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5 things to do in Devon this weekend

PUBLISHED: 11:20 10 December 2018 | UPDATED: 11:20 10 December 2018

Arlington Court (c) EmmaLeP, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Arlington Court (c) EmmaLeP, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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The weekend is fast approaching and for those still deciding how to spend their Friday through to Sunday, we pick 5 of the best ways to spend your weekend in Devon

Sleeping Beauty at Princess Theatre, Torquay – December 14 – January 19

This year’s pantomime at the Princess Theatre in Torquay is Sleeping Beauty when an evil fairy condemns the beautiful princess to sleep forever, unless she can be woken by her true love’s kiss!

Television presenter Melinda Messenger appears as Fairy Sparkle, The X Factor finalist Luke Friend, who grew up in Teignmouth, returns as Prince Valentine having played the Genie in last year’s Aladdin, Aiden J Harvey is King Eggbert The Oval and Phil Randall is Queen Gertie the Gorgeous.

Tickets start at £11.

Peter Pan at Barnstaple’s Queen’s Theatre – December 14 – January 5

EastEnders alumni John Altman, who played infamous villain “Nasty” Nick Cotton, is the perfect choice for the ultimate panto baddie – Captain Hook in Peter Pan which is at Barnstaple’s Queen’s Theatre this year. He has appeared as a pantomime villain for over 30 years as well as appearing in plays and musicals including a stint as Billy Flynn in Chicago.

Parkwood Theatres are hoping to build on the success of last year’s Beauty and the Beast with the magic of Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Wendy, Michael and the Lost Boys of Neverland. Daniel Slade plays Peter Pan and Sophie Adams is Wendy.

Pop-up Christmas Cinema at The Hunters Inn at Heddon Valley – December 15 - 16

This beautiful location is owned by the National Trust and set deep in the heart of Exmoor. It’s an intimate venue which holds limited seating so book early to avoid disappointment. Blackbeam Cinematic will be showing four of the best-loved classic family Christmas movies including Home Alone, Love Actually, Elf and It’s a Wonderful Life.

Food and drink will be available from the folks at the Hunters Inn.

Carols by Candlelight at The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth – December 14

Serenade the resident donkeys with a number of iconic Christmas tunes this Friday while you are surrounded by thousands of candles, giving the whole area a wonderfully magical atmosphere. Hopefully the donkeys don’t have a better singing voice than you!

The event is free and runs from 3pm onwards.

Father Christmas at Arlington Court – December 15 – 16

Kids will need their best Christmas wishes ready to meet the Big Man himself this Saturday or Sunday at this popular National Trust location. All good girls and boys will receive a gift after having a nice festive chat with Santa.

It is £5 per child to meet Santa.

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