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What's On in and around Exeter this weekend - Dec 7-9

By Sarah_Elliott  |  Posted: December 07, 2012

The 10th Crediton Christmas Tree Festival takes place this weekend

The 10th Crediton Christmas Tree Festival takes place this weekend

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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 DECEMBER 7th

Crediton Parish Church, Church Lane: 10th Crediton Christmas Tree Festival - Crediton, the birth place of St Boniface, who according to legend invented the Christmas Tree, stages its tenth Christmas Tree Festival at Crediton Parish Church in early December. Over seventy decorated and illuminated Christmas Trees, from six to twenty feet in height, and all decked out in many imaginatives ways by local charities, children's groups and organisations will fill the church providing a spectacular display especialy as the natural light fades during the afternoons. Stalls, exhibition by Crediton Photography Club, refreshments, church tours. This is a community event suitable for all ages. This is a major fund raising event towards the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of this largely 15th century Grade 1 listed building. 11-6pm.

Killerton House, Broadclyst: Harp Concert with Elizabeth Jane Baldry - Come and immerse yourself in harp music in Killerton’s music room. Featuring harpist Elizabeth Jane Baldry. Enjoy a magical evening of moving and beautiful music, followed by a delicious 3-couse meal served to your table in the Killerton Kitchen restaurant. £29, booking essential on 01392 881345. 7-10pm.

Cygnet New Theatre, Friar's Gate, Exeter: Christmas in Venice - II Campiello by Carlo Goldoni. A Venetian Love Story. Carlo Goldoni’s comic gem present by the Cygnet Company and Director Richard Digby Day. Far from St Mark’s Square and the Gran Turismo is the Venice that venetians live in - this is where the greatest Italian dramatist, Carlo Goldoni, sets this charming and observant comedy of love and everyday life. Join us in this bustling Venetian square at Christmas time! Cygnet Company is thrilled to welcome Richard Digby Day on his return to the New Theatre. 7.30-10pm. Ticket prices vary.

Donkey Santuary, Sidmouth: Candlelight Evening - The venue will be celebrating their annual candelight evening and carol service from 5pm. Staff will being to light the thousands of candles around the Sanctuary from 4pm with the 45 minute Christmas Carol Service commencing an hour later in the Main Barn opposite the Visitors' Centre. Due to the popularity of this event, parking is limited and The Donkey Sanctuary recommends that visitors make use of public transport. 4-8pm.

Exeter Barnfield Theatre, Clifford Road, Exeter: Voiceworx - Three Devon vocal groups come together this December at The Barnfield Theatre for an evening of festive fun and great music. The 120-strong VoiceWorx Community Choir will be performing a rich variety of songs from pop and rock to classical favourites in celebration of their 5th Birthday! They combine with BLAZE! - the North Devon Youth Vocal Sensation and VoiCez from Cullompton Community College to create a fantastic evening of energetic and seasonal music, directed by Alan Boxer. 7.30-10pm.

The King's School, Ottery St Mary: PTFA Christmas Fayre. 7-9pm in the School Main Hall.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 8th

Exeter Barnfield Theatre, Clifford Road, Exeter: A Christmas Fair - A special seasonal indoor event. Lots of vintage goodies, homecrafted, antique and upcycled unique one off collectables. 25 stalls of gifts and lovely things. Free entry. 11am-4pm.

Crediton Parish Church, Church Lane: 10th Crediton Christmas Tree Festival - Crediton, the birth place of St Boniface, who according to legend invented the Christmas Tree, stages its tenth Christmas Tree Festival at Crediton Parish Church in early December. Over seventy decorated and illuminated Christmas Trees, from six to twenty feet in height, and all decked out in many imaginatives ways by local charities, children's groups and organisations will fill the church providing a spectacular display especialy as the natural light fades during the afternoons. Stalls, exhibition by Crediton Photography Club, refreshments, church tours. There will be a concert on the Saturday evening at 7.30pm for which there will be small admission charge. This is a community event suitable for all ages. This is a major fund raising event towards the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of this largely 15th century Grade 1 listed building. 10.30-7pm.

Cygnet New Theatre, Friar's Gate, Exeter: Christmas in Venice - II Campiello by Carlo Goldoni. A Venetian Love Story. Carlo Goldoni’s comic gem present by the Cygnet Company and Director Richard Digby Day. Far from St Mark’s Square and the Gran Turismo is the Venice that venetians live in - this is where the greatest Italian dramatist, Carlo Goldoni, sets this charming and observant comedy of love and everyday life. Join us in this bustling Venetian square at Christmas time! Cygnet Company is thrilled to welcome Richard Digby Day on his return to the New Theatre. 7.30-10pm. Ticket prices vary.

Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place: Gravenhurst - A chance to hear a special European music event brought to Exeter as part of the IcMusic Project. Led by 8 current music organisations in France, Belgium and England, the IC Music project (International Cooperation Through Music) was validated by the INTERREG IVA 2 Seas programme in May 2011. Exeter Phoenix is one of its partner organisations. The main goal of the “IC Music” project is to construct a sustainable and long-lasting cross-border cooperation among professional “live” music actors from England, Belgium and France. 8.30-11pm. £12/£6 per ticket.

Mint Methodist Church, Fore Street, Exeter: Christmas Market - the market will offer plenty of stalls selling gifts and goodies and refreshments.

It is also hoped to launch the 200 year commemorative mugs at the market and all funds raised will go to paying off the church’s redevelopment debt.

As part of the celebrations next year BBC Radio 4 Any Questions will be broadcast from the church on Friday, April 12. The church will also be hosting  nationally-renowned guest preachers every Sunday between April 14 and May 12, and will be holding a Celebration in Flowers in mid June to bring the anniversary events to a colourful close. The Christmas market takes place from 10am to 2pm.

Westpoint, Clyst St Mary: South West Christmas Equine Fair - With its indoor arena and dedicated shopping village, the event is the perfect place to indulge in all things equestrian. Safe from the wintery weather you will be able to enjoy the fascinating arena demonstrations, over 150 equestrian retailers, spread throughout the main hall and annex, and the thousands of products and gifts to see, touch and buy. 9am-6pm. Admission prices vary.

Exeter Cathedral: Exeter Festival Chorus & Jacqui Dankworth - Christmas Jazz. An unusual concert of Christmas Jazz in the city's Cathedral with the highly regarded Exeter Festival Chorus, Andy Williamson and the Big Buzzard Boogie Band and reknowned jazz vocalist Jacqui Dankworth - daughter of the late jazz musician, arranger and composer Sir John Dankworth and his wife singer Dame Cleo Laine. 7.30-10pm. £22/£20 per ticket.

Exeter Cathedral Green: Exeter Christmas Market - Exeter Cathedral is delighted to announce that for the first time it will host a Christmas Market on Cathedral Green this year. The Market will run from Friday 23 November until Sunday 16 December: Mon - Wed, 10am - 8pm, Thurs - Sat, 10am - 9pm, Sun, 11am - 5pm. The market will open from 6pm until 10pm on the opening day (23 November). The Exeter Christmas Market will represent the best of what Britain, the South West and the rest of Europe has to offer – with a mix of great food, excellent crafts, unique gifts and decorations. The Market is run by Market Place Europe Limited.

Exeter Barnfield Theatre, Clifford Road, Exeter: Christmas Spectacular Concert - Festive fun at the Stan Hacking Band Christmas Spectacular Concerts at the Barnfield Theatre, Exeter. Woodwind and brass playing seasonal and other great music including film themes, musical favourites, swing, classical and miltary marches - as well as Christmas tune medleys. Formed approximately 25 years ago the band consists of about 60 members ranging from the age of 12 to the more mature. All the band's concerts help local and national charities. The band this Christmas is supporting the Exeter Leukaemia Fund and proceeds from these concerts will be donated to ELF. 7.30-10pm. £9 per ticket.

Exeter Phoenix Voodoo Lounge, Bradninch Place: The Woody Guthrie Show: Hard Times and Hard Travelin' - A captivating 'live documentary' that sets the songs of Woody Guthrie in the context of the American 1930s. A blending of music and radical politics that marks Guthrie's most powerful work. 8-10pm. £10 per ticket.

Killerton House, Broadclyst: Victorian Father Christmas - Meet an olden-day Father Christmas at Killerton, dressed in green as he was in Victorian times. Every child gets a gift. Tickets £3 per child. Normal admission to the house applies: adults £9.30, children £4.70, National Trust members free.

Cullompton Community Centre, Pye Corner: Force Cancer Charity Gift Sale - Come and support the local community and the local Cancer Charity Force at Coullompton Community Centre. Local Arts, Gifts and much more. Photography, Jewellery, Cards, Textile Arts, Paintings! Refreshements and Local made Cakes available. Stocking fillers Christmas presents perfect gifts for all the family and much more. Free Entry. Raffles, Prizes! 9.30-3pm.

