An Alternative Christmas Gift Guide

Published November 24, 2022

With Christmas just around the corner, we've gathered a selection of festive ideas for all your friends and family.

From theatre goers to film lovers, family favourites or inspiring art courses, we've got an array of choices for all interests, covering everyone in your life. What's more, you can provide someone with the opportunity to be part of our future (and our furniture) by adopting a seat or taking part in our membership schemes.

Gift sustainably, support local - and give the gift of experience this Christmas.

 SUPPORT US, FOR THEM

Do good. Donate on someone's behalf, and leave a tangible, positive impact behind in their name!

Exeter Phoenix is a registered charity, so any money spent when you buy a ticket, eat a meal or give a donation goes back into bringing fun, creativity and culture into the city.

Adopt A SEAT

Celebrate their love of theatre, and Adopt a Seat in our auditorium. This also keeps creativity thriving in Exeter - let them be part of our future by giving much-needed funds which allow art and culture to continue changing lives. Plus, you'll get a plaque on the back of a seat saying whatever you want - as long as it's clean!

Adopt a Seat today >>

BE OUR FRIEND

Know someone who loves visiting Exeter Phoenix? Let them peep behind the curtain with our memberships, and they'll receive a unique behind-the-scenes newsletter with exclusive features and project updates - not to mention an exclusive welcome pack with a limited edition pin badge and a specially designed set of postcards.

Become a member >>

LOCAL ARTY GIFTS

Support local designer makers and purchase something in Maker Mart! It is a curated, unique place to shop, filled to the brim with some of the most wonderful creative offerings our community has to offer. Visit them on Gandy Street, or at the pop-up in Guildhall.

Maker Mart is supported by Exeter Phoenix. Tap here to visit their website >>

LET THEM DECIDE!

Give them a gift voucher and let them decide! Our vouchers can be redeemed for anything in our programme, whether it’s a day exploring your creative side at a sculpting workshop, a training session with our filmmaking team, or a great night out at one of our events.

Tap here to buy a gift voucher >>

GIFT AN EXPERIENCE

Because life is more about moments you share with people, than it is about the stuff that you have.

A PAIR OF CINEMA TICKETS

There's not a better place to spend your screentime - with a programme packed full of eye-opening documentaries, special screening events, groundbreaking new releases and unique film festivals - plus, Studio 74 is independent and solar-powered.

Discover our film programme here >>

GIG TICKETS FOR TWO

We've got a music programme bursting at the seams with both international and home-grown talent. Bring your loved ones to see one of their favourites, or discover some brand new music. From folk to funk, we've got lots to choose from.

Take a look at our programme here >>

Go to the theatre

Our performance programme is richly diverse and filled to the brim with cutting-edge drama, dance, poetry and family fun from award-winning directors, writers and theatre companies. Whether you want to laugh or cry, there really is something for everyone!

See more here >>

GET CREATIVE

From Photoshop lessons to a day of experimental drawing, we've got a whole bunch of courses for anyone creative in your life! Or try them yourselves, and gift something homemade this Christmas.

Take a look at the upcoming courses here >> 

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DRINKS & LUNCH ON OUR TERRACE

Come on over for a drink and bite to eat in our vibrant café bar! Our chefs regularly add new dishes to our menu, including our weekly curry specials, soups and seasonal favourites. With plenty of veggie, vegan and gluten-free options, and a kids menu, we cater for all.

See the menu here >>

GIFT IDEAS

Feelgood festivity for everyone on your list

BEST FOR FAMILY

THE GREATEST MAGICIAN

Thu 12 Jan | 8pm

A dazzling and enigmatic magic show, presented by James Phelan and directed by the late Paul Daniels.

WE ALL NEED A LAUGH

ZOE LYONS

Sun 26 Feb | 7.30pm

Zoe Lyons has kept herself busy in the last couple of years by having what can best be described as a monumental midlife crisis.

CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY

MARY, THE PIGEON WHO NEVER GAVE UP

Sun 18 - Wed 28 Dec | 2.30pm & 4.30pm

Get in the mood for festivity with Quirk's 19th Christmas show at Exeter Phoenix - high above the English Channel a small bird battles against the wind.

GET ON YOUR DANCING SHOES

CUT CAPERS

Fri 03 Feb | 7.30pm

Cut Capers are embarking on their biggest tour to date - performing a range of festival favourites, as well as new songs from their latest album.

GARDEN LOVERS

BOTANICAL WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOP

Mon 16 Jan | 10.30am

Work from winter blooms and foliage to create a set of watercolour studies.

TECHY TEENS

SCRIPT TO SCREEN: FILMMAKING FOR 13-16

Starts Mon 16 Jan | 6pm

Learn the skills to devise, plan and shoot a short film over 4 weeks.

THE ONE WHO HAS IT ALL

LIFE DRAWING - EVENING CLASSES

Starts Tue 24 Jan | 6pm

Work from a model and explore the principles of life drawing. Perfect for beginners or those wishing to improve their skills.

ROCK LOVERS

HOLDING ABSENCE

Wed 18 Jan | 7.30pm

Holding Absence are a rock band from Cardiff, UK. Exeter is the opener on their Spring 2023 tour.

TRAVEL LOVERS

TILE MAKING WORKSHOP

Sat 25 Mar | 10.30am

Through this one-day workshop you will look at the tile designs of Gaudi, Art deco and Minton tiles to inspire you to create your own designs.

DIFFICULT DADS

THE MAD DOG MCREA WEEKENDER

Fri 28 Apr - Sun 30 Apr

The Mad Dog Mcrea Weekender is back for 2023 - three days of live music and DJs, here at Exeter Phoenix.

SICK OF CHRISTMAS ALREADY?  COME TO OUR NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY...

SUBCULTURES | Sat 31 Dec | 8pm - 2am

Join us this NYE for a celebration of the other and the underground – a glorious mishmash of freaks, cliques, unique tribes and vibes that have made us who we are today. 

Across six rooms and three bars, we have...  🎸 Live bands 📀 DJs 🎧 Silent disco 🎤 Karaoke 🍹 Cocktail bar 📸 Photo booth

We're also putting together a one-off local SUPERGROUP including members of Pattern Pusher, The Ferrantes and Electric Spank. There'll also be guest sets and some surprise appearances... Don't miss out!