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River Cottage Spring Fair and Summer Festival

River Cottage Spring Fair and Summer Festival

River Cottage Spring Fair and Summer Festival

Earlier this year we were lucky enough to be invited along to the River Cottage Spring Fair.

The Summer Festival is on over the August Bank Holiday Weekend and there’s still time to buy tickets.  The  Summer Festival is a larger version of the Spring fair, spread over two days with the addition of music and camping. I thought it was time to share our experience and photos from earlier this year as there is still time to buy tickets for the Festival.

What to Expect

Set in beautiful East Devon countryside, the views from the car park are something else. There’s a park and ride system in operation or VIP parking.  On arrival it’s a steep walk down to the farm or you can wait for the fun tractor and trailer ride.

The Spring Fair really had something for everyone and looking at the River Cottage website the Festival looks even better.

River Cottage Spring Fair Summer Festival garden
River Cottage Spring Fair Summer Festival field

Explore River Cottage HQ

Take your time to look around the Old Park Farm farmhouse where the filming takes place and you can enjoy a farmhouse feast in the old dining room.

Wander around the  beautiful garden, full of herbs, flowers and seasonal veg.

Peer through the large glass windows at the chefs hard at work, many of whom are here under the River Cottage apprenticeship scheme.

Children’s Fun

Children can enjoy a range of fun activities at the Fairs and Festivals, many are free but be prepared to pay for some things.

This weekend there’s entertainment from the Swamp Circus, a mime artist, circus skills classes and Rainbow Gecko and his giant bubbles (we loved him).

Kids can try pottery on wheels, play art junk modelling, felt making, monster modelling, play time in the sandpits, a mud kitchen, a dress up area and lots more.

For really little ones look out for blissed out babies – baby yoga, baby massage and sensory bliss.

River Cottage Spring Fair Summer Festival children's fun
River Cottage Spring Fair Summer Festival entertainment

Rainbow Gecko kept the children (and adults) enthralled for ages with his balloon making skills!


Most Festivals are all about the music – so if it’s your thing get your tickets for the August Bank Holiday festival. You can enjoy acts throughout the day or just buy a ticket for the Saturday or Sunday evening events with great bands and partying along to the headliners.

Food, Masterclasses and Talks

At the Festival you can sample great food, watch and learn from the chefs or take part in a masterclass. The choice is yours.

There will also be guest speakers, ranging from chefs and food producers to environmental activists as well as Hugh in conversation with Philip Lymbery (CEO of Compassion in World Farming & author).

River Cottage Spring Fair Summer Festival natural makeup

River Cottage Spring Fair & Summer Festival

Add in a range of craft stalls, local food producers and other interesting things to browse there’s plenty to keep you occupied. Oh and let’s not forget spotting your favourite TV stars!

These River Cottage events are good value to attend with children going free, but do be aware to expect Festival prices for food and the activities that you have to pay for. That said there’s lots to do that is free and you can have a really enjoyable day out without spending a lot.

River Cottage Spring Fair Summer Festival falconry
River Cottage Spring Fair Summer Festival clay modelling

The Festival over the Bank Holiday looks great fun. There are various ticket choices which you can buy online (I think that camping has sold out).  If you can’t make this one then look out for the Spring Fair next year.

I was also lucky enough last Christmas to enjoy a fantastic 7 course meal at River Cottage, prepared by their amazing chefs.  If you are looking for a real treat then this is a great experience. You can read about that event by clicking through here.

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Whether you are on holiday, recently moved to the region or like me live here and realise that there are great places a just few miles away that seem to have passed you by, then I hope you enjoy reading this.


  1. Christopher McGuire

    Great post Clare! It looks like an amazing event! I’ll defo try and go next year!

  2. Lisa

    Sounds great. We’re hoping to go to the festival this weekend and this post has made me keen for it. Don’t think I’ve ever had a 7 course meal x

  3. stephanie darkes

    oh fab! We didn’t make it this year, looks like we missed a great day!


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Clare Flipflops or WelliesHi! I am Clare and I live in glorious East Devon with my family. I love finding new places to explore in the West Country as well as further afield. I hope you enjoy reading and taking inspiration from my blog.

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