What’s On In September
Here’s all you need to know about September! Anything you think is missing? Give me a shout: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some fabulous photography in here from the very talented Imi F Hughes Photography. See more of her work over on her Instagram feed @imi.f.hughesphotography.
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. nationaltrust.org.uk
Art Trek North Devon Studios, Various locations, Fri 14 – Sun 30 September
Love art? Then get thee to North Devon for this super-friendly event, taking place across dozens of venues, celebrating the artists and their work. Now in its 15th year, growing from a humble 11 artists, there are now up to 100 vying to be a part of it, opening their studios and homes for you to come and meet them and see their work. Pop into Barnstaple’s White Moose Gallery for a brochure and plan your trek.
Exhibition: Plate Up, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Sat 15 September – Sun 4 November
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.
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Sat 22 – Sat 29 September
Another beautiful ballet from Mr Bourne, retaining all the iconic elements of the original production, but in an exciting re-imagining of this classic. Collecting over thirty international accolades so far, this one’s well worth booking a seat for.
Tickets from £18, theatreroyal.com
Taste of the Teign Food Festival, various locations, Sat 22 – Sun 30 September
While North Devon has an art trek, South Devon invites you to get stuck into a self-guided food trail, celebrating the provenance and local flavours of the Teign River estuary. From Teignmouth to Sheldon and the surrounding countryside, you’ll find lots of participating venues, hoping to entice you to try their fare. As for the festival part, it all culminates in a marquee on the seafront, full of local suppliers and live music. Get. Stuck. In!
A Taste of Autumn with Hugh, River Cottage HQ nr Axminster, Mon 24 September
Fancy ringing in all those culinary seasonal changes with an exclusive day with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall? The day begins with a tractor ride down to the most televised farmhouse ever, in time for coffee and treats from the kitchen. Then it’s a jam-packed day of cooking and feasting, with the chance to meet Hugh himself and have a lip-smackingly good 3 course lunch. Nice.
From £195. rivercottage.net
Jurassic Park in Concert, Plymouth Pavilions, Tues 25 September
I have one or two friends who are all over this one! Jurassic Park the movie, on-screen, but accompanied by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. How cool?!
7pm, tickets from £27.50. theticketstore.co.uk
Retreats: One-day Wellbeing Experience, Heart & Sole Wellbeing, South Devon, Thurs 27 September.
September is the month to reboot your lifestyle and reclaim a little ‘you’ time. I really recommend this brand new one-day Wellness Experience if the summer holidays have left you feeling frazzled. From an idyllic contemporary beach house in South Devon, moments from the South West Coastal Path, you’ll meet like-minded women and spend some ‘you-time’ working on improving fitness and nutrition, learning how meditations, mindfulness, and confidence-building can help mind, body and soul. Start the day at 9am with fresh juices and conclude at 8pm with dinner and a beachside fire. Starting at £80, with options to upgrade your experience, it’s the cost of a massage, but with potentially life-changing benefits. Money very well spent, I reckon.
For full details and to book or enquire visit heartandsolewellbeing.co.uk
Plymouth Art Weekender, across Plymouth, Fri 28 – Sun 30 September
This 3 day event celebrates Plymouth, its people and the visual arts, showcasing an array of local events and exhibitions by local, national and international artists. I’m hearing lots of whisperings about this from all over the city and reckon it’ll be good. I always love events like this – even if it’s where you live, it encourages you to grab a map, get out and explore a side to your home that you’ve never seen. Perfect autumnal fun!
Real Ale & Gin Fest, RHS Rosemoor, Fri 28 – Sun 30 September
You know you’ve made it to the end of the month and payday when there’s a real ale and gin festival on! This one sounds incredibly tempting, since there will be real ales, ciders, gins and wines all locally produced, washed down with a hog roast and lots of live music. The Sunday is a family fun day, too, so you can do shifts at parenting and everyone’s a winner, right?
12pm – 12am Fri & Sat, 12 – 5pm Sunday. rhs.org.uk
Ferocious Dog + Support, The Beehive, Honiton, Fri 28 September
In 2016 they played Bill Bragg’s Left Field stage at Glastonbury and shared the stage with The Levellers on their sold out European and UK tour. It was a defining year for this six-piece band who are starting to dominate the fold/punk music scene. If folk, infused with rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations get you onto the dance floor then go check ’em out!
8 – 11pm. Tickets £16.50 in advance. thebeehive.savoysystems.co.uk
Been dipping your toes in our wild waters over the summer? This might take your fancy, then. It’s an inclusive opportunity for everyone to swim in this gorgeous lake in the heart of Exmoor, with a 4km and 2km route. Go on, I dare you!
Workshops: Autumn Wreath Making Mon 1 Oct & Halloween Workshop, Mon 29 Oct, Hannah Burnett Floristry, Plymouth
You know that this is the season to get creative and you know all the best workshops get booked up, pronto! So we’re giving you the heads up on these two lovely sounding ones, from our favourite florist Hannah Burnett. Her workshops are so much fun and I expect nothing less from these, so whether you want to create tasteful autumnal wreath, or you’re looking to be creative (and tasteful!) with a pumpkin, book up now and tell your mates to get on it, too!
