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Spring 2014 Events Calendar

Devon plays host to some of the best events in the UK during spring 2014 including the Exeter Food Festival, the Skyride Plymouth and the world-famous Tap Factory production by Vincent Pausanias.

It's also the second year for Plymouth’s History Festival, a month long celebration of Plymouth’s unique history and heritage. Taking place in May, there are nearly 100 different events across the city, which are being hosted by more than 30 different venues. The programme includes exhibitions, displays, talks, guided walks, tours, family-friendly workshops, film, music and special events.

This is our round-up of the finest local foodie, drama, outdoor and shopping events, all in close proximity to Boringdon Hall...


Foodie Events

Mother’s Day Lunch
Sunday 30th March

Show Mum how much you care by treating her to a delectable three-course à la carte lunch at Boringdon Hall on Mother's Day. The Gallery Restaurant will be providing an ornate and rich backdrop for this special family occasion. Book a table to savour fresh, local ingredients complemented by select boutique wines.

Three-course Mother's Day Sunday lunch costs just £20.95 per adult, which includes a surprise gift for Mum; junior lunches are £9.95. Call 01752 344455 to book. Find out more...

Exeter Food Festival
25th – 27th April

The Festival is an annual event held in the courtyard of Exeter Castle. Taking place over three days, the Festival also includes two evening Festival After Dark Events featuring live music, chef demos and a great atmosphere. 

In 2013 over 20,000 people flocked to Exeter to indulge in top-notch South West food and drink, see national TV celebrities, to learn from the many cookery demonstrations and workshops and to enjoy family hands-on activities. 2014 promises even more! Find out more…

The Good Food Market
Sunday 6th April, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Taking place on The Green at Royal William Yard, Plymouth, the market showcases some of the best local food and drink in the South West. Over 30 stallholders from Devon and Cornwall are expected, including River Cottage, Thom Hunt from Channel 4’s Three Hungry Boys, the Red Earth Kitchen, and Cornish Orchards.

By far the best way to travel to the market is by the Royal William Yard Ferry, from the historic Barbican. You can enjoy spectacular views of Plymouth Sound and Mount Edgcumbe, Cornwall en route. The market itself enjoys views of the Sound and Royal William Harbour. Find out more…


On The Big Stage

Tap Factory
Friday 25th April, 7:30pm

This tremendously visual, and highly exciting show, features the world’s best tap dancers and international musicians as they blend the art of percussion, with dance and acrobatics.

Created by Vincent Pausanias the high octane spectacular comes to Plymouth Pavillions direct from sell out tours in Europe and South America. This fully choreographed production features mind blowing live percussion, and hot male dancers and acrobats to set your pulses racing. Find out more…


19th – 24th May, various show times

Be seduced by the epic story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron. Starring Marti Pellow (lead singer of Wet Wet Wet) and Madalena Alberto (Les Miserables, Piaf and Fame), Evita follows Eva’s journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status.

Coming to Plymouth’s Theatre Royal in May, Evita features some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre, including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand Stars, You Must Love Me and Another Suitcase in Another Hall. Find out more…


Out & About

Woodland Explorers Club
Saturday 12th April & Saturday 10th May, 10:00am – 3:00pm

A new monthly bush craft club for children. Learn outdoor skills like fire lighting, den building and lots more, with the ranger in Plymbridge Woods. Adults £1, juniors £5. Find out more…

Get Walking on Dartmoor
Thursday 15th May, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Join this guided walk across Dartmoor, led by expert rangers. Take the tour of the rugged landscape, drinking in the divine scenery across Dartmoor and learning about the internationally important Bronze Age archaeology. Adults £5, juniors £2. Find out more…

Sky Ride Plymouth
Sunday 25th May, 11:00am - 3:00pm

Taking place at Plymouth Hoe, Sky Ride is a big, fun event which will take over part of Plymouth so lots of cyclists of all ages and abilities can ride safely together on a traffic-free route. There’s a designated route but no official start point or start time, and you can ride as much or as little of the route as you like, and stop as many times as you want. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t ridden a bike for ages, or if your wheels have seen better days. Find out more…



Fashion in the City
Saturday 29th March, 10:30am – 4:30pm

Get your heart racing with a day of fashion at the Guildhall, Plymouth. Clothes, accessories and jewellery are a few products amongst the 45 stalls at the show. There will also be a Beauty Parlour and nail artist for some well-deserved pampering. Catwalk shows and free workshops are available. Miss Turnstiles (model, stylist and blogger from London) is a must-see, as is the motivational talk from Tiffany Macedo-Dine. Find out more…

Vintage Fayre
Sunday 27th April, 11:00am – 16:00

If you’re head over heels for vintage you’ll love the creative and decadent atmosphere of the Vintage Fayre at Boringdon. Showcasing many local talents, you can come along to browse and chat directly to the retailers to pick up some top tips and vintage inspiration.

Indulge your senses with local food, drink and live music while juniors get creative with free face painting. Furthermore, if you adore all things vintage, you'll love our afternoon teas - three tiers of sweet and savoury delicacies served with speciality loose leaf teas. Find out more…

Craft and Holistic Fayre
Sunday 25th May, 11:00am – 4:00pm

The vibrant, colourful and friendly Craft and Holistic Fayres at Boringdon Hall showcase many up-and-coming local names in the industry. Come along to enjoy a fun and innovative shopping experience where you can browse and chat directly to the retailers, picking up some top tips and creative ideas. Indulge your senses with local food, drink and live music while juniors get creative with free face painting. Find out more…

Dare to be Different…

Scandal and Romance at Saltram
Friday 9th May, 6:00pm

Still a largely undiscovered treasure, and the result of centuries of sophistication and extravagance, Saltram is a National Trust property that offers a fascinating insight into country-estate life throughout the centuries. The dramatic property was originally home to the Parker family, whose past scandals and romantic associations are brought to life with actors and narration in this spectacular evening event.

Part of the Plymouth’s History Festival, Scandal and Romance explores more of the aristocratic stories and nuances as Georgian characters are brought to life with bespoke costumes and dialogue. The house will be candlelit and the performance followed by wine and nibbles. Booking is essential; all tickets £12. Find out more…


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