Summer festivals in Devon

There are so many summer festivals in Devon that if you’re looking for entertainment away from the beach, there are lots to choose from.

Whether your interest is music, food, drink, crafts, or art, there’s a festival to suit you. Here’s a selection of festivals taking place in Devon this summer:

Budleigh Music Festival, Budleigh Salterton

13th – 21st July

A week of classical music including free lunchtime concerts as well as ticketed evening performances.

Exmouth Cider Festival

14th – 15th July

Two days of music and cider at Exmouth Pavilion on the seafront. A variety of musical acts will perform – from soul and Motown classics to rock hits. Entry is free.

Summer Nights Festival, Newton Abbot

21st July & 25th August

A festival of street food in the town centre featuring locally produced dishes and world cuisine. There is also live music and entertainment.

Mid Devon Show, Tiverton

28th July

Billed as the ‘best one-day agricultural show in the West’, The Mid Devon Show offers a fun day out, which includes farm demonstrations, arts, rural crafts, food and drink, and musical entertainment.

Sidmouth Folk Week

3rd – 11th August

A week-long seaside celebration of music, dance and song right on the doorstep of the Royal York & Faulkner Hotel.

Devon Fire & Spice Festival, Powderham Castle

18th – 19th August

Barbecue demonstrations, a chilli cook-off competition, food for less spicy palates and excellent beers and ciders to cool the mouth down afterwards.

River Cottage Festival, Axminster

25th – 26th August

A jam-packed programme of music, food masterclasses and festival fun at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s HQ, River Cottage.

Plymouth Seafood Festival

15th – 16th September

An annual two-day seafood event with entertainment, activities, celebrity chefs, and dishes to celebrate the city’s fantastic caught seafood.

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

19th – 23rd September

A five-day festival packed with best-selling authors, lively panel debate, workshops, inspiring talks, readings and conversations with talented authors, scientists, playwrights, historians, and broadcasters.

Abbfest, Ipplepen

21st- 23rd September

A volunteer-run, charity festival weekend full of live music, locally produced beer and cider, chef demonstrations and a food and craft market full of local artisan producers.

If you’re tempted by a summer festival in Devon and are looking for a place to stay, why not join us at the Royal York & Faulkner Hotel? You can check availability here, or please give us a call on 0800 220714.

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