2019 YEAR PLANNER plastic free event unless makers are up cycling or recycling in a creative way.
SU CARROLL suggests some important dates for your Devon diary in 2019
2 January JOHANN STRAUSS GALA
Welcome the New Year in style with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s traditional Johann Strauss Gala at Exeter’s Great Hall. Viennese conductor Thomas Rösner will guide you through a celebration of all your favourite Johann Strauss polkas and marches and, of course, a few famous Viennese waltzes including The Blue Danube. The soloist is soprano Fflur Wyn.
Ends 5 January ROSEMOOR GLOW
Even in winter the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden Rosemoor is always a treat during what can be a dramtic season. This year, visitors can once again see the garden illuminated by innovative and dynamic colourchanging lighting to provide a magical trail around the trees and shrubs and sculptures, along a brand new route and extended to The Lake for the first time. Rosemoor’s extremely popular Winter Sculpture Exhibition continues until 24 February. The central focal point is the commemorative display marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, of an Unknown Soldier and 100 ceramic poppies. Details online at rhs.org.uk/rosemoor.
DARTMOUTH BEER FESTIVAL
With more than 20 real ales and ciders from breweries in the South Hams, live entertainment, food, an opportunity to meet the brewers and talk about beer making, the Dartmouth Beer Festival is always a sociable, fun and informative event. Beers will cover a range of light hoppy brews, regular session beers, porters and ciders with some specials for the occasion.
VINTAGE HOME AND ANTIQUES FAIR
With up to 400 stands from all over the country there will be an extensive range of antiques, collectables and vintage items at this event, held three times a year. There’s a huge selection to choose from including furniture, porcelain, silver, gold , jewellery, glass, textiles, vintage clothing, paintings, lighting, militaria, kitchenalia, toys, stamps, collectables and more making it one of the country’s premier fairs of its kind. There are similar events at Westpoint on 1-2 June and 23-24 November.
17 March NATURAL LIVING SHOW
With the theme “love your home, love yourself, love your planet”, this event at Barnstaple Pannier Market will showcase makers that have an ethical, natural and environmental slant to their business. It will be a completely
BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL
Experience an extraordinary collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival. Follow the expeditions of some of today’s most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenalinepacked action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe. The films will be screened over two nights at Exeter Corn Exchange.
29-31 March SPRING QUILT FESTIVAL
This is a fantastic opportunity for all patchwork and quilting enthusiasts. The show features a large display of quilts from all over the world as well as Patchwork and Quilting suppliers stands. Quilting enthusiasts and personalities will be on hand to share their knowledge. Workshops are available on a first come, first served basis. There are good on-site facilities including a restaurant, disabled access and free parking. Book online at grosvenorshows.co.uk.
A one-day food, craft and music festival with great community support in the old market town where you can enjoy some delicious local produce from some of the best food and drink producers in the Culm Valley.
Gardening presenter Toby Buckland will host his awardwinning garden festival at Powderham Castle near Exeter for the sixth year where speakers will include two popular presenters from Gardeners’ World - Joe Swift and Frances Tophill. Garden designer Joe Swift, President of the National Gardens Scheme, also regularly fronts the BBC’S coverage of the Royal Horticultural Society’s prestigious flower-shows including Chelsea, Hampton Court and Tatton Park. Frances Tophill now lives near the sea in Devon and takes a keen interest in coastal gardens. She is involved with the RHS campaign for school gardening and is passionate about encouraging young people to get into horticulture. See tobygardenfest. co.uk for more information.
4- 6 May
EXETER FESTIVAL OF SOUTH WEST FOOD AND DRINK
This Bank Holiday weekend food festival was co-founded by Michael Caines and the cookery demonstrations often come from his Michelin star and AA rosette colleagues – last year the line-up included Mark Dodson, Simon Hulstone, Tim Bouget, John Burton-race, Matt Mason and Mitch Tonks. This year’s 16th festival takes place, as usual, in Northernhay Gardens and Exeter Castle. Food demos and hands-on workshops are among the food and drink stalls. There’s also plenty of live music during the day and the After Dark events.
SALCOMBE CRAB FESTIVAL
Crabfest is a celebration of Salcombe’s local fishing industry, particularly the delicious local crab. There will be hands on demonstrations, crab picking tuition, commercial crab fishing talk, demonstration kitchen, crab pot making, music, wine
DEVON COUNTY SHOW
The highlight of the calendar in Devon’s agricultural community, Devon County Show celebrates all aspects of rural life with the very best of farming, food and crafts on display. The show will appeal to all ages and interests with the chance to see top quality livestock, taste exceptional food and drink and experience country life at its most vibrant. At the show’s own base, Westpoint, near Exeter, it’s a packed day out for visitors, provides a chance for farmers to get together and injects around £10 million into the local economy. Visit Devoncountyshow.co.uk for tickets (especially good deals for families) and information.
