Take a great autumn break in breathtaking Devon

Take a great autumn break in breathtaking Devon.

Devon is the place to go this autumn if you are looking for a great break that enables you to experience a vast array of exciting events and festivals that will stimulate your senses and inspire both your body and your soul.

The seasonal delights that await you in Devon in the autumn will allow you to indulge all five of your senses.

From the north to the south of the county you can visit some of the finest food festivals in the UK, as well as exploring some of finest countryside that you will find anywhere. Why not take part in the Dartmoor Mountain Challenge, or follow the trail of some exciting mysteries and join in with the acclaimed Agatha Christie Festival.

As the nights draw in and the children go back to school, Devon has some extraordinary late seasonal breaks on offer. Discover the best seasonal bargains as well as information about accommodation and late availability.

Every year the English Riviera transforms itself into the murder mystery capital of the country in honour of the Queen of Crime. TheAgatha Christie Festival (9-16 September) is a fabulous opportunity for fans from around the world to celebrate Dame Agatha Christie’s life and times.

Around every corner there is a murder mystery: on steam trains, in spooky country inns, and in rambling seaside pubs. You’ll also find competitions, book launches, exclusive events and even a birthday fireworks display.

Book worms will also be making a dash for the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 21 -23 September in East Devon. Renowned authors such as Hilary Mantle, Penelope Lively, and poet Wendy Cope are just part of the exciting line up of literary giants at the festival which is known as ” Words by the Sea”.

The Appledore Book Festival 29 September to 7 October is a vibrant ten-day event from 28th September until 7th October which will once again bring readers and authors together in a stunning location to share a passion for reading and writing across a wide range of subjects.

Ruth Rendell, Jeremy Vine, Fiona Phillips will be appearing at the festival along with the Chivenor Military Wives Choir who will open the event with a special concert.

Savour the flavours of autumn with a visit to one of Devon’s outstanding food festivals which celebrate the best local food producers and their award winning food and drink.

Ashburton Food and Drink Festival September 8

Indulge in the fantastic food and drink from Dartmoor at this one-day festival at the South West’s most renowned foodie town. Atomic Kitten star and former MasterChef winner,

Liz Mc Clarnon will be on hand with celeb chefs Chris and James Tanner along with the chefs from Ashburton Cookery School to demonstrate how to get the best out of local and seasonal food. 40 stalls of locally produced food and drink will be there to tempt you to take a little taste of Dartmoor back home with you.

Abbfest Newton Abbott 21-23 September

Michelin starred chef Michael Caines and former MasterChef winner James Nathan will be showcasing their skills at Abbfest at Newton Abbott which also features a wide range of locally produced food and drink, including more than 100 Devon ales.

Cockington Apple Day Torquay 14 October

Cockington’s popular October Food & Crafts Festival – Apple Day – will celebrate for the 20th year on Sunday 14th October, showcasing the best in local foods, handmade crafts, apple varieties – and ciders of course!

Apple Day is an annual celebration of this wonderful diversity of apples and a way of conserving orchards, heritage varieties of fruit as well as local traditions. Tons of apples from Devon orchards are pressed on the day in a 5 ton Victorian press to produce some of the finest apple juice which can then be taken home to ferment in to home produced cider.

North Devon FOODfest 21 October

North Devon FOODFest is a one-day food festival held in Barnstaple’s historic pannier market which showcases the very best food and drink from North Devon’s famous larder. Michelin starred Chef Michael Caines will be at the festival to demonstrate e his legendary cooking skills as well as presenting the North Devon Food and Drink Awards. North Devon’s own award winning chef Noel Corston will also be bringing his renowned expertise to the festival.

Dartmouth Food Festival 26 – 28 October

Dartmouth Food Festival celebrates ten years in 2012, years that have seen the event become one of the best food festivals in the UK. There will be 10 core events to mark the festival’s anniversary, including Great Pud Night, the infamous festival quiz, beer festival, wine and champagne village, as well as cookery demos from celeb chefs such as Mitch Tonks, Fergus Henderson, Matt Tebutt, Mark Hix, Henry Dimbleby, food writer Tom Parker Bowles, food critic Giles Coren and TV presenter and explorer Monty Halls.

Plymouth Marine City festival 8-16 September

Dive into the marine culture of Devon at the Plymouth Marine City festival which offers an exciting programme of activities to attract visitors, adventurers and scientists. Discover the evolution of surfing, find out more about marine energy research, take part in the Blue Mile or the Oceans of Potential Conference.

Dartmoor Mountain Challenge 14 October

For those who want to make the most of the great outdoors then the Dartmoor Mountain Challenge is the answer. Walk 13 miles through some of the most beautiful and remote part of Devon to raise money for Marie Curie Nurses.

From the picturesque village start in Widecombe to the open rugged moors, the route is a varied circular loop, taking walkers welll off the beaten track in high moor and ancient woodlands. You’ll enjoy breathtaking views over a land of myth and legend and celebrate your achievement with a Devon cream tea at the finish line.