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What’s on in May

MAY 2018

Here’s all you need for a stonking social life this month! As ever, if there’s something you think we should be shouting about, please get in touch:

Curated by Katie White and featuring images from Imi F Hughes Photography.


Aerial Yoga, Exeter, throughout May

Yoga in the sky? Wah? Yup – this is yoga hanging from the roof like a bat. It sounds mad but it is absolutely amazing, revitalising and energising and  – this month – the Ashtanga Yoga School in Exeter is offering up the chance to try it out (no experience required). *grabs previously unworn yoga pants*

Times and prices vary, visit  


Another Spring at The Phoenix, Exeter, from Fri 4 May –Sun 17 June

David Birkin: Ayatollah

Another thought provoking exhibition lands at the Phoenix this month. Curated by art historian, critic and curator Dr Jean Wainwright, Another Spring brings together work by a group of internationally recognised artists. The exhibition deals with questions about Western society, citizenship, identity and the fear of national invasion.

10.30am – 5pm, FREE, 


Plymouth History Festival, various locations across the city, Sat 5 May –  Sun 3 June

Plymouth harbour boats blue sky

There are literally gazillions of events going on as part of this year’s Plymouth History festival: tours and guided walks; music and performances; talks; exhibitions and displays, plus a mobile trail that guides families on a tour of the Hoe with a focus on Plymouth’s rich history. If you find yourself with a day free, we strongly recommend you jump on the website and check out all that’s happening…



Anita Reynolds: A Year on Dartmoor, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Starts Sat 19 May


Anita Reynolds: A Year on Dartmoor

Ahh, Dartmoor. Right on our doorsteps, but have you ever felt you only really get to see it in sunshiney glory, or in its drizzly magnificence? What about all the days in-between? Thankfully, this new exhibition at Bovey Tracey’s Devon Guild of Craftsmen reflects the changing seasons through prints, paintings and installations. The acclaimed printmaker has visited all 365 square miles of Dartmoor National Park and represented each with an artwork.  Cool!

Open daily, 10am – 5.30pm, FREE.



Exeter Art Week, Tues 22 – Mon 28 May

This annual art week sees Exeter taken over by creativity and art! A rich programme of nationally and internationally artists will use every space imaginable to exhibit and inspire: at the time of writing, details were still to be released, but do check out the programme before you go to plan as much as you can.



Exmouth Festival  Fri 25 May  – Sun 3 June 

guitars on grass

It’s one of the few remaining festivals in the UK that is totally free and it’s still going strong, with tonnes of fun music and arts entertainment happening all around town for every member of the family, from music, to circus skills workshops and mud walks. Go show your support for Exmouth!



Gina Parr: Casting Off, The Brook Gallery Budleigh Salterton, Fri 25 May – Fri 22 June

Exterior of art gallery

Another fab exhibition is a-coming to the walls of the brilliant Brook Gallery, from an Exeter-born artist.  Gina Parr leaves behind the world of TV to bring soul-searching paintings. Looks good!

Preview on Thurs 24 May.


The World Encompassed Family Trail at Buckland Abbey, Sat 26 May – Thurs 14 June

boy walking in mud gate woolly hat

Half term klaxon! This new family friendly trail guides you around the Abbey in the role of a Tudor explorer, finding out facts about Drake’s voyages and explorations: educational and fun! Win.

National Trust Admission prices + £2, 11am – 5pm, 



Girl Tribe Gang comes to Crocketts, Exeter, Tues 29 May

Black and white sign above door Crocketts

Ooh, what a partnership! The coolest gin bar in town, Crocketts is hosting the Girl Tribe Gang’s first Exeter Tribe meet-up.  If you haven’t heard of them, they’re the UK’s leading collective for women who work for themselves, or aspire to quit the 9-5. No stuffy get-together’s allowed, just informal, relaxed and inspiring fun with like-minded ladies.  With gin.  Look ’em up and get yourself along to our favourite bar.

Visit the website for tickets and info:


Muddy Challenge MAY

Willow wigwam children in field

This month it’s time to take your Muddy exploratory skills to a whole new level. We know that you all have a tent hiding somewhere in your attic (albeit still slightly stale from the festival days). Well, GET IT OUT… AIR IT OUT and take it for a Devon camping adventure. One night away will feel like a whole week (in a good way) and not cost you the earth either. Can’t wait to hear where you went and how it went…in your tent…



Muddy walk of the month

red hiking boots on doorstep with grass

Photography: imi F Hughes

Now that the sun has FINALLY made an appearance, we are even keener than usual to get our walking shoes on and make the most of our gorgeous county. This month, head Brixham way. Aim for Berry Head and then walk all the way down into Brixham town down the most beautiful bit of coastline hiding in the South West… you can celebrate your stroll – and build up energy for the return leg – with fish and chips at Rockfish too. Perfect.




Tattoo: British Art Revealed,  Torre Abbey, until Sun 3 June

tattoo art

“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.  



Diane Arbus exhibition at The Burton Gallery, Bideford, ongoing throughout May

people at art gallery

ARTIST ROOMS Diane Arbus at Kirkcaldy Galleries, 2015. Photography courtesy Fife Cultural Trust.

If you didn’t get the chance to go and check out Diane Arbus’ exhibition at The Burton Gallery in North Devon last month then fear not it is on for another month… she is one of ‘the most influential photographers of the twentieth century’ and her work is here, in Devon, for FREE! How lucky are we?

FREE, 10am -4pm (Sundays 11-4), 


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