The long awaited summer break is nearly here and whether you’ve got six weeks off with the kids, enjoying a short break with relatives or looking forward to a long weekend with your partner, we can assure you that if you’re spending any time in South Devon this summer, you’re in for a treat!

From regattas to music festivals, carnivals to rural shows, there’s plenty of amazing summer events in South Devon this year for you to enjoy. Many local attractions, such as the National Trust properties, have special events taking place over the coming months and all of the usual stuff is going on here too. We’ve got markets, race days at Newton Abbot Racecourse, specialized cruises from Stuart Line Cruises, sailing days with Snark Sailing, canoeing adventures with Winding River Canoe and plenty more to keep the whole family entertained. Check out the full list of 2019 summer events in South Devon here or read on to find out some of the main events taking place in the region this year.

Kingsbridge Fair Week (20th – 27th July)

Kingsbridge Fair Week sees a full programme of events take place with live music as well as a Fun Fair and the week ends with a carnival procession. Find out more about Kingsbridge Fair Week here.

Hydro High Dive (22nd July – 1st September)

Enjoy Hydro High Dive at Crealy Theme Park & Resort this summer as you watch divers in flames jump from heights of 80ft into the pool below. More details about Hydro High Dive is available here.

Dartmouth Shakespeare Week (23rd – 27th July)

The Inn Theatre Company brings Macbeth to the stage at Dartmouth Castle in Dartmouth Shakespeare Week this year. Further information on Dartmouth Shakespeare Week can be found here.

Britannia Royal Naval College Open Day (27th July)

Explore the incredible Britannia Royal Naval College on their open day and learn about the history of the college. Please click here for additional details about Britannia Royal Naval College Open Day.

Mid Devon Show (27th July)

A fantastic rural event, the Mid Devon Show has something for the whole family with crafts, entertainment, horticulture and more. Learn more about the Mid Devon Show here.

Paignton Harbour Festival Day (27th July)

A full day of family fun, Paignton Harbour Festival Day brings together an array of entertainment including boat races, food stalls and a bouncy castle as well as live music all day. Find out more about Paignton Harbour Festival Day here.

Teignmouth Carnival Week (27th July – 3rd August)

Enjoy family friendly events and activities at Teignmouth Carnival Week this year. Find out more about Teignmouth Carnival Week here.

Paignton Festival (Torbay Carnival Week) (27th July – 4th August)

Paignton Festival takes place on Paignton Green and other locations with a carnival procession, live music, fireworks, stalls and plenty more! Further details about Paignton Festival (Torbay Carnival Week) are here.

Dartington International Summer School & Festival (27th July – 24th August)

A summer school for musicians by day and a festival by night, Dartington International Summer School & Festival is perfect for those with a love of music. Additional details about Dartington International Summer School & Festival can be found here.

Totnes & District Show (28th July)

Totnes & District Show combines displays, livestock competitions, stands and more for an exciting day out. Further information about Totnes & District Show is available here.

SeaSports Holiday Club (29th July – 30th August)

Choose from 2-day or 5-day courses and learn a new watersport at SeaSports Holiday Club with SeaSports Southwest. Find out more about SeaSports Holiday Club by clicking here.

Honiton Show (1st August)

Blending traditional and new, Honiton Show provides a great day out centred around local farming, produce, crafts and rural skills. Additional information about Honiton Show can be found here.

Torbay Steam Fair (2nd – 4th August)

Located just outside of Brixham, Torbay Steam Fair sees a selection of steam engines, vintage vehicles and more roll into town. Please click here for further details about Torbay Steam Fair.

LauFest (2nd – 4th August)

A small celebration of life that has turned into a big festival, LauFest celebrates a local lady’s life with all you could expect from an amazing festival. More information about LauFest is available here.

Sidmouth Folk Festival (2nd – 9th August)

A week-long festival capturing the heart of folk music in the stunning coastal resort of Sidmouth. Please click here to find out more about Sidmouth Folk Festival.

