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What’s on this weekend

Here comes Totally Locally Fiver Fest in Plymouth, mushroom magic (not that sort, naughty), Austen-inspired comedy improv and Jeremy Vine flies into South Devon.

SHOPPING: Totally Locally Fiver Fest, Plymouth, until 23 Oct

Fancy grabbing something fab for a fiver? Plymouth is joining more than 100 independent high streets across the UK to put on special £5 offers across two weeks in October, as the Totally Locally Fiver Fest returns. Check out who’s dishing out the bargains here.

THEATRE: Exeter Fringe Festival, Barnfield Theatre and Exeter Northcott, until Sun 17 Oct

Pic credit: Apocalypse Kernow, OMF Theatre

The final few days of Exeter Fringe featuring performances by local artists and shows from further afield, including OMF Theatre’s Apocalypse Kernow on Saturday 16 (above), a series of comedy zombie-inspired sketches, featuring pasties, cream teas, Trago Mills and scenes which Tavistock residents may find offensive.

FESTIVAL: Sidmouth Science Festival, until Sun 17 Oct

Last chance to get your Nerd on at Sidmouth’s annual science fest, with a huge array of topics for adults and kids, from fossils and geology to the environment, presented in varied and often interactive ways in and around the East Devon seaside town. On Saturday you can witness the world’s longest tin can telephone, creating a new Guinness World Record. 

COMEDY THEATRE: Austentatious, Exeter Corn Exchange, until Sat 16 Oct

Soooo popular at the fringe, Austentatious is an improvised comedy play where each show the cast conjures up a brand new ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience. Features some splendid performers in period costume with live musical accompaniment, including the hilarious Rachel Parris and Cariad Lloyd in some of Austen’s lesser-known ‘classics’, from Empire Line of Duty to Bennet Like Beckham.

TALK: Jeremy Vine: What the hell is going on?, Palace Theatre, Paignton, Fri 15 Oct

Is it a bird, is it a plane…? No, it’s BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine landing in Paignton to share his views on information and fake news, as he tries to make sense of a world that increasingly makes no sense at all, and where, as he puts it, “my listeners have better stories than I do.”

CHARITY BALL: Dartmoor Zoological Society Charity Ball, Boringdon Park Golf Club, Sat 16 Oct

Here’s a rare opportunity to really go wild – a full black tie event with drinks reception, dinner, charity auction and raffle splendid music from Joey the Lips, and all to raise vital monies for the oh-so cute Dartmoor Zoo.

EXHIBITION: Wildlife Photographer of the Year, RAMM, Exeter, until 9 Jan 2022

Grand Title Winner: Creation © Laurent Ballesta

See the 99 winning images from this year’s acclaimed Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, on loan from London’s Natural History Museum.

NATURE: Mushroom Magic, River Dart, Totnes, Sat 16 Oct

Now now, not that sort of mushroom…this is part of the Seven Wonders series of wild adventures on the Dartington Estate and features a fungal foray and fry-up in a secret location….

KIDS: PYO pumpkin patches, various around the county

No, it’s not too early (remember how everywhere mysteriously ran last year?) Grab the kids, don your wellies and swerve the supermarket for some healthy gourd-gathering in the fields.

TALK/DEMO: The World of a Michelin Star Chef: Mark Dodson, The Burton at Bideford, Sun 17 Oct

Up your cooking game with tips from Michelin Star chef and owner of The Mason’s Arms at Knowstone, who is putting on this afternoon demo as part of The Burton’s 70th birthday celebrations.

FOODIE: Gourmet Food Market, Westpoint, Exeter, Sun 17 Oct

A huge array of food and drink exhibitors, talk and taster sessions, demos and a huge selection of street food, with local musicians on hand with music and magic to provide a distraction whilst you sample the gin.

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