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Area: Devon

'Agile Rabbit puts on events about issues that matter: ideas, culture, global affairs, and the natural and scientific world. They are an opportunity to be in the room with some of the greatest minds in the world—and have a conversation. Agile Rabbit’s key theme is that cutting edge thinking can be at the centre of everyday life. There is an informal atmosphere at events, with discussion between the audience and the people who speak. Whether you agree with them or not, your opinion is heard ... We are pleased to be in partnership with the University of Exeter.

'Appledore Book Festival is a charity founded in 2006 by Nick Arnold, author of Horrible Science, in a bid to raise money to save Appledore Library. His campaign brought our community together and saved the library, which is still at the heart of our village. Today, the Appledore Book Festival continues to thrive and has become one of the biggest cultural festivals in Devon, attracting world-class authors, speakers and artistes. Run almost exclusively by a team of volunteers, who do everything from stewarding the events to adorning the village with bunting, our Festival is a unique experience.'  Normally held September.

'Situated in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on East Devon’s Jurassic Coast, Budleigh Salterton hosts South West England’s most outstanding literary festival. Our mission is to celebrate great writing with as wide an audience as possible.' Normally held Mid September.

'A Lecture Forum on World Affairs held in the idyllic village of Clovelly, North Devon, where a soft backdrop of picturesque England welcomes tough discussions. The purpose of this Forum is to provide information on policy directions for making informed choices.'

We are rated among the top 100 universities for the study of arts and humanities in the world, and are one of the UK’s leading centres for research and teaching across our diverse range of subjects, reflecting all aspects of human experience, culture and creativity through disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches ... We have an ethos of co-creation, prioritising the interactions (between students, staff and partners) that enable knowledge sharing and inclusive progress. We believe that everyone, no matter their background or their ultimate vocation, benefits from interactions with the Arts and Humanities, and it is our role to enable that engagement.'

'Our monthly online lecture series showcases some of the most globally impactful research in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences. In each lecture, our world-class academics will share an area of their research relating to the UN Sustainable Development Goals for peace and prosperity for people and the planet.'

'Forthcoming events relevant to the College of Social Sciences and International Studies. Any SSIS staff or postgrads may always attend, although registration may be required (the event will specify if so). Anyone else should contact the department or the centre in question.'

Category Dawlish

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Devon Grouping

'For over 200 years the Devon and Exeter Institution has been a centre for radical thinking and public education in Science, Literature and the Arts. Its collections date from the late 15th century with some items containing even earlier fragments. We need your support to help us to preserve the Institution and its remarkable collections for future generations and to continue to reach out to our membership and the wider community with our learning and engagement programmes.'

'If you are interested in becoming a Beekeeper or just interested in beekeeping generally, join a Local Branch of the Association ... DBKA is organised into 11 Branches ... Members may attend meetings of any Branch, but it is advisable (and courteous) to contact the Branch Secretary first.'

Category Devon

Member of the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK Grouping

Category Local Heritage

'We are an independant heritage centre for the study of our county’s buildings and landscapes which first opened to the public in 2009 ... You are invited to join us at the DRA, at 7pm on the first Thursday of every month, to learn about aspects of Devon’s history, archaeology and architecture, through a series of special talks.' The Archive is based in the rural location of Shilstone, near Modbury: 'Please note that Shilstone is not on a public transport route, and vehicular access is via narrow country lanes with limited passing places.'

'Dedicated to the study and exchange of information and ideas on all matters concerning the county of Devon – in particular, the cultural identity of the county and its distinctiveness – through research, recording and publication ... The Association has six Branches that cover most of the county and offer a broad range of topics tailored to the diverse interests of their members. Each Branch has its own committee which arranges a broad-based, annual programme of Devon-related talks, excursions and social gatherings.'

'Celebrating the appreciation of words in all their forms, and of writing and literature within Exeter and the surrounding area, through professionally organised and widely accessible literary events.' Normally held Early November.

