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What’s On In July

JULY 2018

Last chance to enjoy Devon before it takes on a sunny summer holiday glow for a bit (and the small people are released en masse!). Enjoy your July x

Words: Katie White, Photography: Imi F Hughes



Celebrating 250 years of the Royal Academy of Arts at Saltram House, Plymouth, Until Sun 30 September

The RAA was partly founded by Joshua Reynolds and Angelica Kauffman – one of only two female founding members. To discover more about her struggles in a man’s world, head to Saltram to visit this ongoing, inspired exhibition.

FREE (after admission) 10am – 4pm. 


Pop Art in Print at Exeter RAMM c/o V&A Museum London, all month until 26 Aug

print of woman in bikini against yellow background pop art

Gerald Laing, Sandra from the series Baby Baby Wild Things, 1968. Screenprint Circ.672-1968. Collection: Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Well, thank you Victoria and Albert Museum, London for lending Exeter your first collection of iconic and creative Pop Art Prints. We love it and can’t wait to check out this exhibition of 70 works from over 30 Pop Artists! Who says museums can’t be colourful?!

£4.50 (£3.50) U19s FREE, 


Exhibition: Anthony Frost, family & friends – St Ives Inspired, Book Gallery, Budleigh Salterton, Fri 6 July – Sun 12 August.

exhibition leaflet

Another tempting exhibition unveils at the brilliant Brook Gallery this weekend. Anthony Frost has selected work from his nearest and dearest in this specially curated exhibition: St Ives Inspired. You’ll find paintings and prints featured from Anthony himself, Sir Terry Frost, Luke Frost, Bob Devereux, Bob ourne, Felicity Mara, Rachael Kantaris and Rod Walker.  Go see!


Open Air Theatre: William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Royal William Yard, Plymouth, opens Tues 31 July – 11 Aug.

outdoor theatre performance georgian house

Photo credit: Gemma Ward Photography

Plymouth’s Barbican Theatre is promising us another awesome rendition of a classic tale for their fourth #BardInTheYard open-air performance.  Taking place in the ‘secret garden’ of the very handsome Residence One at the Royal William Yard, it’ll be atmospheric and lots of fun, since there’ll be a fully licensed bar from the B-Bar, as well as picnic boxes on offer from Column Bakehouse. Theatre at its very best!

14 performances on various dates. Tickets £19 from


The Tempest performed at Killerton House, near Exeter, Tues 31 July

champgane glasses and bottle in field

Photography: Imi F Hughes

And over at the other end of the county, it’s the splendiferous Killerton House that’s celebrating the outdoor theatre thang. Ensure you pack a picnic, some fizz and a chair and go spend a glorious evening watching one of Shakespeare’s finest at one of Devon’s finest. Booking essential.

£15/£10, booking essential,  


Muddy Challenge July

shell on beach

Photography: Imi F Hughes

Another easy one this month! This month’s challenge is to embrace the STAY-cation… grab a map of Devon (we’ve included a link, because we’re helpful like that), pick a spot… and go. You could even use this month’s guide as a way of choosing a new place to explore. We live in the best county in the UK right? So why not head to a new part of it that you have never explored before? Don’t forget to send us pics! 


Muddy Walk: Horseshoe Falls, Dartmoor

toddler in pink wellies

Photography: Imi F Hughes

Since the school hols begin this month, we’ve included an easy one to do with tots of any age as you can walk for as long – or short – as you desire/ require. Park at New Bridge and then literally follow the river path upstream for as long as you like. Horseshoe falls themselves are a beautiful bubbling little oasis of calm. Definitely pack a picnic and maybe even a swimming costume?!



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Vegetarian Cuisine with chef JP Bidart, Nkuku nr. Totnes, Sun 1 July

chef cooking demo

For – what is sure to be – a delicious three course vegetarian feast in, what we KNOW will be, an absolutely knock out setting, visit one of Nkuku’s brand new summer pop up alfresco dining events. I mean, it’s a concept so perfect, we kind of can’t understand why this didn’t happen sooner! We love the sound of this vegetarian feast, but don’t panic, there are some meaty ones coming up too. Summer just got tasty!

12.30pm,  £36.  


Royal William Yard Good Food & Craft market, Plymouth, Sun 1 July

people at food stall

What’s the best way to kick off July, especially when it’s looking like it’ll be sunny? Browsing and buying fresh food and beautiful crafts from the best of Devon’s makers, right on the waterfront. See you there!

