Your essential guide to What’s On in and around Exeter this Easter weekend (30 March – 2 April).
Little Shop of Horrors
Sunday & Monday, Exeter Corn Exchange
Stage by Stage returns with an epic production of the much-loved musical! Seymour is the know-nothing nerd who accidentally helps a man-eating plant to take over the world in this affectionate tribute to 1950s B-movies. Hilarious and heart-warming this musical from the writers of Disney's Beauty & The Beast and Aladdin, has one of the greatest rock'n roll scores of all time! With hits like 'Mean Green' and 'Feed Me', you'll be rocking with laughter and rocking in the aisles to the show where Grease meets ET! And it's all too silly to be scary! Performances on Sunday at 3pm and Monday at 3pm and 7pm. https://www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/
The Jungle Book Musical
Immersion Theatre bring their trademark energy to their wildest show yet, a brand new musical adaptation of family favourite, The Jungle Book. Filled with catchy music, a laugh-out-loud script, audience interaction, and the chance to meet the characters after the show, you are invited to join Mowgli and his friends Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther on a madcap adventure in the jungle as they meet and attempt to outwit a slithering snake, some cheeky monkeys and the fierce tiger, Shere Khan! Funny, exciting and wildly entertaining, this larger-than-life musical promises to be the perfect treat for families of all ages! https://www.ledleisure.co.uk/exmouth-pavilion
Monday, Exeter Northcott
Let Exeter Musical Society take you on a musical adventure as you journey through Victorian England joining orphaned boy, Oliver Twist as he escapes the workhouse and travels through the underworld of London, meeting thieves and vagabonds on the way. https://exeternorthcott.co.uk
Lee Scratch Perry
Friday, 7.30pm, Exeter Phoenix
Regarded with awe throughout the music world, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry holds status as one of the most enduring and original reggae producers and artists of all time. From his early days in the 1960’s as a singer and engineer for Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One in Kingston, through his production of the seminal Wailers’ classics African Herbsman and Soul Revolution, Perry’s innovative style marks him as one of reggae’s original treasures. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/lee-scratch-perry/
Voodoo Room – A Night of Hendrix, Clapton & Cream
Friday, Exmouth Pavilion
Paying tribute to these legends of Blues / Rock are Voodoo Room. No wigs, no gimmicks - simply great music played by great musicians! Over 2 hours of classics such as Watchtower, White Room, Hey Joe, Sunshine Of Your Love, Purple Haze, Layla etc. https://www.ledleisure.co.uk/exmouth-pavilion
ARRIVAL - The Hits Of ABBA Show
Saturday, 8pm, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter
Over four decades after Swedish pop legends ABBA swept to stardom, their music remains as popular as ever and the magic of the era is being brought to stages across the country courtesy of ARRIVAL – The No1 International multi award-winning show, that has sold out in over 25 different countries Worldwide since 1995, and was voted ‘Best ABBA Show’ and ‘Most Authentic ABBA Show’ for the last 5 years running! Tickets £22 (£20). http://www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/
Easter Fun at Exeter's Underground Passages
Daily, Princesshay, Exeter
Exeter’s Underground Passages will be running special Easter egg hunts every day throughout the Easter school holidays. Hunt for the eggs left by the Easter bunny in these mysterious medieval passages beneath Exeter’s Street to win a special chocolate prize! https://exeter.gov.uk
Easter holiday craft activities
From Friday, RSPB Bowling Green Marsh, Bowling Green Road, Topsham, Exeter
Get crafty this Easter at The Lookout at Bowling Green Marsh. Fun family activities and quizzes throughout the week. Booking not required, just drop in, 2pm-4pm, daily until 13 April. Some activities will have a small charge payable on the day.
Easter Saturday Horse Racing
Saturday, Newton Abbot Racecourse
One for all the family – Newton Abbot’s Season Opener. It’s the perfect excuse to enjoy a day out with family and friends over the weekend. Gates open at 11.45 with the first race at 1.45pm. The last race is at 5.15pm. Tickets are available at www.newtonabbotracing.com and also available on the gate on the day.
Tea in the Paddock
Saturday, The Donkey Sanctuary, Slade House Farm,
Celebrating the launch of the sanctuary's new attractions, enjoy a great British tea party down among the donkeys of Devon. This will be a fun-packed day for the whole family and little ones are in for a treat with a free ice cream for every child! https://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/visit-us/sidmouth
Inside Outside Craft & General Markets
Sunday, Transit Shed, Exeter Quay
1st April marks the start of the monthly craft markets under the undercover Transit Shed on Exeter's Quay, with lots of stalls to browse. More information here.
RAF Centenary Tour of Airmen’s Graves
Sunday, 2pm, Higher Cemetery, Heavitree, Exeter
Friends of Higher cemetery host an official RAF 100 event touring RAF graves in the cemetery. The event is taking place exactly 100 years to the day after the formation of the RAF. Adults £3, children £1. FOHC members £1.50. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Further details here.
Branded: Fashion, Femininity and the Right to Vote
Killerton House, Broadclyst
To o mark 100 years since some women got the right to vote, this exhibition reflects the timeline of the campaign for women’s suffrage from 1866 until 1928 through the changing styles of fashion. The exhibition highlights the relationship between politics and dress and how this was exploited by the campaigners and supporters of women’s suffrage. Groups involved in the campaign used design and colour to identify themselves and to raise awareness and support for their cause. The exhibition runs until 4 November and entry is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/killerton
Dartmoor’s Hidden Depths
Dartmoor National Park Visitor Centre, Princetown
A new exhibition by two Dartmoor based artists, Dave Peake and Rosemary Bonney focusing on the influence of water on the Dartmoor landscape as well as providing a glimpse of what lies beneath! The exhibition runs until 15 April, admission free.
Exeter’s Fine Art Collection: Modern
RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter
This exhibition includes two works by the British Pop Art movement artist Brian Rice, gifted through the Art Fund and on display for the first time. This diverse selection features Barbara Hepworth’s remarkable figurative drawing Preparation, Leighton Hall Woolatt’s Post Eleven Speaking and Patrick Heron’s Two Vermilions, Green and Purple in Red. RAMM’s fine art collection is on display until 29 April. http://bit.ly/RAMMFineArt
A Curious Turn: Moving, mechanical sculpture
Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell Street, Honiton
Automata are moving mechanical sculptures which are brought magically to life through a sequence of cogs, cams and levers. For centuries they have delighted and bewitched people. Visitors are able to turn, push and crank to see many of the pieces in action! A Curious Turn presents automata from the leading makers of the last 40 years, ranging from the humorous to the macabre and from the playful to the satirical. Works on show take a look at key automata makers such as Rowland Emett, famous for creating the elaborate inventions of Caractacus Potts in the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The exhibition runs until 19 May. https://www.thelmahulbert.com