What’s On in April
Looking to burn off all that chocolate scoffed over Easter? Go out and stretch your legs with this lot.
Curated by Katie White
Rose Wylie exhibition, Plymouth Arts Centre, Thurs 29 March – Mon 30 April
This exhibition of colourful, large scale, figurative paintings by celebrated British painter Rose Wylie promises to be intelligent, thought provoking and dynamic. The exhibition draws on Wylie’s learning about Pilgrims of the 30s and reflects in a quietly political way on history’s interpretation of them. The works will actually be displayed in two venues to explore how their situation affects their interpretation: the Plymouth Arts Centre and The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art. Both promise to be an excellent April culture top up which, frankly, after all that chocolate, we’ll need.
Diane Arbus at The Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, throughout April (until 11 June)
Diane Arbus is one of *the* most influential photographers of the 20th Century: bold, original and direct portraiture denotes the complexity of humanity in each photo. This exhibition is touring the UK – as part of the Artist Rooms series – and has been attended by 40 million people! How cool that we now get to go check out her genius too?!
FREE. 10am – 4pm Mon – Fri and 11am – 4pm Sat. burtonartgallery.co.uk
BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE [RAMM] MUSEUM with Jim Wileman, Fri 20 April – Wed 2 May
Have we mentioned before how much we love love love the RAMM? Now they are giving us the chance to get a sneak peak at all the “behind the scenes” stuff with photographer Jim Wileman’s snaps of what really goes on. Sounds brilliantly nosey and curious!
FREE. 10am – 5pm exeterramm.admit-one.eu
MURDER MYSTERY at Hannah’s, nr Newton Abbot, Sat 21 April
“So, it is 1939 and tonight is the 20th Wedding Anniversary of Charles and Eleanor Fox. Family and friends are gathered to celebrate. Everyone is looking forward to an enjoyable evening, but… all is not what it seems. Some of the guests have secrets that they would rather keep to themselves, secrets that go back many years, to a time when some of those present had family matters that they would prefer not to air in public, to a time when some of them had met on the battlefields of a Europe ravaged by the Great War. Over the course of the evening these tensions increase, some of the secrets are revealed, and, regrettably, a tragedy occurs. One of the guests is murdered! After the death one of the guests takes up the investigation and it is up to that investigator, with the help of the other guests at the dinner, to identify the killer before the evening is over.”
1930s dress up? Tick; three course meal? Tick; Immersing yourself in a “real life” drama and getting away from the mayhem of “normal” life? Tick. I mean, it’s a great back story, so err, what is NOT to love about this? Booking essential.
7pm, £25, discoverhannahs.org
Spring Cookery Class at Glazebrook House, South Brent, Sat 21 April
Join the hotel’s head chef Josh Ackland for a Springtime cookery masterclass. You’ll receive a cooking demo, before being served up an awesome 3 course lunch. You’ll also take home be some new recipes to get you inspired in the kitchen this Spring.
From Midday, £35 per person. Call and book direct on 01364 73322, be quick as spaces are limited! glazebrookhouse.com
WILD KITCHEN at Lydford Gorge, Sat 21 April
Forage for wild garlic and then cook up a campfire storm at the jaw droppingly beautiful Lydford Gorge (with a bit of help from some friendly in the know Rangers): sounds like the perfect fodder for some super smug social media snaps! Booking essential (at time of writing there were only a few places left).
11am – 2pm, £9, nationaltrust.org.uk
Spring wine tastings at Jaded Palates, Chagford & Ashburton, Sat 21 & 28 April
If you fancy really getting to know your wine, then may we recommend you get yourselves to one of these annual vintage tasting events? From both of their gorgeous wine stores, Ian and Gill will talk you through some fabulous wines, dishing out as much knowledge as you can handle. Fun, tasty, productive. What’s not to love?
Toby Bucklands Garden Festival, Powderham Castle, Fri 27 – Sat 28 April
It’s the fifth installment of this cracking annual family-friendly festival and once again, Powderham Castle will hand over its grounds to over 150 exhibitors. Think spring flowers from top nurseries, artisan food and crafts, music and entertainment and you’ve got yourself a proper Devon shindig!
Authentic Indian Cookery Course, Exeter Cookery School, Sat 28 April
What’s not to love about this one-day course? Award-winning school, cracking location, a top guest tutor (Nila Ross-Patel) and a whole load of glorious Indian cuisine mastered. One to book up, quick; and save me a samosa, won’t you?
