This December Devon is putting on one hell of a show with regards to events! There is something for simply everyone, whether you’re a foodie, theatre lover or looking for a Christmas-themed day out for the kids. Take a look and get involved!
Food and drink
Festive Plant-Based Cooking Workshop and Lunch @ Kingsbridge, 9th of December
Learn how to create a delicious plant-based, vegan festive feast for yourself and your loved ones! We’ll be making a starter, main and dessert that will be guaranteed to add some sparkle to your Christmas dinner table. There’ll certainly not be any boring nut roasts and bland gravy on our table!
Suitable for beginners or experienced cooks, and ideal for anyone with an interest in plant-based, vegan food – whether you are vegan yourself or just curious to cook and eat more delicious plant-based meals.
Christmas Day Lunch at The Carlton @ Ilfracombe, 25th of December
Why not head out and have a Christmas Day lunch at The Carlton, Ilfracombe, North Devon. It is a seven course lunch of traditional festive fayre. Reservations can be made from 1pm to 3pm, and is always open to non-residents. Call 01271 862446 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make your booking/further information.
Christmas Baroque with Exeter Bach Society @ Southernhay United Reformed Church, 2nd Decemeber
Exeter Bach Society, led by Musical Director, Jonathan Lucas Wood, perform this special concert which has something to delight and inspire everyone as we approach Christmas. A feast of baroque favourites from Vivaldi’s uplifting “Gloria” to Corelli’s beautiful “Christmas Concerto” is featured, interspersed with familiar Christmas carols from John Rutter in their orchestral arrangements.
The concert will also feature excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s “Brandeburg Concerto No. 2” played by professional trumpeter Will Palmer, and Morten Lauridsen’s timeless a capella motet “O Magnum Mysterium”.
Boyzlife @ Exeter Phoenix, 13th December
Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy, a part of the multi-platinum, record breaking bands, Westlife and Boyzone, have joined forces to create Boyzlife.
Both Keith and Brian came from Louis Walsh’s stable of discoveries back in the 90’s and have become Irish National treasures. With International success, Boyzone topped the charts for 7 years at their peak, with Hits like When The Going Gets Tough, No Matter What, Father & Son & Wordsand a reunion in 2007 that sees the band still touring today. Westlife had no less than 13 number 1 singles and a further 9 top 5 singles with the hits Uptown Girl, I Have a Dream, Flying Without Wings and the massive You Raise Me Up. Looking sleek and handsome, with their Irish wit and sparkle, fans are in for a treat of intimate gigs full of festive spirits, sing along favourites and probably a few Xmas jumpers!
Lantern Parade and Christmas Street Fayre @ Newton Abbot, 13th December
Get yourself to Newton Abbot for the Lantern parade and Christmas Street Fayre, with participating local primary schools processing with their hand made lanterns. There will also be market stall and a variety of entertainment.
12 Days of Christmas @ Cygnet Theatre, Exeter, 2nd of December
Distraction Theatre Company will be bringing their sparkling festive spirit to Exeter this Christmas, in the form of their high-energy show, The Twelve Days of Christmas, as an exciting alternative to the traditional pantomime. The show follows Miss Elizabeth Fairfax and her rather unusual Christmas of 1895. Mr Edward Fitzwilliam is in love with Miss Fairfax, but since she is a “most charming and dear creature; no ordinary wooing will do.”
Watch in delight as Miss Fairfax tries to cope with a few ‘extraordinary’ presents and the most ridiculous 12 days of her life!
Faulty Towers; The Dining Experience @ Exeter Northcott, 11th and 12th of December
This globetrotting and truly quite legendary Australian show continues to tour the world – and is back in Exeter by popular demand!
Waited upon by Basil, Sybil and Manuel, this is fully immersive, highly improvised and site-specific comedy theatre at its best. Only one third of the show is scripted, so anything can happen as you take a seat in the ‘Faulty Towers’ restaurant… Expect all the best gags, shambolic service and a ‘70s style 3-course meal in ‘a hilarious battle of wits, patience, fire extinguishers and fine food’ (Australian Traveller magazine, Sydney Opera House). Just don’t mention the war!
Christmas at the Model Village @ Babbacombe Model Village, Torquay, 16th of December
Enjoy a visit to the Model Village with some miniature Christmas scenes, ‘Alpine’ Skiing for young kids, a Christmas character hunt and more! Make sure you keep an eye out for our roaming panto characters as well.