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5 things to do in Devon this weekend

PUBLISHED: 13:06 17 September 2018

Sidmouth (c) Mark Robinson, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Sidmouth (c) Mark Robinson, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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The weekend is fast approaching and for those still deciding how to spend their Friday through to Sunday, we pick 5 of the best ways to spend your weekend in Devon

Rustle at Pavilions, Teignmouth – September 22

Award-winning Exeter-based family theatre makers PaddleBoat Theatre Company embark on a new adventure with Rustle, setting up camp in the great outdoors to share a campfire story where sleeping bags become monsters, rucksacks become friends, torches illuminate the forest’s darkest secrets. This interactive family show is full of stories, puppetry, music and mime, to help us survive in the outside world as the sound of rustling gets closer and closer.

Tickets are £8 and the show starts at 2.30pm.

Abbfest at Fermoy’s Garden Centre, Newton Abbot – September 21 – 23

This beer, food and music festival has raised over £220,000 for local charities, community groups and good causes since it started in 2004, thanks to a stalwart group of volunteers. Food and drink is at its heart and you’ll find over 200 local ales from Devon breweries, as well as a choice of 30 ciders, over 50 food, drink and craft stalls and entertainment from Riviera Dogs, Go Tell Alice, Take a Chance on Us Abba Tribute and Long for the Coast plus others. There’s also lots for children - archery, a climbing wall with the Army Cadets and the ever-popular face painting.

A free shuttle bus runs from Newton Abbot. Tickets are £17 for the three-day entry or £10 for one day on Friday or Saturday. The Sunday day ticket is £6.

The Great Food & Drink Show at Westpoint Exeter – September 22 – 23

Featuring many of Devon’s top local producers as well as celebrity chefs and foodies from around the country, this weekend event will celebrate everything great about food and drink in the region. There will also be a Celebrity Ready, Steady, Cook! taking place on the main stage where two lucky visitors will be chosen at random to join the likes of Tom Kerridge and Jean Christophe Novelli on stage for a live show.

Tickets are £10 if purchased in advance online. The event runs from 9am to 6pm each day.

Sidmouth and East Devon Walking Festival – September 22 – 28

East Devon is home to some of our county’s most spectacular sights and this amazing festival will offer you the chance to explore it through a series of free guided walks. Walks will cover both inland areas and coastal paths with each stroll brought to life by experienced walkers wishing to share their love for the area with their fellow ramblers.

For full details on each walk and to book your places, please visit the link above.

Taste of the Teign Food & Drink Festival in Teignmouth – September 22 – 30

Now into its fifth year, this popular festival will showcase the very best produce from around the Teign Estuary in a series of tastings, masterclasses and special menus. One particular highlight for you to try will be the Famous Food Trail, a fantastic route that stops off at many of the shops, cafes, breweries and pubs that are taking part in the festival.

Refer to the link above for information on each event.

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