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Devon hosts Orange Races, regattas, airshows and fireworks in August

With a 101-year old wooden horse and historic orange racing in Totnes, this month's things to do in Devon offer plenty of new and different activities.
Whether you are planning a family vacation or a staycation this summer, you’ll want to be part of some of the diverse activities planned for Devon in August. There’s a Carnival led by “Uncle Tom Cobley”, a stunning RAF Air Show in Dawlish, a flower festival, folk week and a regatta.

The British Fireworks Championships put on a free fireworks display showcasing some of the best pyrotechnics in the world, and you can race an orange down the steep high street in Totnes, following an orange-spilling incident allegedly involving Sir Francis Drake and a delivery boy!

You’ll find all this and more taking place around Devon in August.

Enjoy exceptional blooms at the Bicton Flower Festival in Bicton Park

takes place in the historic church at Bicton Park Botanical Gardens near East Budleigh from 2-11 August, 2013. Once you have enjoyed the gorgeous floral arrangement, garden lovers can extend the day by exploring the beautiful grounds and conservatories in Bicton Park.

Learn the story behind Bicton Church, the mansion, landmark obelisk and gardens in this article about Bicton Park Flower Festival. You can also discover how part of the estate became the home of the College of Agriculture.

Hundreds of events and thousands of visitors at Sidmouth Folk Week

The first week in August is traditionally celebrated with . Taking place between 2-9 August, 2013, there is plenty of dancing and street parties, classical music concerts and small group workshops. Ticketed events take place every afternoon and evening in several large marquees, theatres and hotels around this Regency town.

We cover just some of the 600 events that make up Sidmouth Folk Week and hopefully tempt you to visit Sidmouth in August, for a day or two at least!

Uncle Tom Cobley leads the Combe Martin Carnival

is a lively week-long event starting on August 10, 2013. If you have never attended, you need to do your homework and learn all about the 101-year old Uncle Tom Cobley, who rides him, and why he leads the annual Combe Martin Carnival parade!

The British Fireworks Championships light up Plymouth Hoe

Plymouth has been hosting the since 1997 and this year the special Champion of Champions event takes place on 13 and 14 August after dark. Six fireworks companies put on their very best and most dazzling display in a competition that gives 200,000 spectators a free night of pyrotechnic wizardry.

Thousands of people line the coastline, Hoe and Embankment to watch the awesome sight of thousands of fireworks lighting up Plymouth Sound. Read on to discover the best place to view the British Fireworks Championships and learn why over 56,000 fireworks were let off within 30 seconds in 2006!

Totnes Orange Races offer a zesty challenge!

are based on the historic visit of Sir Francis Drake to the town in the late 16th century. Although still sadly unrecognized as an Olympic sport, the Orange Races are well worth watching or participating in on Tuesday 20th August, 2013.

The steep Fore Street in Totnes is perfect for chasing an orange down the 450-metre course, and anyone managing to cross the finish line with an orange intact deserves a prize! Read all about the history of the Totnes Orange Races and some of the famous TV personalities connected with the event.

Dawlish Airshow takes off right over the beach

The two-day takes place on the Friday and Saturday of the August Bank Holiday. It is an exciting display of helicopters, RAF jets and static aircraft displays for visitors to explore.

The Red Arrows and the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team give thrilling displays in the air over Dawlish Beach, while the Air-Sea Rescue by the Royal Navy Rescue helicopter and the local lifeboat demonstrate the skills of these brave heroes.

Torbay Week is the premiere sailing regatta in the South West

If you are visiting Torbay over the August Bank Holiday weekend, you are sure to enjoy watching the many sailing races that make up . This prestigious event takes place from 23-28 August, 2013.

The sheltered bay has over 200 years of regatta history and their informative blog about Torbay Week covers the past, present and future of sailing clubs and races in the Torbay area.

Which of these seven August events in Devon sounds the most fun? Let us know what takes your fancy this month and feel free to add other local events to our comments box – the more the merrier!

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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