Festivals And Outdoor Events in East Devon

Festivals are back!

This article was written on 21 April 2022
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With the temperatures getting milder, and thoughts of summer well on the way we look forward to a packed festival season of unmissable outdoor events in East Devon.

The summer is a great time to experience East Devon with a diverse mix of festivals and events to attend. Whether you enjoy folk festivals, family fun or foodie events there is a busy programme to choose from.

We’ve compiled a handy guide so you can check what’s on and when. Why not combine a stay at our Devon holiday park with a visit to your favourite event from the list below…

Sidmouth International Jazz & Blues Festival

(2nd – 5th June 2022)

The very first Sidmouth International Jazz and Blues Festival is set to take place from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June 2022.

The team behind the event aim to ‘bring wellbeing through the power of music’. It looks like a fabulous way to engage the community, and entice visitors to the beautiful town of Sidmouth and surrounding area in East Devon.

Music genres will include the best in Jazz, Blues, Roots, Soul, Latin, Funk and much more!

Exmouth Festival

(2nd to 5th June 2022)

Exmouth Festival is a free festival of live music, theatre, circus, art & food held at the Imperial Recreation Ground. It’s not just adults that can enjoy the festival fun, the event is geared at families with child-friendly entertainment included and dog friendly access. A wide variety of art forms and entertainment are celebrated with circus workshops and Interactive performances.


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The Great Cullompton Festival

(23rd – 24th July 2022)

A fabulous local event and very local to Forest Glade is The Great Cullompton Festival. With live music, food, Bear, cider the event is perfect for all the family. The craft zone provides a great opportunity to purchase gifts from a range of artisan producers. There is a children’s zone with entertainment and funfair, plus live music performances by local bands which runs into the evening.

The event is free to attend with a small onsite parking fee and is open from 10am – 11 pm daily.

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Sidmouth Folk Festival

(29 July – Friday 5 August 2022)

Sidmouth Folk Festival is a week-long celebration of music, dance and song in a stunning seaside location in East Devon. The seafront at Sidmouth is transformed with a wonderful festival atmosphere across a number of venues. The perfect opportunity for locals and visitors to get together in the summer and enjoy a  diverse line-up of shows and events.

Festival On the Hills, Honiton

(4th – 7th Aug 2022)

Set in part of the stunning Blackdown Hills AONB at Smeatharpe, Festival On The Hills is a true community of music, creativity, friendship, and fun. A packed programme with 3 days of music, dance, food, real ale & cider, crafts, games, circus workshops and fun for all ages whilst camping under the stars with family and friends.

(4 Aug – 7 Aug 2022)

West Country Music Festival, Cullompton

(13th Aug 2022)

A one day celebration of the best Country music of the modern scene, taking place in the beautiful Devonshire Countryside! Another event launching for the first time in 2022, if you like country music be sure to get your tickets for for West Country Music Festival set in Muddifords Court, Cullompton.

Gone Wild Festival with Bear Grylls at Powderham Castle

(25th – 28th Aug 2022)

Gone Wild Festival is the ultimate adventure festival and its held in Powderham! Join Bear Grylls an this team of experts to learn vital skills for surviing in the wild. These include climbing, archery and axe throwing, raft building and paddle boarding. Experience the great outdoor activities, watch some of the best live music, and enjoy great food!

Taste East Devon, Exeter

(3rd – 18th Sept 2022)

Taste East Devon is a 16 day food and drink festival like no other, with an impressive selection of East Devon’s renowned producers, chefs, restaurants venues joining forces for the celebration.

A series of events will take place across East Devon, from farm feasts to brewery open days, seafood tasting experiences to BBQs and parties. Check the website for details of which events are ticketed, where as some are completely free to attend.


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Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

(14th – 18th Sept 2022)

The Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival first launched in 2008. It is now firmly established as one of the standout cultural events in Devon and the South West. Th 5-day series of events feature a wide variety of talks as well as lively panel events, workshops, and lots of events for families to enjoy.

Foodies Festival at Escot Park

(16th – 18th Sept 2022)

Exeter Foodies Festival is a carnation of top chefs, tasty food, delicious food and live music. This year’s headliners are Sophie Ellis Bextor, Scouting For Girls, Five and East 17.

The foodie paradise features love demonstrations by MasterChef Champions, Michelin-starred and top local chefs cooking their signature recipes.

Spend a day at this great event sampling new wines, champagnes and cocktails in The Drinks Theatre. As well as tasting new flavours and delicious street food from around the world. There’s fun for kids too with The Kids Cookery Theatre.


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Sidmouth & East Devon Walking Festival

(17th – 23rd Sept 2022)

A fabulous week of free guided walks around a very picturesque part of Devon. The 7 day festival provides a choice of walks, each one led by an experienced and enthusiastic local guide. A perfect way to discover the wonderful scenic coastal walking of Sidmouth, Jurassic Coast and all of the hidden gems of East Devon.

Find out more on the Sidmouth & East Devon Walking Festival Facebook page. Advance booking is essential and places are limited.

Sidmouth walking festival 2022

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