St David's Church, Queen's Terrace, Exeter: Exeter Bach Society - Handel's Messiah. New Musical Director of the Exeter Bach Society conducts George Frederick Handel's much loved Messiah - with of course it's uplifting and iconic Hallelujah Chorus. The Exeter Bach Society choir and orchestra will perform for the first time under its new Musical Director, David Davies, who is Assistant Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral. 7.30-10pm. £12 per ticket / £6 students.

Crediton Town Square: Fayre in the Square - The town square, in Market Street, will have seasonal entertainment between 2pm and 5pm, including carols, mulled wine, street theatre and live music, which has been organised by volunteers from Crediton Arts Centre and Crediton Rural Arts and Music Project (CRAMP).

SUNDAY DECEMBER 9th

Exeter Barnfield Theatre, Clifford Road, Exeter: Christmas Spectacular Concert - Festive fun at the Stan Hacking Band Christmas Spectacular Concerts at the Barnfield Theatre, Exeter. Woodwind and brass playing seasonal and other great music including film themes, musical favourites, swing, classical and miltary marches - as well as Christmas tune medleys. Formed approximately 25 years ago the band consists of about 60 members ranging from the age of 12 to the more mature. All the band's concerts help local and national charities. The band this Christmas is supporting the Exeter Leukaemia Fund and proceeds from these concerts will be donated to ELF. 7.30-10pm. £9 per ticket.

Crediton Parish Church, Church Lane: 10th Crediton Christmas Tree Festival - Crediton, the birth place of St Boniface, who according to legend invented the Christmas Tree, stages its tenth Christmas Tree Festival at Crediton Parish Church in early December. Over seventy decorated and illuminated Christmas Trees, from six to twenty feet in height, and all decked out in many imaginatives ways by local charities, children's groups and organisations will fill the church providing a spectacular display especialy as the natural light fades during the afternoons. Stalls, exhibition by Crediton Photography Club, refreshments, church tours. This is a community event suitable for all ages. This is a major fund raising event towards the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of this largely 15th century Grade 1 listed building. 2-5pm.

St Peter's School, Quarry Lane, Exeter: Police and Community Choir and Sidmouth Town Band. From 3pm. Tickets £6, in aid of Hospiscare. Call 01392 688000 or available on the door.

Westpoint, Clyst St Mary: South West Christmas Equine Fair - With its indoor arena and dedicated shopping village, the event is the perfect place to indulge in all things equestrian. Safe from the wintery weather you will be able to enjoy the fascinating arena demonstrations, over 150 equestrian retailers, spread throughout the main hall and annex, and the thousands of products and gifts to see, touch and buy. 9am-5pm. Admission prices vary.

West Exe Technology College, Hatherleigh Road, Exeter: Exeter's Family Christmas Shopping Fayre - A warm welcome from MK Events and our carol singers awaits you at West Exe Technology College, Exeter for what is set to be a fantastic family day out! Adults can enjoy a mince pie and mulled wine while browsing our 50 stalls jam packed with quality affordable gifts, crafts and produce from across Devon. While children will be amazed by our traditional Santa’s grotto where they can meet Santa and his elves before receiving there special gift! 10am-4pm.

Exeter Cathedral: Hospiscare Tree of Light Service 5pm - 6pm. The Book of Memories will be on display from 4pm. Dedicate a light and remember a loved one this Christmas. The Tree of Light will be shining with lights in dedication on the Cathedral Green in Exeter until 6th January. It will be lit every evening at dusk. If you wish to have a name remembered in our Book of Memories and dedicate a light on the Tree outside the Cathedral, please call 01392 688020.

Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road: The Guild of Cheesemakers - A theatrical evening with a difference! A Cheese and wine tasting that questions the future of humanity. The Guild of Cheesemakers would like to invite you to their Annual Tasting. Guest cheese producers and wine experts will introduce you to a selection of artisan cheeses, wines and breads until the mystery of a supernatural cheese is uncovered. The captivating 198th cheese in The Book of Curds leads you to question the essence of life and make a collective decision that could alter humanity forever. The ticket charge will nclude the cost of the cheese, wine and bread. Limited capacity. Early booking advised. 7.30-9.30pm. £25 per ticket.

Ray Heard Train & Toy Fairs

10am - 3.30pm

Newton Abbot RaceCourse, TQ12 3AF

Admission £2 on door.

For further details please contact Ray Heard on

01823 480097 or

e-mail rayheard66@btinternet.com

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