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KIDS: Halloween Hocus Pocus, Milky Way Adventure Park, Bideford, Sat 19 – Thurs 31 Oct

Witches and wizards are welcomed to Milky Way’s school of magic and sorcery this spooky season. Expect wand-making lessons, potion cooking and spell casting, as well as the other slightly less creepy attractions the park has to offer.


KIDS: Marine Monster Mysteries, Living Coasts, Torquay, Mon 21 – Thurs 31 Oct

Join the marine monster trail, discovering the creatures of the deep, uncovering freaky facts and menacing myths this Halloween before collecting a ghoulish prize once completed. Who knew sea creatures could be so terrifying?



KIDS: Toddler Takeover: Monster’s Ball, The Big Sheep, Bideford, Mon 28 Oct – Fri 1 Nov

Dig out your black hats and spidery brooms, and bring your little witches and skeletons down to The Big Sheep for some spooktastic fun: carving pumpkins, making scary masks and spider hats – along with all the fun of usual rides.


THEATRE: Doctor Dracula, NT Knightshayes Gardens, Tiverton, Thurs 31 Oct

Four of Swords company transports you back and forth in time, exploring Dracula and other classic vampire stories, as well as the history of grave robbing and parabiosis (nope, no idea). Strong stomachs at the ready.



COMEDY: Blizzard Extension, Babbacombe Theatre, Babbacombe, Sat 2 Nov

As an extension to his fifth solo stand up tour, Blizzard, Ed Gamble of Russell Howard, Mock the Week and Drunk History fame brings us more live comedy, covering his struggle with identity and the time he got conned by a guide dog. Woof.


ART: Amanda Popham Solo Show, Steam Gallery, Beer, Sat 2- Fri 15 Nov

Local sculptor and artist Amanda Popham brings her unique style to Steam Gallery for the 16th time with an exclusive showing of her newest work available to buy. A little something for the shelf maybe?


THEATRE: The Man who Planted Trees, Atherington Pavilion, Atherington, Sat 2 Nov

Puppetry to save a dying planet – a multi-sensory stimulating adaption of Jean Giono’s environmental classic of the shepherd and his trusty four-legged friend as they turn their barren town into a forest, acorn by acorn. A treat for grown-ups and littl’uns alike.


LIGHTS: Illuminate the Gardens, Dartington Hall Trust, Sat 2 Nov – Sun 24 Nov 

Experience the magic of Dartington’s grounds in the dark as a glorious lightshow unfolds before your eyes. Watch as the Henry Moore sculpture and the Great Hall are illuminated by environmentally sensitive lighting. We’re all about looking after nature, after all. Booking essential.


MUSIC: Devon Philharmonic Orchestra, Exeter Cathedral, Sat 2 Nov 

Where better to watch the Devon Philharmonic orchestra than in the sublime beauty of Exeter Cathedral? With concessions for under 16’s for any aspiring virtuoso’s, settle in and listen to ‘Violin Concerto’ and Beethoven’s ‘5th symphony’ as you soak up the historical surroundings.


MARKET: Exmouth Vegan Market, Ocean, Exmouth, Sat 2 Nov

Exmouth’s first ever vegan market! It’s a meat, honey, eggs, leather and products tested on animals free zone, obviously! Also priding themselves on being zero waste, a range of recycled, organic and handmade products are available for you to buy- just in time for Xmas!



FESTIVAL: Exeter Chocolate Festival, Exeter Castle, Sat 2 – Sun 3 Nov

Life can’t get much better. A whole festival dedicated to choccy. Get us there now. All the variations you can imagine; eye-wateringly spicy chilli chocolate, rich, gooey brownies and posher than posh truffles as well as a range of talks and demos on making your own and the science behind our favourite treat. Mouth-watering enough for you?


ARTS: Ocean Artists Designers Makers Market, Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard, Plymouth, Sat 2 – Sun 3 Nov

Offering a fresh take on the craft market experience, Ocean Studios showcases handmade, hand crafted, and affordable art, photography, sculpture and prints sourced from around the South West. Enjoy the historic grounds of Royal William Yard as you shop till you drop!


FIREWORKS: Appledore Fireworks Display, Appledore, Sun 3 Nov

Yo-ho, yo-ho a fireworks night for me! Appledore pirates and their famous display returns to Appledore, a few days before Bonfire Night, with all the Roman candles and Rockets you could ever need. Between the Beaver Inn and the Muddy-award winning Royal George (you lucky people).



FOOD: Artisan Market, Barnstaple Pannier Market, Sun 3 Nov

What’s better than a regular market? An artisan market, of course! Celebrating everything handmade and unique, expect a wide range of ceramics, jewellery and paintings to feast your eyes on (and treat yourself to).


Words by Molly Grogan.


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