Devon and Cornwall are great for cultural and artistic events. There’s a fantastic variety of things going on in the neighbouring counties, with plenty for you to see and do. In both Devon and Cornwall, you’ll find a range of venues which frequently host events for people of all ages and interests. Here is a round-up of our top 5 venues across Devon and Cornwall.
1. Princess Theatre Torquay
If you’re after a big touring show, then this is the place to go. With a capacity of 1,500 it’s definitely one of the largest in the South West, meaning it draws in top acts for music, comedy, and theatre. From Jimmy Carr to Dirty Dancing, there’s a huge variety so you’ll be sure to find something you like. You can even make an evening of it and enjoy dinner in the theatre’s restaurant and bar.
2. Hall for Cornwall
As the main venue for variety in Cornwall, this popular venue is definitely worth keeping an eye on for upcoming events. Touring shows such as Sister Act (directed by Craig Revel Horwood and starring Alexandra Burke) visit the theatre which is based in the heart of Truro. This venue has a strong sense of community, and there’s also a café and bar, plus regular markets in the foyer.
3. Bikeshed Theatre
The Bikeshed theatre is known as one of the coolest and quirkiest venues in Exeter. Expect twists of classics, fresh talent, and unique performances in this very small theatre (and we mean very small). They’re currently working on opening another venue in the city, so keep an eye out for that! On non-performance evenings, enjoy the music of live DJs whilst you have a delicious cocktail (or two).
4. Minack Theatre
As one of the world’s most famous outdoor theatres, this venue is one of a kind and a fantastic experience. It was created in 1932, and now more than 80,000 people watch shows here every year. Granite boulders and earth were moved to create this outdoor theatre which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Seeing a show here is an absolute must for any theatre lover.
5. Plough Arts Centre
The Plough Arts Centre is the place to go for creative types. Films, exhibitions, live performances, workshops, and satellite screenings are just a few of the things that are available in this creative hub. Set amongst gorgeous North Devon countryside, the centre was created over 40 years ago, and was originally the town house for a wealthy merchant in the late 1500s.
It’s the place to go if you want to learn how to make a willow basket then watch King Lear.