This Weekend

Saturday 20th December

  • Music – Abba Mania – tribute show here hoping the winner really will take it all – Plymouth Pavilions, Millbay Road, Plymouth, PL1 3LF, 7:30pm, £25.25
  • Music – Secondnature – Totnes-based rock/pop covers four-piece – Millbridge Inn, 23 Molesworth Road, Plymouth, PL1 5LZ, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Rockafella – Plymouth four-piece promising storming rock tunes from the 90s through to the present day – The Live Lounge, 11 The Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2JL, 9:30pm, Free
  • Music – Joker – indie covers outfit, appearing here for their Christmas Party with Chat Snowden and Hopper Jonnus Fang – dBS Live, 9 Bath Street, Plymouth, PL1 3LT, 7:30pm, £10
  • Music – Ashes to Ashes – supposedly covering great music from the likes of Madness, Queen, Duran Duran and Tears for Fears with more dodgy hairdos than you can shake an eye liner pencil at – Kitty O’Hanlon’s, 5 St Andrews Street, Plymouth, PL1 2AH, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – The Vibes – five-piece high energy indie anthems band – The Brass Monkey, 12-14 Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 1DS, 9:00pm, £5
  • Music – The Diamond Geezers – six-piece Plymouth combo featuring vocalist Andy Whitfield whose set list covers numbers from such as the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan to The Cult and the Manic Street Preachers – The Mount Pleasant Hotel, Millbay Road, Plymouth, PL1 3LF, 9:15pm, Free
  • Music – v8 – hi powered three-piece playing uber energy covers both ancient and modern – Millbridge Inn, 23 Molesworth Road, Plymouth, PL1 5LZ, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Jessica & The Rabbits – South-West function seven-piece playing songs by the likes of Aretha, Tina, Dusty and Otis – Annabel’s Cabaret & Discotheque, 86/88 Vauxhall Street, The Barbican, Plymouth, PL4 0EY, 11:00pm, £5
  • Music – Blackbird – acoustic covers duo from Plymouth boasting a repertoire of more than 50 songs – Boomerang Sports Bar, 1 Mutley Plain, Plymouth, PL4 6JG, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Rusty Angels – playing everything from The Doors to Elvis to Metallica – Thistle Park Tavern, 32 Commercial Road, Plymouth, PL4 0LE, 9:30pm, Free
  • Music – xlr – Plymouth-based five-piece covering rock of all ages – The Lord Louis, Glen Road, Plympton, PL7 2DE, 9:30pm, Free
  • Music – The Dastardlys – indie-pop rockers from Plymouth playing mod and other covers from the 60’s onwards along with the occasional original – Colebrook Inn, Colebrook Road, Plympton, PL7 4AA, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Out To Grass – blue-grass boys and Plymouth’s answer to Hayseed Dixie promise bad-ass business – Mildmay Colours Inn, Fore Street, Holbeton, PL8 1NA, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Opium – self-proclaimed hi-energy covers duo incorporating rock and pop from the late 70's to the present day – Drakes Drum, 19 Radford Park Road, Plymstock, PL9 9DN, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Two Smooth – piano and voice duo of David Pepper and Jamie Lister covering the likes of Adele, Robbie Williams, Billy Joel, Elton John, Bonnie Rait, Eric Clapton and Tom Waits – The Ships Tavern, Arcadia Road, Elburton, Plymouth, PL9 8EG, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – The Flower Power Band – pop, soul, funk, disco, rock dance covers from the 60’s and 70’s – Sportsmans Inn, Exeter Road, Ivybridge, PL21 0BQ, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Crush – Plymouth duo of Kerry Harper on lead vocals and Nick Jones on guitar and backing vocals covering the likes of Lady Ga Ga, Bruno Mars, Rhianna, Michael Jackson, Ce Lo Green, Tina Turner, Fleetwood Mac and Katy Perry – The Exeter Inn, Church Street, Modbury, PL21 0QR, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Phil Lewis – solo playing rock/pop electric/acoustic covers – South Brent Conservative Club, Stockbridge Lane, South Brent, TQ10 9AA, 9:30pm, Free
