An April Full of Festivals in South Devon!

Country Music, Walking, Gardening, and Food  – Something for everyone at Hazelwood this Spring!

It’s a fantastic time to plan a spring break at Hazelwood Holiday Park, with some major events that you won’t want to miss. It’s going to be an action packed April!

Saturday 22 April is our Festival of Country Music Week

The Festival of Country Music takes place here at Hazelwood Holiday Park every September and is extremely popular! Tickets sell out so quickly that this year we have added another Country Music Festival in April too, so that no-one need miss out! The Clubhouse comes alive every night with a fantastic line up of guest acts from all over the country, hosted by Billy Curtis. Grab your partner by the hand, don your cowboy hats and boots and enjoy live music and dancing every night with a late bar and DJ.  For more information have a look here.

21 April – 1 May Dawlish Walking Festival 2017

Dawlish Walking Festival will include more than 40 walks this year, including long rambles and short explorations of the beautiful landscapes around the town. For more information pop into reception for a booklet with helpful maps detailing all the walks. In it you will find walks with buggies and wheelchairs, walks with dogs and easy walks of a mile or so. Start off gently with a walk along the walland before you know it you will be up in the hills taking in panoramic views of the Exe Estuary and Torbay in the distance. Stretch those legs and follow part of the South West coast path and get some of the best views of Devon’s coastline and countryside.

28 – 29 April Powderham Castle – Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival

For a fourth year running Toby’s ever popular Garden Festival is back in the beautiful grounds of Powderham Castle near Dawlish Warren. This years experts include Chelsea garden designer Adam Frost of BBC Gardeners’ World and pest guru Pippa Greenwood. Both will be giving talks and answering your garden questions. It’s a great gardening day out for the whole family, with an abundance of beautiful plants selected from more than 100 local nurseries, some delicious West Country fayre, local musicians and engaging entertainment.

Directions: Head left out of Hazelwood Holiday Park and head for the A379 following the brown signs to Powderham Castle. EX6 8JQ.

Public transport: Take the No2 Stagecoach bus from Dawlish road. The bus stop is right outside the Castle entrance. A direct Train service runs from Dawlish Warren to Starcross approximately 5 minutes journey. From there you have the option of catching the bus or taking a 30 minute walk to the Castle.

Free parking: Plus a £1pp return tractor-trailer shuttle service to save your legs and the 5 minute parkland walk between the car park and the Castle gates.

Cycle: 25 minutes along the exe trail cycle route 2

29 April  – 1 May Exeter Food Festival

An annual event for the last fourteen years, The Exeter Food Festival takes place in Exeter Castle’s courtyard and spills into the surrounding Northernhay Gardens, in the centre of Exeter. Taking place over the early May Bank Holiday weekend, it runs from Saturday 29th April to Monday 1st May 2017.  Increasingly popular, last years festival attracted around 20,000 visitors. If you are keen to savour some prime South West food and drink, would enjoy the opportunity to learn from the many cookery demonstrations and workshops and a chance to participate in family hands-on activities then the 2017 Exeter Food Festival is not to be missed!

Getting there by train: The Great Western Railway is an excellent way to make this day out even more special by travelling along part of the seaside railway line and taking in the spectacular views of the estuary. The average journey time between Dawlish Warren and Exeter Central is 30 minutes. Arriving and departing from Dawlish Warren is a pleasure, with the English Channel the first view travellers get from the platform. As there is no ticket hall or facilities at the station tickets may be purchased on the trains, which depart roughly hourly. Access to both platform 1 and platform 2 is step free, and you can drive up to the Beach Road’s platform 2 entrance, or park in the council car park next to platform, although the station is only a few minutes level walk from Hazelwood Holiday Park.

By Car: About 30 minutes, beginning turning left out of Hazelwood Holiday park and heading towards Cockwood, continuing along the A379 through Starcross, Powderham, Kenton and Exminster until reaching Countess Weir roundabout and taking the first exit along Topsham road and into Exeter City centre. Castle St, Exeter EX4 3PU.

28 – 30 April the After Dark Party Music Festival

The After Dark Party Music Festival offers 3 superb nights of top quality live music in the atmospheric setting of Exeter Castle Courtyard, on Friday 28 April, Saturday 29 April and Sunday 30 April. Enjoy live bands, including a jazz and swing band, a choir, a folk/rock acoustic singer and partake of a tempting variety of hot street food and delicious local wines, beers and ciders in the special Festival bar.