Your essential guide to What’s On in and around Exeter this weekend, 5-7 January.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 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. https://exeternorthcott.co.uk
Exeter Little Theatre Company present Beauty and the Beast
Friday & Saturday, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter
When the spoiled and arrogant Prince Scott is cursed by an evil fairy, he must learn to love before the last rose petal drops or face staying a beast forever. With the help of his trusted servants he might stand a chance to break the spell when he meets the smart and charming Belle, whose family runs the popular Bottom’s Up pub in Exeter. Can the brave bookworm learn to not judge a book by its cover? She’ll need the help of her family and best friend Silly Billy to stop evil from winning. The panto runs until 6 January. www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk
Journey to the Impossible
Friday & Saturday, 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. www.bikeshedtheatre.co.uk
Indie Club with Martyn Crocker & Landspeeder
Saturday, Cavern Club, Queen Street, Exeter
Live music with Martyn Crocker Band and Landspeeder followed by DJs playing the best in Indie sounds. Open 7.30pm-late. Tickets £4. http://www.wegottickets.com/event/423701
Saturday, 10am, Younghayes Community Centre, Cranbrook
Encourage a bumper harvest in Cranbrook! Walk down to the Orchard with the country park ranger and help to encourage a bumper harvest at Cranbrook by wassailing! Bring along a noisy instrument and help to scare away the evil spirits through wassailing songs as they did in the past. A great morning of fun for all ages. 10am-11.30am, free, donations welcome. More information here.
What's that bird?
Saturday, 11am, Tower Hide at Seaton Wetlands, Colyford Road, Seaton
An informal drop-in session to improve your bird identification skills. Whatever your level of knowledge come along and enjoy an afternoons birdwatching with the help of a knowledgeable and experienced volunteer guide. Meet in the Tower Hide at Seaton Wetlands. Telescopes and binoculars are available for use in the hide free of charge during the session. 11am-1pm, free. Further details here.
Dolls House and Miniatures Fair
Sunday, Westpoint Arena, Exeter
Experience the exquisite world of dolls house miniatures at this public fair where you’ll find exhibitions, displays and demonstrations by some of the leading crafts people in this field. Open 10am-4pm. Admission £3 adults, £1.50 children. www.wendysworldfairs.co.uk
Dartmoor: A Wild and Wondorous Region
RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter
Dartmoor has inspired generations of artists. This exhibition traces the story of Dartmoor, once described as a ‘dreary mountainous tract’ and later as the epitome of the picturesque. The artists in the exhibition have depicted the moor using a wide range of media including oil paintings, watercolours, engravings and early photographs. Works from RAMM’s collections are displayed alongside loans from British museums and galleries as well as rarely seen works from private collections. The exhibition runs until 1 April.