  • Music – James Hollingsworth – much-touted Bristol-based guitarist and songwriter, who has been compared to Richard Thompson, Al Stewart and early Fleetwood Mac – The Albert Inn, 32 Bridgetown, Totnes, TQ9 5AD, 8:30pm, Free
  • Music – Extractor – 3-piece rock/blues band from Exmouth, formerly known as Snatchtractor, playing covers of songs by bands such as AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Stereophonics and Free, plus a few of their own – The Quay, 1-3 Fore Street, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1PG, 9:30pm, Free
  • Music – The Penguins – local four-piece together since 2006 offering a changing selection of well-known rock and blues covers together with a few originals – Creeks End Inn, Squares’ Quay, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1HN, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Alice Gullick – Plymouth teenager and former Plymstock School pupil who plays guitar and sings the blues – Bellini’s Bar, The Old Sorting Office, Hauley Road, Dartmouth, TQ6 9AA, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Sgt Pepper’s Only Dart Board Band – tomorrow never knows if a revolver should be put to the heads of yet another tribute show, but should you lend them your ears you may yet find out whether your bird can sing a Beatles tune or two – Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham, TQ5 8TA, 7:30pm, £12
  • Music – The Jefferson Archive – named not in honour of that particular white rabbit and those who built this city on rock ‘n roll but rather frontman Jefferson Tierney offering his take on numbers from Hendrix, Zeppelin, Cream and Rory Gallagher – Queens Arms, 31 Station Hill, Brixham, TQ5 8BN, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Solid Gold – South Devon glam rock covers band – Murphy’s Road House, 18 The Esplanade, Paignton, TQ4 6BD, 9:30pm, Free
  • Music – Society Rocks – five-piece high energy, high impact pop/rock covers band from Torbay – The Lime Tree, Dartmouth Road, Paignton, TQ4 5AA, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Rage – playing covers locally for nearly 20 years – The Spinning Wheel Inn, Paignton Seafront, Paignton, TQ4 6ED, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Switch – female fronted four-piece performing rock and pop from past to present – The Coach House, Church Street, Paignton, TQ3 3AH, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – To The Sun – Adam Isaac, Jay Tamkin, Celine Dos Santos and Joe Harris combine forces to play “uplifting pop/rock/indie/funk” – Offshore Bar and Restaurant, 13/14 Vaughan Parade, Torquay, TQ2 5EG, 9:30pm, Free
  • Music – Wired – allegedly energetic and popular Exmouth-based covers band led by Paul G Robinson – The Printer’s Elbow, 268 Union Street, Torquay, TQ2 5QU, 9:15pm, Free
  • Music – The Esplanades – those liking the music of the Kinks, the Small Faces, The Yardbirds, the Four Tops and the Beatles will, allegedly, love this band – DT’s, 73 Belgrave Road, Torquay, TQ2 5HZ, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – The Humanitarians – alternative rock originals mixed up with covers of The Clash, Al Wilson, Pulp, Dexys and Kraftwerk – Molloy’s, 20 Fore Street, St Marychurch, TQ1 4LY, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – The Sea Monkeys – Newton Abbot-based guitar, bass and drums three-piece covering 'good fun, sing along' pop covers – The John Bull, 68-70 Chatto Road, Torquay, TQ1 4HU, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Go Tell Alice – covers and original material from guitar/sax duo – The Buccaneer Inn, 43 Babbacombe Downs Road, Babbacombe, Torquay, TQ1 3LN, 8:30pm, Free
  • Music – Fab – Newton Abbot three-piece featuring Ged Scott covering songs first released between 1963 and 1967 – Torquay United Football Club, Plainmoor, Torquay, TQ1 3PS, 7:00pm, £3
  • Music – Firekind – rock three-piece from Newton Abbot boasting guitarist Jas Morris and known in a previous incarnation as Rude Tiger – Apple & Parrot, 17 The Strand, Torquay, TQ1 2AA, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Simon Gee – solo covering the likes of Metallica, Eagles, Killers and Bon Jovi – Anchorage Hotel, Aveland Road, Babbacombe, TQ1 3PT, 8:30pm, Free
