What’s On Guide: North Cornwall & Devon, Summer 2017

Wow – what an amazing summer we have lined up for 2017!  There is usually a great range of events throughout July and August but this year looks to be particularly promising.  Carnivals, music festivals, concerts, model trains, cider, ice-cream, and agricultural shows galore – there really is something for everyone.  What tickles your fancy?  If we’ve forgotten an event, let us know in the comments.  Have a great summer!

July 2017

Leopallooza – Copyright Surfdome

Paulos Circus, Newquay
13th July 2017 – 2nd September 2017

Paulos Circus, are back bigger and brighter than ever before.  They have a brand new tour for 2017, with faces and acts never before seen in there #HereTodayTour.  From high up in the bigtop, to on the ground comedy, to yep, that is down right scary in your face amazement they have it all and more, something for everyone !   All seats only £7pp.

Brass on the Granite, Launceston Town Square,
Tuesdays in July & August

Launceston Town Band invite you to their series of summer open air concerts today and every Tuesday in July and August and 5 September (weather permitting).

Sunday Cider Socials at Haywood Farm, St Mabyn
Every Sunday over the summer

Live Music, bar and BBQ family and dog friendly 3:00pm – 6:30pm  Entrance £5 children free


Camel River Festival, Wadebridge
15th July 2017

Celebrating the river camel that flows through the heart of Wadebridge. Stand Up Paddleboard racing and the now famous Sharp’s Raft Race in the early evening.  Live music, selection of Sharp’s quality ales and lagers, family fun, bouncy castles and bungee trampolines for the children. Food area including a hog roast, BBQ, Wild Bake  Pizza and sandwiches and refreshments.

Scream for Ice Cream, The Big Sheep, Bideford
Saturday 15th July.

The BIG Sheep has teamed up with Farmer Tom’s Ice Cream to give you FREE ICE CREAM on Saturday 15th July.  During the day we will be raising money for Children’s Hospice South West
Rick Turner, director of the flock at The BIG Sheep is looking forward to abandoning calorie counting for the day.  “I would advise everyone to forget the calories for just one day and indulge in one of the best ice creams in the West country because we all deserve a guilt free treat from time to time!”
A truly cool and tasty day out!

Model Railway Exhibition, Launceston Town Hall
Saturday 15th July 2017

The Launceston area group are holding an exhibition with a range of working layouts.  There will be traders in attendance with a range of model rail items for sale.  The RBL will provide refreshments for sale in the foyer.  Admission….Adults £4.00   Seniors £3.00  Children £1.00

For further info contact Les Whaley on 07972 333202

Tavistock Carnival Day
Saturday 15th July, 2017

The finale of Tavistock Carnival Week with an all day fair in Bedford Square and the last chance to buy Carnival draw tickets. The procession leaves Down Road at 6.30pm, the theme this year being Heritage, Myths and Legends.

Delabole Carnival Week
Saturday 8th to Saturday 15th July, 2017, 8:00pm to 11:30pm

Come and join in at Delabole Carnival Week. All events held in the Carnival marquee in Delabole Playing Field. Pink Tribute Act, Quiz, Children’s Circus workshop, Pasty Lunch, Car Boot, Beer Festival and the Carnival on Saturday 15th July at 7.00 p.m. For more info check our Facebook page!

Clovelly Maritime Festival, Clovelly
Sunday 16th July 2017

The day will be full of fun and packed with a programme of all sorts of activities and entertainment for all ages.  Then there’ll be lively music, street entertainment, crafty creations, sea story telling, puppet shows and family activities.  On the quay, there’ll be seafood kitchens and a range of food and art & craft stalls.  Free entry for under 16s if they come dressed as a pirate, mermaid, salty sea dog or fish wife.  Under 7s have free entry anyway, but we would love it if they come dressed up too.  So do come along and enjoy this fun-packed day out in support of the North Devon Hospice.  Standard admission charges include all entertainment.

Hatherleigh Festival,
20th – 23rd July 2017

Visitors will be treated to a wide range of music, from reggae to brass bands.  Fun family-friendly workshops will be taking place such as circus skills and dance, while exhibitions of local artists will be on display in the town.

Lanson Grill Fest 2017, Launceston Town Square
22nd July 2017

For the Third year the Firebrand Team bring you the legendary grillfest! Family friendly entertainment, Cornish craft beer, epic BBQ and other delectable treats. Join us July 22nd for a day to remember!


