Plan your visit

November 2019

November 2 Shaldon bonfire and fireworks

November 5 Ottery St Mary Tar Barrels – every year for reasons lost in antiquity, the flaming Tar Barrels are carried through the streets of Ottery St Mary

November 16 Torquay Christmas Carnival Procession

November 16 – 19 Exeter Christmas Market on Cathedral Green

November 23 – Lanterns Lights and ‘luminations – Christmas lights switch on in Brixham

November 29 – December 1 Train of Lights – launched last year to great acclaim, the world’s first steam train of lights is back

November 29 – December 1 Coleton Aglow at Coleton Fishacre, Kingswear. This beautiful National Trust Arts & Crafts style house hosts a 1920s festive party and the gardens are lit up with illuminations. Booking essential.

November 29 – 30 Candlelit Dartmouth – Lantern Parade, Christmas Market, Grotto, children’s craft workshop and craft market

November 30 The Rainbow Ball – this annual event raises thousands of pounds for charity and will be at the Riviera International Conference Centre this year

November 30 – Dec 1 Winter Fest – Torre Abbey. Local artists and makers selling unique gifts in the historic setting of this beautiful museum

December 2019

December 1 – Santa in the Caves at Kents Cavern Torquay (also December 7 & 8/ 14 & 15/ 21st to 24th)

December 3, 10th and 17thTotnes Christmas Late Night Shopping – 3 festive evenings on Tuesday with entertainment, shopping, food and fun

December 7 11.30 – 1pm – Father Christmas visits Greenway House – Agatha Christie’s holiday home – to meet children and share gifts. Booking advisable. £5 per child

December 20 The Holly Ball at The Grand Hotel Torquay

December 21 – 24 Christmas at Babbacombe Model Village

December 21 – January 5        Sleeping Beauty Pantomime at Palace Theatre, Paignton

December 26 – The Boxing Day Dip – an annual event organised by No. 200 (Torquay) Squadron air Training Corps. Torre Abbey Sands. Arrive at 10.30a, to enter the sea at 11am Tasteful fancy dress for participants who are sponsored for charity

December 31 New Year’s Eve – watch the fireworks all around Torbay from the tower or walk down to the harbour to be part of the celebrations

January 2020

Jan 8 – 12 / Jan 22 – 26 RSPB Winter Avocet Cruises Exe Estuary – come and see the thousands of birds that flock to the Exe Estuary in winter

January 25 – Teignmouth Farmers market – every last Saturday of the month

February 2020

February 6 – 9 RSPB Winter Avocet Cruises Exe Estuary – come and see the thousands of birds that flock to the Exe Estuary in winter.

February 14 Ellen Kent’s Madama Butterfly – an award winning opera in a new production at Princess Theatre, Torquay

Feb 17 – March 16 Chinese New Year Trail around RAMM, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, Exeter. A trail for children of all ages to celebrate the Year of the Dog.

Feb 24 Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap at Theatre Royal Plymouth 19.30 – 22.00

March 2020

March 15thTotnes Food Market – third Sunday of each month

Feb 17 – March 16 Chinese New Year Trail around RAMM, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, Exeter. A trail for children of all ages to celebrate the Year of the Dog.

April 2020

April 4 Torbay Chocolate Festival at Torre Abbey – a one-day celebration of chocolate from some of the UK’s most passionate and talented chocolate makers

April 10 – Good Friday

April 13 – Easter Monday

May 2020

May 2 – 4 Brixham Pirate Festival – swashbuckling fun at Brixham

May 16th Dart the Dart Run – a fun filled foodie run along the banks of the River Dart from Totnes to Dartmouth. Up to 400 runners wearing fancy dress sample food and refreshments. Around 15 miles in length. Organised by the Dartmouth Food Festival and the Dartmouth Mayflower 400 Team

May 21 -23 Westpoint Devon County Show at Clyst St Mary Exeter.

May 22 – 24 Sea Change Festival at Dartington Hall Estate

May 23 – 27 BrixFest –  3-day festival with live music, cooking demonstrations, an arts and craft market, vintage car rally, crabbing competitions, heritage craft exhibitions, a children’s day, dragon boat racing and firework display

June 2020

June 6 – 7 English Riviera Airshow

June 12 -14 Powderham Castle – Tunes in the Castle Exeter

June 20 – Brixham Trawler Race – a two lap race around the bay raising money for local charities

June 20 – 21 RS 200 Nationals –  sailing Summer Championships. Torbay Yacht Club

June 27 – 28 Dartmouth Mayflower 400 Classic Yacht Regatta. A weekend of friendly racing and social events for classic and traditional boats

July 2020

July 25- August 2 Paignton Festival (Torbay Carnival Week)

July 25 – Marldon Apple Pie Fair – local arts & crafts and food, falconry displays and a novelty dog show

July 26 Riviera Classic Car Show Paignton Green

July 28 – August 1 – Dartmouth Shakespeare Week. Much Ado About Nothing presented by the Inn Theatre Company at Dartmouth Castle

July 31 – Aug 2 Torbay Steam Fair – a 3-day event

August 2020

August 2 – 7 Firefly National Championship Royal Torbay Yacht Cub

August 5 Cockington Fayre – a traditional old English village summer Fair in the beautiful village of Cockington

Aug 8 – 16  Paignton Regatta Community Fun Week – 80 hours of free family fun in aid of good causes

August 12 – 13 The British Firework Championships held at The Hoe Plymouth from 9.30pm

Aug 18 – 22     Children’s Week – the UK’s longest running children’s festival. Performances, workshops and events throughout the week

Aug 21 – 24 Torbay Royal Regatta – three great days of racing for IRC and Cruiser Classes, Sports boats, PY Dinghies and Junior Classes

August 30 Dartmouth Mayflower 400 grand River Pageant – the start of Dartmouth’s week of Mayflower commemorations

August 30 – September 5 Dartmouth is one of 11 towns to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower for the New World America.

 

September 2020

September 15 International Agatha Christie Festival – to celebrate the birthday of Torquay’s best-selling author and former resident

End of September to early October. Date to be confirmed: England’s Seafood Feast

October 2020

Date tbc England’s Seafood Feast

November 2020

November 27 – 28 Candlelit Dartmouth – Lantern Parade, Christmas Market, Grotto, children’s craft workshop and craft market

December 2020

 

 

 

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