EAT OUT: Exmoor Food Fest, venues around the region, Sat 1 – Sat 29 Feb
Fancy scoffing and quaffing at some of Exmoor’s finest restaurants, including Michelin-starred venues like Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room, for as little as £10? Er, yes!
THEATRE: I Think We Are Alone Now, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Mon 3 – Sat 8 Feb
A touring production from the highly-rated Frantic Assembly about how we connect with those we love but sometimes want to strangle – the kids, the husband – with the extra bonus of being co-directed by comedian and actress Kathy Burke of Ab Fab and Kevin & Perry fame.
CLASSICAL: Mozart and Beethoven Pastoral, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Guildhall, Plymouth, Weds 5 Feb
Shed your cares and sit back with the BSO for Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture and two blissful piano works by Beethoven – Piano Concerto No.4 and Symphony No.6 ‘Pastoral’, with pianist Alfredo Ovalles tinkling the keys. Can’t make the date? They’re also at University of Exeter Great Hall on Thurs 6 Feb.
THEATRE: Bang Bang!, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, Thurs 6 – Sat 15 Feb
John Cleese makes his stage-writing debut with his adaptation of this classic comedy, a blend of French farce and Fawlty Towers, starring Tony Gardener (My Parents are Aliens) and Tessa Peake-Jones from Only Fools and Horses.
MUSIC: Pattern Pusher, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy St, Exeter, Fri 7 Feb
Pattern Pusher are a fun-loving three piece that will fill you with warm summer hooks. Go!
FILM: Banff Mountain Film Festival, Corn Exchange, Exeter, Fri 7 Feb – Mar 26
A brand-new collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival. Perfect for adrenaline-fulled snow-seekers without having to leave your comfy seat.
GIN FESTIVAL: Mother’s Ruin Gin & Vodka Festival, The Soapbox Children’s Theatre, Plymouth, Sat 8 Feb
Plymouth’s award-winning children’s theatre know what we mommas need, so bottoms up to their first ever gin and vodka festival with fantastic tipples from socially responsible distilleries, who use their profits to champion community and environmental causes. Plus, live music from Vince Lee and Becca Langsford, 7pm till midnight.
EAT OUT: DJ Brunch, Pink Moon Cafe, Exeter, Sat 8 Feb
Fancy scoffing to the sound of Biggie Smalls, Tupac, Nelly and Usher from a live DJ whilst you dig in to a delicious brunch? Plus for £20 extra, you can upgrade to a bottomless brunch deal for a one and half hours of unlimited fizz. Tempting.
MUSIC: Masquerade Ball, Powderham Castle, Kenton, Sat 8 Feb
Put on your masks and glad rags for a magical night of music and dance at the castle with bubbly and canapes, a fun casino and an Auction of Promises, topped off by a Fire Show Finale in the Rose Garden.
DANCE: Spirit of the Dance, Queens Theatre, Barnstaple, Sat 8 Feb
Flippering footsies! The Irish dancers are back, celebrating 21 years of synchronised stomping. Thirty million people in over 20 countries can’t be wrong.
COMEDY: Ivan Brackenbury supports Tom Binns: The Psychic Comedium, The Watermark, Ivybridge, Sat 8 Feb
The “jaw-droppingly brilliant” (according to The Scotsman) BBC 1 Friday Night Comedy star and co-writer, Tom Binns as as hospital radio DJ Ivan Branckenbury. Expect ventriloquism, gags and mind-reading. So pure thoughts only, please.
RACES: Armed Forces Race Day, Exeter Racecourse, Sun 9 Feb
Place your bets! Wrap up warm and bring the family for a day dedicated to Help for Heroes with cheaper Tickets for Troops on sale for active and retired service personnel. Seven races throughout the day.
EAT OUT: Kids Eat Free at The White Hart, Dartington Estate, Totnes, until 29 Feb
Yup, that’s right – every Mon-Sat, 12-3pm each day, the littlies can enjoy a free kids’ meal with every adult main. Loads to choose from, including crowd-pleasers like burgers and fish and chips. No minimum number of adults required. Wanna know more before you book? Check out my Muddy review here.