SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY ~ Easter Fair
30th March to 2nd April 2018
The South Devon Railway will be having an Easter Fair over the full Easter weekend of Friday 30th March and Monday 2nd April 2018.
As well as our heritage train service, with FOUR locomotives in operation on each day, be sure to visit the display at Buckfastleigh for a fascinating selection of heritage vehicles on display.
The Refreshment Rooms at Buckfastleigh are open for everything from a snack to a hot meal, and be sure to call in to the adjacent Gifts & Models shop and view the model railways.
A round trip ticket is valid for travel all day, on all our trains, so you can ride as many trains as much as you like! See if you can get a ride behind each of the four locomotives in operation today! Be sure to also take a ride on the heritage GWR auto trains which are in operation all day, including, for part of the day, the ‘auto sandwich’, where the locomotive will be sandwiched between two auto carriages! The views of the line from the front vestible are not to be missed!
To complement the trains, there will be a selection of vintage cars and motor bikes on display in our gardens at Buckfastleigh station.
Our red London Routemaster bus will also be running around Buckfastleigh and Ashburton as usual. For more information, see the Omnibus Timetable.
Bank Holiday Easter Monday fun at Babbacombe Cliff Railway and on Oddicombe Beach.
Take part in our FREE Easter Treasure Trail with a choc-tastic treat for all those who successfully complete it (while stocks last).
This event is for children up to, and including, the age of 15.
No charge to take part in the event but normal Cliff Railway travel charges apply.
Gin Festival Torquay 2018
Friday 13th April – Saturday 14th April
The UK’s first, biggest and best gin festival is making a visit to Torquay and we’re bringing an enormous variety of different gins with us!
As well as the opportunity to try a huge variety of gins from all over the world, (including exclusive gins you won’t see anywhere else) there will be live music, great food and a gin cocktail bar.
There will also be gin masterclasses and the opportunity to meet gin distillers in person, try free samples and chat about their gin.
THIS EVENT IS STRICTLY OVER 18’S ONLY (ID MAY BE REQUIRED).
Give your best gin buddies the gift of Gin Festival! Avoid all that gift wrapping – just buy tickets and print the FREE MESSAGE.
Friday 13th ~ Evening Session 18.30 – 23.00
Saturday 14th ~ Day Session 12.30 – 17.00
Saturday 14th ~ Evening Session 18.30 – 23.00
Blue Cross ~ Oddicombe Dog Day
Sunday, April 15 at 11am -2 pm
Join the Torbay Blue Cross For their Annual April Dog Day
Kindly sponsored by Pads and Paws and Train Positive
Here is the days schedule….
Registration ~ 11am-12pm (Although registration can also be throughout the event)
Agility ~ 11am -2pm
Temptation Alley ~ 11am-2pm
Relay Races ~ 12pm-12.30pm
Dog Races ~ 12.30pm-1pm
Dog Show ~ 1pm – 2pm
Keeps your eyes on the event for more details
Grinagog Festival Torquay 2018
20th – 22nd April
We invite you to start the festival season in style. Join us from the 20-22 April 2018 at Torquay’s breathtaking coastline and centred around the 800-year-old grounds of Torre Abbey. This is a festival to immerse yourself in genre defining music, mind-blowing arts and memorable performances.
The legend of the Grinagog runs deep in Devon. With hundreds of sightings off the coast of Torquay. Conspiracy theorists and cult followers alike agree that this ancient sea creature and the associated tidal wave of live music, DJs and inspiration will arrive back on our shores in April 2018.
Led by DJ Chris Tofu MBE, and the award winning Continental Drifts (curators at Glastonbury’s Shangri-La, Boomtown’s Ballroom Stage, Bestival’s Caravanserai) – come discover a weekend of escapism.
This festival is small yet mighty! Giving more colourful and creative experiences for festival goers, inspiring the next generation of local talent and making us all a little more proud of the place we call home.
Bring the kids! Saturday is officially families day. Whatever the weather, discover a great day out with indoor family programming of music, dance and arty things at the Festival Barn and a spectacle outside too with carnival, trails and stalls.
Experience something new. Discover mudless intimate indoor stages. Run free by the sea. Meet old friends, make new ones. Share a smile and know that you will make memories like no others with a weekend at Grinagog Festival.
BMAD BIKE & MUSIC FESTIVAL 2018
4th – 6th May 2018
The clock’s ticking. With plenty of Bikes, Incredible Bands across 2 stages, Beer & Cider tent, Traders and so much more. The BMAD Festival has grown into one of the best Biker weekends in the UK.
BMAD is, probably, the biggest biker, music and beer festival in the South West of England. Now in its 13th year and better than ever before. With plenty of bikes, bands and beers to keep everyone happy; and with food, traders and the wonderful beach – it’s likely to be the perfect weekend.
We have put together an incredible line up of some of the top bands in the UK & Europe, including Hells Bells, Stop Stop, Departed, Dizzy Lizzy, 4th Street and plenty more . . There are two stages this year as well.
All the money raised at both the Wednesday Bike Nights and the Festival goes to our chosen charities.
Brixham Pirate Festival 2018
May 5th – 7th 2018
This year promises to be a veritable treasure trove of excitement with a boat load of exciting skirmishes, fantastical yet historical re-enactors, and everything in between!
Take a gander at some of the people and groups who’ll be entertainin’ ye at this years festival!
The Crew of the Sheppey Pirates have been entertaining and educating the public for over 20yrs
Our informative and fun learning experience is suitable for all ages. Guests can not only meet 17th century characters, understand sayings that are still used today, ‘do you know where “no room to swing a cat” comes from ?”, but can understand how life on board ship really was, see ships cooks at work, watch gunsmiths at work, gain an understanding of 17thc navigation, we have a hands on approach which will really engage and entertain!
Ed Fox is well-known on the international pirate scene as an historian (with actual letters after his name and everything!), singer, storyteller, fiddle-player, and rum-disposal specialist. Author of many books, teller of many tales, and survivor of many honourable retreats, with a massive bank of songs and tunes between his ears he brings the soul to even the piratiest of parties.
26th May – 3rd June 2018
Celebrate The English Riviera UNESCO-recognised Global Geopark at this years Geopark Festival . A wide range of events will be available to visitors and residents at a number of locations across the bay.
There’s a range of events all week that can help you enjoy, explore and experience all of the different aspects of the Geopark.
What is a Geopark..
UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development.
A UNESCO Global Geopark uses its geological heritage, in connection With all other aspects of the area’s natural and cultural heritage, to enhance awareness and understanding of key issues facing society, such as using our Earth’s resources sustainably, mitigating the effects of climate change and reducing the impact of natural disasters.
By raising awareness of the importance of the area’s geological heritage in history and society today, UNESCO Global Geoparks give local people a sense of pride in their region and strengthen their identification with the area.
Rotary Pedal Car Grand Prix 2018
July 15th 2018
Watch the very competitive pedal car teams all striving to win top trophies in this 2 hour endurance race using nothing but their own strength and fitness!
Running along side this will be an arts and craft fayre, live music, and demonstrations.
Licensed bar and catering tent.
Marldon Apple Pie Fair 2018
28th July 2018
The Marldon Apple Pie Fair has been going since 1888 in memory of local farmer, George Hill, who would use his windfall apples to bake an enormous apple pie for the village. Nowadays, locals and visitors alike join in the celebrations.
Events throughout the afternoon include local arts, crafts and food stands, falconry displays, games and even a novelty dog show!