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Five fun things to do this weekend

Now that summer is in full swing, there’s a huge of variety events and things to do in South Devon. Here are some ideas of things to see and do this weekend:

Paignton Festival Week

Paignton Festival starts this weekend and is a great free week of entertainment on Paignton Green. Formerly Torbay Carnival Week, the event has been running every summer for 100 years and features live music, processions and fireworks – all raising money for local charities. Perhaps the best day to visit is Saturday 22nd, with great live music form 2pm – 11pm and fireworks at 10pm.

Click here for a full timetable.

Visit Dartmoor

The stunning natural beauty of Dartmoor can be hard to access with public transport, but the seasonal ‘Haytor Hoppa’ bus is currently a great way to see the main sights. The Haytor Hoppa provides a circular route of Dartmoor, starting and finishing in Newton Abbot. Stops include Haytor, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Houndtor, Manaton Village, Becky Falls (admission charges apply) and Yarner Wood.

The bus only runs on Saturdays until September and tickets cost £5 – click here for a timetable.

Teignmouth Carnival Week

Just like Paignton, Teignmouth is also holding a week of events on the seafront for its annual Carnival Week.

Click here for full information on what’s going on.

Exe Estuary Trail

If you’re living in Exeter and fancy getting out of the city for the day, then the Exe Estuary Trail is a great way to do so. Bicycles can be rented from various places around Exeter Quay – from there you can pick up the trail along the canal. If you fancy a short ride then a 2-3 mile round trip to Double Locks is a great option. The pub has a large beer garden, perfect for a hard-earned halfway drink! If you’re feeling energetic a 10-12 mile round trip to Turf Locks is also a great option, with the pub overlooking the Exe Estuary.

Click here for more information on the Exe Estuary Trail

A trip to Dartmouth

If you haven’t visited Dartmouth, the pretty little town on the banks of the River Dart is a great place to spend the day. From Torbay, the Stagecoach 120 bus will take you to Kingswear and from there it’s a short ferry ride across the river – all part of the fun. This weekend is a great time to visit, as the monthly artisan market, selling locally hand-made made gifts, takes place in Dartmouth’s Old Market Square on Saturday 22nd.

Click here for a bus timetable.