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What’s On In October


And here we are, ready to rock and roll through October! Anything you think is missing? Just give me a shout:

Special thanks to our roving photographer, the very talented Imi F Hughes Photography. See more of her work over on her Instagram feed @imi.f.hughesphotography.


Exhibition: Plate Up, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, runs until Sun 4 November

knives on grey surface

A new exhibition with a foodie theme (a bit like this month’s guide!), Plated Up is co-curated by two star Michelin chef Michael Wignall (formerly of Gidleigh Park),  showcasing artisans who use contemporary craft to present food. If you fancy it, get yourself along to the launch party at Bovey’s lovely crafts hub on Fri 14th and toast the man himself! Details at the link below.


Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, Soapbox Children’s Theatre, Plymouth, Fri 19 – Wed 31 October

woman in scary fancy dress

Seasonal fun from the ever-quirky, creative and brilliant Stiltskin’s Soapbox Children’s Theatre. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein follows the story of Miss Treat, who is an admirer of the famous story Frankenstein.  She decides to give a lecture on the author when she is interrupted by Rat, her sidekick, who has found something amiss in the grave yard. Join them as they recount ghost stories, delve into the fiction of Frankenstein and his creature and re-enact some of the wild experiments that influenced Mary Shelley at the time of writing her novel. A mad and marvellous gothic adventure, with curious creatures, shocking science and hilarious happenings, based in and around the Soapbox Theatre. Book it, book it now!

Ideal for kids aged 6+.  To book tickets visit


Rosie & Rosie: Overshare, Exeter Phoenix, Mon 29 October

women with finger to lips against yellow wall

Married British internet comedy stars Rose Ellen Dix and Rosie Spaughton have announced 13 dates across UK & Ireland this October and Exeter is one of them. This is an exclusive opportunity to join Rose & Rosie for a live screening of their first feature-length documentary, followed by an intimate Q&A and book signing. The documentary accompanies Rose & Rosie’s upcoming book release, Overshare, which delves into their unique take on love, friendships, fame, sexuality and more, including mental health and LGBT issues. The exclusive screening will show what it means to the girls to be LGBT today, how the social media revolution doesn’t have to be divisive and also revealing some of their best-kept secrets!  Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Doors open 6pm, tickets £28.


BE Festive Elemis Gifting and Skin Lab Evening, Beyond Escapes, nr Totnes, Mon 29 Oct

mansion house

How about a bit of a pamper, under the guise of an evening of “productive” gift-shopping? Get yourself along to Beyond Escapes, for an evening of Elemis skincare advice, festive gift-set shopping and foodie treats – and yes, of course there’ll be a glass of festive fizz! This will be an opportunity to take advantage of some special offers on Elemis products and treatments, as well some mini-treatments to soothe and relax you on the night.  There are even pre-bookable appointments with an Elemis specialist for Skin Lab consultations (a godsend as the weather turns harsher on the skin).  Combining state-of-the-art technology in 3D facial mapping analysis, with a lifestyle consultation and tailored prescription, this offers you a truly personalised experience in only 30 minutes.  Sign me up, babay!

5 – 9pm, FREE (Skin Lab sessions are £15, but can be redeemed on the night against products or treatments).


Workshop: Halloween Workshop, Mon 29 Oct, Hannah Burnett Floristry, Plymouth


You know that this is the season to get creative and Hannah’s workshops are so much fun. So if you’re looking to be creative (and tasteful!) with a pumpkin, book up now and tell your mates to get on it, too!


Still Alice, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Tues 30 October – Sat 3 November

sharon small on stage

Ooh, I love Sharon Small and apparently in this play, she’s ‘spellbinding’. Alice Howland is stubborn, clever and driven – a professional at the top of her game. But, diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 50, she is compelled to confront her new reality and draw on her resilience to remain independent for as long as possible. Alice strives to remain true to the woman she has always been, while relationships shift within her family, in her work and most importantly with herself. Uncompromising yet tender, this new adaptation of the award-winning novel truthfully acknowledges life with a progressive disease – its conflicts and burden, and its small, priceless victories.


Joanna Lumley: It’s All About Me, Plymouth Pavilions, Wed 31 October

joanna lumley

Oh, oh, OH! The legendary Joanna Lumley is embarking on her first ever live tour, IT’S ALL ABOUT ME, and she’s coming to P-town!! The plan? Our fave national treasure will take audiences through her four decade-long career starting in the swinging 60’s, recounting some never heard before stories. She’ll also be joined on stage by friend and producer Clive Tulloh, who will put to Joanna questions from the audience that they’ve always wanted to ask, so get your thinking caps on! I’m booking, NOW!

