What’s on in February
Hurrah! Out of the doldrums and into the month of fun, feel good times and l-u-r-r-r-v-e. We’ve a cracking new line-up of things for you to pack the diary with – and this month it’s all thanks to the new Muddy on the block. Welcome on board Editorial Assistant, Katie White!
As ever, if you think we’ve missed something, well, we’re human. Just drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy x
Exmoor Food Fest, various venues across Exmoor, 1 – 28 Feb
A perfect reason to fall off the healthy eating wagon this month. The Exmoor Food Fest is back, celebrating all that’s great about the food and drink here. You can literally eat your way across Exmoor, with lots of fab special offers that you wouldn’t normally see. Our fave? We have to give a shout out to the wonderful Swan in Bampton, who, on Sat 10 Feb will be breaking with the tradition of lunch or dinner and offering a very special Moor Breakfast, along with a glass of fizz and a talk from a local producer at Wellhayes Vineyard. Sign me up, it’s going to be special.
For participating venues, visit exmoorfoodfest.com
Dine out at Home Farm Cafe, Parke at Bovey Tracey, with a special Muddy offer, during Feb
If you haven’t seen this little February sweetener in the Muddy newsletter, then listen up! This brilliant cafe on the National Trust Parke Estate throws open its doors in the evenings on Thurs-Sat, for an intimate 3 course supper and it is FABULOUS. If you fancy checking it out for yourself, then book in on a Thurs or Friday during February and you’ll get £5 off a 3-course dinner, if you quote ‘MUDDY’. I highly recommend this one, super cosy, very romantic and the food is amazing.
Not valid on Saturdays. Quote ‘MUDDY’ when booking. homefarmcafe.co.uk
RSPB Avocet Cruises on the Exe Estuary, throughout the month, ending on 28 Feb
The Exe Estuary is an incredibly special place teeming with wildlife and birdlife. If you feel like giving something back and fuelling your mindfulness this Feb then book yourself onto one of the RSPB’s increasingly popular river tours during which, not only will you be able to admire this beautiful place in which we live but also, expert guides will help you spot various species of wader and wildfowl including the avocet. All the money goes into the protection of these beautiful birds and their habitats. In an increasingly frenetic world where emails zing like panicked guineafowl and junk mail piles up by the front door, can you actually think of anything more pleasant and calming then wiling away an hour on the river? We can’t. Booking is essential by the way.
Departure times vary according to tide times – cruises last 1 hr 15 mins, £18. ww2.rspb.org.uk
Introduction to S.U.P, Croyde, every Wed and Sat
Feeling brave? Muddy is! 2018 is the year for you (and us) to embrace the water – although this winter we intend to stay ON it rather than IN it, thanks. This intro to S.U.P–ing on the north coast is the perfect way to start. Held on an enclosed private lake (ergo where adverse sea conditions – storms- shouldn’t be too much of an issue) this is a beginners’ dream. And, once you are confident on your board – and, perhaps the sun has reappeared – you can move onto the day-long coastal explorer course too. We cannot think of a better way to enjoy the beautiful Devon coastline!
£40, 10am -12.30pm, www.croydesurfacademy.com
Women and Power, Killerton House, starts Sat 10 Feb
As 2018 marks the centenary of women (partially) achieving the vote in England, it would be remiss NOT to mention this fantastic exhibition which opens at the beautiful Killerton House this month. The National Trust has come up trumps again with a celebration of Suffragist Lady Eleanor Acland and her campaign for suffrage. Make sure you take your proud – and loud – opinions with you as Killerton promises to have a soapbox in front of the house, where ALL people can have their voices heard. Meanwhile inside there will be poll boxes where you can vote on current affairs too. A fascinating insight into his ahem sorry I mean, her-story.
11am-5pm £12.80. nationaltrust.org.uk
Wild Birds singing with Holly Ebony, Dartington, Tuesday’s, starting 20 Feb
Muddy – in Muddy Mum mode – is ridiculously excited about Wild Birds coming out of its winter hibernation and restarting singing round the campfire in the “deep dark woods”. Situated in the forest near to Dartington, this gorgeous muddy morning is magical, creative and fun. Wrap up warm and get you and your little chick involved as soon as you can!
10 – 11.30 am, £7.50 per family, booked half-termly or £10 drop-in. hollyebony.com
Paul Weller, Plymouth Pavilions, Tues 20 Feb
Does he need any introduction? This is a pretty cool booking for Plymouth, a man who last year marked the 40th anniversary of his first album. Now he’s only gone and made another studio album, ‘A Kind Revolution’. You up for it?
7.30pm, tickets £46.75, theticketstore.co.uk
Bethany Holmes exhibition, Harbour House, Kingsbridge Tues 20- Sun 25 Feb
The marvellous Harbour House is hosting artist Bethany Holmes’ work this month with her exhibition To Celebrate the Distance: a stirringly beautiful collection of mixed media work which explores colour and light in the landscape. Her paintings are a inspired form of escapism. For creative stimulation in what can be a grey old month, definitely go and spend some time musing over them – and then make sure you treat yourself to a visit to the gorgeous café upstairs.