Nourish Festival, Bovey Tracey, Sat 1 September
If you’ve never been to Bovey Tracey, or it’s been a while, this is a great excuse to pay a visit – it’s Bovey at its culinary best! The fifth festival promises a packed schedule of food and craft events, showcasing loads of our fave producers and street food vendors. Oooh, there’s the Nourish Gin Festival at the top of town, too. Fill your boots, people!
10am – 5pm. nourishfestival.org
Exeter Rum Festival, The Great Hall, University of Exeter, Sat 1 September
Move over gin, stepping up we have rum, ready to tickle your tastebuds at Exeter Rum Festival. White, dark, gold, spiced, come ready to explore this spirit, with a tasting session (included in the ticket price), street food vendors, cocktail bars and a Tiki Room experience. Sounds like my kind of Saturday!
Tickets £18.50, 12-6pm. ukrumfestivals.com
Lobster & Crab Feast, Clovelly, Sun 2 September
Mmmm, up for a day in a gorgeous spot, celebrating the seafood its famous for? Hell yeah! This family friendly day involves sea shanties and folk music, crafts, children’s entertainment, cookery demo’s and of course, loads of opportunities to taste the food itself, cooked up on the quay. What a way to see out the summer hols!
10am – 5pm. clovelly.co.uk
Weekend of Wonders & Good Food Market, Royal William Yard, Plymouth, Sun 2 Sept.
Yay! The circus-themed Weekend of Wonders rolls into town for its second year, planning to wow the crowds with an array of awesome performances from some of the UK’s top performers, featuring comedy, danger and artistry. And, just to make it that little bit better, it’s the monthly food market, too! Bring the whole famalam and see out the summer hols in style.
Free, 10am – 3pm. royalwilliamyard.com
A Sri-Lankan Feast at Riverford Field Kitchen, with guest chef Emily Dobbs, Thurs 6 Sept.
This one sounds quite special and therefore likely to sell out fast. It’s a one-off Sri-Lankan feast with guest chef Emily Dobbs of Weligama, the first British chef to popularise this cuisine in London, to high praise. Go, eat, enjoy!
7pm arrival for 7.30pm. £45.
War Horse, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, runs until Sat 15 September
It had 8 record-breaking years in London’s West End, but now the National Theatre’s acclaimed play War Horse is touring and Plymouth is one of the venues. It’s a powerfully moving and imaginative drama, with that show-stopping horse at it’s heart. One not to be missed.
tickets from £19. Theatreroyal.com
Autumn Design for Living Fair, RHS Rosemoor, Fri 7 – Sun 9 September
A three-day fair at this beautiful location, showcasing a wealth of West Country talent. We’re not ones to start Christmas shopping tooooo early, but worth knowing that you’ll find lots of unique and handcrafted pieces, from handbags to jewellery, ceramics and clothes.
10am – 4pm, normal garden admission – Garden Room. rhs.org.uk
Fun Run: Bubble Rush, Coxleigh Barton, Barnstaple, Sun 9 September
If you find running to be boring, then here’s the solution: a bubble rush! A 5k course which starts in a sea of bubbles and features bubble stations along the way. Family-friendly, so you can run, jog, walk or toddle and all raising funds for a great cause. Go on, get stuck in!
12 – 4pm. bubblerush.co.uk
End of Summer Dining Event, Nkuku Lifestyle Store & Cafe, Sun 9 September
Your last chance to enjoy one of these lush-sounding pop-up events at Nkuku’s Lifestyle Store and Cafe, featuring some impressive chefs. This one’s in collaboration with Dartmouth Fine Foods and will feature a, erm, mighty fine 3 course lunch menu. Squeeze in some shopping while you’re there, won’t you?
12.30 – 3.30pm. Tickets £36. eventbrite.co.uk
Ashburton Food & Drink Festival, Sat 8 September
September’s quite the foodie month, right? Here’s another opportunity to mooch around a pretty town and check out some great local producers while you’re at it (over 65 of ’em!). Our pick from this family-friendly day out? Seek out Jaded Palates for some fizz and wine!
10am – 5pm. bornhecticevents.co.uk
Ross Noble, Exeter Corn Exchange, Wed 12 September
The funny, long-locked one returns to Devon to dance around the stage spinning out all the nonsense in his head into a stand up show. At some point, he may wander into a shadowy part of the stage and look a bit shadowy, apparently.
8pm (doors 7.15pm). £26. exetercornexchange.co.uk
Open Air Cinema, Royal William Yard, Thurs 13 – Sat 15 September
Last chance to get yourself some outdoor cinema action before we all retreat indoors for some hygge time! Plymouth Arts Centre will be providing the entertainment at the Royal William Yard this weekend. Choose from Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Isle of Dogs or Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Something for everyone there!
Standard tickets £8, VIP tickets £17, plymouthartscentre.org
Dadfest, Kingsbridge, Fri 14 – Sat 16 September
Billed as ‘the best small event in the UK’, Dadfest is the only festival in the country just for Dads and their sprogs. It also happens to be home to the Official World Dad Dancing Championships, as well as loads (and I mean loads) of awesome-sounding entertainment, from bushcraft and star gazing to mud kitchens and, err, stroke a lobster! Bonkers but fun!
