What's On in Devon

Throughout the year Devon plays host to a fantastic array of events, all across the  county, see the top events going on in DartmoorEast DevonEnglish RivieraExeterExmoorMid DevonNorth DevonPlymouth and South Devon.

We're a friendly bunch here in Devon, we love to get together to have fun, share and celebrate - and we love visitors to come and join us, too. From large national events to traditional village fetes, many people plan a visit to Devon around an event that particularly appeals to them.

Just save your favourite Devon events to your planner, then browse some great places to stay.

What's on in Devon for you?

Musicsports, foodtheatre, literature, comedyart ... whatever you're in to, you'll find Devon events and festivals big and small to please you, as well as many that are family-focused. And being such a special and unique county, we've also got plenty of the more unusual, traditional events that simply can't be found anywhere else. The big Devon events are certainly not to be missed, so make sure to add them to your diaries. If you're wondering what you can do right now take a look at our monthly events calendar for events happening this month.

The quaint, the unusual and the quirky ... only in Devon

Yes, we have world-class events on a scale that matches up to any other county (see Big Devon Events for events such as the National Fireworks Competition) - but we also have plenty of events that are totally unique to Devon.

Tavistock’s Goose Fair in October dates back to the 12th century, when farmers brought their geese for sale, and drove them through the streets to the market. You may not see much of this today, but goose lunches are available across the town on that day, and market traders, showmen and fair rides gather from all over the country. 

Whilst in Ilfracombe, every July  the South West Birdman Competition sees hopeful aviators hurling themselves off the town's pier hoping to "fly" the furthest and be crowned champion. As well as the main flying event, this is part of a day-long music festival with food stalls, an ale and cider festival, artisan market and children's entertainment

And the tradition of carrying burning Tar Barrels through the streets of Ottery St Mary on November 5 is hundreds of years old, and probably started after the gunpowder plot of 1605. Devon has a history of torchlight processions, but only in Ottery do the residents actually carry full sized lighted tar barrels on their shoulders through the streets … See more of Devon's big events here. 

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Mark the 80th Anniversary of D-Day in Sidmouth

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On Thursday, June 6, the nation will come together to remember the tens of thousands of allied forces who gave service on D-Day eighty years ago and helped secure peace after the Second World War. Across the United Kingdom, Europe and the world, commemorations will be taking place to mark the 80 th…

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Newton Abbot Racecourse classic car show

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The Classic Car Show takes place at Newton Abbot Racecourse on Saturday, 8th June, all lovingly preserved and proudly displayed by enthusiasts. This nostalgic gathering celebrates the golden era of motoring, featuring a stunning array of vehicles dating back before 1990! More than 60 vintage motors…

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Top places to paddleboard in Devon

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Whether you’ve been paddleboarding for years or you’re new to this increasingly popular watersport, you’ll likely have noticed that Devon is a haven for anyone indulging in water based activities. The beauty of paddleboarding is that you don’t have to be incredibly fit or have any training to give…

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It’s A ‘Massive’ May Half Term for Devon!

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Over 20 activities and things to do in Devon this Whitsun Break! Devon is getting ready for a Massive May Half Term and there are plenty of things to get excited about. There will be non-stop family fun for the whole week. Anne Blackham, Marketing Manager for Devon’s Top Attractions, said: “Our…

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Saltram displays two new portraits

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Two portraits of Theresa Parker, who lived at Saltram in the 18 th century, by leading artists Sir Joshua Reynolds and Angelica Kauffman are on display together for the first at Saltram until the end of June. Images: Reynolds portrait of Saltram's Teresa Parker being worked on at the Royal Oak…

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Join RHS Rosemoor this May half term

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Visit RHS Rosemoor near Great Torrington for their Family Gardening Festival this May Half Term, where green fingers of all sizes are invited to plant and play. There’s a whole week of interactive planting activities, creative crafts, inspirational storytelling, puppet shows and fun garden trails to…

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