Fantastic Devon Festivals 2020

I’m pretty sure that Devon is blessed with more than it’s fair share of amazing festivals.  They come in all in all shapes and sizes from music and food to gardening and arts.  This post is going to focus on some of the fantastic Devon festivals for music and also point you towards some lovely foodie days out. Many already have tickets on sale and this could make a great present. 

Personally as a music lover, I  really enjoy the smaller family friendly music festivals.  Researching for this post I’ve found there to be lots more of these in the last few years. As a parent I can feel more relaxed if my girls want to wander around by themselves.  There are also some great venues for larger concerts (where I’d rather leave the girls at home) as well a more specialist events for folk and jazz. We’re lucky enough to have already been to a few but I’m hoping to visit some more festivals to review this year. The smaller festivals especially are perfect with kids entertainment, great live music and the chance to relax in the sun (fingers crossed) with a pint of cider!

Links to the organisers website are in the dates.


East Devon


Altitude

Set in the East Devon countryside near Cullompton,  I’ve heard good things about this festival. With over 30 bands on offer it might be a good idea to swot up on who’s playing. Download the children’s entertainment programme. In 2019 the was a new family experience, ‘The Borough’. Jam-packed with comedy, skills, street theatre, workshops and eccentricity.

Also new in 2019 was the Horizon Stage. In collaboration with Exeter Academy of Music and Sound, presenting a rich blend of local and emerging talent.  Top tip this is a cash only festival and there is not cash machine for miles!

Altitude:  5th – 6th June 2020

Fantastic Devon Festivals Goren Festival Family Friendly Music Festival

Goren Festival

Set in idyllic Devon countryside near Stockland amongst wild flower meadows,  this small family friendly festival really is a place to relax. Perfect for anyone tempted by a festival with children but not sure about large crowded events.  This year sees the introduction of a second stage for more even music.

Children can enjoy circus skills, science experiments, leaf flag making and forest school; pottery, archery, Bumblebee safaris, bat walks and butterfly spotting. We went two years ago so you can read my review here, as a festival it is slowly growing.

Goren Festival: Friday 3rd  – 5th July


Yarty Party

Heading for it’s forth year,  this small festival in Axminster has proved such a success it has extended it’s programme to cover two days. Focusing on the very best music, entertainment and DJ’s, organisers also have a selection of the best food and drinks the South West has to offer. There will be something for everyone,  raising money for local charities.

Yarty Party: Friday 17th – 18h July 2020


Beautiful Days

Beautiful Days has grown into one of the best medium sized festivals in the UK, founded by The Levellers, the folk rock band who play every year.

Set in the grounds of the beautiful Escot House near Honiton, this festival has a great reputation for being family friendly as well as having a massive music line up across 3 stages, a theatre tent, a dedicated family area and much more. The 2019 headliners included Ziggy Marley, The Stranglers and Seth Lakeman to give you an idea of the acts.

 
Beautiful Days: 21st-23rd August 2020
River Cottage Festival sign credit MattAustin

Sidmouth Folk Festival

There has been a folk festival in Sidmouth in the first week of August every year since 1955, now attracting tens of thousands of visitors to over 700 diverse events with a broad ‘something for everyone’ appeal.

The festival features established stars and emerging talent with major concerts, lively roots parties, small intimate sessions,  ceilidhs and folk dancing. You will also discover storytelling, fun family entertainment and youth-centred sessions. Combined with hands-on workshops and spectacular dance displays, the best in South West crafts and the tastiest of local food and drink.

Sidmouth Folk Festival: 31st – 7th August 2020


River Cottage Festival
– is taking a break in 2020

Check back for 20201 – where you can pull on your dancing wellies and immerse yourself in all of the delights River Cottage has to offer over 2 days.  This is a festival with a difference. In between the music and the famous River Cottage Food, conservation, sustainability and well-being talks and guest speakers  are the themes of the weekend.


Langaland – tbc

With it’s aim to showcase, support and inspire local, emerging talent in music, art and other creative fields.  Let’s hope 2020 sees Langaland put on a show this year at a brand new site near Cullompton. Previously it was on Dartmoor and featured over 50 performances across two main stages, an ambient area, acoustic music, theatre and kids’ activities.

Langaland raises funds for the Langaford Farm Charitable Trust, a small educational charity established 14 years ago on Dartmoor.

