Things to do

October events in Devon

With October’s crisp mornings and crunchy leaves, this month is the ideal time to go for a ramble across Exmoor. If the weather turns there are still plenty of things to do across Devon. Taste some classic Devonshire produce at Powderham food festival, see a Russian Tall Ship up close and personal or scare yourself silly at one of the many Halloween events this half term.

First week of October 

30th September to 1st October: Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Autumn Gala

Get your steam on this October with this north Devon railway gala.


1st October: Miss Ivy's Woodside charity PetFest  

Join Miss Ivy at this charity PetFest where all proceeds go to Woodside Animal Sanctuary.


Second Week of October

3rd to 15th October: Sidmouth Science Festival

Covering everything from habitats and biodiversity to astrophysics, anyone with even a slight interest in science will enjoy a day out at the science festival.


7th to 8th October: Powderham Castle Food Festival

From chillies to Christmas puddings, there’s plenty of local food, drinks and crafts to discover at this classic Devonian festival.


11th October: Tavistock Goose Fair

Held on the second Wednesday of October each year, this is an autumnal extravaganza of fairground rides, goose farmers and local producers.

October events in Devon


Third week of October 

Devon events in October

14th to 15th October: Killerton Cider and Apple Festival

Get into the Autumn spirit at Killerton for campfire cooking, arts and crafts and village fete games.


15th October: Tour de Moor 2017

Master the Moors on this mammoth bicycle challenge in aid of St Luke's Hospice Plymouth.


Final week of October

21st to 29th October: Fun By Day Festival at The Big Sheep

If you’re looking for something to do over half term the Fun By Day Festival is great for all the family to enjoy Halloween without the scary stories.


24th to 29th October: Jollyween at Pennywell Farm

There are plenty of activities to keep the whole family spooked throughout half term week at Pennywell Farm.


28th October: Clovelly Apple Day

Bring a bag of apples and watch them being pressed outside the Visitor Centre. You can also learn how to make apple art, go apple bobbing and head out on a harvest treasure hunt.


28th October: The Milky Way Star Wars Day

If a vampire costume isn’t for you this Halloween, check out the spectacular character costumes from Star Wars at The Milky Way Adventure Park. Look out for some stormtroopers and maybe a jedi or two.

Devon events in October

Throughout the month

Okehampton Farmers Market

Taste some authentic Devonian produce at the Okehampton farmers' market on the first and third Saturday of each month, 9am until 4pm.


Tavistock Pannier Market

Food, clothes and more, the Tavistock Pannier Market has it all. With a variety of themes throughout the week, every day brings an exciting new discovery. 


Experience all this and more during your stay in Devon this October.

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