What’s on – June
FOOD: Kingsbridge Food & Music Festival, Kingsbridge, Fri 31 May – Sun 2 Jun
Take your rumbling tums and dancing feet to Kingsbridge town square for 3 days and nights of music and foodie treats with a crafty kids zone where they can bounce their hearts out covered in face paint, while you stuff your face with delicious West Country foodage.
FOOD: FlavourFest, Plymouth city centre, Fri 31 May – Sun 2 Jun
Follow your nose to Plymouth’s city centre piazza, for tunes, a bar, and local chef-cred in the shape of The Barbican Kitchen’s Tanner brothers, Exeter Cookery School and Ben Palmer of The Greedy Goose. Plus Celeb Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain is there on Saturday afternoon. Unleash the littlies into The Kids Kitchen to try their sticky hands at making dips, cakes, smoothies and oooh, posh pate.
COMEDY: After this one, I’m going home, Seann Walsh, Corn Exchange, Exeter, Sat 1 Jun
You’ve seen him on Strictly, you’ve seen him snogging in the red-tops, now you can check him and his fiery, dishevelled observational comedy out for yourself.
OUTDOORS: Torbay Air Show, Paignton Green, Paignton, Sat 1 – Sun 2 Jun
Nail-biting displays of aerial derring-do, with the Red Arrows on Sunday, parachute stunts, Battle of Britain fly pasts, RAF chinooks and more. Head to the bay on Sunday for The Red Arrows. With 165,000 people expected to watch the acrobatics, save yourself a headache and buy parking tickets in advance here.
KIDS: Extreme Imagination, RAMM, Exeter, until 2 Jun
Do artists have better visual imaginations than the rest of us? How good is your own? Test the vividness of your own mind’s eye and challenge your preconceptions about how we use the imagination in art making.
ART& CULTURE: HERE Uncovering North Devon, Beaford Gallery, Bideford, until Sat 22 June
If you love poring over old photos, the interesting characters, the clothes people wore, the cars we used to drive, you’ll love this fascinating retrospective of North Devon from Oscar-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins and James Ravilious, a collection of photos and recordings dating back to 1890.
MUSIC Craig David, Powderham Castle, Kenton nr Exeter, Sat 1 Jun
Shall I fill you on the Craig David news? The singer-songwriter-rapper is at Powderham not on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday but on Saturday and he’s joined by international DJs Sigala and Nathan Dawe and songwriter Becky Hill. Dance your socks off, chill on Sunday.
FESTIVAL: CredFest, Newcombe Meadows and various town-centre, Crediton 1-23 Jun
Kicking off with a Picnic in the Park, Crediton rolls out three weeks of cultural high-jinks, including artists’ open studios, outdoor cinema, comedy, a silent disco and music. Author Ann Cleeves (Shetland and Vera) headlines the Wednesday (12 Jun) book club session at Crediton’s Muddy award-nominated Community Bookshop.
GARDENS: The English Country Garden Festival, Coombe Trenchard, Lewtrenchard, Sat 1 – Sun 2 Jun
Herbs, lupins, roses, foxgloves: there’s far too much bunting-strewn temptation for gardening geeks on display here. Go with an empty car-boot and a week to spare for all the planting you’ll have to do afterwards. New for their 8th year is a vintage car display, along with 75-plus West Country garden and craft exhibitors, plus croquet and the obligatory Pimms. Don’t mind if I do.
THEATRE: Amelie the Musical, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, Mon 3 – Sat 8 Jun
The Oscar-nominated tale of the dreamy Parisienne ingenue and her comic tinkering with the lives of those around her comes to the stage.
OPEN AIR THEATRE: Much ado about nothing, Tapeley Park, Tues 4 Jun
It’s not summer till you’ve dodged the rain while trying to decipher some open-air Shakespeare, at least that’s my rule and I’m sticking to it.
THEATRE: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Cygnet Theatre, Exeter, Tues 4 Jun
Was Judas Iscariot the most duplicitous traitor in history? Or a misunderstood pawn in God’s greater plan? The youth theatre present Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Adly Guirgis’s though-provoking 2005 play, putting Judas back on trial against God and the Kingdom of Heaven and Earth.
MUSIC: MTV Music Week, Plymouth Weds 5 – Sat 8 Jun
A series of daytime and evening events around the ocean city with opportunies for speed networking and talks with music and TV industry professionals and influencers, including on Thursday Boss Women with presenter Tinea Taylor and presenter Sarah Gosling, BBC Music Introducing in Devon and Cornwall. Each night features a different sound, from new talent, to rock and indie, rap, playing out with use house and techno party from Casa at The Hub on Saturday.
