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Updated: 14th April 2018

24 FREE Things To Do in and around Dawlish Warren

 

Shown below are some of the many events you can expect to find taking place within 30 minutes drive of Leadstone Camping. Every care has been taken to ensure it’s accuracy so hopefully it is!  As new events become publicised we will try and keep this list up to date – if in doubt please contact the local Tourist Information Centres:

Dawlish (T) 01626 215665 Email: dawtic@teignbridge.gov.uk

Teignmouth (T) 01626 215666 Email: teigntic@teignbridge.gov.uk

VisitSouthDevon.co.uk also has a list of events you may wish to visit (Opens a new window)

Steam Train fans!! The "Torbay Express" and others will be running again this summer.

June - July - August - September

Nature Reserve
::  Powderham Castle

Newton Abbot Racecourse (home to many events):: UK Steam Trains


MAY 2018

  "NR" = Nature Reserve/Ranger Events

  • 25 – 28 – Friday/Monday -Totnes – South Devon Railway Spring Beer Festival weekend
  • 27 – Sunday - Newton Abbot – Car Boot Sale at the Racecourse
  • 28 - Monday - Family fun day on the beach! Sandcastle competition, etc
  • 30 – 1 June – Powderham – Jousting!
  • 31 - Thursday - NR - Dawlish Warren, Junior Rangers
JUNE 2018

  "NR" = Nature Reserve

  • 2 - Saturday - Newton Abbot - Wellbeing Showe at the Racecourse
  • 3 - Sunday - Steam train passes through
  • 4 - Monday - Newton Abbot - National Hunt Racing at the Racecourse
  • 6 – Wednesday - Shaldon "1785" themed craft day from 10am til evening
  • 7 – Thursday – Car boot sale at Warren Farm, Warren Road. 3-6pm
  • 8 - 9 - Fri. & Sat. – Newton Abbot – Lemonfest music concert at Racecourse
  • 9 - Saturday - Steam train passes through
  • 10 - Sunday - Newton Abbot - Car Boot sale at the Racecourse
  • 13 – Wednesday - Shaldon "1785" themed craft day from 10am til evening
  • 14 – Thursday – Car boot sale at Warren Farm, Warren Road. 3-6pm
  • 15 - Friday - Newton Abbot - National Hunt Racing at the Racecourse.
  • 17 – Sunday – Newton Abbot - Racecourse car boot sale
  • 22 - 24 - Fri / Sun – Teignmouth folk festival
  • 20 – Wednesday - Shaldon "1785" themed craft day from 10am til evening
  • 21 – Thursday – Car boot sale at Warren Farm, Warren Road. 3-6pm
  • 21 - 24 – Thurs / Sun – Shaldon festival
  • 23 – Saturday - Newton Abbot – Antiques & Collectables at the Racecourse
  • 24 - Sunday – Steam train passes through
  • 24 – Sunday - Newton Abbot – Toy & Train fair at the Racecourse
  • 26 – Tuesday - Newton Abbot - National Hunt Racing at the Racecourse (EVENING)
  • 27 – Wednesday - Shaldon "1785" themed craft day from 10am til evening
  • 28 – Thursday – Car boot sale at Warren Farm, Warren Road. 3-6pm
  • 30 – Saturday – Powderham – Lets Rock Exeter concert (80s themed)
JULY 2018

The Torbay Express - This is one of the most Extraordinary and Scenic Railway Journeys in Europe.  BBC Television hired helicopters to home-in on ‘The Torbay Express’ for its award-winning programme ‘Coast’, showing some wonderful aerial sequences of GWR ‘King’ No.6024 King Edward I ducking and diving around the red-sandstone inlets and coves, and bobbing between the tunnels along the sea wall near Teignmouth.  That really wasn’t a surprise, for the steam-hauled ‘Torbay Express’ and the old GWR ‘West of England Main Line’ together make one of the most enchanting railway journeys anywhere in the world, and after seven consecutive summers of operation, the train now enjoys full ‘celebrity’ status.

Passes Dawlish Warren at approximately: 11.15am and returns at 5.50pm - dates below

    "NR" = Nature Reserve

  • 1 – Sunday – Newton Abbot – Dartmoor Classic cycle race
  • 1 – Sunday – Steam train passes through
  • 4 – Wednesday - Shaldon "1785" themed craft day from 10am til evening
  • 5 – Thursday – Car boot sale at Warren Farm, Warren Road. 3-6pm
  • 6 - Friday - Newton Abbot - National Hunt Racing at the Racecourse
  • 6 - 8 –Sat/Sun - Totnes - South Devon Railway Military weekend
  • 7 – Saturday – Newton Abbot - Boxing at the Racecourse
  • 7 - 8 – Sat/Sun – Powderham Castle – Historic Vehicle gathering
  • 11 – Wednesday - Shaldon "1785" themed craft day from 10am til eveningl
  • 12 - Thursday – Car boot sale at Warren Farm, Warren Road. 3-6pm
  • 14 - Saturday - SnookyFest live music festival at Warren Farm, 10am - 10pm
  • 15 - Sunday - Powderham - Tom Jones in concert
  • 15 - Sunday - Steam train passes through
  • 18 – Wednesday - Shaldon "1785" themed craft day from 10am til evening
  • 19 – Thursday – Car boot sale at Warren Farm, Warren Road. 3-6pm
  • 22 - Sunday - Newton Abbot - National Hunt Racing at the Racecourse
  • 22 – Sunday – 2 x steam trains pass through
  • 25 – Wednesday - Punch and Judy/Entertainment - FREE
  • 25 – Wednesday - Shaldon "1785" themed craft day from 10am til evening
  • 26 – Thursday – Car boot sale at Warren Farm, Warren Road. 3-6pm
  • 28 - 4 Aug.– Teignmouth Carnival Week
  • 29 - Sunday - Steam train passes through
  • 29 – Sunday – Totnes - a great 1 day country show
  • 30 - Monday - Newton Abbot - National Hunt Racing at the Racecourse
AUGUST 2018

