28th March 2019

7 must-see summer events in North Devon

It’s summer, you’re visiting North Devon, and you want to take in everything the area has to offer for a perfect break!

See the region at it’s very best, with these 7 must-see summer events in North Devon...

1. Pigstock

18th - 19th May 2019

Pigstock Festival is a family occasion, held at The Big Sheep attraction near Bideford.

Pigstock brings the best of the early summer vibes in the form of a family-friendly friendly festival with a children’s area, free entertainment, street food, exciting stalls, and lots of fun things to keep everyone happy

Saturday will be a traditional festival, but "Chill Out Sunday" is when the whole party moves to The Big Sheep to enjoy their family-focused free attractions with a comedy festival and acoustic sessions through the day.

The 2019 music line up includes Jo Whiley, Electric Swing Circus, The ShowHawk Duo, Doctor and the Medics, Eliza and the Bear, Laid Blak and Andy Day.

2. Saunton D-Day

15th - 16th June 2019

Saunton D-Day is a two-day celebration of Saunton Sands beach and Braunton Burrows being used as training grounds in 1943/44, ready for D-Day.

The event is an opportunity to take an educational step back in time, enjoying re-enactments, displays of equipment and uniforms and entertainment for all. It’s a free show to the public and promises to be a very special event as it marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Every year there is a WW2 vehicle convoy, arriving at Saunton beach in all its glory. In the past, there have been Spitflyer flyovers too. In 2019, there will be aircraft landings, major battle displays, an interactive little Normandy, interactive camps and war rooms, plus a history trail.

3. GoldCoast Oceanfest

21st - 23rd June 2019

Held in beautiful Croyde Bay, Oceanfest is a more traditional 3-day music festival, with late-night headliners, daily entertainment and a lively party atmosphere.

The 2019 line up consists of Craig David, Tom Odell, The Feeling, The Cuban Brothers and more.

Oceanfest is big enough to generate a party atmosphere but small enough to not be overwhelming. As an exciting twist, the days are filled with exhilarating surf, action-packed sports, locally sourced food and family‑friendly fun. Sports on the beach, music into the night: if you love to let loose then Oceanfest is for you.

4. Cardboard Boat Regatta and Water Festival

28th July 2019

Now a regular event in Bideford, North Devon, the Cardboard Boat Regatta and Water Festival is as brilliant and crazy as it sounds.

There will be races up the estuary from the North Devon Yacht Club, Bideford Canoe Club, the RNLI, Sea Cadets and more. Expect gig boats, waterskis and steamboats to make an appearance.

The highlight of the day is the cardboard boat races, as boats made by teams, entirely out of cardboard, will be desperately trying not to sink. If tempted, create a cardboard boat and take part yourself.

Back on land, there will be entertainment, stalls, rides, plenty of food outlets, music and dancing to fill the day.

5. South West Bird Man

3rd August 2019

South West Birdman is perfect for those who want to see crazy aviators and would be pilots hurl themselves off Ilfracombe Pier into the waters below, to "fly" the furthest and be crowned champion!

Organised by Ilfracombe Round Table, starting from 11am the event attracts thousands of people to the town and raises money for local worthy causes.

As well as the main 'flying' event, the whole day includes a live music stage with great music, a mixture of food, craft and charity stalls, children's entertainment and much more.

South West Bird Man is open to the public and free to watch.

6. North Devon County Show

7th August 2019

The yearly North Devon County Show is an important occasion for the region, as it showcases the sheer range of produce and products sourced from and created in North Devon. It's a premier agricultural event in the region and has something for everyone.

There will be the usual blend of attractions, exhibitions, trade stands, craft and food - celebrating all things rural.

Show-wise, there will be classes for Alpacas, Beef and Dairy Cattle, Sheep, Horse Showing Classes and Show Jumping, plus Pony Club Games and Young Handler competitions. You can enjoy an Open Dog Show and Poultry Display. It's a lot to fill one day.

Gates open at 8am before the show officially starts at 8.30am.

7. Clovelly Gig Regatta

24th August 2019

Welcome to Clovelly village, and their annual Gig Regatta event.

Gig Rowing at Clovelly has become very popular recently, as the best teams from Devon go head to head in a fun but intense day of competition.

For those who have not been to Clovelly before, the private village in North Devon lets visitors step back in time and experience another world. Wander this cobbled, cliff tumbling, car-free village, taking in the views and the history.

After paying the normal admission prices, you’ll get to cheer on the brave Gig crews as well.

Gig racing is exciting and strenuous, with crews reaching speeds of 9 knots in North Devon’s powerful tidal waters. You’re assured an exhilarating day’s racing.

If these 7 must-see summer events in North Devon have tempted you to join us in North Devon this summer, book your Imperial Hotel accommodation today.

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