South Devon & Salcombe events 2017

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The best South Devon & Salcombe events in June, July & August 2017

With its glorious beaches, independent shops and scrumptious ice cream, Salcombe is the kind of place in which you can quite happily spend the week without feeling like you’re missing out on anything.

The South Devon seaside town and the surrounding area also have plenty of events and things going on to keep you entertained, including plenty of boating events!

So here’s our pick of the best Salcombe events you could be enjoying over the coming months:


June 2nd-4th: Kingsbridge Food & Music FestivalKingsbridge Food & Music Festival

This free party showcasing Devon’s best home-grown food and music is a must!

You’ll kick off summer 2017 with a weekend of incredible eats and catchy beats, at the sixth annual Kingsbridge Food & Music Festival. This FREE to enter, three day food and music extravaganza is a firm favourite among locals and visitors alike. Set on the stunning waterside quay in Kingsbridge, and featuring some of the best home-grown food and music talent to originate from the region, this family-friendly event is set to be one of this year’s highlights. For the full schedule of bands and musicians due to play this year, visit


June 3rd: Salcombe Community Gospel Choir Summer Concert

This lovely event takes place at Salcombe’s Holt Trinity Church from 7.30pm, with tickets available from us here at Salcombe Tourist Information Centre.


salcombe-regatta-Salcombe Estuary Rowing Club RegattaJune 4th: Salcombe Gig Regatta

Expect hard fought racing and plenty of entertainment during the Salcombe Estuary Rowing Club Regatta on the 4th June 2017 12:00–18:00.

It’s the perfect time and way to enjoy Salcombe, grabbing an ice cream and settling down to a day beside the sea cheering on your favourite teams!


June 23rd: The Bantham Swoosh – Outdoor Swimming Society

The Bantham Swoosh is a world class wild swim event down the Avon Estauray, which opens to the ocean at Bantham Beach and Bigbury on Sea, where you can stay with a number of our accommodation members including The Thurlestone Hotel or Helpful Holidays, who offer self catering properties on the beach and surrounding villages.

Bantham Swoosh - (c) Outdoor Swimming SocietyAccording to the Outdoor Swimming Society: “The estuary is shallow and crystal clear, giving swimmers the sensation of snorkelling over sand ridges, fallen leaves and seaweed as they swim. As you approach the end of the swim the estuary narrows, creating the ‘swoosh’: an increasingly fast moving body of water that carries you towards the sea at 2 to 3 times your normal swimming speed. It’s exciting, invigorating, beautiful and fun.”


June 30th: The New Jersey Boys return!

Back by popular demand, the dynamic New Jersey Boys return to the Marlborough Hall, Kingsbridge for another action packed show which celebrates the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Featuring the amazing falsetto voice of Einar Vestman and the humour of all round entertainer Gary Gould, the vibrant programme includes all the hits such as Sherry, Oh What a Night ,Walk Like a Man and many more.   This year’s  show includes a tribute to another great rock and roll band Showaddwaddy, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself singing and dancing! Tickets now on sale (£16 (unreserved) from Salcombe TIC 01548 843 927 or online:


July 2nd – 7th: Merlin Rocket Week Merlin rocket week Salcombe sailing holidays and races Salcombe events

The Merlin Rocket Week takes sees 120 boats make the trip to Devon for probably the most exciting and spectacular of sailing events ever!

Salcombe Yacht Club are the proud organisers of this series of races that create a true spectacle for those watching from the nearby beaches and is known as one of the best Salcombe events on the water each year.

Battling from Sunday until Friday,  the estuary will become a beautiful patchwork of sails all week where contestants have their eyes on the title of Merlin Rocket Week champion, so it’s a wonderful time to visit for the day, or a longer stay!


Sharpham Summer Celebration Open DayJuly 9th 2017 (10.30am – 4pm) Sharpham Summer Celebration Open Day

Head to Sharpham for a packed day of activities and the chance to enjoy the splendour of Sharpham House and Gardens at their Summer Celebration Open Day.

The day includes a host of things to do for all the family including arts and crafts, Campfire cooking, poetry, music, kayaking, storytelling, nature connection and mindfulness workshops, oh and a beer tent! The historic Grade 1-listed Sharpham House and Gardens will also be open for people to explore.

The event is free and you can utilise the free shuttle bus service that will run from Totnes (which is just half an hour away from Salcombe) to Sharpham throughout the day.


Salcombe Town Regatta Crabbers - via Coast & Country CottagesAugust 5th-12th 2017: Salcombe Town Regatta

You can look forward to an action packed week full of fun and frivolity starting in Salcombe on Saturday 5th August.

The Town Regatta’s carnival atmosphere is something to be experienced, with Swimming Races, Fireworks, Sand castle and Slippery Pole Competitions plus so much more.

Click here for our Regatta dedicated blog post and to find out more about all the fun things to do and watch on and off the water. For a whole week events are themed on or around the town’s relationship with the sea and there is always something for everyone to enjoy.


So if you fancy your own South Devon coastal getaway, or want to book your Salcombe summer holiday, get in touch with us or browse this website to find out more about what there is to do, where to eat & stay and some of the best kept secrets in store for your visit – 01548 843927 /