Your guide to What's On this weekend

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Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 4:46pm

Your essential guide to What's On in and around Exeter this weekend.


This Land
Friday & Saturday, Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter
How far down do you own the land you stand on? Bea and Joseph are re-kindling their love. But, with the arrival of a fracking company ready to dig, the village where they live is falling apart. Through the lives of a young couple, This Land tells a story of community, belonging and the ground beneath our feet. What does the place where you live mean to you? What happens when someone else comes along and stakes their claim? Tickets: £10 (£8).

The Tales of Beatrix Potter
Friday & Sunday, Exeter Corn Exchange
Follow Peter Rabbit's adventures on a charming musical journey into the world of the much-loved author.    Join the naughty bunnies, nibble on a tasty picnic fairy cake at the Jemima's tea party, and help Peter to escape that old meanie Mr McGregor!  Suitable age 3- 12 years, Show lasts 55 minutes. Tickets £10.25, family £25.

Jesus Christ Superstar
Friday & Saturday, Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth
The iconic rock musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Tim Rice, Jesus Christ Superstar is a timeless work set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.   Tickets £15.


Friday, 7pm, Exeter Phoenix
Tracer + Federal Charm + Everyday Circus. Tickets £16.

Beach Boys Band
Friday, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter
The Beach Boys Band is a tribute show that performs 100% live  the fantastic hits of the original Beach Boys, including God Only Knows – Good Vibrations – Wouldn’t It Be Nice – Surfin’ USA – I Get Around – California Girls – Fun Fun Fun and many more. Tickets £16, £15 conc.

Live Music
Friday, various venues, Exeter
Seven Stars, Alphington Road: Lucky 13, 9pm, free.
Tally Ho, School Lane: Wired, 9pm, free.
Ship & Pelican, Heavitree: Booster, 9pm, free.
The Old Firehouse, New North Road: Patternpusher, 10.30pm, free.
The Sorry Head, Blackboy Road: Eventine, 9pm, free.

Barnfield Bar Presents: Drum & Bass at the Barnfield
Saturday, Clifford Room, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter
Black Static are a unique and original five piece D&B collective from Tavistock. Drums, bass, MC, female vocals and turntables/keys Something fresh to tickle your lobes!  The Isacatels are an original live band from Exeter who retain the fundamental rhythms of reggae at the heart of their music, but also bring in sections of heavy dub, ska, rock and love to add splashes of drum & bass. The songs are heartfelt and carefully crafted using interesting chord progressions, huge bass riffs, bluesy guitar licks and seriously catchy melodies.   Tickets £5 (adv) £7 (on the door).

Live Music
Saturday, various venues, Exeter
Bishop Blaize, Commercial Road: Wired, 9.30pm, free.
The King’s Arms, Cowick Street: The Real Me, 9pm, free.
Clifton Inn, Newtown: Tweaks, 9.15pm, free.
The Old Firehouse, New North Road: Lionstar, 10.30pm, £1.
The Sorry Head, Blackboy Road: New Heroes, 10pm, free.
The Bowling Green, Blackboy Road: The Fabulous Beaver Brothers, 9.15pm, free.
Heart of Oak, Pinhoe: The Relics, 8pm, free.

Gemfest 2016
Sunday, 11am, Exeter Phoenix
Gemfest is back for its fourth year of festival fundraising, raising money for Hospiscare and The Brain Tumour Charity. Organised by a local brain tumour ‘survivor’ and her friends, the daytime event (11am-4pm) is packed with family activities, while in the evening we’ll be hosting a variety of live music and entertainment from 6pm. Come and warm up for the festival season, there’s something for everyone – guaranteed. Don’t forget to wear your wellies – it is a festival after all! Daytime session: 11am - 4pm , free - donations welcome! Evening session: 6pm - 1am - £12 (All profits donated to charity). £2 off evening entry if you are wearing your wellies.

