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Salcombe may be a scenic little town in the South Devon countryside, but it’s certainly no sleepy village. There’s a lively programme of what’s on in Salcombe 2020 – some annual events, some one-off – all of which celebrate the life and heritage of the town.

What’s on in Salcombe in 2020…

Salcombe Crabfest

3rd May 

The inaugural Salcombe Crab Fishing Festival (Crabfest) first took place in 2016, where over 40 local exhibitors attended the event. Thousands of seafood lovers descended on the town by road or river, to enjoy crab picking masterclasses, crab pot making, kids activities, live music and so much more. Now entering its fourth consecutive year, this foodie festival has become a highlight event in the Devon calendar, and has raised over £20,000 for local charities. Last year, this quirky seafood festival was opened by celebrity chef Matt Tebutt from BBC’s Saturday Kitchen. The interview between David Fitzgerald and Matt Tebbutt gave us a real insight into the life as a top chef on and off-screen. This year, there’ll be a similar format, with the celebrity guest yet to be announced.

Keep up-to-date with developments on the official Crabfest website.

Merlin Rocket Week

12th – 17th July

As you’d expect, sailing features heavily in the Salcombe annual calendar, given the town’s deserved reputation as a thriving centre of all things nautical. The first big sailing occasion of the year, the Merlin Rocket Week is a dinghy sailing and social event, run by the Salcombe Yacht Club (SYC).

Get updates from the SYC on their official website.

Salcombe Gin SYC Regatta

9th – 14th August

The Salcombe Yacht Club Regatta is a five-day long sailing event, with daily races and related social events. Visit their website for finer details regarding individual events and festivities.

Salcombe Town Regatta

1st – 8th August

The Salcombe Regatta is one of the biggest annual events in South Devon, running for a whole week and attracting enthusiastic crowds of holidaymakers and locals alike. As well as a host of sailing-related events and air displays, there’s plenty to occupy everyone. Kids, for example, love the crab catching competition and fancy dress parade.

If you’d like to book a holiday in Salcombe during the Regatta, we do advise arranging your accommodation as early as possible, as this is an exceptionally popular week.

Salcombe Live

2 – 4th October 

The Salcombe Live Festival made its first debut in 2019 and was a huge success, enjoyed by both locals and visitors alike! Held across a number of venues throughout the town, the three day festival welcomed a collection of live acoustic performances, folk and Americana music, jazz and blues, stand up comedy and much more. Full details of Salcombe live are yet to be announced, so be sure to check the Salcombe Live website for regular updates – it’s set to be a good one!

Meanwhile… here is where to look for one-off and regular events

In addition to the big headline events above, there’s plenty of entertainment at other times, particularly during the summer.

If you’re looking for live music, pay a visit to the Island Street Bar and Grill, housed in Hannaford’s Landing (where our Salcombe office is based). You’ll find a great programme of live music at the weekends, especially during the summer months. Have a look here at what’s on in Salcombe’s Island Street Bar and Grill.

Looking for something a little more serene? Overbecks House, managed by the National Trust, has a packed programme of talks, competitions and exhibitions.

Book your Salcombe holiday now and start planning for a fun-filled break this summer!

Elsewhere in South Devon this summer…

In Salcombe you’re only a short drive away from all the other great events that are held across South Devon every year.

The pretty market town of Kingsbridge, just six miles away, plays host to the annual Kingsbridge Food and Music Festival, with this year’s planned for 29th – 31st May. Head to the town square to enjoy delicious local street food and a tipple as you listen to live performances from a wide range of acts.

The historic port town of Dartmouth also has a packed annual social calendar. From 27th – 29th August, the Dartmouth Regatta will draw thousands of visitors from all over the country to its sailing and rowing races, live entertainment and more. There are several other festivals, too, celebrating comedy, food, music and more.