Mon 12 - Sun 18 August
THEATRE: The Three Musketeers, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth Thurs 31 Jul – Sat 17 Aug
Le Navet Bete performs the Dumar classic with four actors playing 30 different characters, and choreographed by the internationally renowned Lea Anderson. A story of misplaced courage, friendship and dodgy swords: chaos is sure to ensue.
OUTDOORS: Elmer’s Parade and Trail, Plymouth, until Mon 16 September
Haven’t you herd? Plymouth has 40 unique Elmer the Elephant sculptures on parade around the city. Head to to Royal William Yard or pick up a map from the tourist info office take your Elmer-loving littlie to get their selfie.
ART: Evolver Prize 2019, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Elmfield House, Honiton, till end Aug
Featuring the winning cover art and 49 runners up selected by a panel of editors and other artists, Evolver 2019 showcases the best painting, photography and design Devon has to offer. All artwork is for sale and though the winner has been chosen – Debbie Lee’s Sack Race (pictured) – now it’s the visitors turn to vote for their favourite.
ART: Textures, Devon Sculpture Park, Mamhead nr Exeter, throughout August
Head to the UK’s newest open-air gallery near Exeter, set in 100 rolling acres of Capability Brown landscape gardens and filled with work by artist-owner Philip Letts. Known in the art world for his abstract photography from New York to Beiruit, Letts’ has created two exhibitions – indoor and out in the park – designed to make you think about climate-change and our often destructive relationship with nature.
EXHIBITION: Nomads: Homes on the Move, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, until 6 October
Around 30-40 million nomadic people are living in our world today, some in harsh environments, and Gordon Clarke’s collection of photography allows an insight into the incredibly fascinating lives of these nomads. Tea, cake and a chat with Gordon included.
OUTDOOR ART: Trail Art, The Den, Teignmouth, until 1 September
Every year Trailart invites local artists, professionals, community groups and schools a chance to contribute to a sculpture trail, displayed on on Teignmouth’s sea front, with the aim of raising awareness about environmental issues through recycled art. The works are made from found materials and plastic waste, and cover troubling themes like plastic in the ocean, so just the thing for provoking good chats with the kids.
FAMILY: Planet Circus, Paignton, Weds 7 – Sat 31 Aug
Roll up, roll up to Paignton for Planet Circus – thrilling stunts, daredevil bikers, foot juggling (better than it sounds!) and all your traditional circus tricks with a few modern twists thrown in. No surprise, tickets are as high in demand as the tightropes, so book it up quick!
SPORT: Mountain biking on Woodbury Common, Tues 13 Aug
We all need a bit of fresh air after a long day and Woodbury Common’s enchanting heathland is the answer. Cathy Debenham will lead the group to the best trails and share helpful tricks to enhancing your confidence as an off-road cyclist. A fab way to meet new people whilst working up a sweat.
OUTDOORS: British Fireworks Championships, Plymouth Hoe, Weds 14 and Thurs 15 Aug
Get ready to ooh and aah at the spectacular pyrotechnics across Plymouth Sound as six professional firework companies battle it out to be the best. Plus music, fairground rides and refreshment stalls on Plymouth Hoe.
FAMILY: Coastal clean-up, Torre Abbey Sands, Torquay, Wed 14 Aug
Want to do your bit to help the environment? It’s easier than you think with Living Coasts’ clean-up of Torquay’s beaches this summer. Bring the entire family for some wholesome bonding whilst protecting the unique biodiversity of our beaches.
MUSIC: FB Pocket Orchestra Live from the Vineyard, Brickhouse Vineyard, Mamhead, nr Exeter, Fri 16 Aug
Roll out those blankets and pack your picnic basket with goodies as the Pocket Orchestra take you back in time to the roaring 20s with atmospheric toons, set amongst Brickhouse Vineyard’s 3000 vines. A perfect place to sit back with a pizza and a glass of their home-grown wine.
FAMILY: Evening paddle, River Dart, Fri 16 Aug
Watch the sun set on a guided evening tour of the River Dart with a qualified canoer and storyteller before alighting onto a nearby river bank and settling in for some wholesome storytelling and well-earned cake consumption.
MUSIC: Beautiful Days, Escot Park, Fri 16 – Sat 18 Aug
Now in its 16th year, Beautiful Days returns to Escot with its eclectic mix of art installations, food and craft stalls and a children’s area to keep the kiddos happy. Don’t leave that tent sitting in the cupboard; set up, sit back and enjoy the likes of Seth Lakeman and The Stranglers taking centre stage with a G & T in hand. Let’s hope the weather’s good, eh?
THEATRE: Mr Stink, Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple, Fri 16 – Sun 18 Aug
Who says children’s theatre is just for the kids? Grown-ups will enjoy the musical adaptation of David Walliams’ smelly but heart-warming tale of 12 year-old Chloe, Mr Stink and his secret move into the family’s garden shed.
MARKET: Ivybridge Artisan Market, Sat 17 Aug
Ivybridge’s brand spanking new artisan market open every first and third Saturday of every month brings together everyone’s favourite things; baked goods and craft, plus original children’s books and gemstone jewellery.
FOOD: Kingsbridge Farmers Market, Kingsbridge, Sat 17 Aug
Love homemade but no time to make it yourself? Head to Kingsbridge Farmers Market for local cheeses, juicy jams and preserves, cakes and bread – the perfect place to stock up your cupboards.
Words by Molly Grogan.