October in Devon suggest fallen leaves, Halloween events and occupying schoolchildren for half-term week. We make it easy for you by providing fact-filled articles and information about what's going on across the county this month.
As usual our cross-section of festivals, events and activities covers something for all ages and tastes whether you like music, crafts, cultural events or food. Curious to know more? Read on for the fuller picture…
Pickling and preserving at the Powderham Food Festival near Dawlish
Saturday 4 October 2014 sees the return of the annual Powderham Food Festival at Kenton. Watch local chefs demonstrate just how easy and innovative it can be to cook outdoors using fire pits, BBQs, tandoori ovens and even a flaming wheelbarrow as a makeshift grill!
Stalls selling local Devon produce, demonstrations, competitions, talks and tastings combine to make this a great day out in Devon for foodies in the grounds of beautiful Powderham Castle.
Tavistock Goose Fair heralds the start of Christmas
Start your Christmas shopping early at the 800-year-old Tavistock Goose Fair on 8 October 2014. Devon families would gather at the fair and buy a goose to fatten up for Christmas. The fair still has livestock sales including geese but most people prefer to buy food from locals stalls or tuck into a toffee apple after a ride on the Big Wheel.
Find out what Creber's and the Tavistock Cheese Shop have to offer for your Christmas family feast.
Two Moors Festival ‐ classical in every sense of the word
The Two Moors Festival is one of two top music festivals in Devon this month and it runs from 15-25 October 2014. Under the patronage of HRH The Countess of Wessex, churches and other venues come to life by hosting concerts and performances as part of this classical music festival.
Read more about the Two Moors Festival before booking your tickets to some of these first-class performances around Dartmoor and Exmoor.
Cockington Apple Day ‐ A pint of cider without a Wurzell in sight!
You don't have to like cider to attend the Cockington Apple Day on Sunday 19th October 2014, but it helps. This fun festival celebrates the history and diversity of different varieties and uses of apples in the vintage setting of Cockington Country Park.
See the huge cider press which churns out gallons of fresh apple juice during the day. Stroll around the apple orchards and enjoy the side stalls and entertainment at this festival which aims to preserve the history of apple-growing in Devon.
Tasty treats at the Dartmouth Food Festival
More Devonian delights are showcased at the Dartmouth Food Festival from 24-26 October 2014. Join celebrity chefs, market stall holders, wine merchants and local food producers at this delectable event and pick up some tips from the demo kitchens.
Read through our “menu” of events and find out the best places to park if you plan to attend the lively Dartmouth Food Festival this year.
The Baring-Gould Folk Weekend in Okehampton goes undercover
Vying for your attention is the Baring-Gould Folk Weekend with over 30 events and a song school that take over the town of Okehampton from 24-26 October 2014.
Our in-depth article not only features the highlights of this folk festival but also looks at who exactly Baring-Gould was and the legacy he left with his collection of folk songs.
Bampton Charter Fair has existed since 1258!
Still going strong after 750 years, the Bampton Charter Fair has changed a little over the centuries. Taking place on Thursday 30 October 2014, this local village fair includes entertainment from members of the Pennymore Sing Around Folk Club.
Read about the history of Bampton Fair from its early days, when Exmoor ponies were rounded up and sold to preserve the grazing for the remaining herd. It's all part of this fascinating article on Bampton Charter Fair.
Fright Nights in deepest, darkest Devon at Halloween
The last day of October is traditionally All Hallows Eve, better known as Halloween. We offer a roundup of ghostly goings-on across Devon from the Zombie Ball in Exeter to the Brixham Ghost Walk. Youngsters may prefer to dress up and attend the Evening of Mini Horrors at Babbacombe Village or spend the day at Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre at Lifton.
Decide where you will be spending Halloween after reading this informative article on Fright Nights for all ages.
Halloween Tours at Arlington Court in North Devon
Visitors and residents in North Devon will find a whole array of Halloween crafts, ghost tours and events at the National Trust-owned Arlington Court. It's always a popular attraction but this old home and grounds take on a sinister new light from 28-31st October 2014.
Learn how you can celebrate Halloween at Arlington Court with a variety of activities, tours and events.