2016 is laid out before us, and it’s looking exciting here in Devon. As always, there are fantastic events ahead for everyone: county shows, carnivals, fairs, regattas, marathons and festivals of food, beer, music, pirates, steam trains, walking, gardening, sport, books, films, comedy, and diversity.
And that’s just for starters. Read on for our Top 10 (and then some) events in Devon in 2016, and follow the links to find many, many more.
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Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink
The region’s leading food festival will have another packed programme of chef demonstrations, hands on master classes, food stalls and tastings, as well as a dedicated children’s programme. Find out more
You might also like: Plymouth’s Flavourfest June 3-5; Fishstock in Brixham Sept 10; Plymouth Seafood Festival September 24-25; North Devon Foodfest in Barnstaple Oct 16.
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Toby Buckland Garden Festival at Powderham Castle
You’ll find top guest speakers, hand-picked exhibitors, practical workshops, the best of garden accessories, food and drink, outdoor cooking and woodland craft plus an abundance of exceptional flowers and plants in a beautiful setting at this popular annual event. Find out more
This year Exeter’s family-friendly Pride festival will include a rainbow flag parade and a packed programme of activities for children, young people and adults. In 2016 expect a heath zone, ceilidh, workshops, panel debate, drumming circle, trans workshop and popular local bands and DJs. Find out more
You might also like: Exeter Respect June 11-12
Devon County Show 2016
This traditional annual gathering of all that is Devon and country gets bigger and better every year! Expect fascinating shows, great food to try and lots of things to buy, and plenty to keep kids amused too. Find out more
You might also like: Mid Devon Show at Chettiscombe July 23; North Devon Show at Umberleigh Aug 3; Cockington Fayre Aug 3; Torbay Steam Fair in Brixham August 5-7; Ocean City Festival in Plymouth Sept 5-27.
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The Contemporary Craft Festival
June 2016 will see over 200 makers of contemporary craft gathered in Bovey Tracey, including award winning silversmiths, potters, furniture makers, textile artists, glass makers, jewellery, 3D printing and even surfboards. There’ll also be a children’s craft tent, live music street food, talks and craft demonstrations. Find out more
You might also like: Exeter Craft Festival July 15-16; Devon Open Studios Sept 10-25
Oceanfest in Croyde
Great music and beach sports in the setting of beautiful, surfy Croyde – what more could you want? Find out more
You might also like: BMAD Bike and Music Festival in Paignton April 29-May 1; Dart Music Festival in Dartmouth May 13-15; Elton John at Westpoint June 19; Let’s Rock Exeter July 2; MTV Crashes Plymouth July 28-29; Chagstock in Chagford July 22-23; Beautiful Days at Escot Park August 19-21; Sidmouth Folk Week July 29-Aug 5.
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One of Devon’s largest seaside festivals, with loads of entertainment for both children and adults. Find out more
You might also like: Pirate Festival in Brixham April 30-May 2; Lord Mayor’s Festival in Plymouth May 28; Brixfest in Brixham May 28-Jun 1; Geopark Festival May 28-June 5; Torbay Carnival in Paignton July 16-31; The Great Big Rhino Trail across Torquay, Paignton, Brixham and Exeter July 30-Oct 9; British Firework Championships in Plymouth Aug 16-17; Children’s week in Paignton Aug 15-20
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August 27-September 4
You might also like: Exeter Half Marathon Feb 13-14; Torbay Airshow in Paignton June 10-12; Brixham Trawler Race June 18; European Rugby 7s Tournament, Sandy Park July 9-10; Paignton Regatta Aug 6-14; Torbay Royal Regatta Aug 19-24; Dartmouth Regatta Aug 25-27. More sports events in Devon
Devon Open Studios
Devon Open Studios is an exceptional chance for the public to enjoy inspirational art at its origin. A huge range of art will be on offer across Devon this September, when resident artists and artisans open their studios to sell their individual artworks to the public this September 10th-25th.
The diversity of studios is remarkable; you can explore venues ranging from potter’s studios in meadows to medieval barns, sinuous sculpture gardens to garrets by the sea. The natural beauty of Devon has always attracted and nurtured creativity, resulting in a vibrant studio practice that visitors can explore for free.
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International Agatha Christie Festival
Enjoy performances and film screenings, expert talks exploring Agatha Christie’s life and times, and opportunities to enjoy food, drink and dancing in some of the finest venues on the English Riviera. Find out more
You might also like: Ilfracombe Film Festival March 11-13; Animated Exeter 2016 Feb 17-20; Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival Sept 15-18; Appledore Book Festival Sept 23-Oct 2.
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