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ARTS & CULTURE: Chagword, Chagford, Fri 22 – Sun 24 March

Comic Jo Brand, Nick Baker, Prue Leith and Michael Morpurgo are among the literati line-up at Dartmoor’s answer to Hay on Wye. Jo kicks off proceedings talking about her new book Born Lippy at the Jubilee Inn on Friday night. Tickets £7.50


THEATRE: The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, Exeter Northcott, Tue 19 – Sat 23 Mar

stage acting woman on phone in bed

If you enjoyed The Play that goes Wrong and Mischief Movie Night, then you’ll be tickled by this hit comedy from the same team. A priceless diamond is being stored by a corrupt city bank – what could possibly go wrong? A mad-cap fast paced caper with inventive and complicated staging, great visual gags and physical slapstick – all the ingredients for a fun night out when you need it most, in the middle of January.


BALL: The Secret Garden Boho Ball, Glasshouse at Anrán, Tidwell Farm, Newton Abbot, Sat 23 Mar 

Get yer floaty frocks out because it’s boho vibes all the way at this charity ball hosted in the lovely Glasshouse at Anrán. A ticket will get you canapés, a two course meal and drinks sourced from Devon suppliers (support local box ticked!) as well as live entertainment. Proceeds raised will go to The Blue Cross and Anti-slavery International.

More info and tickets here


EAT: Murder Mystery Dinner at Hartnoll Hotel, Saturday 23 Mar

Whodunnit? Channel your inner Miss Marple and spend a deliciously suspenseful evening chasing up clues while tucking into a three course Murder Mystery dinner that takes you back in time to 1943 and the suspicious death of a local land girl. Don’t forget your magnifying glass!

Check out the menu here


COMEDY: Rich Hall’s Hoedown, Red House Theatre, Sat 23 Mar

Standup comedian Rich Hall brings his critically-acclaimed show, his guitar and a typically curmudgeonly take on modern mores to Plymouth. Expect growling musical riffs on everything from from Primark, to the state of northern towns and romance


KIDS: Tots Go Wild! Occombe Farm, Torbay, Mon 25 Mar

children wellies

A little opportunity for smalls to burn some energy down on the farm at this fab spot in South Devon. Kids become a little farmer for the morning, helping to feed all the animals and making their own lamb to take away. Cuuuuute!

£5, suitable for toddlers up to age 5.


CINEMA NIGHT: The Great Escape with Dan Snow, Exeter Northcott, Sun 24 Mar

Take a history lesson with Dan Snow broadcast live from London on the 75th anniversary of the real-life POW escape from Stalag Luft III in Poland. An erudite excuse to watch Steve McQueen on that motorbike. No whispering at the back please…




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, shops and even a second hand bookshop.


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.


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. 

Find more ideas here

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