Step Back in Time 2017 Festival, near Winkleigh, Devon
Saturday 22nd –  Sunday 23rd of July 2017

Our part of this great event is a celebration of everything that has become a ‘by-gone’, thanks to the march of progress. More traditional archaeology can be seen being surveyed, dug up, on display or in use on the show day!  Battle Re-Enactment & Living History, vehicles and machinery plus other fun items throughout the afternoon.

Bodmin Keep Living History Weekend, Cornwall’s Regimental Museum
Saturday 22nd to Sunday 23rd July, 2017

Join the Victorian-era living history group Number1 Depot Company on the 22nd and 23rd of July as they recreate the lives of Victorian soldiers Number 1 Depot Company will set up their Victorian-era military camp where they will eat, sleep and carry out the day to day activities.

St Endellion Summer Music Festival, Collegiate Church of St Endelienta
25th July 2017 – 4th August 2017

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2008, the beautiful church of St Endelienta becomes concert venue for some of the most prestigious soloist and musicians in the UK. Nowadays the internationally famous festival fields a symphony orchestra and chorus of seventy-five who along with guest artistes present a program that encompasses the classics from Brahms to Stravinsky, music from Broadway and late night brass bands.

Launceston Agricultural Show, Kennards House, Launceston
27th July 2017

This highly regarded annual show is a colourful mix of agriculture, crafts, local produce, displays and stands, bringing the local community together to welcome visitors to this rural area of Cornwall.  A wonderful, vibrant day out for all the family to experience and enjoy with a varied selection of entertainment during the day.

Leopallooza, Week St. Mary, Bude
Friday 28th July – Sunday 30th July 2017

It’s hard to remember that Leopallooza has been going for over a decade now.  One of the region’s most popular independent festivals, it features over 100 acts across numerous stages in a wooded valley.  This year, they are hosting The Cribs and Gabrielle Aplin, and will introduce you to new bands you won’t have heard of.  With free parking, free camping, workshops, entertainment, a bar and cocktail lounge, this is an all-round great festival experience.


Bude and Stratton Heritage Day, Bude Castle, The Wharf
30th July 2017

The annual celebration of Cornish invention and ingenuity is a day with something for everyone that includes miniature traction engines, classic cars, WWII military vehicles, Cornish food stalls, music ranging from brass to folk to jazz and children’s entertainment

Woolsery Agricultural Show,
31st July 2017

Summer in North Devon would not be complete without a visit to this ever popular show.  Classes include crafts, cattle and sheep, together with horse and pony competitions.  There will be a Dairy Marquee with displays such as yoghurt and ice cream making and the chance for children to “milk
a cow” along with competitions.  You’ll find bustling trade stalls offering locally made crafts and food with fairground rides and a bouncy castle for the children.  There’ll also be a family dog show,  a display of hounds, the Young Farmers’ “It’s a knockout” and to finish the day, a parade of vintage farm machinery.  It’s a great summer day out for all the family!

August 2017


North Devon Agricultural Show, Umberleigh (nr Barnstaple)
Wednesday 2nd August 2017

The annual event is a celebration of North Devon’s agricultural roots. A host of livestock classes occupy the arenas throughout the day with Alpacas, Cattle, Horses, Sheep, Show Jumping and Open Dog Show. Attractions, displays, demonstrations and trade stands for all.


Poughill Revel & Cuckoo Fair, Poughill nr Bude
Thursday 3rd August

A fun-filled family day with races, games, stalls, a raffle, refreshments, barbecue and more!  Traditional entertainment, and a dog show new for this year.  

Symphony By The Sea, Lusty Glaze, Newquay
Friday 4th August 2017

Inspired by the last night of the proms, Lusty Glaze Beach and Cornish Sinfonia bring you an incredible evening of spine tingling music next to the ocean on Friday 4th August 2017.
Please check Lusty Glaze website for most up to date information.

Lifeboat Weekend, Clovelly
5th August – 6th August 2017

Held in aid of the RNLI, this popular event is a celebration of the Clovelly lifeboat and its volunteer crew.   On Saturday, there will be a 2 mile sponsored sea swim from Bucks Mills to Clovelly.  Sunday will be a fun-packed day with games, competitions, entertainments, food and drink, music and other family fun in and around the harbour.  The Lifeboat House will be open to visitors and there’ll be operational displays by the Clovelly lifeboat.  Normal admission charges apply

Camelford Agricultural Show
Wednesday 9th August 2017

A traditional agricultural show for the local community and visitors alike. There’s plenty for you and your family to do, for instance, dog shows, vintage vehicle collections, displays of cattle, sheep and horses, sheep shearing displays, a heavy horse show and much more.  Anybody who’s interested in animals and horticulture will have a great day out, as will anybody who enjoys seeing lots of different farm yard animals so kids should have a great time as well!


