What’s on in June
Devon Restaurant Month, throughout June
Oh my. Now this is right up my street. A celebration of food in Devon, where the county’s top restaurants come together and offer a packed programme of foodie events? Yes please. So, what’s on the menu? Well, take your pick, really. There are dozens of daily specials all month long. So glad I didn’t throw those elasticated trousers out.
Marc Heaton: Extraordinary Gathering, Artizan Gallery, Torquay, Sat 10 – Fri 30 June
Welsh-born artist Marc has lived in Torquay for the past twenty years but, having spent most of his summer holidays in France, his style has largely been defined by observing sailors, circus performers and the intriguing bunch of characters he often saw day-to-day on the continent. Marc now produces whimsical, poetic and humorous pieces based around character sketches that he’s produced over the years and this new exhibition at the Artizan’s Garden Gallery will showcase them, as part of the gallery’s 2017 Solo Series.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Mon 26 June
Theatreland is spoiling us in Devon this month, don’t you think? With awards coming out of its ears, this one brings Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel to life on stage, courtesy of the National Theatre. I loved reading the story and the world has overwhelmingly loved this production, so I’d recommend you book in for this one.
National Cream Tea Day Celebration, Powderham Castle, 30 June
Next to Christmas, this is possibly my favourite day of the year and I’m in good company, it seems. For it was the Earl of Devon who played a significant part in the origination of the cream tea, way back in 977AD. So it’s only fitting that one should head to the Castle to indulge in a scone or two on National Cream Tea day. Cream first, of course; that’s one faux pas you don’t want to fall prey to.
Off the Surface Textile Exhibition, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Until Sun 9 July
Launched at the end of May, this new exhibition is a collaboration with the Royal School of Needlework and inspired by the RSN’s world-renowned Archive Collection, housed at Hampton Court Palace. With work produced by the school’s second year degree students, expect a visual feast of contemporary hand-embroidered beauties.
Daily 10am – 5.30pm at the Main Gallery, crafts.org.uk