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FRI 25 - SUN 27 MAY

Curated by Katie White and featuring images from Imi F Hughes Photography.


Another Spring at The Phoenix, Exeter, from Fri 4 May –Sun 17 June

David Birkin: Ayatollah

Another thought provoking exhibition lands at the Phoenix this month. Curated by art historian, critic and curator Dr Jean Wainwright, Another Spring brings together work by a group of internationally recognised artists. The exhibition deals with questions about Western society, citizenship, identity and the fear of national invasion.

10.30am – 5pm, FREE, 


Plymouth History Festival, various locations across the city, Sat 5 May –  Sun 3 June

Plymouth harbour boats blue sky

There are literally gazillions of events going on as part of this year’s Plymouth History festival: tours and guided walks; music and performances; talks; exhibitions and displays, plus a mobile trail that guides families on a tour of the Hoe with a focus on Plymouth’s rich history. If you find yourself with a day free, we strongly recommend you jump on the website and check out all that’s happening…




Anita Reynolds: A Year on Dartmoor, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Starts Sat 19 May


Anita Reynolds: A Year on Dartmoor

Ahh, Dartmoor. Right on our doorsteps, but have you ever felt you only really get to see it in sunshiney glory, or in its drizzly magnificence? What about all the days in-between? Thankfully, this new exhibition at Bovey Tracey’s Devon Guild of Craftsmen reflects the changing seasons through prints, paintings and installations. The acclaimed printmaker has visited all 365 square miles of Dartmoor National Park and represented each with an artwork.  Cool!

Open daily, 10am – 5.30pm, FREE.



Exeter Art Week, Tues 22 – Mon 28 May

This annual art week sees Exeter taken over by creativity and art! A rich programme of nationally and internationally artists will use every space imaginable to exhibit and inspire: at the time of writing, details were still to be released, but do check out the programme before you go to plan as much as you can.



Blue Hawaii Screening at The Beehive, Honiton, Fri 25 May

vintage cinema red velvet chairs

May must be nostalgic cinema month because here is ANOTHER absolute classic old film – this time about surfing – on the big screen.  We also absolutelylove the fact that this is a dementia friendly screening, so, if you know someone who suffers with dementia, or memory problems, or you are a carer, you can go to a safe space and meet others in the same situation which will not only help people with the condition but also challenge stigmas around it too.  This gets ticks from us all around: good job Beehive.

2pm, £3.50 with a cuppa! 


Exmouth Festival  Fri 25 May  – Sun 3 June 

guitars on grass

It’s one of the few remaining festivals in the UK that is totally free and it’s still going strong, with tonnes of fun music and arts entertainment happening all around town for every member of the family, from music, to circus skills workshops and mud walks. Go show your support for Exmouth!



Gina Parr: Casting Off, The Brook Gallery Budleigh Salterton, Fri 25 May – Fri 22 June

Exterior of art gallery

Another fab exhibition is a-coming to the walls of the brilliant Brook Gallery, from an Exeter-born artist.  Gina Parr leaves behind the world of TV to bring soul-searching paintings. Looks good!

Preview on Thurs 24 May.


The World Encompassed Family Trail at Buckland Abbey, Sat 26 May – Thurs 14 June

boy walking in mud gate woolly hat

Half term klaxon! This new family friendly trail guides you around the Abbey in the role of a Tudor explorer, finding out facts about Drake’s voyages and explorations: educational and fun! Win.

National Trust Admission prices + £2, 11am – 5pm, 


River Cottage Food Fair, River Cottage Sat 26 – Sun 27 May

fruit close up

Once again River Cottage has surpassed itself with yet another stellar line up for their weekend of food related fun including: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Tom Kerridge, Anna Jones, George Monbiot, Gill Meller, John Wright; Melissa Hemsley, Guy & Geetie Singh-Watson, Nadine Levy Redzepi, Alex Hely-Hutchinson. There are also LOADS of amazing activities for kids (organic burger making or rainbow gecko giant bubbles anyone?) Or if you’re coming solo, then how about a cocktail making course? Check out the website for details of all of the amazing stuff going on there.

10am – 5pm, £12.50, (U16s FREE) price includes park and ride. 


Rotherfold Artisan Market, Totnes, Sat 26 May

food market olive stall

Photography: Imi F Hughes

The fantastic Me and East and d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s Kitchen table have joined their creative powers to bring together a day of delicacies, artisan treats, on point homewares and crafts and live music in the top of Totnes. What a lush way to wile away a sunny Sunday!

10am – 5pm, FREE, 

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