TALK: Why Mummy Doesn’t Give a **** – An evening with Gill Sims, Exeter Corn Exchange, Weds 4 Sept
Gill Sims, author of the best-selling, worryingly relatable Why Mummy Drinks and Why Mummy Swears gives an inside look into her blogs, books and oh-so familiar characters with an opportunity for questions and a book signing to top it all off. We most definitely do give a **** about this.
FAMILY: Adoption Donkey Guess Who Trail, Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, all Sept
Get to know The Donkey Sanctuary’s nine adopted donkeys with this years 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 heehaw-some day out (sorry).
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 to explore why some birds are so important to our country and the lengths some birds must travel before making their way into our back gardens. Perfect for all ages who have a curiosity for our feathered friends.
OUTDOORS: Elmer’s Parade and Trail, Plymouth, until Mon 16 September
It’s the last few days to see Plymouth’s 40 unique Elmer the Elephant sculptures on parade around the city. Head to to Royal William Yard or pick up a map from the tourist info office take your Elmer-loving littlie to get their selfie.
FOOD: Seaton Eats Boutique over the Sea, Jubilee Gardens, Sidmouth Fri 6 Sept
An evening of diverse street food by the sea, you say? And on a Friday night when it’s the law to get a takeaway? Take your pick from Caribbean curry, pizza, Japanese noodles, as well as local meats and vegan alternatives, then sit and eat, watching the waves from Sidmouth’s beach.
FOOD: Seafood and Champagne Dinner with Laurent Perrier, Boringdon Hall, Plympton, Fri 6 Sept
It’s the law to have a classy night out once in a while and you can’t get much classier than a seafood and champers evening hosted by Laurent Perrier at the majestic Boringdon Hall. There will be those lovely little canapes, there will be Halibut and crab, there will be pudding and of course, there will be champagne! What more do you want?
THEATRE: Bon Ami, Exeter Phoenix, Fri 6 Sept
An oh-so-relevant physical comedy about how we can lead perfect lives; have the perfect job, the perfect house and still feel an irrevocable loneliness. A sharp, witty and totally female-led production exploring the importance of the survival of friendships during times of isolation.
WALK: Basic Navigation Course, Yelverton, Sat 7 Sept
Ever wanted to know how to walk…like really walk? Well, now you can with this basic navigation course which will stop you relying on friends or known routes and gives you the skills to plan your own walks with the use of a good old map and compass. Independent women unite!
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 here
MURDER MYSTERY: The Live Murder Trial, Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth, Sun 8 Sept
The UK’s first touring murder trial comes to Plymouth in a nail biting, very realistic case for which you are a member of the jury. The evidence will be laid out by a team of experienced criminal barristers and you will experience the presence of an accused murder and all will be left to you. Sounds rather intense doesn’t it? We love it…
EXHIBITION: Nomads: Homes on the Move, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, until 6 October
Around 30-40 million nomadic people are living in our world today, some in harsh environments, and Gordon Clarke’s collection of photography allows an insight into the incredibly fascinating lives of these nomads. Tea, cake and a chat with Gordon included.
Words by Molly Grogan.