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What’s on in June

June is busting out all over! The coolest things to do in Devon, including park yoga, pop-ups, coastal cruises and Friday night street food.

EAT: Summer Beach Bar, Princesshay, Exeter, from May 27 – 30 Aug

Office-bound Exeterites, rejoice! Feel-good beach vibes are coming to Princesshay complete with real sand, beach-hut style thatched umbrellas, cocktails and mocktails, plus palm trees, live music and table tennis. Not sure we’re that bothered about the sand, but the cocktails? Yes please!

CINEMA: Nomadland, Pavilions, Teignmouth, Tues 1 – 3 Jun

Want to see an award-winning film that you’ve heard about from a million different sources but haven’t been able to catch on the big screen? Well now you can.

ART: Making Waves Workshop, Deborah Last, Bideford, various dates

Fancy getting creative with the family, and the added bonus of cool new artwork for your wall? Deborah Last, runs two-hour family workshops in her Bideford studio where you’re given all the materials to each create your own wave picture on canvas. Bare wall, sorted! Or a great gift for a coast lover too. £30pp, minimum four people.

TV: Canonteign Falls on the box, BBC 2, Tues 1 Jun, 9pm

Pic credit: Canonteign Falls

A little extra something from the gorgeous Canonteign Falls as their stunning Victorian fern garden is featured on BBC Two’s Monkman and Seagull’s Great Adventures on Monday 1st June at 9pm, where the intrepid pair travel around Britain, exploring scientific breakthroughs from the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian era. (Also a delightful place to take the children over half term.)

POP-UP DINING: Breathe at Goren: Goren Farm, Honiton, Thurs 3 Sun 27 Jun

The Giant Club’s collaborative food project between many of the area’s best loved chefs and producers, including Gill Meller on Sun 27, with top-notch local wines and six courses, set in a converted tractor shed surrounded by wildflower meadows. Sounds divine. Fancy a sleepover too? Your fully furnished bell tent awaits.

CINEMA: Plymouth Arts Cinema, Tavistock Place, from Fri 4 Jun

Various locations inside and out are getting set to show a variety of independent films this summer – full listings will be available from Fri 4 June when they reopen.

FAMILY THEATRE: Circus of Horrors, Palace Theatre, Paignton, Fri 4 Jun

Amazing, terrifying, bizarre, hilarious and, astonishingly, 25 years old and still going strong. If you have a morbid sense of humour, a love of rock ‘n roll and maybe a bit of a passion for vampires this is for you.

POP-UP: Think Big Shop Small, Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard, Sat 5 Jun

Mosey down to the Yard’s cool studio space for some Saturday morning retail therapy with some local makers, including The Mindful Hive, Agaza Art and Twitchy Illustrations. Grab a coffee and some freshly baked treats from the Real Ideas cafe afterwards.

GARDENS: Guided Tours (up to 10), The Italian Garden, Great Ambrook, nr Ipplepen, Tues 8 Jun, 10am-12pm

The Italian Garden at Great Ambrook is currently being restored with lottery money and is often described as Devon’s answer to The Lost Gardens of Heligan. There’s much to explore in this captivating place with its titillating history of louche behaviour, and happy-snappers might want to sign up for their Photograph the Garden day on 20 June, hosted by the appropriately named Vicki Gardner, a finalist in the International Garden Photographer of the Year.

MUSIC: The Undercover Hippy, The Beehive, Honiton, Fri 11 Jun

Acoustic hip-hop reggae with conscious lyrics, free-styling, good times and festival vibes with the lyrical delivery of a skilled MC. Amusing lyrics too – uplifting stuff.

FESTIVAL: Toby’s Garden Festival, Powderham Castle, Kenton nr Exeter, Fri 11 and Sat 12 Jun


Two days of gardening fun in the grounds of a stunning 14th century castle and deer park, hosted by BBC garden presenter Toby Buckland, with free garden talks in a tipi (above) on topics like pruning roses, growing veg and re-wilding, plus lovely local nosh, local musicians and stilt walkers, heritage wood crafts and steam traction engines. Tickets cost £11 in advance, dogs welcome, kids under 16 free.

FAMILY THEATRE: Treasure Island, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Fri 11 – Sat 12

Le Navet Bete are preparing to shiver your timbers with this swashbuckling family comedy, a great alternative to the usual pantomime, as with distancing still in place he’s unlikely to be behind you.

