What’s on in North Devon

North Devon has a variety of events that run throughout the year from marathons to festivals. The majority of the following events are annual so if you miss an event do not worry as you may well be able to catch it next year.

Ilfracombe Art Trial (9th - 10th May 2020)

A weekend to celebrate the Arts of Ilfracombe, Artists and crafts people open their doors to let visitors view and purchase their artwork. There will also be free workshops, open gardens and live music. If you are thinking of staying in Ilfracombe for your holidays, click here for our Ilfracombe cottages.

Woolacombe 10K run (17th May 2020)

Beat The Beach!! Online registration closes on Friday 15th May 2020 but you can still sign up on the day at the beach. Terrain is a mix of soft sand, hard sand and tarmac.

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Lundy Yacht Race (24th May 2020)

45 mile round trip organized by the Ilfracombe Yacht Club. Crews will face challenging conditions and will be competing for the Trafalgar trophy.

The Forces March (27th - 31st May 2020)

This is a popular recreation of a 135 mile WW2 training march from Ilfracombe Devon to Bulford Wiltshire. The Forces March is not a race it is a unique adventure and is open to everyone.

National Sandcastle Competition (7th June 2020)

The North Devon National Sandcastle Competition now held at Westward Ho! has separate competitions for adults & children with the winners winning a Dartington Crystal Trophy. While the competition is taking place there will be live entertainment on the Promenade to enjoy.

Goldcoast Ocean Festival (19th - 21st June 2020)

This annual surfing and music festival takes place in Croyde and has become extremely popular. The acts for 2020 are still to be confirmed but 2019 brought the likes of Craig David & Tom Odell.

Woolacombe AONB Marathon & Half Marathon (28th June 2020)

North Devon’s challenging and visually stunning event based in Woolacombe sees runners from all over the country signing up to tackle the legendary course.


Ilfracombe Gig Regatta (June 2020)

Head down to Ilfracombe Harbour while the Gig Regatta is taking place and you can enjoy the BBQ and entertainment while you cheer on the rowers!

Music on the bandstand Ilfracombe (July & August 2020)

Throughout July & August there is live music on Sunday afternoons in the Bandstand by the Landmark theatre in Ilfracombe. Music ranges from Jazz to Brass & youth bands.

Croyde Ocean Triathlon (12th July 2020)

Based at Putsborough this Olympic distance course – 1.5km Open water swim, 40km Bike ride & 12km Run –  is not for the faint hearted.

Ilfracombe Dogs Trust Fun Day (19th July 2020)

Annual fun day with dog shows, doggy activities, family games, crafts and stalls.

South West Birdman Festival (August 2020)

The South West Birdman competition sees crazy aviators and would be pilots hurl themselves off Ilfracombe Pier into the icy waters below – all hoping to “fly” the furthest and be crowned champion of the event. With live music and the Ale & beer  festival going on there is something to keep the whole family entertained.

Ilfracombe Gin, Beer & Music Festival (August 2020)

Celebrate Summer with the Ilfracombe Beer and Food Festival. Live music, food, drinks & children’s entertainment means theres something for everyone to enjoy.

North Devon Show (5th August 2020)

The North Devon Show is THE premier agricultural spectacle in the region and has something for everyone.

Sea Ilfracombe Maritime Festival (5th - 6th September 2020)

Sea Ilfracombe Maritime Festival is an annual celebration of Ilfracombe’s unique character and coastal life!

Holidays in North Devon

We have a fine collection of North Devon cottages for you to choose from, perfect for your holiday in North Devon and central to beaches, walks, beautiful countryside and many things to see and do. If you are visiting this area with the family, browse our family days out in North Devon page.

Woolacombe Cottages, Ivycott Farm, Woolacombe, North Devon, EX34 7HL
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