Muddy Guide (Thurs 23 Feb – Wed 1 March)
Lord of the Dance, Plymouth Pavilions, Thurs 23 – Sun 26 Feb
The West End, Broadway, Europe, the Southern Hemisphere and now Plymouth. It’s been twenty years since Michael Flatley debuted Lord of the Dance and now a new cast are bringing their phenomenal feet to Devon as part of a spine tingly 23 city UK tour, directed by the big man.
Charcuterie Day, Darts Farm, Sun 26 Feb
Any excuse to get a big sausage into the Muddy Guide. Did you promise yourself you’d master a new skill this year? Your ticket has just come up at the deli counter. Get yourself down to Darts Farm for this one-day masterclass led by award-winning Topsham artisan charcuterie specialists Good Game who will give you an insight into the craft of curing.
9.30 – 5pm. Tickets £150, includes a tasting lunch, drinks & a charcuterie to take home. dartsfarm.co.uk
Roald Dahl’s The Twits, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Mon 27 Feb – Sat 4 March
You can’t beat the classics, especially a Roald Dahl one. And what kid doesn’t love a revolting tale? Bundle up the brood and get yourself along for a mischievous performance, directed by Max Webster. Just expect everyone to be calling everyone a twit for the next million days. If you can’t beat em…
Room on the Broom, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Mon 27 Feb – Weds 1 March
If you’ve a small person clinging to your leg most days, then the chances are they can recite most of Julia Donaldson’s catchy classics at you. Why not put their lungs to good use with a trip to the theatre to see Tall Stories‘ Olivier-nominated production of this magical tale of the witch, her cat, her entourage and a broken broomstick.
Suitable for aged 3+. theatreroyal.com
Gruffalo Spotters Trail, Haldon Forest, from Tues 21 Feb
That Julia Donaldson is out for Devon domination right now. If you’d rather get outdoors this weekend, but don’t want to miss the fun, then make your way to Haldon Forest for a brand new Gruffalo-themed techie-trail, where you get to follow clues, point your phone at special markers and see characters appear before your eyes. But first, make sure you download the Gruffalo Spotters App (how bad would it be if you got there and found you had no wifi?!).
Laugh Out Loud Festival, Various Venues Across Exeter Wed 22 Feb – Sun 5 March
I touched upon this in last weeks Guide, but there are still plenty of Lolz to be had around Exeter this week. Here are my two picks out of a big bunch of comedy, for culture-starved grown-ups.
Rory Bremner, Exeter Corn Exchange, Mon 27 Feb
Let’s face it, the state our political world is in right now, if we don’t laugh we’ll cry. So let Britain’s best political impressionist help with that as he tries to make sense of Trump, Boris and Brexit.
Josie Long, Exeter Phoenix, Tues 28 Feb
The star of Radio 4’s Romance and Adventure, presenter of Radio 4’s Shortcuts and three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee is bringing a new stand-up show to Devon, full of optimism and hopefulness, apparently. And don’t we all need some of that, right now? Sign me up.