7.30pm, tickets from £33.04.


Already Gone:

The Supervet, Plymouth Pavilions, Mon 1 October

man in vet uniform

A fan of the Supervet? You’ll love this, then. Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, AKA the man himself is bringing his first ever live stage show Welcome to My World to Plymouth! This one promises to be an “extraordinary and emotional” storytelling journey from his early years dreaming of being a vet in Ireland; to training and practice, through to the forefront of the revolution in bionic & regenerative medicine, evolving into The Supervet we know and love today. Animal lovers, don’t miss this.

7.30pm, tickets from £22.40,


Shakespeare Comes to Paignton, Palace Theatre, Mon 1 October

man and woman with graffiti

You can’t beat a bit of Shakespeare, can you? Merely Theatre is bringing two of his best-loved shows to Paignton’s Palace Theatre. In one day, you can enjoy both Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing, both performed in their typically energetic and inventive styles. I hear it’s really good, therefore I recommend to thee!

Macbeth 2pm, Much Ado… 7.30pm, tickets from £8.


Nerina Pallot, Exeter Phoenix, Mon 1 October

woman in dress

The gorgeous voice of British singer-songwriter Nerina Pallot will be lifting the roof of the Exeter Phoenix for one night only.  If you’re not familiar with her work, go download any one of her five albums. She was nominated for a British Female Solo Artist at the 2007 BRIT Awards and nominated for an Ivor Novello Award and has been consistently brilliant since.

8pm, tickets £18.50.


The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Tues 2 – Sat 6 October

stage acting woman on phone in bed

Muddy reviewed (and loved) their multi award-winning comedy The Play That Goes Wrong; now, Mischief Theatre are back in town with their latest West End play. It’s set in Minneapolis in the summer of 1958 and is about a bank has been entrusted with a priceless diamond. An escaped convict is dead set on pocketing the gem with the help of his screwball sidekick, trickster girlfriend… and the maintenance man. With mistaken identities, love triangles and hidden agendas, even the most reputable can’t be trusted. In a town where everyone’s a crook, who will end up bagging the jewel? As they say, it’d be a crime to miss it…*thud*.

Tickets from £10,


An Evening with Paul ‘Gazza’ Gascoigne, Palace Theatre, Paignton, Thurs 4 October


I don’t know why, but something tells me this won’t be boring. Get in your other half’s good books by taking him to see one of England’s greatest footballers, Paul ‘Gazza’ Gascoigne. We’ve all read about his highly documented struggles with emotional problems and alcoholism since retiring from professional football. Here though, he has some great tales to tell, so this is your chance to get up close and personal at this intimate stage interview.

Tickets from £35 – £200 (which includes a meet and greet, signed photo and signed England shirt),


Cirque du Vulgar, Victoria Park, Bideford, Sat 6 October


Ooh, an adults-only circus?! We’re sold. This risque show features Dominatrix aerialists, vulgar comedy duo Frank and Beans, feather dancing, sexy hula hoops, dripping wet straps artistes, Magic Mike impressarios, and a highlight act the Wheel of Death with a twist. Shows are few and far between, but this one is attracting lots of press, for the right reasons! Go polish your stilettos and crack that whip!

8.30pm, over 18s only. Tickets from £16.75.


West End Food Fayre, Plymouth, Sat 6 October

rainbow cake

Photography: Imi F Hughes

Has anybody else noticed how Plymouth’s West End is turning into a proper foodie destination? Come and see for yourself at Frankfort Gate, for the third year running. It’s a family friendly affair and you can expect to browse lots of stalls, see cookery demo’s from Michelin-starred chef Peter Gorton, listen to live music and make a beeline for the gin bar. Small people can also meet Elmer the Elephant and take part in cupcake decorating fun. If, like me, you’ve been thinking, ‘I must go and try all those new places opening up in and around the market’, then this is your opportunity. See you at the bar!

10am – 6pm,


Apple Festival, RHS Rosemoor, Sat 6 – Sun 7 October

apples and apple juice

Need some rosy-cheeked fun with the family? Rosemoor’s Apple Festival may be right up your street. Bring along apples and get help identifying them, marvel at apple displays, get involved with tastings, take part in a trail. And yes, there will be cider! Happy Apples all around!

10am – 4pm,


South West Outdoor Festival, East Soar, Fri 5 – Sun 7 October

blackberries close up

Photography: Imi F Hughes

In its third year, this carnival of outdoor activity and adventure pitches up at the National Trust site near Salcombe and both campers and day-trippers are invited to go and explore.  Expect trails, ales, outdoor cinema, campfire storytelling and star gazing and that’s just for starters.  Devon’s brilliant at this time of year and this festival allows you to go and celebrate it as a family.


