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What’s on this weekend in Devon?

Sculpture gardens to wander, live comedy from Simon Brodkin, and last chance to check out open artist studios, here's five things to to today.

FESTIVAL: Cyfest-14: Ferment, Dartington Estate, until Sun 26 Sept

Get into the harvest spirit at Dartington’s week-long fermentation festival where you can go foraging, learn to make your kombucha, discover the science behind fermentation and if you fancy, dip your toe into the spiritual side of fermentation.

ART: Devon Open Studios, Various locations around Devon, until Sun 26 Sept

Pic credit The Lucky Club

A glorious opportunity to visit real studios and have a good old poke about and chat to the artists. Here’s our pick of the highlights, including Mark Bell at Paignton’s Lucky Club, but of course, Devon is stuffed with so much creative talent – I suspect this September is going to be rather expensive…

SCULPTURE: National Sculpture Prize, Broomhill Estate, Muddiford, until end Sept

Picture credit; Broomhill Estate – Lucy Gregory “Rose Tinted”.

There’s still time to vote in the People’s Choice for your favourite of ten short-listed artists in Broomhill Art Hotel’s National Sculpture Prize 2021 with the theme Outthinking the Future. Founded in 2009 by Rinus and Aniet Van de Sande, the hotel and sculpture gardens are going great guns under new ownership, with a hotel refurb, along with some great events and workshops – do check out!

COMEDY: Simon Brodkin: Troublemaker, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy St, Sun 26

When he’s not showering Sepp Blatter with banknotes, upstaging Kanye West at Glastonbury, or handing Theresa May her P45, the Live at the Apollo prankster has come up with a new stand-up show (rescheduled form 2020) pondering why trouble has followed him from primary school through medical school and what it’s like to be chased by Donald Trump’s bodyguards.

SPORT: Dawlish Triathlon, Dawlish, Sun 26 Sept

You are invited to ‘TRI your hand at a triathlon’ (see what they did there). In the seaside-based Dawlish Triathlon there are two events, including one aimed at newcomers, with a sea swim, fast bike course and a coastal run. It’s too late to join in this epic challenge but you can stand roadside and show your support, like we will be.


ART WORKSHOPS: Lived Experience Art Project, Positive Light, Sidwell Street, Exeter, Weds 29 Sept

Recovery Devon has partnered with Exeter Library and CoLab Exeter Resilient Women to offer a set of four free art workshops, aimed at women with lived experience of mental health struggles, domestic abuse or feeling unsafe during lockdown. The workshops will be for a closed group to offer a safe space to explore creatively so booking is essential. The final piece will be displayed around different venues around Exeter and ending on display at Exeter.

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