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THEATRE: Club Tropicana, Plymouth Pavilions Fri 15 Mar – Sat 16 Mar

Get your 80’s groove (and your shoulder pads) on for this musical romp starring X-Factor’s Joe McElderry of X-Factor fame and former Sugarbabe Amelle Berrabah with hits from Depeche Mode, Cyndi Lauper and Heaven 17. Groom and bride-to-be accidentally book into the same hotel and with the same cold feet. Will they get it together? Will the drinks be free? Do girls just wanna have fun – you betcha!


EXHIBITION: Experiment and Risk, Dartington Hall, 16 Mar – 23 Apr

Interested in living dangerously? Exhibition curated by three BTEC art students from Kennicott Sixth Form in Totnes, asking what does it mean to take risks with creativity and art today?


THEATRE: The Mermaid’s Magical Purse, Soapbox Children’s Theatre, Thurs 14 – Sat 30 Mar 

Plymouth’s ever-quirky, creative and brilliant Stiltskin’s Soapbox Children’s Theatre perform their new original show complete with mermaids, pirates and puppets.

THEATRE: Dinosaur World Live, Exeter Northcott, Sat 16 – Sun 17 Mar

From the T-Rex to Triceratops, this show has ’em all. Direct from the West End, the Jurassic era comes to Exeter with this interactive, dino-mite show. There’s also a meet and greet after the show for your own little monsters to get up close to the fantastically realistic dinosaurs.

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.


Rhododendron ‘Dramatic Dark’ at the RCM Centenary Show at RHS Garden Wisley.

Spring ahoy! There’s a couple of festivals this month to get your floral fix, RHS Garden Rosemoor kicks off on Sat 16 – Sun 17 with its Spring Flower Festival, showcasing top quality blooms from competitors from Devon and beyond. There’ll also be loads of early spring shrubs available to buy in the Plant Centre if you fancy doing some planting of your own. Over at Greenway it’s all about Camellias with their annual festival that celebrates their commended Camellia garden, Sat 23 Feb – 31 Mar. There’ll be floral displays in the house and around the garden as well as a changing daily programme of walks, talks and activities. It’s National Trust so there’s your usual café and shops.


TALK: ‘Trust Fast Health’ with Dr Michael Mosley, Princess Theatre, Torquay, Sun 17 Mar 

For his first even theatre tour, the doctor behind the 5:2 diet and a regular on health programmes on the telly, Dr Michael Moseley will be discussing common health myths and teaching the audience about the best ways to lose weight (yes please), get fit (yes please) and reduce stress (YES ALRIGHT!).

And if you fancy heading further afield…

EXHIBITION: British Tattoo Art Revealed, MShed, Bristol, Sat 16 March – Sun 16 June

100 Hands, Luke Hayes, courtesy of National Maritime Museum Cornwall

To tattoo or not to tattoo isn’t really the question, with one in five of Brits now inked. I mean, even David Dimbleby’s got one.  With over 400 original artworks, photos and historic artefacts, this is the UK’s biggest exhibition showcasing the heritage of tattooing as an art form.


THEATRE: A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, until Sun 6 April

Photo Joe Roberts

Hidden agendas, flawed relationships, wild self-abandonment– the course of true love never runs smooth. Mad, bad romance in a new and dynamic interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedy. Read our review.


Twilight Sensory Spa Garden & Fondue, Bedruthan Hotel, Newquay, Thurs 7 & Fri 8 Mar

Treat yourself to an evening Sensory Spa Garden where you’ll adventure through seven stages of hot and cold therapy, the contrast is invigorating whilst deeply relaxing. Enjoy the starlight in the deep-seated hot tubs, the warmth and aroma of cedarwood sauna and two beautiful scrubs. Make your way to our Wild Cafe where you’ll enjoy a delicious classic fondue made with Gruyere and Comte cheese, flavoured with sherry and kirsch, served with a selection of cured Cornish meats and salamis, green salad, sautéed potatoes, homemade sourdough and pickles. The Twilight Spa Garden & Fondue is perfect for couples and small groups of friends looking for an after-work spa retreat this winter.

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