CULTURE: 175 Anniversary, Torquay Museum, Sat 12 Jun

A family-friendly day where the museum celebrates its 175th anniversary with a special Secret Museum exhibition, featuring 175 fascinating objects from its unique collections. Elfic The Jester and Isabella on her story bicycle will both be joining a samba band as their make their way from Torquay Town Hall to the museum. Free but you need to book tickets here.

FITNESS: Dartmouth Triathlon, Sun 13 Jun

Have you perchance spent the last year honing your body? Great! Possibly Devon’s most beautiful sporting event, Dartmouth Triathlon, is back for a 6th year, starting with a swim in the crystal clear waters of Blackpool Sands, then a bike to Slapton and finally a run around the Blackpool Sands grounds. We’re exhausted just thinking about it.

FAMILY: Get up and Grow, RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington, until Sun 13 Jun

towel and child's trowel in soil
Photography: Imi F Hughes

Want to get the kids doing some weeding? This half-term RHS Rosemoor is providing a ‘get up and grow’ trail for the younger members of the family to encourage those little green fingers.

FATHER’S DAY: Vintage Steam Rally, Bicton Park, Sat 19- 20 Jun

Got a dad or grandad petrolhead in the family? Treat him to a Father’s Day of traction engines, mini steam engines, military vehicles, classic motorcycles, cars and more at beautiful Bicton, always good for a walk in the grounds.

SPOOKY TOUR: Haunting Nights – Fulford Manor Ghost Hunt, Sat 19 – 20 Jun

We fell for the Fulfords after watching Channel 4’s The F-ing Fulfords years ago, based around their shenanigan in their 12th century home at Fulford Manor, which dates back to the Domesday Books. Now, they’ve opened the doors for you to hunt their infamous ghosts overnight – and If you’re feeling brave, we dare you to book a spooky sleepover too.

COURSE: Seasonal Alchemy, Dartington Estate, Totnes, Sat 19 – Sun 20 Jun

A gorgeous natural skincare course where you will learn to make body scrubs, balms, tonics, and a body spritz with Tania Bryson. She lived in the Australian rainforest which gave her a deep appreciation of nature, and first-hand experience of the plight of the orangutans habitat loss which fuelled her determination to educate people about unethical cosmetics and provide them with a palm-free, effective alternative.

WATERSPORTS: Guided canoe safari, St. Dominick, Sun 20 Jun

Just one of a number of exciting family trails and adventures to be had on the River Tamar that marks the Devon/Cornwall border. Take a scenic paddle on the River Tamar from the historic Quay at Cotehele up river, past the village of Calstock and into the wilds of the upper Tamar.

MARKET: Craft & Flea, Corn Exchange, Exeter, Sun 20 Jun, 10am-4pm

Love supporting local, indie makers and designers? Enjoy the best of the city’s local produce and makers –  handpicked for their quality, on-trend products – alongside street food and flea market stalls in this cool new pop-up market. £2.50, under 12s free.

COAST: Wildlife Trusts Coastal Cruise, The Quay, Ilfracombe, Weds 23 Jun, 4-5pm

Hop on board a fast rib to to discover North Devon’s wildlife, with spectacular scenery and – fingers crossed – some dolphin, seal and porpoise spotting to boot. Adults £19.50, under 16s £15, dogs welcome.

EAT: Sidmouth Eats Boutique, Kennaway House, Sidmouth, Fri 25 Jun

Swerve the Friday night cooking at this evening street food market on the Jurassic coast where you can tuck into tasty dishes from around the world outside in the *hopefully* radiant sunshine.

SURF: Girls on Waves, Surf South West, Croyde, Sat 26 – Sun 27 Jun

Cowabunga! Suitable for girls aged 8 to 80, Girls on Waves weekends have been running for over 10-years led by women for women, and for any ability. This year they’ re partnering with Nalu beads, a local surf jewellery brand who are holding a workshop on the Saturday after the morning sesh where you can make your own cool jewellery.

OUTDOOR THEATRE: Henry V, Hartland Abbey, Weds 30 Jun

Bring your own rug, a picnic and, ideally, good weather for a tickling of your intellectual tastebuds – a live outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s most popular history play performed by the Festival Players.

WELLBEING: Park Yoga, Ilfracombe, Exeter, Torquay and Plymouth, various from Sun 27 Jun

Fancy doing your sun salutation in the sunshine? Park Yoga are bringing their Sunday morning outdoor yoga sessions to parks in Devon this month, including Cowick Barton in Exeter – free, with parking, toilets and a children’s play area nearby. Namaste!

Words Ashley Tremlett


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