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Jubilant June! What’s on locally this month

Whoop, it's summer! And we've found a whole load of crowd-pleasers this month, from the best gigs and festivals, to stylish suppers, craft and outdoor theatre. Don't miss out!

POP-UP: Beach Bar, Princesshay, Exeter, until 26 August

Feet in the sand and a mojito in hand, this city oasis ticks all the beach bar criteria, complete with umbrellas, palm trees and live music. And new for 2022, you can order food to takeaway from selected Princesshay restaurants to enjoy in the bar.

FOOD: Sidmouth Eats Boutique, Kennaway House, Sidmouth, Fri 10 Jun

Feast your eyes on a selection of street food from around the world and tuck into your pickings on the lawn outside Kennaway House. 

FOOD: Orange Elephant, Taverners farm, Kennford, from Fri 10 Jun

Hurrah! Despite a very tricky time recently, the beloved ice cream of the Orange Elephant can once again cool you off on the hot days of summer as they make their welcome return.

WALKS: Nordic Walking Experience, Powderham Castle, Kenton, various in Jun

Not your usual stroll around the castle grounds… This beginner’s session will introduce you to the techniques of Nordic walking as you explore the castle’s woods and gardens. And (if you need some incentive…) the session concludes with a cream tea at the courtyard cafe. Tickets £25.

CINEMA: Downton Abbey, The Beehive, Honiton, Fri 10 Jun

No option this June but to embrace our inner monarchist, so pop on one’s poshest hat, grasp matching bag firmly and head to the cinema to gently wave at the sumptuous visual feast that is Downton Abbey. One feels one must.

CINEMA: Men, Plymouth Arts Cinema, Fri 10 – 16 Jun

You’d be wise to put on your big girl pants for this one. The wonderful Jessie Buckley and Rory Kinnear star in director Alex Garland’s latest film, set in the beautiful English countryside but filled with dark, shape-shifting horror….ooh.

SHOPPING: Farmers Market, Old Market Square, Dartmouth, Sat 11 Jun

Listed by The Times as one of the best alfresco markets in the UK, enjoy a selection of delicious local produce in Dartmouth’s Old Market Square. 

MUSIC: The George Michael Legacy, Exeter Corn Exchange, Sat 11 Jun

Sadly we can’t enjoy the gorgeous George but tribute artist Wayne Dilks (no idea if that’s an anachronism ‘Dad I’d Like to Kiss, perhaps?) has been performing George’s numerous hits for twenty years and is a splendid tribute.

ART EXHIBITION: In Harmony: Royal Society of Sculptors, Broomhill Estate, Muddiford, Sat 11 Jun – Mon 30 Sept

An inaugural exhibiton in partnership with the Royal Society of Sculptors and showcasing some of the UK’s leading sculptors.

WORKSHOP: In Unity: The Japanese Tea Ceremony, Dartington Estate, Totnes, Sat 11 Jun

We do try to find you a range of experiences each month and here’s an interesting  little oddment. The Japanese tea ceremony has been important culturally since the 15th century and here you will have the chance to learn the mindful intentions behind the mystery. If you are captivated by the (free) lecture you have the chance to return the following day and make your own ceramic tea bowls with ceramicist Jill Fanshawe Kato.

COMEDY: Stewart Lee: Snowflake/Tornado, Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple, Sun 12 Jun

Genius comedy from the cleverest comic in the biz, and as he’s keen to remind us (tongue firmly in cheek) the world’s best stand-up according to The Times.

RUNNING: Dartmouth Triathlon, Dartmouth, Sun 12 Jun

Returning for its 7th year, Dartmouth Triathlon kicks off with a swim in the crystal clear waters at Blackpool Sands, then it’s a cycle to Slapton and finally a run around the Blackpool Sands grounds. Surely one of the most glorious settings in which to compete, and, if you prefer shouting encouragement from the sidelines, there are a plethora of delightful hostelries.

