SCULPTURE: Textures, Devon Sculpture Park, Mamhead nr Exeter, until end October
Head to the UK’s newest open-air gallery near Exeter, set in 100 rolling acres of Capability Brown landscape gardens and filled with work by artist-owner Philip Letts. Known in the art world for his abstract photography from New York to Beiruit, Letts’ has created two mixed media exhibitions – indoor and out in the park – designed to make you think about climate-change and our often destructive relationship with nature.
THEATRE: The Bodyguard: the musical, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Weds 21 – Sat 31 Aug
Start practising your rendition of ‘I will always love yo00-ooh-ooh’; The Bodyguard is coming to Plymouth and ex-factor alumnus Alexandra Burke is playing Miss Rachel Marron. Glitz, fame, romance and a quite fabulous soundtrack. All we’re saying is: pack those tissues…
FAMILY: The BFG in Pictures, Torre Abbey, Torquay, until Sun 1 Sep
Whether you remember reading it as a child or are reading it to the kiddies now, the timeless classic is retold through Quentin Blakes unused illustrations for the tale. Set on the backdrop of the abbey we can confirm it will be a scrumdiddlyumptious outing for the whole family. Don’t forget to pack the snozzcumbers!
DRINK: Topsham Gin Festival, Topsham, Fri 23 – Mon 26 Aug
As if anyone ever needed an excuse to go to the boutique and restaurant -filled village of Topsham, here’s a whole gin flight of them! Grab a map and gin-crawl your way between venues for local gins and Mother Ruin-flavoured treats.
FILM: Open air cinema, Tinside Lido, Plymouth, Thurs 1, Sat 3 Fri 23, Sat 24 and Sun 25 Aug
Tinside Lido opens its doors to the heyday of cinema this summer with screenings of cult classics Alien, The Birds and Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. Dressing up is optional but encouraged so better get DIYing: that Alien costume is going to take forever to make.
FESTIVAL: River Cottage Festival, Axminster, Sat 24 – Sun 25 Aug
Glamp, camp or caravan your way into this year’s River Cottage fest, home to food, music and entertainment for the whole family. Ravioli masterclass, a talk by Anita Rani and an evening of fab music and a yummy feast over fire? Sign me up!
ART: Evolver Prize 2019, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Elmfield House, Honiton, till end Aug
Featuring the winning cover art and 49 runners up selected by a panel of editors and other artists, Evolver 2019 showcases the best painting, photography and design Devon has to offer. All artwork is for sale and though the winner has been chosen – Debbie Lee’s Sack Race (pictured) – now it’s the visitors turn to vote for their favourite.
OUTDOORS: Elmer’s Parade and Trail, Plymouth, until Mon 16 September
Haven’t you herd? Plymouth has 40 unique Elmer the Elephant sculptures on parade around the city. Head to to Royal William Yard or pick up a map from the tourist info office take your Elmer-loving littlie to get their selfie.
ARTS: Exeter Street Arts Festival, Exeter city centre, Sat 24 Aug
The city becomes a fiesta this August Bank holiday weekend with colour, sound and dance all rolled into one big celebration of creatives and artistes living right on our doorstep! And wear your party shoes for the flamboyant after-party.
FOOD: Bottomless Brunch Festival, Exeter, Sun 25 Aug
Avocado on toast? Poached eggs? Mimosa you say? Sign us up! An essential for all fellow brunchers who love to chow down on a range of brunch menu items for £25 per person. Bring that doggy bag for when you’re full- you’re going to need it!
THEATRE: Gangsta Granny by David Walliams, Devonport Park, Plymouth, Sun 25 Aug
Who said Grandmas were boring? Ben discovers his Granny is an international jewel thief and trouble quickly ensues as she reveals her intentions to steal the crown jewels! A fast paced and funny performance by a creative company will be sure to have the kids desperate to go to Grandmas as soon as it’s over.
FAMILY: Planet Circus, Paignton, Weds 7 – Sat 31 Aug
Roll up, roll up to Paignton for Planet Circus – thrilling stunts, daredevil bikers, foot juggling (better than it sounds!) and all your traditional circus tricks with a few modern twists thrown in. No surprise, tickets are as high in demand as the tightropes, so book it up quick!