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FRI 19 - SUN 21 OCTOBER 2018

Special thanks to our roving photographer, the very talented Imi F Hughes Photography. See more of her work over on her Instagram feed @imi.f.hughesphotography.


Exhibition: Plate Up, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, runs until 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.


The Atlantic Project: Royal William Yard, Plymouth, until Sun 21 October

old building waterfront boats

if you’re a local, you’ll no doubt love a mooch around Plymouth’s Royal William Yard. But have you ever given much thought to its history? Of which there is a shedload? The historic Melville building is playing host to a new international festival of contemporary art this month. The first of its kind in the South West, The Atlantic Project will showcase epic art installations from internationally renowned artists in celebration of some of the city’s most iconic and historic locations, starting with the Yard’s Melville building. Go see and support the arts!


The Two Moors Festival, various venues across Dartmoor & Exmoor, Sat 13 – Sun 21 October

piano keys

This nationally renowned festival offers something truly unique: world class live music, performed in some of the most remote corners of this part of the world. Each October, small, intimate venues, from village halls, to indoor markets and even railway stations across Dartmoor and Exmoor open themselves up to the public with performances, exhibitions and masterclasses, including for schools. Go check out all the events and look up one near you.



Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, Soapbox Children’s Theatre, Plymouth, Fri 19 – Wed 31 October

woman in scary fancy dress

Seasonal fun from the ever-quirky, creative and brilliant Stiltskin’s Soapbox Children’s Theatre. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein follows the story of Miss Treat, who is an admirer of the famous story Frankenstein.  She decides to give a lecture on the author when she is interrupted by Rat, her sidekick, who has found something amiss in the grave yard. Join them as they recount ghost stories, delve into the fiction of Frankenstein and his creature and re-enact some of the wild experiments that influenced Mary Shelley at the time of writing her novel. A mad and marvellous gothic adventure, with curious creatures, shocking science and hilarious happenings, based in and around the Soapbox Theatre. Book it, book it now!

Ideal for kids aged 6+.  To book tickets visit


Choc Fest, Atlantic Village,Bideford, Sat 20 – Sun 21 October


It proved a big hit last year (obvs), so Choc Fest is back in Bideford, this time for a two day celebration of chocolate! Expect treats, bakes and delights, featuring a special visit from Willy Wonka and chocolate of all shapes and sizes! Brownies, tick;  chocolate pizzas, tick; fudge, rocky road, cakes, liqueurs, chilli chocolate, chocolate lollypop decorating for the kids and masses more – tickety tick! If you’re gluten free or vegan, you won’t be left gagging, either. Stretchy trousers compulsory.

10am – 4pm.


Dartmouth Food Festival, Fri 19 – Sun 21 October

chocolate muffins and pastel de nata

Photography: Imi F Hughes

It’s a simple, perfect combination: beautiful location, the cream of the crop from the local foodie world and beyond – and a party atmosphere all weekend. That’s what this festival is all about in a nutshell. We visited last year and loved mooching, tasting, and nipping to hear the pro’s talk, from celebrity types, to hometown talent. And the best bit? It’s free! Make room in the diary for this one, for sure.


Chris Ramsay, Babbacombe Theatre, Sun 21 October

Man in t shirt

Anyone who manages to put Katie Hopkins in her place is good with us, and that’s exactly what Chris Ramsay has on his CV.  Along with being a critically acclaimed and award-winning stand up comedian, host of his own TV entertainment show and Stand Up show on Comedy Central and Celebrity Juice regular.  This month he brings his brand new 2018 live tour to Torbay.  I reckon you should go see him.

7.30pm, tickets from £20,


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