26 and 27 May
DARTINGTON FOOD FAIR
The Shops at Dartington, near Totnes, celebrate the late May Bank Holiday weekend with the popular Food Fair. Enjoy a huge array of food, drink and craft stalls alongside the permanent shops and cafes. There will be live music and children’s entertainment too. Go to dartington.org for details.
SEA CHANGE FESTIVAL
This festival, created by Rupert Morrison of Totnes’s Drift Records, continues to evolve as it heads into its fourth year. In 2018 it outgrew its Totnes home and partially moved to the Dartington Hall Estate. This year it moves from the August Bank Holiday weekend to a new slot in the calendar – the late May Bank Holiday – and adds an extra day. The date move reduces the clash with the Dartington International Summer School and the third day will allow for more music sets, talks and events culminating in a special afternoon matinee headline performance at Dartington to close the festival. And while Dartington is the festival’s Offshore stage, hosting music until late on Friday and Saturday, the buildings of Totnes remain central to Sea Change, which will present extremely special music guests, panel talks, films and events beneath the beautiful gold leaf ceiling of the Barrel House Ballroom, 15th century St Mary’s Church, 1950s Civic Hall and restored Victorian Totnes Cinema.
This popular weekend event, now in its 16th year, will see Plymouth’s city centre Piazza transformed with stalls brimming with local delicacies, live music and a marquee bar. With more than 100 traders showcasing the best regional produce - as well as cookery demonstrations from talented local and celebrity chefs - more than 100,000 food lovers are expected to visit Flavour Fest which is entirely free. Last year’s star celebrity chef was Masterchef judge John Torode.
SIDMOUTH LITERARY FESTIVAL
For its fifth birthday in 2019, Sidmouth Literary Festival will welcome crime writer Ann Cleeves, creator of popular TV detectives in Vera and Shetland. The festival also see the return of the informative “how to get published day” with local author Jane Corry who helped to establish the festival and wrote My Husband’s Wife which was on the Sunday Times bestsellers list. She will be joined by other authors and lterary agents.
OPEN FARM SUNDAY
South Battisborough Farm, the home of Surfing Cow Ice Cream on the south Devon coastline, is one of the places taking part in Open Farm Sunday which connects the public with farmers and helps inform them about where food comes from. At South Battisborough Farm at Holbeton near Plymouth you can visit the cows that produce the milk in their milking parlour, watch ice cream being made, take part in hosted farm tours, and enjoy scoops of ice cream in the play area where there’s plenty of space for kids to enjoy. There will also be farm machinery to explore and local crafts and wares to buy made by from friends of Surfing Cow Ice Cream.
This event has live music, beautiful beaches and incredible arts and culture at idyllic Croyde Bay. Last summer’s musical line-up included Jess Glynne, Razorlight and Chase and Status DJS. Elsewhere you could see competitive sports over the three days such as surfing, beach volleyball, beach soccer, paddle racing and open water swimming.
LET’S ROCK EXETER
Let’s Rock Exeter celebrates all things pop and 80s and has confirmed a stellar line-up of popular acts for the 2019 one-day retro festival at Powderham Castle, Exeter. Topping the bill will be Human League. Other artists appearing during the day include Billy Ocean, Belinda Carlisle, Nik Kershaw, Go West, Hot Chocolate, The Real Thing, Johnny Hates Jazz and China Crisis. Let’s Rock Exeter is aimed at the whole family, with entertainment for everyone. Children can enjoy complimentary activities within the Kids’ Kingdom area with an interactive circus, face painting, inflatables and more. Children aged 12 and under also have free entry. Although it’s a one-day event (gates open at 10am) camping is available. The stunning Victorian Pannier Market in Barnstaple is the historic setting for this innovative event which celebrates the work of ceramicists from across the South West and provides a platform to demonstrate the breadth of exciting work being produced locally. The festival also aims to raise awareness of the importance of ceramics to North Devon historically. North Devon was once famed for its earthenware pots which sailed across to the New World as far back as the 17th Century. Today is still has abundance of renowned contemporary ceramicists.
IAN MCKELLEN AT 80
National treasure Sir Ian Mckellen returns to the Exeter Northcott stage after 50 years as part of a solo tour to celebrate his 80th birthday this year. The thespian’s tour starts this month at his local arts centre in London and continues around the country until the curtain comes down at the National Theatre in September. He is visiting theatres large and small with which he has personal connections, including amateur groups he knew as a child and notable playhouses he has played in as a professional. His intimate show is a mixture of anecdotes and acting. “I was last at the Northcott as Marlowe’s Edward II in 1969 so this return with my new one man show 50 years on is an appropriate part of my tour celebrating my 80th birthday,” he says. “I’m pleased that all profits will support young and emerging artists from Exeter and thereabouts.”
COFTON’S CLASSIC AMERICAN CAR SHOW
The South West’s largest gathering of American classics, hot rods and muscle cars returns to Cofton Holidays at Starcross near Dawlish for a weekend of competition, V8s, a mega car cruise, music, food, fun and entertainment. After a cruise