What’s on in March
I love March, in all its optimistic springlike glory (when the Beast from the East isn’t doing its best impression of Siberia, that is). So let’s go out and explore some of this lot! (And if we’ve missed anything just drop us a line: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Curated by Katie White
Sharpham vineyard wine and cheese tasting, Sharpham (near Totnes) throughout March
We’re very VERY excited that Sharpham vineyard – and its fabulous produce – is reopening this month. For only £9.95 you can sit, admiring the absolutely knock out view of The River Dart, and sip on 3 wines and two cheeses made by Sharpham. It’s kind of Muddy Law, then, to stay for lunch at The Cellar Door. The wine is amazing, the cheese is amazing, the food made at the café is AMAZING. Trust me, you’ll be wanting to book a taxi back home! Booking essential.
£9.95, 10am -5pm. sharpham.com
TREESURFING Tavistock. Open daily in March
If the sight of the sun (albeit in sub-zero temperatures) has got you keen to get outdoorsy again then let this be your first step out of hibernation. Your adrenalin will be pumping as you work around a series of ladders, rope bridges and zip wires IN THE TREES! Mad? YES. Fun? Absolutely!
From £10-30 Open daily 10-4 www.treesurfers.co.uk
Spring walks at Greenway. Dates throughout March
One of the best things about March has got to be the colourful emergence of the Spring bulbs. And, what better place to get a guided tour of these feisty – frost defying – flowers than in the romantic woodland gardens of Agatha Christie’s Greenway house. The walk is a fabulous way to find out what is in flower whilst also gleaning some tips for your own gardens too.
Times vary, check the website for details. £12.80 (adult charge). nationaltrust.org.uk
Totnes Timehouse Museum, Totnes, throughout March
Whatever you think might be hiding behind the door of this innocent museum, you’ll be wrong. Literally NOTHING can prepare your mind for the absolutely mind blowing experience that is this totally Totnes experience! Intrigued? Go check it out and let us know what you thought!
£6, 11am -5pm (you’ll need to allow 1-2 hours inside) the-timehouse.business.site
Canoe and bike hire at Saddles and Paddles, Exeter, Throughout March.
Muddy is determined to enjoy the water this year and, while looking for inspo, we’ve discovered that you can get out on the river Exe in a canoe. Hire one for an hour, a few hours or the whole day and potter off down the river taking in the beginning of this year’s warmer days. And you know us, it wouldn’t be anywhere near as appealing if there wasn’t a pub en route; fortunately, you can stop off at the excellent Doublelocks pub: great grub and an excellent play area for mudlets too.
£10 per person. 10am -5pm sadpad.com
Cocktails at Charlie Franks, Plymouth, Throughout March
This one’s such a hidden gem that we haven’t even managed to ferret it out, yet and we LOVE a cocktail. Is it Plymouth’s best kept secret? Based on a 1920s Speak Easy theme this restaurant and bar sounds as though it has the pizazz going on, so if you fancy getting a “glam” on this month then totter down there for cocktails and jazz!
11am -9pm charliefranks.co.uk
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
Dartmoor Mini Film Festival, RAMM Museum Exeter, Wednesdays in March.
As part of their on-going celebration of where we live, RAMM Museum have teamed up with The Exeter Phoenix to curate a series of film evenings which celebrate Dartmoor in all its awesome glory. Each performance includes an introductory talk about the unapologetically emotional landscape we all call home.
2-4pm, £7. exeterramm.admit-one.eu
New Opening: The Climbing Hangar, Plymouth, Sat 10 & Sun 11 March
Ooh, fancy flexing those muscles? A brand new climbing centre for all ages and abilities is opening in Plymouth this weekend – huzzah! The Climbing Hangar is a nationwide bouldering outfit with venues in Liverpool and London. This one will be offering world-class climbing facilities, as well as yoga and pilates and strength and conditioning classes, as well as a World Cup circuit. Littlies from aged 4+ can get involved too. And most importantly, there’s a cafe. With cake. Opening officially on Sun 11 March, eager beavers can become members and get to attend an invite-only day on the 10th. Sound like your thing? Go dig out the lycra and off you go!
Romeo and Juliet (well almost), Stiltskin’s Soapbox Children’s Theatre, Plymouth, Fri 16 – Sat 24 March
The magical and wonderful Stiltskin Theatre are at it again! This month they’ve transformed Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet into an accessible performance for our minis (age recommendation 6+). Knowing these Muddy Award winners it’ll be full of energy, magic and love. We can’t think of a better way of introducing our young ‘uns to the wonderful world of theatre.
6pm, £8.50. stiltskin.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
Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty, Plymouth Theatre Royal Wed 21 – Sat 24 March (pre- performance talk on Fri 23 March).
Sleeping Beauty is one of the grandest ballets ever created with virtuoso dance, a dazzling fairy tale and spectacular music by Tchaikovsky played live by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. This will be sure to be an enchanting experience for all of the family: a bit of magic to lift us up into Spring.