10am – 5pm, FREE. harbourhouse.org.uk
Toddler Yoga with Jess Yoga Wellness, Newton Abbot, starting Tues 20 Feb
By now you’ll know that Muddy loves to get out and explore this wonderful county, and we get giddy when we find treasures like this, for parents of small ones. Jess offers the most creative, fun, sparkly and stretchy toddler yoga sessions. If you fancy getting bendy and laughing and cuddling with your small human then we recommend booking a place on one of her courses before they (inevitably) sell out. It’s the perfect rainy day activity and, let’s face it, we’re getting plenty of those chucked our way lately!
10-10.45am £26 for 4 weeks courses www.jessyogawellness.co.uk
Interpreting Dartmoor’s Prehistoric Archaeology, Exeter RAMM Museum, Wed 21 Feb
Ever felt curious to learn more about the little playground on our doorsteps that we call Dartmoor? The wonderful RAMM museum is hosting Dr Lee Bray who will be giving a one-off talk on the prehistoric archaeology of Dartmoor National Park: if ever you needed an excuse to stretch the grey matter then this talk must be it. The talk will encompass information about agricultural landscapes, settlements and enigmatic ritual monuments. It sounds like an incredible delve into this ancient land that we call home and how it has contributed to our own sense of self too. Fascinating.
1-2pm, £6. www.rammuseum.org.uk
Devon Seaside Wellbeing Retreat, Challabrough, Feb 23 – 25/ Feb 26-28
Re-energise, refocus, reinvent; basically anything that starts with ‘re’ is good news in the world of retreats and so this one totally aces it (trust me, I’ve been on one). Take yourself away to the south Devon coast for a weekend and reboot mind, body and soul. Aimed at women who feel they’ve become a little lost, need a confidence boost, or just feel frustrated at not quite reaching their full potential, you’ll leave motivated, detoxed and inspired, along with a toolkit of ideas to help set yourself on the path to a better lifestyle. You’ll bed down in a stunning, contemporary beach house in a cracking location and you’ll feast on home-cooked, healthy recipes and juices that taste so far from “healthy”, you’ll actually wonder if you’ve come to the right place. It’s a busy timetable of yoga, beach walks, mindfulness, meditation and heaps more, but there’s plenty of time for some quiet reflection, too. Treat yourself.
£295 – £395, heartandsolewellbeing.co.uk
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Elgar’s Cello Eulogy, Plymouth Guildhall, Fri 23 Feb
Fancy something a little sophisticated this month? How utterly gorgeous would it be to don a beautiful dress, equip yourself with a glass of something smooth and listen to the renowned Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christoph König. There will be a repertoire including Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Dvorak’s Symphony No.9 ‘New World.’
7.30pm, £16 – £20. www.theatreroyal.com
The Winter Warmer Yoga Workshop with Yulia Heaton, The Ashtanga Yoga Workshop, Exeter Sun 25 Feb
Just because it’s February, we’ve not quite finished harking on about all things on the fitness front (you’ll thank us for it come the summer). For those of you who are longing to keep it up this month and those of you who are in need of some RnR and warming up this winter then book yourself onto this restorative yoga workshop. A blend of breathing exercise, stretches and relaxation techniques will balance a strong yoga session. Erm, what else can we tell you? They also do really good tea?!
10am-1pm £25 www.exeteryoga.co.uk
Stuart Lamble Craft Gallery Showcase, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, throughout Feb
Useful and beautiful crafts? We love this. Stuart Lamble makes striking handcrafted contemporary lighting and furniture – isn’t it pretty? Using sustainably sourced wood from the Cornwall and Devon border, there’s more than a hint of Stuart’s love of his natural surroundings. Go see, covet and, if you’re in the market for an interiors overhaul, buy!
Exhibition: Jerwood Makers Open, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, throughout Feb
The touring exhibition from the Jerwood Visual Arts Programme lands in Bovey Tracey this month. Jerwood Makers Open focuses on makers and making, supporting work in a diverse range of materials and progressive practices. Following a national call which elicited 271 submissions, five artists were selected for the exhibition (including sculptor Jessica Harrison, above) and will show works in wood, glass, parian porcelain, shellack, steel and organic waste and vellum.
Open daily 10am – 5.30pm, free, crafts.org.uk
New opening: JoLi’s, Totnes Mon-Sun
For all the Muddy Mummas out there, this may actually be a dream come true. Not only is this new play café host to some ridiculously good cake and an amazing selection of toys, books and messy play activities for your tots, it also has a hairdressers and beauty salon for them and us! Yup, that means that whilst your bambinos play, you can be beautified! Why did no one think of this before? Perfect for a rainy day with your mini or a sneaky bit of TLC for yourself.
£0.50- £1.50 (depending on the age of the child), 10am -4pm / 9am -12pm . Facebook.com.
Muddy Walk of the Month: Noss Mayo
Surely the absolute best thing about living in Devon is going for a walk? The scenery, the ocean, the landscapes; they are all soul food for us busy people. This month Muddy recommends turning off your screens for a few hours and heading out to Noss Mayo in the South Hams and then completing the cliff top ‘loop’ walk around the headland. It is challenging, hilly and muddy but (starts) and ends at the lush Ship Inn where you can reward yourself with a big bowl of hot chips and muse on the awesome vistas that you’ve just witnessed.
When? Whenever you want! FREE, (although “reward chips” are extra) Southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/91/