Festivals & Events

Devon is great place to visit if you like Festivals and Events. Each year there is an array of events which continue to grow in popularity plus a whole range of new and exciting events developing all the time. Here are some of our favourites.

Devon County Show – May

This Fair draws people from far and wide for primarily those with an interest in horticulture and agriculture. You will find livestock at this show with awards given to the ‘best’ animal in each category, as well as some great food and drink stalls.

Great for: Horticulturalists; Agriculturalists; Country dwellers

If you like country fairs then we recommend also taking a look at Marldon Apple Pie Fair.

Devon County Show

Brixham Pirate Festival – May

This is as fun and frivolous as it sounds. Basically everyone dresses up as a pirate and gets together in Brixham. A treasure to behold indeed!

Great for: Fancy dress fans; History lovers

Brixham Pirate Festival

Occombe Beer Festival – June

A festival where you can try literally hundreds of beers, ales and even ciders whilst enjoying some of the areas best bands. Held over 2 days in mid June each year.

Great for: Music lovers; Beer connoisseurs

If you like music festivals then we recommend also taking a look at Lemonfest, Glas-Denbury Festival and Teignmouth Jazz Festival.

If you like beer festivals than we recommend also taking a look at Abbfest.

Occombe Beer Festival

English Riviera Airshow – June

You will see the magnificent Red Arrows and many other fantastic planes flying over the beautiful bays of Torquay, Paignton & Brixham. A free event which is highly recommended.

Great for: All round family fun

If you like air shows then we also recommend taking a look at the boats at Dartmouth Regatta.

English Riviera Airshow

Ways With Words Festival – July

Ways With Words is a literature festival based at Dartington Hall where you will find a full programme of talks and workshops that will keep any anyone with a literary interest busy for days.

Great for: Literature lovers; Writers

If you love festivals than celebrate independent talent then we also recommend taking a look at the Contemporary Craft Festival.

Ways With Words Festival

Riviera Classic Car Show – July

This event which takes place on Paignton Green each year draws vehicles of every era and make and is very interesting to see. Vehicle enthusiasts will love – as will those with no knowledge of cars.

Great for: Motor enthusiasts; Those of all ages

If you like vehicles then we also recommend taking a look at BMAD Festival (Bikers Make a Difference).

Riviera Classic Car Show

Fishstock – September

This food festival celebrates the local fishing industry in Brixham which has a reputation as one of the best in the country (appearing in the hit tv documentary ‘Fish Town’).

Great for: Those who enjoy seafood; Food festival fans

If you like fish festivals then we also recommend taking a look at Salcombe Crab Festival.

If you like general food festivals then we also highly recommend taking a look at Powderham Food Festival, Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink and Nourish Festival.

Fishstock

Exeter Christmas Market – November & December

An award winning Christmas market which is growing every year. We love that the community of Exeter pulled together to keep this Market going even after the devastating fire in the area in 2016 and think it will continue to go from strength to strength.

Great for: A taste of Christmas abroad; Food & drink; Getting in the festive spirit

If you like Christmas markets then we also recommend taking a look at Exeter Christmas Shopping Fayre and of course no Christmas would be complete without visiting House of Marbles’ very own Christmas Grotto!

Exeter Christmas Market

Theatre shows, music events and comedy

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