Festivals and Shows in Devon
We’re now within the realms of festival season and a mighty fine list of family friendly events will be happening over the next few months.
In Devon, festival season is hugely diverse. Sometimes practical and informative and sometimes quirky and eccentric – you’ll find everything here, from an eclectic mix of traditional village fetes, coastal sand-castle building or kite flying fairs, food and drink festivals, large and small agricultural shows, music festivals – the list is endless and there’s no excuse to say there’s nothing happening in the area this spring.
These fun-filled events foster a sense of community spirit and a welcome feeling of inclusiveness. Besides it’s a great excuse to get to know your neighbours a little bit better.
Read on for more information about local festivals in the area, and remember to look at the What's On in Devon listings to find even more events…
Glas-Denbury Music and Arts Festival: Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July
Award winning Glas-Denbury is an authentic, accessible family friendly festival, that this year will be running on 5 and 6 July. Located on a beautiful site amongst the rolling Devon hills, it is a magical, safe event, suitable for all ages.
Whether you are a seasoned or first-time festival goer, a family with young children or perhaps want to enjoy a child free break, why not go and join in the fun this year? Prepare yourself for a whirlwind of mystical, magical, marvellous fun and see why everyone’s talking about Glas-Denbury. See www.glas-denbury.co.uk
Children’s Hospice South West’s Rainbow Run: Saturday 22 June
The 5km Children’s Hospice South West’s Rainbow Run at Westpoint Exeter returns on Saturday 22 June. Anyone aged five and above can take part and may wish to run, jog or walk through colourful bursts of powder paint at special colour stations set up around the course. The event village will be open from 11am, with face painters, a bouncy castle, fun tents with games and tombolas, and music from Radio Exe. There will also be food and drink available, as well as plenty of colourful rainbow merchandise. To register online, visit www.chsw.org.uk/rainbowexeter
Buckfast Abbey’s Summer Food and Craft Fair: Saturday 6 July
Buckfast Abbey’s popular Summer Food and Craft Fair will again be hosting an abundance of locally produced food and craft stalls, live entertainment and possibly some alpacas, on Saturday 6 July. Entry is free and so is parking.
The ever popular and award-winning cookery school for children 'Fun Kitchen' will be running high energy ‘hands-on’ free cookery workshops throughout the day. Places will need to be pre-booked - find out more at www.buckfast.org.uk/product/tickets/fun-kitchen-2019
Exeter Festival: Friday 5 to Sunday 7 July
The Exeter Festival runs from 5-7 July 2019 throughout the city, with most of the action taking place in Northernhay Gardens. This festival is a new and exciting three day fun-filled, summer extravaganza with bucket loads of family friendly activities over a jam packed weekend in Exeter.
Catch an outdoor screening of Bohemian Rhapsody with friends on Friday 5th, dance the night away with the Hoosiers on Saturday 6th and join the free family day on Sunday 7th. For a full list of events and activities and to buy your tickets, visit www.visitexeter.com/exeterfestival
Twilight Walk and 5K Fizz Run for Hospiscare: Saturday 6 July
This is one for the mums: Get the girls together and join 100`s of women for a great evening of fun and laughter, whilst raising valuable funds for Hospiscare on Saturday 6 July.
With `Pink Fizz` as the theme, don your tutu, legwarmers and bunny ears and either walk 5 or 10 miles or why not try the 5k Fizz run along Exmouth seafront? On your return to The Maer everyone will be welcomed back to celebrate with a free glass of fizz and supper. For more information or to sign up visit www.twilightwalk.org.uk or call 01392 688020.
Ottery St Mary Food and Families Festival: Saturday 1 June
Ottery St Mary Food and Families Festival, now in its seventh year, will be drawing
visitors to the town with its market trader stalls, a full programme of live music and entertainment, high quality cookery demonstrations, kids’ crafts activities and more.
The biggest festival auction to date will have a range of exciting prizes up for grabs too. For details see http://otteryfood.org
Greenway Literary Festival, 25 May – 9 June
Calling all bookworms! This May half term why not join in the fun at the first ever Greenway Literary Festival, held at Agatha Christie’s holiday home Greenway, cared for by the National Trust.
Children’s Book Week during the May half term is full of writers for all ages. Young readers can enjoy tales from ‘Shifty McGifty’, ‘The Trapdoor Mysteries’ and ‘Septimus Heap’ among many others.
There will be storytelling sessions, creative workshops and garden trails for families to take part in.
Older readers can be inspired by Beverley Naidoo’s journey of apartheid and Muhammad Khan’s novel motivated by the British schoolgirls who fled to Syria.
Full festival details, a downloadable festival programme and to book tickets are available on the website, https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway/features/childrens-book-week-25---31-may