OUTDOORS: Dartmouth Regatta, Dartmouth, Sat 24 – Sat 31 August
Dartmouth’s annual week of watery fun: a mix of sailing, rowing, gig and dinghy racing on the water and lots to interest if you stay on land including music on the bandstand, fun kids events and competitions. If you fancy getting on your cocktail dress, there’s the ticketed Regatta 175 Celebration on Thursday night at the Britannia Royal Naval College, featuring HM’s Royal Marine Band Corp of Drums.
THEATRE: Open air Lorna Doone, Valley of the Rocks, Lynton, Sun 25 – Sat 31 Aug
Pleasure Dome Theatre Company brings R.D. Blackmore’s classic Exmoor romance to life as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations in the breath-taking Valley of Rocks – expect stunning drama of the acting and scenery type, and pray for good weather.
FOOD: Exeter Street Food Market, The Quay, Southernhay Gardens, Fri 30 Aug
Burgers. Noodles. Kebabs. Gluten free. Vegan. Veggie. Food from all over the world. Knives and forks at the ready!
FESTIVAL: Nourish, Bovey Tracey, Sat 31 Aug
The sister festival to June’s Contemporary Craft Fair at Bovey, Nourish brings street food, top-notch craft (naturally), live classical music and gin tastings to the town, and an excuse to pop into the Devon Guild to check out the best new work from selected members.
COMEDY: To womb it may concern, women’s comedy workshop, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, Sat 31 Aug
Personally, it sounds like the stuff of nightmares, but some people actually like to stand up and tell jokes in front of an audience in order to try and make them laugh! Join this women’s comedy workshop run by Maggie Irving, and learn how to write and perform your own stand-up in a fun, supportive workshop.
THEATRE: Frankenstein, Cockington Court, Cockington near Torquay, 1 Sept
Following their performance of Ali Baba, Illyria Theatre Co returns with Mary Shelley’s cautionary tale; an original full-scale musical promising a story of human nature and love – and suitable for more mature little’uns.
FILM: Outdoor Garden Cinema: Back to the Future, Double Locks, Exeter, Sun 1 Sept
Great Scott! Everyone has a favourite 80s film – the Picturehouse cinema’s is Back to the Future and they’re showing it right next to the River Exe at the Double Locks pub with food and drink to enjoy during the movie.
FOOD: Lobster and Crab Feast, Clovelly, Sun 1 Sept
Clovelly’s thriving and sustainable lobster and crab industry comes alive this September with live music, cookery demonstrations and street theatre. Of course, the day wouldn’t be complete without enough crustacean to sink a ship; with some ready to eat and some being released into the sea as part of the National Lobster Hatchery’s scheme to protect the sustainability of lobster farming. We’re definitely gonna need a bigger boat.
FAMILY: Animals in Distress 25th Anniversary Family Fun Day, Ipplepen, Devon, Sun 1 Sept
Time to celebrate our favourite four-legged friends with Animals in Distress who are celebrating their 25th birthday! BBQ, dog show, kiddies activities and refreshments included.
Still time to catch…
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!
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.
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.
ART: Textures, Devon Sculpture Park, Mamhead nr Exeter, until 31 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 exhibitions – indoor and out in the park – designed to make you think about climate-change and our often destructive relationship with nature.
EXHIBITION: Nomads: Homes on the Move, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, until 6 October
Around 30-40 million nomadic people are living in our world today, some in harsh environments, and Gordon Clarke’s collection of photography allows an insight into the incredibly fascinating lives of these nomads. Tea, cake and a chat with Gordon included.
OUTDOOR ART: Trail Art, The Den, Teignmouth, until 1 September
Every year Trailart invites local artists, professionals, community groups and schools a chance to contribute to a sculpture trail, displayed on on Teignmouth’s sea front, with the aim of raising awareness about environmental issues through recycled art. The works are made from found materials and plastic waste, and cover troubling themes like plastic in the ocean, so just the thing for provoking good chats with the kids.
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!
Words by Molly Grogan.