Langland: tbc 2020

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South Devon

Glas-Denbury

I was lucky enough to go along for the day to this beautiful festival. Tucked away in South Devon near Newton Abbot, Glas-Denbury won festival of the year in the Devon Tourist Awards.

Authentic, friendly, safe, accessible and sustainable, Glas-Denbury showcases the best of the South West from its creativity to its food, its music and entertainment to its people. This year be entertained and enthralled by a line-up of music from all genres, magical entertainment, workshops to learn and create in. Glas-Denbury has a BBC introducing stage where I saw some great acts perform last year.

Glas-Denbury: 3rd-4th July 2020

Fantastic Devon Festivals Glas-Denbury Festival

Chagstock

An international Music Festival on the edge of Devon’s beautiful Dartmoor with 5,000 capacity. With a great line up over 3 stages, camping and a beer tent. For kids entertainment there is Chagstock Village Green, the family and children’s area at Chagstock Festival.  The Fun Lovin’ Criminals were headliners for 2019. Another one on my wish list!

Chargstock: 24th-25th July 2020


North Devon

There are a few other festivals in North Devon and plenty more in Cornwall. However for this post I am just going to mention Pigstock.


Pigstock

We’ve been to Pigstock twice now and love this family friendly near Barnstaple in North Devon.  A great one day,  family friendly festival.  This festival has steadily grown over the last 10 years to include some great headline acts on one main stage. Camping and camping barns can be booked at the next door Ultimate Adventure Centre.

Pigstock: 16th  May 2020

Dorset

Living so close to the Dorset border I can’t leave this area out, so here are few more!

Home Farm Fest – heading towards it’s 15th year, Home Farm Fest raises money for the School in a Bag charity. 12-14th June 2020

Bredy Farm – BeCiderSeaside near Bridport 22nd – 25th May 2020

Jurrasic Fields – A popular festival in the hearty of Bridport – 10th – 11th July 2020

Larmer Tree Festival – a bit further away in Cranborne Chase  –  I went to this one a really long time ago (it’s been going for 30 years) and would love to go back one of these days  16th – 19th July 2020

Fantastic Devon Festivals – Food, Drink and More Food

Finally there are fantastic food festivals across the county where you can enjoy sampling everything from sausages and  marshmallows to gin and coffee.  These foodie lovers heaven make a lovely day out and some also have music entertainment as well.

Exeter Festival of Food and Drink

We’ve enjoyed Exeter Festival of Food and Drink which is on over the weekend of 8-10th May 2020.

Set in the grounds of Northernhay Gardens in Exeter – easy to access by train and public transport there is also a music festival called Exeter Beats on the Friday and Saturday nights with top radio DJs.

Fantastic Devon Festivals South West festival of food and Drink

Powderham Castle Food Festival

In the autunm it’s the Powderham Food Festival –  held in October. A stunning location with stalls set up in and around the castle.  At all of these events you can watch cookery demonstrations, try hands on workshops (book in advance or as soon as you arrive).

While you wander buy a delicious lunch and relax with some local cider or a Devon gin and tonic.

Fantastic Devon Festivals Powderham Food festival

Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary Family Food Fair

This autumn event champions some of the best food, drink and talent our region has to offer – with a focus on inspiring kids to get cooking.  For the grown-ups, there’s a line-up of fantastic local chefs to provide cooking demonstrations throughout the day, giving you the chance to sample some mouth-watering delights as well as ideas for you to try at home.

As the name suggests, this is a family event. Children are never too young to learn to cook and getting hands-on and stuck-in is a great way to do this – and there is no mess for you to clean up afterwards! Just head to the KidsZone where Food is Fun will be helping youngsters make their own fish finger bap or mini pizza and side salad for lunch, followed by a fresh fruit salad for dessert. Throughout the day, they will also have the opportunity to take part in one of the following workshops or demonstrations run by The Kings School.  In the KidsZone they can also decorate a donkey biscuit for an afternoon treat, get crafty at the colouring-in station and have their face painted.

£2.50 per adult including prize draw entry, under 12s are free. £5 per child for entry into the KidsZone (includes lunch).

What a great selection of opportunities for super days out. Do let me know if you have enjoyed any of these events or think there are more I should add. 

Thank you for reading.

Clare