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Top 10 things to do this September in Devon

Meet Agatha Christie and Uncle Tom Cobley in some of the diverse festivals that Devon hosts in September. There's dancing, cycling, seafood, cider and films to enjoy along with 100 Great South West Walks and 25 Heritage Open Days.
September is one of my favourite months in Devon, and with 10 wonderful festivals and events to share, it’s not hard to see why! The quieter month of September in Devon still has plenty of warm sunshine and light nights for enjoying live music, local ales, fresh seafood, dancing, walking, cultural and literary events. Pick one or attend them all!

Moor2Sea Cycle Sportive – Devon’s answer to the Tour de France!

Get out on your bike and enjoy the Moor2Sea Cycle Sportive, a challenging cycle event which takes place on 6 September 2014. Learn how you can participate in the race from the Teign Valley to the peak of Haytor and how you can earn yourself a King of the Mountains jersey or pin!

Have a whale of a time at the Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast!

September is a beautiful time of year to visit the Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast down on the quay. Learn to identify local marine life, tap your feet to lively sea shanties and indulge in a tasty seafood lunch as part of this Seafood Festival on 7 September 2014.

Join Uncle Tom Cobley and All at Widecombe Fair!

Picture seven local rascals riding the lanes of Devon on a grey mare and that’s exactly what you’ll see at Widecombe Fair on 9 September 2014. Just like the folk song, the giant wooden horse carries 7 local characters at the head of this colourful parade.

There’s vintage machinery, horses, livestock classes, races, hay bale tossing competitions and a fun family dog show that is not to be missed. Read more about this country fair and plan to attend this rural event.

Celebrate Your National Legacy with the Heritage Open Days in Devon

Sometimes it feels good to celebrate our rich heritage and the Heritage Open Days from 11-14 September 2014 are a great way to do it. Twenty-five historic properties across Devon open their doors to the public for free, allowing us to share the rich culture and history that lies within.

From old hospitals and castles to a lighthouse and Elizabethan Merchant’s House there’s something to wow every visitor.

Something fishy’s going on at the Brixham Fishstock Food Festival

You can’t get fresher seafood than in Brixham Fish Market which hosts the annual Brixham Fishstock Food Festival on Saturday 13 September 2014.

Explore trawlers moored in the harbour, see celebrity chefs cooking seafood their way and enjoy live music on the cobbled streets of this quaint sea port.

Celebrate the Queen of Crime at the Agatha Christie Festival in Torquay

Calling all Agatha Christie fans and amateur sleuths! The Agatha Christie Festival takes over Torquay from14 to 21 September 2014. This literary crime festival with a vintage twist offers a look at Agatha Christie’s famous thrillers, her home and favourite haunts.

Celebrity guest lecturers include her grandson who still keeps her works alive. Join a Murder Mystery Dinner, listen to successful crime fiction authors or attend a theatre production of one of Agatha Christie’s famous works. There’s also a new Poirot novel to be unveiled at this fabulous festival.

Abbfest Beer & Cider Festival – Devon’s answer to Oktoberfest!

Head to Fermoys Garden Centre for the 11th annual Abbfest Beer and Cider Festival which will run from 19-21 September 2014. With 120 ales and over a dozen ciders from local and national breweries, you may need to attend every day to really appreciate them all.

This local fundraiser makes sure everyone has a good time with a great programme of local musicians entertaining each evening and over 70 stalls of Devon food and local crafts.

Attend a D-Day Victory Dance at the Lupton House 1940s Weekend in Brixham

As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1 and the 70th anniversary of D-Day, what could be more appropriate than attending the D-Day Victory Dance as part of the Lupton House 1940s Weekend? The event takes place on 20-21st September 2014 and includes a fine display of historic military vehicles and weapons as part of this nostalgic 1940s weekend.

100 Ways to Celebrate the Westcountry with Great South West Walks in Devon

100 great circular walks have been planned as part of the Great South West Walks from 20-28 September 2014. These walks take place along the South West Coast Path in four Westcountry counties. This informative article focuses on walks along the North and South coasts of Devon.

These sponsored walks aim to raise £250,000 for the local children’s hospice and for the South West Coast Path so your participation is in aid of two very good causes. See how to sign up by reading on.

Chagford Film Festival – the new Cannes!

Film buffs can enjoy some excellent short films, talks and workshops at the Chagford Film Festival. Keep the dates free from 22-27 September 2014 and plan to take advantage of the 22-seater cinema on the Vintage Movie Bus.

The Three Crowns and St Michaels Church are also requisitioned as temporary screens as part of this lively al fresco film festival in a beautiful area of Dartmoor.

We know that there’s plenty going on in Devon in September. If you would like to add other local events to our list, feel free to add the information in the comments 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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