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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.
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|November 5, 2015||Tar Barrell Rolling||Ottery St Mary|
|Nov 12 - Dec 24, 2015||Christmas Late Night Shopping||Plymouth|
|Nov 12 - Jan 3, 2015||Plymouth Snow Globe||Plymouth|
|November 27-28, 2015||Candlelit Dartmouth||Dartmouth|
|November 28, 2015||Lanterns, Lights and Luminations||Brixham|
|November 19- Dec 19, 2015||Christmas Market on the Cathedral Green||Exeter|
|November 19, 2015||Exeter Christmas Lights Switch On||Princesshay, Exeter|
|November 26, 2015||Plymouth Christmas Craft and Food Market||Plymouth|
|November 27, 2015||Westpoint Christmas Shopping||Westpoint Arena, Exeter|
|November 29, 2015||Harbour Lighting of the Lights||Ilfracombe|
|December 1-24, 2015||Christmas at Pennywell Farm||Buckfastleigh|
|December 3-6, 2015||Christmas at Cockington Court||Torquay|
|Dec 4, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016||A Christmas Carol||Exeter Northcott Theatre|
|December 6, 2015||The Landmark Christmas Fair||Ilfracombe|
|December 6 - 21, 2015||The North Pole Express - Plym Valley Railway||Plymouth|
|December 6, 2015||Clovelly Christmas Lights Switch on||Clovelly|
|December 12, 2015||Christmas Market||Lifton|
|December 12, 2015||Santa Express Steam Train||Paignton|
|December 12, 2015||Christmas at The Milky Way||Clovelly|
|December 19, 2015||Plymouth Winter Ice Rink||Plymouth|
|December 26, 2015||Boxing Day Dip||Torquay|
|January 29, 2015||Comedy at the Park||Sandy Park|