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

Farm Holidays in North Devon

Oct 20

Foodfest 2019 Barnstaple

North Devon FOODfest is a celebration of everything the area has to offer in terms of food and drink. It brings together the finest ingredients, dishes, chefs, mouth-watering flavours and thirst-quenching delights. A collection of well known North Devon food businesses will be showcased once again at this year's FOODfest - to show that locally sourced sustainable produce matters to the people who live here. For those who love food, this is the event to visit for free tasters, popular stands and a lively atmosphere.

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Annual & Repeating Events for Farm Holidays in North Devon

North Devon Farmers Market

Farm Markets in North Devon: Barnstaple Pannier Market - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday craft/ collectables. Tuesday & Friday miscellaneous. Bideford, The Quay - Every Tuesday & Saturday Bratton Flemming Village Hall - Every 4th Saturday of the month Braunton Parish Hall - Every 2nd Saturday of the month Combe Martin Village Hall - Every 3rd Saturday of the month Ilfracombe, The Lantern Centre - Every 1st & 3rd Satuday of the month Lynton Town Hall - Every 1st Saturday of the month South Molton Pannier Market - Every 4th Saturday of the month

RHS Rosemoor, Torrington

RHS Rosemoor Flower Festival, Jurassic Discovery Also family fun in the holidays . Jurassic Discovery Garden Trail 23 July - 2 September daily, 10am - 6pm A chance for families to explore the gardens in all their summer glory, enjoy creative play and discover new things about the Jurassic period... with a number of surprises along the way!

Visit Websitehttp://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor

English Riviera & South Devon

Annual & Repeating Events for 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.

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

Self-catering and B&B Exmoor

Annual & Repeating Events for Self-catering and B&B Exmoor

Exeter & the Heart of Devon

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/

Stay on a farm in Dartmoor

Aug 26

Lustleigh Show

The Lustleigh Village Show is a great, family day out at a traditional country show in the Dartmoor National Park. The show is every August Bank Holiday Monday. This is August 26th 2019. Doors open at 10am, and we close at 5.30pm. Situated on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park, Lustleigh is a quintessential English village and every August Bank Holiday Monday we come together to host one of Devon’s most popular village shows. The Show donates all money to local good causes.

Visit Websitehttps://thelustleighshow.com/

Sep 06

Heritage Open Days

Each September thousands of volunteers across the country invite you to experience local history, architecture and culture. All for free. This year's festival will run 13-22 September. Listings will be published here in the summer.

Visit Websitehttps://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/

Sep 10

Widecombe Fair

what, when and where to The beautiful village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor lies between green fields and high, moorland hills in a sheltered valley on the East side of Dartmoor. Run entirely by volunteers to raise money for local good causes, aswell as providing an opportunity for farmers to compare the size of their tractors, Widecombe Fair takes place on the second Tuesday of September each year and attracts visitors from far and wide. 2019-Tuesday 10th September, Widecombe Village Green and Fair Field. 9.00am ‘til late. Well-behaved dogs on leads welcome! Entrance to the Fair is FREE. Click here for parking charges.

Visit Websitehttps://www.widecombefair.com/

Oct 09

Tavistock Goose Fair

The annual Goose Fair in Tavistock dates back to the early 12th Century, when a Michaelmas Fair held every September 29th provided the opportunity for business and animal trading, and was a social event for wives and daughters. The name Goose Fair probably came about as farmers brought their geese ready for fattening for Christmas, and the only other Goose Fair (in Nottingham) has a similar connection. When the new calendar was introduced in 1752 the 'loss' of 11 days changed the date of the Michaelmas Fair to October 10th, and now the Fair is held on the second Wednesday in October each year. Market traders come from all over the country to sell their wares and provide entertainment. Stalls and side shows are set up in the centre of the Town, and some 200 spaces are let by the Town Council for traders and community groups. A further 70 spaces in Bedford Car Park are let to members of the Showman's Guild by West Devon Borough Council with the car park being shut for the whole Goose Fair week. Please see the Stallholders Area page for more information on trading at Goose Fair. The more traditional side of Goose Fair can still be found at the Tavistock Livestock Centre. They usually hold an open day where you can see cattle, sheep and Dartmoor ponies, and enjoy the auction of live geese and poultry.

Visit Websitehttps://www.tavistock.gov.uk/council-services/goose-fair

Annual & Repeating Events for Stay on a farm in Dartmoor

Ten Tours - Walking Challenge

2nd Weekend in May, The Ten Tors Challenge is attempted by 2,400 teenagers in 400 teams of six. The teams navigate routes of 35, 45 or 55 miles (depending on age) over the Northern half of Dartmoor, visiting ten nominated tors / check points in under two days. Teams must be self-sufficient, carrying all that they need to complete their route and stay out overnight safely.

Visit Websitehttps://www.tentors.org.uk/

Widecombe Fair

First Thursday of September, 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

Jurassic Coast & East Devon

Aug 31

Colyton Carnival Week

A fun-filled programme of events spread over a week culminating in the main procession throughout the town on 7th September 2019

Aug 31

East Devon Carnival Circuit

Seaton 31st August 2019 Colyton 7th September 2019 Axminster 14th September 2019 Sidmouth Budleigh Salterton 28th September 2019 Exmouth Honiton 26th October 2019 Ottery St Mary

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

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 Jurassic Coast & East Devon

Colyton Vintage Tractor Run

Vintage tractors will be on display at the Colyton Peace Memorial Playing Fields on the second May Bank Holiday Monday. Watch the procession of around 120 tractors as they set off into the countryside. Refreshments are available.

Visit Websitehttp://colyton.co.uk/events/colyton-vintage-tractor-run/    Call: 07905799427

Holyford Woods Bluebell Day

Held on the first May Bank Holiday Monday. An annual celebration of bluebells set in a beautiful ancient woodland. Email for further information to trustees@holyfordwoods.org.uk

Visit Websitehttp://holyfordwoods.org.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 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