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What’s on in September


Happy September and, remember, if there is something you think I should be telling you about, then do let me know: [email protected]k


Martin Bush Exhibition: Jewel Temple, Artizan Gallery, Torquay, Fri 1 – Sat 23 Sept

Martin Bush Artist exhibition

Gho-Ghi Jewel Golden: Martin Bush

The Devon artist who is usually in residence at Plymouth’s Royal William Yard, will launch his latest solo exhibition of around 30 paintings this month at Muddy Awards finalist venue, the Artizan Gallery. All inspired by travels to Thailand over the past twenty years (where he goes to recharge his artistic batteries), according to Martin, most of his work is drawn from the emotions and love of colourful, gold-gilded Buddhist Temples.  Expect bright, abstract and eye-catching, as ever. 


Devon Open Studios, Various locations, Sat 9 – Sun 24 Sept

Devon open Studios promotional poster

If you’re an art fan, you’ll love this. Devon Open Studios is just as it sounds – hundreds of local artists from coast to coast and across the moors in-between, will be opening their studios so that you can come and meet them, see them at work and buy their art directly at the source. This annual event is intimate, eclectic and free.  Expect to discover paintings, prints, furniture, sculpture, ceramics and more. Check out the guide so you can see who’s exhibiting and where.


Appledore Book Festival, Various Venues, Fri 22 – Sat 30 Sept

painting of appledore

Credit: Cover Artwork by Becky Bettesworth

Devon is being treated to not one, but two, major literary festivals this month, one in the south and Appledore Book Festival is the turn of the north – and what a stunning setting.  There are some seriously big names in this year’s line-up including one of the world’s leading crime writers, Ian Rankin, Jeremy Vine, Jeremy Paxman and, erm, Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards.  With over 70 events, workshops and musical performances, there’s too much to mention here, but hop over to the website and check out the impressive line-up in the brochure (the cover of which is beautifully designed by award-winning Devon artist Becky Bettesworth).


We The People Are The Work, Exhibition around Plymouth, Starts Fri 22 Sept

the hoe red and white lighthouse smeatons tower against a blue sky

Coinciding with Plymouth Art Weekender (22 – 24 Sept), We The People Are The Work is a mega visual arts project taking place in five venues across the city. Exploring ideas of power, protest and the public, the project will see five internationally acclaimed artists from the UK, Canada, France and Mexico journey to Plymouth and be paired with a specific venue that aligns with their practice.  They’ll create new artworks, that’ll involve the public in some way, give talks and lead workshops, inspired by the city’s rich heritage, its people, and their aspirations for the future. From recent world-wide events including Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, to the changes being experienced by communities in Plymouth on a more local scale, the exhibition will look at the shared experiences and differences that shape our society.  If you want to see the exhibition, curator Simon Morrissey will be leading a free walking tour between the five venues.


Dead on Arrival Exhibition, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, starts Sat 23 Sept

art by silvy weatherall

Silvy Weatherall

Sounds, erm, intriguing, doesn’t it?  This, I’m told is an exhibition of the curious world of human and animal craft; so if you’re drawn to the art of taxidermy, you’ll love this.  A showcase of artists whose practice involves the use of ethically sourced, human or animal remains, Dead on Arrival features works of jewellery, sculpture, textiles, taxidermy and photography.  Supported by Plymouth City Council (Arts and Heritage), you’ll find historical artefacts juxtaposed alongside contemporary works from names including Paul Biddle, Libby Ward and Silvy Weatherall.

Free exhibition open daily,


Taste of the Teign, Various venues along the River Teign, Sat 23 Sept – Sun 1 Oct

artwork of the river teign

Artwork: Laura Wall

Well this sounds like tasty fun.  Loads of the loveliest spots along the Teign Estuary, from Teignmouth to Newton Abbot are teaming up to put on a showcase of special events across nine days.  Expect the best local fish, meat, fruit and veg to crop up in a schedule celebrating the best local food, that includes things like a Brunch on a Boat, Beachside BBQ, Wine Tastings and Cracking a Crab Workshops.  You’re bound to find something that takes your fancy and besides, it’s a beautiful part of the world to get out and say hello to autumn.


The Libertines, Plymouth Pavilions, Mon 25 Sept

The Libertines promo shot

The Libertines are on their ‘…Tiddeley Om Pom Pom Tour’ of seven British Seaside towns and Plymouth’s on the list! Featuring the ex-squeeze of Kate Moss, Peter Doherty, the band released their third album back in 2015 and the critics liked it.  Fancy it?




Henri Bourgeois Wine Dinner at Lympstone Manor, Tues 26 Sept

wine glass with white wine

This one isn’t cheap at all, but if you’ve a special occasion to plan, or you’re simply a fan of top notch wines and food, it’s absolutely worth considering. From what I can tell, Lympstone Manor is about as luxurious as it gets and, with top chef Michael Caines at the helm, the food and drink is something special.  This dinner is a celebration of fine wines from one of the top wine producers in the Loire Valley region in France (and their property in New Zealand).  Sup Sancerre and drink your way through a menu designed by Mr Caines, which includes Langoustine tortellini and pheasant breast.  I’ve gone to heaven just writing this.

Starts 7pm, £205 pp.


Rob Brydon: I Am Standing Up, Plymouth Pavilions, Wed 27 Sept

Rob Brydon promo shot

I’ve just finished watching the very funny The Trip and I’ve decided I’m now a fan of Mr Brydon’s humour.  Check him out in his first stand-up show since his sell-out national tour and West End run alongside Sir Kenneth Branagh in The Painkiller.




Foraged Food and Beer Matching Night at Riverford Field Kitchen, Buckfastleigh, Thurs 28 Sept

Wild mushrooms and strawberries

What do you get when you let loose a foraging and wild cookery pro on the hedgerows and fields of Riverford farm? And then throw some ale into the mix? A stonkingly good supper, that’s what. For this special feast night, Stuart Woodman (whose wild booze workshops at Port Eliot Festival sold out) will be teaming up with local brewers Barnaby’s Brewhouse.  He’ll help the team create a wild food menu and produce two special foraged beers for the supper: Pineapple Weed Pale Ale & Hogweed Helles.  Fancy it?

7pm, £35 for 3 course foraged supper & two foraged beers


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