Shaldon Water Carnival (3rd August)

A cross between a carnival and regatta, Shaldon Water Carnival combines, stalls, fancy dress and decorated boats for a day of family fun. Find out more about Shaldon Water Carnival here.

Tunes in the Castle (3rd & 4th August)

Tunes in the Castle takes place in the grounds of Powderham Castle and boasts a cracking line up including Pixie Lott and James Morrison. Further details about Tunes in the Castle can be found here.

Salcombe Regatta (3rd – 10th August)

From sandcastle competitions to a harbour swim, Salcombe Regatta ensures a packed programme of activities for everyone. Additional information about Salcombe Regatta is available here.

Teignmouth Regatta (4th – 11th August)

Enjoy all things watersports at Teignmouth Regatta with plenty of events taking place across the week. Please click here for further details about Teignmouth Regatta.

National Qualifier Sheepdog Trials (7th August)

Head to Pennywell Farm for the National Qualifier Sheepdog Trials which sees over 40 sheepdogs and handlers put through their paces. Discover more about the National Qualifier Sheepdog Trials here.

Love Summer Festival 2019 (9th – 12th August)

Love Summer Festival returns for its 9th year, showcasing amazing acts across the weekend. Please click here to find out more about Love Summer Festival.

Dawlish Carnival Week (10th – 16th August)

Join in with a wide range of events at Dawlish Carnival Week at the gorgeous coastal resort of Dawlish. Find out more about Dawlish Carnival Week here.

Paignton Regatta Community Fun Week (10th – 18th August)

Fireworks, live entertainment, crafts stalls, a fun fair, bar and more come together for a week of activities in Paignton at Paignton Regatta Community Fun Week. Explore further information about Paignton Regatta Community Fun Week by clicking here.

British Firework Championships (14th & 15th August)

Be amazed in Plymouth at the British Firework Championships as six companies battle it out to be the British Firework Champion. Discover more about the British Firework Championships here.

Woofstock UK (16th – 18th August)

A festival by dogs, for dogs, Woofstock UK is the place to be if you’re a four legged friend and this year it’s bigger and better than ever before. Further details about Woofstock UK can be found here.

Beautiful Days Festival (16th – 18th August)

Taking place at Escot Park, Beautiful Days Festival sees acts such as Ziggy Marley and Less Than Jake head to Devon for a musical extravaganza. Learn more about Beautiful Days Festival here.

Summer Nights Festival (17th August)

A festival of street food in the market town of Newton Abbot showcasing locally produced delights and world cuisine. Find out more about Summer Nights Festival by clicking here.

Sidmouth Air Display (23rd August)

Sidmouth Air Display promises to be a fantastic event with the RAF Chinook, RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team and others set to show. Please click here for additional details about Sidmouth Air Display.

Rails & Ales Gala (23rd – 26th August)

Trains will be running all day at South Devon Railway whilst a beer and cider festival takes place at Staverton station. To learn more about the Rails & Ales Gala, please click here.

Sidmouth Regatta (24th & 25th August)

A family friendly summer event, Sidmouth Regatta has a range of events taking place to enjoy. Explore what’s happening at Sidmouth Regatta here.

River Cottage Festival (24th & 25th August)

Music, masterclasses, relaxation sessions, activities and more come together for a weekend of fun at River Cottage HQ in Axminster. Further details about River Cottage Festival are available here.

Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta (29th – 31st August)

Dartmouth comes alive at the end of August with the Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta, one of the biggest events in the town’s calendar. Additional information about the Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta can be found here.

Langaland Music Festival (30th August – 1st September)

Located in Cullompton, Langaland Music Festival showcases over 40 performers, arts and crafts workshops, activities for the little ones and some of Devon’s best street food. Find out more about Langaland Music Festival here.

To view all the events taking place in South Devon over the summer, please click here. And don’t forget to make sure you’re following us on Twitter here and like our Facebook page here. We’ll keep you posted with all things South Devon including the latest events, blog posts and competitions!

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