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FESTIVAL: Appledore Book Festival, Appledore, Fri 20 – Sat 28 Sept

Book festivals are just the best – you can go along and soak up all that cleverness and they always seem to be somewhere quite beautiful. Appledore’s is no different AND they have an absolutely fabulous line up; Greg and Anna Wallace, Jeremy Vine, Jeremy Wade, Robert Harris, Michael Rosen, the Unmumsy Mum (pictured) – the list goes on.


THEATRE: Beyond Therapy, Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple, Mon 23 Sept

A contemporary look at relationships, starring Matt Lapinskas of Eastenders and Dancing on Ice and Mandy Holliday of Les Mis and Little Britain, as two eccentric therapists and their clients, Prudence and Bruce who with the help of their psychiatrists, meet through an online ad. Bruce is highly emotional and likes to cry a lot. Prudence doesn’t think men should cry “unless something falls on them.” Their date doesn’t quite go as planned.


COURSE: Wine Education Course, Dartington Hall, Mon 23 Sept

Ever wanted to know the difference between a Pinot and a Sauvignon or how to bring your food and wine together in perfect harmony? Now’s your chance!


COMEDY: Exeter Northcott Comedy Club starring Paul Sinha, Mon 23 Sept

Award-winning stand-up comedian, Paul Sinha, or the ‘Sinnerman’ from BBC’s The Chase comes to the Exeter Northcott with his confessional and fast paced comedy. Following him, ex-Etonian Ivo Graham and international comedy star Barry Castagnola, both some of the world’s best stand up comics right, all here in Exeter.


TALK: An evening with Alice Roberts: Digging into Britain’s Past, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Tues 24 Sept

History buffs won’t want to miss this one: Prof Alice Roberts of Time Team will be taking her audience back in time, delving deep into her research of Britain’s past and the stories she collected in turn. Each talk will finish with a 20-minute Q and A for all your burning questions to be answered.


CINEMA: NT Live: One Man, Two Guvnors, The Beehive, Honiton, Thurs 26 Sept

James Corden on top comedy form as an ex-skiffle band player hired as minder to two small time crooks, giving him the sole aim of keeping his two guvnors from meeting each other. Corden won a Tony Award for his performance, so worth a watch.


THEATRE: Glittery Clittery, Exeter Northcott, Exeter, Thurs 26 Sept

Prosecco at the ready! Dance shoes on! Ready to take down the patriarchy with Fringe Wives Club? It’s going to get glittery as well as political with an all-singing, all-dancing party-rave extravaganza ready to combat bigotry, sexism and the miseducation about the wonders of the female body in all its chaos and beauty.


SPOKEN WORD: John Hegley, The Watermark, Ivybridge, Fri 27 Sept

We love John Hegley. Who else could find so much humorous poetry in potatoes and spectacles? Expect drawing, singing and mandolin-strumming, and of course, funny rhymes – sometimes very short ones. And he has been known to get audience member up on stage to write one. Better get thinking.



ART: Plymouth Art Weekender, Plymouth, Fri 27 – Sun 29 Sept

Okay, this looks like it’s going to be fun: three days of art events, exhibitions and performance pop-ups around Plymouth, including Tabatha Andrews (pictured) whose quirky installations explore how things can trigger memory and unsettle your senses, and sculptor Tim Bolton. The pair are collaborating on Make it Up, a project with seamstresses who worked at the original Jaeger factory on Union Street to create objects and interactive activities you can engage with.


FESTIVAL: Real Ale and Gin festival, RHS Garden Rosemoor, Torrington, Fri 27 – Sat 28 Sept

Gin, ale, live music, mouth-watering street food from an award-winning source… in fact the gin is award-winning too! All in the grounds of the rather exquisite Rosemoor Garden, Torrington for TWO WHOLE DAYS. Something for everyone.


VIP EVENING: Ocean Plymouth BMW, Longbridge Road, Plymouth Fri 27 (6-8.30pm) – Sat 28 Sept

Tinkering with the idea of a shiny new car this autumn (ooh, nice)? How about being BMW’s VIP for the evening? Totter over to Ocean Plymouth where you can check out the new BMW 1 Series, book a test drive (from Sat 28) and get a free brow-zhuzh from Saint 13 – HD Brown Bar, along with sweets, nibbles and free drinkies from The Inn Box.


KIDS: Living History Weekend, Wildwood Escot, Sat 28 – Sun 29 Sept

Pack the kids in the car and take them off to Escot where they can make like an Anglo-Saxon for the weekend. Gasp at battle re-enactments, learn about Saxon and Viking costume, watch falconry displays and discover how they made fleece and yarn. Plus your mini-marauders (under 10’s) can let of steam and train with the ‘warriors’ in the Kiddie vike.


WORKSHOP: Wild Foraging and Cookery Course, Crockernwell, Sat 28 Sept

Dartmoor’s Ground Up cookery school teaches you the ins and outs of totally wild cooking to bring to your own kitchen; using traditional cooking methods and nearby seasonal ingredients to create some natural masterpieces with all sorts of fungi and plants you can find from out and about.


CHARITY: Race for Life – Pretty Muddy, Plymouth, Sun 29 Sept

Ready to get muddy with Race for Life? So are we! Grab your family, friends and neighbours and face those obstacles head on, defeating the mud pit and the A-frame. All while raising vital funds for vital research.


Words by Molly Grogan.

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