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What's On in Exeter this bank holiday weekend

By Sarah_Elliott  |  Posted: May 03, 2012

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The annual Great West Run takes place on the streets of Exeter on Sunday

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Stuck for ideas of what to do this weekend? Need inspiration? Find out what’s on in Exeter, Mid Devon and the surrounding area this weekend…

FRIDAY May 4th

Exeter University Farmer's Market: Exeter University's monthly Farmers' Market boasts an array of yummy food from sensational seasonal vegetables to tasty treats. All the produce is grown by local farms, many of which are close to Exeter. Some of the produce is organic. Amongst the varied offerings are vegetables, fruit, fresh olives, juices and cakes. The market will take place monthly throughout term time on the new Great Hall Piazza

Exeter Guildhall - 70th Anniversary Exeter Blitz Exhibition. Free entry. The display will show a number of original art works, most of which were drawn or painted in May 1942. These have been loaned from the collections of the Imperial War Museum, the Devon Record Office, Exeter Cathedral and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. This will be the first time that some of these paintings have been on show in the city. Original photographs will also be used.

Red Coat Tours: This year commemorates the 70th anniversary of the air raids over Exeter. Discover how Exeter was affected and how this event shaped the city we see today on a special free tour with Exeter's Red Coat Guides.Tours at 10.30am and 3pm. Interested customers are asked to assemble by the main Red Coat Guided Tours notice board off the Royal Clarence Hotel in the Cathedral Close. The tour will finish in Northernhay Gardens - the oldest public gardens in the country - located just behind the main high street in the city centre.

Exeter Barnfield - Clarie Teal, Jazz singer: From presenting her weekly Radio 2 shows, to supporting Liza Minelli, to performing at the BBC Proms, Clare Teal can do it all – which is how her concerts can cover such a huge spectrum of sounds and genres so wonderfully. 7.30pm-10pm. £17 per ticket.

RAMM: Exeter's Fine Art Collection: This new display of RAMM’s own art collection includes some of the museum’s most famous paintings alongside important new acquisitions never before seen in Exeter. From 18th-century portraits, Devon and Exeter landscapes to modern abstract works, there is a rich variety on view. Free.

Tiverton, various locations: Tivvyfest 2012: Tivvyfest is Tiverton’s Community Festival and brings together many local organisations in a month-long celebration of music, comedy, film, and more. On until May 31st.

2nd Tiverton Scouts meet 7.30pm-9pm, ages 10-and-a-half to 14, please contact 07736 362044.

Tai Chi for senior citizens, Rowe’s Orchard, Willand, 2pm-3.15pm. Call 01398 332104.

Tiverton Pannier market, general market 8.30am-4pm.

Tiverton Amateur Operatic Society rehearsals, War Memorial Hall, 7.30pm, 01884 253672 for info.

BNI morning meeting, Tiverton Hotel, 7am, 08700 550798.

Crediton Photography Club, 7.30pm, Masonic Hall, Union Road.

Calverleigh Village Hall, Exe Valley, Churches Fish Club for 5-11 year- olds, during term time. After school until 5.15pm.

Culm Valley Leisure Centre, Tai Chi class, 10.45am-12.15pm. 01398 332104.

Pilates Class, Willand Youth Club, 9.15am-10.15am for adults of all ages and abilities. Call Sally on 01884 829249.

Bingo at Uffculme Bowling Club, Highland Terrace, 7.30pm.

Karaoke, Queen’s Head, Castle St, Tiverton, 8.30-11pm.

Badminton Club, Tiverton High School Sports Hall, 7pm - 9pm, All ages and abilities welcome, tel 01398 331359

The Weary Traveller, Cullompton, karaoke, 9pm-1am.

RAMM: International Garden Photographer of the Year, the world’s premier competition and exhibition specialising in garden, plant, flower and botanical photography.10am-5pm, free entry. Exhibition showing until June 10th.

Pecorama, Beer, Seaton: Spring Arts Week: The Seaton and District Art Society and local artists will be showing a variety of paintings and sculptures of a high standard in the Station Gallery. Works will be on sale at affordable prices. 10am-4pm.

Saturday May 5th

The Hub on the Green, Cathedral Close: Monthly Cake & Craft Fair. A fabulous opportunity to browse, meet and buy from local crafters, relax with tea and delicious homemade cakes and try the making table. This month Sparkly Sonia will be making beautiful sparkling magic wands with any keen crafters who come along. 10.30am-4.30pm. Free.

Exeter Northcott: Theatre Open Weekend and Family Fun Day. If you have ever wanted to explore behind the scenes of a theatre to see the stage from the wings or lighting box, poke around the dressing rooms and hear some of the trakes from the people who work at the Northcott - then this is the event for you.

RAMM: International Garden Photographer of the Year, the world’s premier competition and exhibition specialising in garden, plant, flower and botanical photography.10am-5pm, free entry. Exhibition showing until June 10th.

Tiverton, various locations: Tivvyfest 2012: Tivvyfest is Tiverton’s Community Festival and brings together many local organisations in a month-long celebration of music, comedy, film, and more. On until May 31st.

Exmouth Beer Festival - One hundred real ales and 20 ciders will be available. Tickets for the event at Exmouth Rugby Club and organised by the Grapevine pub, are £5. 12pm-8pm.

