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THEATRE: The Girl on the Train, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Mon 30 Sept – Sat 5 Oct

Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel is adapted for the stage to bring to life the thrill and mystery of the book. Samantha Womack of EastEnders stars as Rachel Watson, a woman who longs for a different life as she watches those of the inhabitants of the houses she passes every day. A fabulously enthralling new play that will keep you on the edge of your seat.


THEATRE: The Lovely Bones, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, Mon 30 Sept – Sat 5 Oct

A coming of age tale about love, death and everything in between. Birmingham Rep Theatre’s production captures the heartache and poignancy of the best-selling novel by Alice Sebold, promising a visually stunning performance with a spellbinding soundtrack and an incredibly talented company of performers driving it.


FILM: English Riviera Film Festival, Torquay (various) Mon 1 – Sat 12 Oct

Film buffs and families alike will love Torquay’s very own film festival: the 12-day celebration boasts awards evenings and networking events and brings you a mix of vintage classics and youth productions showcasing some major talent sure to be the future of film making. Coming to a venue near you…


SPOKEN WORD: Luke Wright-Poet Laureate, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, Fri 4 Oct 

If you read one of Luke Wright’s poems right now (go on-have a watch ) you can already tell the man’s got talent. Serious talent. Frequently standing as a support act for Mr John Cooper Clarke and now with the title of Poet Laureate under his belt, he doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon. Catch him while you can at the Barbican theatre. You’ll be laughing, crying and thinking…really thinking about what it is to be a person. Lovely.


DRINK: Oktoberfest, Double Locks, Exeter, Fri 4 – Sat 5 Oct 

Prost! A weekend of Bratwurst, beer and Bavarian festivities at Exeter’s beautiful Double Locks pub, situated right on the River Exe. Don that Lederhosen and prepare for some lively music, food and of course, a very German atmosphere.


FESTIVAL: Sidmouth Science Festival, Sidmouth, Fri 4 – Sun 13 Oct

It’s hard to express just how important STEM (Science, tech, engineering, maths) is in our everyday lives, but Sidmouth Science Fest wants to show you just how with this year’s theme, ‘Science in our lives’. Spanning 10 days, prepare to have your knowledge tested and mind blown by experiments running daily incorporating a little bit of everything; nature, art and history too.


SHOPPING: Totnes Fiver Fest, Totnes, Sat 5 – Sat 12 Oct

Did you know that if every adult in Totnes and Bridgetown spent just £5 a week in the gorgeous independent shops of Totnes, a whopping £1.6 million per year would be made for the local economy? Imagine that. In association with the nationwide Fiver Fest, selected Totnes retailers are offering treats and gifts for £5 to encourage people to shop locally. And with shops like Fifty5a, Love Frankie and Me and East (pictured) I don’t think you’ll find spending in Totnes too much of a hardship.


FESTIVAL: Powderham Food Festival, Powderham Castle, Kenton near Exeter, Sat 5 Oct

It’s tradition to eat lots of yummy goodies as the biting winds of Autumn set in and Powderham Castle has the perfect remedy for your chilly blues. With a maze of food and drink huts, boasting everything from burgers to cider, a live music stage and a kiddies’ zone, it’s the perfect beginning to the end of the year.


CIRCUS: Circus Extreme, Sat 5 – Sun 13 Oct, Central Park, Plymouth

Circuses never get old, it’s just a fact of life. Circus Extreme is no different- I mean, it’s literally in the name…’extreme’. Rings of fire, juggling from the highest heights and bike stunts of the most dangerous calibre to name a few, sound entertaining?


RUN: Plymouth 5k and 10k, Sun 6 Oct, New George Street, Plymouth

Run, run! We know you’ve been training hard for this, or even if you haven’t been, there’s still time. Grab those trainers and high-tech running gear (or not – joggers and a tee are perfect too) and get going for charity or just for a lovely feeling of accomplishment. Either is good.



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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