What’s On: The Muddy Guide (Thurs 19 – Weds 25 Jan)
Last days of the Clangers, Bagpuss & Co Exhibition, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, 19 – 22 Jan
This is your last chance to see this really lovely-sounding touring exhibition, organised by the V&A Museum of Childhood, before Bagpuss takes one final yawn and curls up to sleep. The Burton Art Gallery is only the second gallery to show it in the UK, which I think is pretty cool. I grew up with these guys, did you?
10am-4pm (11am-4pm on Sunday). Exhibition is Free, Burton At Bideford, burtonartgallery.co.uk
Yoga at The Castle, Powderham Castle, Thurs 19 Jan
If you’re going to take up yoga for 2017 then you may as well do it in a castle, by candlelight. I’m yet to bust out my bendy moves (there ain’t no lycra that’s gonna hold this spare tyre in), but I’m seriously tempted by this class, one of three happening throughout the week at Powderham Castle until the end of March. The classes, run by Gillie Sutherland come complete with roaring fire and blankets and promises to cool, calm and prepare us for sleep; it’s like a bedtime routine for grown-ups. Where do I sign?
Lunchtime Classical Concert, Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple, Thurs 19 Jan
People of Barnstaple! Before you send that really stroppy email to your colleague in accounts* (*amend as appropriate), step away from the mouse, take a deep breath and then a stroll to the Queen’s Theatre. It’s lunch, with a twist. You can turn up, pay on the door and enjoy a 55-minute performance, including some Chopin and Tchaikovsky, by the Pelléas Ensemble. That leaves you five minutes to head back to work feeling all cultured and calm. Maybe leave the whiffy egg sandwiches back at the office though, hey?
12.30pm. Tickets £7.50 + £1 fee. Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple. northdevontheatres.org.uk
Secret Supper at Boringdon Hall, Thurs 19 Jan
Turn up in the Great Hall for drinks at the hotel dubbed as ‘the enchanted place on the hill’, before you’re whisked away to the private dining area, where Head Chef Scott Paton promises to cook up five courses of indulgence. The secret bit about it all is that you won’t know what you’re eating until it’s on the plate in front of you. It’s bottom-clenching stuff folks, but come on; the hotel just became five-star and the restaurant has 3 AA Rosettes, so it’s got to be good. Relax and enjoy.
7pm. £79.50 per person including wine pairing (booking essential). Boringdon Hall, Colebrook, Plympton, boringdonhall.co.uk
Devon Guild of Craftsmen Exhibitions, Bovey Tracey, Fri 20 Jan – Sun 5 March
If there’s a crafty hub in Devon, then this be it; and this weekend sees three – three – free events happening to inspire all of you budding designer-types at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen. Get Fresh 2017 is an exhibition just launched, showing the work of 15 new or emerging designer-makers from the South West; Spotlight – Guild Associate Members is an exhibition of new work from a selection of associate members; and on Saturday afternoon you can meet the makers themselves. See you at the cafe for cake.
Get Fresh runs from Sat 14 Jan – Sun 05 March; Spotlight runs from Fri 20 Jan – Sun 26 Feb. Meet the Makers Sat 21 Jan 2-4pm. Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey. crafts.org.uk
Strange Love, The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter, Fri 20 Jan
Got some energy to burn off? Get your neon leggings on and get yourself down to the wonky but wonderful Cellar Bar at the Bike Shed Theatre for some serious shape-throwing on the dance floor. Exeter’s newest night touts itself as combining the best in 60s psych, 80s new wave and goth with timeless classics from a forgotten age. Dry ice and crop tops optional.
10pm. £1 on the door. The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter, bikeshedtheatre.co.uk
Jack Whitehall: At Large, Plymouth Pavilions, Sat 21 Jan
I can only assume that Mr Whitehall is crushing on Devon a little bit. Just when you thought you’d missed out on this one, the baby-faced, butter-wouldn’t-melt comedianl tweeted that he’d added one more date to the Plymouth leg of his biggest tour yet. And there are still a few tickets available for the Saturday matinee. Prepare to be charmed by Jack’s posh boy routine.
4pm matinee, plymouthpavilions.com
Parkrun, Parke, nr Bovey Tracey, Sat 21 Jan
Admit it, we’re all friends here: have those new trainers seen the light of day yet? Why not make this the week that you finally join over a million other jogging bunnies and sign up to a Parkrun? Go on, it’s only 5k and the National Trust cafes always do a good line in cake, don’t they?
9-10am, Parke, nr Bovey Tracey, nationaltrust.org.uk
Nincompoop, The Bike Shed Theatre, Sun 22 Jan
It had me at the name, I love saying that word, nincompoop. Beat the mid-month fug with a night of alternative comedy where you should apparently prepare for the unexpected. A previous audience member at this monthly showcase of new comedy ideas from South West talent, said they laughed so much they got a six-pack. Well, that’s one way to do it, I suppose.
7.30pm, Pay what you can. The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter, bikeshedtheatre.co.uk
If you give this, or any of these a go, I’d love to hear how you got on. Feedback always welcome at Muddy HQ!