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Five things you won’t want to miss in Devon during March

March is a delightful time to visit Devon. With Arts Festivals, the Rock Solid obstacle race & great family days out, you have plenty to keep you amused.
The great thing about visiting Devon in March is that it really doesn’t feel like winter at all. Spring arrives early in the country lanes and scenic coastline of the Westcountry with splashes of colour in the high hedgerows from pale lemon primroses to shy purple violets.

With less traffic on the roads than in summer, March is the perfect time to enjoy an off-season holiday or long weekend. Enjoy long country walks where kids and dogs can run off their energy, or attend one of the annual events taking place this month. Here are five great ideas to inspire you:

Obstacles from Hell at Escot Park’s Rock Solid Race

Where better than rural Devon for enjoying a challenging run with some great obstacles to test your body, mind and fitness? Escot Park near Ottery St Mary is normally a peaceful green country park estate, but in mid-March it becomes as “mad as a March hare” when it hosts the on Saturday 16th March 2013.

Offering a 5km and a 10km course with up to 37 torturous objects to struggle under, over or through, this is a top fun event for both participants and spectators. After the pain, the party, when the onsite Event Village offers food, live music, beer tent, a tug-of-war and live Six Nations Rugby on the big screen to finish off this memorable day. Read the lowdown on Escot Park’s Rock Solid Race and note this fun event in your diary now!

Have a flutter on the horses at the Newton Abbot Races

The racing season sets off at a gallop at the on Easter Saturday. This friendly event is ideal for newbies and experienced punters alike, as it has been entertaining racegoers since 1866. As well as the racing, there’s plenty of activities for youngsters to enjoy and admission is extremely family-friendly.

We delve into what you should expect as a visitor to Newton Abbot Races with full details of this exciting jump racing event held every year on Easter Saturday.

Historic Exeter hosts the Devon Performing Arts Festival

If indoor entertainment is more your cup of tea, then why not plan to visit Exeter in early March for the ? This prestigious three-week-long event showcases the UK’s up-and-coming talent in music, speech and drama. It concludes with a fabulous Gala Concert which showcases the very best performances hand-picked by the judges. Held in Exeter city centre at South Street Baptist Church, the Devon Performing Arts Festival has been thrilling audiences for over 86 years!

A host of golden daffodils at Hartland Abbey Daffodil Day

What could be more symbolic of spring than , hosted on the third Sunday 17th March in the grounds of Hartland Abbey? This delightful estate is a great place to visit at any time of year with its colourful borders and sheltered walled gardens which always showcase an early display of garden blooms. Enjoy naturalized swathes of daffodils and other spring bulbs along with camellias, hellebores and primroses that line the circular walks and trails.

Take a tour of this historic home of Lord and Lady Stukely, walk down to the beach or indulge in a scrumptious cream tea. There is so much to see and enjoy when you visit Hartland Abbey on Daffodil Day.

Moretonhampstead Festival of Food, Drink and the Arts is a true feast

For gourmets, few places can rival the which takes place on Saturday 9th March. Opened by a foodie celebrity, the delightful village is engulfed by stalls selling local produce, cheese, pasties, sweets, meat and seafood.

Gifted local artisans put on a great display of their saleable works and if you’ve never experienced a Charity Kitchen Jumble, this is your opportunity to put that right! Moretonhampstead Festival of Food, Drink and the Arts is an unmissable treat for all visitors to Devon in mid-March, and takes place in the heart of Dartmoor National Park.

Whatever your particular interest, Devon has plenty going on to entertain visitors, even in March. Have you ever visited Devon in Winter or Spring? What particularly did you enjoy doing? We’d love for you to share your experiences and ideas with other readers in the space below.

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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