey, featuring epic songs, cinematic storytelling and hip hop dance. Three kids are in trouble. Well, what do you expect if you knock on the door of an inter-dimensional portal and run away? By means of bicycles, bandanas and neural space travel, you’ll travel with them on an adventure to the impossible.  Tickets £6-£12. The show runs until 6 January.

The Girl with the Iron Claws
Studio 1, Space, The Dartington Hall Trust, Totnes
Growing up isn’t easy, especially when you’re in love with a bear.  The Girl with the Iron Claws is a captivating, dark fairy-tale, which shares its roots with Beauty and the Beast. Stunning puppetry, bewitching music, deft humour and a touch of snow combine to dazzling effect in this coming-of-age tale to enthral audiences young and old. The show runs until 30 December. Click here for tickets. 


Banco de Gaia
Friday, Unit 23 Live, Totnes
Banco de Gaia - pioneering techno/ambient/world beats - to play Totnes for the first time.  With stunning visuals.  Seminal albums include 'Maya' & 'Last Train To Lhasa'. Tickets here

The Blockheads
Saturday, Exeter Phoenix
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. Live support from Splink with Phonic FM deejays in the bar, with profits to Exeter’s sound alternative community radio station.

A Christmas Concert by Candlelight
Saturday, 7.30pm, Exeter Cathedral
Exeter Chamber Choir and Orchestra presents a celebration of the Annunciation and Birth of Jesus as portrayed by composers over the centuries. Conducted by Andrew Daldorph. Mulled wine and mince pies available during the interval. Tickets £6-24 available online and from the box office on 01392 285983. 


Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market
Cathedral Green, Exeter
An  exciting mix of local and continental traders, showcasing the best of festive food, crafts and gifts.  Open Friday & Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 11am-5pm, until 17 December.

Hospiscare ‘Light Up a Life’
Sunday, 6.30pm, Exeter Cathedral
A special remembrance service, which will include poems, readings and carols. 

Christmas at Killerton: The Wind in the Willows
Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter
See sparkling displays in the mansion inspired by Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. Normal admission fees apply, National Trust members are free but still need to book. Non-members can pay on the day. The event runs until 5 January 2018.


Visible Girls: Revisited 

Exeter Phoenix

Visible Girls: Revisited, is a photography commission and national travelling exhibition of female portraits by photographer Anita Corbin. The exhibition brings together original images of women from different subcultures of the early 1980s and newly commissioned portraits of the same women now. The work will reunite women with their adolescent selves, exploring the ways in which photography can reveal and reflect upon identity and society at various stages of women's lives. The exhibition runs until 21 December.

MAKE 2017: Christmas Craft Exhibition
Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey

This annual Christmas selling exhibition showcases some of the best contemporary craft from UK based designer-makers. With a wide selection of disciplines to choose from, and a range of prices to suit all, it’s an ideal opportunity to buy an individual, handmade gift for Christmas. DIY festive craft activity area for kids in the gallery. Free entry, open daily, 10am-5.30pm.  The exhibition runs until 7 January.

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