Exeter Guildhall - 70th Anniversary Exeter Blitz Exhibition. Free entry. The display will show a number of original art works, most of which were drawn or painted in May 1942. These have been loaned from the collections of the Imperial War Museum, the Devon Record Office, Exeter Cathedral and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. This will be the first time that some of these paintings have been on show in the city. Original photographs will also be used.

Red Coat Tours: This year commemorates the 70th anniversary of the air raids over Exeter. Discover how Exeter was affected and how this event shaped the city we see today on a special free tour with Exeter's Red Coat Guides.Tours at 10.30am and 3pm. Interested customers are asked to assemble by the main Red Coat Guided Tours notice board off the Royal Clarence Hotel in the Cathedral Close. The tour will finish in Northernhay Gardens - the oldest public gardens in the country - located just behind the main high street in the city centre.

Tiverton Pannier market, general market 8.30am-3pm.

Tiverton, under-5s story, Ottakars, 11am, 01884 242511.

Tiveton Rowing Club, rowing sessions at Petroc, 9.30am. More info on club website www.tivertonrowingclub.org.

Pecorama, Beer, Seaton: Spring Arts Week: The Seaton and District Art Society and local artists will be showing a variety of paintings and sculptures of a high standard in the Station Gallery. Works will be on sale at affordable prices. 10am-4pm.

Sunday May 6th

The Great West Run, sponsored by Follet Stock: This proud Exeter event is going strong and now in its 28th year! The Half Marathon will again start and finish at Exeter Arena, Athletics Stadium and follow a two lap course taking in Exeter City Centre. Fear not, there will be no shortage of support with spectators offering encouragement all around the course. 9am-1pm.

Exeter Northcott: Theatre Open Weekend and Family Fun Day. If you have ever wanted to explore behind the scenes of a theatre to see the stage from the wings or lighting box, poke around the dressing rooms and hear some of the trakes from the people who work at the Northcott - then this is the event for you.

The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth: Spring Craft Fair. 10am-4pm. £2 per ticket. Children under 12 free.

Tiverton, various locations: Tivvyfest 2012: Tivvyfest is Tiverton’s Community Festival and brings together many local organisations in a month-long celebration of music, comedy, film, and more. On until May 31st.

Exmouth Beer Festival - One hundred real ales and 20 ciders will be available. Tickets for the event at Exmouth Rugby Club and organised by the Grapevine pub, are £5. 12pm-8pm.

Exeter Guildhall - 70th Anniversary Exeter Blitz Exhibition. Free entry. The display will show a number of original art works, most of which were drawn or painted in May 1942. These have been loaned from the collections of the Imperial War Museum, the Devon Record Office, Exeter Cathedral and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. This will be the first time that some of these paintings have been on show in the city. Original photographs will also be used.

Red Coat Tours: This year commemorates the 70th anniversary of the air raids over Exeter. Discover how Exeter was affected and how this event shaped the city we see today on a special free tour with Exeter's Red Coat Guides.Tours at 10.30am and 3pm. Interested customers are asked to assemble by the main Red Coat Guided Tours notice board off the Royal Clarence Hotel in the Cathedral Close. The tour will finish in Northernhay Gardens - the oldest public gardens in the country - located just behind the main high street in the city centre.

Soccer Sixes, Exe Valley Leisure Centre, Tiverton, 2pm- 5pm. Call Steve Roach on 07717 112476 or www.soccersixes.net.

Cullompton, Padbrook Park karaoke with Big Mac, 7.30pm-11pm.

Halberton Petanque (Boules), 2pm. Telephone 01884 253173 for more details.

Bingo, Culm Valley Bowling Club, Cullompton, 7pm. Non members welcome.

Monday May 7th - Bank Holiday

Exeter Cathedral Chapter House Concerts: Free Informal Recital: Caerphilly Ladies' Choir. 1.15pm.

Exeter Guildhall - 70th Anniversary Exeter Blitz Exhibition. Free entry. The display will show a number of original art works, most of which were drawn or painted in May 1942. These have been loaned from the collections of the Imperial War Museum, the Devon Record Office, Exeter Cathedral and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. This will be the first time that some of these paintings have been on show in the city. Original photographs will also be used.

Red Coat Tours: This year commemorates the 70th anniversary of the air raids over Exeter. Discover how Exeter was affected and how this event shaped the city we see today on a special free tour with Exeter's Red Coat Guides.Tours at 10.30am and 3pm. Interested customers are asked to assemble by the main Red Coat Guided Tours notice board off the Royal Clarence Hotel in the Cathedral Close. The tour will finish in Northernhay Gardens - the oldest public gardens in the country - located just behind the main high street in the city centre.

Seaton Tramway Bank Holiday Monday Special: Driver’s Eye Experience available at Colyton Station. Ever thought you would like to be a tram driver? Now is your chance. Together with your driving instructor, drive one of the trams from Colyton Station to Colyford and return for only £20.00 per person which also includes a souvenir certificate. Guest passengers pay £5.00 per person. Contact 01297 20375

RAMM: International Garden Photographer of the Year, the world’s premier competition and exhibition specialising in garden, plant, flower and botanical photography.10am-5pm, free entry. Exhibition showing until June 10th.

RAMM: Exeter's Fine Art Collection: This new display of RAMM’s own art collection includes some of the museum’s most famous paintings alongside important new acquisitions never before seen in Exeter. From 18th-century portraits, Devon and Exeter landscapes to modern abstract works, there is a rich variety on view. Free.