Autumn Half Term: What’s On for Arts Fairies

Half term is fast approaching (how can that be, when summer has just happened?) but worry not, the Arts Fairies have been very busy for you all, sourcing all the amazing arts events and workshops that Exeter has on offer!

(In simple terms, head to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum or Exeter Phoenix at some point in the week; remember that the History of Magic (Harry Potter) Exhibition is on at Exeter library from October until December; make sure you catch The Night Pirates and/or The Star Gazers at the Northcott & Bikeshed Theatres and get involved with some crafting at your nearest Creation Station. Ok?)

credit: Gabby Orcutt on Unsplash



Exeter Phoenix: Studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle

Little and Middle Art’s Fairy’s godparents are huge Studio Ghilbi fans. Therefore we are absolutely going to have to watch one of the films showing at the Phoenix this week. Howl’s Moving Castle is directed by Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) who presents a beautifully epic adventure about Sophie who works in her father’s hat shop and Howl, a young wizard who lives in a magical, walking castle… 

Rated U. £7 adults, £4 children + £1.50 transaction fee. Film starts 2.30pm. (Note: Sunday is showing the original version with English subtitles but Tuesday and Thursday is in English!)


Exeter Phoenix: Studio Ghibli’s Ponyo

The second Studio Ghilbi film of the week, also directored by Hayao Miyazaki. This one brings to life a heart warming and imaginative retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid! We don’t think Sebastian the crab is in it, but we’ll let you know…

Rated U. £7 adults, £4 children + £1.50 transaction fee. Film starts 2.30pm Mon & Weds, 11am Friday.

The Creation StationSpooky Halloween & Bonfire Family Fun

Crafting and fun from the brilliant Creation Station team at Sylvania Play & Community Hall. 

Ages 2-11, 10am-11am, £6


Treatre Train Exeter: West End Workshop at Isca Academy

A workshop featuring three West End shows (Les Miserable, Hairspray and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) to give budding performers the opportunity to develop their acting, dancing, singing and performing skills. Show hands!

Ages 6-18, 9.30am-4.30pm, £30 (sibling discount available)

The Bike Shed Theatre: The Star Seekers

Space lovers rejoice! Stretch your imagination beyond the galaxy with The Wardrobe Ensemble as they journey through the stars and you take the steering wheel…what DO astronauts have for dinner? This show sounds like a lot of fun, save us a space on the starship!

Ages 3 – 7. Show times 11am. Tickets £8, concessions £5.

credit: The Wardrobe Ensemble / The Bike Shed Theatre



Little Explorers:

Achieve the RAMM’s Discover Arts Award (ooh..) with museum guide Alfie the sparrow. Here you can pick up an activity booklet to take part in different arts activities, learn about artists and their work and share your discoveries with others. Sounds good – we’re in!

10.30am – 3.30pm. Child £6, siblings £4 

credit: JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash

Exeter Phoenix:

Studio Ghibli’s* Howl’s Moving Castle*

Metamorphis animation

A half day workshop learning about the animation technique called metamorphosis, i.e. transforming one object or character into another. Get set with your Halloween ideas. We’ve never tried animation before so this sounds very interesting…

Ages 7 – 14. Times: 10am-1pm (age 7-10); 2pm-5pm (age 11-14). Tickets £15 + £1.50 transaction fee.

credit: Sašo Tušar on Unsplash

Topsham Museum: Lanterns and Halloween

Family activities from 10am – 4pm (two sessions, one morning and one afternoon). Keep an eye on the above link for more details. Thank you to Exeter Baby Activites for bringing this one to our attention – for Halloween specific fun, see their excellent guide here.

credit: Beth Teutschmann on Unsplash

The Creation Station: Magnificent Mini Beasts at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

A chance for little ones under 5 years to take a journey of discovery and take part in art and craft activities inspired by the museum’s collections: this week is mini beasts.

Ages 2-11, 10.30am-11.30am, £6

Bike Shed Theatre: The Star Seekers *



Little Explorers*

Animals in Action

Draw your favourite animals and watch them move on the museum’s praxiloscope!

