January sees Devon's year of festivals and events under starter's orders, starting with the New Year's Day Racing at Exeter. Even in January there is plenty to see and do, such as the Steam Up at Coldharbour Mill and the Exeter LOL Comedy Festival.

Family-friendly events include “wassailing” in Stoke Gabriel or join an RSPB Avocet Cruise. Best book your 2014 holiday cottage in Devon without delay!

The Exeter New Year's Day Races are under starter's orders

The Exeter New Year's Day Races are a strong tradition for Devon locals who flock to the Exeter Racecourse on Haldon Hill for a pleasant day of light entertainment. If you need tips on how to get discounted tickets, how to get there, or the best value all-inclusive tickets, you need our informative article about this fun day at the races. The only thing we don't give are tips on which horse to back!

Keep warm with the New Year Steam Up at Coldharbour Mill in Uffculme

One of the noisiest events on offer for New Year's Day is the New Year Steam Up at Coldharbour Mill. This former Quaker mill remains in working condition. Each New Year's Day it powers up all the original engines and boilers that were used to drive the machinery.

Learn more about Coldharbour Mill in action, enjoy lunch in the café and pick up a woolly bargain from the Gift Shop as part of this fun family day out on New Year's Day.

Enjoy a New Year cruise with RSPB Avocet cruises from Topsham

Many birds migrate down to Devon for the winter from Siberia and Greenland, making January a great time to go birdwatching. Join one of the RSPB Avocet cruise on the River Exe from Topsham for a pleasant voyage around this lovely estuary. The cruises include a commentary and the company of an informative RSPB guide.

You don't have to be a Wurzells Fan to enjoy the Stoke Gabriel Wassail

Wassailing is an ancient pagan ceremony which still takes place in Devon to ensure a bumper harvest in the fruit orchards. Stoke Gabriel Wassail makes a day of this mediaeval event on January 18th 2014 with a procession of colourfully dressed wassailers, entertainment and a hot food and cider bar.

Learn more about the ancient tradition of wassailing and plan to join in and keep this ancient tradition alive.

Laugh out loud at the Exeter LOLComedy Festival

It's always good to look on the bright side of life, especially with a gathering of comedians from all over the UK for the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival 2014. This 10-day Comedy Festival takes place in various theatres and clubs all over Exeter city centre from 29 January to 7 February 2014.

Find out more about the what, when and where of this lively LOL Comedy event by enjoying our detailed article about this adult-only event.

What's your New Year's Day tradition? Do you attend the Exeter Races, go for a long walk, or something else? We'd love to hear how you plan to start the New Year off in style.