Fri 8 - Sun 10 March
BALLET: Beauty and the Beast, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Sat 9 Mar
Birmingham’s Royal Ballet perfom Beauty and the Beast at Theatre Royal- it all sounds rather regal, doesn’t it? Created by BRB’s director David Bintley, the classic fairytale gets a gothic twist along with a live orchestra. There’s also a shorter, interactive performance for children, on Fri 8 Mar, with excerpts from the show and a storyteller- a great intro to ballet for kids 3+.
WALK: Castle Drogo reopens, Sat 9 Mar
This whopper of a castle reopens this month and you’ll be able to have a gander at the huge renovation project that’s been underway to make the building water tight. There’s also loads of great walks around the castle’s stunning grounds- head to the Bunty House and rhododendron garden to see the first signs of spring flowers.
ART: Exeter’s Fine Art Collection: Women Artists, Exeter RAMM until 9 June
Girl power! Shining a spotlight on women artists in RAMM’s fine art collection, this exhibition features works from the 1770s until 2011 including pieces from suffragette artist Olive Wharry (1886-1947), popular Victorian children’s book illustrator Kate Greenaway and newer works from Barbara Hepworth, Gillian Ayres and more.
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EXHIBITION: Criminal Ornamentation – Yinka Shonibare MBE curates the Arts Council Collection, Exeter RAMM until Sun 17 March
Brighten up the greyest of months with an exhibition brimming with colour and pattern. Celebrated British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE has chosen nearly 100 works by more than 50 artists featuring eye-popping art from film to fashion and ceramics to sculpture. From a sequinned dress by Alexander McQueen to 19th century William Morris Wallpaper, his selection tells a story of objects that refuse to be confined.
BOOKS: World Book Day Weekends, Sat 9 – Sun 10 Mar
Get ’em off the iPads and onto the books! National Trust venue Knightshayes celebrates World Book Day with drop-in storytelling sessions in the Drawing Room and bookmark making. If you’re up on the other side of Devon, Arlington Court is running a similar event with a literary-themed trail around the grounds. At both venues, kids can also swap their World Book Day tokens for limited edition books- don’t forget to dress up!
EXHIBITION: Tree of Life, Killerton, until 2 Nov
Killerton, 20 minutes north of Exeter, explores the human connection to nature through this fashion exhibit looking at the use of plants in clothing.
EXHIBITION: Get Fresh, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, until Sun 10 March
Last chance to see this exhibition at this lovely gallery, showcasing a range of fresh and innovative work from emerging makers across the south west. You’ll be able to view ceramics, jewellery, glass and woven textiles among the exhibits, and most importantly, you’ll be supporting these newbies as they set out to carve a name for themselves.