Next month is full of exciting events, not only do we have the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, but Devon Day also falls on 4th June!
Devon Day I hear you ask? Yes, Devon Day, but if this is all news to you, don’t worry, here is some background.
So, like we said, Devon Day is celebrated on 4th June every year, that’s because that’s the Feast Day of Saint Petroc, who founded monasteries all over the world, but also in Devon. You can find the remains of several important religious buildings throughout the county, there’s one in Barnstaple and Exeter for instance. Saint Petroc was hugely important in Devon’s history, there are places named after him and several key religious sites have dedications to him which can still be seen today.
Now you know what Devon Day is, it’s time to start planning how you’re going to celebrate!
Grab a Cream Tea
You could always impress us by sampling a cream tea from every establishment offering them in the county, but that might take more than one day and we wouldn’t want to be responsible for any stomach aches! A great way to celebrate Devon Day is with a real Devonshire delicacy though, so at some point during the day, stop off for a cream tea – just remember to eat it the Devon way!
Visit the capital
Did you know Devon has two cities? Well, Exeter is not only one of the county’s cities, but also Devon’s capital. Exeter is home to the world-famous cathedral, as well as plenty of history and culture and you can find out loads more about Devon by visiting one of the museums – some of them are even free to enter!
Speaking of museums…
Devon’s other city, Plymouth has a great museum for finding out more about the county. You’ll also find several working museums around the county to visit giving you a real insight into what life was like generations ago.
Uncover a mystery
Head to Dartmoor and indulge in some of the weird myths and legends – you never know, you might solve a mystery, like the myth of Kitty Jay and the Hairy Hands.
Head to the beach or explore the countryside
Devon has some incredible landscapes, two National Parks, an abundance of countryside and several coastlines! That gives you plenty of beaches and countryside areas to explore and relax in. You can find jump on a surf board in North Devon, which is the first UK Surfing Reserve in the world or go fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast or explore the Tarka Trail or East Devon Way.
However you choose to celebrate Devon Day, make sure to get the date in your diary and to let us know on the day how you’re spending it.