MUSICAL: Chicago, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Tues 14 – Sat 18 Jun

Razzle dazzle indeed, musicals don’t get much sexier than this, and it stars 80s pop icon, Sinitta and Lee Mead as Billy Flynn. What more could you ask for? (NB Sinitta not starring on Sat 18 Jun).

BAKING COURSE: Bread Making, Glebe House, Colyton, Weds 15 Jun

Pic credit: Glebe House

A morning course with Sam Lomas head chef at Devon’s coolest new boutique Glebe House, covering basic bread making and sourdough techniques, including looking after your starter, shaping and baking. £65pp.

BOATS: Summer Barbecue Cruise, Stuart Line Cruises, Exmouth/River Exe, Fri 17 Jun

Take your summer BBQ to the next level on a two-hour evening cruise along the River Exe Estuary. With scrumptious locally prepared food (and a well stocked bar) all that’s left for you to do is sit back and enjoy the booze, er, I mean, views. Over 18s only, £25pp.

OUTDOOR THEATRE: Dreaming up the Past, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, Fri 17 Jun

Revisit Exeter’s Roman past with an evening of myth and legend inspired by artefacts at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and performed in the atmospheric outdoor setting of Exeter’s Roman wall. Tickets: £5-10pp

COURSE: Sashiko/Invisible Mending, Magpie & Hook, Bideford, Sat 18 Jun

Spend three hours learning the Japanese way to make do and mend clothes you’d rather hang onto than chuck in the bin. £35 plus £5 for materials.

FESTIVAL: CRAFT Festival, Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey, Fri 17 – Sun 19 Jun

The Great Pottery Throwdown’s Keith Brymer-Jones is at Bovey’s annual CRAFT Festival on Saturday Pic credit: CRAFT Festival

Loads of lovely makers gather to show and sell their wares at the annual craft festival. Such a great opportunity to buy truly individual items – no risk of ‘Oh, I’ve got one of those’ from your guests and this year there are more demos than ever, with 20 makers sharing their craft knowledge, including woodcarving, printmaking, pottery, basket making, shoemaking, weaving, wood turning, furniture making and more. Personally, I’m tearing up just at the thought of meeting the potter and judge from The Great Pottery Throwdown, Keith Brymer-Jones (Q&A 17 June).

MUSIC FEST: Gold Coast Oceanfest, Croyde Bay, Fri 17 – 19 Jun

Not just the surfing at Croyde this weekend. There is countless beach sports, comedy and entertainment in the lineup, from Reef to Gentleman’s Dub Club Band and Clean Bandit. And yes, if you bought a ticket for 2020 (or 2021) it has been automatically rolled over to Oceanfest22.

FEAST: A Fermented Feast with Sandor Katz and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, River Cottage, Axminster, Fri 17 Jun

There’s absolutely bound to be something to tickle your taste buds in this 6-course feast, talk and Q and A based around Sandor Katz’s (fermentation expert) and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s favourite ferments. (Try saying that after a Prosecco). £195pp

PRIDE: Exmouth Pride, Manor Gardens, Exmouth, Sat 18 Jun

Exmouth will be proud indeed, with a rainbow celebration of fun and laughter based around Manor Gardens with food and drink, kids entertainment, including face painting and bouncy castle, a dog competition at 3pm and lots and loadsa music on the main stage. All welcome – obviously.

EXHIBITION: Brick by Brick: A LEGO® brick history of Exeter, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, Sat June 18 until Sun 11 Sept

Pic credit: RAMM

Here’s a clever way to build interest into your reluctant young historians. My little ones found everything to do with Lego endlessly fascinating, and this way you can sneak some local history, from prehistoric and Roman times through WWW2 to the present day and Exeter’s imagined future as a green garden city, into your child’s day out. Perfect. £4.50 adult, £3.50 conc, £2.50 child.

