What's on in Devon: Events for 2022

Days out, Events, Activity

Posted by Kate W on 1st January 2022

The annual Exmouth Christmas Day SwimThe annual Exmouth Christmas Day Swim - image credit: @lynhalvie

If you’re planning a holiday to the South West this year, why not coincide it with one of the fantastic events in Devon in 2022?

Take a trip to Dartmouth for award-winning food, listen to bands by the beach in Croyde, or enjoy a wonderful family day out to the Devon County Show where competitions, stunts and children’s activities will keep you entertained.

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Read through our list of events to find out what’s on in Devon during 2022 and attend a fun festival or day out during your holiday.

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What's on in Devon in January

Westward Ho! sea swimImage credit: Visit Westward Ho!

New Year’s Day Fancy Dress Dip, Westward Ho!

1st January 

Welcome in the new year with a New Year’s Day Fancy Dress Dip with all the other local revellers! Dress up in your best fancy dress (no wetsuits allowed!) and dive into the chilly waters at this beautiful beach location on the phenomenal North Devon coast.

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What's on in Devon in February

Beesands Beach view

South Devon Coastal Marathon, Beesands

5th February 

Pull on your running shoes for this South Devon marathon along the serene and beautiful coastline. There's a limited number of places for this popular race, so book your place quickly on this rugged trail running course. This circular trail begins and ends in Beesands village and the route takes you past Hallsands and Freshwater Bay.  

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Totnes Good Food Sunday Market, Totnes

20th February 

There are always a host of monthly farmers' markets and food fairs to attend across the county and our top pick would be the Totnes Good Food Sunday Market, the biggest fine food farmers' market in Devon with a wide selection of delights to sample. 

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What's on in Devon in March

The Story Tram, Seaton 

4th March 

If you are on holiday in Devon with kids, you should check out The Story Tram on the Seaton Tramway in March. They have an 'Out of this World' adventure story event and run other activities throughout the year too. Watch the countryside pass while your child gets wrapped up in a magical adventure at this family event. 

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What's on in Devon in April  

Brixham Pirate Festival

Brixham Pirate Festival, Brixham

30th April - 2nd May 

Head to the Brixham Pirate Festival with yer salty sea dogs for a fun few days. Hundreds of people in pirate gear descend on this seaside town each spring for bands, market stalls and re-enactments too. There’s a family area and, best of all, the festival is free!

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What's on in Devon in May

English Riviera Bike Festival, Paignton

TBD May 

Taking place on Paignton Green, by the seafront, the English Riviera Bike Festival is a place for bike enthusiasts and admirers to get together - visit for the day or the whole weekend. Live music will be taking place in local bars and pubs and you’ll be right by Paignton’s sandy beach too.

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Dart Music Festival, Dartmouth

6th – 8th May 

A fantastic event in a wonderful location, the Dart Music Festival offers up free music across a multitude of venues around the town. Spend a relaxed weekend drinking, eating and drifting between the pubs, bars and music venues throughout the area listening to local bands beside the River Dart.

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What's on in Devon in June

Torbay AirshowImage credit: @cwashingtonpt

Torbay Airshow, Paignton

4th - 5th June 

Torbay Airshow is two days of stunts, displays and flypasts - enjoy watching the incredible aerial performances during this event. There’s also plenty of family-friendly entertainment taking place on the ground, including exhibition stands, bars, food stalls, inflatable slides, bouncy castles and fairground rides.

Gold Coast Oceanfest, Croyde

17th - 19th June 

Taking place in the cliffs over Croyde Beach, Gold Coast Oceanfest music festival is a top Devon event - chill out on the grass and listen or head to the front of the crowd to see artists perform up close. When you’re ready for a break, head down to beautiful Croyde Beach to surf, swim or just sit and chat on the sand.

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Axe Vale Show, Axminster

18th - 19th June  

Enjoy a relaxed day out to the Axe Vale Show where there’ll be stalls to peruse filled with food, crafts and plants, and plenty of space to sit and unwind. Events taking place include dog shows, stunts, sheep shearing and music over both days.

