From big beats to hippy hideaways, from woodland wonderlands to beach bonanzas, from foodie feasting to maritime merriment, from artistic affairs to fairy fiestas and so many more weird and wonderful festivals, Devon and Cornwall really does have an occasion for every persuasion; so dust off those tents and festival attire and head down to one of these unmissable events.
30th March - 17th April
As profiled on the BBC’s Great British Garden Revival programme, this wonderful early season festival brings together the Falmouth community like no other with an explosion of colour, life and activity to the town.
7th – 9th April
From award-winning festival producers Continental Drifts, the musical heart and soul behind Glastonbury’s Shangri-la, Bestival’s Caravanserai, Boomtown’s Ballroom Stage and Wilderness’ Carousel, comes a brand new addition to the Spring Festival calendar. For the first time, a world-class music festival will descend on the beautiful seaside town of Torquay for a weekend of escapism and adventure to transform even the most jaded festival goer into a tropical, grinning party monster!
Porhtleven, West Cornwall
21st – 23rd April
Porthleven Food & Music Festival, now in its ninth year, is a well-established event on the festival calendar. The Festival brings around 30,000 people together in and around the stunning harbour port of Porthleven with national and international chef’s theatre, food stalls, street food, music day and night and entertainment for all.
Camborne, West Cornwall
Camborne celebrates local engineering genius and inventor Richard Trevithick (1771-1833). The streets play host to local trade stalls, choirs, brass bands, clowns, buskers, musicians and dancers, along with live theatre, and an impressive display and celebratory convoy of vintage vehicles, model exhibitions and fairground rides.
Fowey, South Cornwall
6th – 13th May
A highlight of the regional calendar and one of the most significant festivals in the UK, it promises an equally impressive line-up of literary and musical talent at a wide range of locations in and around one of Cornwall’s most scenic riverside settings.
The Festival is inspired by the famed author Daphne du Maurier, who spent a large part of her life in and around Fowey with its panoramic views over the river, busy with boats, ferries and water taxis, and beyond to the open sea.
12th – 14th May
An annual 3 day music festival now in its 20th year. 'The Music for All' policy means over 100 performances spanning almost every musical genre throughout the town in a variety of lovely venues from pubs to churches and all for free!
Westward Ho!, North Devon
Reef will be headlining this event, alongside Laid Blak and DJ Andre Cueveros. As ever, Pigstock brings the best of the early summer vibes, a family friendly one day festival with children’s area with free entertainment, street food stalls, VIP area perks and lots of fun things to see and do.
St Ives, Cornwall
13th – 14th May
Taking place on the iconic Porthminster Beach, this year promises even more culinary experts, attractions and a wide variety of local beverages and food. There will be a wonderful range of artisan producers to tickle your taste buds and keep your appetite stoked as well as a fantastic range of activities and entertainment which promises fun for all the family.
LostFest is an eclectic mix, there will be music and dance all over town with stalls selling arts, crafts, antiques and food to browse, plus live demonstrations and workshops.
Double Locks Exeter, Devon
Hold It Down and Thick As Thieves are honoured to present the fourth chapter of Hijacked Festival. Having quickly cemented itself as one of the South West’s most forward thinking dance music festivals, the 2017 edition of Hijacked is ready to prove once again that Devon knows a thing or two about hosting unforgettable parties.
26th – 28th May
Featuring internationally renowned DJs and live bands alongside the majority of Cornwall’s top DJs each Masked Ball is curated with passionate detail resulting in legendary nights out. The Ball actively raises money for a number of local causes including The Porthleven Christmas Lights Fund, SAS and the PANTS charity based in Falmouth.
Bude, North Cornwall
26th – 29th May
The Folk Festival is a friendly mix of folk concerts, workshops and themed events held annually on the late May Bank Holiday weekend. It features dance displays, music and song all based in and around the North Cornwall coastal town of Bude.
26th May – 4th June
This fantastic 10 day celebration is a not-for-profit community festival which encompasses over 150 events varying from music & drama, the arts & heritage to gig racing, swimming, walking & lots more.
The festival was established in 2006 and will be running for its 12th year in 2017. It's a chance to embrace the places, people, history, culture, sport & industry that are connected by this very Cornish river.
With its diverse mix of events taking place at dozens of locations around the Fal River, the festival offers something for everyone and is the perfect opportunity to engage with life on the river and discover some of its fascinating history.
Different locations around Cornwall
26th May – 4th June
The 13th annual Open Studios Cornwall is a free art event, with a record 260 artists, designers and makers primed to showcase their extraordinary talents to the public. If you’re an art aficionado, or simply relish the opportunity to peek behind the curtain of unique studio spaces, you’ll discover the inspiration, personality and processes behind emerging and established artists. Just follow the iconic orange Os to step into a world of creativity.
