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ART: Out of the Ashes, Teign Artists, Birdwood House, Totnes, 22 – 27 April

How about this for a send-off? Eight Teign Artists are literally sending their work up in smoke, imaginatively marking the end of their decade-long collaboration with a symbolic burning of a 14′ tall reclaimed wood sculpture by Ben Yates. You can see what they make of the charred remnants in the exhibited works.

Spork Sporktacular!, Exeter Phoenix, Weds 24 April 

Join writer, performer and burlesque artist Vanessa Kusuule, as heard on Woman’s Hour, BBC 1Xtra, and The Guilty Feminist, and stand-up poet John Fluffypunk for night of slam-winning, head-spinning poetry and clever ways with words.


KIDS: Cadbury Easter egg hunt, Buckland Abbey, Yelverton, 6 – 28 April

Room left for a teeny bit more chocolate? Hop the Mudlets along to beautiful Buckland Abbey for the last chance to squirrel out those eggs, search for bunnies up to some Medieval mischief, get crafty and discover what it was like to live as a Tudor at the abbey.


COURSE: Drop-in portrait session with Hester Berry, White Moose Gallery, Barnstaple, Tuesday 23 April

Is there an inner portrait painter inside you trying to get out? Bring your pencils and imagination along to The White Moose Gallery in Barnstaple and let artist Hester Berry unleash your hidden talents.

OUTDOORS: Living Coasts: World Penguin Day, Thurs 25th April

Ppppickuppa penguin! It’s World Penguin day (of course you knew that) and Torquay’s Living Coasts are inviting you to celebrate our flippered friends. Mudlets can feed the Pingu’s or meet ‘Mac’ their penguin mascot and once your penguin adventures come to an end, you can go and amuse yourself with a huge range of penguin-themed treats in the Terrace Café located on site.



FOOD: Early morning tour of Brixham Fish Market, Weds 24 April

Ever wondered how that fishy on your dishy gets from port to plate? Set the alarm clock (the tour starts at 6am) to see something of the 40 different species of fish landed here annually, with a turnover of around £40 million, making it the biggest fishing port in England. It’s also the source of the daily catch for Brixham’s best fish restaurant Rockfish, where the tour finishes and when you’re sure to be starving, with a feast of a fish breakfast.

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CONSERVATION: Ape & Cake, Paignton Zoo, Weds 24 April 7-9pm

It’s not every day you get to eat out with a primate (though you may feel like you have already) but this is the real thing. Join the zoo-keepers for an evening guided tour of orang-utan, gorilla and gibbon enclosures and help raise vital funds and awareness of the threat to their native habitat. And you get to eat cake! (Children welcome 8 and over.)


DRINK: ‘Around Italy’ Wine Tasting, Royal William Yard, Plymouth, Thurs April 25 

Take a tipsy trip around Italy without leaving Plymouth in a wine tasting tour hosted by sophisticated indie wine lounge and merchant Le Vignoble, home to more than 250 wines and very knowledgeable wine aficionados.


CINEMA: The Sisters Brothers, Barn Cinema, Dartington Hall, Fri 26 April – Thurs 2 May

A darkly comic Western set in 1850’s Oregon starring Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly as the quarrelling Sisters brothers. Expect salty dialogue, gun-slinging and quirky humour.


MUSIC: The Vamps, Plymouth Pavilions, 27  April

Don’t be deceived! Just because they can’t afford chairs, doesn’t mean The Vamps aren’t one of the biggest boy bands in Britain right now! Bradley, James, Connor and Tristan are kindly kicking off their UK & Ireland tour right on our doorstep in Plymouth.


COURSE: Introduction to fermenting, Ground Up Cookery School, Crockernwell, Sat 27 April

Fermenting is the buzzword when it comes to health and well-being but it’s not easy to find that delicious kimchi when you want to – and I’ve been looking high and low, I can tell you. So hallelujah for the new family-run Ground Up Cookery school on the edge of Dartmoor who are launching their new venture with an inaugural course in food and drink fermenting. Other courses coming to the new Crockernwell workshop include foraging, curing and bespoke courses to suit you.


Superheroes vs Heroes – Big Fish Little Fish, Exeter Phoenix, Sunday 28 April

Don a cape and your best superhero costume and dance the afternoon away with the Mudlets at this award-winning family rave – and there’s a chance to win yourself one of three family tickets to Camp Bestival in July too. Head to the multi-sensory dancefloor for glitter cannons, bubbles, balloons and giant parachute dance or craft tables and giant colouring mural, with themed crafts and playdoh table. And there’s a play tent and baby chillout space with mats and small ballpool for the tinies – sounds like heaven to me.


WEDDINGS: Kitley House Wedding Showcase, Kitley House, Yealmpton, Sun 28 April

Getting hitched? Head to Kitley House near Plymouth to check out their 500 year-old venue and get oodles of ideas for your big day. From the car, to the cake, or maybe you fancy some pyrotechnics? We’re talking all the trimmings, and we hear that Muddy Awards winner 2017 Hannah Burnett florist will be there with some hot hand-tied’s and flower-crowns.


WELL-BEING: Mind, Body and Soul Festival, The Big Sheep, Sat 27 – Sun 28 April

De-stress in north Devon with two-days of talks and workshops on crystals, tarot, psychic art and meditation along with yoga, but don’t worry – it’s of the ultra-gentle hatha sort.


And what’s not to miss down over the border in Muddy Cornwall’s patch…

FOOD: Porthleven Food Festival, Fri 26 – Sun 28 Apr

Porthleven Food Festival, now in its eleventh year, is a well-established event on the festival calendar. The Festival brings around 40,000 people together in and around the stunning harbour port of Porthleven with national and international chef’s theatre, food stalls, street food, music day and night and entertainment for all.


CULTURE: Trevithick Day, Camborne, Sat 27 April


Trevithick day is part of Cornwall’s rich heritage, celebrating Camborne town’s renowned industrial history. Join the town in their festivities admiring the magnificent steam engines, based on the life of local engineer Richard Trevithick who invented steam engines for the local and international mining industry. Expect dancing in the streets, music, stalls and a fairground to entertain you throughout the day.


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