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What's On in Exeter this weekend

By Sarah_Elliott  |  Posted: May 17, 2012

The Devon County Show is on at Westpoint from Thursday May 17-19th

The Devon County Show is on at Westpoint from Thursday May 17-19th

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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 18th

Westpoint Arena, Exeter: Devon County Show. The largest event in the county calendar and is the perfect place to enjoy a virtual tour of rural life. Thanks to top quality local ingredients - magnificent livestock, bountiful food and drink, a glorious flower and garden marquee and great side dishes of family entertainment - the perfect recipe for a great day out! 9am-5pm. Ticket prices vary.

RAMM: Show of Hands - Live music from folk icons and triple BBC Folk Awards winner Show of Hands mark their 20 year career in 2012 with gigs at the Royal Albert Hall in London and Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter. A RAMM Development Trust fundraising event (Charity No 1038570). 7pm, £18 (£16).

Honiton Music Festival: Honiton Festival presents at Bearnes, Hampton and Littlewood Auction Rooms, Dowell Street Honiton, reception and antiques sales preview at 6pm, followed by a presentation by Lars Tharp at 7pm. He will be presenting 'The Dragon in the Punch Bowl'. Ticket prices £10.

Exeter Northcott: Much Ado About Wenlock - Vamos Theatre in association with the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham present a theatrical tale of Olympian feats..it's a winner! 7.30pm-9.30pm. £12.50 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.

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.

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.

Saturday May 19th

Westpoint Arena, Exeter: Devon County Show. The largest event in the county calendar and is the perfect place to enjoy a virtual tour of rural life. Thanks to top quality local ingredients - magnificent livestock, bountiful food and drink, a glorious flower and garden marquee and great side dishes of family entertainment - the perfect recipe for a great day out! 9am-5pm. Ticket prices vary.

Exeter Cathedral: Counterpoint: The Annual Counterpoint Bursary Fund concert for Girl and Boy Choristers. The concert includes the first South-West performance of Sanctus by Ola Gjeilo. The evening programme will feature: Requiem – Mozart, Lux Aeterna – Lauridsen, Sanctus – Ola Gjeilo with David Davies (organ). 7.30-10pm. £10 per ticket.

Exeter Northcott: Much Ado About Wenlock - Vamos Theatre in association with the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham present a theatrical tale of Olympian feats..it's a winner! 7.30pm-9.30pm. £12.50 per ticket.

RAMM: James Ravilious: Reflecting the Rural - Seeing James Ravilious captivating photographs of North Devon is an unmissable experience. The Beaford Archive originally commissioned them as a photographic record of life in a largely unspoilt, but vulnerable, country area. The result is the most intensive record of any rural area in England. But it is more than that. James pictures are composed with the eye of an artist. Above all, they are warmed by his affection and admiration for the people whose lives he recorded. His pictures reveal real life as it was being lived in late 20th century rural England when the country traditions that have been handed down for hundreds, if not thousands, of years were still part of everyday existence. Free.

Exeter Quayside: Morris Day of Dance - Raddon Hill Clog Morris based at Ide, Exeter are celebrating their 20th Anniversary. They have invited 11 other Morris Dance sides to join them in their Celebration with dancing and music on the banks of the River Exe at the Piazza Terracina and the Quayside from 2.00pm – 4.30pm. Free.

Honiton Music Festival: Honiton Festival presents Melvyn Tan - Piano. at St. Paul's Church. 7.30pm.

Donkey Sanctuary: Car Boot Sale - to raise funds for the EST Sidmouth Centre.Refreshments will be available. Kindly organised by the Parents and Friends Association (PFA). £5 per car, £7 for vans/trailers for sellers. Booking essential for sellers. Free entry for buyers.

The Congretional Church,

Beer: An Afternoon of Musical Variety - Back by popular demand - Tim Butterworth - with his lively and bouncy style at the Beer Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ. Marches, Songs from the Shows, Popular Music and Songs from Bygone Days, Light Classics, and much much more.

Tickets £6.00 on the door (includes interval refreshments) Under 16's FREE. In aid of the Beer Wurlitzer Refurbishment Fund (England’s Oldest Wurlitzer theatre organ).

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.

Tribal Belly Dance classes. Exe Valley Leisure Centre, Tiverton, 10.30am - 11.30am. Call Kelley 01398 331143 or info at www.kalash-tribal.com

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.

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

Sunday May 20th

Exeter's Welcoming the Torch Fun Day: The city welcomes the arrival of the Olympic Torch Relay by putting on a massive event combining free sports and arts activities from12 noon until late afternoon. The day culminates in the arrival of the Olympic Torch during the spectacular Evening Community Celebration on Cathedral Green produced by London 2012 and its presenting partners Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung and hosted by Exeter City Council. The event will feature local music from acts like Show of Hands and also a performance from Labrinth. 12pm-9pm. The Olympic Torch leaves the Historic Quayside at approximately 7.30am on Monday 21 May to travel along Alphington Road and out of the city.

Exeter Northcott: Much Ado About Wenlock - Vamos Theatre in association with the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham present a theatrical tale of Olympian feats..it's a winner! 7.30pm-9.30pm. £12.50 per ticket.

Exeter Phoenix: Olympic Open Day - a range of regular classes & one off workshops in a fun packed FREE day. 1pm-6pm.

RAMM: James Ravilious: Reflecting the Rural - Seeing James Ravilious captivating photographs of North Devon is an unmissable experience. The Beaford Archive originally commissioned them as a photographic record of life in a largely unspoilt, but vulnerable, country area. The result is the most intensive record of any rural area in England. But it is more than that. James pictures are composed with the eye of an artist. Above all, they are warmed by his affection and admiration for the people whose lives he recorded. His pictures reveal real life as it was being lived in late 20th century rural England when the country traditions that have been handed down for hundreds, if not thousands, of years were still part of everyday existence. Free.

Poltimore House: May Bug Hunt with local bug and insect expert, Nigel Pinhorn. 2pm-4pm. £4 per ticket. Also the historic house grounds will be open from 12-4pm. Free entry.

Exeter Northcott: There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly: The People’s Theatre Company bring one of the world’s best loved nursery rhymes to life for the very first time. 3pm-4pm. £10 per ticket or £24 per family.

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.

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.

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.