Your guide to What's On this weekend

Mary Youlden
Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 2:08pm

Your guide to What’s On in and around Exeter this weekend (14-16 December):


Jack and the Beanstalk
Exeter Northcott Theatre
Get ready for the climb of your life this Christmas, as Exeter Northcott Theatre presents a GIANT of a family pantomime. Expect plenty of audience participation, live music and laughs galore.  Fee Fi Fo Fum…it’s panto fun for everyone!  

Exeter Corn Exchange
Join a host of classic characters for songs, laughter and a perfect Christmas show! The most magical and adventurous of all pantomimes will be lavishly presented, with all the fun our pantos are now famous for!  The festive tale is told with merriment and melody - plus a big dollop of slapstick fun and silly sing-alongs! For show times and tickets visit  

St Nicholas Priory, Exeter
A unique and immersive Christmas experience taking place throughout Exeter's oldest building. Join Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey through past, present and future in this theatrical reimagining of Charles Dickens' classic ghost story A Christmas Carol.

The Blackmore Theatre, Exmouth
Exmouth Players present a family orientated version of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-glass.  Many of the much-loved characters from the Lewis Carroll books will be appearing to play croquet; dance the lobster quadrille, the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and the caucus race; and end up in court in search of the Queen of Hearts’ Tarts. Tickets from £5.

Sumer and Smoke
Saturday & Sunday, Exeter Phoenix
Tennessee Williams’ acclaimed Summer and Smoke (1948) is a romance-drama that explores youth and desire, following the lives of spiritual Alma Winemiller, a minister’s daughter, and the charmingly reckless doctor John Buchanan. Witness the unravelling of the two’s attempt to find a common language of love.

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Saturday, Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter,
After fleeing a war-torn London to the home of an eccentric professor in the country, young Lucy stumbles and makes a startling discovery inside the upstairs wardrobe.Within is a magical land covered in ice, full or magic, talking animals...and untold danger.  Little does Lucy know that she and her siblings are about to embark on a quest unlike any other to break an ancient spell. But who is the White Witch, and can she stop her and end the eternal winter before it is too late!


Carols by Candlelight
Friday The Donkey Sanctuary, Slade House Farm, Sidmouth
Join The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth for a special evening of carol singing by candlelight alongside the resident donkeys. Setting the scene and adding a touch of magic to the evening's proceedings, the sanctuary will be spectacularly illuminated by thousands of candles from 3pm onwards.

CLIC for Christmas 2018
Friday, Exeter Cathedral
Exeter Cathedral will once again come alive to the sound of your favourite Christmas songs as La La Choirs host their sell-out concert to raise funds for CLIC Sargent.

Steampunk Yule Ball
Saturday, Exeter Phoenix
In its 6th year, The Steampunk Yule Ball just gets bigger and better.  And this year we are embracing all elements of Cosplay.  So whether you are a Steampunk with cyborg tendencies; a massive Marvel or DC fan; or even an Alice in Wonderland fetishist you will be in the best of company for this truly unique night of music, comedy, cabaret, couture and amazingly friendly, diverse and accepting people, 8pm-2am. Tickets £15.

Christmas Disco & Soul Explosion with Chris Dinnis 2018
Saturday, 8pm, Exeter Corn Exchange
Radio Exe presenter Chris Dinnis returns to host the best Christmas party in town! Dance the night away to classic disco, soul and funk but don't worry everyone gets a seat at a table too. Dig out that classic disco gear and put on your dancing shoes for the event of the year.

Exeter Festival Chorus Concert
Saturday, Exeter Cathedral
Exeter Festival Chorus close its 25th anniversary year by proudly performing in Exeter's historic cathedral a choral concert of special music with conductor Nigel Perrin and featuring The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Lympstone and guest artist Roderick Williams baritone.

SING Devon Community Choir SING for Force 
Saturday, 7.30pm, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter
Join the SING Devon Community Choir and Hothouse Band this December as they SING for Force at the Barnfield Theatre. Tickets cost £6 in advance and £8 on the door. Box office: 01392 271808.

Big Noise Chorus Rock in Christmas!
Saturday, Southernhay United Reformed Church, Dix’s Field, Exeter,
The Big Noise Chorus is a network of community choirs for adults, created to make singing in a choir accessible to everyone. Led by Colin Rea, Big Noise Chorus will have over 150 singers joyfully celebrating traditional and new carols that will have you singing along as much as you like. Supported by Maynard School Saxophone Quartet. Proceeds to Pete's Dragons suicide support.


Christmas with the Lord Mayor
Saturday, Exeter Guildhall
Meet Santa, indulge in a mince pie or delicious cake, even warm yourself up with a cup of tea or coffee (or even a glass of mulled wine!), 10am-2pm. The Liberty Sisters will be providing a musical accompaniment to the day.

Exeter Christmas Market
Until Sunday, Cathedral Green, Exeter
An exciting mix of continental and local, independent traders, showcasing the best of festive food, crafts and gifts.

Hospiscare’s Light Up a Life service
Sunday, Exeter Cathedral
Hospiscare’s Light Up a Life event takes place annually in the run up to Christmas, a particularly poignant time of year for many bereaved people. The services offer a time and space apart to remember and honour loved ones who are no longer with us. With a blend of readings, poetry, music and the opportunity to join voices in signing carols, these occasions bring at least as much joy as sadness and are never less than uplifting. Everyone is invited to attend any service and to join in remembering their loved one.

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