Big Devon Events
Did you know that some of the UK's biggest events take place in Devon? With airshows, firework championships and more, wherever you are in the county, there are fantastic events taking place every day. Whether you're into music, food, sport, culture or spectacular displays of fireworks and planes you'll find a big event to tempt you down to Devon (you can find accommodation here).
Take a look at our rundown of some of Devon's biggest events - then follow the links below to find many more.
Every year in August, Plymouth's waterfront is the scene of the jaw-dropping British Fireworks Championships. This spectacular two day programme of displays start at dusk, but from early evening there's also music, entertainment, stalls and a funfair at Plymouth Hoe.
Throughout the year there's lots going on for music fans across Devon - see our full rundown of music events here. But those that draw the biggest crowds include: Goldcoast Oceanfest (June) - three days of waterfront music and beachsports in Croyde; Beautiful Days (August) - a 16,500 capacity family-friendly weekend festival at Escort Park, managed by the Levellers; and watch out for international artists performing at Exeter's Westpoint venue throughout the year.
Big food festivals
Devon's a huge draw for foodies, so it's unsurprising that some of the UK's biggest and best annual food festivals happen here.
See here for more Devon food events
Big, flaming tar barrels
Devon has a huge array of sports events throughout the year. Some of the biggest include regattas such as the Royal Dartmouth and Royal Torbay, national and international rugby fixtures at Sandy Park, home of Exeter Chiefs, and the Tour of Britain cycle race which draws huge crowds when it passes through Devon.
Big county show
The Devon County Show is of course a highlight of the calendar - it's three days of farming, food and fun in May.
Big book festivals
Want to keep in budget? Find free events across Devon
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