Category Middle East

'One of the foremost academic institutions in the UK offering research and taught degree programmes in a wide range of areas within the field of Arab, Middle Eastern, and Islamic Studies. We offer Arabic and Middle East languages as well as comprehensive education in the literatures and cultures of the Arab world and Middle East, the history, politics, economies, societies, and anthropology of the region and almost every aspect of Islamic studies from medieval to modern Islam ... The Institute holds the Gulf Conference and a seminar and lecture series featuring distinguished scholars and public figures from the Islamic world and the West.'

'Our aim is to use the extraordinary power and reach of Agatha Christie’s global reputation to promote engagement and participation in literature and the arts, help the recovery and growth of Torbay’s local economy and wider efforts to increase tourism and support work to understand and promote the area’s literary and geological heritage.' Normally held Mid September.

'The Lord Caradon Lectures Trust was established to commemorate the life and work of Hugh Mackintosh Foot, Lord Caradon (1907-1990). Lord Caradon had himself been involved in the original planning of an annual lecture on international affairs to be given in Plymouth by an eminent speaker. As it happened the inaugural, and by now commemorative lecture, was given in 1991, the year following Lord Caradon’s death. By the terms of the Trust all lectures are open to the public and admission is free ... The lectures are always on a theme of international significance related to Lord Caradon’s life and work.'

Category Arts and Crafts

'MAKE Southwest (formerly Devon Guild of Craftsmen) is an acclaimed exhibition space for contemporary craft and design as well as a leading charity for craft education. Located in Bovey Tracey on the edge of Dartmoor, our large gallery and shop offer a great venue with inspiring exhibitions and events, encouraging people to support, make and learn about contemporary craft.'

'One of the world’s longest-running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support. Since 1884 we have been providing a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community and currently have a growing membership in over 40 countries. We also run a leading marine biological research laboratory where many eminent scientists - including 7 Nobel prize winners - have carried out their research ... The MBA runs regular events, aimed at promoting marine scientific excellence. We run events for schools, families and the wider public.'

Category Exmouth

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Devon Grouping

'The Plymouth Athenaeum is a charity dedicated to the study and promotion of learning in science, technology, literature and art ... The Athenaeum building, located at Derry’s Cross in Plymouth city centre, includes a 340-seat theatre, lecture hall, lounge, meeting rooms and a library.' Organize a wide range of events, including a Lecture Series.

'Sidmouth Science Festival started in 2012 with a weekend of science events in Sidmouth and at the nearby Norman Lockyer Observatory as well as a single day in local schools and art in the local gallery. Since then it has grown to a 10 day event with over 120 activities: visitor numbers have increased, visitors have been drawn from a larger area including overseas and more schools have been involved with hundreds of East Devon students taking part.' Normally held Mid October.

'Tiverton & Mid Devon AS is an enthusiastic and friendly group who meet regularly for talks, social events and night sky observing sessions. Our aim is to encourage people of all ages and abilities and from all walks of life to learn about the wonders of our Universe. Please come along and try one of our meetings without obligation. Previous knowledge of astronomy is not necessary.'

'Making art accessible to all ... Monthly meetings with demonstrations and talks from local professional artists. Meet the artists, ask questions, see how they do what they do.'

'We are a group of people of all ages and from all walks of life bound together by a common interest in astronomy. Whether you are an experienced astronomer or a newcomer and just curious to find out a little more about the cosmos, we pride ourselves on offering a convivial setting to meet and learn ... The TAS generally holds two meetings per month through the astronomical "season" from September to April. One meeting per month is primarily an "observational" event. The other monthly meeting is a "lecture" event ... We welcome non-members at all of our meetings. Non-members are asked to pay a small visitor's fee.'

'Forthcoming events relevant to the University of Exeter Business School.  Any UEBS staff or students may always attend, although registration may be required (the event will specify if so). Anyone else should contact the department or the centre in question.'

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