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July visitors to Devon enjoy hot air balloons, music & a grand prix!

There's hardly time to draw breath with the packed events calendar for Devon in July. From pirates to ponies and crafts to carnivals, there is entertainment, food and fun for all ages this month.
Devon caters to all sorts of interests with the packed calendar of events for July. There’s the Woolsery Agricultural Show for animal lovers, the Budleigh Salterton Music Festival for classical music fans and even a Ways With Words Festival for wordsmiths at historic Dartington Hall, sponsored by the Telegraph.

With sunny days and long evenings expected you can enjoy the Tiverton Hot Air Balloon Show Night Glow after dark, or even be a pirate for a day at Clovelly Maritime Festival. Here’s the full list of events to help you plan your monthly events schedule.

Read all about it with The Telegraph Ways With Words Festival at Dartington

Dartington Hall hosts another Telegraph-sponsored Ways With Words Festival which attracts a host of award-winning authors, journalist, comedians, politicians and even a member of royalty. The 2014 festival runs from 5-12 July.

Along with lectures, discussions, films and workshops visitors can browse the onsite Waterstones bookshop or take a stroll to the nearby Shops at Dartington. Best book your holiday cottage in Brixham or Dartmouth while there’s still time!

Up, up and away at the Tiverton Balloon and Music Festival

The second weekend in July 2014 (11-13th) the skies come to life for the Tiverton Balloon and Music Festival. As part of the Night Glow, hot air balloons light up the skies to music along with a lantern procession and fire jugglers.

For those with their feet firmly on the ground there’s the “alternative” World cup matches, falconry displays, a drum workshop, evening ascents, comedy night, food pavilion, science workshops and stunt flying displays.

Musicians tune up for the Budleigh Salterton Music Festival

Residents and visitors to idyllic Budleigh Salterton look forward to the Budleigh Salterton Music Festival, which runs from 11-19 July 2014. Highlights include classical concerts, operatic stage performances and free lunchtime concerts.

Read what this classical music festival has in store and find out where to get your tickets.

Crafty visitors gather for the Exeter Craft Festival

Visit Exeter Cathedral Green on 18 and 19 July 2014 and enjoy a fabulous collection of handmade items at the Exeter Craft Festival. It’s a great place to pick up individual gifts such as handmade toiletries, preserves and chutneys, silk scarves, wrought ironwork or stoneware pots for the garden. Young visitors will find plenty to entertain them with mime artists, musicians and entertainers.

Avast me hearties! It’s the Clovelly Maritime Festival

Discover the charm of Clovelly anew at the Clovelly Maritime Festival on Sunday 20 July 2014. Attend dressed as a pirate, mermaid and join in the spirit. This fundraising event includes sea shanties, street theatre, chef demonstrations and musical entertainment on a colourful pirate theme.

Of course, all the usual attractions are open for business including the Kingsley Museum, the period-furnished Fisherman’s Cottage, the Red Lion and the New Inn, making this a great family day out.

Race to the finish in the Rotary Pedal Car Grand Prix in Torquay

There’s more fun in Torquay when the Rotary Pedal Car Grand Prix takes place on Sunday 20 July 2014. It’s all for a good cause, so get down and cheer on those pedaling drivers, browse the arts and crafts stalls and enjoy a tasty barbecue lunch by the sea.

Entertainment includes local dancers, singers and pop groups to entertain the crowds before the trophy and prizes are presented to the winning teams.

Paignton procession hits the streets at the Torbay Carnival

Still going strong after 100 years, the Torbay Carnival hits the streets of Paignton from 26 July to 3 August 2014. It provides a week of activities for holidaymakers and locals with a carnival procession, fireworks, funfair, classic cars, a parade of town criers, dancing, music and karaoke.

Join in the herald Big Bang Party, watch the Waiters and Waitresses Race and soak up the sun at this fun 9-day event.

Woolsery Agricultural Show is a popular family day out

A true taste of Devon life can be found at the Woolsery Agricultural Show on Monday 28 July 2014. The show started in 1892 as a local horse show. Now hosted at Clovelly Court, there is plenty going on in the six livestock rings which are used for showing animals, equestrian events, showjumping and exciting carriage driving.

The one-day show includes flower arranging, handicrafts and home baking which is always a popular draw. Watch the Young Farmers’ “It’s a Knockout” and see the Parade of Vintage machinery too.

Can you contribute some local feedback to these July events? We’d love you to add your comments and tips 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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