Bideford and the surrounding area are home to a range of local events and festivals throughout the year, offering something for visitors of all ages and interests.

One of the most popular events is the Bideford Water Festival, which celebrates the town’s maritime heritage and features a range of water-based activities and entertainment, including boat races, live music, and food stalls.

Other events include the Bideford Folk Festival, a celebration of traditional music, dance, and storytelling, and the Bideford Christmas Lights Switch On, which marks the start of the festive season with a range of activities, including a Santa’s Grotto and live music.

Annual Events in Bideford

Bideford has a bustling events calendar all year round, with a range of exciting events and festivals taking place throughout the year for both adults and families.

Spring Events

  • Bideford Half Marathon in March
  • Eat Festival in April
  • Bidefood Fest and Stepping Out Festival at the end of April

Summer Events

  • 10K Run and Pigstock Festival in May
  • Bideford Fair, Here for the Music Festival, Water Festival, and crazy Soapbox Derby in June
  • Rowing Regatta, East the Water Community Day, Tour of Torridge, Bideford’s Got Talent and Continental Food Market in July
  • Rainbo Fun Run, Music Day, Diversity Festival, Triathlon, and Festival of Transport in August

Winter Events

  • Christmas Light Switch On in December

With something for everyone, these events are a great way to experience the local community in Bideford.