27 May - 2 June
COMEDY Adam Kay – This is going to hurt, Corn Exchange, Exeter Fri 31 May
Full of spoof songs and horror stories from his time as a junior doctor, Adam Kay brings his best-selling Edinburgh Fringe show (from a book soon to be turned into a BBC series) to Exeter. His hilarious and sometimes stomach-churning observations may have you giving the doc a miss for a while.
FOOD & DRINK: Final Friday, Brickhouse Vineyard, Mamhead, Fri 31 May
Celebrate the first ever Final Friday event in Bacchanalian style among 3000 vines at Brickhouse Vineyard near Exeter, with a bar and a pop-up bistro from Flour and Zest.
BEAUTY: One night wonder, Source Spa & Wellness, Saunton, Sat 1 Jun and Fri 14 Jun
In need of a spa break? (I know silly question). Saunton Sands have a tempting spa-day offer for two dates in June: £120 for one heavenly night away in a sea-facing room including dinner, room and breakfast and a bottle of Prosecco. (Isn’t it great spa breaks aren’t dry anymore!). Includes use of the spa and a whizz round the exercise classes.
FOOD: Kingsbridge Food & Music Festival, Kingsbridge, Fri 31 May – Sun 2 Jun
Take your rumbling tums and dancing feet to Kingsbridge town square for 3 days and nights of great choons and of foodie treats with a crafty kids zone where they can bounce their hearts out covered in face paint, while you stuff your face with delicious West Country foodage.
OUTDOORS: Torbay Air Show, Paignton Green, Paignton, Sat 1 – Sun 2 Jun
Breathtaking displays of aerial derring-do over the bay, with the Red Arrows on Sunday, parachute stunts, Battle of Britain fly pasts, RAF chinooks and more. Head to the bay on Sunday for The Red Arrows. With 165,000 people expected to watch the acrobatics, save yourself a headache and buy parking tickets in advance here.
KIDS: Extreme Imagination, RAMM, Exeter, until 2 Jun
Do artists have better visual imaginations than the rest of us? How good is your own? Test the vividness of your own mind’s eye and challenge your preconceptions about how we use the imagination in art making.
KIDS: Get Set, Sow! RHS Garden Rosemoor, Sat 25 May – Sun 2 Jun
Get the kids flexing their kids’ green fingers with four packed days of workshops, you never know they might get into doing weeding and mowing. Plus, when they’ve finished with the dibbers, there’s a garden trail filled with hidden discoveries and an interactive theatre adaption of the enchanting tale of Alice in Wonderland.
MUSIC Craig David, Powderham Castle, Kenton nr Exeter, Sat 1 Jun
Shall I fill you on the Craig David news? The singer-songwriter-rapper is at Powderham not on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday but on Saturday and he’s joined by international DJs Sigala and Nathan Dawe and songwriter Becky Hill. Dance your socks off, chill on Sunday.
FESTIVAL: CredFest, Newcombe Meadows and various town-centre, Crediton 1-23 Jun
Kicking off with a Picnic in the Park, Crediton rolls out three weeks of cultural high-jinks, including artists’ open studios, outdoor cinema, comedy, a silent disco and music. Author Ann Cleeves (Shetland and Vera) headlines the Wednesday (12 Jun) book club at Crediton’s Muddy award-nominated Community Bookshop.
GARDENS: The English Country Garden Festival, Coombe Trenchard, Lewtrenchard, Sat 1 – Sun 2 Jun
Herbs, lupins, roses, foxgloves: there’s far too much bunting-strewn temptation for gardening geeks on display here. Go with an empty car-boot and a week to spare for all that planting you’ll have afterwards. New for their 8th year is a vintage car display, along with 75-plus West Country garden and craft exhibitors, a spot of croquet and the obligatory Pimms. Don’t mind if I do.