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Devon celebrates summer with events on land, air and sea during August

Make the most of the long sunny days of August with a Water Carnival, Airshow, Folk Week and a Flavour Fest in some of Devon's most popular towns and cities. We'll introduce you to Uncle Tom Cobley at Combe Martin Carnival and Frances Drake in Totnes! With so much fun entertainment (mostly for free), why would you choose to be anywhere other than Devon this August?
This month, Devon’s towns, harbours, beaches, villages, shopping centres, pubs and public spaces will be the stage for some of the county’s top carnivals, festivals and events. There’s so much going on with fireworks and airshows above, water carnivals and regattas on the sea, and plenty of land-based events, you’ll be busy all month long.

Why not make the most of the sunniest month of the year and book a last minute holiday cottage in Devon? With the children off school and the World Cup well and truly over, you can make the most of the August Bank Holiday with a fun-filled family break. Here’s a few more ideas to tempt you…

Hundreds of events & thousands of visitors at Sidmouth Folk Week

Share in the 60th anniversary of Sidmouth Folk Week from 1-8 August 2014. It promises music, storytelling and dancing for all ages. Whether you prefer fiddle to flute or ceilidh to conga you’ll have a blast at this down-to-earth cultural event.

Sidmouth Folk Week attracts musicians and dancers from all over the UK, Ireland and Europe, along with plenty of well-travelled tourists, making this a very international event.

Shaldon Water Carnival? Shall do!

Taking place on 2 August 2014, the Shaldon Water Carnival is a fun family event with a difference. All the colourful floats are actually boats in this half-century-old traditional water festival. Look for the local Water Queen and her attendants and join in the games on the beach.

Shaldon is situated just across the estuary from Teignmouth, so we provide local advice on parking and how to get to the Shaldon Water Carnival by ferry.

Uncle Tom Cobley leads the Combe Martin Carnival

More Devon history is paraded through the streets at the Combe Martin Carnival from 9-16 August 2014. You can’t miss the 20-foot long wooden horse that is ridden by Old Uncle Tom Cobley and his friends, as per the famous song.

Our entertaining article recounts some humourous tales from past events and gives a full account of all the races and events that make Combe Martin Carnival last a whole week!

The British Fireworks Championships light up Plymouth Hoe

Few free events can match the annual British Fireworks Championships which sees crowds lining the Hoe, Tinside Colonnade, Mount Batten headland and other viewpoints around Plymouth Sound. This year the event is scheduled for 12 and 13 August 2014, weather permitting of course.

We bring you the lowdown on these fantastic displays of pyrotechnic excellence that light up the skies of Plymouth with electrifying flashes, crackles, booms and bangs.

Plymouth Flavour Fest will tickle your tastebuds

Better stay on after the fireworks and join the 150,000 hungry visitors that are expected at the Plymouth Flavour Fest from 15-17 August 2014. Find the very best choice of locally produced cheese, fish, cured meats, chutneys and ice cream and get some free inspiration from the celebrity chef kitchen.

Read more about this top food and drink event in the Southwest and take our advice to sample it, buy it, eat it or take it home with you. It’s a great way to spend a weekend!

Totnes Orange Races offer a zesty challenge!

Little did Sir Francis Drake know what he was starting when he sent an armful of oranges rolling down the steep street of Totnes. We look at the story behind the Totnes Orange Races which will be enjoyed this year on Tuesday 19 August.

After a series of hard-fought orange races (or should that be chases?) there’s a fun-filled Elizabethan Market organised by the local Elizabethan Society of Totnes.

Dawlish Airshow takes off right over the beach

Dawlish Airshow always commands a lot of attention as a host of aeronautical displays take place over Dawlish Beach on 22 and 23 August 2014. Chat with RAF pilots, watch an RAF display of jets, poke around inside a Hawker Hunter cockpit and salute the Red Arrows as they swoop by.

Learn more about the unique historical event that will be part of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight this year – a rare treat for Avro Lancaster fans.

Torbay Week is the premiere sailing regatta in the South West

Celebrate the August Bank Holiday by the sea at the traditional Torbay Week Regatta from 22-27 August 2014. It brings together four local sailing clubs, umpteen beautiful sail boats and thousands of spectators at this exciting racing event. Whether you plan to be on the beach or on the deck, we have plenty to whet your appetite as we bring you the full story, past and present, of this prestigious royal regatta.

We know these events simply would not happen without the year-long preparations made by local organising committees. Let us know who you would like to nominate for a big “thank you” for making these great events possible.

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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