ART& CULTURE: HERE Uncovering North Devon, Beaford Gallery, Bideford, Sat 4 May – Sat 22 June
If you love poring over old photos, the interesting characters, the clothes people wore, the cars we used to drive, you’ll love this fascinating retrospective of North Devon from Oscar-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins and James Ravilious, a collection of photos and recordings dating back to 1890.
OUTDOORS: Bee Trail, Arlington Court, Barnstaple, Mon 6 – Sat 25 May
Want to do more to help our fuzzy friends? Make a beeline for Arlington Court’s busy bee trail, where you can spot them hard at work among the blossom and pick up some tips on pollinating plants for your garden too.
KIDS: Squiggly wiggly giant squid, Royal William Yard, Plymouth, from Sun 5 May
It’s back! Plymouth’s favourite art installation wowed the Mudlets last year and now, after a winter of TLC, the Squiggly Wiggly Giant Squid is back at Royal Yard for a second season of interactive acoustic fun. Speak into its eyes and tentacles to hear the sound travel around the sea creature; watch him light up at night. Plus there’s a sea creature trail and prizes to be won.
ART: Our Place in the Seven Heavens, Artisan Gallery, Torquay, Weds 8 – Friday 31 May
Free exhibition at the Muddy-award nominated gallery curated by Devon artist Becky Nuttall exploring the English Riviera and its Geopark’s significance – or perhaps insignificance – in the solar system.
COMEDY Bill Bailey, Larks in Transit, Plymouth Pavilions, Tues 14 May
From the Far East to Plymouth, Bill Bailey’s hilarious observations of two decades of larks as a travelling comedian with music, storytelling and banter has kept audiences from Vietnam to Shanghai in stitches and now its Devon’s turn. Check out Bill’s thoughts on the show as shared with Muddy’s Kerry Potter here.
FOOD & DRINK: Guided bluebell walk and lunch, Gidleigh Park, Weds 15 and Thurs 23 May
Beautiful bluebells, ancient woods and a three-course lunch at Gidleigh Park, with delicious petits fours and wine? Sounds like my kinda woodland walk.
FAMILY: Devon County Show, Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Thurs 16 – Sat 18 May
Dig out the wellies, it’s County Show time! Where else can you goggle at 1,500 sheep, 500 cattle, 100 pigs, 150 goats and 75 alpacas all in one place? It’s Mudlet heaven thanks to motorbike stunts, live cookery demo’s with top Devon chefs, a dog show, steam engines and lashings of our county’s top-notch craft and zip-straining produce.
THEATRE: Julian Clary – Born to Mince, Queens Theatre, Barnstaple, Thurs 16 May
Brace yourselves for a ‘tsunami of smut’. The grand dame of filth, Julian Clary is on a UK tour to pleasure the provinces. In Born To Mince (a show he was going to to call Bed Knobs and Knee Pads but was advised might not sell too well in Harrogate), Julian will murder a few choons, read you a sneak preview from his next memoir A Night At the Lubricant and make withering remarks about punters foolish enough to sit in the FROW.
FOOD: Cooking from the garden, Trill Farm, Axminster, Fri 17 May
Veggies and vegans, ahoy! In need of inspo for your meatless menus? Join Trill Farm’s market gardeners for the inside on growing and cooking with veg be it, sauces, terrines and side-dishes. Plus, you’ll get a guided tour of Trill Farm Garden and leave with a bag of fresh veg to take home and impress the family.
COMEDY: Lee Nelson, Serious Joker, The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, Fri 17 May
Lee Nelson continues his smash-hit tour, Serious Joker, and he’s better than ever! Get ready for laugh-a-minute gags, but hurry – tickets won’t be around for long!
ART: Masters of Invention: Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Sat 18 May – Sun 7 Jul
Urban art comes to rural Bovey, with contemporary paintings and graffiti artwork from artists from UK and Europe exploring creative possibilities away from city walls and subways. Plus on 30 June, aspring Banksys aged 12-18 are invited to join one of the exhibition’s artist’s Errol Donald for a graffiti workshop.
FESTIVAL: Pigstock, The Big Sheep, Bideford, Sat 18 – Sun 19 May
Back for its seventh year, Pigstock returns on Saturday 18th May at its new location of The Big Sheep near Bideford and guess who’s headlining? Only Jo Whiley, Radio One DJ royalty, bringing her fave 90’s anthems and a rocking show finale. The family-friendly fest also hosts Dr & The Medics of ‘Spirit in the Sky’ fame, the Electric Swing Circus with its stomping electro beats plus CBeebies star Andy Day and free all-day entry for ticket holders to The Big Sheep.
THEATRE: ‘Untitled’, The Young Pretenders, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter Sun 19 May
The latest offering from The Young Pretenders Theatre Company, a talented theatre group for aspiring Devon thesps aged 11-18 (I saw them a year or two ago at Poltimore House and they’re seriously good. Go!