Whilst the summer weather has never been better, it’s the ideal time to pack your bags and explore the pristine British countryside of North Devon. From its picturesque coastlines to its untouched moorland, it’s the ultimate summer staycation.
To help make your trip to this exceptional corner of the country as unforgettable as possible, here’s a handpicked list of all the top things to do in North Devon this summer.
North Devon Show, Umberleigh (1stAugust)
If you wanted the perfect North Devon experience in just one day, then you’ve found it. The county is renowned for its farming heritage and this event celebrates everything agriculture.
Every year, the show brings together the area’s finest produce, livestock, and demonstrations to let you sample every bit of this stunning region.
You’ll see show jumping, dog shows, circus performances and even a mountain bike display team to top it off. All this alongside stalls and animal exhibitions including alpacas, horses, cows, and sheep, for a family day out you won’t want to miss.
For more information, check the event’s website.
Heddon Valley Fun Days, Barnstaple (8th August and 22nd August)
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We all need nature in our lives and there’s no better place to get it than the stunning landscape of North Devon. National Trust rangers have organised a day of '50 Things to do before you are 11 3/4's' to take children on an epic journey through the great outdoors.
There’ll be walks and activities throughout the day, inspiring the next generation to keep adventuring. Heddon Valley offers an amazing setting for any outdoor adventure and this event gives some surprising insights into Britain’s hidden wildlife.
There’s no cost, just meet the rangers outside Heddon Valley National Trust shop at 11:00am on either the 8th or 11th of August.
Lynmouth Raft Race, Lynmouth (11thAugust)
With the weather beautiful and Lynmouth’s waters even more so, Lynmouth Raft Race is a great day for any budding raft engineers (or supportive spectators) looking for some seaside entertainment.
You’ll see the whole village come together for a huge parade down to the harbour ready for this annual spectacle. Eager sailors will race their makeshift rafts out of the historic harbour, meanwhile dodging spectator-thrown flour bombs as they go. Awards will be given to the first crew to finish as well as – for the less unsuccessful – the first to sink.
There’s something for everyone on this spectacular day of sun, sea and sinking sailors.
The event runs between 4:30-6:30 with food and drink available all day. For more information on how to sign-up your team, visit the website.
Open Air Theatre: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Barnstaple (31stAugust)
Image: Chapterhouse Theatre Co Website.
Experience the well-known story of Alice in the brilliant outdoors of North Devon. This brand-new production of a classic guarantees a brilliant evening of laughter and drama.
This family-friendly performance by the Chapterhouse Theatre Company, renowned for their open-air adaptions, will be taking place at the prestigious Arlington Court.
The show kicks off at 6pm with picnics and fancy dress more than welcome.
You can book your tickets online now.
Lyn Food Fest, Lynton (30thSeptember)
The traditional Lyn Food fest promises the best in authentic West Country cuisine. There’ll be tonnes to try and stalls to buy from. Plus, with free admission it’s a no brainer for anyone wanting a true taste of Devon.
For the main event, head down to Lynton Town Hall on Thursday anytime from 10:30am til 4:00pm. There’ll also be events happening all through the week, so it’ll never be a dull time to take a visit to Lynton.
For all the details (including how to get there), head over to the festival’s website.
Dine and stay at The Rising Sun, Lynmouth
With such an endless supply of things to do this summer, North Devon is the ideal summer getaway.
Make the most of your trip with a fantastic hotel and dining experience. The Rising Sun in Lynmouth offers excellent Devonshire cuisine, with cosy accommodation in an incredible coastal setting.
We have both family friendly and dog friendly rooms available, so everyone’s welcome at The Rising Sun, Lynmouth. Book your stay with us this summer.