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FRI 28 - SUN 30 SEPTEMBER 2018

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Some fabulous photography in here from the very talented Imi F Hughes Photography. See more of her work over on her Instagram feed @imi.f.hughesphotography.


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. 


Art Trek North Devon Studios, Various locations, Fri 14 – Sun 30 September

coloured test tube bottles

Photo: Emma Gibbons Art

Love art? Then get thee to North Devon for this super-friendly event, taking place across dozens of venues, celebrating the artists and their work. Now in its 15th year, growing from a humble 11 artists, there are now up to 100 vying to be a part of it, opening their studios and homes for you to come and meet them and see their work. Pop into Barnstaple’s White Moose Gallery for a brochure and plan your trek.


Exhibition: Plate Up, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Sat 15 September – Sun 4 November

knives on grey surface

A new exhibition with a foodie theme (a bit like this month’s guide!), Plated Up is co-curated by two star Michelin chef Michael Wignall (formerly of Gidleigh Park),  showcasing artisans who use contemporary craft to present food. If you fancy it, get yourself along to the launch party at Bovey’s lovely crafts hub on Fri 14th and toast the man himself! Details at the link below.


Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Sat 22 – Sat 29 September

Swan Lake

Another beautiful ballet from Mr Bourne, retaining all the iconic elements of the original production, but in an exciting re-imagining of this classic. Collecting over thirty international accolades so far, this one’s well worth booking a seat for.

Tickets from £18,


Taste of the Teign Food Festival, various locations, Sat 22 – Sun 30 September

While North Devon has an art trek, South Devon invites you to get stuck into a self-guided food trail, celebrating the provenance and local flavours of the Teign River estuary.  From Teignmouth to Sheldon and the surrounding countryside, you’ll find lots of participating venues, hoping to entice  you to try their fare. As for the festival part, it all culminates in a marquee on the seafront, full of local suppliers and live music. Get. Stuck. In!



Retreats: One-day Wellbeing Experience, Heart & Sole Wellbeing, South Devon, Thurs 27 September.

Heart and Sole Retreats

September is the month to reboot your lifestyle and reclaim a little ‘you’ time. I really recommend this brand new one-day Wellness Experience if the summer holidays have left you feeling frazzled. From an idyllic contemporary beach house in South Devon, moments from the South West Coastal Path, you’ll meet like-minded women and spend some ‘you-time’ working on improving fitness and nutrition, learning how meditations, mindfulness, and confidence-building can help mind, body and soul. Start the day at 9am with fresh juices and conclude at 8pm with dinner and a beachside fire. Starting at £80, with options to upgrade your experience, it’s the cost of a massage, but with potentially life-changing benefits. Money very well spent, I reckon.

For full details and to book or enquire visit


Plymouth Art Weekender, across Plymouth, Fri 28 – Sun 30 September

This 3 day event celebrates Plymouth, its people and the visual arts, showcasing an array of local events and exhibitions by local, national and international artists. I’m hearing lots of whisperings about this from all over the city and reckon it’ll be good. I always love events like this – even if it’s where you live, it encourages you to grab a map, get out and explore a side to your home that you’ve never seen. Perfect autumnal fun!


Real Ale & Gin Fest, RHS Rosemoor, Fri 28 – Sun 30 September

pint glass and gin glass

Image: Rhs Rosemoor

You know you’ve made it to the end of the month and payday when there’s a real ale and gin festival on! This one sounds incredibly tempting, since there will be real ales, ciders, gins and wines all locally produced, washed down with a hog roast and lots of live music. The Sunday is a family fun day, too, so you can do shifts at parenting and everyone’s a winner, right?

12pm – 12am Fri & Sat, 12 – 5pm Sunday.


Ferocious Dog + Support, The Beehive, Honiton, Fri 28 September

band stood outside

In 2016 they played Bill Bragg’s Left Field stage at Glastonbury and shared the stage with The Levellers on their sold out European and UK tour. It was a defining year for this six-piece band who are starting to dominate the fold/punk music scene. If folk, infused with rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations get you onto the dance floor then go check ’em out!

8 – 11pm. Tickets £16.50 in advance.

Apple Day at Parke, Bovey Tracey, Sat 29 September
apples and apple juice
Celebrate Apple Day at this perfect spot just outside Bovey Tracey and on the edge of Dartmoor. Pick apples from the orchard and see them pressed, take part in the crab apple jelly competition and soak up live music, with apple cake, cider, juice and all the rest! Here’s hoping for one of those crisp, sunny days for crunching those leaves during a welly walk!
11am – 3pm,
Exmoor Open Water Swim, Wimbleball Lake, Sun 30 September
boy diving into river

Photography: Imi F Hughes

Been dipping your toes in our wild waters over the summer? This might take your fancy, then. It’s an inclusive opportunity for everyone to swim in this gorgeous lake in the heart of Exmoor, with a 4km and 2km route. Go on, I dare you!


Find more ideas here

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