COMEDY: Scummy Mummies, Corn Exchange, Exeter, Thurs 6 Jun
Based on the hit Scummy Mummies podcast and best-selling book, take comfort in Ellie and Helen’s tales of the scummier side of parenting, from drinking wine at teatime to hiding from the PTA.
CHILDREN: Jack and the Beanstalk, Soabox Children’s Theatre, Plymouth, Sat 8 – Sat 22 Jun
Magic beans, overgrown beanstalks, golden hens and talking harps, not to mention a bad-tempered giant and a very nimble Jack in Stiltskin’s version of the magical fairytale.
FESTIVAL: Funky Llama Festival, Plymouth Hoe, Plymouth, Sat 8 Jun
Part of MTV Music Week, this annual inclusive platform for adults with different abilities brings live music, DJs, arts & crafts, creative workshops, alpacas, cabaret acts and a silent disco, and is promising to be funkier than ever.
ARTS & CULTURE: Bovey Tracey Craft Festival, Fri 7 – Sun 9 Jun
This award-winning celebration of craft is always a brilliant place for arty inspiration and picking up great pressies, though it’s almost impossible not to buy pieces for yourself from the hundreds of clever crafty peeps displaying their wares. Textiles, clothing, pottery, glass, furniture, paper – family-friendly workshops and demos, including build your own surfboard from Otter Surfboards.
MUSIC: Break-in Science presents High Contrast, The Lemon Grove, Exeter, Fri 7 Jun
Keeps reminding me…a night of electronic beats and dance at Exeter Uni’s students guild venue.
LIFE: Exeter Respect Festival, Belmont Park, Exeter, Sat 8 – Sun 9 Jun
Family-friendly, alcohol-free fun in the park, with arts, crafts, workshops and displays, all celebrating our diverse culture and 25 years since the end of apartheid in South Africa. Plus live music and dance on 6 stages, showcasing everything from jazz, choral, pop, belly-dancing, Bhangra and Bollywood.
OUTDOORS: Open Farm Sunday, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Sun 9 Jun
Join four of Dartington’s tenant farmers to find out what goes into being a farmer: take a wellbeing tour, learn about veg-growing try some goat yoga (downward-facing humans make great goat nibbles apparently), discover biodynamic growing and permaculture.
COMEDY: Hormonal Housewives, Queens Theatre Barnstaple, Sun 9 Jun
Vicki Michelle and the Hormonal Housewives on weight gain, weight loss, mood swings, moody teenagers, housework, homework, electrolysis, sex, working out, staying in, eating, not eating, chocolate, wine, more chocolate, social media, more wine. Just your average Sunday night round my house.
FOOD: Dartmouth Chilli Cook-off, Old Market Square, Dartmouth, Sun 9 Jun
Taste a range of chillis (meat-based and vegan options) from 10 local eateries in the hotly-contested cook-off from a host of Dartmouth’s finest pubs and eateries – then choose your favourite winner. Live music and a bar to wash it down is on hand.
THEATRE: Les Miserables, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Tues 11 Jun – Sat 6 Jul
Grab your hanky! The Cameron Mackintosh’s sell-out tour of the acclaimed Broadway production of Boubil and Schönberg’s musical comes to Plymouth: as seen by 120 million people in 51 countries worldwide.
THEATRE: Cilla and the Shades of the 60’s, Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple, Tues 11 Jun
Step inside love for a lorra, lorra 60’s music, celebrating the life of Liverpool legend Cilla Black, as well as tunes from Martha and the Vandellas, Patsy Cline, Tina Turner and Dusty Springfield.
Wake up to organic, various around Devon & UK, Weds 12 Jun
Indie retailers all over Devon and the UK are dishing up a free organic mini breakfast today as part of the Wake Up To Organic events. The aim is to show how easy it is to switch to an organic breakfast, and to showcase the fabulous range of organic food and drink that your local indie stores and cafés have to offer.
MUSIC: Gaz Coombes, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, Thurs 13 Jun
We are young, we are free, we should definitely go and see the Mercury-nominated ex-Supergrass frontman celebrating his solo career and new album World’s Strongest Man.
POLITICS: BBC Radio 4, Any Questions?, Palance Theatre, Paignton, Fri 14 Jun
Have your say on the issues of the day at a recording of Dimbleby’s topical discussion programme where a panel of personalities from the worlds of politics, media and elsewhere answer to the audience.
FESTIVAL: Altitude, Cullompton, Fri 14 – Sat 15 Jun
Two days, thirty local bands, loads of family entertainment including a hula-hooping workshop, circus skills, and outdoor forest school. On Saturday, it’s a Day of the Dead theme, so get practising with those face paints. Artists include Pattern Pusher, The Blue Tones, Land of the Giants, Age of Glass and Opal Ocean.
