While many Westcountry visitors come and explore in the summer holidays, there is a lot to be said for autumn breaks in Devon. Indeed, while the crowds thin out and the county seems quieter, there is still plenty to look forward to. Food festivals, theatre events and workshops create a cultured feel, while our climate tends to stay mild for those who love walks and outdoor pursuits.
The other benefit of a late season escape in Devon is that more rooms are free, with some great hotel offers and deals also springing up (including our extended 3 nights for the price of 2 package here at Northcote Manor). Should you need any further reasons to visit Devon this autumn however, here are some seasonal highlights to look forward to:
Appledore Book Festival 2015 (Sept 25th-Oct 4th)
For several years now, this epic celebration of literature has drawn some big hitters and a loyal audience of book lovers. 2015 is no different, with speakers including Vince Cable, Dom Joly and Terry Waite. But it isn’t just about the celebrities- a special fringe section is always intriguing, whilst you’ll also find some great family and children’s events and stacks more to kindle your love of words.
Get the full lowdown on this year’s festival here: http://www.appledorebookfestival.co.uk
Live Music and Arts at the Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington (Various dates in Sept)
When it comes to an ever changing and always lively calendar of events, this Torrington Arts Centre continues to attract an impressive array of talent to North Devon. Highlights include legendary American singer/songwriter Greg Trooper (Thu 17th Sept) , while blues fans won’t want to miss brilliant guitarist Larry Miller (Fri 25th Sept). See the official Plough site for full details of music, comedy, exhibitions and lots of other creative treats: www.theploughartscentre.org.uk
Food and Drink Events in North Devon (Various dates Sept & Oct)
Even if the long, warm days are gone by September, early autumn sees a whole raft of great foodie events in the region, offering great produce and Devon specialities from farmhouse cider to succulent cured meats and cheeses. So where are the tenacious tasters heading in 2005?
Many of the smaller destinations offer genuine surprises and some great eats beyond the world of Tescos and TV chefs. The Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast 2015 (Sept 6th) is one speciality event not to be missed by any seafood lover, for example (click here for website). Slightly further, but worth the drive and quite a big deal these days, is Bude For Food 2015, which has a raft of great stalls and experts carrying out demonstrations and workshops (http://www.visitbude.info/event/bude-for-food/).
But perhaps the best things truly come to those who wait, because the North Devon Food Fest 2015 (Sunday 25th October) is another great chance to browse, smell, taste and buy a wide range of superb provenance from the region.