The Whitehill Guide To: Top Events in 2018

Published on 20th Jan, 2018 by Fran McKenna

From Music Festivals to Airshows, the English Riviera has it all in 2018! To ensure you don't miss a thing here are a few of our favourites to help plan your next Whitehill Country Park holiday...

Grinagog Festival 20-22 April

There’s even more to love besides the seaside with Grinagog Festival. Start the festival season in style with a music and arts festival that celebrates creativity, diversity and hi-jinks. Set amongst Torquay’s breathtaking coastline and centred around the 800-year-old grounds of Torre Abbey; this is a place to immerse yourself in genre defining music, mind-blowing arts and memorable performances. Find out more

BMAD Motorbike & Music Festival 4-6 May

The Bikers Make a Difference (BMAD) Festival was started in 2002 by a group of bikers who decided to arrange a social event on the beach and raise money for local charities. This annual event sees Paignton Green transformed into a thrilling mix of spectacles that will appeal to all ages, whether they have an interest in motorbikes or not. All in the name of charity, the festival features live music, stunts, a beer tent, more stalls than you can shake a Harley Davison at and the stars of the show: the motorbikes! Find out more

Torbay Airshow 2-3 June

The award-winning Torbay Airshow returns for a third year this June. The free family event based on Paignton Green, offers an action-packed programme of world class air displays, which last year included the RAF Red Arrows first display of the season, revealing the world’s premier aerobatic team’s 2017 routine. Find out more

Contemporary Craft Festival 8-10 June

Perfect for craft lovers, the Contemporary Craft Festival is one of the most prestigious and highly acclaimed craft events in the UK. Held in Bovey Tracy, the 2-day festival is sure to delight, with tents jammed packed with beautiful and unique handmade creations from over 200 of the UK's finest designer makers. The weekend event is packed with workshops and activities for all ages, craft demonstrations, children's activities and entertainment, live music and festival food. You can even take your four-legged friend - dogs are welcome on site, just not in the marquees. Find out more

Occombe Festival 15-16 June

This not-for-profit festival brings you two days of amazing live music, huge choice of beer, cider and wine and a delicious selection of locally produced foods, tasty treats and meals. 100% of profits from the festival go to local charity Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, so your good times are doing good! Find out more

Paignton Festival 21-29 July

Paignton Festival (formally Torbay Carnival) takes place at the end of July, featuring 9-days of amazing entertainment. Highlights include The Party on the Green with Breeze FM, children's entertainment, sporting events, the Miss Torbay competition, a funfair, firework display and the carnival procession itself. Centred around Paignton Green, this event has been running for over 100 years, growing from a simple procession, into a substantial family festival. And best of all, the vast majority of events are absolutely free, although please consider making a donation, as the team support some deserving local charities. Find out more

Totnes & District Agricultural Show 29 July

The Totnes Show is 100 years old - and is of the biggest one day shows in the country! Inaugurated by the local farming and town communities, the show has certainly moved with the times, but one of its aims still is to represent life in the wonderful South Hams. With exciting demonstrations, displays and parades in the Main Ring, the Entertainment Ring speaks for itself and there’s even a sheep shearing competition. Sheep, cattle and horses compete for showing honours and show jumping is as popular as ever. Find out more

Torbay Steam Fair 3-5 August

Torbay Steam Fair is now one of the biggest events on the English Riviera events calendar and attracts visitors from far and wide. Situated just outside Brixham, this 3 day event is a must for all the family. See the wonderful working steam engines, vintage, and classic cars, lorries, military displays, market stalls and so much more! Find our more

Dartmouth Royal Regatta 30 August – 1 September

The Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta, labelled the ‘Best in the West’, always lives up to its reputation with superb competition and brilliant entertainment. Thousands of visitors from the region, nation and indeed the world descend on Dartmouth every August for a packed three-day programme of air displays, sailing, sports, live music, street food, fireworks and more! Find out more

England's Seafood FEAST 22 September - 7 October

England’s Seafood Coast will play host to a feast for all the senses in Autumn 2018. For 2 weeks you will be able to immerse yourself in England’s Seafood FEAST, eating some of the best seafood in the world and experiencing the very best the English Riviera has to offer. Find out more

See you soon!

Published on 20th Jan, 2018 by Fran McKenna
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