EXHIBITION: Tony Husband: 35 Years of Private Eye, Exeter Library, Castle St, Exeter, until mid-April
Fancy a titter? Pop into Exeter Library for an exclusive peek at thirty-five years’ of the award-winning Private Eye’s cartoonist’s work displayed for free throughout the building.
GARDENS: RHS Garden Rosemoor, Easter Fun Family Workshops, 6 – 21 April
There are basketfuls of egg-hunts and trails this month, but you can’t go wrong with RHS Garden Rosemoor near Torrington who’re running five days of creative workshops, plus an Easter trail and secret clues to find among the daffies.
OUTDOORS: Quince Honey Farm, Re-opening launch, South Molton, 6 – 21 April
Get your dose of vitamin-bee as Quince Honey Farm are re-locating their beloved bees to a new site just off the A361 North Devon Link Road and it’s all systems go to be ready for opening in Easter 2019. Go find out what all the buzz is about…
Camel Creek Adventure Park, Cornwall, Easter opening, Sat 6 – 21 April
If you fancy a hop over the border to Cornwall, Camel Creek is reopening this weekend after an £3m zhuzh of the water rides and the addition of a new mini log-flume, so don’t forget to pack at least one set of spare clothes for the Muddies (and def one for you).
CHILDREN: Babbacombe Model Village: Enchanting Illuminations, every Thursday 11 April – 18 Oct
One for the little people, Babbacombe’s iconic model village is a trip back in time, fascinatingly kitsch and a great way to keep the Muddies quiet for an hour or two. Every Thursday evening from April to October, as dusk falls, the village will be transformed into a world of intricate and enchanting illuminations. Keep your ticket and you can return for free with 7 days to see it all by day.
THEATRE: The Pantaloons Present The Odyssey, Watermark Ivybridge, Thurs 18 Mar
You’ve heard of Greek tragedy right? The Pantaloons bring you Greek comedy, a new verse adaptation of the most epic journey of all time – one man’s quest to make it home to his wife wearing a bed-sheet while battling his way through grumpy gods, naughty nymphs, monocular monsters and over a hundred sleazy suitors.
MUSIC: The Specials, Plymouth Pavilions, Fri 19 April
Bought The Specials’ new album ‘Encore’ yet? Go get it girl! Straight to number one in the album charts and with mellow disco and reggae guaranteed to get you skanking round the kitchen, even if you’re too young to remember their last hit way back in 1981, ‘Ghost Town’. The ska legends hit Plymouth for their 40th anniversary tour this month, minus the pork-pie hats but as cool and political as ever. Read my Muddy interview with front man Terry Hall here.
FOOD & DRINK: Chocolate and coffee festival, Butchers Hall Tavistock, Fri 19 April
Coffee, chocolate treats and hot chocolate. Need I say more?
MUSIC: Casa presents Annie Mac, Pryzm, Barbican Approach, Plymouth, 9pm – 4am, Sun 21 April
BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac is in da house, or rather Plymouth for the first time so get ready to make some noise at Pryzm, the south-west’s biggest house party and techno organiser.
EASTER: River Dart Country Park, Easter Egg Hunt, Fri 19 April – Mon 22 April 10am-4pm
With Muddies eating their weight in chocolate this weekend take them to the sweet air of River Dart Country Park to run off that sugar-high. Over 25 activities designed not just for your adventurous kids, you can join in on the fun too. Plus an Easter Egg Hunt with a prize to be won, bouncy castles and of course, the Easter Bunny. (pic credit Imogen Foster)
DRINK: The Best of Devon Gin Festival, Double Locks, Exeter, 19 – 20 April
Gin sipping, beautiful waterside views – what’s not to like! The Best of Devon Gin Festival is coming to Double Locks for an afternoon of entertainment and culture, with artisan Devonian and Cornish gin tipples aplenty, free canapes and for would-be gin-slingers, a chance to take part in a Gin masterclass. Roll out the gin ball!
THEATRE: Martin Kemp: Back To The 80s, at the Civic Hall, Totnes, Saturday 20th April 19:30-23:30
Fancy an all 80’s party? You’re in luck, because TV star and DJ, Martin Kemp, is bringing what’s set to be the biggest 80’s night to ever hit Totnes! This tour is proving to be very popular, so get in quick.
COMEDY: Shappi Khorsandi: Skittish Warrior… Confessions of a Club Comic, Plough Arts Centre, Sat 20 April
Fresh out of the jungle Shappi Khorsandi, who appeared on 2017’s ‘I’m a Celebrity Get me out of Here’, is making her return in a brand-new live comedy show. Check in for an evening packed with quick wit and cultural observation, and tips on how to be more YOU. Read the Muddy interview with Shappi here.
EAT AND DRINK: Gidleigh Park: Easter Sunday Lunch, 21st April, 12:00-14:00pm
Avoid the egg hunts and celebrate Easter Sunday in gastromic style at Gidleigh Park’s award-winning restaurant. Served up in the stunning surroundings of Dartmoor, the sample online menu is guaranteed to make your mouth water, with options including lamb, chicken and two fish dishes.
EASTER: Gara Rock, The biggest Easter egg hunt in Devon, Sunday 21 April
Unwind with wine, cocktails and jaw-dropping coastal views while the Muddies find adventure in nature, or chocolate more like, as they race along the shore in what’s being billed in the biggest Easter Egg Hunt to ever hit Devon. As if anyone ever needed an excuse to go to Gara Rock…