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5 things to do in Devon this weekend

PUBLISHED: 11:25 19 August 2019

Dartmoor (c) Pete Hunt, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Dartmoor (c) Pete Hunt, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Peter Hunt

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

Exeter Street Arts Festival - August 24

Arts organisation MIDI return for the fourth time with their ambitious plan to turn the city of Exeter into an arts festival for a day over the August Bank Holiday weekend which will celebrate and promote local creative talent.

With a reputation for quality and diversity, this year's event is set to rock the streets of the city with a free celebration of music, dance and arts throughout the day and a flamboyant after-party as the night falls.

Dartmoor Walking Festival - August 24 - September 1

This is only the third festival but it's already a popular event. Organised by Moorland Guides with the support of organisations such as The Ramblers, National Trust, Woodland Trust and SW Lakes Trust, a programme of events takes place on and after the final bank holiday of the summer. The festival is aimed at encouraging visitors, but also persuading local people to discover the Dartmoor on their doorstep.

There are some fascinating walks in the programme including a visit to Okehampton Battlecamp Museum to learn about how troops trained, a walk to the top of Hen Tor, a visit to a World War Two RAF Bomber crash site, accessible walks for mobility scooters and lots of exploration of Dartmoor's geology and history.

Rails & Ales at The South Devon Railway - August 23 - 26

Admire the railway's selection of steam and diesel engines while also trying a few delicious drinks at the beer and cider festival. The festival takes place at Staverton - the midway point of the line - and will have around 40 different tipples for you to sample.

A full timetable is available through the link above.

Sidmouth Air Display - August 23

The skies around this stunning coastal location will be filled with a variety of aircraft including an iconic Spitfire. So find yourself a handy vantage point and settle in for a whole evening of top-notch aviation-themed activity.

The flying programme begins at 6pm.

River Cottage Festival - August 24 - 25

Enjoy a whole bank holiday weekend of music, food and fun at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's farmyard attraction. Camping options are available so the whole family can make the most of this wonderfully diverse event.

It starts at 10am each day.

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