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Shaldon FestivalImage credit: @meilim_photography

The Shaldon Festival, Shaldon

22nd - 25th June 

The Shaldon Festival is a classical music festival that aims to ‘provide local people and visitors with access to first-rate, professionally-performed classical music at affordable prices’ and succeeds with a wonderful mix of classical performances taking place in seafront St Peter’s Church. 

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Devon County Show

Devon County Show, Clyst St Mary

30th June - 2nd July 

This Devon County Show has a host of livestock competitions with over 100 rare and minority breeds in attendance. There’s lots going on: enjoy the food fair, Craft and Gardens Pavilion, Children’s Garden, see horse show jumping, the dog show and chef demonstrations, vintage tractors and steam engines, and sip delicious craft beers and ciders. Phew!

What's on in Devon in July

Chagstock Music Festival, ChagfordImage credit: @sgbroad

Chagstock Music Festival, Chagford

22nd - 23rd July 

Chagstock Music Festival started as a private festival by a group of friends in 2003 and now is a public, sell-out, 5,000-capacity music festival in the heart of beautiful Dartmoor. Enjoy great music in a scenic location, and there are also food vans and a kids' area with circus skills, drumming workshops and crazy golf that families will love!

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Mid Devon Show, Knightshayes

23rd July 

The Mid Devon Show is another rural Devon event where entrants show off prized cattle, sheep, and other more unusual livestock. There are food stalls where you can grab a bite, horticulture to discover, music to create a lively atmosphere and plenty of animals to meet in the tents.

Sidmouth Folk Festival, Sidmouth

29th July - 5th August 

If you enjoy folk music, attend Sidmouth Folk Festival to see musicians, hear storytelling, take part in workshops and watch dancing take place. There’s even a children’s festival on site and a youth programme so youngsters can have an excellent time too!

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Salcombe regatta

Salcombe Regatta, Salcombe

30th July - 6th August  

Watch boats sail past and cheer on your favourites at the Salcombe Regatta. Taking place in a beautifully scenic location, make sure you find a good spot in a café or pub garden beside the water so you can sit and take in the fantastic spectacle of boats steering about against an exquisite backdrop.

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What's on in Devon in August

The North Devon Show, Umberleigh

3rd August  

Another chance to see livestock competitions, dog shows, and horticulture exhibitions while browsing stalls of food, drink and crafts; the North Devon Show is a top local attraction and a great family day out. There’s also falconry, axe throwing, horse show jumping and lots of other exciting things to see and do at this North Devon event.

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Jazz by the Sea, Bude

Jazz by the Sea, Bude

30th August - 2nd September 

Taking place across a few different venues in the centre of Bude, Jazz by the Sea is a great chance to listen to iconic and new music in an incredible seaside location. It’s a holiday resort so you can make the most of your time here by seeing a band play, grabbing food in a seafront café, then heading down for a stroll along the beach.

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What's on in Devon in September

Devon Open Studios, takes place all across Devon

TBD September 

Organised by the Devon Artist Network, the Devon Open Studios event sees artists from all across Devon open up their studios to the general public, so you can view the latest piece they’re working on, see how their work comes together, and meet and chat to the artists about their techniques and inspiration.

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Plymouth Seafood Festival, Plymouth

TBD September 

Visit the harbour city to celebrate the Plymouth Seafood Festival - dine out every night and try new finds during the day as you browse the stalls set up in the Barbican and Sutton Harbour. Cooking demonstrations and children's workshops take place too. 

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Torre Abbey: The main venue of the International Agatha Christie Festival

International Agatha Christie Festival, Torquay

10th - 17th September 

Get enraptured in storytelling and performances at the annual International Agatha Christie Festival, and listen to talks by other aspiring writers, artists and murder-mystery lovers. The aim of the festival is to celebrate Agatha Christie and to nurture new voices, so expect a host of new talent as well at this event!

Torquay cottages

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival, Budleigh Salterton

14th - 18th September  

Meet authors you love and discover new ones at the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival taking place on the East Devon coast. The events take place at a range of venues across the town so you can explore this coastal gem while you enjoy the festival atmosphere and get inspired by writers and artists attending and speaking.

