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concert, featuring favourite Strauss waltzes and Puccini arias sung by Rhian Lois. The Great Hall, University of Exeter, Streatham Drive, Exeter;

Other Events UNTIL 17 DECEMBER

EXETER CATHEDRAL CHRISTMAS MARKET Now managed by Exeter Cathedral, the new-look annual event features even more local traders and food and drink producers. An essential part of your festivities. Cathedral Green, Exeter;

colour-changing illuminations. Trail greatly extended for this year; hot drinks and snacks available. Every Thurs, Fri and Sat, 4-8.30pm. RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington; 8-9 DECEMBER

CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING Make your own wreath for the front door. Also, mince pies, festive drinks and carols. Seaton Wetlands, Colyford Road, EX12 2SP (8 Dec); Younghayes Community Centre, Cranbrook, Exeter (9 Dec); 9 DECEMBER


CHRISTMAS AT KILLERTON: THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS Wander through rooms that have been transformed into scenes from Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale. Timed ticket entry to be booked in advance. NT Killerton, Killerton House, Exeter; www. UNTIL 6 JANUARY

RHS GARDEN ROSEMOOR WINTER ILLUMINATIONS See the stunning gardens lit up for Christmas by hi-tech,

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTMAS WREATHES Two-hour workshop with expert Sarah Pepper; make a modern wreath for your door using willow and dogwood. NT Killerton, Killerton House, Exeter; www. 12 DECEMBER

CHAGFORD CHRISTMAS LATE NIGHT SHOPPING Festive food, Santa’s grotto, fashion, arts and crafts, Christmas market in Jubilee Hall and live entertainment,

Who believes in unicorns?


EMILY MACAULEY shares the latest from Exeter Library I always thought my most amusing animal anecdote from working in a library would be when I was called on the radio by a bemused member of staff who simply reported, “Erm, Emily… there’s a chicken walking through the foyer”. But I was wrong. Exeter Library is currently the temporary home for Theatre Alibi’s beautiful unicorn, originally built for their production of I Believe in Unicorns by Michael Morpurgo. OK, so it isn’t a real live unicorn. But it is as big as one! Sitting in the children’s library it is a lovely spot where children, with their adults, can explore the wondrous world opened up to them by books – just as it was in Morpurgo’s story. This joy of stories will also be evident at our story time on Friday 15 December at 2pm when local children’s author Loreley Amiti will be with us reading her book The Solstice Fairy. Loreley has shared her stories a couple of times recently and draws quite a crowd. The staff at Exeter Library and Libraries Unlimited wish all our users, and users-to-be many seasons greetings. As the festive period draws nearer, don’t forget we are open until 7pm on Tuesday and Thursday offering a tranquil alternative to late night shopping. For more:


from 5-8pm. Chagford town centre;

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THE DECIDEDLY DIFFERENT WINTER WEDDING SHOW Meet over 60 inspiring wedding specialists from bridal designers, exquisite food creatives. Exeter Castle, Castle St, Exeter; 14 DECEMBER

COLETON FISHACRE AND THE D’OYLY CARTE FAMILY A talk on how the light opera dynasty, inextricably linked with Gilbert & Sullivan, made their fortune, and built their seaside home at Kingswear. RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter; 18 DECEMBER

REINDEER TRAIL Follow the clues around the Wetlands to help Father C track 26 I EXETER LIVING I

down his missing reindeer. Plus Christmas crafts and hot drinks. No booking required, suggested donation £3 per person. Reed Base at Seaton Wetlands; 18-19 DECEMBER

CHRISTMAS MINI FILM SCHOOL Festive-themed two-day filmmaking workshop event featuring ghostly projections, ectoplasmic explosions and all manner of lo-fi special effects. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; 6 JANUARY

WASSAILING WALK Bring a noisy instrument with you to help scare away the evil spirits from the nearby orchard and ensure a good harvest for the following year. Younghayes Community Centre, Cranbrook;

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Exeter Living – Issue 220  

Exeter Living – Issue 220