The Muddy Guide (Thurs 23rd – Wed 29th March)
Er, hate to break it to you, but don’t forget that we lose an hour of sleep this weekend. My advice? Keep yourself busy and you’ll barely notice. Fortunately, there’s plenty happening out there, so crack on…
James Taylor Quartet, Tavistock Wharf, Friday 24th March
The groovy and soulful JTQ, normally seen at Ronnie Scott’s and the Jazz Cafe in London are coming to Tavistock, to support the work of the Tamar Community Trust. Supported by local singer/songwriter Joanna Cooke, known for her mesmerising voice, this sounds a pretty funky way to kick off the weekend.
8.30pm, tickets from £16. tavistockwharf.com
Ross Noble: Brain Dump, Princess Theatre, Torquay, Friday 24th March
It must be quite liberating to be a comedian. Apparently, Ross Noble has lots backing up in his mind and he needs to release it. Cue the brain dump. The Times described his latest show as a collection of “beautifully twisted thoughts”; a bit my blog sometimes…
8pm, tickets £27.90 + booking fee. atgtickets.com
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Glorious Mozart, Plymouth Guildhall, Fri 24th March
If you’ve had one of those weeks and you’re in need of a complete departure from emails, screaming kids, or general life, then I highly recommend dinner out and a night of soothing classical music. Go on, try it.
Britain in the Fifties: Design & Aspiration, The Council House, Plymouth, opens Sat 25th March
While Plymouth Museum undergoes a radical rebuild, the museum is going on tour, popping up at venues around the city. On Saturday, this fab sounding exhibition opens at the Council House. If you’re a fan of mid-century design (me too), you’ll love this, with classic design pieces from inside and outside the home to drool over.
10am – 4pm, Free admission. devonmuseums.net
Louise Parker Jazz Night, The Watermark, Ivybridge, Sat 25th March
A regular on Radio 2’s Best of Jazz, Louise Parker (aptly named after Louis Armstrong) performs a mix of funk and gospel that stirs the soul. If you want to make an evening of it, there’s a pre-show canapés supper available too for £7.50. A steal.
8pm, tickets £10. ivybridgewatermark.co.uk
Delicious Dart Trail, Totnes to Dartmouth, Sat 25th March
For some crazy souls, this is a trail running event with a difference; for the rest of us, it’s a fab spectator sport and food festival all in one. The annual Delicious Dart Trail starts in Totnes and finishes in Dartmouth, with loads of the county’s best beers, wines, savouries and puddings popping up to try along the way. Sounds a right laugh (says the Muddy editor, once the running places are safely sold out and there’s no choice but to stand and scoff, er, cheer).
Starts at Totnes Pavilion Leisure Centre from 8.30am. deliciousdarttrail.co.uk
Mother’s Day, Sunday 26th March
If you find yourself in need of a few emergency ideas for Sunday, because Dad forgot to sort it all out with the kids and now they’re upset (just my house, then?), check out my Mother’s Day Guide, plus a couple more here.
Posy Making at Saltram, Plymouth, Sun 26th March
Make a posy made from flowers picked fresh from the garden and take afternoon tea at the Chapel Tearoom.
12.30 – 3.30pm, nationaltrust.org
Mother’s Day Cupcake Making Workshop at Darts Farm
Ok, this may not feel like the spa treat you hoped for, but imagine the small’s delight at getting to decorate cupcakes and present their hard-earned masterpieces to you in a little gift box? Gotta be worth popping along for, hey?
11.00 – 12.30pm dartsfarm.co.uk