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

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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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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.

24-26 May


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.


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.


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 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.


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.”


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

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