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June sees Devon hosting a regatta, food and folk festivals

From Ilfracombe's Victorian Celebration to the Indian-themed Tagore Festival at Dartington Hall, Devon has some great events in June.
June sees visitors flocking to the sunny south of the England, particularly around Midsummer’s Day. The longest day of the year brings lighter nights and hopefully warm, dry days which are perfect for attending outdoor fetes, festivals and parades. Make sure you don’t miss out on the fun by checking out these highlights of summer in Devon.

A Royal Summons to Ilfracombe Victorian Celebration

Queen Victoria certainly does not look out of place during the from 8-16 June 2013. Local business owners, residents and shopkeepers dress up their windows (and themselves) and show off their Victorian finery.

The High Street parade starts things off with a bang, and the week continues with Victorian entertainment, Magic Shows, Circus Skills Workshops and Garden Parties. There’s a Grand Ball, Teddy Bear’s Picnic and fireworks to keep everyone entertained all week long at this popular Victorian seaside resort.

Topsham Food Festival is definitely top notch

Topsham is well known as the home of good food, with the “Topsham Ten” list of exceptional restaurants in the town. It shows it all off at the well-attended on 15-16 June 2013.

After a day of sipping and sampling the local offerings, take a seat at Nello’s Longest Table and enjoy a bring-your-own evening meal which must feature only locally made food and drink. Crab sandwiches and a bottle of scrumpy, anyone?

Counting down to the Babbacombe Festival

The is a hugely popular annual event which takes place from 19-23 June 2013. Join in the Armed Forces Day, Flower Show or the charity fundraising Fish and Chips on the Downs event, or perhaps the Festival Funk Party is more to your taste?

You’re sure to find plenty to enjoy at this well-orchestrated event which includes a series of films, lectures and entertainment in the Festival Marquee. From Proms Night to German Oompah Music, you can party the whole weekend!

Let your hair down at the quirky Teignmouth Folk Festival

Now in its 15th year, the attracts attendees from all four corners of the British Isles and beyond! It takes place from 21-23 June 2013 and top billing this year goes to Irish Folk singer, Andy Irvine. The Tannerhill Weavers and fiddle-playing Emma Sweeney keep standards high throughout the festival.

Folk dancing on the streets and lively music both indoors and outside see feet tapping and skirting swirling at this colourful cultural event.

Serious fun at the Safety on Dartmoor Day

Beautiful Lydford Gorge is the venue for the . Taking place on 23 June, 2013, the event aims to educate visitors to the sort of dangers hikers and climbers may encounter in the area. The Devon Air Ambulance helicopters demonstrate mock air lifts of casualties and the Camels Head Fire Crew complete a cliff rescue demonstration.

Check out the fire engines, air ambulances and exhibits including the volunteer Dartmoor Rescue with their trained dogs. Rangers from Dartmoor National Park make this a family-friendly day out.

Discover the Indian-themed Tagore Festival at Dartington Hall

The Arts Centre at mediaeval Dartington Hall hosts the four-day from 27-30 June, 2013. This unusual festival of Indian music, poetry and dance is in honour of an eminent Nobel Prizewinner, Rabindranath Tagore, who influenced the Arts Trust in the 1930s.

All hands on deck for the Kingswear Regatta!

The is a fun weekend for all from 29-30 June, 2013. With Olympic rower, Bill Lucas in residence, standards must be high! Light relief from the serious rowing heats include a Dog Show, Car Show and a charity Duck Race, so come and give it your support!

Which of these events in Devon are you hoping to attend? Do you know of any other similar events taking place in the county in June? Feel free to add your local knowledge in our comments box 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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