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Festival Events

Devon loves nothing better than to celebrate its heritage, music, arts and crafts, which is why you’ll always be able to find fun and interesting things to do and see on your holidays. Festivals and events are part of West Country life - from small, intimate events to huge, carnival-style gatherings.

June sees the Lord Mayor's Day in Plymouth, which is a must for those interested in the secrets behind Devon’s beautiful blooms, while beautiful Babbacombe on the English Riviera hosts its Babbacombe Festival, a whole week of exciting events.

July sees the Tiverton Balloon Festival where you'll witness a whole host of colourful hot air balloons, including special shapes, as they ascend!

Even in the colder months, there’s something to celebrate, making family holidays in Devon perfect at any time of year. Agatha Christie fans flock to the English Riviera for the Agatha Christie Festival, as it transforms into the murder-mystery capital of the country. Literary fans will also enjoy the chance to meet and chat with high-profile authors at the Budleigh Salterton Literature Festival and Plymouth International Book Festival, whilst the Tar Barrell Rolling in Ottery St Mary in November is a real Devon experience! 

Read on for a selection of festivals in 2015. For even more events visit our area-specific sister sites, using the links at the top of the page.

Discover more Devon events with the Official Devon Guide

November 5, 2015Tar Barrell RollingOttery St Mary
Nov 12 - Dec 24, 2015 Christmas Late Night ShoppingPlymouth
Nov 12 - Jan 3, 2015Plymouth Snow GlobePlymouth
November 27-28, 2015Candlelit DartmouthDartmouth
November 28, 2015Lanterns, Lights and LuminationsBrixham
November 19- Dec 19, 2015Christmas Market on the Cathedral GreenExeter
November 19, 2015Exeter Christmas Lights Switch OnPrincesshay, Exeter
November 26, 2015Plymouth Christmas Craft and Food MarketPlymouth
November 27, 2015Westpoint Christmas ShoppingWestpoint Arena, Exeter
November 29, 2015Harbour Lighting of the LightsIlfracombe
December 1-24, 2015Christmas at Pennywell FarmBuckfastleigh
December 3-6, 2015Christmas at Cockington CourtTorquay
Dec 4, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016A Christmas CarolExeter Northcott Theatre
December 6, 2015The Landmark Christmas FairIlfracombe
December 6 - 21, 2015The North Pole Express - Plym Valley RailwayPlymouth
December 6, 2015Clovelly Christmas Lights Switch onClovelly
December 12, 2015Christmas MarketLifton
December 12, 2015Santa Express Steam TrainPaignton
December 12, 2015Christmas at The Milky WayClovelly
December 19, 2015Plymouth Winter Ice RinkPlymouth
December 26, 2015Boxing Day DipTorquay
January 29, 2015Comedy at the ParkSandy Park

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