27th – 31st May
BrixFest is a multi-award-winning festival held annually in the beautiful fishing town of Brixham, Torbay over the Whitsun May Bank Holiday weekend. Each year they celebrate Brixham with live music, fireworks, dragonboat racing, free children activities, a heritage trail and cooking demonstrations!
Belmont Park, Exeter
3rd – 4th June
Exeter Respect is the city’s annual celebration of diversity where we use the performing and creative arts to engage the wider community in saying no to racism and all forms of prejudice. Belmont Park will be covered in beautiful decorations produced by a range of schools, community and youth groups. There will be activities and performances representing every part of Exeter’s culture, which is becoming more diverse year-on-year, with something to see or do for participants of all ages and backgrounds.
Wadebridge, North Cornwall
8th – 10th June
This agricultural event attracts approximately 120,000 visitors annually, making it one of Cornwall's major tourist attractions. Events include: Judging of farm and domestic animals, sheepdog trials, riding competitions, driving displays, falconry, games and sports, craft show and live music. Given its royal status it's not unusual for a senior member of the Royal Family to attend the show. A familiar sight is Prince Charles who is acknowledged to be a keen supporter of the farming community.
Newton Abbot Racecourse, South Devon
9th – 10th June
This independent, self-sufficient festival has no VIP areas or sponsors. This one day event promises big names and is supported by BBC introducing. Also to keep you entertained there's space hopper racing, fairground rides, real ale and cider bar and a few more surprises!
16th – 17th June
Expect world class acts, hip-hop, dance, reggae and more, all with the sounds of the waves lapping against the shore and the sand between your toes.
16th – 18th June
The Teignmouth Folk Festival is a huge music event that attracts large crowds to this beautiful town with its wide variety of exciting entertainment. There will be concerts and performances, workshops, dance acts and even a 'meet and greet' with some of the artists.
16th – 18th June
The town will play host to hundreds of hours of free to attend shanty performances, with only the special Gala Concert ticketed, and proceeds going to the RNLI. Falmouth will be filled with music, singing and infused with a great community spirit.
16th – 18th June
Three days of a relaxing rally of Classic Sailing Craft and other traditional vessels, including Pilot Gigs & Motor Boats. Time to enjoy like-minded company and gentle, but competitive, racing.
Croyde, North Devon
16th – 18th June
The GoldCoast Oceanfest midsummer weekend is all about good times, great music, surfing, keeping fit and looking after the environment set in the stunning Croyde Bay. With headliners, Kaiser Chiefs, Sigma and Scouting for Girls announced and many more to come, it’s bound to be a good fun-filled weekend in a breath-taking setting.
Mount Edgecumbe House, Cremyll, Cornwall
16th – 18th June
The award winning festival attracts festival goers from around the globe for its music, walkabout fairytale performers, camping, free workshops & activities all based around a faery theme and includes a 'Fairy World Record' attempt! The rules are simple, each fairy must be wearing wings and a tutu, and they must be holding a wand, this is a truly unique festival!
The Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall
16th June – 6th July
The Eden Sessions are a series of live music festivals held in the summer in the spectacular setting of the Eden Project. The beautiful site with its natural acoustics draws world-class artists to give amazing performances that many regard as among their best, here what is scheduled in so far:
15th June: Bastille
16th June: Madness
22nd June: Royal Blood
6th July: Bryan Adams
11th July: Foals
30th June – 2nd July
Example, Billy Ocean and John Newman are among the headliners of this wonderful festival set on the beautiful golden sands of Perranporth beach in Cornwall. With a back drop of scenic cliffs and sand dunes, this will be a truly unique event where you can enjoy an ice cold beverage with your feet in the sand and the ocean only a stone's throw away.
Powderham Castle, Nr. Exeter
With a fabulous line-up of artists to bring you the very best of the 80s, and an action packed day of general 80s madness, there is plenty to do for everyone at this family friendly festival!
7th – 9th July
Glas-Denbury is a family friendly music festival in a beautiful Devon setting with a team committed and passionate about creating a little piece of magic for everyone, whether you are a seasoned festival addict or are just dipping your toes in the festival scene! “A proper pucker decent down to earth happy smiley local music festival."
Near Exeter, Devon
7th – 9th July
'Wonder Fields' promises to take “people on a journey through the Wonder Fields of undiscovered sensory delights. Feeding imaginations and filling the minds of the next generation musical talent and new age artistic creations”.
Fresh foods, ciders and mojitos, a healing field with massage and morning yoga. “Bring your children and friends to frolic in the rolling hills of Devon and marvel at the magical wood threaded with fairy lights.”
Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Cornwall
14th – 16th July
Three packed days of live music, food, dance, film and craft. This intimate, family friendly event, with camping in the Eco Park's spacious grounds overlooking the sea, will come alive with the sounds, sights and flavours of three continents.
