Vibraphonic Festival is back

Event Date: 
08/03/2013 - 7:00pm to 23/03/2013 - 7:00pm

Vibraphonic returns to Exeter to celebrate all things diverse and progressive in reggae, jazz, hip hop, dub step, soul, funk, blues, drum 'n' bass, electronica and urban music.

This year’s line-up includes dub Mafia, Roller Trio & Get the Blessing, Tommy Emmanuel & Martin Taylor, Get Rich Quick, Culture and Ska Cubano, with many more artists performing.

The Festival runs from Friday 8 March until Saturday 23 March. Click here to see the full programme.

Call for volunteers to take part in Superhero Skydive

Skydive UK and Age UK Exeter are putting on a Superhero Skydive and we need your help. We are looking for 10 volunteers to tandem jump from 15,000ft to raise vital funds. You can jump for free if you raise £395 in sponsorship and you will also get a DVD of your skydive at half the normal cost. The Superhero Skydive takes place on 15 July and 17 July at a venue to be confirmed. For more information please call 01404 890222.

Sandy Park named on long list for Rugby World Cup 2015

England Rugby 2015, Organising Committee for Rugby World Cup 2015, have today confirmed that Sandy Park, home of Premiership Rugby side Exeter Chiefs, has been added to the long list of match venues for Rugby World Cup 2015. The Devon venue has been identified as one of a number of potential hosting sites by competition organisers, who are keen to ensure the four-yearly tournament utilises venues all over the country. Sandy Park, which was built in 2006 at a cost of £15 million, meets all of the Rugby World Cup 2015 minimum standards criteria, including playing facilities, pitch size,...

Fern Fever: The Story of Pteridomania

Event Date: 
20/03/2013 - 1:00pm
Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), Queen Street, Exeter

In the 19th century fern madness swept through Britain and Devon was at the centre of the craze. Sarah Whittingham will tell the story of pteridomania from tales of fern forays to the invention of the Wardian case; the creation of verdant ferneries to the ferns in the decorative arts. In partnership with Devon Gardens Trust.

Tickets: £4.50 (£3), available in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858 during opening hours.


Exeter Bach Society Choir and Orchestra present St Matthew Passion

Event Date: 
16/03/2013 - 7:00pm
The Mint Methodist Church, Fore Street, Exeter

One of Bach's two surviving passions, the St Matthew features two four-part choirs, several soloists and full orchestra.

Widely regarded as Bach's greatest work, the music of the Passion encompasses emotional extremes, the shouting of the mob for Jesus' crucifixion closely followed by Peter's quiet despair at his own betrayal. The work in its entirety runs to over three hours: a shortened version, in the original German, will be performed here.

Richard Rowntree - Evangelist, Julian Rippon - Christus; featuring soloists from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama,...

Day of Literature and Art at RAMM

Event Date: 
16/03/2013 - 10:30am
Meeting Room A, Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), Queen Street, Exeter

Celebrate literature and art with a day of live storytelling, poetry, folklore and talks.

A display will show books by Devon authors and literature set in Devon, including illustrations, fine bindings and pop-up books. Bring a camera and take part in activities for all ages including mosaic-making. Sam Smiles, Emeritus Professor of Art History at Plymouth University, will give a talk on Devon’s painters. Simon Hall, BBC Correspondent and writer of detective novels will talk on Reporting Crime, Writing Crime. John Madin, RAMM’s Curator of Fine Art, will lead tours of the art gallery...

Get fit and learn to Nordic walk at Killerton

Event Date: 
09/03/2013 - 12:00pm
Killerton parkland, Broadclyst

Nordic walking burns up to 40% more calories than ordinary walking. Join qualified Nordic walking instructor Fiona Swan for the two-part Nordic Walking UK training course on Saturday 9 March from noon-2pm.

Suitable for people aged 16-plus of all fitness levels, walking poles will be provided. To book your place call 07531 729383. Entrance into Killerton grounds is included in the price of this course.

Handmade Arcade: Exeter’s regular Indie Art and Makers Fair

Event Date: 
02/03/2013 - 10:00am
McCoys Arcade, Fore Street, Exeter

McCoys Arcade on Exeter’s Fore Street is transformed into a cave of treasure onthe first Saturday of every month. As locally grown artists and makers descend upon the Arcade with their beautiful and unique creations, local music will fill the air and workshops from surrounding traders will inspire you to use your hands.

Handmade Arcade is an alternative kind of craft fair, a home of independent art, a celebration of culture outside of the mainstream, and a place to find amongst other things a handpicked selection of contemporary crafts, screen-printed material, illustrations and...

Ice Age Beasts at RAMM - free family drop-in

Event Date: 
09/03/2013 - 10:00am
Courtyard and Down to Earth Gallery, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

Mammoths, hippopotamuses and sabre-toothed cats in Devon? It must be the Ice Age.

Experts from RAMM spill the beans on Ice Age beasts in this fun activity session for families. Make mammoths and touch real Ice Age fossils and archaeology.

Free drop in, 10.30am-3.30pm.


Peter Puma Hedland, Sweden's nyckelharpa master

Event Date: 
22/03/2013 - 7:30pm
New Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter

Devon’s folk arts organisation Wren Music presents a rare chance to experience Sweden’s leading player of the modern chromatic nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle).

He earned the designation Riksspelman – Fiddler of the Realm – while still in his teens, and has been World Champion twice.

In 2010 he was presented Sweden’s most prestigious award recognizing distinction and excellence in folk music, the Zorn Gold Medal, “For masterful and brilliant nyckelharpa playing firmly rooted in tradition”. Peter’s technique is unsurpassed.

His exceedingly precise playing is characterized...