South West Outdoor Festival

This year's festival is now over. Look out for details of 2017 in the Mendips. Coming soon...

Photos from SWOF 2016 

Devon hosted a new outdoor festival 23 - 25 September 2016 – with hiking, biking, trail running, openwater swimming, camping, star gazing and wild food foraging. The National Trust staged the festival in partnership with Cotswold Outdoor, Panasonic, Exmoor National Park and lots of local outdoor experts. You can come and build your own adventure weekend, or chill out in the West Country's wonderful wilderness. Look out for details on 2017's festival. Coming soon...

Ultimate outdoor activity weekend

Cotswold Outdoor Knowledge Centre

Cotswold Outdoor knowledge centre 

Product experts and athletes will be conducting a series of informative and interactive sessions, demonstrating how to get the very best out of your gear and providing top tips on how to choose the right outdoor equipment for your personal requirements.


A view of Studland Beach, Dorset

Outdoor inspiration 

Running, walking, cycling, kayaking, camping, beautiful beaches and top views: all in a days adventure in the South West.

Visitors walking at Heddon Valley, North Devon

Heddon Valley

The South West Outdoor Festival is taking place in the Heddon Valley. This secluded valley is the perfect location for the festival. There's places for those looking for an adventure to try coastal and river wild swimming, challenging cycle trails and runs. It's also a great place to relax, with woodland and dramatic scenery to explore, views which reach as far as Wales and amazing wildlife.

Festival sponsors and partners

Cotswold Outdoor

There's nothing being sold here - but you can pick up a lifetime's supply of outdoor know-how and inspiration.


Bringing their visionary expertise to the party, Panasonic pro photographers and field experts will be sharing their knowledge and tips.

Exmoor National Park

National Park rangers will be be holding one of their legendary Big Adventure experiences, with free activities.

Kayaker with SWOF branding

South West Outdoor Festival blog 

Keep up-to-date with the latest South West Outdoor Festival news, outdoor tips and adventure spots across the South West.