ART: Celebrating Three Generations: New artworks by Anita Klein, Marine House, Beer, until 12 April
Whenever I see Anita Klein cards on sale, I always buy a job lot for girlfriends, so brilliant are they at capturing those every-day moments of a woman’s life. Hotfoot it down to the gorgeous coastal town of Beer to check out her latest collection of artworks.
THEATRE: The Mermaid’s Magical Purse, 1 – 9 April
Plymouth’s ever-quirky and creative Stiltskin’s Soapbox Children’s Theatre have added a few extra dates in April to their new original show complete with mermaids, pirates and puppets.
GARDENS: RHS Garden Rosemoor, Easter Fun Family Workshops, 6 – 21 April
There are basketfuls of egg-hunts and trails this month, but you can’t go wrong with RHS Garden Rosemoor near Torrington who’re running five days of creative workshops, plus an Easter trail and secret clues to find among the daffies.
OUTDOORS: Quince Honey Farm, Re-opening launch, South Molton, 6 – 21 April
Get your dose of vitamin-bee as Quince Honey Farm are re-locating their beloved bees to a new site just off the A361 North Devon Link Road and it’s all systems go to be ready for opening in Easter 2019. Go find out what all the buzz is about…
Camel Creek Adventure Park, Cornwall, Easter opening, Sat 6 – 21 April
If you fancy a hop over the border to Cornwall, Camel Creek is reopening this weekend after an £3m zhuzh of the water rides and the addition of a new mini log-flume, so don’t forget to pack at least one set of spare clothes for the Muddies (and def one for you).
KIDS: Noise Art Radio: Easter holiday club, 8 – 10 April
Only three days into the Easter hols and running out of ways to keep the kids entertained? Cue Noise Art Radio with the perfect solution; opportunities to record interviews, present radio shows, make giant puppets and much much more.
ART EXHIBITION: What have I done now? Awesome Art Space, 27 Paris Street, Exeter, 8-13 April
Don’t believe the hype, says politically engaged artist Robin Doyle, who’s clearly not impressed with the onslaught of the media, the Kardashians and coke adverts. Check out his awesome Banksyesque art at the new Awesome Art Space pop-up on Paris Street.
SHOPPING: VIP Chesney launch at The Fire Engine, nr Bideford, Tues 9 April (from midday) – 10 April (10am-4pm)
Sun’s out, time to zhuzh up the garden! Will and Annette at The Fire Engine invite you to their VIP launch of Chesney’s new outdoor living range (including a fab outdoor wood-burner that keeps you warm in unreliable British summers AND you can cook on it) with complementary food, fizz – and fire (obvs) – to keep you interested.
DAYS OUT: Muddy Dog Challenge, Powderham Castle, Kenton nr Exeter, 13 April
There’s a good boy! Show off your clever dog by signing up for Battersea Dog Home’s Muddy Dog Challenge 2019. You go on an obstacle course together (2.5k or 5k), get fit and raise money for Battersea Dogs Home – now I can that a win-win-win, and your good doggy gets a bandana and a rosette to wear with pooch pride.
CHILDREN: Babbacombe Model Village: Enchanting Illuminations, every Thursday 11 April – 18 Oct
One for the little people, Babbacombe’s iconic model village is a trip back in time, fascinatingly kitsch and a great way to keep the Muddies quiet for an hour or two. Every Thursday evening from April to October, as dusk falls, the village will be transformed into a world of intricate and enchanting illuminations. Keep your ticket and you can return for free with 7 days to see it all by day.
MUSIC: Thomas Cameron, Poltimore House, Thurs 11 April
Join the Classic Brit Award-nominated tenor, performing hits from musical theatre, classical and contemporary music, including Coldplay and Paloma Faith, as well as his BBC featured debut album, all in the unusual setting of Grade II listed Poltimore House during its path to restoration.
EAT & DRINK: Spring menu tasting, Orestone Manor at Maidencombe, Fri 12 April
Trot your taste-buds over to Maidencombe near Torquay for Orestone Manor’s spring menu tasting complete with country house-colonial vibes, G&T’s on the terrace and awesome views over the subtropical palms and sparkling waves of Lyme Bay.
THEATRE: Ant Middleton, The Mind Over Muscle Tour, Plymouth Pavilions, Sat 13 April
A must-see for anyone moping on Monday nights (yep, me) now that Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins is off air: the Chief Instructor is coming off the snowy wastes and heading to Plymouth for a night of muscly motivational self-discovery and mental strength. Yes, staff!
MUSIC: Grinagog presents Minigog 2019, Torre Abbey Spanish Barn, Sat 13 April
Summer’s coming early, Minigog festival is hitting Torbay this April, with story-telling, dancing and ooh, Neville Staples of The Specials (celebrating the two-tone band’s 40th anniversary).
FOOD: River Cottage: A Day with Gill Meller, Sun 14 April
Fancy a forage? Join award winning food writer, Gill Meller, for a day of gathering and seasonal cooking – and you’ll get a signed copy of Gill’s latest book ‘Gather’ so you can trot home and impress the family with your tasty hedgerow fayre.
WALKS: Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust- Wild Flower Wander, Sun 14 April 2:00-3:30pm
Don’t know your daffs from your dandelions? Top up your nature knowledge on a wildflower wander through Cockington. An opportunity to do a bit of botanising, identify springtime flowers, do some instagramming and maybe do a few sketches if you’re feeling arty. Meet at Cockington Visitor Centre.
EAT & DRINK: Springtime Barbecue, Rust & the Wolf, Ashburton, Sun 14 April
Not been to Rust and the Wolf in Ashburton yet? Here’s your excuse to check out their quirky American memorabilia and uber-cool cafe. Meat and veggie options available, booking only by phone (01364 652402), plus live music, neon signs and and an Easy Rider vibe.