The Torbay Express - This is one of the most Extraordinary and Scenic Railway Journeys in Europe.  BBC Television hired helicopters to home-in on ‘The Torbay Express’ for its award-winning programme ‘Coast’, showing some wonderful aerial sequences of GWR ‘King’ No.6024 King Edward I ducking and diving around the red-sandstone inlets and coves, and bobbing between the tunnels along the sea wall near Teignmouth.  That really wasn’t a surprise, for the steam-hauled ‘Torbay Express’ and the old GWR ‘West of England Main Line’ together make one of the most enchanting railway journeys anywhere in the world, and after seven consecutive summers of operation, the train now enjoys full ‘celebrity’ status.

Passes Dawlish Warren at approximately: 11.15am and returns at 5.50pm - Dates below.

    "NR" = Nature Reserve

  • 1 – Wednesday – Punch and Judy/Entertainment – FREE
  • 1 – Wednesday - Shaldon "1785" themed craft day from 10am til evening
  • 2 – Thursday – Car boot sale at Warren Farm, Warren Road. 3-6pm
  • 4 – Saturday – Shaldon – Water Carnival
  • 5 - 12 – Teignmouth regatta, events based on the Beach and Water
  • 5 – Sunday – Torbay Express steam train passes through
  • 6 - Monday - Newton Abbot - National Hunt Racing at the Racecourse
  • 8 – Wednesday – Punch and Judy/Entertainment - FREE
  • 8 – Wednesday - Shaldon "1785" themed craft day from 10am til evening
  • 9 – Thursday – Car boot sale at Warren Farm, Warren Road. 3-6pm
  • 11 – 18 - DAWLISH CELEBRATES CARNIVAL WEEK - Facebook HERE
  • 12 – Sunday - Newton Abbot – Car boot sale at the Racecourse
  • 15 – Wednesday - Newton Abbot – National Hunt Racing at the Racecourse
  • 15 – Wednesday – Punch and Judy/Entertainment - FREE
  • 15 – Wednesday - Shaldon "1785" themed craft day from 10am til evening
  • 16 - Thursday – Punch and Judy/Entertainment - FREE
  • 16 - Thursday - Lots of activities on the Green all afternoon
  • 16 - Thursday - Fireworks spectacular - free to attend on the Green
  • 16 – Thursday – Car boot sale at Warren Farm, Warren Road. 3-6pm
  • 17 – Friday – Dawlish Carnival Procession
  • 18 – Saturday - Newton Abbot - Antique & Collectables Fair at the Racecourse
  • 19 – Sunday - Newton Abbot – Car boot sale at the Racecourse
  • 19 – Sunday – Torbay Express steam train passes through
  • 19 – 27 – Shaldon Regatta – fun on the beach and water
  • 21 – Tuesday - Newton Abbot – National Hunt Racing at the Racecourse EVENING
  • 22 – Wednesday - Shaldon "1785" themed craft day from 10am til evening
  • 22 - Wednesday – Punch and Judy/Entertainment - FREE
  • 23 – Thursday – Car boot sale at Warren Farm, Warren Road. 3-6pm
  • 24 - 27 – Fri/Mon- Totnes - South Devon Railway "Rails and Ales" weekend
  • 27 – Monday – Lustleigh – excellent traditional 1 day village show
  • 29 - Wednesday – Punch and Judy/Entertainment - FREE
  • 29 – Wednesday - Shaldon "1785" themed craft day from 10am til evening
  • 30 – Thursday – Car boot sale at Warren Farm, Warren Road. 3-6pm
SEPTEMBER 2018
  • 1 - Saturday - Newton Abbot – National Hunt Racing at the Racecourse
  • 2 – Sunday – Steam train passes through
  • Additional Events

    Charity Fetes/Displays

    In addition to the above list of events there is usually a charity Fete or display on the "Lawn" in Dawlish, or on "The Den" in Teignmouth every Saturday or Sunday during July and August.

    Car Boot Sales

    In addition to the "Big One" at the Racecourse in Newton Abbot there is a "local "Boot":

    Every Thursday at 3pm-6pm or thereabouts, just around the corner from us - 5 minutes walk towards Dawlish!

    Dawlish Airshow 2008 - video highlights


    Guided Walks on the Warren Nature Reserve

    Phone  01626 863980 or see the Ranger Events page, for further details

    Enjoy a walk along this beautiful coastal Nature Reserve. All walks are led by Reserve Wardens who will tell you about the Warren’s wildlife and history, and help you to see the estuary’s famous bird life.

    2018 DATES

    Listed above as "NR" - when published

    More info:

    Teignbridge District Council website

    Dawlish Warren Tourism website

    Call 01626 863980 or call in at he Nature Reserve Visitor centre for details.

    Essential Information!
    No need to book – just turn up on the day
    Fees: Some are FREE, some are a small charge up to £4
    Walks last up to 2h 30minutes
    Sorry, no dogs
    Some binoculars are available to borrow
    Wear stout footwear and suitable clothing for the weather – some walking on soft sand.

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