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TALK: Universal Adventures in Space and Time, Professor Brian Cox, Plymouth Pavilions, Tues 17 Sept

We’re all star-dust, we know that much, but if you’re eager to explore the infinite (or is it?) possibilities of the universe without getting off your seat, then join the leather-clad Prof and co-host of The Infinite Monkey Cage, Robin Ince, for “a fascinating insight into the workings of nature at the most fundamental level”. And there’s a Q and A session in case you didn’t quite catch everything.


FAMILY THEATRE: Malory Towers, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Tues 17 – Sat 21 Sept

The original ‘Girl Power’ story by Enid Blyton comes to the stage this September, set to live music and animation, with Darrell Rivers’ stories of friendships, fights and the Cornish clifftops. If she can figure these things out at Malory Towers, she can figure them out anywhere.


LITERATURE: Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival, Weds 18 – Sun 22 Sept

Dame Hilary Mantel, Robert Harris and Cressida Cowell headline Budleigh’s lit-fest this year with talks from experienced and emerging voices in the literary community with new stories and findings to share with a curious audience ready to soak up their intellect. Crafty workshops for the littl ‘uns run throughout the day to keep their creative minds occupied so you can do the same.


FESTIVAL: Appledore Book Festival, Appledore, Fri 20 – Sat 28 Sept

Book festivals are just the best – you can go along and soak up all that cleverness and they always seem to be somewhere quite beautiful. Appledore’s is no different AND they have an absolutely fabulous line up; Greg and Anna Wallace, Jeremy Vine, Jeremy Wade, Robert Harris, Michael Rosen, the Unmumsy Mum (pictured) – the list goes on.


TRAVEL: Vintage Bus Running Day, Kingsbridge, Sat 21 Sept

Race you to the top deck for Kingsbridge’s vintage bus day, when you can hop on a classic coach for free and trundle down the old country and coastal routes of yesteryear, like you’re in a Miss Marple film. Hail your ride from Kingsbridge Bus Station on the Quay.


FESTIVAL: Devon Arts Festival, Powderham Castle, Sat 21 – Sun 22 Sept

 The nearly unrivalled beauty of Devon provides endless inspiration to artists, based near and far, so it’s only fair that Powderham Castle hosts the very best creative minds for a showcase of music, food and, of course…art. The castle will also be open to the public to marvel at even more artwork.


ART: Blue Lights Art Group, Blue Lights Hall, Vernon Lane, Appledore, Sat 21 – Sun 22 Sept

Oh, we do like to support local and we do like any excuse to shop, so how about an original artwork from a choice of 20 North Devon artists? It’s also a good excuse for a totter around beautiful Appledore and to grab a flat white in the Muddy award-winning Coffee Cabin. And it’s free entry.


COMEDY: Jack Dee: Off the Telly, Palace Theatre, Paignton, Sun 22 Sept

“In these difficult and uncertain times people need hope – a ray of sunshine to brighten their day. And that’s very much where I come in” says Jack. The famously grouchy comic is as amusingly meh as ever, on tour and in Devon. Don’t miss.


KIDS: World Rhino Day, Paignton Zoo, Paignton, Sun 22 Sept

Sound the horn for African and Asian rhinos, learn fun facts and the threats facing this beautiful mammal, while paying a visit to Paignton’s endangered black rhinos.


CAR BOOT: Newton Abbot Racecourse, Car Boot Sale, Sun 22 Sept

Hear us out? Yes, there can be some questionable items on sale (creepy dolls anyone?) but running with our love of sustainability to protect this beautiful earth of ours; buying pre-owned things is the way to go. Find a vintage pair of jeans or an old mirror that with a lick of paint would look gorgeous in the front room. Go and have a dig around.



ART: Devon Open Studios, around the county, Sat 7 – Sun 22 Sept

Get a sneak peek into the lives and work of more than 200 of Devon’s finest artists with their paint-splattered studio doors open to the general public throughout September. With free entry for all and art available to buy from the creators, a kaleidoscopic array of sculpture, painting and pottery is sure to keep those post-summer blues at bay. See what’s on where here


FAMILY: Adoption Donkey Guess Who Trail, Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, all Sept

Get to know The Donkey Sanctuary’s nine adopted donkeys with this year’s Guess Who challenge, combining exercise, brain power and of course, donkeys. Prizes to be won, sleuthing to be done and equine friends to be petted; sounds like a great way to tire them out to me.


EXHIBITION: Birds without Borders, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, until 3 Nov

An exploration of the miracle of migration, mixing science, art and social history exploring why some birds are so important to our country and the lengths some birds travel before making their way into our back gardens. Perfect for all ages who have a curiosity for our feathered friends. 


Word by Molly Grogan.

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