Devon Day is almost upon us once again, at Visit Devon we’ve got lots of great things going on to celebrate, so keep an eye on our social media accounts to win some truly amazing Devon themed prizes! We like to spoil you guys though, so here are a few ideas of what you can do to celebrate the national day dedicated to England’s greatest county!
First, here’s some background.
So, Devon Day is celebrated on the 4th June every year which coincides with the feast day of Saint Petroc. He was a prince and a saint but turned down the crown in order to study religion. Which is fair enough we guess. During his travels where he went all over founding various monasteries, he headed to Devon where you’ll find the remains of several important religious buildings in places like Barnstaple and Petrockstowe and Newton St Petroc are both named after him.
Don’t get FOMO though, he didn’t just stay in the north of the county, he has a lot of association with Exeter and the surrounding areas and there are dedications to him in several key churches around the county.
So there you go, now you know a bit more about Devon Day, here are some suggestions for things to do.
We don’t expect you to found monasteries, we think that might take a bit more time than just a day, but there are still some pretty impressive things you can do in that time.
Spend a few hours nursing a Cream Tea
If you really want a challenge, feel free to sample a cream tea from EVERYWHERE in the county, but you know, just turning up to one of the many excellent establishments and having a Devon Cream Tea on Devon Day is a great way to celebrate the region.
Image by The National Marine Aquarium
Visit the UK’s largest aquarium
Because it’s right here in Devon!
Image by Woodlands Family Theme Park
Go to a theme park
Devon has loads of theme parks so if you want an adventurous, adrenaline filled day celebrating the county as a whole, why not visit one of the many theme parks that you’ll find here?
Image by Babbacombe Cliff Railway
Ride a cliff top railway
You’ll find two Cliff Top Railways in Devon, one in the south at Babbacombe and one towards the north at Lynton and Lynmouth. Cliff Top Railway Day even originated in Devon, so this is a great way to not only experience a great feat of British engineering, do some sightseeing and do something a little different, but also a chance to acknowledge that some pretty incredible things came out of Devon.
Image by Kents Cavern Torquay
Explore the region’s history
There are caves, museums, castles, churches and a whole host of other historical artefacts and buildings to be found in Devon. As North Devon played an important part in World War 2 and the rest of Devon has connections to the English Civil War, plus Dartmoor has some of the oldest remaining Neolithic ruins in the country, so wherever you are, you can find out more about Devon.
Enjoy the scenery
Devon is full of amazingly diverse landscapes, from its two national parks, two coastlines and abundance of beautiful greenery, you are never too far from an amazing spot to sit and reflect how Devon really is the best county in Britain.
So, there you go, a few suggestions to help you celebrate Devon Day this year. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled on our social media where you’ll have the chance to win loads of great prizes! If you do anything special for Devon Day this year, be sure to let us know on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!