OUTDOORS: Rose Festival, RHS Rosemoor, Torrington, until Sun 5 Jun

There are few sights more beautiful in English gardens in June than roses in full bloom, wafting their gorgeous scents and the South West’s RHS showcase garden has over 2000 roses to show off. Included guided rose walks, rose-themed cake, craft and floristry workshops and the Rose Weekend: Craft and Food Fair from Fri 24 – Sun 26 June.

OUTDOOR THEATRE: Peter Pan, Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton, Sat 18 June 18

The Plough Arts Centre is bringing its theatrical skill and timeless JM Barrie classic- en plein air – to a National Trust classic, the last castle to be built in England.

WINE TASTING: Wickhams’ English Wine Extravaganza, Rougemont Hotel, Exeter, Sat 18 Jun

Excellent, an excuse to get a little daytime-tiddly in the guise of education with leading wine pros, including Oz Clarke OBE and Susy Atkins. They’re hosting a day of wine masterclasses and demonstrating a selection of England’s most outstanding wine producers, including award-winning locals Sharpham Wine, Lyme Bay Winery, Calancombe Estate and Huxbear. Meet industry experts and producers and, more importantly, enjoy tastings of the wines and some Devon spirit brands – then take the train.

THEATRE: Housewives on Holiday, Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple, Tues 21 Jun

Take a vicarious and hilarious holiday in the sun with the housewives. Slap on the suncream and no sucking in your tum. From the writers and producers of Hormonal Housewives and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

MUSICAL: Waitress, Princess Theatre, Torquay, Tues 21 – Sat 25 Jun

Chelsea Halfpenny takes the lead role in this witty musical brought to Life by female lead creative team and featuring the Musical school of the highly talented Sarah Bareilles. Tipped to be a top show.

MUSIC: Dionne Warwick, Plymouth Pavilions, Sat 25 Jun

Not even Covid could stop the unstoppable force of nature that is Dionne Warwick and who has been warbling for nearly six decades and still belts them out as brilliantly as ever. Tickets from £56pp.

COMEDY: Rhod Gilbert: The Book of John, Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple, Tues 28 Jun

It’s been seven years since comedian Rhod Gilbert was last on the road doing stand-up, and since then there’s been a pandemic and a whole lot happen in his life, including meeting a guy called John – the type of guy who thinks he knows something about everything, but in reality knows very little about anything.

MUSIC: Some Kinda Wonderful, Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torquay, Thurs 23 Jun

Signed, Sealed, Delivered! Celebrating the rhythm and blues of Stevie Wonder, The Noel McCalla/Derek Nash Band perform classic hits from throughout the singer’s career with a specially curated set of award-winning musicians whose credits include Bill Withers, The Bee Gees, Gary Moore and Michael Ball and Alfie Boe. Tickets £20.

SINGLES: Stylish Supper at the River Shack, Stoke Gabriel, Thurs 30 Jun

Fancy meeting like-minded singles in a fabulous riverside location? Hop over to Stoke Gabriel for local matchmakers, Pi Society’s midweek supper, open to non-members so you can see if it’s for you before signing up.

COUNTY SHOW: Devon County Show, Westpoint, Exeter, Thurs 30 Jun – Sat 2 Jul

What can I possibly tell you about the Devon County Show? It highlights all of the natural elements that make Devon so special. You can watch the horse jumping, stunt bikes, show dogs or show cattle, enjoy a multitude of craft and entertainment or simply sit in the champagne tent, sip and watch the Devonian world go by. A great day out for everybody.

TOURS: Brixham Fish Market Tours, Rockfish, various dates until 29 Jun

The ideal day out for seafood lovers (and early risers). Go behind the scenes at Britain’s largest fish market to learn about how the 40 different species of fish on offer get from the sea to our plates. After kicking off at 6:20am the tour ends with a well-earned breakfast at Mitch Tonks renowned Rockfish restaurant. Fees help raise funds for the Fisherman’s Mission – an organisation supporting families who have lost relatives at sea. Tickets £25.