Uniquely, the festival is 100% vegetarian with a World Street Food Market offering freshly prepared meals and snacks from around the globe. "Tropical Pressure is a great example of how to run a world music festival. It’s also a sure-fire way to put a smile on your face.”
Pilton, North Devon
Pilton comes alive with street performers, a pageant, entertainment, crafts, food, the flower festival, music, treasure hunt and a concert.
21st – 22nd July
Set on the edge of Dartmoor, this event was originally the brainchild of a group of friends who rigged up a few tents in a garden, this party has grown thanks to the good vibes and good feelings of friends into a sell out event with an attendance of 5,000.
Charlestown, St Austell, Cornwall
22nd – 28th July
Regatta week is an annual tradition bringing together the local community, residents and visitors alike, to enjoy a variety of live music, competitions, pasty demonstrations, raft races, water sports and classic favourites such as the children’s sports, Grand Carnival and flora dance procession.
27th – 30th July
ZestiFAL celebrates Falmouth’s healthy outlook and lifestyle showcasing a whole range of different activities inviting the public to have a go including: Pilates, Zumba, tennis, climbing, hockey, circus skills or paddle-boarding.
Port Eliot, Cornwall
27th – 30th July
“An annual celebration of words, music, imagination, ideas, nature, food, fashion, flowers, laughter, exploration and fun.”
This eccentric- natured festival takes place each summer in the woodland gardens and park of an ancient stately home and mediaeval monastery in South East Cornwall.
28th – 30th July
An old skool style intimate festival with two stages, bar, food, chillout, 'Wally's Place', 'Sacred Area', stalls, entertainment and a communal bonfire on the Saturday night.
Sidmouth, South Devon
4th – 11th August
A unique week-long seaside celebration of music, dance and song taking place in the charming East Devon regency coastal resort. It attracts tens of thousands of visitors to over 700 diverse events with a promise of ‘something for everyone’, from major league concerts to small intimate sessions, from ceilidh dancing to lively roots parties, from family entertainment to youth-centred masterclasses, from social dance to colourful dance displays.
4th – 13th July
Six days of match racing for keelboats, traditional craft and dinghies in the waters off Falmouth Bay, the Carrick Roads and the harbour. There will be a Champagne Day, a race for the big yachts with a 25 mile coastal course finishing in the inner harbour, whilst smaller boats race in the Carrick Roads.
On the shore activities include a Red Arrows display, themed party nights, the Animal Bike Tour Show, Cornish crafts market, street theatre and dance while in the evening you’ll find a great line up of music acts and much much more.
Watergate Bay, Newquay, Cornwall
9th – 13th August
Two Door Cinema Club, Jamiroquai, Alt J and Stormzy are among the headliners for this beachy event! Cornwall’s surf and music festival welcomes festivalgoers to enjoy five days of thrilling surf competitions at Fistral Beach as well as a weekend of explosive live music on the stunning headland of Watergate Bay.
South Zeal, Devon
11th – 13th August
A packed programme of concerts, ceilidhs, workshops, song and music sessions, a children's festival, craft displays, folk service, a Dartmoor ramble and much more.
A family festival in deepest Devon
11th – 13th August
Held in a Devon meadow complete with a river in a woodland setting, this festival offers music, a dedicated children's area, holistic & healing areas, separate camping areas for quiet camping and for the night owls and so much more. The theme for 2017 is Glitz and Glamour so get your gladrags on and enjoy this family friendly festival.
Escot Park, Devon
18th – 20th August
Beautiful Days is the Levellers' family music festival with six stages, site art, a huge children’s area, comedy, theatre, family camping, licensed real ale bars from Otter Brewery & a great choice of food and craft stalls.
St Ives, Cornwall
9th – 23rd September
“Two weeks of great music, exhibitions, walks, talks, workshops, films, comedy, theatre, plays, stories and poetry.” There are lots of free entry art exhibitions along with dancers, musicians, shanty crews and performers who entertain in the town’s streets and pubs. Locally themed plays and musical shows are put on in the theatre, walking tours on the area’s history take place throughout the festival and there are drop-in art classes led by professional artists in mediums such as textiles and life drawing.
22nd – 24th September
Truro’s Lemon Quay will transform into foodie heaven for three days of eating, drinking, shopping and entertainment as the festival celebrates the food revolution that has taken place in Cornwall over the past 12 years. Demonstrating just why the county’s thriving food scene is loved by food connoisseurs from far and wide, this is one food event not to be missed.
29th September – 1st October
For one weekend the Cornish coast is awash with music as sounds weave from the beach through the picturesque fishing port, onto the street corners and into the pubs. Revellers enjoy stellar line-ups and unexpected magical moments.
20th – 22nd October
The Dartmouth Food Festival is back for 2017 with a tempting mix of delicious regional food and drink, chef demonstrations, workshops, lively food debates and fun for all the family set in the beautiful estuary town of Dartmouth.