What’s on – August
What's on - August
THEATRE: The Three Musketeers, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth Thurs 31 Jul – Sat 17 Aug
Le Navet Bete performs the Dumar classic with four actors playing 30 different characters, and choreographed by the internationally renowned Lea Anderson. A story of misplaced courage, friendship and dodgy swords: chaos is sure to ensue.
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, throughout August
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.
SHOW: Honiton Show, Honiton Show Ground, Honiton, Thurs 1 Aug
Set to be one of the largest agricultural events in the country, the show promises exhilarating stunts from Jamie Squibb, as seen on the BBC One show, an array of A-list animals for the family to meet and mouth-watering food for feed peckish tums, and Viperaerobatics with two phenomenal flying displays in aniconic Pitts S2B Biplane. Cripes!
MUSIC: Sidmouth Folk Festival, Sidmouth Fri 2 – Fri 9 Aug
Sidmouth’s 65th folk festival is back: a seaside celebration of music, food and dance, plus craft stalls and circus skills workshops for the kiddies. There’s a firework display at the end of the week, so it’s sure to go out with a bang.
THEATRE: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Poltimore House, near Exeter, Fri 2 – Sun 4 Aug
Pack your picnic blanket – The Sun and Moon Theatre Company’s rendition of Shakespeare’s classic rom-com enchants the grounds of Poltimore House this August; the perfect setting for love, loss, confusion, fairies and a misplaced donkey head. We promise it’s not as mad as it sounds!
FOOD: Devon Street Food Festival, Ilfracombe, Fri 2 – Sun 4 Aug
All-day mojitos, anyone? The Devon Street Food Fest is back with more scummy dishes than ever. Head down from noon until 10pm each day, for crepes, burgers, brownies and yummy Malaysian food.
MUSIC: LauFest, Wembury, Fri 2 – Sun 4 Aug
Plymouth’s homegrown festival celebrates the life of the late Laura Plane – a mighty Plymouth woman who raised £70k while living with breast cancer – with music, food, friends and family in aid of Coppafeel! breast cancer awareness charity at Wembury this August. Wake up to sea views and a cracking line-up every morning, including Town of Cats, Wildwood Kin and The Magic Numbers – sounds like our idea of an awesome weekend!
SHOW: The Book Keepers, Newton Abbot Library, Fri 2 Aug
Join explorers Pippy and Lizabella on a most thrilling adventure as they unfold the secrets of the StoryGenerator, explore stories from all over the world and invite the littl’uns to take part in a post-show workshop, creating their own StoryMap books.
FESTIVAL: Tunes in the Castle, Powderham Castle, Kenton, Sat 3 – Sun 4 Aug
Could there be a more beautiful setting for a music festival? Powderham Castle welcomes the musical stylings of Joss Stone, James Morrison, Pixie Lott and Scouting for Girls. Want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of festival life? Take to the hot tubs in the Wellbeing area, and ooh, Joan of Arc’s gin terrace’ will be open for business. Who knew festivals could be so relaxing?
FESTIVAL: Lifeboat Weekend and Maritime Festival, Clovelly, North Devon Sat 3 – Sun 4 Aug
Clovelly’s annual maritime festival in aid of the RNLI promises family fun with craft, music, Punch and Judy and a BBQ. Watch the sponsored swim from Bucks Mill to Clovelly and the famous Clovelly Cup yacht race at 12. Then, if you’re brave, finish the evening by taking a stab at the pub quiz at the Red Lion Harbour bar at 8:30.
FILM: Bohemian Rhapsody, Big Screen in the Park, Northernhay Gardens Exeter, Sat 3 Aug
Rami Malek’s Oscar-winning performance as Freddie Mercury shown on the big screen. Pre-order picnics are available with nibbles and wine included and book a deckchair for the luxury experience. Get ready to be rocked.
FOOD: Exeter Street Food Market, The Quay, Southernhay Gardens, Thurs 1 Aug and Fri 30 Aug
Burgers. Noodles. Kebabs. Gluten free. Vegan. Veggie. Food from all over the world. Award-Winning. Every. Single. Month. Enough said? Knives and forks at the ready!
REGATTA: Teignmouth Regatta, Teignmouth Sun 4 – Sun 11 Aug
A week of watery fun with free entry for kids under 16 and beach-based activities for the whole family to get stuck into, or land-lubbers can just sit back and watch with a nice picnic.