Powderham Food Festival, Sat 6 – Sun 7 October

women holding baskets of food

Credit: Matt Austin

It’s a high profile line-up of chefs featuring at this year’s festival for foodies, set against the backdrop of the pretty Powderham Castle. Chef, author and Star of The Hungry Sailors, James Strawbridge will be joined by patisserie chef Colin Bennett, Ashburton Cookery School’s Darrin Hosgrove and regulars on Channel 4’s Extreme Cake Makers, Phil and Christine Jensen, while Judi Spiers, will be hosting the chefs’ theatre across the weekend. Plus, you can tickle your tastebuds with over 170 stalls and take part in the Great Devon Chilli Challenge, while littlies can get stuck into cooking demo’s or be entertained by comedian Dan the Hat.  Always a fun – and tasty- weekend, this one.

10am – 5pm daily. Adult tickets from £9 (£7.50 online), under 16s £3 (£2.50).


Big Fish Little Fish, Exeter Phoenix, Sun 7 October

neon lights

So if you’re a parent of a small aged 0-8 this sounds fun! It’s Big Fish Little Fish’s third birthday and the award winning, world famous family ravers are celebrating with a ‘The Greatest Show’ circus theme. Never been to one of these parties before? Expect DJ’s playing (grown up) dance music on the multi-sensory dancefloor with glitter cannons, bubbles, balloons and giant parachute dance. And then there are craft tables and a giant colouring mural, themed crafts and playdoh table, play area with tents and tunnels and a baby chillout space with mats and a small ballpool. To top it all off, there’s a licensed bar, free transfer tattoos and glowsticks. Let’s party, baby!

1.30pm – 4pm, adults and children £9, pre-walking children, free.


An Evening of Gin Tasting at Crocketts, Exeter, Sun 7 October

gin tonic ice cubes and rosemary

OooOOooh.  A special evening of gin tasting at our favourite Exeter Gin Bar, Crocketts! The Spirt of Exmouth, Copper Frog Gin is the star of the show – so you can enjoy learning all about it, it’s pairings and how best to serve.  Plus, you’ll get a G&T and a martini with your ticket.  Cheers!

£15 per person, call: 01392 332222 to book. 


Goose Fair, Tavistock, Wed 10 October

merry go round at night

Photography: Imi F Hughes

Whether you call it Goose Fair or Goosey Fair, it’s fun! Always held on the second Wednesday in October in Tavistock, it  dates all the way back to the 12th century and today, signals autumn and the start of all the festivities to come. It’s a day of market stalls, animals and fairground entertainment and the locals love it! Go see for yourself this year.


Oktoberfest, Exeter Castle, Fri 12 – Sat 13 October

beer being poured from glass

Grab your lederhosen and get set for another beer-swilling weekend, as Exeter Castle celebrates the best of Bavarian culture with beers, food, and music. Excitingly, this year’s festival will feature OOMPRAH BRASS – apparently the UK’s best German oompah band. Pint, anyone?

7pm, tickets from £8.


Family Food Fair, The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, Sat 13 October

chef with donkey and children

Great location, tasty food, family fun, job done! Wellies on for this foodie event amongst the donkeys, celebrating the local food and drink scene. There will be live cookery demo’s from local chefs and plenty to taste, including treats from the Flaming Good Pizza Co, Good Game and The Posh Kebab Company. For younger visitors, the Children’s Zone (£5) gives youngsters the chance to create their own lunch, choosing between a mini pizza or a fish finger bap. They can then enjoy a fruit salad for dessert, decorate a donkey shaped biscuit and have their face painted. Have a go on the popular Human Fruit Machine while local band Vine and Dandy will be providing live music at the event. And if you’re feeling lucky, there’s both a raffle and auction on the cards.  Good luck and enjoy!

10am – 4pm, £2 (which includes entry into a prize draw). Under 12s free.


Marcus Brigstocke, Devil May Care, Exeter Corn Exchange, Wed 17 October

man in make up with horns and black suit red tie

Ready for a belly laugh? Yep, me too. This is a new stand up show from multi-award winning comedian Marcus Brigstocke, master of satirical comedy.  Snowflake, Nazi, Remoaner, Trot, Libtard, Brextremist, Feminazi, Piers Morgan…As we divide each other up into more and more unpleasant categories of evil, it is time to establish, once and for all, what is good and what is bad. Who better to arbitrate in these challenging divisive times than Lucifer himself? Perfect autumnal fun.

