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

Jul 21

Coleton Fishacre Jazz Party

Step back in time to the decadence of the jazz age with this celebration of the 1920s.

Visit Websitehttps://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/f0bbf77c-ec0a-460d-810f-70490883cbe6/pages/detailshttp://

Jul 25

Yealmpton Show

Agricultural Show

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

Jul 29

Totnes Show

Agricultural Show

Visit Websitehttps://www.totnesshow.com/

Aug 08

National Fire Work Championship

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 Websitehttp://www.britishfireworks.co.uk

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 from 10 until 4. 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. And - I almost forgot to mention - the second Nourish Gin Festival will 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 (and no, that's not a misprint!) 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/

Dartington International Summer of School Festival 2018

28th July - 25th Aug It’s the Summer School’s 70th birthday this year, and there’s a bumper programme packed with acclaimed and innovative artists throughout four weeks. Imogen Cooper, Jane Glover, Felicity Lott, Tom Randle, and Adrian Brendel – as well as the brilliant folk duo Harbottle & Jonas, Trio Gaspard and the fabulous Heath Quartet – will be part of the celebrations. There are workshops and masterclasses, coaching and concerts, premieres and new collaborations.

Visit Websitehttps://www.dartington.org/whats-on/programme/summer-school/

Kingsbeer Festival

13th - 15th 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

2nd - 8th 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/

Salcombe Town Regatta

11th - 18th Aug Oh boy…look what’s in store for this year’s Salcombe Town Regatta! You can look forward to an action packed mix of fun and frivolity starting in Salcombe on Saturday 11th August, where the Town Regatta literally transforms everything into a carnival atmosphere! As Emma Cater, the Secretary of the Salcombe Town Regatta, and our friends at Coast & Country Cottages explain, “…the Salcombe Town Regatta itself is a testament to the local community that’s proud of its traditions. The week is packed with activities on land and sea for all ages with Salcombe’s regatta having been going for over 120 years!”

Visit Websitehttp://www.salcombeinformation.co.uk/event/salcombe-town-regatta-2017-salcombe/

National Fireforks 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

Jul 25

Dunster Country Fair

25th July Dunster Country Fair, 10am-6pm

Jul 26

Dunster Castle and Exmoor Zoo

25th & 26th July Exmoor Zoo at Dunster Castle, get up close to a variety of animals, big bugs and creepy crawlies and learn all about the Victorian age of exploration, 11am-4pm

Jul 29

Porlock Horse Show

29th July Porlock Horse Show, 10am-6pm

Jul 29

Exmoor Pony Centre

29th July Exmoor Pony Centre: Summer Celebration, 11am-3pm

Annual & Repeating Events for Exmoor

North Devon

Aug 01

North Devon Show

First Wednesday in August - Umberleigh, North Devon. A traditional country show, this is a celebration of all of agriculture in North Devon. The arenas host a number of livestock classes from Alpacas, to Show Jumping. There are displays, demonstrations and trade stands for all. You will be spoilt for choice with delicious food sourced from around the local area.

Visit Websitehttps://www.northdevonshow.com    Call: 01769 573852

Aug 04

Clovelly Events

Lifeboat Weekend 4&5th August Sponsored swim. Family Sunday fun with games, food, music and displays. Gig racing 18th August come and cheer the crews as they race. Lobster & Crab Fest 2nd September. Live music, street theatre, cookery demonstrations, craft and beer tasting. Apple Day 24th October bring your bag of apples for pressing into juice, farmers market and apple bobbing, harvest hunt ( pre-book your place)

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

Aug 10

Devon Street Food Festival

August 10th-12th will see Street Food Warehouse return to Ilfracombe for a glorious weekend of fantastic fresh food and delicious drinks. Running 12 noon-10 pm daily an outstanding array of different food will be on offer, from creamy Cheesecake to gooey gourmet Mac 'n' Cheese to mouthwatering Moroccan to sensational Smoked meats. Hungry visitors will be able to enjoy a range of amazing food from all over the world alongside an ice-cold pint of beer or fresh zesty Mojito courtesy of the Pop Up Bar Hire Company.

   Call: 02920340587

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 01805624624 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

Annual & Repeating Events for North Devon

North Devon Farmers Market

Barnstaple Pannier Market, South Molton Market

FOODfest 2018

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

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

Third week of May every year. The Devon County Show is a 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

Aug 12

Hennock Country Fayre - Nr Bovey Tracey

Hennock Country Fayre Sun 12th Aug 2018 West Hele Hennock (Nr Bovey Tracey) TQ13 9PP Opens 10am. Adults £3, accompanied children free Family day showing the best of our countryside, rural skills, horticultural classes, trade stands, bbq, bar, local food producers, vintage rally, family dog show, animal encounters, main ring English civil war reenactment, duck and duck display, horse show, live music, magic show and world famous pop up teas in the barn with homemade cakes on a real plate with china cup and saucer. Contact- Alison Wonnacott Tel: 01626 833266 www.hennock.org.uk

Visit Websitehttp://www.hennock.org.uk

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 02

Honiton Show

The Honiton Show is held annually each year on the 1st Thursday in August. It has its own showground, a 140 acre site and is very much an agricultural show. The best of local farming, produce, crafts and rural skills. The Grand Parade of farm animals at 3.00 is a wonderful site. The show ring has great entertainment. Many stands for the shopper. Food and Drinks

Visit Websitehttp://www.honitonshow.co.uk    Call: 0140441794

Aug 08

Southleigh Country Fayre

All the fun of a rural fayre and country market in the small village of Southleigh only a few miles from Colyton. Watch the sheep racing, bring your dog for the family dog show, carriage rides, vintage tractors, stalls, live music, refreshments and much more. Children go free. 2 pm - 5 pm

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

Aug 11

Beer Regatta

Week long Regatta full of fun events with the actual Regatta day on Thursday 16th August in the beautiful fishing village of Beer. Join in the Treasure Hunt, Craft on the Cliff, Barrel Rolling, Sunday Fun day, Disco Alfresco with local bands throughout the week. Much fun for all ages!

Visit Websitehttp://www.beer-regatta.co.uk

Aug 24

Sidmouth Regatta

Sidmouth Regatta held over a few days over 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 throughout 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, lighted tar barrels through the streets - attend if you dare!!

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

Annual & Repeating Events for The Jurassic Coast & East Devon

Sidmouth Folk Week

3rd - 10th Aug There has been a folk festival in Sidmouth in the first week of August every year since 1955, now attracting tens of thousands of visitors to over 700 diverse events with broad ‘something for everyone’ appeal. With an ear to the past and an eye on the future, the festival features established stars and emerging talent; major concerts, lively roots parties; small intimate sessions; ceilidhs and folk dancing; storytelling; fun family entertainment and youth-centred sessions; hands-on workshops and spectacular dance displays; the best in South West crafts and the tastiest of local food and drink.

Visit Websitehttp://sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk/

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 scold the fingers of the poor, as the rich were amused by this. Today they are only warm.

Honiton Hill Rally

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

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 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