FREE 10am -3pm, 


Clay: A Festival of Ceramics, Barnstaple Pannier Market, Sun 1 July

colourful ceramic bowls

Roll up to the pretty Victorian Pannier Market in Barnstaple for this special celebration of all things ceramic. Expect super-talented makers, workshops and the chance to go all Demi Moore in Ghost at the Potters Wheel. Makes for the perfect Sunday mooch.

10am – 4pm.


Sharpham Trust Open Day, Sharpham House, nr Totnes,  Sun 1 July

sparkling wine sharpham ice bucket

Aside from the knock out views over the vineyard and River Dart, Sharpham House is opening its doors to allow us inside for a day of family fun. The programme is enormous covering crafts, nature walks and mindfulness exercises but we will be heading STRAIGHT to The Cellar Door for a tasty tipple – hic!

FREE 10.30am -4pm 


Devon Food Movement Pop-Up at Deer Park Country House, Thurs 5 July

Devon Food movement menu

I’m a huge fan of the Devon Food Movement – a collaborative pop-up restaurant concept set up by former Michelin star development chef Luke Fearon. It’s basically a series of temporary dining experiences (think set menu’s with small dishes)  in quirky locations, celebrating Devon’s produce, chefs, producers and food heroes with each changing season. July kicks off with this one at the Deer Park Mediterranean Kitchen with Lewis Steer, The Dartmoor Shepherd (you’ll also find him in Vogue with his sheepskins) and it’s all about the Native Breed Dartmoor Hogget. Think alfresco dining, with food cooked in a wood-fired oven.  Perfect, no?

7pm, £36 (BYOB with no corkage). Tel: 01752 837247 or email


Kevin and Karen, Plymouth Pavilions, Thurs 5 July

man and woman dancing

Is there a Strictly fan in the house? You’ve a few months to go yet, until the next series kicks off, carrying us all the way to Christmas (yikes!), so why not let this pair of pro’s from the show fill the gap and entertain you? Girl’s night out anyone?

7.30pm. Tickets from £30.25,


The Black Rock Run, The Red Barn, Woolacombe, Fri 6 July

legs running through sea shore on beach blue sky

Photography: Imi F Huges

This annual beach run is not only a great chance to get fit, but also to raise money for Woolacombe Surf Life Saving club AND… most importantly, you can reward yourself afterwards with a slap up meal at The Red Barn: yes!

FREE, 5-7pm, 


Exeter Craft Festival, Exeter Thurs 5 – Sat 7 July

little white vases

Photography: Imi F Hughes

Oooh, how we love a good craft festival, since we’ve so much blimmin’ talent in this county! To see some of the top artists and makers in the West head over to Exeter’s gorgeous Cathedral Green this weekend, where you’ll be able to check out over 100 creative crafters and their wares.  Best bit? It’s freeee!



Glas-Denbury music and arts festival, nr Newton Abbot, Fri 6 – Sat 7 July

guitars on grass

Music, dancing, magic and love: this is the family festival to beat all others. There is literally something to suit everyone at this festival; the “feel good factor” is on sequin-filled fire!

£85 weekend pass (with camping),  


Sarah McQuaid, Manaton Parish Hall, The Bridge Inn, Topsham Sat 7 July

woman in red dress with guitars on black background

Photo by Phil Nicholls

Well, this sounds rather good! The Madrid-born, Chicago-raised, Cornwall-based singer/songwriter has just released her fifth solo album If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous and she’s treating Devon to a couple of intimate performances on and around Dartmoor. If you’re already a fan, this one has been put together with more instruments and is going down well in the folk world. The critics have bestowed some hefty compliments to Sarah’s engaging rapport with audiences, some likening her voice to malt whiskey and melted chocolate, so if it’s your thing, snap up tickets!
8pm, £10 advance, Tel: 01392 873862  


Snail and the Whale children’s theatre, The Northcott Theatre, Exeter,  Sat 7 – Sun 8 July

whale animation

Show me a child – or adult for that matter – who doesn’t love this classic Julia Donaldson tale of a tiny snail’s grand adventure on, of course, the tail of a whale. For a bit of Summer magic get your mini to this show, told by the Olivier award-nominated company who brought you The Gruffalo and Room On The Broom live on stage.

