We can’t wait to get out and enjoy the spring sunshine at one of the many wonderful events taking place across the South West this season. There’s everything on offer, from colourful foodie markets to action packed polo on the beach! So, whether you would prefer to dance the night away or play a leisurely game of boules, there’s guaranteed to be something on our list for you and friends & family to enjoy…
Bristol Foodies Festival
12-14 May • Durdham Downs, Bristol
Dubbed the “Gastronomic Glastonbury”, Bristol Foodies Festival is the UK's largest celebration of food and drink. This year, visitors can expect a new and exciting Healthy Living focus, with stalls and demonstrations themed around topics such as ‘Grow Your Own’, and Gluten Free Cooking. There will also be a Dessert & Cake Theatre for guests with a sweet tooth, and a Kids' Cookery Theatre for budding little chefs.
Dart Music Festival
12-14 May • Dartmouth, Devon
Now in its 20th year, the Dart Music Festival will play host to a number of fabulous acts spanning almost every musical genre. Expect an eclectic mix of orchestral, rock, choral, blues, opera, folk, and jazz performances at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues including hotels, pubs, restaurants – and even two churches – throughout the weekend.
This popular event is free to attend and is set against the marvellous backdrop of the River Dart.
St. Ives Food & Drink Festival
13-14 May • Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall
Taste, try and buy the finest flavours and tastes that Cornwall has to offer at this two day event. Some of the best chefs in the county will be on hand to give cooking demonstrations and visitors can peruse stalls filled with food and drink from fantastic producers from across the UK.
The event blends cooking and baking, so whether you’re more at home with a saucepan or a cake tin, you’ll no doubt come away with plenty of tips and tricks to improve your cookery thanks to the many expert demonstrations on offer.
Polo on the Beach
19-21 May • Watergate Bay, Newquay, Cornwall
Watergate Bay’s award-winning Aspall Polo on the Beach is back in 2017 for its tenth year. The action packed spectacle attracts thousands of people every year and showcases world-class polo, equestrian displays, and family entertainment against the fabulous backdrop of Watergate Bay.
In addition to the polo matches, visitors can also look forward to various forms of arena entertainment, such as horse jousting and stunt displays, polo demonstrations, and even Segway polo! Beach entertainment will include family activities, Segway taster sessions and delicious food and drink stalls.
Falmouth Street Food Festival
26-29 May • Falmouth Harbour, Cornwall
Events Square will once again host a variety of pop up stalls from some of Cornwall’s finest street food producers. The event brings together flavours from around the world as well as craft ales from the numerous Cornish micro breweries like Padstow Brewing Company and Keltek Cornish Brewery.
Look forward to live performances right through the weekend and undercover seating, so you can eat, drink, shop and dance all weekend long – regardless of the weather!
River Cottage Spring Fair
27-29 May • River Cottage HQ, Axminster, Devon
Set against the idyllic backdrop of River Cottage HQ, the Spring Fair promises to be a wonderful occasion for the entire family.
Not only do children under 16 come for free, but the event will be brimming with activities, including chef demonstrations, artisan food stalls, live music and garden and foraging tours from River Cottage’s very own foraging guru John Wright.
2-4 June • Plymouth City Centre, Devon
This exciting weekend event will see Plymouth Piazza transformed into a lively festival, brimming with local delicacies and live music.
You’ll find more than 100 traders showcasing the very best regional produce, and live cookery demonstrations from talented celebrity chefs such the Tanner Brothers and Mitch Tonks.
The Fun Kitchen will also return to Sundial Square this year, hosting three days of hourly workshops to keep children entertained throughout the event.
9-11 June • Queen Square, Bath
Without a doubt Bath Boules is one of the highlights of this historic city’s calendar. Combining the most English of occasions with a quintessentially French game, participants and onlookers are guaranteed to have a terrific time.
There will be a cafe and bar on site as well as plenty of street food, an evening party, and ample entertainment for the kids. Bath Boules is a real mini festival in the heart of the city and, best of all, proceeds from the event will go toward local charities.