What's On in Ottery St Mary

Ottery St Mary hosts a variety of events that cater to diverse interests and passions throughout the year. From cultural festivals to traditional celebrations, there is always something exciting happening in this vibrant community.

Regular events

Ottery Tar Barrels: The Tar Barrel event is the most famous and unique tradition in Ottery St Mary, originally residents would roll barrels of flaming tar through the streets, these days the flaming barrels are carried towards a huge bonfire! It occurs annually on Bonfire Night, November 5th. Locals carry flaming tar barrels through the streets, creating a thrilling spectacle that draws visitors from far and wide.

Ottery St Mary Food & Families Festival: This annual event celebrates the town's passion for food, drink, and local producers. It usually includes food stalls, live cooking demonstrations, entertainment, and family-friendly activities.

Pixie Day: This annual tradition is celebrated on the Saturday closest to Mid-Summer's Day in June. This enchanting event commemorates a local legend about mischievous 'pixies' who once caused havoc in the town and were subsequently banished to a nearby cave called 'Pixies' Parlour'. The festivities kick off in the early afternoon with a lively fête held at the Land of Caanan Park. The atmosphere is vibrant as locals and visitors come together to enjoy various activities and entertainment.

Christmas Events: During the festive season, Ottery St Mary often hosts Christmas markets, lights switch-on events, carol singing, and other seasonal festivities.

Community Fairs and Markets: Ottery St Mary may host community fairs and markets at different times, offering opportunities to explore local crafts, produce, and goods.

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