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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 exploring why some birds are so important to our country, and the lengths some travel before making their way into our back gardens. Perfect for anyone curious about our feathered friends. 


FESTIVAL: Sidmouth Science Festival, Sidmouth, Fri 4 – Sun 13 Oct

It’s hard to express just how important STEM (Science, tech, engineering, maths) is in our everyday lives, but Sidmouth 10-day Science Fest wants to show you just how with this year’s theme, ‘Science in our lives’. Get ready to have your knowledge tested and mind blown by experiments running daily, with a little bit of everything; nature, art and history too.


SHOPPING: Totnes Fiver Fest, Totnes, Sat 5 – Sat 12 Oct

Did you know that if every adult in Totnes and Bridgetown spent just £5 a week in Totnes’ gorgeous indies, a whopping £1.6 million per year would be made for the local economy? In association with the nationwide Fiver Fest, selected Totnes retailers are offering treats and gifts for £5 to encourage people to shop locally. And with shops like Fifty5a, Love Frankie and Me and East (pictured) you shouldn’t find spending in Totnes too much of a hardship.


FILM: English Riviera Film Festival, Torquay (various) until Sat 12 Oct

A 12-day celebration of awards’ evenings and networking events, rewarding film buffs with a mix of vintage classics and youth productions, and showcasing some major talent sure to be the future of film making. Coming to a venue near you.


SCULPTURE: National Sculpture Prize, Broomhill Art & Sculpture Hotel, Muddiford, Barnstaple, until end October

Last chance to vote in Broomhill’s National Sculpure Prize Competition. Check out the 9 short-listed entries in their River Meadow gardens then vote for your fave. A great day out (with or without kids) and they do a cracking cream tea.


THEATRE: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Mon 7 – Sat 12 Oct

As part of a sell-out worldwide tour, Richard O’Brien’s rip-roaring, toe-tapping and raunchy-as-hell musical-comedy hybrid comes to Plymouth to dazzle audiences once again. Sweet Transvestite and Time Warp lyrics memorised? Here we come, Dr Frank’n’Furter. Check out Muddy Somerset’s review here.


THEATRE: Womans (like Romans but with a W), Exeter Phoenix, Gandy St, Tues 8 Oct

We ❤️ strong female protagonists, especially when they take on an ancient patriarchal society. Leta has been sentenced by the Republic to be erased from history – a fate worse than death – but with the help of two naughty muses, havoc ensues as they fight to write their names back into the history books.


SHORT COURSE: Instagram: creative half-day course: Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter, Tues 8 Oct

Don’t know your link in bio from your insta story? In this techy era, it’s essential to get your brand out there and Instagram is the way to go. Join Exeter Phoenix for a half-day masterclass in all things Insta; covering hashtags, photography and how to make the most of your bio.


FAIR: Goose Fair, Tavistock, Weds 9 Oct

Tavistock’s Goosey Fair is a very trad affair, dating back to the 12th century when geese were fattened up ready for Chrimbo. Now it’s over 200 stalls and family fun with food, craft, music and a proper funfair for the littlies. It’s a quality, tat-free zone if you’re already on the lookout for those Xmas pressies.



FOOD: Autumn Supper Club, Jacka’s Bakery, Plymouth, Weds 9 Oct

Former Michelin star development chef and Muddy fave, Luke Fearon got a massive thumbs-up when we reviewed him last year and he’s back for a second season showcasing seasonal Devon food. There’s still time to nab a seat at his supper club at Jacka Bakery at Plymouth’s Barbican on Weds 9 Oct for £35pp.


THEATRE: Othello, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, Thurs 10 – Sun 13 Oct

The Inn Theatre brings the bard’s tale of jealousy and love lost to life at The Barbican Theatre. In a change from their norm, it’s performed in traditional style as it would have been presented in Shakespeare’s time.


COMEDY: Comedy Night with Jarred Christmas, Honky Tonk Wine Library, Sutton Harbour, Plymouth, Thurs 10 Oct

Sutton Habour’s chic deli-bar are hosting Kiwi comic Jarred Christmas for one night only – as seen on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Mock the Week, Russell Howard’s Good News, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Dave’s One Night Stand. Fast, furry and in demand – and that’s just the chipmunk.

WINE: Matthew Jukes’ 100 Best Australian Wines, Exeter Castle, Thurs 10 Oct

One hundred wines, you say? Influential Daily Mail wine writer Matthew Jukes brings you 100 of the very best Australian wines for you to taste in the oh-so beautiful Exeter Castle. The perfect place to learn about our favourite beverage if we ever saw one.


COMEDY: The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Hit Farce, The Landmark, Ilfracombe, Thurs 10 Oct

Benedict eat your heart out. There’s a new Sherlock Holmes in town and he’s here to make you laugh with his sidekick Dr. Jane Watson as they travel from the mean streets of London to the Devon in an attempt to solve the mystery of the hound. Lots of naughty innuendo so *sadly* not for under-16’s.


FESTIVAL: Salcombe Live, various around the town, Fri 11 – Sun 13 Oct

You don’t need an excuse to go to Devon’s most salubrious seaside town but here’s one for ya: a weekend of live music and stand-up comedy in some great venues including Muddy’s latest crush, Salcombe Harbour Hotel. Acts include Mock the Week comic Jarred Christmas, indie Devon singer-songwriters Harbottle & Jonas and Velvet & Stone, culminating in the event finale with Irish folk singer, Cara Dillon (pictured). Hot tickets in a hot location.


FOOD: Food Fair, The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, 10am-4pm, Sat 12 Oct

A fun foodie day for donkey lovers that’s free for under 12’s (adults £2.50) with a KidsZone where littlies can create a pizza lunch and a donkey-themed biscuit as well as face-painting, along with demo’s from among others Exeter Cookery School. And lots of donkeys – cute.



FOOD: All Things Yummy Festival, Royal Parade, Plymouth, Sat 12 Oct

Sweet treats, marvellous milkshakes and delicious doughnuts, anyone? Or if you fancy getting your hands dirty, get stuck onto one of the chocolate making workshops. Of course, a festival dedicated to sugar wouldn’t be complete without an appearance from Mr Willy Wonka for the kids, now would it?


MUSIC: Two Door Cinema Club, Plymouth Pavilions, Sun 13 Oct

Like a man in a roll-neck? Love alternative rock? Check out Two Door Cinema Club (as in the 2011 chart hit, What you know) playing this Sunday at Plymouth Pavilions.


Words by Molly Grogan.

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