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What's On in Plymouth - October 2023

As the colder evenings and the darker mornings creep up on us, Plymouth’s thriving arts and culture scene continues on at full steam.

As the colder evenings and the darker mornings creep up on us, Plymouth’s thriving arts and culture scene continues on at full steam. Featuring exhibitions, workshops, markets and more, October is set to be a busy month indeed.

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Discover more about the city’s heritage at this year’s History Festival. With activities and events such as history walks and talks, behind the scenes tours, archive displays and performances, the city’s History Festival celebrates the cultural heritage of Plymouth.

30 September to 6 October @ The Box

The exhibition, ‘Paint’, brings together colleagues Richard Webb, Monika Rycerz and Robert Manners who also teach BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking at Arts University Plymouth. Richard has also selected four wonderful painters, students who the team have taught on BA and MA: David Fletcher, Karmin O’Brien, Kieran Walsh and Charlie Dyson. There are some incredible painters who Richard has taught throughout his 37 years of teaching, all now doing well and thriving: Iain Andrews, Tom Musgrove, Elisabeth De Las Casas, Victoria Jinivizian and Clare Thatcher. Through the years, Richard has also been proud to work with artist, John France; and two conference collaborators and champions of painting, Benny Fountain from Whitworth University, USA, and Andrew Stahl, Professor of Painting at The Slade School of Fine Art London.

30 September to 28 October @ The Brownston Gallery, Modbury


The Class of 2023 Graduation Ceremony will be held at the Theatre Royal Plymouth on 1 October

The Class of 2023 Graduation Ceremony will be held at the Theatre Royal Plymouth with tickets available now to book!

1 October @ Theatre Royal Plymouth

DJ Simon S and guests invite you to a Sunday of soulful sounds at Hub Plymouth. Record collectors - there will be quality new and used vinyl for sale, as well as great food, drinks and company.

1 October - 12pm to 5pm @ Hub Plymouth, Royal William Yard

Calling all sci-fi, film, comic and toy fans to join in the fun at DEVCON, celebrating their 10th anniversary! Always known for its fun, friendly atmosphere, DEVCON is a festival of colour, costume and characters! Meet and chat to guest actors from TV and the big screen, as well as great backdrops, film props, workshops, competitions, treasure hunts, a dedicated cosplay zone and a huge number of traders selling everything from comics, toys, gaming, jewellery, clothing, homewares and so much more!

1 October - 10am to 5pm @ Plymouth Guildhall

Royal William Yard’s popular Good Food & Craft Market will be taking place inside the iconic Melville building and surrounding area outside. Enjoy the freshest local produce from the South West’s top suppliers and unique arts and crafts by artisan makers, while also having the opportunity to explore one of the Yard’s oldest buildings.

1 October - 10am to 2pm @ Royal William Yard

Join the first ever Step Out for Age UK Plymouth challenge - a half marathon walk through the spectacular Plymbridge Valley from Coypool to Clearbrook. A moderate challenge for someone of a good fitness level, the average speed entrants are likely to be walking for around five hours. No previous hiking experience is required although it’s recommended you do plenty of practice walks in advance to prepare yourself for the challenge!

1 October - 9am to 3.30pm @ Coypool Park & Ride

Project Space 1 presents From Under the Bushel, an exhibition by staff members of Arts University Plymouth. Featuring the work of over 30 Arts University Plymouth staff, this exhibition includes people with often unseen talents, artists whose roles may not include the opportunity to create, and those who might hide their light under a bushel…

2 to 13 October @ Project Space 1, Arts University Plymouth

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'The Belief in Things Disappearing' by Jo Lathwood comes to MIRROR at Arts University Plymouth from 5 October

A solo exhibition by artist Jo Lathwood, the starting point for this exhibition comes as a self directed challenge, set by the artist to make a show that disappears. This exhibition includes film, time lapse video, drawings and sculpture made in response to Plymouth’s history and cityscape.

