DANCE: Rambert, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Mon 14 – Tues 15 Oct
The contemporary dance company, Rambert presents the first major UK revivals of two landmark dance works alongside a new creation by Marion Motin, whose hip hop-influenced style is probably best known through her work for Christine and the Queens and her award-nominated video for Dua Lipa.
THEATRE: Walter’s Imaginary Friends, The Soapbox Theatre, Plymouth, 11am & 1.30pm, Fri 12 – Sat 19 Oct
Stiltskin Theatre Company’s latest creation is perfect for littlies into creepy crawlies. Walter loses his imaginary friend so ventures into the world of Imagination where he meets all sorts of cute bugs and beasties, who’re looking for friends too. Can Walter find his own friends and save the Creepy Crawlies before they’re lost forever?
COMEDY: Harriet Kemsley – Slutty Joan, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, Mon 14 Oct
Multi award-winning Edinburgh fringe alumnus Harriet Kemsley brings a new meaning to the word shame. Slut shaming, that is. A highly intimate and bloody hilarious portrait of her sexual history and what it’s like to have your parents read your teenage diary, her engrossing storytelling is like cringing with your best mate.
WELLBEING: Women’s Health and Wellbeing Lunch, Hotel Endsleigh, Tavistock, 10-2pm, Weds 16 Oct
Fancy a delicious lunch at Olga Polizzi’s Grade 1 listed luxury hotel, in a Humphry Repton landscape? Here’s pharmacist Yung Strawbridge to share her tips to ageing well: good skincare, healthy disease-beating diet to beat disease and wellbeing techniques to calm your busy life. £48 including a two-course lunch, presumably healthy.
HOME: Making a Mood Board: Cosy Room, IKEA, Exeter, 4-5pm, Thurs 17 Oct
Feeling cosy but your home not got the memo? Book in for a one-hour sesh with the IKEA designers for a masterclass in how to turn your rooms into a haven of autumnal hygge. You’ll need to take a pic of the room you want to zhuzh.
THEATRE: One Under, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Thurs 17 – Sat 26 Oct
A young man jumps in front of a train Cyrus is driving, leading him to search for answers in a drama about atonement, the power of guilt and the fragility of the human relationship. Winsome Pinnock, a company renowned for placing deaf and disabled artists centre stage, brings you the audio-described and fully captioned, One Under.
MUSIC: Odette Adams, Palace Theatre, Paignton, Fri 18 Oct
Funky, smooth and jazzy, this lady can sing – and song-write. She’s worked with Tony Hadley, Rick Astley and Heather Small, and now she’s on tour with songs from her latest album, Shake of the Hand. The Sunday Times gave it the thumbs-up and the word is if you like Sade and Joni Mitchell, you’ll love Odette Adams.
FOOD: Dartmouth Food Festival, Fri 18 – Sun 20 Oct
Dartmouth Food Fest serves up your yearly helping of live discussions from our favourite food connoisseurs, food demos, celebrity guests (ooh) and enough food to last a lifetime (obviously). If that’s not enough to get you there, it also happens to be free entry.
KIDS: Creative Digital Workshops, RAMM, Exeter, 10.15am-12.45pm, Sat 19 Oct
Want a pumpkin-free way to entertain the littlies this half-term? RAMM has teamed up with Daisi to create a series of digital creative workshops for 8-12 year-olds, each hosted by a different inspiring artist, using the museum’s objects as the inspiration for their masterpieces aka their animations and gifs.
FAMILY: Gruffts, Pennywell Farm, Torquay, Sat 19 – Sun 27 Oct
he annual Gruffts at Pennywell (sponsored by Goat Compare) is where you can vote for best in breed, most agile and least obedient (which is all of them). Plus, there’s goats to walk, feed and cuddle, afternoon pig racing, heavy horses and half-term magic and juggler action too.
THEATRE: Womans (like Romans but with a W), Barbican Theatre, Sat 19 Oct
We love strong female protagonists, especially when they take on an ancient patriarchal society. Leta has been sentenced by the Republic to be erased from history – a fate worse than death – but with the help of two naughty muses, havoc ensues as they fight to write their names back into the history books.
KIDS: Crealy Halloween Spookfest, Clyst St Mary, near Exeter, Sat 19 – Sun 27 Oct
Boo! A spooky selection of activities, including the Creaky Haunted Hotel, and a whole range of other terrifying attractions. PLUS, a free pumpkin for every littl’un who dares to enter!
KIDS: Halloween Hocus Pocus, Milky Way Adventure Park, Bideford, Sat 19 – Thurs 31 Oct
Witches and wizards are welcomed to Milky Way’s school of magic and sorcery this spooky season. Expect wand-making lessons, potion cooking and spell casting, as well as the other slightly less creepy attractions the park has to offer.
DANCE: The Nutcracker, Vienna Festival Ballet, Sun 20 Oct
Tchaikovky’s magical tale, first performed in St Petersburg over 100 years ago and still going strong. Guaranteed to get you feeling festive and prepped for the Xmas shopping rigmarole.
MUSIC: Jack Savoretti, Plymouth Pavilions, Fri 1 Nov
Never mind the songs, look at that amazing barnet! So cool, Jack’s back in the south west for one night only. Bag your tickets now.
Words by Molly Grogan.