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Beach Hut Culture Update: May 2018

Updated: Mar 7, 2019

Brighter mornings and later evenings are here to be taken advantage of now it’s May in the Bay, so this month we’ve thrown in plenty of options to get outdoors for your cultural fix.

The folks over in Brixham certainly don’t do things by halves. They’ll be celebrating May with not one, but two festivals, both focusing on the fishing towns nautical heritage. Brixham Pirate Festival will be dropping anchor first (5th-7th) and we ‘w’reckon it’s going to be a lot of fun. No scurvy sea dogs here, just a boat load of the finest seafaring performers, all second to ‘naut’, to entertain all you landlubbers, with bands including The Pyrates, The Captain’s Beard and GurdyBird. That’s it, ‘armada’ pirate puns…

Then BrixFest brings the next round of festival action (26th-30th) with live music from Three Bags Full, cooking demonstrations from England’s Seafood Coast, an Arts and Craft Market run by the Brixham Chamber, and the legendary Dragonboat Challenge where reigning champs Buoys ‘n Bellies are the ones to beat! Monday 28th will also offer a Children’s Day with bonus activities including face painting and build-a-boat, just for the kids. We’re going to be heading over to both of these festivals because that’s the kind of party people we are, hopefully we’ll see you all there!

Meanwhile, at Artizan, we’re looking forward to welcoming RAW Art Forum to the gallery in May (30th April – 28th May), with their exhibition Nutopia, which sees the group of four artists show their first collaborative installation piece dealing with issues of modern day consumerism. As well as this, the group will be exhibiting new pieces from their own individual practices which range from intricate glass art to composite collage work ( The exhibition will launch with a Cocktail Preview on May 3rd where we’ll be welcoming Executive Director of Torbay Culture Board, Kate Farmery to update us on the local culture strategy. Then later in the month we’re excited to have south Wales guitarist and songwriter Paul Lloyd Nicholas headlining our May Acoustic Session (21st).

And that’s our top three picks for May! For more events head to where we add blogs daily with great events and guides to Torbay’s culture and beyond.



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