FOOD: Five Course Feast with Melissa Hemsley, River Cottage, Axminster, Fri 13 Mar
Join the River Cottage chefs and the real food queen herself for a slap-up feast created by Melissa who will be there to talk you through each course and sign copies of her new book, Eat Green. Read Muddy’s interview with Melissa (and get your mitts on £20 off) here.
GARDEN: Seed Swap, National Trust, Knightshayes, Sat 14 Mar
Join expert gardeners and fellow enthusiasts to exchange any spare seeds and bring back a little of the enviable Knightshayes kitchen garden to your own plot.
GARDENS: Spring Flower Festival, RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Sat 14 – Sun 15 Mar
Check out the cream of the daffodil and camellia crop, along with magnolia and rhododendron. A wonderful way to shake off the winter blues.
MUSIC: Missa solemnis, Exeter Philharmonic and Exeter Chamber Orchestra, Exeter Cathedral, Sat 14 Mar
A one night special performance to mark 250 years since Beethoven’s birth.
HOME: Design your own Cut Flower Garden, Chicken Shed, Dartington, Sat 14 Mar
Don’t know your elderflowers from your elbow? Join Kew trained Jane Gleeson for a one-day’s course to teach you how to sow, plant, and care for your own cut flower garden.
WEDDING: The Big North Devon Wedding Show, The Big Sheep, Bideford, Sun 15 Mar
A big show for your big day, with 70-plus exhibitors and free entry to all the sheep attractions. Free entry for brides and grooms, pop up hair and beauty parlour, live music, product demos, a yummy cafe and more.
FOOD: One-day Chocolate Cookery Course, Exeter Cookery School, Sun 15 Mar
Learn every aspect of how to prepare, cook (and eat) chocolate like an expert. Truffle, anyone?
EXHIBITION: Royal Photographic Society: SW Region Biennial Exhibition, Torre Abbey, Torquay, until 22 Mar
Last chance to see the biennial exhibition of the Royal Photographic Society South West members’ work – visual art, landscapes, nature, people, travel and more.
GARDENS: Snowdrop Festival, The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum, until 31 Mar
Well worth a visit at any time of year, but especially when the little beauties are in bloom. This is The Garden House’s first snowdrop festival.
THEATRE: Amsterdam, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Thurs 27 – Sat 14 Mar
The UK premiere from the Actors Touring Company, by prize-winning playwright Maya Arad Yasur – one which acts questions of our collective history and how our past influences our present, and how we treat each other.
Words by Ashley Tremlett.