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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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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: 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?


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.



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.


THEATRE: Walter’s Imaginary Friends, The Soapbox Theatre, Plymouth, 11am & 1.30pm, Fri 12 – Sat 19 Oct

Stiltskin Theatre Company’s latest creation is perfect for littlies into creepy crawlies. Walter loses his imaginary friend so ventures into the world of Imagination where he meets all sorts of cute bugs and beasties, who’re looking for friends too.  Can Walter find his own friends and save the Creepy Crawlies before they’re lost forever?


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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