What’s on this weekend
Culture incoming! Exeter's Lit Fest and bookshops around the county celebrating National Book Day, plus yoga, science and fungal forays. Shall we take a look?
IMMERSIVE CINEMA: Fulldome UK, Devonport Market Hall, Plymouth, until Sat 9 Oct
A three day film festival in Plymouth awe-inspiring (and we don’t that word lightly) 15m dome cinema, the first of its kind in Europe where you can watch specially created movies in almost 360 degrees. Expect short films, feature films, interactive artworks, live performances and more.
TALK: A Greener Future?, Exeter Literary Festival, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Sat 9 Oct
An environmentally-conscious group, including Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, Jonathon Porritt, Lucy Siegle, Natalie Fee and Professor Peter Cox, gather to chew over the pressing problem of climate change (and you can have your say) and how we can live, play and eat well without wrecking the planet.
YOGA RETREAT: Find your Flow, Hartland, Fri 8 – Sun 11 Oct
Finding yourself in need of a little me-time? This retreat might fit the bill, including twice-daily yoga, led meditation, three plant-based meals a day, beautiful looking rooms in a gorgeous location.
FESTIVAL: Sidmouth Science Festival, Fri 8 – Sun 17 Oct
Get your Nerd on and get learning 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. See the full programme on FB here.
CINEMA: Herself, Beehive Theatre, Honiton, Fri 8 – Sat 9 Oct
Single mother Sandra (Clare Dunne) escapes her abusive partner with her two young children, only to find herself trapped in temporary accommodation. After months of struggling, she draws inspiration from one of her daughter’s bedtime stories and hits upon the idea of self-building an affordable home. She finds an architect who provides her with plans and is offered land by Peggy (Harriet Walter), a woman she cleans for. But as her past rears its head and as bureaucrats fight back against her independent spirit will Sandra be able to rebuild her life from the ground up? Yes! Please let the answer be yes…head to the Beehive to find out.
FOODIE: Foraging for Beginners, Broomhill Estate, Muddiford, Sat 9 Oct
Go foraging at Broomhill Estate with the host of the ‘Self Sufficient Hub’ podcast. Learn how to find and identify wild edibles, including herbs, medicinal plants, and mushrooms. All suitable for total novices and a delicious lunch is included.
MUSIC: Martin Kemp back to the 80s, Exeter Phoenix, Sat 9 Oct
If you’re already bemoaning the passing of Powderham’s Let’s Rock festival and can’t wait until next summer’s nostalgia fest returns, why not let the gorgeous Mr Kemp take you back to the 80s? (Standing sold out, seats available).
OUTDOORS: Forest Bathing and Foraging Experience, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Sat 9 Oct
Fancy a relaxing morning amongst trees and plants? Shinrin-yoku, (forest-bathing) is said to be a deeply restorative nature connection practice. This experience lasts for four hours and covers no more than a mile. Let’s hope there’s ‘miles’ of yummy treats to be unearthed…and enjoyed at the rustic tea ceremony and picnic.
BOOKS: National Bookshop Day, your local bookshop, Sat 9 Oct
Nationwide over 2000 bookshops are getting into National Bookshop Day with special offers and bookworm fun: including Muddy Award-winning Dogberry & Finch in Okehampton, who will have kids’ goodie bags, music and treats. Check out your local bookshop’s social media to see what they’re up to and go show them some love! Plus, there’s a chance to win £100 book tokens by voting the Books are My Bag 2021 Reader Awards.