DAYS OUT: Grand Victorian and Steampunk, Ilfracombe, 15 – 23 Jun
Pop on your best bustle and suffragette costume and head to Ilfracombe for a week of Victorian-themed celebration including the Friday night Time Travellers’ Ball, a Tea Dance, a Paranormal Event, Teapot Racing and other tongue-in-cheek capers. Queen Victoria would definitely be amused.
MUSIC: Midsummer Operatic Concert, Holy Trinity Church, Torbryan, Sat 15 Jun
How about a soothing evening of operatic classics in a Grade 1 listed Mediaeval setting with music from Peruvian-Italian soprano Claudia Alvarez Calderon and Devon’s own soprano Kathryn Bringloe accompanied by Devon pianist Alex Wilson.
BEACH: National sandcastle competition, Westward Ho!, Sun 16 Jun
One beach, two competitions (adults and juniors) and lots of sand – where you and your trusty team pit your creative bucket-and-spading in the race to make the best turret/mermaid/lifesize replica of the Blackpool Tower. No stealing shells (or ideas) from other teams now.
THEATRE: 2000 stories, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Weds 19 – Sat 22 Jun
This is a show about stories; the ones that have stayed with us, the ones we have forgotten and the ones we may have been forced to hear. Who decides on the selection of stories we are told and are we really listening anyway?
COMEDY: Mark Watson: The infinite show, The Watermark, Ivybridge, Fri 21 Jun
The novelist and comedian shares his angst about the shocking state of the world his children are growing up and poses the empathy question: if 99 percent of the world’s population is made up of other people, why can’t we understand them?
COMEDY: Hardeep Singh Kholi: Edinburgh Preview, Palace Theatre, Paignton, Fri 21 Jun
A sneak preview of the comedian, chef and broadcaster’s work-in-progress Edinburgh Fringe show.
MUSIC: Kitty Macfarlane, Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, Sat 22 Jun
Part of two weeks’ of live music sessions at The Plough, West Country singer-songwriter Kitty Macfarlane – her latest album Namer Of Clouds was included in The Guardian’s Best Folk Albums 2018 – brings her guitar and eco-focussed lyrics to North Devon.
WELLBEING: Half-day Yoga Retreat, Brickhouse Vineyard, Mamhead, nr Exeter, Sat 22 Jun
Namaste! Salute the Saturday sun in the idyllic setting of Brickhouse Vineyard’s restored thatched roundhouse with rural views over the vineyard and the sparkling Exe estuary. Two 90-minute practices (with a gap between for herbal tea, cake and a wander among the vines) supported by Neal’s Yard organic aromatherapy oils and contemplative playlists. And you’ll only have to do a handstand if you want to.
THEATRE: The Canterbury Tales, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, The Beehive, Honiton, Sat 22 Jun
All of medieval life is here in the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s version of Chaucer’s classic pilgrims’ tale, with the wide range of social strata rubbing shoulders as the Miller, the Steward and the Wife of Bath among others all have their (often bawdy) tales to tell.
MUSIC: Mark Harrison, Brixham Theatre, Brixham Town Hall, Sat 22 Jun
Quirky singer-songwriter and guitarist known for taking roots music, including folk, blues and gospel, and turning it into his own. As recently raved about on Radio Two Cerys Mathews’s show and Anneka Rice’s Pick of the Week.
FITNESS: Haldon Forest 10k, Bullers Hill, Exeter, Sun 23 Jun
Ha! 10k is nothing when you’ve got the backdrop of beautiful woods and butterflies to spur you on. I’ll be there – cheering you on of course!
COURSE: One-day introduction to mindfulness, Sharpham Trust, Totnes, Sat 29 Jun
Find your inner balance at the beautiful Sharpham estate with a meditative day devoted to practical mindfulness and exercises on meditation, gentle movement and how to be aware of your sensations, emotions and thoughts.
MUSIC: Sunday Sessions, Powderham Castle, Kenton nr Exeter, Sun 30 Jun
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds swoop in for a soothing Sunday Session along with The Charlatans, indie rock band Reverend & The Makers, The Blinders and Exeter indie band The Loft Club.
DOGS: Woofstock, Dartmouth, Fri 16 – Sun 18 August
Back for a fifth year, this two-day event celebrates our four-legged friends with an edible entrance ticket (for pooch not you, greedy), a show ring, competition for prettiest paws/waggiest tail, a dog school, agility tests and live music. With Woofstock UK’s own bar to keep humans happy and The Bottom Sniffer Inn serving pawsecco and dog beer to canine customers. Bring your tent for a night out under the stars, or VIP glamping if you want to go pawsh.