  • Music – The Swamp Hogs – blues rock power trio – The Jolly Abbot, 16 East Street, Newton Abbot, TQ12 1AG, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Audius Maximus – four-piece rock covers band playing AC/DC, Muse, Queen, Journey, Foreigner, etc – The Union Inn, 6 East Street, Newton Abbot, TQ12 1AF, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Blue Angel – Plymouth-based 5-piece blues/rock band – Wolborough Inn, 55 Wolborough Street, Newton Abbot, TQ12 1JQ, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – OPhelia (Devon) – six-piece from Bude and Okehampton performing rock/pop/soul/indie covers and originals – The Bell Inn, 29 Fore Street, Kingsteignton, TQ12 3AX, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – The Lupridge Singers – adult mixed voice choir conducted by Christopher Fletcher, giving a Christmas concert to include Haydn, Pergolesi and a selection of Christmas carols and readings – St George’s Church, Church Lane, Modbury, PL21 0QN, 7:30pm, £10
  • Music – Brixham Town Band – musical director and flugel horn player Dave Phillips leads the long-established 24-member brass band in their Christmas Concert – Brixham Cricket Club, North Boundary Road, Brixham, TQ5 8LM, 8:00pm
  • Dance – Grimspound Border – Morris dancer team formed in 1994 who bill themselves as Dartmoor’s Darkest Secret, first inspired by an ancient hut circle on a western facing slope of the Moor, and who set out to dance with vigour and in an uncompromising "border" style that celebrates "maleness” – Courtney Street, Newton Abbot, TQ12 2DT, 11:00am till 2:00pm, Free
  • Theatre – Goldilocks & The Three Bears – Stuff and Nonsense return with a mix of puppetry, music and mischievous moments for everyone in the family aged two and above – Drum Theatre, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR, 11:00am & 3:00pm, £12.70
  • Theatre – What the Dickens? – comedy troupe Gonzo Moose with three actors playing over 20 roles in 80 minutes of quick costume changes and daft jokes – Drum Theatre, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR, 7:45pm, £14.70
  • Theatre – These Four Walls + A House to Match – a programme of two short plays created and performed by by the Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Lab Company – The Lab, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR, 8:00pm, £5
  • Panto – Sleeping Beauty – Wonder Productions with a story set in a far off land where friends and family gather to celebrate the birth of a beautiful princess – Little Theatre, St Marks Road, Torquay, TQ1 2EL, 2:30pm & 7:30pm, £12
  • Panto – Sleeping Beauty – it might feature Mark Jenkins of Grosvenor Hotel fame and former Emmerdale actress Leah Bracknell, but will it take a kiss to bring this show to life? New Pantomime Productions Limited will have the answer – Princess Theatre, Torbay Road, Torquay, TQ2 5EZ, 2:00pm & 7:00pm, £27.90
  • Panto – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – comedy troupe of clowns Le Navet Bete travel the yellow brick road with physical comedy, ridiculous characters, live music, tomfoolery and more – Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, Plymouth, PL1 2NJ, 2:30pm & 7:30pm, £14
  • Panto – Jack & The Beanstalk – billed as “the giant pantomime spectacular and featuring Bobby Davro, John Challis, Chico and Jeffrey Holland – The Lyric, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR, 2:30pm & 7:00pm, £13.20-£30.70
  • Carols – Carols on the Green – family-friendly, festive gathering featuring some classic carols and seasonal refreshments, collection for local charities and good causes – Orchard Millennium Green, Station Road, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0BU, 6:00pm, Free
  • South Devon Railway – Santa By Steam – promising gifts for the children and mulled wine and mince pies for mum and dad – South Devon Railway, The Station, Dart Bridge Road, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0DZ, 10:00am, 12:30pm & 3:00pm, Adult £16, Child £12
