The Muddy Guide (Thurs 16th – Wed 22nd March)
Get in! It’s almost the weekend again. Well, it already is if you’re counting Thursday, which I totally think you should. This week’s Muddy Guide is a riot of giggles, culture and fizz, so get stuck in and enjoy…
Chagword Literary Festival, Chagford, Fri 17th – Sun 19th March
Only a few tickets left for this one, so if you fancy it, crack on! This will be the third year of the fab literary fest and, let’s face it, Chagford is one of Devon’s most beautiful towns. It may be small, but the line-up is impressive, including internationally recognised children’s author Simon James, Costa Award-winning poet Alice Oswald and Kate Adie.
St Patrick’s Day Champagne & Oysters Special, Le Vignoble, Plymouth Fri 17 – Sat 18 March
Being half-Irish myself, I’m partial to the odd pint of Guinness; but if you can’t stomach the black stuff and fancy something a little lighter on the palette but don’t want to miss out on the St Paddy’s Day fun, then this might be right up your street. Galway is a bit of a stretch, but I hear oysters from the River Yealm are pretty special, too. Get ’em while they last!
The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Sat 18 – Sun 19 March
All the classic kids tales are being brought to life on stage right now, aren’t they? This one is an Olivier-nominated adaptation by David Wood. The press have nicked all of the tiger-related puns, like ‘roaring success’ and ‘grrreat’. Which leaves me pawing around for my own…
Tickets from £14, suitable for aged 3+. exeternorthcott.co.uk
Seann Walsh, One For the Road, Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, Sat 18 March
The Guardian declared him ‘the best observational comic of his generation’. Now the Lie-In King has a brand new show and he’s planning to make the good people of North Devon laugh with it. You up for it? I’m up for it.
Tickets £15 theploughartscentre.org.uk
Craig David, Following My Intuition, Plymouth Pavilions, Tues 21 March
Re-re-wind and the crowd say bo! Selecta! Craig David is back at last for his first UK arena tour in fif-teeeeen freaking years! I don’t know about you, but I was last bopping around to his songs at university. Things have changed a bit since then, including my ability to handle a hangover.
Bread-Making Workshop, Field Kitchen at Riverford, Mon 20 March
If there is ever a time to take Monday off, this is it. The Riverford chefs are laying on a practical baking day, where you’ll learn the art of making sourdough, rye and, of course a veggie treat or two down on the organic farm. Take home your haul, along with a pot of ‘Peggy’, Riverford’s own starter culture, so you can continue to get a rise at home. I’m full of puns this week.
£48 for the day inc. lunch. riverford.co.uk
Another New Restaurant for Plymouth!
Just a little heads-up that there’s another new opening on the restaurant scene in Plymouth. Can our waistlines take it? Oh, I think so. This time, celeb chef Marco Pierre White is bringing his Steakhouse Bar & Grill to the Skyline restaurant looking out across the Hoe. Marco calls the brand ‘affordable glamour’; I’ll be having a little looksie at the launch night on Thurs 16th, so I’ll let you know what it’s like, shall I?