Your guide to What's On this weekend

Mary Youlden
Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 5:24am

Your essential guide to What’s On in and around Exeter this weekend (11-13 May):


Skin Deep - The Musical
Friday, Exmouth Pavilion
Worried that your body isn’t perfect? Then Skin Deep is for you! Yes, YOU! It’s the ultimate look at a subject that obsesses us all: BODY IMAGE. Too fat? Too thin? Never exercised? Gym crazy? Addicted to diets? Hate how you look in the nude? This musical revue has a song for every hang-up, including Embarrassing Bodies, Let It All Hang Out and Does My Bum Look Big in This? The sensational female star and her four boys explore why we don’t all look like Amanda Holden and David Beckham, and celebrate the funny (and vulnerable) side of bodies. A riotous evening of fun, flesh and fabulous song, suitable for over 16s.

Roger McGough + LiTTLe MACHiNe
Sunday, Exeter Northcott
Roger McGough’s new show with Walter, Steve and Chris of LiTTLe MACHiNe features a fine selection of vintage, classic and surprising poems set to music, as featured on the new album The Likes of Us.

Club Cairo
Sunday, Exeter Corn Exchange
Club Cairo presents live music, dance and theatre from the Middle East and beyond. Experience the drama of our theatrical production 'The Serpent Slayer'. A story where tough reality meets fairy-tale. The cast of dancers and musicians combine with poetic verse and multimedia projections to tell this tale. Following this, there will be a fun and light hearted live music set from Club Cairo’s musical ensemble. Accompanying them will be a dazzling array of belly dancers!


Electric Swing Circus
Friday, Exeter Phoenix
The Electric Swing Circus is a live 6-piece fusion of saucy 20’s swing and stomping electro beats. Drawing influence from 1920’s swing and jazz, the explosive sound of the Electric Swing Circus reverberates back through time, re-inventing the genre of electro-swing for an ever expanding audience.

International Choirs Concert
Saturday, 5.30pm, Southernhay United Reformed Church, Dix's Field, Exeter 
Wren Music welcomes Valskorinn, a choir from Iceland to perform a sparkling concert of vocal music alongside Voices In Common who are based in Exeter. Entry by donation (no advance booking).

The Kast Off Kinks
Saturday, Exmouth Pavilion 

The Kast off Kinks are former members of legendary band ‘The Kinks’, back together playing great music and reliving the good times while keeping the songs that made The Kinks a household name alive. Expect all the hits including  You Really Got Me, Dedicated Follower of Fashion, Waterloo Sunset plus more.

From The Jam
Sunday, Exeter Phoenix 
From The Jam have gained a reputation for the kind of incendiary performances that sealed the reputation of The Jam all those years ago.


Evening with International Medium Darren Brittain
Friday, 7.30pm, Exeter Spiritualist Centre, York Road, Exeter
Darren is from the Midlands and serves many churches and centres throughout the country and overseas. He has a reputation for delivering names, dates, street names and addresses… this is the first time he has been to Exeter. Tickets £10.

Exeter Pride
Saturday, 11am, Exeter city centre
Thousands of people will show their support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) communities in the region by attending the 10th Exeter Pride event which promises to be an explosion of colour, positivity and pride - and everyone is invited to come out and celebrate. The rainbow flag march starts at noon from the St Sidwells Centre. Full event details can be found at

Spring flower walk in Cranbrook 
Saturday, 10am, Younghayes Community Centre, Cranbrook
Walk around the Cranbrook countryside with the Ranger looking for signs of spring! Well behaved dogs on leads welcome. Some off path walking. Contact the Countryside team to discuss access. Free event, book your place here.

Family event at The Donkey Sanctuary’s Paccombe Farm
Saturday, 10am, Paccombe Farm, Harcombe, Sidmouth, EX10 0PR

Plenty of activities are planned to keep the whole family entertained including trailer rides, donkey grooming, various games in the barn and a chance to discover the beautiful Paccombe Valley by joining a guided walk. 10am – 3.30pm. Free.

Coffee Morning at The Blackmore
Saturday, 10am, The Blackmore Theatre, 10 Bicton Street, Exmouth
The Exmouth Players’ monthly coffee morning features home-made cakes, tea, coffee, raffle and books, cards, DVDs and much more on sale. 

Killerton Classic Car Day
Sunday, Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter 
Over 400 classic car enthusiasts will be taking a pit stop in the historic Killerton parkland to showcase their pride and joy. Visitors can enjoy the live music of vintage trio Liberty Sisters who will perform on their quirky stage, a vintage 1950’s yellow truck called buttercup; as well as The Sundogs who will put a spring in everyone’s step with their  up-tempo, classic rock'n'roll with rhythm and blues. There will also be a craft fair with over 40 stalls and opportunities to refuel from any of the local food stalls, including camper coffee, the Teign Canteen and Lemon Jelli. Adults can enjoy sampling Killerton estate cider at the bar, while kids can let off steam on the bouncy castle.  Entry to the event also includes access to the house and garden.

Sandy Park Wedding Fair
Sunday, 10.30am, Sandy Park, Exeter
Brides-to-be can be inspired by some of the South West's best wedding suppliers who will be on hand to offer friendly, specialist advice on everything to make a Big Day special. Each bride-to-be will receive a complimentary Debenhams goody bag and an Exeter Gin and Tonic. 10.30am-2.30pm


Branded: Fashion, Femininity and  the Right to Vote
Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter
To 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.

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.

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