Fri 12 - Sun 14 July
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
SHOW: Kinky Boots, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Mon 8 – Sat 20 Jul
Love theatre? Love shoes? Need you ask? 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.
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.