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EXHIBITION: Nomads: Homes on the Move, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, until 6 October

Around 30-40 million nomadic people are living in our world today, some in harsh environments, and Gordon Clarke’s collection of photography allows an insight into the incredibly fascinating lives of these nomads. Tea, cake and a chat with Gordon included.


KIDS: Wonderland, The Soapbox Children’s Theatre, Devonport Park, Plymouth, Sat 13 Jul – Sat 21 Sept 

Looking for something to distract the tinies? Head to Wonderland where anything can happen, a magical, immersive encounter for babies and toddlers with movement, music, texture and light.


GARDENS: Donkeys Matter Artisan Garden opening, The Donkey Santuary, Sidmouth, from Mon 15 Jul

You’ve seen it on the BBC coverage, now you can check out the award-winning People’s Choice RHS Chelsea Flower Show artisan garden Donkeys Matter in the flesh from today at the The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth site, reconstructed just as it looked at the show and free of charge for people to visit.


FOOD: Devon Street Food Festival, Ilfracombe, Fri 2 – Sun 4 Aug

All-day mojitos, anyone? The Devon Street Food Fest is back with more mouth-watering food on offer than ever. Head down from noon until 10pm each day, for crepes, burgers, brownies and yummy Malaysian food.


MUSIC: Sidmouth Folk Festival, Sidmouth Fri 2 – Fri 9 Aug

Sidmouth’s 65th folk festival is back: a seaside celebration of music, food and dance and lots of craft stalls and circus skill workshops for the kiddies. There’s a firework display at the end of the week, so it’s sure to go out with a bang.


THEATRE: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Poltimore House, near Exeter, Fri 2 – Sun 4 Aug 

Pack your picnic blanket – The Sun and Moon Theatre Company’s rendition of Shakespeare’s classic rom-com enchants the grounds of Poltimore House this August; the perfect setting for love, loss, confusion, fairies and a misplaced donkey head. We promise it’s not as mad as it sounds!


MUSIC: LauFest, Wembury, Fri 2 – Sun 4 Aug

Plymouth’s homegrown festival celebrates the life of the late Laura Plane – a mighty Plymouth woman who raised £70k while living with breast cancer – with music, food, friends and family in aid of Coppafeel! breast cancer awareness charity at Wembury this August. Wake up to sea views and a cracking line-up every morning, including Town of Cats, Wildwood Kin and The Magic Numbers – sounds like our idea of an awesome weekend!


FESTIVAL: Tunes in the Castle, Powderham Castle, Kenton, Sat 3 – Sun 4 Aug

Could there be a more beautiful setting for a music festival? Powderham Castle welcomes the musical stylings of Joss StoneJames Morrison, Pixie Lott and Scouting for Girls. Want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of festival life? Take to the hot tubs in the Wellbeing area’ and ooh, Joan of Arc’s gin terrace’ will be open for business. Who knew festivals could be so relaxing?


FESTIVAL: Lifeboat Weekend and Maritime Festival, Clovelly, North Devon Sat 3 – Sun 4 Aug

Clovelly’s annual maritime festival in aid of the RNLI promises family fun with craft, music, Punch and Judy and a BBQ. Watch the sponsored swim from Bucks Mill to Clovelly and the famous Clovelly Cup yacht race at 12. Then, if you’re brave, finish the evening by taking a stab at the pub quiz at the Red Lion Harbour bar at 8:30.


FILM: Bohemian Rhapsody, Big Screen in the Park, Northernhay Gardens Exeter, Sat 3 Aug

Rami Malek’s Oscar-winning performance as Freddie Mercury shown on the big screen. Pre-order picnics are available with nibbles and wine included and book a deckchair for the luxury experience. Get ready to be rocked.


EXHIBITION: 97th Westward Ho! & Bideford Art Society, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, until 10 Aug

This annual open exhibition  of regional amateur and professional artists showcases over 300 works: an eclectic mix of painting, sculpture, textiles, printmaking, ceramics and more.


TRIPS: The Riviera Wheel, Torquay seafront, Summer holidays late opening till 10pm

The ferris-wheel is back and open for business, taking you on a 12-minute circular ride that gives you a seagull’s eye view over the marina and Torquay sea-front. It’s 60m high so definitely not for the vertiginous. Twenty percent off when you book online in advance up to midnight the day before. Open till 10pm during the summer hols (usually 8pm).


Words by Molly Grogan.

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