Events in Devon

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The merry month of May, month of May Day with the pretty May Queen, traditional Morris Dancers and the Maypole. Spring flowers and warm sunshine. Bank Holiday and dreams of summer holidays. Days out, Shows and Festivals. Lots of things to do and so many places to see!.


Brixham Harbour

Inner Harbour, Brixham
Photograph © Paul Hutchinson

Brixham Pirate Festival  4th, 5th and 6th May 2024. Watch the Pirate Notice Board.

Newton Abbot Racing  Season Opener - Easter Saturday 30 March 2024

Exeter Food and Drink Festival  Uncertain at the moment.

Dart Music Festival 17th, 18th and 19th May 2024.

Devon County Show  Devon's Big Day Out. Will be held on 16th to 18th May 2024. Devon County Showground, Clyst St Mary near Exeter.

Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta on 24th, 25th and 26th May 2024. A sight to see! A festival of old trawlers racing in the lovely waters of Torbay.

The Round Lundy Yacht Race Ilfracombe Yacht Club 2024 TBC

Seaweed Festival 26th May 2024. Different!  Go and be amazed at the surprising benefits of seaweed. Plenty of entertainment

Bampton to Tiverton Road Race organised by the Tiverton Harriers. TBC.

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Rosemoor Gardens

Rosemoor Gardens
Photograph © Julie Munckton

Rosemoor Gardens, Great Torrington, belongs to the Royal Horticultural Society, There are 65 acres of beautiful gardens. Well worth a visit for gardeners or just for the relaxing scene. In fact for all the family. Good for the soul.  Open all year except Christmas Day. 

Great Torrington, North DevonSpectacular views down to the River Torridge! Tarka Trail Country.  There is an awful lot to do there and the town makes an excellent spot for a short break to explore the area.

Exmouth Both a large seaside resort and a port. It is the starting point for the popular Jurassic Cruises. A couple of miles of sandy beaches, surfing and other aquatic sports. Plenty of shopping and eateries. There is a large bird sanctuary. Plenty of cycling and walking trails.

Sidmouth This is a lovely seaside resort, charming, scenic and lovely gardens. It is not a large town, but a major attraction for tourists situated as it is as a gateway to the Jurassic Coast. It is another starting point for the Jurassic Cruises.

Exeter Racecourse  is at Kenford, a delightful village near Exeter. There is a free race day bus service from Exeter. 

Paignton is one of the English Riviera resorts on the south coast of Devon. Lots of Blue Flag Beaches. A harbour where you can get a boat to Torquay or Brixham. Meerkats at the Zoo. The Seashore Centre and so much more to do.

Brixham is a small fishing town in the English Riviera. Bit hilly, but pretty. The harbour has a replica of Sir Francis Drake's ship "The Golden Hind". One of the town's claim to fame is the improvement of the fishing trawler in the 1800's.  The Brixham Sailing Regatta (above) reflects this. Nice place to be.

Clyst St Mary. Not far from Exeter, it is a small picturesque village on the River Clyst. The West of England Showground is in the vicinity of the village. That ancient bridge over the river is probably well over 700 years old. 

Clovelly is on the North Devon coast and looks out over the Bristol Channel. The Isle of Lundy is part of Clovelly. Its attractive, cobbled, but steep main street is pedestrianised. There is part of the South West Coast path here that runs from Clovelly to Hartland Quay (above) that makes a most stunning walk, perhaps as part of a short break covering both places. 

Ilfracombe. A North Devon resort in an Area of Outstanding Beauty with its staggering cliffs! Lots of nature reserves including the hill above the town Hillsborough. The camera is a must! 

Ashburton is on the edge of Dartmoor, just off the A38. It is an ancient town, full of beautiful old buildings with shops, cafes and places to visit. Whether or not there is a festival, the town is worth a visit anyway.

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Other pages which may be of interest


Events in South West England

Events in Dorset

Events in Hampshire

Events in The Isle of Wight

Events in Somerset

Events in Wiltshire

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Anyone with events in Devon 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 Devon 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 Devon that are not suitable for legal or other reasons.

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Portable steam engine

Portable Steam Engine at Devon County Show
Photograph © Chris Allen

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Public Transport

National Express

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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National Rail Journey Planner.

For train journeys all over the United Kingdom connecting the places you want to go efficiently and quickly.

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Traveline is a very useful resource for public transport throughout Wessex, even local buses. In fact all over the United Kingdom.

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