5 October to 15 December @ MIRROR

It’s bold, it’s brave, it’s big-hearted, and it’s the best fun you can have on a bike while backing your local hospice. St Luke’s ever popular Tour de Moor cycle event returns with plenty of off-road challenges, new and old, to thrill and delight every rider, regardless of age or ability. With three distances and difficulty levels to choose from, it’s the ultimate inclusive family friendly cycling adventure.

8 October @ Harrowbeer Airfield, Yelverton

Grab a bag on your way in and pick and mix vintage clothing, all for just £20 a kilo! The organisers bring nine tonnes of handpicked vintage stock to the event, pick from mens and womens’ vintage clothing from the 60s all the way to the 90s including all your favourite branded names!

14 October - 11am to 5pm @ Plymouth Guildhall

Get Out (15) will be screened at Plymouth Arts Cinema as part of The Hidden Figures of Plymouth Film Day

Screening as part of The Hidden Figures of Plymouth Film Day, Jordan Peele’s brilliant horror-satire combined genuine thrills with a no-holds-barred critique of black-white relations with its tale of a young African American man who visits his white girlfriend’s family only to find their superficially warm welcome masks an unthinkably dark secret. Blending race-savvy satire with horror to especially potent effect, this bombshell social critique delivers a breathlessly suspenseful exposé of the horror of covert liberal racism.

14 October - 8pm @ Plymouth Arts Cinema

Are you passionate about sewing and looking for a supportive community to share your projects with? Join Lizzy from Makeat140 where sewing enthusiasts can come together to work on their personal sewing projects in a fun and chilled environment. The fully equipped sewing studio awaits with spacious tables, a comprehensive sewing kit and all the accessories you’ll need to unleash your creativity. Whether you’re a seasoned sewist or just starting out, this is the perfect place to make progress on your projects while connecting with like-minded individuals who share your passion.

20 October @ Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard

Join us on Saturday 21 October to explore our campus, visit nearby affordable student accommodation and speak with our academics and course leaders. You’ll even have the chance to hop on a bus and have a tour of the city!

21 October - 10am to 2pm @ Arts University Plymouth


Dig out your Super8 film for a day of movie magic on International Home Movie Day at The Box

Make the links between that Super8 app on your phone with the Super8 film that might be in your attic or in a box under your bed, when The Box brings Home Movie Day to Plymouth for the first time ever! Experts from The Box will be on hand to evaluate any films and videos you bring in, with tips on how to identify your film gauge or video format, how to digitise your collections easily and how to care for film and video. If you have home movies on film or video that you’ve never seen or haven’t watched since you inherited them from your grandparents, don’t let them decay! Bring them to The Box to share with others.

21 October - 11am to 3pm @ The Box

This October, the Alternative Convention comes to the South West! Exhibitors include tattooists and barbers, magicians, cake makers, musicians and body painters. Expect steampunk, punk, mediaeval, fairies, burlesque, retro style, viking, vintage, taxidermy, gothic, fantasy, horror, manga, wiccan, pagan, rockabilly and more all coming together to make this one unique convention.

21 October - 10am to 4.30pm @ Plymouth Guildhall

This October, experience a traditional Oktoberfest as Plymouth is transformed for one weekend into a traditional Bavarian bash! Bring on the bier - 30,000 litres to be precise! Top up your stein and step inside the huge bier tent and prepared to be entertained Bavarian style. From traditional folk to ‘Oompop’, expect foot stomping, table bashing and hearty singing galore and afterwards, grab some traditional German grub from the outdoor food court.

27 to 28 October @ Central Park

The ever-popular Silent Disco gets a scarily brilliant makeover especially for Halloween! Come along and dance the night away under the infamous Royal Navy ships’ figureheads, with three different channels for you to choose from featuring a great selection of upbeat tracks from the 70s, 80s and 90s, as well as some spooky specials!

27 October - 7pm to 11pm @ The Box

The Box and Diversity Business Indicator present this brilliant monthly marketplace gathering in Tavistock Place on the last Saturday of October. Enjoy an array of local vendors displaying exceptional and skilfully crafted products, and indulge in different cultural experiences while enjoying some live music and entertainment.

28 October - 10am to 4pm @ Tavistock Place