10.20am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm, Pay as you think.

(“PSSST! What’s a praxiloscope?”) Here’s one:



Exeter Phoenix: Studio Ghibli’s Ponyo*

Bike Shed Theatre: The Star Seekers*



Creatures of the Night – Mask Making

Create a nocturnal creature Halloween mask. (Middle Arts Fairy will definitely be favouring an owl whilst Little Arts Fairy, well she’s sly as a…)

10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Tickets £2.50

credit: Shuto Araki on Unsplash

Little Explorers*

Exeter Phoenix:

Studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle*

Your Toys

A great introduction to theatre for children.

Your Toys brings the audiences own toys to life using a unique style of puppetry, original live music and quirky humour…”A monstrous force rules the land. Only the bravest can defeat it. But the challenge is perilous – will everyone survive? On this epic journey, we’re all in danger, and only the toys can save us – your toys.”

Oh, this is right up our street.

Ages 5-9. 11.30am & 2.30pm. Tickets £10/£8 + £1.50 transaction fee

credit: Exeter Phoenix

Bike Shed Theatre: The Star Seekers *



Wild & Free

PLAY WITH LEGO! Ahem. We mean, use skills to recreate one of RAMM’s wildlife exhibits in Lego™. Create a creature in mosaic, make an animal badge to take home, and explore the magic of camouflage.

For families and children that don’t eat lego.

10.30am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Pay what you think.

credit: Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Little Explorers*

Exeter Library:


There are two story-time sessions on at the library, the morning one is “Halloween Holler”  read by the author Loreley, “spooky fancy dress optional!”.

The afternoon one is intriguingly titled “The Aerodynamics of Biscuits”, read by Clare Helen Welsh.

Younger children. 11am (Halloween) & 2pm (Aerodynamic Biscuits). Free entry, drop in session.

credit: Josh Applegate on Unsplash


Exeter Studios & Exeter Academy of Dance: Halloween spooktacular

Halloween dance showcase, fancy dress competition, themed party and prizes, crafts and games and face painting. The whole shebang!

Age 4-12. 9.30am – 3.30pm Tickets £25.

Photo by Diana Feil on Unsplash

The Creation Station: Halloween Inspired Fun Drop in Day – Kenniford Farm
Crafts for a
ll the family in Kenniford Farm…there’s a great play barn there you know.

10am – 3pm, £2, drop in

Exeter Phoenix: Studio Ghibli’s Ponyo*

Film starts at 11am.

Bike Shed Theatre: The Star Seekers*


Exeter Northcott Theatre: The Night Pirates

Wonderful family fun awaits with the stage adaptation of The Night Pirates by Peter Harris and Deborah Allwright.

“…A group of little girl pirates…descend on a young boy called Tom at bedtime. Eager to join the pirate adventure, Tom uses his house as a pirate ship and sets sail to retrieve stolen treasure from Captain Patch and the bumbling grown-up pirates.”

…We love the sound of this. 

Age 3+ Saturday show times 1.30 & 4pm. Adult tickets £14, family ticker £39 for 3 then £13 after.

download (1)
credit: Northcott Theatre

RAMM: Wild Night In – Film – Flight of the Butterflies

A lovely idea from the RAMM – have you ever been to the museum after dark? Don your best animal onesie and settle down for the film Flight of the Butterflies. Over the course of the evening you can also listen to animal tales, sing your favourite animal songs and have your family photo taken with a wildlife background. The museum have even organised a lamplight procession through the galleries at night, how cool is that?

All ages. Doors open 6pm – garden entrance. Activities 6.30 – 8.30pm. Tickets £8.50 (under 3’s free).



The Bike Shed Theatre: The Star Seekers*


Exeter Northcott Theatre: The Night Pirates*

Sunday show times 11am & 2pm

(* = see above)

Please double check times and prices before going as who knows, they may be subject to change after the publication of this blog post! (We really don’t want you standing outside the museum in a tiger onesie on the wrong night…)


Happy half term, Arts Fairies!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Clare M says:

    A great list thank you, we will try and make to to some of these.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. You’re welcome! Have a great half term!!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s