Your guide to What's On this weekend

Mary Youlden
Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted Monday, August 27, 2018 - 5:46am

Your essential guide to What’s On in and around Exeter this weekend (24-27 August):


Playback Youth Theatre presents: Shandytown
Saturday, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter
What is home? What is the line between legality and morality? How do we keep a community alive? 

Strictly Murder
Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth
April 1939. An English couple, Peter and Suzy, are living in Provence in idyllic isolation, far away, it seems from the rumblings of the coming war. Their peace is shattered from within when Suzy discovers she has been betrayed; Peter is not the man he claims to be. When a Scotland Yard detective arrives events become even more complicated and frightening.

The Reluctant Dragon
Saturday, 3pm, Hannah's at Seale-Hayne, Howton Lane, Newton Abbot
Bring a picnic and the whole family and enjoy some open air theatre. Everyone knows St George has to do battle with the dragon, but what happens when the dragon simply won't fight St George? In this beloved classic story, a young boy befriends a poetry-loving dragon living in the Downs above his home. When the town-folk send for St. George to slay the dragon, the boy needs to come up with a clever plan to save his friend and convince the townsfolk to accept him….


Pussy Riot: Riot Days
Friday, Exeter Phoenix 
Pussy Riot are back! Following their sell out 2017 tour Pussy Riot are back in the UK with a brand new tour.  Tickets £17, over 14s only, standing.

Hells Bells
Friday, Exmouth Pavilion
Hells Bells are back again!  Formed in 1996 and hailing from Bristol, Hells Bells has evolved into perhaps the most well known and professional ACDC tribute band in the UK.

Exeter Street Arts Festival
Saturday, Exeter Phoenix
Exeter Street Arts Festival sees the city brought to life with live performances and DJs until late. 10am-5pm live music on the terrace; 5pm-8pm Green Butter Club DJs on the terrace; 8pm-3am After Party (over 18s after midnight).

Eddi Reader
Sunday, Exeter Phoenix
Known for her work with Fairground Attraction and her enduring solo career, what sets this three-time BRIT Awards winner apart is the depth of her emotional live performances. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings joyous life to all forms of song.   Tickets £20 (seated).


Ottery St Mary Summer Fair
Saturday, Cadhay, Ottery St Mary
A family friendly event with lots to do to keep everyone entertained for the whole day. Some of the acts providing entertainment are The Blackdown Steel Band, Jonathan Marshall's Bird of Prey, Ottery Silver Band; there are also a wide variety of stalls including cakes, ancient & modern, books, plants and produce, cream teas, barbecue, strawberries and cream, beer tent and Pimms bar, plus lots more! 11am-4pm.

River Cottage Festival
Daily, River Cottage, Park Farm, Trinity Hill Road, Axminster
The River Cottage Festival runs from Friday until Bank Holiday Monday. There’ll be masterclasses, foraging, dancing, music and of course food! W ell-known chefs will be demonstrating, there will be masterclasses to take part in, tasty street food stalls to sample not forgetting River Cottage’s own chefs preparing the best seasonal food for you to enjoy.

Double Locks: Cider & Sausage Festival
Saturday, Double Locks, Canal Banks, Exeter,
Our annual cider and sausage festival. Over 50 different ciders to try and a selection of different sausages to try and tickle your taste buds, its definitely not one you want to miss!

Teignmouth Beer Festival
Saturday, Blue Anchor, Teign Street, Teignmouth 
The annual August Bank Holiday Real Ale and Cider Festival is back with over 60 great ales and ciders available over the weekend and also a festival gin bar added this year too, and a fantastic line up of live music to entertain each day! Real Ale and Cider Festival, live music, gin bar. 9pm-11pm. 

Brass Rubbing Bonanza Day
Monday, Exeter Cathedral
Drop in and have a go at using Exeter Cathedral’s wonderful array of brasses and take home a little piece of history. Alternatively, you can join the Brass Rubbing Trail by hunting the brasses around the Cathedral and answering the riddles hiding in the brasses. £2.50 (admission to the Cathedral is free for children in a family group; normal charges apply for adults).  10am-3pm. Click here for more information.

Bank Holiday Car Boot Sale
Monday, Topsham RFC, Bonfire Field, Exeter Road, Topsham
Open 9.30am-1pm, free entry for public on foot, £1 donation welcome for parking. Sellers welcome to set up from 8am with fees set at £6 per car and small vans, larger vehicles and trailers at £10 each. The clubhouse will be open with hot food and drinks available all morning and the Bar will also be open towards lunchtime, with guest ales and longstanding favourites on offer. 

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