We are entering the festival season with the Du Maurier festival already well into the swing of things, in fact it ends this weekend but there’s still time to hear Timothy & Shane Spall talking to actress Frances Barber about “The Voyages of the Princess Matilda – The adventure of a lifetime…” as seen on BBC4, or Helen Dunmore talking about her new book ‘The Greatcoat’. There’s an Edwardian costume display inspired by the Titanic anniversary, a flower display in the 14th century parish church and a couple of gardens open – the Hidden Valley gardens and Marsh Villa gardens, plus lots of other events.

The Plymouth Volksfest is from the 1-5 June at Newnham Park, Plympton and the Maker festival on the Rame Peninsula is on 29,30 June and the 1st July with Way with Words following on the heels from the 6-16th July. Way with Words at Dartington is packed full of literary talks and readings plus comics and poets thrown in for good measure – I particularly like the Wondermentalist cabarets hosted by Matt Harvey which this year will be broadcast for BBC radio 4. We then get the daddy of festivals for this neck of the woods Port Elliot 19-22-July hotly followed by the Plymouth Jazz and Blues festival the weekend of 27-29 July.

Long view of the camping field 3 by Michael BowlesDancing at the vodka bar by Michael BowlesLong view of the camping field 2 by Michael BowlesElephant sculpture at Port Eliot by Fiona Campbell

photos from the Port Elliot gallery 2011 hover over the pics for credits

Into August we have the Knee Deep Festival(10-11 August) occurring at a secret location, which will be revealed on purchase of a ticket (it’s somewhere between Plymouth and Liskeard) and then way ahead in October we have the Plymouth Oxjam festival on the 22nd October but I think I’ll remind you in a couple of months about that.

So whatever your fancy is, literature, music or old VW vans, get your tent and wellies out and pray for sun!!


About Ruth

I am an actor and theatre maker, I moved down to the SW of England 19 years ago with my partner and son. Five years ago we bought a chalet on the Rame Peninsula and are fully embracing life of the cliff.
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