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FRI 24 - SUN 26 AUGUST 2018

Dartington Summer Concerts, all month until Sat 25 August

stone statue wearing flower garland house blue sky trees grass

Photography: Imi F Hughes

Dartington’s Great Hall will host a month of live music, including specially ‘made for Dartington’  performances from leading musicians in the world of classical, jazz and folk music.  There are 3 concerts most nights during the festival, so it’s going to be busy.  You can check out the full line-up below.


The Sunday Sessions, Home Farm Cafe, Parke, Bovey Tracey, every Sunday in August

guitars on grass

We’re huge fans of this award-winning cafe located on the glorious Parke estate near Bovey Tracey.  Cosy in the winter and a haven in a wild playground during the summer, the food always matches the seasons.  Now, it’s just got even better, with the announcement that every Sunday in August will see afternoons of live music. Pitch up and enjoy!


Ibiza Sunday Sessions at The Thatched Inn, Ilfracombe, Sundays throughout August

dj decks

It’s a combo that totally works for us! We rave about their roasts in the winter, now we’re just, erm, raving! If you’re in Ilfracombe over the summer, make the most of this weather and get yourself to The Thatched Inn’s Gypsy Terrace for one of their Ibiza Sunday Sessions. With guest DJ’s expect a mix of funk, disco and happy house to groove your way to sundown. Top hosts, top location = winning!


The Play That Goes Wrong, Princess Theatre, Torquay, Mon 20 – Sat 25 August

Photos by Robert Day

I remember hearing from Muddy Northants how good this Olivier Award-winning, immersive comedy play was, way back in January. Now, a heads up that it’s finally coming to Torquay’s Princess Theatre for a 6-day stint in August – huzzah! Think Fawlty Towers, think Acorn antiques and be prepared to park your stiff upper lip as you take your seat. It’s a calamity of misplaced props; forgotten lines (some lines repeated out of kilter with hilarious results, some lines appearing in the wrong half of the show!!!!!). Expect lots of laughs, complete mayhem, charming and funny acting – all bundled together in a madcap cocktail suitable for anyone with a funny bone (Or someone who needs to rediscover theirs).

Book tickets here.


Sea Change Festival 2018, Totnes, Fri 24 – Sat 25 August

This is a brilliant, family friendly town festival of music, culture, and art for Totnes, run by the people behind the legendary Drift Records. A town known for its high times and class food and drink, various buildings on and around the High Street are thrown open over the Bank Holiday weekend, for a load of entertainment, including some top music acts.  There’s camping available at Dartington down the road, too.

Weekend tickets £69, day tickets £39, night tickets £25.


Open Air Cinema, Tinside Lido, Plymouth, Fri 24 – Sun 26 August

outdoor swimming pool by the sea with cinema screen

Glorious Tinside Lido

This awesome venue on Plymouth’s waterfront is clearly like catnip for film buffs; most of the open air cinema events have already sold out for this summer, but at the time of writing you can still get tickets to see the classic Some Like It Hot. So if you fancy it, be quick!


Dartmoor Walking Festival, Sat 25 August – Sun 2 September

red hiking boots on doorstep with grass

Photography: imi F Hughes

If you’re feeling guilty at the lack of walking you’ve done this summer, now’s your chance to make up for lost time and breathe in some fresh air.  This annual festival is in its third year and is exactly as it sounds – a festival celebrating getting out and walking in our National Park! There will be several events each day, from modest guided strolls and children’s rambles to full day walks and more ambitious challenges. Download a programme and off you go!


New Exhibitions: Hybrid Gallery, Honiton, Until Sat 25 August

metal lobster on grey background

Sea Life: Dean Patman

Three new artists are exhibiting at Honiton’s Hybrid Gallery this August, so well worth a visit if you’re in town. The Broader View, by Dylan Lloyd and Mark Rochester focuses on the garden and the coastline, while Sea Life by Dean Patman showcases his talent for creating sea creatures from found objects.


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. 


River Cottage Festival, Axminster, Sat 25 – Sun 26 August

red spotty shoes on grass

Photography: Imi F Hughes

A brilliant way to spend the Bank Holiday weekend, I reckon, the River Cottage Festival promises two days of laidback music, masterclasses and festival fun, in a spectacular setting (I’ve been and was smitten).  Of course, the food is the star, with market stalls, street food, farmhouse feasts, and feasts over fire; but there will be music, kid’s entertainment and experiences unique to the River Cottage vibe.  Oh – and cocktails, of course!

Day tickets from £17.50, weekend tickets from £95. 


Pop Art in Print at Exeter RAMM c/o V&A Museum London, all month until 26 Aug

print of woman in bikini against yellow background pop art

Gerald Laing, Sandra from the series Baby Baby Wild Things, 1968. Screenprint Circ.672-1968. Collection: Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Well, thank you Victoria and Albert Museum, London for lending Exeter your first collection of iconic and creative Pop Art Prints. We love it and can’t wait to check out this exhibition of 70 works from over 30 Pop Artists! Who says museums can’t be colourful?!

£4.50 (£3.50) U19s FREE, 

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