Mon 2 - Sun 8 Mar
THEATRE: Teacups and Tiaras, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, Mon 2 Mar
Ever felt nonplussed by an array of forks or by how to greet an Earl? This tongue-firmly-in-cheek evening of etiquette with the author of The Bluffer’s Guide to Etiquette, William Hanson, may be just the thing for you.
THEATRE: Cirque Berserk, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, Tues 3 – Sun 8 Mar
An exciting evening for all the family? Look no further, Britain’s biggest theatre circus hits Exeter.
THEATRE: Educating Rita, Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple. Tues 3 – Sat 7 Mar
Stephen Tompkinson and Jessica Johnson in the best theatre production I have seen in the last couple of years. Solid acting, a play that hasn’t dated and vibrant, touching and funny as when it was first written: one not to miss.
THEATRE: Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess, Corn Exchange, Exeter, Weds 4 Mar
Amanda Owen, the gorgeous sheep farmer and mother of nine, comes to Devon to talk about her farming life in the wild hillsides of Yorkshire and how she came to get on the telly.
FOOD: Romy Gill’s Indian Vegan Cookery, Riverford Field Kitchen, Buckfastleigh, Thurs 5 Mar
The acclaimed Indian cook will spend the morning demonstrating favourite recipes from her new book, Zaika, after which you will sit down together to enjoy the fruits of her labours with a tasty organic vegan lunch.
COMEDY: Simon Evans: The Work of the Devil, The Red House Theatre, Plymouth, Thurs 5 Mar
Intelligent humour, challenging views on modern life, smartly dressed and no swearing. You could even take your mother.
ART: Space: Light and Sound Show, Exeter Cathedral, Thurs 5 – Sat 7 Mar
Luxmuralis brings its astonishing immersive son-et-lumiere show, ‘Space’ to Exeter Cathedral. You will be encouraged to move around the cathedral, to walk on the surface of the moon and feel surrounded by the stars.
FILM: Feminista Film Tour, Plymouth Arts Centre, Sat 7 Mar
A series of shorts about women and girls from around the world sharing inspiring stories of swimming, surviving breast cancer, singing, biking, cooking and more. Full of brilliant female role models if you’re looking for an insta antidote for youtube obsessed teens.
MUSIC: Music in the Galleries, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, Sat 7 Mar
Explore the galleries and hear specially commissioned music performed by the musicians of Devon Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, inspired by objects in the museum’s collections.
MUSIC: Spring Jazz in Calypso, Calypso Artisan Coffee and Food, Sat 7 Mar
Come along and celebrate the arrival (hopefully) of the long awaited spring with the Maria Nicol Jazz Trio, relax with a drink and enjoy some well-known jazz tunes in the centre of Torquay.
WORLD BOOK DAY: National Trust around Devon, Sat 7 Mar
Get ’em off their screens and into books with help from the National Trust this weekend. Join the storytelling in the Victorian library at Cotehele, get them bookmark making at Knightshayes, or join the team at A la Ronde from 5-8 March, all dressed-up for the day, and find some World Books Day books for just £1.
FAMILY FUN: Roald Dahl Inspired Afternoon Tea, Ullacombe Farm Shop, Dartmoor, Sat 7 Mar
Inspired by World Book Day, here’ a scrumptious opportunity to have snozzcumber sandwiches with the BFG, the terrifying Miss Trunchbull and the Fantastic Mr Fox.
FOOD AND DRINK: Kitchen Pop-up, Canonteign Falls, Sat 7 Mar
Combining the beauty of the falls, glorious local food (I’m especially looking forward to the Teignmouth mussels) and the chance to have a quaff of award-winning local wine from Swanaford Vineyard.
WOMEN: International Woman’s Day 2020, Exeter Phoenix, Sun 8 Mar
A day devoted to women’s workshops, art and dance, including talks on women’s employment rights, two hours of slam poetry, ope mic, clothes and book swap and chance to shake your shimmy learning Bollywood dance and belly dancing.
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.