BEST EVENTS IN DARTMOOR AND DEVON 2019
MAY 17 TO MAY 19
Devon County Show
House-sized heifers, daring dogs and speed sheep shearing - this agricultural show at Exeter’s Devon County Showground is the biggest event in the county’s social calendar.
JUN 8 TO JUN 10
Contemporary Craft Festival
Over 200 makers, including a 3D printer, gather in the park in historic town Bovey Tracey to show off their designs. The tiny Craft Cinema, hosted in a 1967 bus, shows classic and modern craft movies.
JUL 6 TO JUL 16
Ways With Words
This 10-day literary festival takes place in beautiful Dartington Hall, near Totnes, includes talks high-profile authors. Previous speakers have included Julian Barnes, Ian McEwan and Penelope Lively.
JUL 20 TO JUL 21
Shake your booty at this boutique music festival in nearby Chagford, ranked by The Sunday Times as one of the best music festivals in Britain.
North Bovey Village Fair
Our village fair is fantastically British. Expect duck races, may-pole dancing, sheep shearing, morris dancing, tea and cake stalls and eccentric fairground games.
AUG 10 TO AUG 12
Dartmoor Folk Festival
A traditional folk festival, with ceilidh, Dartmoor stepdance and broom dance championships (yes, that’s dancing with broomsticks).
AUG 30 TO SEP 1
Dartmouth Royal Regatta
Take to the seas for this naval knees-up, one of the biggest events in the local calendar. Alongside traditional races and best-dressed boat competitions, there’s bungee rowing, with crews attempting to row against a 15-metre long bungee.
SEP 8 TO SEP 23
Devon Open Studios
More than 100 studios, galleries, barns and churches across Devon open their doors to display works by local artists and makers. Visitors can buy art direct from the creator, watch demonstrations and join classes.
Maypole dancing, bale tossing, terrier racing and vintage machinery are some of the big draws at this historic agricultural show, which inspired the traditional folk song Widecombe Fair.
OCT 12 TO OCT 21
The Two Moors Festival
The hills come alive with the sound of music, during this classical music festival, which takes place across churches in Dartmoor and Exmoor.
OCT 19 TO OCT 21
Dartmouth Food Festival
Wander the cobbled alleyways of this beautiful harbour town grazing from food stalls, and brush up on your culinary skills at cookery demonstrations and food-and-wine pairing events by big-name chefs.