11 - 17 MARCH
TALK: Diving into our Waters, National Marine Aquarium, Wed 13 Mar
Midweek dive? Don’t mind if I do. Part of their NMA Lates series, which opens up the aquarium after hours, diving expert Mark Parry gives a talk on the wonders beneath the waves of Plymouth Sound and you’ll also get to try out the venue’s new virtual reality diving experience. This event is adults only- if that’s not an excuse to go, I don’t know what is.
A guaranteed great night out, award-winning journalist, Sunday Times columnist, podcast host and all around cool girl Dolly Alderton comes to Devon with her live show Everything I Know About Love, based on her best-selling debut book. Honest, witty and full of hilarious stories about love and growing up, Dolly has extended her 2018 tour to celebrate the book’s recent paperback publication, which includes the highly anticipated new chapter ‘Everything I Know At Thirty’.
THEATRE: The Mermaid’s Magical Purse, Soapbox Children’s Theatre, Thurs 14 – Sat 30 Mar
Plymouth’s ever-quirky, creative and brilliant Stiltskin’s Soapbox Children’s Theatre perform their new original show complete with mermaids, pirates and puppets.
MUSIC: Pocket Sinfonia, Powderham Castle, Fri 15 Mar
For classical buffs, Pocket Sinfonia perform as part of the Music in the Castle initiative which aims to get the best of the best in music to our ‘hood. The four piece group use both modern and period instruments to create a 19th-century living room party vibe and will be performing works by Hummel as well as their own arrangements.
THEATRE: Dinosaur World Live, Exeter Northcott, Sat 16 – Sun 17 Mar
From the T-Rex to Triceratops, this show has ’em all. Direct from the West End, the Jurassic era comes to Exeter with this interactive, dino-mite show. There’s also a meet and greet after the show for your own little monsters to get up close to the fantastically realistic dinosaurs.
EXHIBITION: Criminal Ornamentation – Yinka Shonibare MBE curates the Arts Council Collection, Exeter RAMM until Sun 17 March
Brighten up the greyest of months with an exhibition brimming with colour and pattern. Celebrated British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE has chosen nearly 100 works by more than 50 artists featuring eye-popping art from film to fashion and ceramics to sculpture. From a sequinned dress by Alexander McQueen to 19th century William Morris Wallpaper, his selection tells a story of objects that refuse to be confined.
Spring ahoy! There’s a couple of festivals this month to get your floral fix, RHS Garden Rosemoor kicks off on Sat 16 – Sun 17 with its Spring Flower Festival, showcasing top quality blooms from competitors from Devon and beyond. There’ll also be loads of early spring shrubs available to buy in the Plant Centre if you fancy doing some planting of your own. Over at Greenway it’s all about Camellias with their annual festival that celebrates their commended Camellia garden, Sat 23 Feb – 31 Mar. There’ll be floral displays in the house and around the garden as well as a changing daily programme of walks, talks and activities. It’s National Trust so there’s your usual café, shops and even a second hand bookshop.
TALK: ‘Trust Fast Health’ with Dr Michael Mosley, Princess Theatre, Torquay, Sun 17 Mar
For his first even theatre tour, the doctor behind the 5:2 diet and a regular on health programmes on the telly, Dr Michael Moseley will be discussing common health myths and teaching the audience about the best ways to lose weight (yes please), get fit (yes please) and reduce stress (YES ALRIGHT!).