Upcoming Events throughout Devon

Devon plays host to a large and diverse array of events, with things to see and do throughout the year...

There are loads of interesting places to visit and something to appeal to everyone when staying in Devon. Choose from one of the many country houses and beautiful gardens, or perhaps visit one of our Farmers Markets, which take place throughout the year. For children there are an unlimited choice of fun activities and days out to be had at one of our award-winning play parks.

North Devon Events

The English Riviera & South Devon

Sep 01

Kingsbridge Show

Agricultural Show

Visit Websitehttp://www.kingsbridgeshow.co.uk

Sep 01

Nourish Festival Bovey Tracey

The fifth Nourish Festival will take place on Saturday 1 September when Bovey Tracey will be overflowing with food and craft events between 10am and 4pm. Our main street will be filled with great Westcountry food producers along with a mouth-watering selection of street food vendors - there's no need to go hungry! A mini craft festival, featuring some of the region's best makers, will take place in the Methodist Hall just around the corner on Le Mollay-Littry Way. The second Nourish Gin Festival will also take place in and around the Dartmoor Whisky Distillery at the top of town. While you're up there, you'll surely want to check out how Devon's first whisky is progressing, and also see how the Bovey Paradiso team are getting on with their plan to create a cinema just across the road. Musically, the festival kicks off on Friday 31st August with the brilliant Fournier Trio and stellar clarinettist Peter Whyman in the Parish Church. Saturday lunchtime sees the extraordinary English bagpipe orchestra, Zephyrus, playing in the Baptist Church before guitar and flute duo Craig Ogden and Judith Hall bring the festival's curtain down in the evening.

Visit Websitehttp://www.nourishfestival.org/

Annual & Repeating Events for The English Riviera & South Devon

Dartmouth Artisans Market

Every 4th Sunday

Visit Websitehttps://www.bythedart.co.uk/new-dartmouth-artisan-market-launches/

Kingsbeer Festival

Held in mid July ALL ABOUT.... The (5th annual) KingsBeer Festival will once again be on the embankment at Kingswear and enjoys uninterrupted, panoramic views of the River Dart. We doubt there is a beer festival in the country with more beautiful views while you sample fantastic beers sourced from across the UK. We will be offering over 60 ales and ciders to choose from (plus wines and soft drinks) and there will be live music and a BBQ too! This year we are extending both the beer and food selections available.

Visit Websitehttps://www.kingsbeerfestival.com/

Ugborough Fair Week

Held at the beginning of July New for this year was the music tent, chicken racing and the children’s tent full of activities. There were plenty of stalls selling drinks, food and crafts as well as the book stall which was bigger than ever this year, and the infamous Bric-a-brac overflowing with treasures collected over the last 6 months. There were traditional cream teas served in the church and a proper BBQ in the square. Fair week started on Sunday 2nd July with a football tournament, Monday night was Pizza night, homemade pizzas cooked in a proper pizza oven are served alongside the Family Dog Show. Quiz Night was on Tuesday and Bingo was on Wednesday. New for this year was a Landrover Rally on Thursday – an amazing parade of Landrovers and other vintage vehicles in the square. Food and drinks will be available.

Visit Websitehttps://www.ugborough.com/ugborough-fair

Kingsbridge Fair

21st - 28th July

Visit Websitehttps://www.kingsbridgefairweek.co.uk/

National Fireworks Competition - Plymouth Hoe

The world famous British Firework Championships will return on 8 and 9 August, offering two nights of spectacular pyrotechnics that will illuminate Plymouth Sound. Six top firework companies will battle it out over two nights, each putting on an awe-inspiring ten minute display. Enjoy the thrill of the funfair on Plymouth Hoe, or simply sit back and soak up the atmosphere – it’s an unmissable event!

Visit Websitehttps://www.visitplymouth.co.uk/whats-on/british-firework-championships-p1166573

Exmoor

Annual & Repeating Events for Exmoor

North Devon

Aug 28

Outdoor theatre - 'The Winter's Tale' by William Shakespeare

Illyria perform an evening of Shakespeare on the lawn at Hartland Abbey, to finish the outdoor theatre season. Tickets from The Plough Arts Centre 01805-624624 or online www.theploughartscentre.org.uk. Or at the Box Office at Hartland Abbey on the night.

Visit Websitehttp://www.theploughartscentre.org.uk    Call: 01805624624

Oct 21

FOODfest 2018

FOODfest 2018, takes place on Sunday 21st October at Barnstaple Pannier Market and will feature over 100 local food and drink exhibitors. For more information contact foodfest@barnstaple.co.uk

Annual & Repeating Events for North Devon

North Devon Farmers Market

Barnstaple Pannier Market, South Molton Market

Exeter & the Heart of Devon

Oct 14

Cullompton Food and Drink Festival

The Culm Valley's ultimate foodie event: held annually in the beautiful town of Cullompton Check out the array of exciting demonstrations & suppliers popping up at this years Cullompton Food & Drink Festival.....it just keeps getting better! With a selection of hot food stalls and artisan food producers to choose from, you can try the tastiest treats from the local area. Once again, a host of chef demonstrations will be taking place and there’s even a Cream Tea showdown to find the best cream tea from the Culm Valley.