8pm, tickets £17.


The Atlantic Project: Royal William Yard, Plymouth, until Sun 21 October

old building waterfront boats

if you’re a local, you’ll no doubt love a mooch around Plymouth’s Royal William Yard. But have you ever given much thought to its history? Of which there is a shedload? The historic Melville building is playing host to a new international festival of contemporary art this month. The first of its kind in the South West, The Atlantic Project will showcase epic art installations from internationally renowned artists in celebration of some of the city’s most iconic and historic locations, starting with the Yard’s Melville building. Go see and support the arts!


The Two Moors Festival, various venues across Dartmoor & Exmoor, Sat 13 – Sun 21 October

piano keys

This nationally renowned festival offers something truly unique: world class live music, performed in some of the most remote corners of this part of the world. Each October, small, intimate venues, from village halls, to indoor markets and even railway stations across Dartmoor and Exmoor open themselves up to the public with performances, exhibitions and masterclasses, including for schools. Go check out all the events and look up one near you.


Choc Fest, Atlantic Village,Bideford, Sat 20 – Sun 21 October


It proved a big hit last year (obvs), so Choc Fest is back in Bideford, this time for a two day celebration of chocolate! Expect treats, bakes and delights, featuring a special visit from Willy Wonka and chocolate of all shapes and sizes! Brownies, tick;  chocolate pizzas, tick; fudge, rocky road, cakes, liqueurs, chilli chocolate, chocolate lollypop decorating for the kids and masses more – tickety tick! If you’re gluten free or vegan, you won’t be left gagging, either. Stretchy trousers compulsory.

10am – 4pm.


Dartmouth Food Festival, Fri 19 – Sun 21 October

chocolate muffins and pastel de nata

Photography: Imi F Hughes

It’s a simple, perfect combination: beautiful location, the cream of the crop from the local foodie world and beyond – and a party atmosphere all weekend. That’s what this festival is all about in a nutshell. We visited last year and loved mooching, tasting, and nipping to hear the pro’s talk, from celebrity types, to hometown talent. And the best bit? It’s free! Make room in the diary for this one, for sure.


Chris Ramsay, Babbacombe Theatre, Sun 21 October

Man in t shirt

Anyone who manages to put Katie Hopkins in her place is good with us, and that’s exactly what Chris Ramsay has on his CV.  Along with being a critically acclaimed and award-winning stand up comedian, host of his own TV entertainment show and Stand Up show on Comedy Central and Celebrity Juice regular.  This month he brings his brand new 2018 live tour to Torbay.  I reckon you should go see him.

7.30pm, tickets from £20,


Only Fools and Boycie: An Evening with John Challis, Palace Theatre, Paignton, Thurs 25 October

Man with moustache holding book


Awww, it’s Boycie! Join him – well, John Challis if we must – for an intimate evening show, where the national treasure will reveal secrets from the set of Only Fools… with stories and anecdotes from his career. He’ll be spilling the beans about  co-stars like Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst and friends and fellow performers like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Oliver Reed and George Best. He’ll also recall tales from his time in Dr Who, Coronation Street and other TV classics. If that wasn’t enough, he’ll meet fans after the show to sign autographs and pose for pictures, while signing copies of his books, because he’s nice like that.

7.30pm, all Tickets £17.


Caro Emerald, Plymouth Pavilions, Sat 27 October

woman with flower in her hair

Such a cool image this one, isn’t it? Following 5 star reviews and sold out shows across the board, the gorgeous and stylish Caro Emerald is back with a brand new live UK tour for 2018. I’m yet to experience it, but apparently her live performance is not to be missed – according to The Daily Telegraph “Caro Emerald had everyone in the palm of her hand’’ and her “infectious sense of fun and vintage charm can be relied on to lift the spirits”. Shall we go?

7pm, tickets from £28.


George Egg: DIY Chef, The George Hotel, South Molton, Sat 27 October

george egg diy chef

Comedian George Egg (the ‘Anarchist Cook’) returns with a brand new show demonstrating more live cooking and lashings of comedy. In ‘GEORGE EGG: DIY CHEF’ a health scare sees George banned him from the family kitchen, but relocated to the garden shed his imagination and resourcefulness lead him to build an improvised kitchen there instead. Expect an evening of stand-up, live cooking and comedy lecture, while George prepares a breakfast, a lunch and a dinner using the most unconventional of methods. It’s funny, inspiring and absurd in equal measure.

8pm, tickets £13.

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