What's on in and around Exeter this weekend

Stuck for something to do this weekend? Here's a selection of events happening in and around Exeter on Saturday and Sunday (19-20 January).


From Devon with Love Festival: Parapet Theatre: Contractions

Saturday, 7.30pm, Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Using stylised movement, Parapet Theatre seeks to unearth the reality in this story by juxtaposing the painfully banal with the absurdly physical to compliment the realism of Mike Barrlett's script. 'Contractions' marks the first show for the company. Touchingly poignant, yet frightening real, this is a piece that will leave you with questions to ask long after you leave the theatre. Tickets: £7, £5 conc. http://www.bikeshedtheatre.co.uk/


LOL Festival: Peacock and Gamble: Don’t Even Want to Be On Telly Anyway

Sunday, 8pm, Exeter Phoenix

A show full of fun, idiocy and handsomeness from the 2011 and 2012 Chortle Comedy Award nominees. Tickets: £10, 01392 667080 www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

The LOL Exeter Comedy Festival runs until 10 February.


MERGE 6 Touch - contemporary dance

Friday & Saturday, 7.30pm, New Theatre, Exeter

Merge returns to Exeter with new, refreshing, inspiring and powerful contemporary dance.

A talented group of artists from the South West have been choreographing a mixed bill exploring ‘Touch’ and its many manifestations. Join them breath taking evening of high quality Dance. Tickets £10/£8, 01392 277189/665885. www.cygnetnewtheatre.com



Saturday & Sunday, 3pm, Northcott Theatre, Exeter

"I wish I could catch a star. A star would shine forever..." A long time ago and very far away, Miki, Polar Bear and Penguin live in a place where nothing ever grows. One midwinter eve, they make a wish and Miki embarks on a magical adventure... in search of a star. Featuring amazing underwater creatures, songs to sing along to and extraordinary puppetry, Miki is an inspiring story about friendship, courage and adventure. Tickets: £10, family ticket: £24, suitable for children aged 3+ 01392 493493. http://www.exeternorthcott.co.uk/


Live music

Saturday: Exeter’s 70s glam rock tribute group Diamondogz are on stage at The General Buller, Cowick Street, Exeter at 9.30pm; School Daze are playing The Prospect Inn, Exeter Quay at 9pm; four-piece rock band RocketBox will be at The Bowling Green, Blackboy Road, Exeter at 9.30pm and Roll the Dice are at The Famous Old Barrel in Exmouth at 9pm.

Sunday: Acoustic/folk music with The Sidewalk Anthem at Cafe at A36, Cowick Street, Exeter, 11.30am-1.30pm; The BobKatZ play at The Bank in Exmouth, 3pm - 5.30pm; BarraCoodas are at The First & Last in Exmouth at 6pm.



Petal Power Exhibition

Until 10 March, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

Petal Power features the work of women employed by the Silver Studio of Design in London between 1910 and 1940. The hand drawn and painted textile designs produced by the Studio’s women designers map the floral trends of the inter war period in England when floral dresses were stylish, fashionable and affordable. The Silver Studio was one of the most influential design studios in the UK from its formation in 1880 until the middle of the twentieth century, designing fabrics, wallpapers, carpets and metalwork for companies such as Liberty’s, Sanderson and Warner. http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/exhibitions



Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve Open Day

Saturday, 10am-3pm

Discover the wealth of birdlife wintering on the Exe Estuary at Devon Wildlife Trust’s Dawlish Warren nature reserve. Brush up on your ID skills with our staff and use the binoculars in the hide. For more information call 01392 279244 or visit http://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/


The Devoncourt Wedding Fair: 19 January

Saturday, 11am-4pm, The Devoncourt Hotel, Douglas Avenue, Exmouth

If you are planning a wedding then the The Devoncourt Wedding Fair could be the place to find inspiration. There will be a wide range of exhibitors, canapes, treats, a free prize draw and a parade of dresses at 2pm. Admission is free. Visit www.brasserie16.co.uk or call 01395 270222 for more information.


Children's Saturday Morning Cricket Coaching, 10 week course

Saturday, 9am, University of Exeter Sports Park

Children’s Cricket Coaching is the perfect way for children aged 7-10 years to get into this sport. Sessions will be run by experienced and highly qualified cricket coaches in the indoor Sir Christopher Ondaatje Devon Cricket Centre on Streatham Campus. No experience or equipment are required. The 10 week programme of Saturday morning sessions runs from 19 January-23 March and costs £100. For more information or to book a place contact the University of Exeter Sports Park reception on 01392 724452 or coach Adam Peters on 01392 725069.


Exmouth RNLI puts Six on Saddles for SOS day

Sunday, 10.30am, Dawlish Football Club to Exmouth Lifeboat Station

Six volunteers from Exmouth RNLI lifeboat crew are cycling in full kit from Dawlish to Exmouth to raise money towards the launch and recovery equipment needed for their Shannon lifeboat, expected by early 2014.

SOS Day is all about having fun and raising funds. The team will be setting off from Dawlish football club at 10.30am and calling at Starcross Fishing and Cruising Club, Topsham, Lympstone and Exmouth sailing clubs en route, to arrive at Exmouth lifeboat station at approximately 3.15pm. On the day, the volunteers will be stopping for lunch at Darts Farm where Sea Safety Officer Peter Williams will be offering advice and a lifejacket clinic. There will be light refreshments available for all at the boathouse from 3pm. Exmouth Shanty Men are supporting the event by singing lustily between 4pm and 4.30pm at the boathouse. ome along and 'Sing Our Shanties' for SOS Day!

If you would like to sponsor the volunteers you can donate online at: www.virginmoneygiving.com/sixonsaddles or at any of the rest points listed.


Exeter Festival of Winter Ales at the Park

Friday & Saturday, 11am-11pm, St James Park, Exeter

After the roaring success of last year’s event, the Exeter & East Devon branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) are once again hosting their Festival of Winter Ales at St James Park this weekend.

The 24th edition of the festival is taking place on the evenings of Friday 18th and Saturday 19th January, open from 11am–11pm on both days. Admission is £2, or CAMRA members can enter for free. Students can also enter for free with a valid NUS after 5pm on Saturday. There will also be about 12 ciders, perries and ginger beer on offer. For more information, contact Ray Dwan on 01395 223212 or email secretary@exetercamra.org.uk