Visit Websitehttps://www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk/whats-on/cullompton-food-and-drink-festival-p2125023

Annual & Repeating Events for Exeter & the Heart of Devon

Devon County Show

Held during the third week in May every year. The Devon County Show is a much recommended agricultural show. It is held from Thursday to Saturday at the Westpoint Arena and Showground in Clyst St Mary near Exeter. Come and find the Devon Farms' stand and say "Hello"!

Visit Websitehttps://www.devoncountyshow.co.uk/

Mid Devon Show

Experience a true celebration of rural Mid Devon with an eclectic mix of breathtaking entertainment, food, shopping, music, horticulture and farm life. Mid Devon Show is an award winning show. You will be spoilt for choice with eight hours of nonstop entertainment and an adventure into local history, produce and the finest offerings in Mid Devon. Watch the exciting Main Ring events or wander into the Countryside Area.

Visit Websitehttp://www.middevonshow.co.uk/

Dartmoor

Sep 11

Widecombe Fair

The beautiful village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor lies between green fields and high, rocky moorland hills in a sheltered valley on the East side of Dartmoor. Widecombe Fair takes place on the second Tuesday of September each year and attracts visitors from far and wide.

Visit Websitehttps://www.widecombefair.com

Annual & Repeating Events for Dartmoor

The Jurassic Coast & East Devon

Aug 24

Sidmouth Regatta

Sidmouth Regatta held over a few days either side of the Bank Holiday weekend in August, with the star attraction of The Red Arrows in the town on Friday 24th August.

Visit Websitewww.visitsidmouth.co.uk

Sep 01

Colyton Carnival Week

A fun-filled programme of events spread over a week culminating in the main procession throughout the town on 8th September

Sep 09

Sidbury Fair

Held over a week, from September 9th, Sidbury was granted a charter for the fair in 1291. The village comes to life with various events and the main livestock auction with local produce and craft stalls along the main street in the village.

Visit Websitehttp://www.sidbury.org.uk    Call: 01404 812845

Nov 05

Ottery St Mary Tar Barrels

The tar barrels are a traditional event hundreds of years old starting after the gunpowder plot of 1605. Locals carry flaming full-sized, tar barrels through the streets. Attend if you dare, but not for the faint-hearted!!

Visit Websitehttp://www.tarbarrels.co.uk

Annual & Repeating Events for The Jurassic Coast & East Devon

Honiton Hot Pennies

Honiton Hot Pennies are thrown from the high windows of the High Street to the youngsters down below. A floral glove is erected for the week and the saying goes that no one can be arrested while the glove is up (however, the police ignore this bit)! This event dates back to the 13th century and is held on the first Tuesday after the 19th July at 12 noon. They were heated very hot in the old days, so as to scald the fingers of the poor, as the rich were amused by this. Today, thankfully, they are only warm.

Honiton Hill Rally

Honiton Hill Rally is held on the last weekend of August at the Smeatharpe Airfield. Vintage tractors, other machines of time gone by and all things vintage can be seen working. Country crafts, and demonstrations. This is a large event being held over two days, Sunday and Monday, after which there is a large auction.

Visit Websitehttp://www.info@honitonhillrally.co.uk    Call: 07929534277

Honiton Charter Day

Charter day is celebrated the Saturday before Hot Pennies. It is 760 years since Honiton was given its market Charter, which states that a market can be held on the High Street each week. For this event, people wear the costumes of 760 years ago to man the stalls.

Visit Websitehttp://www.honitoncharterday.webstarts.com

Wiscombe Park Hill Climb

Championship hill racing in a beautiful valley on the outskirts of Colyton. Approximately 9 different meetings spread throughout the season of April - September to include Championship Hill Climb, racing cars, motorcycles and side cars and vintage racing.

Visit Websitehttp://www.wiscombepark.co.uk

East Devon Carnival Circuit

Seaton 1st September 2018 Colyton 8th September 2018 Axminster 15th September 2018 Sidmouth 22nd September 2018 Budleigh Salterton 29th September 2018 Exmouth 13th October 2018 Honiton 20th October 2018 Ottery St Mary 27th October 2018 Christmas Carnival Seaton 1st December 2018 Honiton 8th December 2018

Visit Websitehttp://www.westcountrycarnivals.co.uk

The Axe Valley Festival

The Axe Valley Festival is held in June on the outskirts of the town. Main ring attractions, sheep shearing, many local stalls, flower tent, crafts, food halls, vintage, retro and antiques. Held over 2 days at a weekend.

Visit Websitehttp://www.axevaleshow.com