  • Paignton to Dartmouth Steam Railway – The Santa Express – Santa will come to your seat with his sleigh, and adults can enjoy a festive mince pie and a glass of mulled wine – Dartmouth Steam Railway, Queens Park Station, Torbay Road, Paignton, TQ4 6AF, 10:45am, 1:00pm & 3:00pm, Adult £14, Child £9.50
  • Skating – Ice Skating – with a roof over the rink offering all weather skating – Cockington Court, Cockington Village, Torquay, TQ2 6XA, 10:30am till 5:00pm, Free
  • Skating – Winter Wonderland Ice Rink – outdoor rink in the heart of Plymouth opens to the public, details – The Piazza, Armada Way, Plymouth, PL1 2AA, 9:30am till 8:15pm, Adult £7, Child £5

Sunday 21st December

  • Music – Kevin Grenfell’s Jazz Giants – in his younger days trombonist Kevin played in the Cornwall Youth Orchestra and the band of the Queen’s Own Hussars before completing a music degree at Dartington College of Arts, but is here providing the entertainment for Plymouth Jazz Club's Christmas Party – The Royal British Legion Club, Tailyour Road, Crownhill, Plymouth PL6 5DH, 7:00pm, £9
  • Music – Christmas Party – a light-hearted 50s-themed evening with more than a nod to the memory of John York, much loved singer, guitarist and MC of the Folk on the Moor Club, who sadly passed away in September – Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, PL21 9EE, 7:45pm
  • Music – The Gustav Bensel Hot Club – gypsy, jazz and klezmer music from Andy Wiiliamson, Steve Dow, Tom Deam and Tim Heming – The Royal Oak, 5 East Street, Ashburton, TQ13 7AD, 2:00pm till 4:00pm, Free
  • Music – Neil Burns Trio – guitarist Neil is joined by Al Swainger on bass and Nick Millward on drums to perform a mix of original compositions and modern jazz classics – Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes, TQ9 5SP, 8:00pm, Free
  • Music – Charity Gig – young musicians providing a variety of entertainment to raise money for hospice care, raffle, donations welcome – Kingsbridge Inn, 9 Leechwell Street, Totnes, TQ9 5SY, 7:00pm, Free
  • Music – Glorious Chorus – 50-member a-cappella choir, founded and led by Helen Yeomans, who writes or arranges all of their songs, are joined here by The Kingsmen barbershop choir for their Christmas Extravaganza – St John’s Church, Bridgetown, Totnes, TQ9 5AE, 7:00pm, £10
  • Music – Tom Unwin – Totnes-based jazz pianist, composer and teacher often found performing with The Blow Up but here as a solo to accompany those wishing to eat Sunday Brunch – Hazlewood House, Loddiswell, Kingsbridge, TQ7 4EB, noon till 2:00pm
  • Music – Hot Club of Stonehouse – gypsy swing band featuring guitarists Julian Isaacs and Dave Jones, violinist Mel Scullion and vocalist Becky Brine, here or the afternoon with support from Papa Lima and Benny Guitar Carr – Thistle Park Tavern, 32 Commercial Road, Plymouth, PL4 0LE, 2:00pm till 6:00pm, £2
  • Music – Morley Music – monthly open acoustic music session, all welcome – The Morley Arms, Billacombe Road, Plymouth, PL9 7HP, 3:00pm till 6:00pm, Free
  • Music – Trade Winds – monthly come -all-ye for singers, poets, musicians and storytellers – The Tradesmans Arms, Scoriton, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0JB, 7:30pm, Free
  • Music – Raspberry Fish – five-piece covering everything from rock to punk, disco to funk – The Railway Inn, 197 Queen Street, Newton Abbot, TQ12 2BS, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Celine Dos Santos – acoustic solo playing both covers and originals who sometimes combines with Adam Isaac, Jay Tamkin and Joe Harris in the band To The Sun to play “uplifting pop/rock/indie/funk” – Pier Point, Torbay Road, Torquay, TQ2 5HA, 1:00pm till 3:00pm, Free
  • Music – Southern Comfort – guitarist Jim Low combines with Kathie Johnston on bass to perform an eclectic mix of acoustic covers of the likes of Clapton, The Eagles and The Kinks – Ernie Lister Bar, Quayside Hotel, King Street, Brixham, TQ5 9TJ, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – “Sunday Sessions” – live music and open for tapas & sangria – Bayards Cove Inn, 27 Lower Street, Dartmouth, TQ6 9AN, 6:30pm till 9:30pm
