Mon 17 - Sun 23 June
MUSIC: Allison Adams Tucker, Fougou Jazz, Churston Golf Club, Brixham, Weds 19 Jun
Californian singer Allison Adams Tucker brings contemporary jazz to the Wednesday night club formerly known as Speakeasy Torquay. Book online or just turn up on the door.
DAYS OUT: Grand Victorian and Steampunk, Ilfracombe, until 23 Jun
Pop on your best bustle and suffragette costume and head to Ilfracombe for a week of Victorian-themed celebration including the Friday night Time Travellers’ Ball, a Tea Dance, a Paranormal Event, Teapot Racing and other tongue-in-cheek capers. Queen Victoria would definitely be amused.
THEATRE: 2000 stories, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Weds 19 – Sat 22 Jun
This is a show about stories; the ones that stay with you, the ones we forget and the ones you may have been forced to hear. Who decides on the selection of stories we’re told and are we really listening anyway?
FOOD: Sidmouth Eats Boutique, The Ham, Sidmouth, Fri 21 Jun
Friday night and can’t be bothered to cook? Always! Head to Sidmouth for an evening pop-up street food market with a pebbly beach to perch on and views out over beautiful Jurassic Coast. And it’s dog friendly so the pooch can come too.
COMEDY: Mark Watson: The infinite show, The Watermark, Ivybridge, Fri 21 Jun
The novelist and comedian shares his angst about the shocking state of the world his children are growing up and poses the empathy question: if 99 percent of the world’s population is made up of other people, why can’t we understand them?
OUTDOORS: Summer Solstice Early Opening, Overbecks, Sharpitor, Salcombe, Fri 21 Jun
Max out your Vitamin D-dose on the longest day of the year by the setting your alarm for dawn and heading to Overbecks for their special 5am summer solstice opening(if you’re not off to Stonehenge that is). Take in subtropical plantings and river views, salute the sun, then catch up on your snooze behind a palm with an early-morning pastry. It’s open till 4.30pm if 5am’s too early.
COMEDY: Hardeep Singh Kholi: Edinburgh Preview, Palace Theatre, Paignton, Fri 21 Jun
A sneak preview of the comedian, chef and broadcaster’s work-in-progress Edinburgh Fringe show.
MUSIC: Kitty Macfarlane, Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, Sat 22 Jun
Part of two weeks’ of live music sessions at The Plough, West Country singer-songwriter Kitty Macfarlane – her latest album Namer Of Clouds was included in The Guardian’s Best Folk Albums 2018 – brings her guitar and eco-focussed lyrics to North Devon.
WELLBEING: Half-day Yoga Retreat, Brickhouse Vineyard, Mamhead, nr Exeter, Sat 22 Jun
Namaste! Salute the Saturday sun in the idyllic setting of Brickhouse Vineyard’s restored thatched roundhouse with rural views over the vineyard and the sparkling Exe estuary. Two 90-minute practices (with a gap between for herbal tea, cake and a wander among the vines) supported by Neal’s Yard organic aromatherapy oils and contemplative playlists. And you’ll only have to do a handstand if you want to.
THEATRE: The Canterbury Tales, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, The Beehive, Honiton, Sat 22 Jun
All of medieval life is here in the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s version of Chaucer’s classic pilgrims’ tale, with the wide range of social strata rubbing shoulders as the Miller, the Steward and the Wife of Bath among others all have their (often bawdy) tales to tell.
MUSIC: Mark Harrison, Brixham Theatre, Brixham Town Hall, Sat 22 Jun
Quirky singer-songwriter and guitarist known for taking roots music, including folk, blues and gospel, and turning it into his own. As recently raved about on Radio Two Cerys Mathews’s show and Anneka Rice’s Pick of the Week.
FITNESS: Haldon Forest 10k, Bullers Hill, Exeter, Sun 23 Jun
Ha! 10k is nothing when you’ve got the backdrop of beautiful woods and butterflies to spur you on. I’ll be there – cheering you on of course!