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Those hazy days of summer haven’t finished yet!

Don't tell the locals in Devon and Cornwall that summer is over in September because they are still having the time of their lives! The sun is still shining, there are plenty of events lined up for every taste and what's more, as far as they are concerned, summer really is still in full swing.
September is here already, the children are heading back to school and many people make the mistake of thinking that summer is over for another year but in Devon and Cornwall, nothing could be further from the truth.

The calender is still choc o block full of exciting events, the weather is glorious and everyone still has a big smile on their faces so without further ado, let’s take a look at what we have to look forward to during the month of September.

The Torquay Big Wheel

Having caused a great deal of attention in London’s Olympic Park, the big wheel has arrived in Torquay where is will be based on the sea front from the third week in August until October 31st when it will then be moving to the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

At 60 metres high, the views from the top really are quite stunning and the ideal time for a ride would have to be just as dusk is falling, even though there are 40 gondolas, queues do form but as each ride lasts just under 15 minutes the wait is not to bad. It was a good move by the organisers of the attraction to reduce the prices for the wheel whilst it is in Torquay from the usual £15 to only £5 a ride.

Dartmouth Regatta

The Regatta takes place at the beginning of September each year, this year from the 30th August to September 1st, and it is the Friday evening which has to go down as the highlight, at dead on 6pm the Red Arrows perform their usuall array of breath taking manoeuvres.

The illuminated river procession which lights up the River Dart follows a couple of hours later with live music and the funfair adding to the atmosphere. It should be noted that the Regatta really does get very busy so if you are driving, make sure that you arrive early and be prepared for a walk as only the lucky ones manage to bag a parking spot in the town centre.

Brixham’s Fishstock Food Festival

What a day the Brixham Fishstock Food Festival is, with entrance fee being only a fiver it really is a fun day for all. Held at the highly impressive new Fish Quay on Brixham harbour, a fun day is in store for the whole family.

The top chefs from around the region are on hand with their cooking displays, lots of free samples are available and the evening entertainment which consists of a disco and live music stretches into the night with all proceeds going to the Fisherman’s Mission charity, so you can enjoy yourself and know that you are doing some good for a tremendous charity. So, make a note in your diary for September 8th as this will certainly be a Saturday to remember.

Looe Music Festival

The Looe Music Festival, or the party on the beach as it is more commonly known, is a relatively new event but one which is proving to be extremely popular. It has a real summer feel to it which is not to difficult to achieve as the Cornish weather in September is more often than not, simply glorious. It is being held this year between the 21st and 23rd of September so let’s keep our fingers crossed that the weather lives up to expectations.

A real cross section of ages attend this festival and what could be better than enjoying the music just as the sun goes down with a glass of cider in one hand and a Cornish pastie in the other… beautiful.

Chagford Film Festival

Chagford is situated on the edge of Dartmoor and the film festival is like a breath of fresh air when it comes to originality and value for money. The whole town joins in with the celebrations, everyone is welcome and the resulting atmosphere is something which has made this festival such a firm favourite with film lovers of all ages. The festival takes place between the 24th and the 29th of September.

Cornish Bluegrass Festival

This festival can only be described as something which is a little different and as most people don’t really know what kind of music Bluegrass is – think Hill Billy. If you have a banjo or would like to learn how to play this kind of music, the Cornish Bluegrass Festival which is held between the 14th and 16th of September will be just what you are looking for.

Agatha Christie Festival

Between the 9th and the 16th of September, Torquay celebrates its most famous daughter and this festival is jam packed with all things Agatha Christie. From lunch on Burgh Island to renditions of her most famous plays, everything is covered and this week has become a firm favourite with Agatha Christie lovers from all over the world.

The Drum Gathering Festival

Held at Instow, North Devon on the weekend between the August 31st and September 2nd, The Drum Gathering Festival may concentrate on a small niche but it is becoming increasing popular every year. If you have any kind of interest in percussion of all descriptions you will be made most welcome and no doubt pick up a thing or two from the fantastic workshops which are free to attend.

Summer Gathering Weekender

If none stop partying is your thing then The Summer Gathering Weekender in Newquay which is held between the 21st and 24th of September will most definitely appeal to you. Some of the UK’s top DJ’s are in attendance with a beach party on Fistral Beach thrown in for good measure, make a mental note that a great deal of stamina is required though!

The Beaches

It is not at all unusual to experience glorious weather during September in this part of England, whilst it is true that the nights are drawing in and it can get a little chilly in the evening, some lovely days can be experienced on the beaches, they are not as busy and if you close your eyes and feel the rays of the sun on your face and listen to the sound of the crashing waves you will no doubt realise that your decision to experience Devon and Cornwall in September was an extremely good one to make.

If you have already discovered the delights of Devon and Cornwall, do you have your own particular favourite when it comes to things to do or places to visit?

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