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5 things to do in Devon this weekend

PUBLISHED: 16:31 11 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:31 11 September 2017

Agatha Christie's Torquay. Picture by Barry Singleton, Shutterstock

Agatha Christie's Torquay. Picture by Barry Singleton, Shutterstock

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The weekend is fast approaching and for those still deciding how to spend their Friday through to Sunday, we pick five of the best ways to spend your weekend in Devon

1. The Galeazzi Ensemble, Sunday 17 September

The Galeazzi Ensemble was formed in 1995 to explore Classical and Early Romantic chamber music using instruments of the period and bringing many neglected works to today’s audiences. For their concert performance in Plymouth this month, they offer a musical mini tour of Europe with 18th century composers from Austria, France and the Czech Republic. The programme includes Mozart’s energetic Flute Quartet in C major Andre Frederic Eler’s Quarter for Flute and Strings in D major Op.11/1 and Krommer’s Flute Quarter in G major. The concert is at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel.

2. The International Agatha Christie Festival, 13-17 September

The International Agatha Christie Festival takes a dramatic twist this year when it examines another side to the Queen of Crime and explores the writer’s passion for travel and other cultures. The author was born in Torquay and lived there for much of her life. Over the International Agatha Christie Festival weekend there will be a Garden Party at Torre Abbey with outdoor cinema screenings, live music, world and local foods, market stalls, craft ale and cocktail bars plus family-friendly Agatha-related activities and workshops. A range of tickets are available and some events are free.

3. Around the World in 80 Days, 12-16 September

An award-winning, fast-paced version of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days provides the family entertainment at the Theatre Royal Plymouth where an ensemble cast of eight play over 125 characters in an imaginative and physically inventive high-spirited escapade including six trains, five boats, four fights, three dances, two circus acts and an elephant! Tickets start at £9.

4. Budleigh Salterton Literature Festival, 13-17 September

Budleigh Salterton is one of the country’s prettiest locations for a literary festival. The beautiful bay on the Jurassic Coast with its pebble beach and stunning views is a short walk from the unspoilt town with its friendly shops and pubs and restaurants.

This year, the ninth festival, will offer a range of workshops, alongside author events and more free things for children to do. Visit the website for a full list of events.

5. North Devon Art Trek launches, 10 - 25 September

Art Trek was born 14 years ago as part of the North Devon Festival, organised under the umbrella of North Devon Theatres. Organised by Stella Levy, the first event featured just 12 artists. Since then it has grown and grown to become an unmissable event in Devon’s already fit-to-bursting arts events calendar.

Today it features more than 100 artists and makers and this year – for the first time – will be run by White Moose Projects, a specially formed non-profit organisation set up to run the event. This one has a real hands-on approach to it, with workshops and demonstrations alongside the chance to buy work directly from the artists across North Devon, Torridge and West Exmoor.

The Art Trek ethos of providing a relaxed and friendly atmosphere when visiting any of the artists venues continues, with visitors encouraged to chat with the artists, perhaps over a cup of tea, with no pressure put on visitors to buy or commission work – although work is for sale!

Artists taking part for the first time include: painter Deborah Last, abstract painter Claire Scott; photographer and designer/editor of The Point Magazine, Mark King, the Park School Alumni group, spinner and weaver Jackie Payne, Verre Églomisé glass artist Danni Bradford, painter and mural artist Peter Stagg, artisan basket maker Kate Burrows and artist and printmaker Luna North.

For the full list of participants and events head to ndarttrek.com

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