£14, 2pm & 4pm / 11am & 2pm.  


Dip and Dine at Whitehill Country Park, Paignton, Sat 7 – Sun 8 July

swimming pool

For the first time, Whitehill Country Park has opened the doors to its rather lovely outdoor swimming pool and spa to non-residents. Yippee…swim, spa and eat…  and don’t worry, before you ask – the pool is heated when it’s cold!

3.30-7pm, £12/£7.50. 


HAY! What a match! Live screenings of Wimbledon at Princesshay Exeter Mon 2 – Sun 15 July

tennis ball

Forget Henman Hill and Murray Mound, we just got our own Wimbledon big screen. Head to Exeter with – of course – your strawberries and cream and enjoy the best of this year’s Wimbledon as it happens…



Ways with Words Literary Festival at Dartington, Fri 6 – Sun 15 July

stone statue wearing flower garland house blue sky trees grass

Image: Imi F Hughes Photography

Once again, Dartington is hosting an absolute mind expanding range of hugely brilliant people at their Ways With Words literary festival. We love the sound of poet Ben Okri and linguist David Crystal but the programme is absolutely vast so there will absolutely be something to suit all brains.

Prices and times vary but on average the cost is £10 per event.  


Summer Jams & Jellies at Riverford Field Kitchen, Mon 9 July

strawberry jam toast silver spoon

This time of year really should involve a visit to this gorgeous country canteen, whether you’re there to eat or take part in one of the brilliant-sounding workshops. One idea? Learn how to make fruity jams and jellies that will “preserve” you all the way through winter with the delightful team.  Christmas will be knocking at your door in no time and this could be quite productive on the homemade gifts front.  Just saying…*ducks behind cushion*

9.30am -3pm, £110,  


Folk café at The Beehive, Honiton, Wed 11 July

guitar strings

In Honiton? Fan of folk? Fancy belting out a tune or two, yourself? We can help with that. For an evening of relaxed (and relaxing) folk, the Beehive Cafe is hosting this event and wants to see as many of you there as possible.

8-10pm, FREE.  


Lunchtime Concert Series, The Flavel, Dartmouth, Thurs 12 July

piano keys

Get ready to take your lunch hour to a whole new, melodic level, thanks to Dartmouth’s Flavel Theatre, who are hosting a series of short recitals by local musicians. Can you think of a more lovely way to eat a sandwich than to go and listen to the immensely talented Alex Highley playing piano for thirty minutes? We can’t.

1.15-1.45pm, FREE.  


Champagne and Prosecco Tasting at The Hotel du Vin, Exeter, Thurs 12 July


Well it wouldn’t be a Muddy Guide without some fizz tasting happening somewhere in Devon, would it? Champagne, prosecco and paired canapes at a swish city hotel, led by a very knowledgeable sommelier – sign me up now!

6 – 8.30pm £25,


Stiltskin do Shakespeare with Romeo & Juliet, Stiltskin’s Soapbox Children’s Theatre, Devonport Park, Plymouth Fri 13 – Sat 14 July 

woman wearing flower garland

Ready for another dose of brilliant kid’s theatre? Stiltskin’s adaptation of Romeo & Juliet follows Chop and Block, two endearing Elizabethan fools who are entertaining the Kings Players at Chop’s Chippy.  Disaster strikes when the kings players are unable to perform after a brawl breaks out.  But, the show must go on! Chop and Block endeavour to re-create the nation’s favourite tragic romance of the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, with a supporting cast of potatoes, frying pans and many more delights from the lovable rogues’ Kitchen.

1.30pm & 6pm. Suitable for 6+ years, for tickets & more info visit


Pop up dinner at Dittisham Village hall with Wild Artichokes, Fri 13 July


Photography: Imi F Hughes

This sounds like the perfect Italian-meets-English-village-fete fusion to me, and if you’ve not yet discovered Wild Artichokes, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. For a celebratory Italian feast in a rather splendid British setting, head to Dittisham village hall for one of team WA’s legendary pop up dinners. Booking essential.

7-10pm, £30 (booking essential). 


