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Mon 8 - Sun 14 July

SPORT: Wimbledon 2019, Big Screen in Princesshay, Exeter, Mon 1 – Sun 14 Jul

Fancy a drink and a sit-down watching the best players tennis has to offer? Head on down to Princesshay and watch Wimbledon in style this year.


ART: Sculpture Trail, Cockington Court, Cockington nr Torquay, every day until 8 Sept

Showcasing the work of 19 local artists, led by Cockington Court’s director Marissa Wakefield and Phil Dixon, taking you around the greenery, Manor House and Walled Art Gardens. Look out for Jo Golesworthy’s ceramics which super-sizes pollen grains to show their amazing intricacy, or rest your wearied legs on Malcolm Curley’s Rudy and Scooby Bench (pictured).


CULTURE: Ways with Words, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Fri 5 – Sun 14 Jul

As ever it’s a brain-expanding programme of talks, with dozens of distinguished authors here to share their wisdom (and sell their books). Each day is roughly themed – focusing on politics, environment, science, life stories and so on. It’s just a tenner to see one author or make a day of it for £40 and stay for all five. In between times you can sit on a deck chair in Dartington’s serene courtyard with a Pimms and soak up the cleverness. And the food is always yum.


TRIPS: The Riviera Wheel, Torquay seafront, Summer holidays late opening till 10pm

The ferris-wheel is back and open for business, taking you on a 12-minute circular ride that gives you a seagull’s eye view over the marina and Torquay sea-front. It’s 60m high so definitely not for the vertiginous. Twenty percent off when you book online in advance up to midnight the day before. Open till 10pm during the summer hols (usually 8pm).


SHOW: Kinky Boots,  Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Mon 8 – Sat 20 Jul

Love theatre? Love shoes? Well, who doesn’t? Leave your Muddy Stilettos at the door and put on your ruby-red boots for ‘London’s hottest musical’ – a show jam packed with feel-good tunes, sure to get your kinky boots and toes tapping.


EXHIBITION: 97th Westward Ho! & Bideford Art Society, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, until 10 Aug

This annual open exhibition  of regional amateur and professional artists showcases over 300 works: an eclectic mix of painting, sculpture, textiles, printmaking, ceramics and more.


DRINK: Champagne vs Prosecco Night, Hotel du Vin, Exeter, Thurs 11 Jul

I like champagne but then again I like Prosecco. Which is best? There’s only one way to find out…with Hotel du Vin’s head sommelier and lots of bubbles. Cheers!


COMEDY: Summer Comedy Night, Honky Tonk Wine Library, Plymouth, Thurs 11 Jul

Danny Buckler, Edinburgh Fringe Fest alumni and regular guest on BBC 1’s Secrets of Magic, brings his quirky improv style to Sutton Harbour’s Muddy award-winning deli-caf, along with two other guest comedians, your first drink free and delicious chilli available to pre order.


FESTIVAL: Budleigh Salterton Music Festival, Fri 12 – Sat 20 Jul

Want to get a Handel on your Mozart (see what I did there?) then head to Budleigh for a packed programme of events, including free lunchtime talent and evening sessions covering orchestral, opera, choral music and instrumentalists. Batons at the ready!


REGATTA: Rowing Regatta, The Quay, Exeter, Sat 13 July

Head to the quayside to watch the boats battling it out on the River Exe. There are hundreds of summer regattas in Devon but this is one of the oldest, with over 100 sprint races on the day.


FESTIVAL: Tunes on the Sands, Blackpool Sands, South Hams, Fri 12 – Sun 14 Jul

Flip-flops and sun-cream on, let’s get to the beach – the makers of Tunes in the Dunes at Perranporth bring you Tunes on the Sands and can there really be a better setting than here to see KT Tunstall, Wet Wet Wet, Hoosiers, UB40, Natty, The Proclaimers? And it’s family-friendly with a gin bar, a beach clean-up led by Surfers Against Sewage, kayaking and kids activities. Count me in, in, in!


COURSE: DIY Basics, Trill Farm, Axminster, Sat 13 Jul

Fed up of waiting for him indoors/the landlord/your long-lost handyman to put up that shelf? Time to learn the true meaning of Do It Yourself, on a course aimed at people who don’t know one end of a hammer from the other. Spend the day mastering things like putting up a curtain pole, drilling into wood, hanging a picture and putting up shelf brackets. Led by Trill Farm’s Trill Farm’s carpenter, Ruth Thompson.


KIDS: Wonderland, The Soapbox Children’s Theatre, Devonport Park, Plymouth, Sat 13 Jul – Sat 21 Sept 

Looking for something to distract the tinies? Head to Wonderland where anything can happen, a magical, immersive encounter for babies and toddlers with movement, music, texture and light.


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