1 - 7 April
MUDDY’S PICK OF THE WEEK
EXHIBITION: Tony Husband: 35 Years of Private Eye, Exeter Library, Castle St, Exeter, until mid-April
Fancy a titter? Pop into Exeter Library for an exclusive peek at thirty-five years’ of the award-winning Private Eye’s cartoonist’s work displayed for free throughout the building.
DANCE: Them/Us, BalletBoyz, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter, Mon 1 – Tues 2 April
The BalletBoyz are back in town with their critically-acclaimed show of two halves, Them and Us, and boy, do I want to see it thanks to the rave reviews from The Times, FT, Guardian and The Stage. Described as an inventive double bill, it asks where we see ourselves in relation to the “other,” and explores the fine balance between them and us.
ART: Celebrating Three Generations: New artworks by Anita Klein, Marine House, Beer, until 12 April
Whenever I see Anita Klein cards on sale, I always buy a job lot for my friends, so brilliant are they at capturing those every-day moments of a woman’s life. Hotfoot it down to the gorgeous coastal town of Beer to check out her latest collection of artworks.
THEATRE: The Mermaid’s Magical Purse, 1 – 9 April
Plymouth’s ever-quirky and creative Stiltskin’s Soapbox Children’s Theatre have added a few extra dates in April to their new original show complete with mermaids, pirates and puppets.
ART: Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Gallery 20, Exeter: Hawksmoor Classical Concert Series 2019, 3 April
Time to top up your classical repertoire with an evening of clarinet music from Emma Johnson, playing Brahms, Rossini, Mozart and more. One to inspire any reluctant tooters amongst your Mudlets; Emma is one of the UK’s biggest selling classical artists, has performed all over the world -from America to Africa – and has sold over half a million albums worldwide.
GARDENS: RHS Garden Rosemoor, Easter Fun Family Workshops, 6 – 21 April
There are basketfuls of egg-hunts and trails this month, but you can’t go wrong with RHS Garden Rosemoor near Torrington who’re running five days of creative workshops, plus an Easter trail and secret clues to find among the daffies.
COMEDY: Lee Nelson, Serious Joker, Northcott Theatre, Exeter 6 April
Lee Nelson, the comedy alter-ego of comedian Simon Brokdin – known for handing Teresa May her P45 and showering Sepp Blatter in cash – brings his 170-date tour to Exeter.
THEATRE: Witch, Torquay Museum, 6 April
Never mind Judge Rinder, enter a real life court room drama by Circle of Spears Productions based on the trial of accused healer Margery Scrope in Lyme Regis back in 1687, exploring the dangers and realities of being a woman with secrets in a patriarchal society. Scary stuff.
OUTDOORS: Quince Honey Farm, Re-opening launch, South Molton, 6 – 21 April
Get your dose of vitamin-bee as Quince Honey Farm are re-locating their beloved bees to a new site just off the A361 North Devon Link Road and it’s all systems go to be ready for opening in Easter 2019. Go find out what all the buzz is about…
Camel Creek Adventure Park, Cornwall, Easter opening, Sat 6 – 21 April
If you fancy a hop over the border to Cornwall, Camel Creek is reopening this weekend after an £3m zhuzh of the water rides and the addition of a new mini log-flume, so don’t forget to pack at least one set of spare clothes for the Muddies (and def one for you).
KIDS: Dartmoor Zoo Annual Spring Fair, Sparkwell near Plymouth, Sat 6 April
Take your little wild things to Dartmoor Zoo at Sparkwell (the basis for the movie We Bought a Zoo with Matt Damon) for their annual spring fair full of fun and games, balloon (and real) animals, food stalls and craft.
FOOD: The Good Food & Craft Market, Royal Plymouth Yard, Sun 7 April
Ahoy up there, The Invisible Circus bring a Barnum feel to this month’s Good Food and Craft Market at Plymouth’s Royal William Yard (free on first Sunday of every month). Ooh at Felicity Footloose, the amazing upside-down daredevil acrobatic queen, aaah at the stilt-walking Stripy Twins performing aerial hoop dance and gasp (and stand well back) at knife throwing from Pete Dobbs Plus comedy juggling from Daryl J Carrington and Rimskis Cycling Piano will be bringing all his tunes to the yard.
POP-UP: Dachshund pup-up cafe, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter, 10am Sun 7 April
Here’s a banger of an idea! Grab the lead and bring your little sausage along to Exeter’s first ever dachshund gathering to mingle with other furry friends and their owners. And there’s a prize for the best-dressed pup.