Devon Guild of Craftsmen: The Summer Show Launch Party, Bovey Tracey, Fri 13 July

artwork of field

Image: Sarah Morris print – Royal Hill (from The Summer Show 2017)

This super-popular exhibition for Devon Guild Members has been running since 1955 and is a showcase of the best contemporary crafts from across the whole of the South West. Exhibitors are chosen by a selection of panel Members, with more than 250 makers having the opportunity to submit work. Although the exhibitors won’t be announced until 9 July, you can pretty much guarantee that it’ll be an eclectic display, ranging from traditional to cutting edge craft.  And the launch party sounds fun, with music by contemporary folk duo Harbottle & Jonas, plus canapes and summery drinks, all served up at the gallery on the banks of the River Bovey.

6-8pm Free event, open to all.


Summer Sunshine Open Day with A Touch of the Wild, Grammarcombe Woods, Sat 14 July

Willow wigwam children in field

Need easing into school summer hols mode? You won’t be alone! Join the A Touch of the Wild team in camp at Grammarcombe Woods and hunt for the amazing creatures that live in our woods and make a bug hotel, craft sticky postcards from wild flowers, toast marshmallows, facepaint and much more.

FREE drop-in event, 10am -12pm.  For further info, visit  


Tom Jones at Powderham Castle, Sun 15 July

man with grey hair and beard against black background

If you’re a Sir Tom Jones fan, it’s not unusual, you know. The Sex Bomb himself will be making an appearance at the beautiful Powderham Castle, so Help Yourself to tickets and let all your mates shriek ‘My My My Delilah!’ (if that’s your name). It’s even the kind of gig where You Can Leave Your Hat On. *hangs head in shame*.

4pm, tickets from £44.


Rose Festival at RHS gardens, Rosemoor, Until Sun 22 July

roses in garden

Photography: Imi F Hughes

As the Summer months take hold and our beautiful county bursts into bloom we feel it would be rude to not celebrate the beauty of our fauna. Rosemoor is leading the way with a whole bloomin (!) festival dedicated to the humble rose. There is so much going on there we could easily wile away an entire month but we especially love the sound of the rose inspired kitchen, live music lates in the rose gardens and a whole weekend of flowers and crafts on 22 -24 June…

Opening times and prices vary, check for specifics.


One-day Shellfish & Seafood Cookery Course at Exeter Cookery School, Thurs 19 July

seafood on a tiered stand crab prawns lemon

I’m going to tell you about this briefly here and then I’m going to tell you about it in detail, because I’ve just taken this course myself and L-O-V-E-D it! As owners Jim and Lucy say, if you live in Devon then you can only – at most – be 35 miles away from water. Therefore, we should ALL be comfortable cooking the choice seafood we get to eat. But if you’re anything like me, this will be an area of kitchen expertise that you feel, er, not so expert in. So, take your fear by the claws and get to grips with crabs, mussels, bisques and stocks and learn to love the best of Devon. You won’t regret it. Pass me the mussels!

9.30am -4.30pm.  £155. 


Plymouth’s Open-Air Cinema at Tinside Lido, Fri 20 – Sun 22 July

outdoor swimming pool by the sea with cinema screen

Glorious Tinside Lido

Classic films in an iconic location on Plymouth’s waterfront – what could be better on a summer weekend? This year, rock up with a blanket to watch (in order), The Piano, Yellow Submarine and Dirty Dancing.  Yes! More to come over the summer, in various locations, but what a starter!


Chagstock Music Festival, Chagford, Dartmoor Fri 20 – Sat 21 July

woman with dark hair and fringe in black top

So many festivals to choose from this summer! We always love the sound of Chagstock to kick start the Summer Hols and this year it’s a Space and Sci Fi themed festival amongst the wilds of Dartmoor, with Imelda May headlining. Get those moon boots to the moors, pronto!

£100 weekend ticket (U12s FREE but need to be registered).  


The Kitchen Bar pop up at Dartington,  Sat 21 July

gin tonic ice cubes and rosemary

Live music, cocktails by Cloak and Dagger Brewing and delish food by the amazing Kitchen Table… plus beautiful beautiful Dartington. We are booking the babysitter as we speak…

5pm til late! 


Coleton Fishacre Jazz party, Sat 21 July

cocktail against purple hazy skyline

If you love Jazz and dressing up 1920s style (who doesn’t love a bit of decadence?) then you might want to dance your way along to this summer party. We reckon there literally could be no better location for summer jazz from Rachael Roberts and the Gatsby Gang, cocktails and canapés on the bowling lawn. Do you agree?

6.30-9pm £25 (inc. 2 cocktails and canapés).  