Dads 60, children £30 (+£30/£40 for food ticket). dangerousdads.org.uk
New Wine Launch with Liam Steevenson, Southernhay House, Exeter, Thurs 13 September
One for the diary, you wine lovers! Our friends at the super-glam Southernhay House Hotel have teamed up with Liam Steevenson MW and are launching his specially curated wine list for SOHO Exeter. Fancy attending the launch shindig on 13 Sept? Of course you do! follow the link for more deets!
Story Stomp, Stiltskin’s Soapbox Children’s Theatre, Plymouth, Fri 14 September
Hurrah! School’s back and so are the team at this ever-brilliant children’s theatre. This time of year is perfect for an end-of-the-week story stomp around Devonport Park. Go for an adventure, then it’s back to the Soapbox to get creative!
11am – 12.30pm, £6.50. stiltskin.org.uk
Cook Your Catch, Le Vignoble, Plymouth, Sat 15 September
Ooh, this is something different – a wine and seafood collab, as good as it gets! Set sail with Plymouth Boat Trips to fish the plentiful local waters of the South West. Then, on your return you can sit back and relax at Le Vignoble & enjoy a fully guided English wine tasting with accompanying nibbles. The chefs will provide demo’s whilst filleting and cooking your catch, straight off the boat, then you get to relish the flavours of your catch alongside locally sourced salads and a further glass of English wine paired to your plate. Bring on the Indian Summer, I say!
9.00am meet at Plymouth Boat Trips, Royal William Yard Marina, 12.45pm return – Le Vignoble, Royal William Yard, 3.00pm finish. Tickets £60. levignoble.co.uk
The Ultimate Gin Festival, Glazebrook House, South Brent, Sat 15 September
Ooh yes, gin on tap at one of Devon’s loveliest hotels! Tickets include a selection of canapés from the Glazebrook House kitchen, plus a welcome cocktail from Barbican Botanics Gin. Plus, consider joining them for lunch or dinner that day and they’ll throw your ticket price in, free!
£12, 3-5pm. glazebrookhouse.com
Magical Unicorn Weekend, The Big Sheep nr Bideford, Sat 15 – Sun 16 September
So we had oodles of fun at this place over the summer and spied the Unicorn Weekend coming up when we were there. I mean, animals, rides, gin and now a real unicorn for the littlies to meet? That’s quite a weekend. Kids will get to follow a magical trail around the farm, with clues leading them to the stable of dreams. Oh – and pssst! Book your ticket online and kids will get a free unicorn gift. Don’t forget your camera!
Agatha Christie Festival, Greenway, Torbay, Sat 15 September
What a fab opportunity to go back in time and celebrate the anniversary of the birthday of one of our most treasured authors. Get yourself along to Greenway, Christie’s holiday home for a 1950s style fete in the walled garden. Expect all the traditional fun and games, plus vintage clothes, a fortune teller and a staged murder hunt!
Plymouth Seafood Festival, Sat 15 – Sun 16 September
Time for Britain’s Ocean City to step into the spotlight! The Plymouth Seafood Festival is returning to the Barbican and Sutton Harbour, showcasing all the quality fresh fish landed and available here (did you know Plymouth is home to the second largest fish market in the UK?). There’s going to be a Cookery Theatre hosting regional chefs from all over Devon, Demo Marquee’s, lots of opportunity to jump on board the boats themselves and chat to local fishermen, plus loads to do for kids, including the Rockfish Crabbing Competition on the Sunday.
Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human, Exeter Phoenix, Sun 16 September
The Mock the Week regular and Radio 4 favourite has been busy, but still feels like an Entry Level Human. She’s back in Devon with a fresh crop of gags, guaranteed to get you laughing.
8pm, £15. exeterphoenix.org.uk
Exhibition: Chris Orr, The Miserable Lives of Fabulous Artists, Brook Gallery, Budleigh Salterton, until Sun 23 September
Following on from Chris’s highly acclaimed show of the same name at the Royal Academy, the brilliant Brook Gallery brings further inspired works delving into the lives of the ‘greats’, from his own unique perspective.
Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival, Wed 19 – Sun 23 September
It’s the tenth anniversary of the festival and to celebrate it’s a bigger line-up of authors, academics, broadcasters and workshops than ever before. Attending stars include author, historian and broadcaster Lucy Worsley, Kate Moss OBE and Michael Morpurgo…and that’s just for starters! Seriously, there’s loads to see and experience this year, that will inspire and excite – you’d be mad to miss it!
The Great Food and Drink Show, Westpoint, Exeter, Sat 22 – Sun 23 September
Seriously, release that waistband – it’s going to be a calorific month! This one’s a massive weekend of entertaining foodie fun under one roof. Expect a huge range of local producers, along with star chef turns from Tom Kerridge and Jean Christophe Novelli and of course, our own local stars Jim and Lucy from Exeter Cookery School. Sounds like it’ll be fun!
Day tickets from £8 – £10. thegreatfoodanddrinkshow.co.uk