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Abbfest, Newton Abbot

16th - 18th September  

Taking place on the outskirts of Newton Abbott, Abbfest is a volunteer-run event that aims to raise money for a variety of charities and have fun doing it! Enjoy good food, beer tents and excellent music at this local festival that always draws a crowd and offers up a relaxed and lively atmosphere.

Newton Abbot cottages

Appledore Book Festival, Appledore

Appledore Book Festival, Appledore

15th - 24th September 

Visit to see a whole variety of authors, performers, journalists, musicians, poets and comedians speaking at this exciting book-centric event. At the Appledore Book Festival, there's plenty of things to do including attending exhibitions and workshops, taking part in guided tours, and listening to a variety of talks and discussions.

Appledore cottages

Dart the Dart Foodie Fun Run, Totnes to Dartmouth

25th September 

This fun run is not a race but a chance to sample culinary delights and drinks while you run. Stretching 13 miles from Totnes to Dartmouth, the Dart the Dart Foodie Fun Run will lead you alongside the River Dart for wonderful views, and it’s around a £40 admission fee to join the run. Expect great scenery, great food and great camaraderie!

Apple Day, Clovelly

25th September  

At Apple Day in beautiful Clovelly, there’s an excellent mix of things to do from the Harvest Hunt, Garden Tour and cookery demonstrations to a range of crafts and activities for kids – they’ll love getting up close and petting animals with South West Animal Services.

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What's on in Devon in October

Food festivals

Powderham Food Festival, Kenton, Exeter

TBD October 

Spend all day eating and snacking on tasty treats in another fantastic Devon location – Powderham Food Festival at the impressive Powderham Castle. Try chutneys and cheeses, lunch on BBQ delights, sip a beverage from the Beer, Cider and Ale section, and relax on the grass while the atmosphere washes over you.

Exeter cottages

Dartmouth Food Festival, Dartmouth

21st - 23rd October 

From the same crew who organise the Dart the Dart Foodie Fun Run, the Dartmouth Food Festival is a staple in the local calendar and a fantastic chance to fill up on a range of tasty goodies. Celebrity chefs make an appearance and there are demonstrations, children's classes, and cookery contests to enter. 

What's on in Devon in November

Herring Festival, Clovelly

20th November 

This unusual seaside village hosts a range of fun events throughout the year and the second one that’s made this list is the Herring Festival. This wonderful food festival hosts exhibitions and demonstrations, street entertainers, an art workshop, food and drink tasters and music throughout the day.

Torquay Christmas Carnival

Torquay Christmas Carnival Procession and Christmas Lights, Torquay

TBD November 

There are plenty of exciting Christmas events taking place across Devon, but if you want to get in the Christmas spirit, the Torquay Christmas Lights is a great place to start! Watch decorated floats pass by as well as dancing groups and bands too. Father Christmas will be in his grotto and there’s the Christmas Lights Switch On.

What's on in Devon in December  

Christmas at the Model Village, Torquay

TBD December 

Babbacombe Model Village is always a great family attraction during a visit to Devon but, when winter arrives, so do the Christmas-themed sets! Find Santa among the sets, enjoy the mini-panto and watch the Christmas lights dazzle during Christmas at the Model Village.

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Exmouth Christmas Day DashImage credit: @lynhalvie

The Exmouth Christmas Day Swim, Exmouth

25th December 

Are you brave enough to jump into the freezing cold waters of the English Channel? People flock to Exmouth Beach for the big Christmas Day Swim - test yourself and take in the atmosphere before returning to a welcoming, warm cottage for a well-deserved Christmas lunch.

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Attend an event in Devon in 2022

Whatever you are hoping to get up to this year, there’s a whole host of Devon events in 2022 to seek out and this county is an unforgettable place to visit for an exciting holiday. Discover rural Devon at one of the bustling summer county shows where you can meet animals and watch top entertainment, or venture down to the coast and feel invigorated with a winter swim in chilly British waters!

Want more inspiration? To find out more about what’s on in Devon, head over to our blog on top 10 things to do in Devon or take a look through our guide to fun-packed activities you can do in Devon.

Browse our collection of cosy cottages and find the perfect place to stay near one of these events for a wonderful holiday getaway. Discover our cottages in Devon today. 

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Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.