Mon 15 - Sun 21 July
EXHIBITION: 97th Westward Ho! & Bideford Art Society, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, until 10 Aug
This annual open exhibition of regional amateur and professional artists showcases over 300 works: an eclectic mix of painting, sculpture, textiles, printmaking, ceramics and more.
TRIPS: The Riviera Wheel, Torquay seafront, Summer holidays late opening till 10pm
The ferris-wheel is back and open for business, taking you on a 12-minute circular ride that gives you a seagull’s eye view over the marina and Torquay sea-front. It’s 60m high so definitely not for the vertiginous. Twenty percent off when you book online in advance up to midnight the day before. Open till 10pm during the summer hols (usually 8pm).
SHOW: Kinky Boots, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Mon 8 – Sat 20 Jul
Love theatre? Love shoes? Well, who doesn’t? Leave your Muddy Stilettos at the door and put on your ruby-red boots for ‘London’s hottest musical’ – a show jam packed with feel-good tunes, sure to get your kinky boots and toes tapping.
FESTIVAL: Budleigh Salterton Music Festival, Fri 12 – Sat 20 Jul
Want to get a Handel on your Mozart (see what I did there?) then head to Budleigh for a packed programme of events, including free lunchtime talent and evening sessions covering orchestral, opera, choral music and instrumentalists. Batons at the ready!
KIDS: Wonderland, The Soapbox Children’s Theatre, Devonport Park, Plymouth, Sat 13 Jul – Sat 21 Sept
Looking for something to distract the tinies? Head to Wonderland where anything can happen, a magical, immersive encounter for babies and toddlers with movement, music, texture and light.
GARDENS: Donkeys Matter Artisan Garden opening, The Donkey Santuary, Sidmouth, from Mon 15 Jul
You’ve seen it on the BBC coverage, now you can check out the award-winning People’s Choice RHS Chelsea Flower Show artisan garden Donkeys Matter in the flesh from today at the The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth site, reconstructed just as it looked at the show and free of charge for people to visit.
DRINK: English Wine & Epicurean Evening, Glazebrook House, South Brent, Thurs 18 Jul
Treat yourself to a gastronomical evening at boutique hotel Glazebrook House, with the excellent excuse of educating yourself about English wines. With tipples (and cheese) from Devon vineyards among others, including Sharpham and Lyme Bay.
DANCE: Tropical Summer Festival, Plymouth, Fri 19 – Sun 22 Jul
Feel the rhythm at Plymouth’s summer dance festival popping up at various venues around the city, including the Guildhall and Plymouth Hoe. Three days of workshops, expert performers, live music and shows, with salsa, Cuban and Bachata on the dance menu. Sway those slinky hips now.
FESTIVAL: Chagstock Music Festival, Whiddon Down, nr Okehampton, Fri 19 – Sat 20 Jul
Pack the Scooby snacks… The Fun Lovin’ Criminals return to Dartmoor’s favourite music fest, set in the heart of the moors, surrounded by rolling Devon hills and an option on glamping in a bell tent. A family-friendly fest as loved by Bob Geldof and Ade Edmondson, the Noble Jacks, From the Jam and plenty of up-and-coming Devon bands are in the line-up. This year’s theme is under the sea – mermaids welcome.
FOOD: Cheese Tours at Home Farm, Exeter, Fri 19 and Fri 26 Jul
Calling all cheese lovers! Take a historical guided tour around the Quicke family farm this month and learn all about the ancient process of cheesemaking and get a taste of the science behind it all. Followed by a seasonal two-course lunch featuring the famous Quickes cheese, we promise it’ll be Gouda-un!
FAIR: Kingsbridge Fair Week, Sat 20 – Sat 27 Jul
Kingsbridge knows how to do carnival week alright, with a gorgeous lantern parade and fireworks, raft race, 10k race, flower-queen and more, but you’ll have to buy a programme if you want to know more – their rules, not mine!
WALK: St Luke’s Midnight Walk, Plymouth Piazza, Sat 20 Jul
Set the Fitbit and get ready to pound the pavements with thousands of other women for charity – a choice of 3, 8 or the full whammy, 13 miles. This year the theme is 80’s so dig out your best bling and flick that Farrah Fawcett hair, ladies.
FOOD: Ashburton Ale Tasting & Bread Weighing Fayre, Sat 20 Jul
A quirky celebration dating back to the time when there was no check on the quality of bread or ale, the Fayre sees the townsfolk take to the streets in medieval garb at 4pm – with a tankard or two naturally – culminating in a Medieval Fayre.