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What’s on in October


Happy October, Muddies! If i’ve missed anything that you think really should be on here, then I’m all ears:

Rioja Month, Le Vignoble Wine Lounge, Plymouth, Throughout October

red grapes in vineyard

Ola! It’s Rioja Month and the trusty types at Plymouth’s Le Vignoble are, of course, on it.  Hit ’em up for a month of offers and special deals and get involved with one of their speciality evenings.  Mine’s a large.


Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: America Through Cornish Eyes, Artizan Gallery, Torquay, Mon 2 – Sat 28 Oct

Are you a fan of the NYC skyline and architecture? This solo exhibition of photography by New York-based Mark Wallis is worth a trip to Torquay for, showing scenes from New York and around America through the wide eyes of a Cornishman.  Until he arrived in New York City two years ago, after falling in love, as you do, Mark’s knowledge of the metropolis came from looking down the narrow lens of American cop and reality shows.  Instead of being gritty like those shows depict, his work, he says, comes from a much more celebratory angle.  A reminder to always look up.  Unless you’re reading Muddy, of course.


New Evening Cookery Demo’s at Wild Artichokes, Kingsbridge, Starts Tues 3 Oct

heirloom tomatoes

When Yotam Ottolenghi describes someone’s food as ‘memorable, real’ and ‘always, always delicious’, and wishes they could cook all his meals, you’ve gotta sit up and take notice, right?  That’s how he describes Jane Baxter, Leon cookbook writer and now the creator of amazing-sounding food at Kingsbridge-based Wild Artichokes.  In partnership with her super-organised sidekick Samantha Miller, the pair host delicious feast nights throughout the month, some themed, others just because.  Now, new for October, you can book in for a cookery demo day, where you can watch Jane cook up a two-course meal (and nosh on it later) and learn plenty of tips along the way.  Sounds like the perfect way to spend a day.  Check out the dates and details on the website.


Loving Land & Sea: Barbara de Mora, Devonport Guildhall, Plymouth, Thurs 5 – Sat 28 Oct

If you’re a fan of playful art, then you might like to take a look at this exhibition of paintings by the international artist, which celebrates living in Plymouth.  Over 40 paintings will take you on an imaginative ‘romp along the coast and quaysides’.  Expect humour, observational snapshots of local life and a touch of inspiration from Beryl Cook.  And while you’re there, don’t forget to pop into the fab Column Bakehouse for coffee and cake.


Exmoor Dark Skies Festival, Thurs 19 – Sun 29 October

dark skies stars

Exmoor National Park is a dark, dark place. So much so that it was awarded the prestigious designation of International Dark Sky Reserve in 2011.  This festival, which, handily, runs right through half-term celebrates this fact, with a programme of walks, talks and fun-sounding tours designed for all the family (glow stick swim, anybody?).  So ditch the tablets, switch off and look up this October.


The Mexican Night of the Dead Ball, Exeter Phoenix, Sat 28 Oct

mexican day of the dead skull

Shall we dress up and celebrate with the dead?  Oh go on, then! The Rambuntious Social Club will be bringing the exuberant Dias de los Muertos, A Mexican day of the dead celebration to Exeter.  Expect lavish set-design, DJs, live bands and colour.  Lots of it.

8pm, tickets £12,


Showhawk Duo, The Factory Petroc, Barnstaple, Sat 28 Oct

This’ll be the first time the world-famous Showhawk Duo appear in North Devon, bringing their unique approach to guitar acoustic dance music to audiences for a special Halloween Party.   They’ve played Glastonbury and Bestival, as well as the Singapore Grand Prix, alongside Queen and Kylie so, err, I reckon that makes them a pretty cool booking, no?

8pm, tickets £20.


An Evening with Michael Caines, Lympstone Manor, Tues 31 Oct

knife and fork

Looking for a super-special event for a super-special occasion? How about this? Ok, it’s definitely not for those on a budget, but firstly, it’s Lympstone Manor, a gorgeous hunk of luxury, newly opened this year.  Then, it’s Michael Caines in the kitchen (ahem, with his brand new Michelin Star!), who will personally welcome you with a flute of champers and canapés;  then you’ll get your gnashers around the celeb chef’s signature tasting menu – all 8 courses of it.  And, natch, every course will be complemented with a carefully chosen wine.  And if that wasn’t enough, Michael will tell you all about the inspiration behind his dishes. If you’ve a foodie in the house, who’s in need of a treat, then I suggest you get cracking and book a table.

6.15pm arrival. Tickets £240,

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