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Devon’s on Fire in November with fireworks & flaming tar barrels!

Most of Devon seems to be preoccupied with bonfires, fireworks and the strange tradition of setting fire to tar barrels in November.
November sees the last warm days of autumn in Devon as thoughts turn towards winter and Christmas. There’s plenty of Bonfire Night events and fireworks around the county to look forward to along with the ancient tradition of burning tar barrels which were once unbelievably rolled down the streets of some villages!

On a safer note there’s an excellent Floodlit Carnival at South Brent, a Herring Festival at Clovelly, or how about a day at the races? You may want to start your Christmas shopping or perhaps attend a football match at Exeter City’s St James Park or Plymouth Argyle grounds.

Bonfire Night: it’s smokin’ down in Devon

Devon has some great Bonfire Night activities to join in, from the ancient tradition of flaming tar barrels in Ottery St Mary to the upscale event at Sidbury Manor. We cover several of the big events taking place in both North and South Devon and give you the lowdown on the annual fireworks extravaganza put on by Plymouth City Council on Plymouth Hoe.

Holy smokes – watch Flaming Tar Barrels at Ottery St Mary

Ottery St Mary is well known for its ancient that are lit and carried around the village. Learn more about this most unusual event and consider joining in one of Devon’s most unusual traditions that takes place each November 5th.

Exeter Gold Cup Chase: only fools and horses!

This year the will be on Tuesday 5th November, 2013 at the scenic if somewhat breezy racecourse on top of Haldon Hill. Read on to get a feel for this popular race day and perhaps take a gamble and attend.

Hatherleigh Carnival: a flaming good time

If you haven’t had your fill of bonfires this month, the includes burning tar barrels as part of the event on Saturday 9th November, 2013. Learn what the Ten Pub Pull is all about as a team of local muscle pulls ten heavy tar barrels from pub to pub before setting them alight.

There’s also the traditional carnival procession, funfair and sideshows along with some serious impersonation of local characters, all in a good cause.

Jazz it up at the Teignmouth Jazz Festival

hits the town from Friday 15th through Sunday 17th November 2013. There’s plenty of mellow blues and jazz music events along with workshops to help fans improve their own jazz playing skills. Learn all about the Stroller tickets that give entrance to some or all the events and perhaps be tempted to take a stroll to neighbouring Shaldon.

Clovelly Herring Festival in the village that time forgot!

This year the takes place on Sunday 17th November. This delightful North Devon village attracts plenty of visitors to see the chef demonstrations, sample smoked kippers, listen to sea shanties and learn about the new sustainable fishing methods that ensure there will be fish in the sea for future generations.

South Brent Winter Floodlit Carnival is a grand finale before winter

November ends in grand style with the carnival of all carnivals on Saturday 30th November, 2013. The attracts some superb floats from as far away as Somerset as they all compete for cash prizes for the best decorated. There’s plenty more going on too, as our local article explains.

How will you be celebrating Bonfire Night with family and friends? If you know of other events we’ve missed, feel free to add them to our comments below. Thanks!

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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