The spring bank holiday is just a few weeks away and a great way to spend the extra day off would be to head to Devon to see its beautiful countryside and coastlines.
There are lots of luxury holiday cottages in Devon you and your family can stay at, plus plenty of events to enjoy over the long weekend.
So whether you are looking to find out more about Devon’s heritage or are looking to taste some of the county’s famous food; there are plenty of events in our list below that are well-suited for you.
Exeter Street Food Market
The well-known Exeter Street Food Market is taking placing at a number of locations across Devon’s capital.
Visitors can experience street food at its best with locally sourced fresh produce served right in the heart of Exeter.
There is a market at Southernhay Gardens taking place every Friday from 11am-8pm, the Quay at Transit Shed on the first Thursday of every month from 5.30pm-9.30pm and another market taking place at the Piazza Terracina on the third Thursday of every month from 4.30pm-9.30pm.
There are a variety of cuisines that visitors can try including Spanish, Egyptian, Vietnamese, Persian, American, African and Caribbean, to name just a few. These markets will definitely get your taste buds flowing.
Dates of event: May to September
Only in its fourth chapter, the Hijacked Festival has quickly established itself as one of the South West’s best known music festivals.
Its mix of dance music, slick production, excited crowds and some of Devon’s most beautiful locations means it is the perfect outdoor party to welcome the summer.
In the past the festival has welcomed acclaimed acts such as Ms Dynamite, Blonde, Big Narstie and Gorgon City and this year is no different with a whole host of top acts heading to Devon to perform.
The 2017 line-up includes one of the world’s greatest DJ’s Jackmaster, dance/electronic duo Bicep and emerging DJ’s Denis Sulta and O’Flynn.
The festival isn’t just all about the music as it pulls together the best in emerging tastemakers; from painters, designers and engineers, to cooks and butchers. There really is something for everyone!
Date of event: 27th May
BrixFest Brixham 2017
In its sixth year after becoming arguably Brixham’s most popular festival BrixFest is still getting bigger and better each time out.
The festival will be holding its grand fireworks display on Saturday 27th May and visitors that want to get a front row seat should head down to the inner harbour.
There is plenty for visitors to see this year with a Dragonboat Challenge once again returning and Breakwater Beach hosting the annual Children’s Day where families can enjoy a petting zoo, face painting and theatre workshops.
Visitors can also enjoy the brand-new Brixham Heritage Trail, which only opened in April 2017. On Tuesday 30th May visitors can follow the trail and experience re-enactments of historic events that occurred around the town.
Dates of event: 27th – 31st May
Dawlish Arts Festival
Founded way back in 1953, the Dawlish Arts Festival is a week-long celebration of art in all its many forms.
There will be music for every taste, dance, and poetry, walking tours, flower displays, arts and crafts and lots of other family events taking place throughout the festival.
The events will be taking place all over Dawlish with the Riviera Concert Brass performing a free-to-attend event at the Bandstand on the Lawn, while jazz singer Louise Parker will be performing at the Strand Centre in Dawlish.
Dates of event: 27th May – 3rd June
River Cottage Spring Food Fair
This Axminster-based festival offers a weekend full of cooking, relaxing, growing and, of course, eating as well.
This part of Devon is home to some of the most luxurious cottages in the UK and to make your family holiday even more special you can visit this popular event.
It is a real family affair as it is packed with fun activities. This year there will be chef demonstrations, children’s workshops, garden and foraging tours, live music and plenty of food stalls.
The Spring Food Fair will also be playing host to falconry displays, donkey rides, hula hooping, skittles, ferret racing, a welly wanging event and an outdoor survival skills exhibition.
Dates of event: 27th – 29th May
Totnes and Dartington Open Studios
This event is a celebration of the local talent in and around Totnes and the River Dart.
If you are an art lover, then you will be able to see the work of local artists and understand just how talented they are.
This year’s Totnes and Dartington Open Studios event will be showcasing the work of 25 artists where makers and visitors can meet with them, visit their studios and buy their work directly.
Dates of event: 26th – 29th May
A Sixties Celebration at South Down Railway
The South Devon Railway is one of Devon’s and the south west’s most popular attractions and is the longest established steam railway in the region.
This spring bank holiday the attraction is putting on a Sixties Celebration, allowing visitors to take a ride back to the 1960s with groovy music, psychedelic fashion, mods & rockers and a radical real ale festival to boot.
So if you are getting the Hippy Hippy Shakes this bank holiday, the South Devon Railway is welcoming visitors and their sixties gear to attend the celebrations.
Dates of event: 26th – 29th May
Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta
Devon is renowned for its stunning coastlines and a great way to see it is by attending the Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta.
The regatta has its roots in the Sailing Trawler, which dates back to the early 1800’s, and the annual event was competed from 1919 until 1939 when the war began.
It looked like the event would never be run again until 60 years later when the Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta was revived in 1997 by enthusiasts.
As well as the regatta there will be plenty of other festivities for visitors to enjoy including live music, food and fireworks.
Dates of event: 27th – 28th May
Geopark Festival 2017
The 2017 Geopark Festival will be playing host to a variety of events across the bay to celebrate the English Riviera UNESCO-recognised Global Geopark.
The events taking place as part of the festival include a workshop about making your own cave model, the Brixham Heritage Museum which is putting on a display about exciting discoveries made in Brixham’s ‘Bone Caves’, and the important role Berry Head had during the Napoleonic Wars.
Other events taking place include Torquay Museum putting on a display about the Monsters of the Deep, Reach Outdoors running introductory kayak lessons for visitors, food and craft markets at Cockington Court, street art fossil displays at Torre Abbey, a fossil hunt taking place at Kents Cavern, a rock pool ramble at Goodrington Sands and cookery lessons from Occombe Farm Cookery School.
Dates of event: 27th May – 4th June