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Goosey Fair, Apple Day and haunted walks to enjoy in October in Devon

The harvest season in Devon sees an Apple Day, Goosey Fair, Charter Fair and several Food Fairs during October - perfect for a late break for half-term.
Where better to enjoy the last vestiges of summer than by renting a cosy holiday cottage in Devon. Autumn walks on the beach, roaring log fires in old pubs and a raft of festivals will make you wonder why more people don’t catch on to enjoying an October break in Devon.

Learn the history behind Cockington Apple Day and Tavistock Goose Fair and celebrate your roots at the National Dialect Day with talks and competitions. For foodies, Devon serves up a selection of great food and drink festivals with some of the UK’s top chefs in attendance. You won’t want to miss a moment!

Pickling and preserving at the Powderham Food Festival

Pickling, potting and preserving pretty much sums up the theme of the which focuses on the historic methods of preserving local produce on 5 October 2013.

A quick tour of the kitchens at Powderham Castle will reveal a kitchen in a timewarp, with huge cauldrons and brass bottomed cookware which teams of staff used to feed the castle’s occupants over the last 600 years.

Tavistock Goose Fair heralds the start of Christmas

Known as Goosey Fair by locals, the will take over this market town on 9 October 2013. Once the place where families would pick up a goose at auction and fatten it for Christmas, the event still has a livestock auction including plenty of fine white geese.

More traditional items of cheese, home cured meats, toffee apples and candy floss are on sale from over 270 vendors with a funfair in front of the town hall.

The Classical Two Moors Festival on Dartmoor and Exmoor

The highly respected offers a range of classical concerts from 16-27 October 2013. It also features workshops and storytelling with musical accompaniment in some of Devon’s most spectacular locations.

Historic churches, halls, pubs and even Tiverton railway station have been used as impromptu concert venues in past years for this celebrated event.

National Dialect Day 2013 is celebrated in Exeter

Whether you speak the Queen’s English or have a broad country accent, you’ll be fascinated by the entertainment which focuses on national dialects. This year runs from 18-20 October 2013 and it takes place in a different county each year. This year it is Devon’s turn and the weekend of fun events take place in the Barnfield Theatre in the centre of Exeter.

Book your holiday cottage accommodation and get your tickets or register in one of the competitions to be part of this fun event of Britain’s cultural heritage.

Cockington Apple Day – a pint of cider without a Wurzell in sight!

Starting on 20 October 2013, the 12-day is part of the National Apple Day celebrations which aims to raise awareness of Britain’s disappearing apple orchards. With over 90% of Devon’s apple orchards destroyed since 1965, it’s important to celebrate this important fruit before it’s too late.

Taste local apples, cider and apple juice produced on site and enjoy the craft stalls in the lovely setting of Cockington Village.

Tasty treats at the Dartmouth Food Festival

Another food festival, this time the , celebrates the very best of Devon’s produce and seafood in an event organised by some of the UK’s top chefs from 25-27 October 2013.

You are sure to recognize several TV personalities when you attend this top food festival which includes tastings, kitchen demos, beverages, food markets and more in what the Daily Telegraph described as a “heady mix” of food-orientated events.

Bampton Charter Fair has existed since 1258!

Join in a 750-year-old tradition with all the fun of the fair at the on Thursday 31 October 2013. Watch the “Fur and Feathers” Auction and enjoy street entertainment, food and drink as well as local craft demonstrations at this historic event.

Located on the edge of Dartmoor, Bampton Charter Fair once saw the trading of over 2000 ponies and 14,000 sheep at the fair – so just imagine the noise, smell and mess everywhere in the good old days!

Fright Nights in deepest, darkest Devon at Halloween

Devon has more than its share of haunted houses, inns, castles and churches so where better to head for a haunted Halloween break? Halloween conveniently falls on the Thursday of half-tern, so bring the family and have a memorable spooky break!

Halloween tours at Arlington Court in North Devon

Halloween starts early at Arlington Court with Halloween crafts, and in the week prior to Halloween. On October 31st you can join the torchlit Haunted Halloween Walk around the stately home, cellars and grounds and perhaps see for yourself the Grey Lady or the Musical Spirit that plays the piano in this 400-year-old home. This is not suitable for young children, so prepare for a thoroughly chilling Halloween experience.

What will you be doing this October in Devon? We’d love to hear how you enjoy a late break in this scenic county, or how you entertain yourself if you live in this area. Do share your adventures with us.

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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