Apr
7
Fri
Grinagog Festival Torquay @ Torre Abbey + Various Locations
Apr 7 – Apr 9 all-day

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Grinagog Festival Torquay 2017

A WEEKEND OF MUDLESS MISCHIEF BY THE SEA!

Over 200 acts across Torquay from the people behind the music at Glastonbury’s Shangri-La.

From award-winning festival producers Continental Drifts, the musical heart and soul behind Glastonbury’s Shangri-la, Bestival’s Caravanserai, Boomtown’s Ballroom Stage and Wilderness’ Carousel, comes a brand new addition to the Spring Festival calendar. For the first time, a world-class music festival will descend on the beautiful seaside town of Torquay for a weekend of escapism and adventure to transform even the most jaded festival goer into a tropical, grinning party monster!

A myriad of musical genres will be represented across 15 stages, ranging from the beautiful historical 12th century Torre Abbey to bustling harbourside nightclubs and rock venues with over 200 live bands, solo artists, and DJs. All this alongside street performers, art installations, talks and workshops, award-winning food, outdoor pursuits and much more. With a “No Mud Guarantee,” palm trees aplenty and adventures big and small; get ready to escape the humdrum with Grinagog in Torquay against the backdrop of the stunning English Riviera.

Torquay is part of the Geo Park-status English Riviera, South Devon’s beautiful bay, and is formed by other towns of Paignton and Brixham. A popular seaside tourist destination for well over a century, Torquay has well-established travel links with the rest of the country.

*** Music ~ Arts & Culture ~ Families & Teens ***

Apr
9
Sun
Oddicombe Dog Day @ Oddicombe Beach
Apr 9 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
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Join us for our annual April Dog Day down on Oddicombe Beach and help us Celebrate 10 years of Oddicombe Dog Day!

Registration – 10am-11am (although you can register through the event) This is only £2 per dog and your dog will recieve a special goody bag!(While stocks last).

Agility 10am-1pm- Can you pooch get the fastest time on our fun agility course? Prize for the Fastest Dog.

Temptation alley 10am-1.00pm Will you dog be able to resist all of the toys,treats,Sausages and more on tempation alley? If your pooch gets the fastest time the day You will be rewarded with a special prize.

Relay Races 11-11.30- Can you and your dog work together and beat the pack in our relay races? Catagories this year………. U…nder 8’s, 8-12,12-17 and Adults! (Thats owners age not dogs 😉 ) Rosettes for the first 3 places!!

Dog Races 11.30-12.00pm-How fast is your pup? Join our fun dog races and see!! Classes in this one are, Small, medium and large dogs, Puppies(upto 12 months) and All dogs over 7. Rosetes for the fastest 3 in each race!

And finally……..
Show 12.00-1.00pm- £1 per class. Join us for our fun dog show! Top 5 in each Category win a rosette and first place also gets a goody bag too

Apr
19
Wed
Tall Ships Race @ Torquay Harbour
Apr 19 all-day

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Transatlantic Tall Ships Race 2017

Vessels assembling in Tor Bay and departing Torquay Harbour on 19th April 2017.

Visiting Class A Ships include Christian Radich (picture attached) and the Wylde Swan

Further details to follow ~

Apr
28
Fri
BMAD Bike & Music Festival @ Paignton
Apr 28 – Apr 30 all-day

BMAD BIKE & MUSIC FESTIVAL

28th  – 30th April  2017

It started in 2002 with an idea by the founders of Bikers Make A Difference – BMAD, Kelvin and Jane Halloran. That idea was to have a social gathering of bikers on Paignton Seafront in Devon. He wanted to raise money for charity and have a good time as well. Which is exactly what has happened.

Paignton Bike Night finally saw its birth in 2003 and has gone on to become the longest running largest regular social gathering of bikers in the South West of England.

Each year on Paignton Seafront we regularly have a mile of bikes parked side by side every Wednesday evening from the beginning of June to the end of Sept.

Due to the success of Paignton Bike Nights we now organise a Bike Festival weekend called Paignton Bike Festival which is held on Paignton Seafront in Devon.

Featured bands listed below:-

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Apr
29
Sat
Brixham Pirate Festival 2017 @ Brixham Harbourside
Apr 29 – May 1 all-day

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Brixham Pirates Festival 2017

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There will be LOTS of pirates, military and period re-enactors here with guns to make plenty of noise! We will make sure there is plenty of music too with shanties and pirate rock to keep ye hoppin’. Buskers, jugglers and other entertainers will perform around the streets and harbour of Brixham. There will be other shows, reenactments and events around the town through the weekend.

The festival takes place throughout the town with main stage right next to the Golden Hind boat in the inner harbour. The family stage will be in the Central Car park area by the bus stop.

slider_jonty_1We aim to make the festival suitable for everyone and all ages. There will be events for the kids to watch and take part in like  shows and street acts. Historical reenactments and plays during the day. Fancy dress competition for young children. Music to suit all tastes and more music in the (pirate filled) pubs in the evening. There will be GUNS & MUSIC so it might be LOUD!

Please dress up if you can, whatever you can manage will be fine even if it is just an eye-patch! There will be LOTS of pirates in costume right through the weekend so you will fit right in. We stay in costume in the evening too.

