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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.



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.


FAMILY: Adoption Donkey Guess Who Trail, Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, all Sept

Get to know The Donkey Sanctuary’s nine adopted donkeys with this year’s Guess Who challenge, combining exercise, brain power and of course, donkeys. Prizes to be won, sleuthing to be done and equine friends to be petted; sounds like a great way to tire them out to me.


EXHIBITION: Birds without Borders, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, until 3 Nov

An exploration of the miracle of migration, mixing science, art and social history exploring why some birds are so important to our country and the lengths some birds travel before making their way into our back gardens. Perfect for all ages who have a curiosity for our feathered friends. 


Words by Molly Grogan.

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