  • Theatre – What the Dickens? – comedy troupe Gonzo Moose with three actors playing over 20 roles in 80 minutes of quick costume changes and daft jokes – Drum Theatre, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR, 7:00pm, £14.70
  • Ballet – The Nutcracker – Piotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet, choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich, broadcast live from the Bolshoi – Barn Cinema, Dartington Hall, Dartington, Totnes, TQ9 6EL, 4:00pm, £17.50
  • Comedy – The Noise Next Door – Brighton-based five-member comedy improve troupe performing line since 2005 – The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge, PL21 0SZ, 8:00pm, £12
  • Panto – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – comedy troupe of clowns Le Navet Bete travel the yellow brick road with physical comedy, ridiculous characters, live music, tomfoolery and more – Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, Plymouth, PL1 2NJ, 2:30pm & 7:30pm, £14
  • Panto – Aladdin – rubbing the magic lamp are Paignton Pantomime Productions who promise “a full company of principals, senior dancers, panto babes, an adult chorus and a professional 4-piece band” – Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton, TQ3 3HF, 2:30pm, Adult £12, Child £10
  • Panto – Sleeping Beauty – it might feature Mark Jenkins of Grosvenor Hotel fame and former Emmerdale actress Leah Bracknell, but will it take a kiss to bring this show to life? New Pantomime Productions Limited will have the answer – Princess Theatre, Torbay Road, Torquay, TQ2 5EZ, 2:00pm, £27.90
  • Panto – Jack & The Beanstalk – billed as “the giant pantomime spectacular and featuring Bobby Davro, John Challis, Chico and Jeffrey Holland – The Lyric, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR, 1:00pm & 6:00pm, £13.20-£30.70
  • Market – Totnes Good Food Sunday – now in its fifth year, it’s the biggest food and drink market in Devon with more than 50 fine food traders – Market Square, High Street, Totnes, TQ9 5SQ, 10:00am till 3:00pm, Free
  • Carols – Carols by Candlelight – refreshments at close – Dartmouth Baptist Church, Carey Road, Dartmouth, TQ6 9LT, 6:30pm, Free
  • Carols – Village Carol Service – collection for the Cornelius Fund – Loddiswell Congregational Church, Fore Street, Loddiswell, TQ7 2QE, 6:30pm, Free
  • Carols – Candlelit Carols – service with refreshments – Malborough Baptist Church, Chapel Lane, Malborough, TQ7 3SB, 6:30pm, Free
  • South Devon Railway – Santa By Steam – promising gifts for the children and mulled wine and mince pies for mum and dad – South Devon Railway, The Station, Dart Bridge Road, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0DZ, 10:00am, 12:30pm & 3:00pm, Adult £16, Child £12
  • Paignton to Dartmouth Steam Railway – The Santa Express – Santa will come to your seat with his sleigh, and adults can enjoy a festive mince pie and a glass of mulled wine – Dartmouth Steam Railway, Queens Park Station, Torbay Road, Paignton, TQ4 6AF, 10:45am, 1:00pm & 3:00pm, Adult £14, Child £9.50
  • Skating – Ice Skating – with a roof over the rink offering all weather skating – Cockington Court, Cockington Village, Torquay, TQ2 6XA, 10:30am till 5:00pm, Free
  • Skating – Winter Wonderland Ice Rink – outdoor rink in the heart of Plymouth opens to the public, details – The Piazza, Armada Way, Plymouth, PL1 2AA, 9:30am till 4:15pm, Adult £7, Child £5
  • Car Boot Sale – vendor cars £6, vendor vans £10, refreshments – Plymouth Argyle Football Club Car Park, Home Park, Plymouth, PL2 3DQ, 10:15am, Free
  • Car Boot Sale – vendor cars £8, vans £10 – Cattle Market Car Park, Market Street, Newton Abbot, TQ12 2RJ, 6:00am till 1:00pm
  • Car Boot Sale – indoors, vendor tables cost £8 one, £14 two and £20 three, hot and cold drinks, cakes, snacks – Town Hall, Castle Circus, Torquay, TQ1 3DR, 1:00pm, £0.20

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