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ART& CULTURE: HERE Uncovering North Devon, Beaford Gallery, Bideford, Sat 4 May – Sat 22 June

If you love poring over old photos, the interesting characters, the clothes people wore, the cars we used to drive, you’ll love this fascinating retrospective of North Devon from Oscar-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins and James Ravilious,  a collection of photos and recordings dating back to 1890.


OUTDOORS: Bee Trail, Arlington Court, Barnstaple, Mon 6 – Sat 25 May

Want to do more to help our fuzzy friends? Make a beeline for Arlington Court’s busy bee trail, where you can spot them hard at work among the blossom and pick up some tips on pollinating plants for your garden too.


ART: Our Place in the Seven Heavens, Artisan Gallery, Torquay, Weds 8 – Friday 31 May

Free exhibition at the Muddy-award nominated gallery curated by Devon artist Becky Nuttall exploring the English Riviera and its Geopark’s significance – or perhaps insignificance – in the solar system.


THEATRE: Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals, Plymouth Pavilions, Weds 22 – Thurs 23 May

Fans of sequins and Strictly rejoice! The professionals are here, live in action, bringing the sparkly troupe from screen to the Plymouth Pavilions’ stage, including AJ Pritchard; Katya Jones, Oti Mabuse and Gorka Marquez. Keeeep dancing!


THEATRE: Macbeth, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, Tues 21 and Fri 24 May

Double, double, toil and trouble… the English Touring Opera brings Verdi’s interpretation of the blood-soaked Scottish play to Exeter Northcott with its operatic tale of over-reaching ambition, guilt and murky magic. Sung in English with English subtitles, and there’s a pre-show talk at 6.30pm before the Tuesday performance if you want to brush up your Shakespeare beforehand.


DRINK: Cà Dei Maghi ‘Meet The Winemaker’, Royal William Yard, Thurs 23 May

Pic credit Imogen Forster

Did someone say wine? Take your tastebuds on a trip to Italy with Italian winemaker, Paolo from Cà dei Maghi, a small farm in the heart of the sweet hills of Valpolicella for an informative and insightful evening devoted to the delights of the grape.


COMEDY Alan Carr: A work in progress, Thurs 23 May, Lynton & Lynmouth

Doing what it says on the tin, Alan Carr tries out some new material on the unsuspecting inhabitants of Devon. It’s bound to be a laugh with the Chatty Man.


WILDLIFE: Berry Head Bat Walk, Meeting Point: The Artillery Store, Fri 24 May

Bat-phobes look away now, everyone else – listen up. Here’s a rare opportunity to become bat detector for the night, honing in on the horseshoe bats that roost in the limestone cliffs at Berry Head and witness the only flying mammal leaving the roost. Great anecdotal – and instagram – value.


COMEDY: Simon Day in Character, Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth, Fri 24 May

Fast Show ledge Simon Day doing what he does best. A gag-filled night spent in the company of some of his most iconic characters, including pub bore Billy Bleach, ageing prog rocker and humanitarian Brian Pern, habitual crim Tony Beckton and Geoffrey Allerton, Yorkshire’s most under-rated poet.


ARTS: Sea Change Festival, various locations, Dartington Hall and Totnes, Fri 24 – Sun 26 May

The free-wheeling spirit of Dartington brought to life in festival-form, kicking off with a cricket-match on Friday, music from Metronomy, post-punk band The Pop Group, Mercury-prize short-listed The Comet, poetry reading,  a litter-pick round Totnes, and comedian Stewart Lee with the real Bagpuss in conversation with other Bagpuss aficionados. Brilliantly bonkers.


COMEDY The guilty feminist, Plymouth Pavilions, Sat 25 May

Love the podcast? Good news – its creator Deborah Francis-White is coming to Plymouth this month. She promises a range of comedy and musical guests, plus local activists joining her on stage and she’ll be wearing a sexy sequinned green cape. What more can you ask for of an evening? And she’s going to have local people on the sofa, Graham Norton chat-show style, talking about what they’re doing to make their patch of the world a better place to live. Read Muddy’s chinwag with her here.


ARTS & CULTURE: Alexander McCall Smith, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival, Sat 25 May

The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency author on a stellar writing career that’s sold over 20m copies; followed by a book signing.


MUSIC: Music Extravaganza, The Ship Inn, Back Beach Teignmouth, Fri 24 – Sun 26

An all-day BBQ and three nights of music from local East Devon bands, including Antigua Joe and The Gun Runners, kicking off on Teignmouth’s back beach with appropriately,  The Backbeach Boyz. If you love local ales, a choice of 10 West Country gins, including Teignmouth’s own Granny Garbutts, and insta-worthy sunsets down the Teign Estuary, here’s the place to be.


KIDS: Get Set, Sow! RHS Garden Rosemoor, Sat 25 May – Sun 2 Jun

Get the kids flexing their kids’ green fingers with four packed days of workshops, you never know they might get into doing weeding and mowing. Plus, when they’ve finished with the dibbers, there’s a garden trail filled with hidden discoveries and an interactive theatre adaption of the enchanting tale of Alice in Wonderland.


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