Honiton Festival of Imagination, The Beehive, Fri 27 – Sat 28 April
It’s the 4th Festival of Imagination for Honiton, a hands-on science and arts festival for all ages and this years theme is colour. Expect lectures and workshops, plus a screening of Oscar nominated Loving Vincent, which is the world’s first painted feature film? Kinda mind-boggling and cool at once. The Saturday programme sounds particularly fun for family ents., culminating in a Fizz Pop Science Show, plus a screening of Star Wars – The Last Jedi.
Spring Celebration Open Day, A Touch of the Wild, nr. Exeter, Sat 28 April
Bring your whole family to Grammarcombe Woods for this awesome-sounding Spring Celebration event. As the weather turns warmer (please God, let it happen!), celebrate with some leaf print crafting, marshmallow toasting over the fire, face painting and sawdust sensory play for the toddlers. Kids will also have the chance to play in the mud kitchen and enjoy the woodland playground.
FREE. 10am -12pm, no booking required, just drop in. Visit atouchofthewild.co.uk for more info.
Lady Boys of Bangkok “Wonder Women Tour”, Palace Theatre, Paignton Mon 30 April
Get your sequins and feathers on and brace yourselves – the world famous Lady Boys of Bangkok are coming to lil’ ol’ Devon! This celebration of the Lady Boys’ style icons will be dazzling high-energy and outrageously diamanté studded fun! Bring it on!
Tickets from £21, 7.30 – 9.30pm, palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk
Muddy Challenge, whenever and wherever you feel brave!
It is time! Dust off your swimwear and dig out a BIG towel/ rug/ thermos and get yourself ready to take the plunge. So what it was snowing last month and the sea WILL be freezing! Embrace a moment of Spring Madness and fun and RUN in (and probably then straight out again) of the ocean this month. You know it will be mad but fun, invigorating and totally earn you points for an oversized “reward” hot choc and slice of cake.
Muddy Walk, Stover Park nr Newton Abbot.
This month we recommend a stroll around Stover park – ever been? Follow the totally enchanting Ted Hughes’ trail dotted with whimsical lines of poetry and accompanied by daring wooden sculptures for a perfect day of musing and mulling in the most beautiful location.
Tattoo: British Art Revealed, Torre Abbey, Starts Sat 3 March – Sun 3 June
“From ruffians to royalty; from sailors to socialites; from pilgrims to punks: tattoos have been etched into bodies throughout British history. Now a stunning new exhibition is coming to Torre Abbey Museum, which promises to get under the skin of this worldwide phenomenon.” We couldn’t have put it better ourselves! After a hugely successful stint in Falmouth (that says it all!) it’s now Devon’s turn to check out this weird and wonderful art form. Sounds like a kooky and creative way to spend a rainy day!
10am -5pm, £8. torre-abbey.org.uk
The Country Kitchen at Burton Art Gallery, Bideford Mon 19 March – 14 May
The kitchen is the heart of the home right? Therefore we declare that it should be one of our best decorated rooms. This month Burton Art Gallery is giving us the nudge we need for a Spring Clean and make over for our kitchens, with an exhibition of Country Kitchens showcasing brilliant artists including Helen Murgatroyd and Rachel Cox. Go be inspired!
10-4pm, FREE. burtonartgellery.co.uk
Exhibition: Justine Smith, Brook Gallery, Budleigh Salterton, starts Sat 24 March – 22 April
Another must-see, striking exhibition from a Muddy favourite from the art world. The beautiful Brook Gallery in Budleigh Salterton will be exhibiting the work of Justine Smith, where money maps and political rhetoric come to life in this topical contemporary and thought-provoking show.
Simon Nickell Design Summer Flower School, Deer Park Country House Hotel, Honiton, Thurs 3rd May
Is there a flower enthusiast in the room? With May on the horizon, bringing with it a beautiful array of early summer flowers, join this top florist for a special one-off workshop at Deer Park Country House Hotel. You’ll have the chance to work with a beautiful selection of seasonal, freshly cut flowers and foliage and delve into the world of floral design, working with flowers, textures and colours under expert tuition. You’ll learn how to create a hand-tied bouquet, a table centrepiece and a large floral design. How’s that for productive and fun?
10am – 4pm, £195 pp, all flowers, equipment, refreshments and lunch included. Find out more at simonnickelldesign.com
Royal Wedding Celebrations at Paschoe House, Sat 19 May
Are you secretly fizzing with excitement at the impending Royal nuptials? Come and be with like-minded wedding, err, “guests” and enjoy the wedding broadcast in style! As you watch them say ‘I do’, the festivities will include a Pimms full afternoon tea and bubbles to toast the bride and groom. Quick, snaffle the best seats now – cheers!
From Midday, paschoehouse.co.uk