AUG 25, 2015

Things to do in Devon this autumn

Summer 2015 is almost over, and quite frankly it’s been a bit of a washout! However, the fun in Devon doesn’t end as the nights draw in. The calendar of events for autumn in the region is packed full and there’s something for everyone. Here’s our pick of the best festivals and events taking place across Devon this autumn...

Nourish Festival in Bovey Tracey – September 4-5th

Nourish was launched in 2014, so this year’s event is only the second one to take place. The event celebrates the very best in food, music, and craft from the region, and takes place in the town of Bovey Tracey. The weekend-long festival aims to nourish the mind, body, and senses, as well as showcasing local artisans from the area.

The International Agatha Christie Festival – September 2015

If you love literature, and are a fan of Agatha Christie, then this is the festival for you. There are a variety of events taking place throughout the month of September, celebrating the life, literature, and legacy of Agatha Christie, to mark the 125th anniversary of her birth in Torquay.

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival – September 17-20th

The literary theme continues in Budleigh Salterton in mid-September. A number of talented authors, playwrights, historians, scientists, broadcasters, comedians, economists, and rising stars will be holding talks, readings, and conversations throughout the weekend. Budlitfest was founded in 2008 with the aim of attracting acclaimed literary writers to come to Budleigh and share their work. Now into its 7th year, the festival continues to grow and flourish, whilst retaining its original intimate atmosphere.

Tar Barrels, Ottery St Mary – November 5th

Every year on November 5th the streets of Ottery St Mary are lined with thousands of visitors and locals as the Flaming Tar Barrels are carried in the annual procession. It is unknown where the tradition comes from, but it is thought to be a Pagan method of cleansing the streets of evil spirits. Each pub in Ottery sponsors a barrel, and on November 5th the barrels are soaked in tar before being set alight, hoisted onto peoples’ backs, and carried through the streets. The evening culminates in a large bonfire on the banks of the River Otter, along with a fun fair.

Created on 25th August 2015
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