7pm, £15-£42. thetheatreroyal.com
Luxury Shopping Event, Ugbrooke House, Chudleigh, Thurs 22 March
The super-pretty country house near Newton Abbot is flinging open its doors for this special charity event, raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. If you’ve friends to catch up with, round them up and go, because it sounds like a lovely way to spend a morning or afternoon. Expect to see a wave of luxury, local brands selling their wares, from skincare to jewellery and macarons (loads of great names on the bill), along with raffles and goodie bags. Sounds like a day to get behind, to me!
10am – 3pm, £5, light lunches available.
Murder Mystery at Burgh Island, Fri 2 – Sat 3 March & Fri 23- Sat 24 March
I mean, how much fun does a murder mystery weekend at Burgh Island sound? You can just imagine it: the stage is set, the eerie sea washing all around, it’s back to the 1920s; expect thrills, spills and a very ‘deco’ dent ride through cocktails to pud. Get booking, limited rooms available.
Griff Rhys Jones: Where Was I? The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, Sat 24 March
Fancy some middle-of-the-month laughter? Join funny man Griff, as he regales tales from forty years of travelling down rivers and up mountains, into Africa, out of India, and across the arid wastes of the BBC canteen.
8pm, tickets £22, theploughartscentre.org.uk
Easter Family Fun Day, A Touch of the Wild, Grammarcombe Woods, Ashcombe Estate, Nr Exeter, Sat 24 March
Fancy tempting the kids to go down to the woods this weekend? There’s chocolate and everything. Join the team behind this forest school in camp for Easter craft making, marshmallow toasting, and of course, an Easter Egg hunt. Let the chocolate binge commence!
10am – 10pm, Tickets £7 for adults and kids over 18 months. Includes hot chocolate & marshmallows. atouchofthewild.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.
Tots Go Wild! Occombe Farm, Torbay, Mon 26 March
A little opportunity for smalls to burn some energy down on the farm at this fab spot in South Devon. Kids become a little farmer for the morning, helping to feed all the animals and making their own lamb to take away. Cuuuuute!
£5, suitable for toddlers up to age 5. countryside-trust.org.uk
Easter Workshop with Hannah Burnett Floristry, Plymouth, Wed 28 March
Join Muddy award-winning florist Hannah in her lovely studio for an evening of creating fabulous floral Easter creations. It says there will be lots of seasonal refreshments, too. Does that mean an Easter egg hunt for grown-ups? Because that would be really cool.
7-9pm, £30, hannahburnettflorist.co.uk
Turin Brakes at Exeter Phoenix, Thurs 29 March
Fancy getting yourself back into your skinny jeans and “band tee” and back onto the dance floor this month? Then head to Exeter to listen to classic Indie boys Turin Brakes playing the Phoenix. They may have been together for 17 years but they’ve not lost their ability to whip up a storm of energy and rock-ability in their audiences. Nostalgic and fun!
7pm, £21. exeterphoenix.org.uk
The Minerva Inn Easter Real Ale Festival, Plymouth Sat 31 March
If Real Ale is yours (or his) thing then this Real Ale Festival will be right up your street. With 14 ales available at any one time and live music this promises to be a raucous and fun day out in Plymouth (make it your one free pass over Easter without the small people biting at your ankles!)
11.30 -11 pm FREE ENTRY sites.google.com/site/theminervaplymouth
Devon Escape Rooms, Newton Abbot, newly open!
When life gets a bit too serious it’s time to play and activate your inner kid. Muddy is very excited that there is a new escape room experience in Newton Abbot. If you haven’t heard of it before think Crystal Maze meets Choose Your Own Adventure… basically, you (and your friends) get locked in a room for 60 minutes and have to use logic, initiative and teamwork to get out. It’s as bonkers and brilliant as it sounds: we cannot wait to unleash our inner child!
Times vary. £50 for a 2 player experience. escaperoomsdevon.co.uk
Walk of the month: Avon Dam
As Spring approaches, this month we recommend getting yourself onto Dartmoor to see nature in its finest first blooms. This – relatively – easy walk goes from Shipley Bridge to the Avon Dam Reservoir. It’s paved all the way and easy to follow so no map required. Furthermore, the scenery of the moor is INCREDIBLE. Expect to see thundering landscapes, wild ponies and punchy yellow gorse counterpoised by an impressive feat of human engineering: The Avon Dam itself.
Anytime, FREE walkingbritain.co.uk
Muddy Challenge at a beach near you, March
Part of the brilliance of living in Devon is our fantastic coastline. As Spring makes its first attempt to breakthrough the shackles of winter, we challenge you to breakfast on the beach. You could play it safe and buy a premade brekkie/ hot drink to take to the beach with you OR you could dig out your old camping cooker and rugs and get adventurous. Choose a beautiful cold but sunny March day on a beautiful beach near to you, cook some yummy food, drink a hot coffee and read the paper in the *almost* warm sunshine….