15 festivals and shows happening this summer in Devon
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In August, there are an amazing 15 festivals and shows happening across Devon for you to choose from and really make this summer special.
As restrictions lift, many festivals and outdoor shows have been given the go-ahead and are itching to welcome you back. Devon has everything from live music and tribute bands to family festivals. Whatever your preferences, there's something that will inspire and entertain.
The Sidmouth Folk Festival
30th July - 6th August
We're kicking off with a festival that has been championing traditional music, dance and song for more than 65 years. Enjoy the sounds and sights of local creatives in a welcoming environment that has people coming back for more year after year.
The Something Wild Festival
30th July - 1st August
- 1 Win the full range of Bashall Spirits Gins
- 2 20 of the best places to eat out in St Ives
- 3 Seven Falls, Tintwistle - a hidden gem in the Peak District
- 4 6 waterfall walks in Derbyshire and the Peak District
- 5 Win a G&H Spirits gin set with Sussex Life
- 6 12 beautiful waterfalls in Yorkshire
- 7 20 of the best restaurants in Hertfordshire
- 8 Win a three nights stay at Nydsley Hall in Pateley Bridge
- 9 Afternoon tea in Kent: 15 of the best tearooms
- 10 7 great walks near Kirkby Lonsdale
After a year off, the family friendly trail running festival is back and promises to be better than ever. They will be kicking off with the Yar Tor fell race, which will be followed by a BBQ and an honesty bar. Enjoy some exercise surrounded by the beauty of Dartmoor.
Lupton Music Festival
31st July - 1st August
This will be a weekend to remember with live music from a mix of musicians including the Take A Chance on Us ABBA Tribute group. There will also be a beer tent provided by Bays Brewery as well as plenty of food vendors.
Love Summer Festival
6th - 8th August
There are still a handful of tickets left for this small but mighty independent festival in the heart of South Devon. There will be three stages with live performances you won't be able to stop yourself from dancing to. For younger visitors, there is a whole area dedicated to all things fun including workshops and craft events.
6th - 8th August
No you read that right, this is an award winning festival dedicated to man's best friend. Enjoy a range of fun events, demonstrations, and stalls all with live music in the background.
The Little Big Festival
This is a great one day festival in Ashburton which seeks to celebrate the arts with a big party for young and old alike. Workshops and other activities will be taking place across the day for children including a forest school.
Festival On The Hills
13th - 16th August
Enjoy some amazing local bands, tribute bands, and an all round good weekend of music and entertainment. There are still some limited tickets left so act quick to avoid disappointment.
Dawlish Celebrates Carnival
14th - 20th August
After much uncertainty and planning, Dawlish organisers are very excited to give the go ahead for their popular event. There has been a carnival every year in Dawlish since 1968 until last year when they were forced to cancel. Therefore, they are making sure this year will make up for lost time.
14th - 31st August
An unusual one now, for two weeks the town of Moretonhampstead will flaunt a fabulous array of hand-made flags showing off all manner of things local. It’s worth taking the time to wander the streets and appreciate these extraordinary works of art for yourself.
20th - 22nd August
Beautiful Days is the Levellers’ independent family music festival where you're sure to have a great day out no matter your tastes. You can enjoy not just live music, but also art installations, crafts, theatre, a dedicated children's area, and much more.
Gone Wild Festival, Powderham Castle
26th - 29th August
Enjoy learning about the outdoors with none other than the survivalist himself: Bear Grylls. He and his team will be on hand to teach you about the wild and take you on family activities like quad biking, climbing, paddle boarding and more. In the evening, the festival will come alive with music from the likes of Razorlight, Kaiser Chiefs, Melanie C, and Scouting for Girls.
27th - 28th August
A two day music festival where you can sing and dance to your heart's content. All proceeds will go to Pancreatic Cancer Action so this is a great cause to support and have fun at the same time.
1 Big Summer
27th - 29th August
Across the bank holiday, Plymouth Hoe will come alive with music from some of the biggest names with day tickets starting from as little as £10.
Enjoy a full day of music, film, and conversation in the heart of Totnes this August bank holiday. Their moto is "always intimate, always different, always special, always rare" so you're sure to have a unique experience to see out the summer in style.
Bampton Mini-Music Festival
The Quarrymans Rest is a great pub that celebrates the best local musicians around with a one-day festival. This is a great community event that is organised completely by volunteers.