Top 5 Things to do in South Devon this Spring
It’s all kicking off in South Devon this Spring. With longer and brighter days returning to the South Coast, there’s never been a better time for a weekend (or longer) away with the family.
If the great culture, fabulous food, fantastic shopping, award-winning beaches AND the great weather aren’t enough to convince you to book a South Coast adventure, then read on for our guide to the top 5 things to do in South Devon this Spring.
50th Anniversary Gala at The South Devon Railway – 6th April – 14th April
2019 marks the 50 years since the Ashburton branch line re-opened to the public and the South Devon Railway is ready to celebrate all year long. The Golden Anniversary Steam Gala, taking place this April, is set to be the highlight of the SDR calendar, and might just be the biggest event to ever grace the rails!
Featuring historical displays at the line’s Buckfastleigh station, guest steam engines from around the UK and special night-time running events, the 50th Anniversary Gala is certainly one for all steam train fanatics to mark on their calendars.
Dart Music Festival – 10th May – 12th May
The Dart Music Festival is celebrating 22 years of music in Dartmouth – and not just any music, FREE music. The Dart Music Festival has maintained a “free for all” ethos since its inception. This year promises great entertainment from acts representing a variety of genres, from alternative folk to organ recitals. While the event itself is 100% free, you can support the event by purchasing a programme, a wristband or your very own Dart Music Festival teeshirt or hoody.
So make sure you’re in Dartmouth for this town-wide musical takeover!
Tea with the Tigers – 22nd May
Take tea with a most unusual host at Paignton Zoo this Spring. The Tea with the Tigers event gives visitors a special opportunity to dive into the world of the majestic Sumatran tigers and Asiatic lions that call Paignton Zoo home. You’ll have the opportunity to watch them be fed, meet with their keepers and enjoy a detailed talk about these fascinating and beautiful animals. All while enjoying a nice cup of tea and slice of cake!
Pre-booking is essential and all proceeds will go towards funding conversation work undertaken by the zoo, so not only do you enjoy a unique experience, but you’ll be supporting wildlife as well.
BrixFest 2019 – 25th May – 29th May
The town of Brixham is eagerly awaiting the return of BrixFest to its streets. For the 8th year running, this small independent festival will be offering up some of the best entertainment the area has to offer.
With live music, fresh food and drink from local producers, the famous Dragonboat challenge and a whole day dedicated to children’s entertainment, you’ll be spoiled for choice for things to do in Brixham this May weekend.
Easter in South Devon
We can’t forget about Easter! There’s so much going on across South Devon for the kids this Easter that we simply couldn’t fit it all in here – so be on the lookout for our upcoming blog covering all the great Easter events coming to South Hams. Rest assured that chocolate egg hunts and craft workshops will be popping up at stately homes, castles, natural attractions and more all over South Devon.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, then why not consider Galmpton Touring Park deep in the heart of the English Riviera? We’re a dog-friendly, self-catering touring park located on the banks of the River Dart (near Greenway Quay and the home of Agatha Christie) and we offer a range of touring pitches and self-catering holiday lets that feature some of the best river views in the area. To learn more or to book, visit the Galmpton Touring Park website.
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