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Celebrate April in Devon with rhodos, beer & guided country walks

Easter and St George's Day fall in April this year, making a getaway in a holiday cottage in Devon even more attractive. There's plenty for all the family to enjoy from the fabulous Rhododendron Show at RHS Rosemoor to the Spring Walking Festival. Whether you fancy the Exeter Food and Drink Festival or the Tuckers Maltings Beer Festival we have all the details, so read on and enjoy the virtual tour!
The late Easter weekend in 2014 means that April is packed with even more festivals and events to entertain fun-seeking visitors. How about a weekend sipping Westcountry ales, a day at the races or a coastal cruise along the UNESCO listed Jurassic Coast? And that’s just for starters! Read on to discover what on in Devon this April.

Jurassic Coast cruises from Exmouth

April is a lovely time of year for getting out on the water and the Jurassic Coast Cruises on Tuesday 15th April 2014 is the perfect way to do it. This special 2-3 hour cruise offers an informative commentary about the geology and history of the UNESCO listed sandstone cliffs along the Jurassic Coast. Enjoy coastal village, sea birds and even dolphins as this article reveals.

Have a flutter on the horses at the Newton Abbot Races

Easter Saturday (19th April 2014) is traditionally the day when racegoers flock to the delightful Newton Abbot Racecourse for the opening of its summer season. Pick up some tips for getting there and the best place to enjoy lunch. It’s a day to enjoy a traditional sporting social event in a beautiful Devon setting.

Tuckers Maltings Beer Festival at Newton Abbot

Where better to sample some of the Westcountry’s oldest and best ales than at the Tuckers Maltings Beer Festival which runs from 24-26 April 2014. This family-run business has over 180 years of ale-making history. The old buildings lend an authentic atmosphere to this cracking beer festival where hot food and live music are the perfect accompaniment to some of the UK’s best brews.

Eat, drink and be merry at the Exeter Food and Drink Festival

April 25-27th 2014 is another opportunity to enjoy all manner of tastings and treats at the Exeter Food and Drink Festival. The highlight of this 3-day festival is the Chef’s Kitchen, which is visited by some of the Westcountry’s top chefs doing entertaining demonstrations.
Sample local wines, cheese and cider and stay on for the After Dark Party when top Exeter restaurants provide pop-up restaurants in the courtyard of Exeter Castle. It’s a winner!

RHS National Rhododendron Show at Rosemoor is bloomin’ marvellous!

Anyone looking for some reassurance that summer is on its way will find it in abundance at the Rosemoor RHS Rhododendron Show. It has moved to the last weekend in April this year (26 and 27th April 2014), due to Easter being late, so expect even more beautiful blooms as part of this spectacular event.

Along with the 65 acres of grounds, lake, rockery and display gardens there are over 60 classes of rhododendrons on display. Growers and nurseries submit some beautiful plants for the prestigious competition. Perhaps you can spot a winner as you browse the gorgeous selection!

Don your boots for the North Devon and Exmoor Spring Walking Fest

A favourite event for walkers is the North Devon and Exmoor Spring Walking Festival which runs for 9 days from 26th April 2014 to finish on the early May bank holiday. It starts in and then progresses east to Lynton and Lynmouth, Porlock and historic Dunster so walkers get a wonderful range of scenery.

Join in for a day, or do the whole festival with around 40 guided hikes led by rangers, wardens and professional guides. Read on and book your tickets in preparation for this popular event.

Add a generous supply of beautiful sandy beaches, quaint villages, thatched pubs and independent shops and Devon makes the perfect choice for a relaxing break this Easter.

Have you attended any of these events in the past? We’d love your comments on the events, and feel free to pass on our website link to family and friends who might enjoy a little taste of Devon too!

About Gillian Birch

Born in Cheshire, Gillian Birch moved to Cornwall at her earliest opportunity and never looked back. After 20 years, her ongoing discovery of popular attractions, quiet footpaths and local eateries has made her a fount of knowledge as she entertains readers with her informative articles on the hidden gems of Devon & Cornwall from a local point-of-view.

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