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Discover what’s on in Salcombe 2024! Despite its scenic and serene appearance, Salcombe, a coastal town in South Devon, is anything but sleepy. Dive into our detailed guide showcasing a lively program of events that celebrate the town’s life and heritage. Ensure these unmissable events are marked in your calendar!

What’s on in Salcombe in 2024…

Salcombe Crabfest

Sunday 5th May

The inaugural Salcombe Crab Festival (Crabfest) first took place in 2016, where over 40 local exhibitors attended the event. Now in its eight year, Salcombe Crabfest draws visitors from far and wide to watch chef demonstrations, enjoy crab-tivating activities, listen to live music and more.

This year, expect a fantastic line-up of highly acclaimed chefs including Matt Tebbutt, Mitch Tonks, Jane Baxter and many more. This foodie festival has become a highlight event in the Devon calendar, and has raised over £60,000 for local charities since it first started.

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

Merlin Rocket Week

 

30th – 5th 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.

The sailing start times take place at 10:30am and 2:30pm, and you can enjoy live music from local artists including Nick the Fish, entertainment from Byng Bingo and more. Get updates from the Salcombe Yacht Club on their official website.

Salcombe Gin SYC Regatta

11th – 16th August

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

Salcombe Town Regatta

3rd – 10th August

The Salcombe Town 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, you’ll find rowing and raft races, the famous harbour swim, a fun run, dog show and much more filling the event line-up. A favourite amongst families, the crab catching competition is so popular.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

October (exact dates TBC)

The Salcombe Live Festival (Salcombe Live) 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!


In Salcombe you’re only a short drive away from all the other great events that are held across South Devon every year. Read our full guide to what’s on in South Devon 2024… there is so much happening you will find it difficult to narrow down your favourite events!

Why not time your break around one of these fantastic events? Or if you’re visiting another time and want even more inspiration, check out this article on things to do in South Devon.

Book your Salcombe holiday today.