KIDS: Music Mania, Torre Abbey, Mon 5 – Fri 9 Aug
When the kids get bored of the sun this summer, send them to a day of Music Mania at Torre Abbey where they’ll learn to write their own songs, perform and about music from all over the world. Let’s just hope they don’t come back saying they want to learn the drums.
THEATRE: Moist Moist Moist, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Tues 6 and Weds 7 Aug
Exeter Slam champion and spoken word artist Chris White presents a brand-new gig: a stand up performance about love, falling both in and out of it, water and the expanse of the big blue ocean.
FAMILY: Hello Goose workshop with Laura Wall, RAMM, Weds 7 Aug
Let their creativity flow! Local award-winning children’s author Laura Wall visits RAMM for an exciting storytelling and creative workshop for the Mudlets, with lessons in drawing Goose and a guided singsong. Plus, each kiddo gets a copy of the book to take home.
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!
WELL-BEING: Yoga on the Beach, Harbour beach, Kingsbridge, Thurs 8 Aug
What’s better than normal yoga? Yoga on the beach (obvs). Simply Soulful offers a range of yoga classes with a twist throughout the year and beach yoga offers the perfect solution to winding down after a busy summer’s day. Bring blankets and hot choc for maximum relaxation!
SPORT: Mountain biking on Woodbury Common, Tues 13 Aug
We all need a bit of fresh air after a long day and Woodbury Common’s enchanting heathland is the answer. Cathy Debenham will lead the group to the best trails and share helpful tricks to enhancing your confidence as an off-road cyclist. A fab way to meet new people whilst working up a sweat.
FAMILY: Coastal clean-up, Torre Abbey Sands, Torquay, Wed 14 Aug
Want to do your bit to help the environment? It’s easier than you think with Living Coasts’ clean-up of Torquay’s beaches this summer. Bring the entire family for some wholesome bonding whilst protecting the unique biodiversity of our beaches.
OUTDOORS: British Fireworks Championships, Plymouth Hoe, Weds 14 and Thurs 15 Aug
Get ready to ooh and ah at the spectacular pyrotechnics across Plymouth Sound as six professional firework companies battle it out to be the best. Plus music, fairground rides and refreshment stalls on Plymouth Hoe.
MUSIC: FB Pocket Orchestra Live from the Vineyard, Brickhouse Vineyard, Mamhead, nr Exeter, Fri 16 Aug
Roll out those blankets and pack your picnic basket with goodies as the Pocket Orchestra take you back in time to the roaring 20s with atmospheric toons, set amongst Brickhouse Vineyard’s 3000 vines. A perfect place to sit back with a pizza and a glass of their home-grown wine.
FAMILY: Evening paddle, River Dart, Fri 16 Aug
Watch the sun set on a guided evening tour of the River Dart with a qualified canoer and storyteller before alighting onto a nearby river bank and settling in for some wholesome storytelling and well-earned cake consumption.
MARKET: Ivybridge Artisan Market, Sat 17 Aug
Ivybridge’s brand spanking new artisan market open every first and third Saturday of every month brings together everyone’s favourite things; baked goods and craft, plus original children’s books and gemstone jewellery.
THEATRE: Mr Stink, Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple, Fri 16 – Sun 18 Aug
Who says children’s theatre is just for the kids? Grown-ups will enjoy the musical adaptation of David Walliams’ smelly but heart-warming tale of 12 year-old Chloe, Mr Stink and his secret move into the family’s garden shed.
FOOD: Kingsbridge Farmers Market, Kingsbridge, Sat 17 Aug
Love homemade but no time to make it yourself? Head to Kingsbridge Farmers Market for local cheeses, juicy jams and preserves, cakes and bread – the perfect place to stock up your cupboards.
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!
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!
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.
MUSIC: Beautiful Days, Escot Park, Fri 16 – Sat 18 Aug
Now in its 16th year, Beautiful Days returns to Escot with its eclectic mix of art installations, food and craft stalls and a children’s area to keep the kiddos happy. Don’t leave that tent sitting in the cupboard; set up, sit back and enjoy the likes of Seth Lakeman and The Stranglers taking centre stage with a G & T in hand. Let’s hope the weather’s good, eh?
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…
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.
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!
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.
Words by Molly Grogan.