Mon 3 - Sun 9 June
THEATRE: Amelie the Musical, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, Mon 3 – Sat 8 Jun
The Oscar-nominated tale of the dreamy Parisienne ingenue and her comic tinkering with the lives of those around her comes to the stage.
OPEN AIR THEATRE: Much ado about nothing, Tapeley Park, Tues 4 Jun
It’s not summer till you’ve dodged the rain while trying to decipher some open-air Shakespeare, at least that’s my rule and I’m sticking to it.
THEATRE: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Cygnet Theatre, Exeter, Tues 4 Jun
Was Judas Iscariot the most duplicitous traitor in history? Or a misunderstood pawn in God’s greater plan? The youth theatre present Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Adly Guirgis’s though-provoking 2005 play, putting Judas back on trial against God and the Kingdom of Heaven and Earth.
COMEDY: Scummy Mummies, Corn Exchange, Exeter, Thurs 6 Jun
Based on the hit Scummy Mummies podcast and best-selling book, take comfort in Ellie and Helen’s tales of the scummier side of parenting, from drinking wine at teatime to hiding from the PTA.
CHILDREN: Jack and the Beanstalk, Soabox Children’s Theatre, Plymouth, Sat 8 – Sat 22 Jun
Magic beans, overgrown beanstalks, golden hens and talking harps, not to mention a bad tempered giant and a very nimble Jack in Stiltskin’s version of the magical fairytale.
FESTIVAL: Funky Llama Festival, Plymouth Hoe, Plymouth, Sat 8 Jun
Part of MTV Music Week, this annual inclusive platform for adults with different abilities brings live music, DJs, arts & crafts, creative workshops, silent discos, alpacas, cabaret acts and a silent disco, and is promising to be funkier than ever.
ARTS & CULTURE: Bovey Tracey Craft Festival, Fri 7 – Sun 9 Jun
This award-winning celebration of craft is always a brilliant place for arty inspiration and picking up great pressies, though it’s almost impossible not to buy pieces for yourself from the hundreds of clever crafty peeps displaying their wares. Textiles, clothing, pottery, glass, furniture, paper – family-friendly workshops and demos, including build your now surfboard from Otter Surfboards.
MUSIC: Break-in Science presents High Contrast, The Lemon Grove, Exeter, Fri 7 Jun
Keeps reminding me…a night of electronic beats and dance at Exeter Uni’s students guild venue.
LIFE: Exeter Respect Festival, Belmont Park, Exeter, Sat 8 – Sun 9 Jun
Family-friendly, alcohol-free fun in the park, with arts, crafts, workshops and displays, all celebrating our diverse culture and 25 years since the end of apartheid in South Africa. Plus live music and dance on 6 stages, showcasing everything from jazz, choral, pop, belly-dancing, Bhangra and Bollywood.
OUTDOORS: Open Farm Sunday, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Sun 9 Jun
Join four of Dartington’s tenant farmers to find out what goes into being a farmer: take a wellbeing tour, learn about veg-growing try some goat yoga (downward-facing humans make great goat nibbles apparently), discover biodynamic growing and permaculture.
COMEDY: Hormonal Housewives, Queens Theatre Barnstaple, Sun 9 Jun
Vicki Michelle and the Hormonal Housewives on weight gain, weight loss, mood swings, moody teenagers, housework, homework, electrolysis, sex, working out, staying in, eating, not eating, chocolate, wine, more chocolate, social media, more wine. Just your average Sunday night round my house.
FOOD: Dartmouth Chilli Cook-off, Old Market Square, Dartmouth, Sun 9 Jun
Taste a range of chillis (meat-based and vegan options) from 10 local eateries in the hotly-contested cook-off from a host of Dartmouth’s finest pubs and eateries – then choose your favourite to become ! Live music and a bar to wash it down is on hand.