Outdoor Entertainment at the Queen’s Drive Space, Exmouth Seafront, Throughout July

showman hugh jackman

Those who’ve been to Exmouth recently will have noticed the brand new Queen’s Drive Space on Exmouth’s seafront; those who haven’t really should take a trip there this July to make the most of a cracking line-up of food, events and entertainment for all the family. You can rock up to watch some outdoor cinema, live major theatre screenings or one of the summer sessions of chilled music.  Go check it out! Our pick is the open air cinema screening of The Greatest Showman on July 27 at 7pm. For obvious reasons! 


Bookclub at Greenway House, Thurs 26 July

girl reading book on sofa

Muddy’s lovely Katie pretending her small person isn’t in the room… Photography: Imi F Hughes

There is nothing like a good book, eh? But how to indulge when the smalls are on their Summer hols?! Greenway’s – open to all – book club meets in the stunning walled garden. You are encouraged to bring a picnic and make an evening of it too (win). This month’s book to discuss is PG Wodehouse’s The World of Jeeves… best hide away in a cupboard somewhere and get reading.

5-6.30pm, FREE.   


MTV Presents: Ocean City Sounds, Plymouth Hoe, Thurs 26 & Fri 27 July

Outdoor concert crowd

Didn’t win our party package prize giveaway? Ah shucks.  The good news is that you can still buy tickets to this one though and MTV Presents: Ocean City Sounds is promising to bring an absolute belter to the Hoe this year.  Day One sees Ella Eyre, Professor Green and R3WIRE & VARSKI taking to the stage, with Bastille headlining.  But Day 2 is pretty special in our opinion – an exclusive to the region: only the legend that is Pete Tong with the Heritage Orchestra, conducted by Jules Buckley performing their critically acclaimed Ibiza Classics show. Someone hand me a pair of sunnies and a glow stick, immediately. Miss this one at your peril!

Tickets on sale now for £25 per day, or an event pass for £45 for both days.


Bats at Rosemoor, Fri 27 July

bat illustration

And, for something TOTALLY different, take a night time walk (a guided one that is) with bat expert Sarah Butcher to learn more bats in the beautiful setting of Rosemoor Gardens.

9-11pm. £31.   


Laufest, Wembury, Fri 27 – Sun 29 July

red and white marquee with big white letters spelling love on grass

Don’t miss out on being among the first to experience this awesome little festival, before the rest of the world discovers it! Think of it as a 3 day family-friendly celebration of all the fun stuff in life; music, cake, booze, silent disco, open air cinema and loads of surprises. Add a sensational clifftop location overlooking Wembury’s Mewstone and you have a mighty fine new festival on your hands. Grab your wellies and your glitter and GO GO GO!

3 day adult ticket including camping £45.  Child ticket £10. Family tickets (2 adults + 2 kids £100). Tickets must be purchased by 10 July.


Smoked & Uncut Festival, The Pig at Combe, Sat 28 July

The pig hotel at combe exterior elizabethan country house with pig statues in foreground

A day-long festival of music, (The Wailers, as in Bob Marley and…headline), food and fun in a truly fabulous setting. The Pig Hotels love a festival and know how to do one with style.  Splash out on a special feasting ticket and get stuck in to one of the pop-up tents, from chef Angela Hartnett and friends in the Field Kitchen, or Mark Hix with his Ruby Murray House. Sounds. Awesome.

12 – 11pm, adult tickets £39.50 (kids under 5 free).


Totnes and District Agricultural Show, Berry Farm, Berry Pomeroy, Sun 29 July


Photography: Imi F Hughes

This is the 100th year (yes, really) of the Totnes and District Agricultural show and they are celebrating by pulling out ALL THE STOPS. There will – of course – be all the usual animal related fun and madness, country crafts and wares for sale, but add epic local food and ale and an eclectic line up of live music to enjoy into the evening and you’ve got yourself quite the day out.

£11adults/ £3 children, 


Boat Trips with Plymouth Aquarium,  Sun 29 July

food stall

One for adults and kids, we reckon. What better way to connect with the oceans than by going out on with ocean with Plymouth Aquarium?! A new event for 2018, you can head out and explore Plymouth Sound and learn all about the wonders of the ocean and its inhabitants. Don’t forget the sun cream and sea legs!

2.45-4.30pm, £15 adult £10 child (U3s FREE).  

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