 

 

May
12
Fri
Dart Music Festival @ Dart Music Festival
May 12 – May 14 all-day

Dart Music Festival ~ Dartmouth

In 2017, May 12, 13, & 14 ~ We Celebrate 20 Years

dart-music-festival-2016The Dart Music Festival was started nearly 20 years ago by Rob and Di Lyon of Dartmouth (now Mayor of Dartmouth). It is an annual music event over three days, which was thought of initially to help improve the length of the tourist season for the small riverside town of Dartmouth and its tourism based businesses.

We have over 100 acts performing in over 20 closely sited town venues. These include churches, arts centre, restaurants and hotels. Our main area (centred around wonderful gardens and bandstand) is next to the river’s edge, surrounded with cafes and bars. There are many open air street-based performances making for a constant buzz of enjoyment over all three days. Many of the musicians, both amateur and professional, are from the West Country but we strive to be inclusive and attract national and international acts.

We are a not-for-profit organisation and have formed a ‘Dart Music Foundation’ whereby young hopefuls can apply for grants to help with music lessons, equipment and other associated costs relating to their musical progression.

May
14
Sun
Dartington Food Fair @ The Shops at Dartington
May 14 – May 16 all-day
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Dartington Food Fair

Join the fun at our 7th annual Food Fair for a delicious day out that will be to the whole family’s taste!

With over 40 of Devon’s finest food and drink producers showcasing their mouth-watering wares in and around the main marquee – in addition to those demonstrating in the expanded Food Shop – there is plenty to tempt the appetite. You’ll be inspired by a host of local foodie heroes who will be holding plenty of delicious cookery demonstrations and workshops throughout the event. Children’s activities, visiting animal friends, live music and entertainment and craft demonstrations complete the line-up for a fun-packed family day out.

Working alongside Food and Drink Devon, the Food Fair aims to celebrate the very best of Devon’s thriving food and drink community, with emphasis on local, sustainable produce. All proceeds generated by the event go towards supporting The Dartington Hall Trust.

The Dartington Food Fair is two fantastic days filled with great local produce, tastings, workshops, chef demos, children’s entertainment, music and activities for all the family.

May
18
Thu
Devon County Show @ Westpoint
May 18 – May 20 all-day

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Devon County Show

There’s only one place in Devon where on just three days of the year the county is revealed in all its glory! We’re looking forward to treating our visitors to the best of food, farming and entertainment all in one day.

Farming is at the very heart of the Show – stockmen and women from the county and beyond will be competing in the show ring and agricultural machinery and suppliers will be out in force. There’ll be literally thousands of animals – from exceptional livestock to dazzling Arab horses, family ponies, canine superstars competing in the pedigree Dog Show, lofty alpacas and pigeons, rabbits and guinea pigs. We’re putting together a thrilling programme of day-long entertainment. Get ready to buckle up for a monster ride with the UK’s number one Monster Truck team in the Mole Valley Farmers Main Arena. And have a go at driving a tractor!

When it comes to food and drink, we’re going large! Our fabulous Food & Drink Pavilion will be even bigger – and it’ll have a seating area where visitors can tuck into what they’ve just bought. And we’re delighted that top chef Michael Caines will be cooking up some incredible dishes in our cookery demonstration theatre.

There’ll be lots of hands-on activities for children. At the Children’s Farm they can get involved in the milking, experience hands-on baking, plant seeds and see the Sheep Show. Get the buzz in the Bees & Honey marquee- where they can spot the queen bee and make a candle. Plus, lots more!

May
21
Sun
Totnes Canoe Festival @ Totnes
May 21 all-day

TOTNES CANOE FESTIVAL

21st May 2017

longbows-9516A great day of excitement and fun for everyone.
2017 marks the seventh year of our popular community event. A summer day to enjoy on and off the river with an amazing atmosphere.
Admission to the Festival is free!

Come and support sponsored crews of 10 paddle Longbow canoes race in full view of enthusiastic crowds 2000 strong lining Longmarsh, natural parkland on the bank of the River Dart.
Relax and enjoy a family picnic, side-shows, entertainments, explore a variety of charity and refreshment stalls.
There will be food, drink entertainment and stalls for the all the family on Longmarsh from 12 noon to 5 pm.

 

 

 

 

May
27
Sat
Brixfest – Brixham Festival 2017 @ Brixham Harbour
May 27 – May 31 all-day

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Brixfest 2017 – Multi Award Winning Event

Welcome to BrixFest 2017 – the award-winning annual family festival in Brixham, Torbay (Devon), celebrating the beautiful town and it’s heritage.

BrixFest is a festival celebrating Brixham’s fascinating maritime heritage and vibrant present day culture. Historic fishing trawlers, seafood, live music and fireworks will be combined to celebrate the best of Brixham past and present.

The Heritage Trawler Regatta is a festival highlight. Local chefs will give seafood cooking demonstrations and locally produced beers and ciders will be available. There will also be demonstrations of traditional fishing-related skills including crab and lobster pot weaving, knot tying and rope making.

 

Fireworks,  children’s day,  live music,  cooking demonstrations,  heritage craft exhibitions,  crabbing competitions,  vintage car rally