• Exmoor sheep - What's On

    What’s on in Exmoor and North Devon

    There's always something going on in the Exmoor and North Devon area such as local food festivals, live music, arts and crafts. We've suggested some interesting dates for your Devon diary in 2019.

  • February – March  2019


    Snowdrop Valley

    Saturday 2 February to Sunday 3 March Wheddon Cross – Snowdrop Valley a privately owned remote valley is open to visitors to see the wonderful display of snowdrops. The buses will be running from Sat 9th February until Sun 24th inclusive. Ticket price to be confirmed.
    Walking access into the valley along the local bridleways and footpaths is available throughout the month.

    Mercury – The Ultimate Queen Tribute 1st March Barnstaple
    Celebrating 20 years on the road in 2019, Mercury is well established as one of the world’s most authentic tributes to the legend that is Freddie Mercury and Queen.

    Explore the East Quantoxhead and the coast Friday 8th March
    A moderate 9 mile walk with a volunteer ranger, bring a packed lunch

    Simonsbath Sawmill Open Day
    Monday 18th Feb, 18th March, 15th April. 10am-4pm A chance to have a look around the historic water powered sawmill, no need to book.

    Shammick Acoustic Concert: Granny’s Attic Saturday 23rd March
    A talented young trio of musicians and singers at the Pack of Cards pub, high street, Combe Martin

    Simonsbath Sawmill Open Day
    Monday 18th Feb, 18th March, 15th April. 10am-4pm A chance to have a look around the historic water powered sawmill, no need to book.

    Mothers Day with Lynton & Barnstaple Railway 31st March
    10.45-5pm Mums travel free and get to drive the diesel. Free tickets for accompanied mums. 01598 763487

    Mothers Day at Arlington Court Sunday 31st March
    12-3pm Treat Mum to a high tea at Arlington Court (Booking essential)

  • Looking Ahead

    April 2019
    Saturday 6th – Sunday 21st -Discover National Parks fortnight, many diverse events including guided walks, treasure trails, seaside safaris and local food and drinks.

    14th-17th April – Have a go Archery, 11am-4pm Dunster Castle

    Sunday 14th  April- Activity day at Exmoor Pony Centre.

    Monday 15th April- Lynmouth Boat Trip, look for rare nesting birds along the coastline west of Lynmouth. Commentary from an Exmoor National Park Ranger. £20.00 To book 01598 752509

    Friday 26th and Saturday 27th April- Inspired by the Hitchcock classic, The Lady Vanishes at the Queens Theatre Barnstaple

    Saturday 27th April- Minehead Literary Festival.

    Saturday 27th April-Shammick Acoustic Concert: A talented young trio of musicians and singers at the Pack of Cards pub, high street, Combe Martin.


    May 2019
    Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th -Armada Alert with the Taunton Garrison 10am-4pm Skirmishes, weapons displays and a living history camp at Dunster Castle.

    Monday 6th – Friday 21st June- Simonsbath Festival, starting with a May Day celebration in Exford events include concerts, talks, Torfaen Welsh Choir, folk, Opera, Gypsy Swing, art poetry and guided walks.

    Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May- Painting the Landscape of Lorna Doone. Painting course in Winsford Community Hall -Fee £74

    Friday May 17th- Imagine: The John Lennon Songbook at the Queens Theatre Barnstaple- Imagine tells the legendary story of John Lennon, from his dramatic rise to fame as a Beatle through to his iconic solo career.

    Saturday 18th May- Literature Day School- Lorna Doone Exford Memorial Hall – Fee £35

    Saturday 18th May- Pigstock  festival the Bug Sheep- Kick start your summer of 2019 with North Devon’s friendliest festival! Headline acts throughout the day on the main stage (Midday – 10.30pm) include  Jo Whiley, Electric Swing Circus, The ShowHawk Duo, Doctor and the Medics, Eliza and the Bear, Laid Blak and Andy Day.


    June 2019
    Saturday 1st June- 42ND STREET Queens Theartre Barnstaple- This is the story of hard work, being in the right place at the right time, talent and love.

    June21st-23rd- Live music, arts and culture by the fantastic beach at Croyde Bay with nearby beach sports.

    Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June- Dulverton Summer Festival, a weekend of Lorna Doone celebrations with re-enactment of the scenes in period dress from the novel. There will be plenty of music, a magic lantern show and story telling as well as stores from local traders. On Sunday there will be a banquet and films showing on the lawns.

    Sunday 30th June- North Devon AONB Marathon & Half Marathon- The multi-terrain course involves roads, trails, beaches, fields, steps and the incredible South West Coast Path. Also known also as ‘The Cream Tea Marathon’, runners are treated to a traditional Devon Cream Tea at the finish line! one of the must-do events in the running world. Details contact the Events Fundraiser 01271 347213.


    July 2019
    Saturday 20th July- The World Famous Elvis Show at the Queens Theatre Barnstaple- Starring and produced by world renowned Elvis performer Chris Connor. With his 12 piece live band The Steels, and backing vocals by The Sweet Harmonie


    September 2019
    Open water swim in a dramatic location offering courses of 2km and 4km with medals for the top 3 in each age group.   Exmoor swim


    November 2019
    14 November to 4 January. Glow and winter sculpture exhibition at RHS Rosemoor Gardens. Garden trail with stunning winter illuminations providing a festive walk around the winter sculptures in the gardens.