Two critically acclaimed tours and a West End run can’t be wrong! Don’t miss Footloose, starring Darren Day at Queen’s Theatre on Tuesday 22 July.


PLATINUM JUBILEE: Check out the Muddy round-up, Thurs 2 – Sun 5 Jun, various around Devon

Fancy joining in the Queen’s knees-up? Head over to our round-up of Platinum Jubilee events for what’s happening in our ‘hood.

MUSIC: Show of Hands, Exeter Cathedral, Weds 1 Jun

Take six voices, add fiddle, cajon, trumpet, banjo, guitars, bass and mandolin. Season with sun-soaked Latin rhythms then throw in a West Country heartbeat and you have an unmissable collaboration between Folk legends Steve Knightley and Phil Beer and the Madrid based Irish American Roots Quartet, Track Dogs. The acoustics at the Cathedral can only help make this show even more enjoyable.

OUTDOOR CINEMA: Pride, Powderham Castle, Kenton, Weds 1 Jun

Kick off LGBTQ+ Pride month watching this stunning film, based on the true 1984 tale of Margaret Thatcher’s fight with the National Union of mineworkers. The affiliation between the Union and a group of gay and lesbian activists was astonishing then, and uplifting now.

TALK: Thirty Years in the Wild:Gordon Buchanan, Palace Theatre, Paignton, Thurs 2 Jun

Join wildlife presenter and filmmaker Gordon Buchanan on his anniversary tour. After creating wildlife stories for 30 years (working both behind and in front of the camera) Gordon sure has some stories to tell. Tickets: £22-25

MUSIC: 1 Big Summer, Plymouth Hoe, Thurs 2 – Sat 4 Jun

Basement Jaxx? Years and Years? The Libertines? Supergrass? So many bands to choose from on this big weekend. Choose your favourite, don the face glitter and head for the Hoe. Tickets from £35/weekend tickets from £79.

FESTIVAL: North Devon Beer Festival, Barnstaple, Thurs 2 – Fri 3 Jun

Drink, dance and be merry! For those averse to a strong brew there’s also a selection of local gins and ciders. Need something to soak up the booze? Here caters for every craving including a meaty barbecue, Thai cuisine and vegan wraps. £3

MUSIC: Sidmouth Jazz Festival, Sidmouth, Thurs 2 – Sun 5 Jun

This is set to be an incredibly busy weekend in Devon what with all the regal folderol but a very cool option is  to visit the usually rather sleepy town of Sidmouth which has an astonishing line up of international jazz artists performing over the long weekend – personal favourites Mica Paris and Joe Stilgoe to name but two!

AIRSHOW: English Riviera Airshow, Paignton Green, Sat 4 Jun – Sun 5 Jun

A spectacular weekend is planned for the South Devon Bay starting on Thursday with the lighting of one of the Queen’s Jubilee Beacons and continuing over the weekend with Music on the Meadows, a huge, free party at Torre Abbey filled with loads of entertainment for adults and children alike. The air show itself is on the Saturday and Sunday morning looks set to be fabulous, featuring the iconic RAF Red Arrows.

OUTDOOR THEATRE: Much Ado about Nothing, Hartland Abbey, Hartland nr Bideford, Weds 8 Jun

Love, love, love a bit of outdoor theatre whilst the evenings are warm *and hopefully dry* and Hartland Abbey is sure to provide a beautiful backdrop for one of Shakespeare’s most engaging and entertaining plays. Bring a blanket and tuck into the Pimms Bar and BBQ.

Words by Ashley Tremlett and Zoe Williams.

2 comments on “Jubilant June! What’s on locally this month”

  • Beverley Hughes June 5, 2022

    Thank you I really enjoy your emails so many ideas of places to visit & things to do .

    • lisabuckland June 6, 2022

      It’s a pleasure. Thank you for thanking me!


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