Citizens of Kingsbridge have been putting on entertaining events for centuries, with the market town’s annual fair going back all the way to 1461 AD. More recent additions to Kingsbridge’s social calendar have only been around for a couple of years, with old and new combining to create a fantastic annual programme with something for everyone.
Here’s a brief guide to what’s on in Kingsbridge in 2018.
Kingsbridge Food and Music Festival (tbc, usually June)
Currently the subject of a crowdfunding campaign for 2018, the purpose of the Kingsbridge Food and Music Festival is to host a “party for the people of Kingsbridge, and visitors to our beautiful town, to celebrate the eclectic mix of incredible tastes and sounds that originate from the area.”
This volunteer-supported event takes place mostly around Squares Quay, where live acts perform while festivalgoers enjoy some of the best street food from around the region.
Since 2015 there has been a ‘Kids Zone’ with workshops and other activities, making this three-day festival suitable for visitors and residents of all ages.
Find out more from the official Kingsbridge Food and Music Festival website.
Kingsbridge Fair Week (21st – 28th July)
This traditional week-long event includes lots of live music, a road race, carnival procession, raft race, lantern parade and fireworks. Fair ‘royalty’ are also coronated at the beginning of the week. In 2017, Lauren Grant was chosen as Fair Queen, with Imogen Williams and Freya Weeks the two princesses.
For full details of the events once they’ve been released, you’ll need to purchase a programme – find out where you can do this on the Kingsbridge Fair Week site.
Kingsbridge Show (1st September)
Entering its 136th year in 2018, this lively agricultural show takes place just outside of Kingsbridge at Borough Farm. There are entertaining events in the main ring, including motocross displays, animal shows and a range of races.
There’s also a countryside tent and food and drink marquee, where numerous local businesses serve refreshments or sell their wares.
The competitions include cattle, sheep, horses, homecraft, floral art and an array of kids’ contests. There’s much more information on the Kingsbridge Show website.
Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas (1st December 2018)
(2017’s event: Saturday 2nd December)
Kick off the festive season Kingsbridge-style in 2018, with the recently established Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas. There’s a farmer’s market on the Town Square and festive stalls along Fore Street, representing local shops and caterers as well as those from the wider region.
Whether you’re looking for gift ideas, hearty street food or just a hot drink on a wintery day, why not pop into Kingsbridge on 1st December to help you start the 2018 Christmas season in style.
What else is on in Kingsbridge this year?
Wondering what’s on in Kingsbridge throughout the year? How about catching a film or live screening from a leading London theatre? King’s Cinema is a small traditional picture house on Fore Street, which focuses on Hollywood blockbusters along with a range of other films and broadcasts.
Find out what’s on at: http://kingsbridge.merlincinemas.co.uk/
When it comes to live entertainment, there are regular bands and open mic nights at the Creek’s End Inn on Squares Quay, and it’s worth looking out for other performances at various pubs in the centre. They’re mostly advertised on posters outside the respective venues, so the surest way to find out what’s on in Kingsbridge’s pubs is to walk up Fore Street at the beginning of your stay and keep an eye out.
If you’re a theatregoer, local amateur theatre groups also perform in nearby Malborough, where Kingsbridge Amateur Theatrical Society (KATS) produce a spring musical and Malborough Amateur Dramatics (MAD) put on a Christmas pantomime every year.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this guide to what’s on in Kingsbridge. This pretty market town is just seven miles from Salcombe, where you’ll find more annual events, especially those focused on sailing, like the Salcombe Town Regatta, Yacht Club Regatta and Merlin Rocket Week. Dartmouth, also in easy reach of Kingsbridge, hosts festivals of food and music as well as a major annual regatta. Find out more about what’s on across South Devon in 2018 here.
Take a break in Kingsbridge this year, discovering fantastic pubs and restaurants, independent shops and picturesque views. Centrally located in the South Hams, Kingsbridge is a fabulous base for exploring the region, from historic Start Bay to the Avon Valley and popular beaches at Bigbury-On-Sea and Bantham.