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The Muddy Guide (Thurs 2 – Weds 8 Feb)

Jay Raynor: The Ten (food) Commandments, Ivybridge Watermark Theatre, Fri 3 Feb

The award-winning restaurant critic and Masterchef judge has turned into a culinary Moses as he attempts to lead us to the edible promised land.  Thou shalt always eat with thy hands, why thou should most definitely worship leftovers, these are the kinds of issues that you can expect to be tackled in hilarious fashion.  Includes a Q&A and book signing.

Tickets £15, 8pm


Reconnect with Nature at Hotel Endsleigh, Fri 3 Feb

Hotel Endsleigh

How many times have you gone for a walk somewhere gorgeous and barely even noticed? Without getting stuck on my soap box, we live in an amazing part of the world people, so make the most of it! If you’ve completely forgotten how to appreciate the flora and fauna, then get yourself to Hotel Endsleigh on Friday.  Fergus Beeley, the former producer to Sir David Attenburgh will take you on a quiet walk through the hotel’s tranquil gardens, teaching you how to reconnect with nature, and drawing on mindfulness and meditation to help you stay connected.  Is that an otter over there? Probably.  And breathe….

£150 including lunch & coffee. 



Clare Teal Duo at the Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth, Sat 4 Feb

Ooh, I really fancy this, along with a big fat glass of red.  Fans of award-winning singer and Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal reckon its her intimate performances, accompanied by piano that are the best ones.  Expect jazz classics, sublime ballads and nods to the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone. Dartmouth, you do know how treat a gal.

8pm.  Tickets £17.50 


Julie Ellis, Earth & Air:  The Episodic Memory, Ocean Studios, Plymouth, Until 17 Feb

Julie’s third solo exhibition explores notions of memory associated with place.  ‘I seek to describe the landscape, which exists in actuality and memory’, she says.  ‘The viewer is invited to bring their own autobiographies and be transported by a desire to transcend to somewhere in the past’.  Sounds like a good place to escape, to me.  If you happen to go along on Saturday, you’ll catch the artist in residence and get the chance to have a natter with her and watch her while she paints.

Free.  Open Wed – Sun 12-5pm.  Ocean Studios Gallery, Royal William Yard, Plymouth. 


Cara Dillon at the Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington,  Sun 5 Feb

Northern Irish singer Cara Dillon has won every folk award going, and she’s married into Devon’s own Folk Royalty, the Lakeman Dynasty.  Now she’s back, promoting her fifth solo album ‘A Thousand Hearts’ this week, after a five year break. Dillon has been in the industry for eons, and aside from making albums, she’s done her bit for a Disney soundtrack (singing on Tinker Bell And The Great Fairy Rescue), and had one of her songs turned into a techno remix club sensation. Basically she’s a pro, so if you’re in the area, go check her out.

7.30pm Tickets £22 


Royal William Yard Good Food Market Sun 4 Feb 

If you’re thinking of making the trip to see Julie’s exhibition (above), then you might like to know that the hugely popular monthly food market at the Royal William Yard returns this weekend.  Which can only mean one thing:  it’ll rain.  No, spring is just around the corner, muddies!  If you’re not familiar with the once-derelict former Naval Stores on the waterfront, then it’s well worth a visit.  As well as the market, there are restaurants, including River Cottage Canteen, the drool worthy Cornish Interiors showroom and the rest of Plymouth is a little pootle on the foot ferry away.  You might see Muddy Cornwall waving from across the water, too.  You can’t beat life by the sea.

Free to attend, from 10am. 


Joey Landreth, the Whiskey Tour, The Terrace, Exeter, Sun 5 Feb

Oh.  I had to look this one up to see what all the fuss is about.    Then I downloaded the album.  This man is good (and not so bad to look at, either *cough*).  Born in the Canadian prairies, Landreth’s bluesy electric guitar sound won him a Juno (Canadian awards for outstanding musical achievement), for his first album.  Now he’s coming to Exeter’s glam Terrace Rooftop Bar for a Sunday night of laid-back grooves.  That should wrap up the weekend nicely.

8pm.  Tickets £14.50 inclusive of canapés. 


And don’t forget…

Since the weather had a mardy one last weekend, you can still get out and explore Snowdrop Valley on Exmoor, only open to the public for a few weeks; and tie it in with a pub lunch at one of the many superb places taking part in the Exmoor Food Fest good grub deal on all month (2 courses for £10, 3 courses £15).

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