Okehampton Show, Stoney Park Showground
Thursday 10th August 2017

Join us on the northern edge of the beautiful Dartmoor National Park for a traditional agricultural show with a wide range of prize winning animals, delicious local food & drink, plenty of shopping, displays, childrens’ entertainment and much more.  Gates open at 9am.  Dogs welcome.  Free car parking.

Giant Bric-a-Brac, Jumble and Book Sale, St Stephens Community Hall, Launceston
Saturday 12th August, 2017

VAST QUANTITIES of Bric-a-Brac, MOUNTAINS of jumble, THOUSANDS of books, PILES of childrens toys – BARGAINS in all departments!!!   Sales held regularly, usually 2nd Saturday monthly.  ENTRY 20p (cup of tea or coffee and biscuits £1.00p)

Dartmoor Folk Festival, South Zeal (nr Okehampton)
Friday 11th -Sunday 13th August 2017

We’ll have another packed programme of concerts, ceilidhs, workshops, song and music sessions, a children’s festival, craft displays, folk service, a Dartmoor ramble and much more. Check out the ARTISTS page and other tabs regularly for updates.

Family Fun Dog Show, Duloe Recreation Ground (nr Liskeard)
Sunday 13th August, 2017 12:00pm to 4:30pm

In aid of The Labrador Rescue Trust (registered charity 1088198). The Labrador rescue Trust’s annual family fun dog show – all breeds welcome with 15 classes of doggy fun and competitions, food & refreshments, raffle, tombolas, stalls, dog agility open to all.

Bude Carnival
Saturday 19th August 2017

Afternoon events start at 2:00pm at the Castle Grounds. The procession leaves the Wharf at 6:30pm. During the procession traffic restrictions will operate around the town. Starting at 2pm with events all day. Judging starts at 5.45 and the procession leaves the Lower Wharf at 6.30. Each year the carnival is given a new theme.

Holsworthy and Stratton Agricultural Show
24th August 2017

A fun filled day out for all the family in North Cornwall. Entertainment all day long including gymnastics, falconry, motorcycle stunts, Jive dancing, children’s sports, parade of horses and hounds, and horse jumping. Come and meet the livestock and see the grand parade of prize-winning cattle, sheep and pygmy goats.  Demonstrations throughout the day of thatching, woodturning, and sheep shearing. Punch and Judy shows throughout the day, Donkey Rides, and static display from the army cadets, and art from local children. Large marquees with craft, local food and drink plus the magnificent flower tent, and the WI and YFC exhibits. Bring your dog and enter it into the family dog show, visit the many stands exhibiting everything from tractors to handbags! A great day out for all.

Cornwall Folk Festival, Wadebridge
Thursday 24th August – Monday 28th August 2017

The August bank holiday weekend is the annual highlight for Cornish folkies, with the Cornwall Folk Festival taking place in various venues around Wadebridge.  Ceilidh dancing, arts and crafts, street entertainment and great local food and drink will be on offer.  This year, the line-up includes Dougie Maclean, Cara Dillon, Dosca, and countless talented folk artists from around the country and even the world.


See Peppa Pig, The Big Sheep
Sunday 27th August

Peppa Pig is returning to the BIG Sheep in 2017 Sunday 27h August. Everyone’s favourite cheeky little piggy is back by popular demand and will be visiting The BIG Sheep, Devon’s official top attraction on Bank Holiday Sunday 27th August. Peppa Pig will making appearances at The BIG Sheep at intervals between 11am and 3.30pm for children and families to say “hello”. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Bude Jazz Festival, Various venues in Bude
Tuesday 29th August – Friday 1st September 2017

Taking place throughout the final week of August, Bude Jazz Festival sees jazz fans coming from near and far to choose from over 75 different gigs in venues across the town.  Whether it’s big band band jazz, swing, jive or traditional, you will find some jazz to suit your tastes.  The street parades are a real highlight!


Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture, Launceston
30th August 2017 to 3rd September 2017

The Esedhvos Festival, is held every year at a different location in Cornwall to celebrate Cornwall’s distinctive identity and Celtic heritage, newly recognised under the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.  The host town for 2017 is Launceston and will include the annual Bardic ceremony on the Saturday.  There will also be a variety of events around the town, many of which are free, including a celebration of Cornish music and dance
Wednesday 30th August onwards