Live Music
Sunday, various venues
The King’s Arms, Cowick Street, Exeter: Carnaby Street, 4.30pm, free.
John Gandys, Gandy Street, Exeter: DeciBelle, 9.30pm free.
The Old Firehouse, New North Road, Exeter: MickFest, fundraiser, 5pm, free, /£1 later.
Buccaneers Bar, Crediton: Piano in the Bar, 7pm, free.
The Famous Old Barrel, Exmouth: DJ Colin, 7pm, free.
The Strand, Exmouth: Extractor, 4pm, free.
The Beach, Exmouth:  Honest John & Ray Beavis, 9pm, free.
First & Last, Exmouth: Booster, 6pm, free.
Exmouth Pavilion: Souled, 2pm, free.
Sidbury Village Inn: Chill, 8.30pm, free.

Live Music
Monday, various venues
The Famous Old Barrel, Exmouth: Jam Night, 9pm, free.
Bicton Inn, Exmouth: Musical Spectacular for The Freewheelers, 2pm, free.
The Blue Anchor, Teignmouth: Shovelhead, 6pm, free.


RSPB Family Friendly Nature Walk
Saturday, 2pm, RSPB Shop, Darts Farm, Topsham, Exeter
family friendly walks which showcase the beautiful surrounding farmland and wetlands - a great chance to get out and see some wildlife. 2pm-3pm,  (binoculars available for hire). RSPB members free, non-members £3.

Topsham Community Market
Saturday, 8.30am, Matthew’s Hall, Topsham, Exeter
A good mix food stalls, antiques, clothes, jewellery and craft stalls, every Saturday, 8.30am-1pm.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
Daily, Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter
Follow the special Easter trail around the blossoming garden and parkland. On your way around, explore winding paths to find the Bear's Hut, Ice House and the Chapel. Claim your Cadbury chocolate prize at the end. £2.50 per trail plus normal admission fees.

Candy Capers
Daily, Powderham Castle, Kenton
Children can meet the famous chocolatier with the Pocketwatch team who have an affection for perfection in confection!

Easter Egg Hunt
Friday to Monday, Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton
Follow the trail through the garden and grounds, hunting out the clues to help you find the chocolate eggs left behind by the Cadburys Bunny.  £2 per trail.

Easter family fun at the races
Saturday, Newton Abbot Racecourse
Enjoy the Easter Bank Holiday with the start of a new racing season at Newton Abbot, gates open at 12:05 and the first race is at 2.05pm (last race 4.55pm). Tickets £18 for the Paddock Enclosure and £12 for the Course Enclosure.

Inside Outside Easter Craft Market
Sunday & Monday, Exeter Quay
Lots and lots of lovely arts crafts and gifts - all hand made by local makers. There will also be a free family Easter Egg hunt, spinning and weaving demonstrations, face painting and Devon Fudge and live music by two of Exeter's best street musicians. 10am-5pm.

Silly Mini Sunday
Sunday, 2.30pm, Powderham Castle, Kenton
See a convoy of colourful minis chug through the grounds this Easter Sunday at around 2:30pm in aid of Children’s Hospice South West.


Quay Artists Art Exhibition
Custom House Visitor Centre, Exeter Quay
The Quay Artists are a group of local artists who are holding an exhibition and sale of art at the Custom House, Exeter Quay on Good Friday 25th March  - Sunday 3rd April.   Works for sale are in various mediums including oil, watercolour, pastel and acrylic. Opening times: 10am-5pm daily (closed 1pm-1.45pm for lunch). Free entry.

Via Crucis Art Exhibition
Exeter Cathedral
Via Crucis is a touring exhibition, made up of 14 new images for the Stations of the Cross. The images are on paper and use mixed media, which includes charcoal, metal leaf, ink and pastel. They are the work of Caroline Waterlow, a multi-disciplinary artist based in the West Country; the exhibition runs until 29 March.

Charles Richardson: Displacement Behaviour
Exeter Phoenix
Displacement Behaviour brings together recent video and new installation works that explore themes of male identity, social digitisation and contemporary cultural uncertainty. Packed with paradox and contradiction, Richardson’s works combine digital sophistication with an absurd, deadpan humour, drawing together elements of sculpture, performance and collaborative practice. The exhibition runs until 30 April.