Your guide to What's On this weekend

Mary Youlden
Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 12:42pm

Your guide to What’s On in and around Exeter this weekend (21-23 December):


Robin Hood
Barnfield Theatre, Exeter
The Exeter Little Theatre Company Panto!  Head to Sherwood Forest and meet Robin and his Merry Men, outlaws robbing the rich and always landing themselves in trouble because of their terrible plans. Trying to keep them in line are Maid Marian and her Girlpower Gang, but the girls will have their work cut out for them unless both groups learn to work together to take on Nottingham’s meanest Snotty Notty and Sir Guy. Tickets £10-£14.

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, Fore Street, 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.


Dark Knights – The Christmas Cracker
Friday, Exeter Phoenix
The Dave teams up with Dark Knights to bring you one heck of a Christmas Party – The Christmas Cracker! The Dave will be hosted in the Main Bar area which will be fully kitted out with Christmas – bring your snowballs and wear your best Christmas jumper. The Workshop will be hosted by the mighty Dark Knights crew to give you Christmas goers a choice of music and also some venturing about the great venue. 8pm-3am, £6 on the door.

Lunchtime Carols
Saturday, 1pm, Exeter Cathedral
Gather in the Cathedral for an hour of singing your favourite Christmas carols, led by the mighty Cathedral organ.

Soul Strokes
Saturday, The Old Firehouse, New North Road, Exeter
Soul Strokes, 10.30pm-1.30am.

Colombian Bar + Funk Up + Alpha Tide
Sunday, Exeter Cavern, Queen Street, Exeter
Colombian Bar hail from Exeter play upbeat danceable in pop, Supports tonight are new funky pop band FUNK UP and ALPHA TIDE. Followed by Indie Djs. Doors 8pm, free entry before 9pm.


Ideford Christmas Tree Festival
Friday & Saturday, St Mary's Church, Church Road, Ideford, near Chudleigh
A festival of over 16 trees decorated by local community groups and businesses. Craft table for kids, refreshments and Christmas crafts for sale. Open Friday 4pm-7pm and Saturday 11am-5pm. Guide price: Adults £1, children free.

Charity Santa’s Grotto and Christmas Market
Sunday, The Custom House, Exeter Quay
Santa Claus will visit Exeter Quayside on Sunday between 10am and 5pm at the Custom House, to raise money for Torbay Holiday Helpers Network.  Tickets are £3 in advance or £5 on the door; Grotto sittings are between 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm - call  01392 210 590 to buy your tickets in advance or pop into On The Waterfront to collect in person. There will also be a Christmas Market downstairs with local independent businesses and crafters for those who still need to get those last-minute presents. 10am-5pm.

Bolshoi Ballet Season 2018 – 2019: Nutcracker
Sunday, 3pm, Exeter Picture House,  Bartholomew Street West, Exeter
On Christmas Eve, Marie’s Nutcracker doll magically transforms into a prince and their wonderful adventure begins. The holiday classic returns to the majestic Bolshoi stage for a live broadcast of a timeless story, The Nutcracker, taking audiences of all ages on a magical journey through a world of enchantment complete with dancing snowflakes and dolls that have come to life, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score.

Devon Voices 1914-1918: Home Front Stories
Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, Exeter
Explore Devon’s unique First World War history and discover the people who were part of it.
People in Devon experienced the First World War in many different ways. This exhibition uses first-hand accounts to explore Devon life during this extraordinary period. Through their own words meet men, women and children who lived and worked in the county, or found themselves here as a consequence of the war. The stories in this exhibition are those of real people. This exhibition runs until 6 January.


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