Events in Devon

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Events in Devon during April herald the spring and summer season. Easter. the first holiday of the year. April showers and sunshine. It is a lovely month to be out and about.

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The River Exe at Tiverton

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Powderham Castle is open for the summer season.

Newton Abbot Races 4th and 15th April 2017

Exeter Race Course  Family Day Tuesday 11th April 2017.

Devon Dirt Bike Ride  16th April 2017. Non competitive challenge. Between 55 and 70kms. Mixture of off road tracks and country lanes.

The 25th Maltings Beer Festival will take place at this Victorian Malthouse in Newton Abbot on 27th to the April 29th 2017. Try out some of the 140 West Country ales! Needless to say a very popular festival!

Plymouth Half Marathon Sadly this race will not run this year. Please see the promoter's page for details.

Budleigh Salterton Jazz Festival will be held on 21st to 23rd April 2017. Venue will be Budleigh Public Hall. Some big names in the jazz world!!

Hartland Abbey Bluebell Day  23d April 2017   Such a picture, the bluebells stretch from the Walled Garden to the sea!!! Beautiful for the soul.

Exeter Racing  Evening Racing 18th April 2017.

Dawlish Walking Festival  21st April to 1st May 2017.

Exeter Food and Drink Festival will be held on 29th April to 1st May 2017 in the courtyard of Exeter Castle and the surrounding Northernhay Gardens. So right in the centre of Exeter. This is, not surprisingly, a very popular event so it is a good idea to book on line as soon as you can.

Exeter Racing  Evening Racing 26th April 2017

Powderham Castle Garden Festival 28th and 29th April 2017. Possibly the foremost gardening event this month in  the southwest.

Paignton Bike Festival is being held on  28th April to 30th April  2017 There will be crowds of motor bike enthusiasts at this popular festival. All types of motor bike welcome. What a weekend!

Dartmoor Demon Sportive 29th April 2017. Exeter Racecourse,
Kennford, Exeter. Standard 55 miles, Epic 95 miles through glorious Devon countryside.

Brixham Pirate Festival 29th April to 1st May 2017. Come dressed as a pirate (or not) and join in the fun of this incredible festival.

North Devon and Exmoor Spring Walking Festival There will be no Walking Festival in April due to the well earned retirement of the Organiser, Bryan Cath, after 16 years. There will be a new combined festival in May.

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Hartland Abbey

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Powderham Castle has sat beside the River Exe for centuries and has been in the same family all that time! Apart from the Castle and grounds there is a lot to do. Doesn't really matter if it is a rainy day!

Exeter is the county town of Devon and a great place to live and to visit. Plenty of good shops, trips down the River Exe, the racecourse nearby, the Quay side to name a few!

Budleigh Salterton right on the Jurassic Coast at the western end. Lovely little place for a quiet, relaxing holiday. You can get on to the South West Coast Path for a stunning walk. The Esturary is a Site of Scientific Interest and the locality of Budleigh Salterton is part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which just about sums up this delightful area!

Hartland Abbey Opens between the end of March and October. The house started life as a monastery and amazingly survived the Civil War because Henry VIII gave it away and it is still in the same family all these years later. The house, the walled garden and all the paths around make for a great day out.

Bampton is on the edge of the Exmoor National Park. It is a pretty little town with lots of listed buildings. Has won the Britain in Bloom Event on several occasions and has also the distinction of winning the world one in 1999. Incredible.

Tiverton is a most attractive town in mid Devon. On the edge of Exmoor it is an ideal spot for exploring this scenic moor. The castle is open to the public during the summer. The town has two rivers the main one is the Exe which rises in Exmoor and flows down to Exeter.

Newton Abbot Tuckings Malthouse is open to the public and there are some good guided tours. The town itself igrew into q Victorian railway town from a little market town in the 1800's.  The Racecourse, a summer jump course, makes for some good days out.

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Events in South West England

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Events on the Isle of Wight

Events in Somerset

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Anyone with events in Dorset who would like to list their event here please contact us via the Feedback form, we would love to hear from you. The event should have its own website so that our visitors can find you and obtain more information.

The events in Dorset should be capable of attracting crowds, large village fete size and above, similar to those listed here. Posting events on this page is free.

Our observations show that Travel Wessex's main visitors are those that love walking, cycling, horse riding and other like minded pursuits, but we welcome all attractions as we have many other visitors as well that we love to cater for.

We reserve the right not to include events in Dorset that are not suitable for legal or other reasons.

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Useful Information


Hotels can be found locally from Wessex Hotels

There are some delightful cottages around the county. Probably one near where you would love to stay.

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Car Rentals

Want a cute car? Large car? Small car? Whatever you need you will find it here. You will probably find your favourite car hire firm here and Car Rentals do not add a penny to their price for looking all over for you!

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Why not travel by Coach

If you do decide the leave the car at home and help the environment too, why not go National Express. They run coaches all over the country. Some pretty good fares too.

Just imagine - sit back and relax, no hassling with the traffic!!!

Do you know that you can book on your mobile phone and they will send the ticket as a text!!!!

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Virgin Trains is an excellent main line railway.

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More Public Transport

Traveline is a very useful resource for public transport throughout Wessex, even local buses. There are other pages on Traveline for other parts of the country.

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