What's on this autumn in Devon

Autumn is a great season to get out and about in Devon and around Exmoor too, so here's a list of autumn highlights to help you plan.

Apple pressing is always popular at Killerton apple festival

Killerton apple festival

Killerton's apple festival on 12 and 13 October is one of the biggest family-friendly celebrations of its kind in the South West.

Sunset over Thurlestone Rock and South Milton Sands

Say goodbye to summer at South Milton Sands

Beach side sunset views, family fun like watersports, rockpooling, crafts and storytelling – what better way to spend a special evening with the kids? We’re celebrating the end of summer, and the lantern-lit Sundown Parade is not to be missed.

Apple in the orchard

Help us bring the harvest home  

We need help picking apples for our juice and cider production. We will be holding four family apple picking days this September and October, in Avalon Orchard at the foot of the Tor.

orchard family fun at killerton

The big pick weekend

Sparrow Park orchard is full of apples and we need your help to collect them in preparation for the Apple Festival.

Loose leaf tea and strainer in a tea cup

Autumn Tea Festival at Greenway

Whether your choice of tea is a delicate white of Japan or a typical builder’s brew, the autumn tea festival is the perfect way to discover your new favourite.

Interpretation at Fyne Court shows house the house looked before the fire

Delve into Fyne Court's hidden history

Due to a fire in 1894, the former home to the Crosse family burnt down and was never rebuilt. This has left many visitors wondering, what happened to the house?

Overbeck's Banana garden

Tropical plants at Overbecks in Autumn 

Autumn in the Banana garden gives you a feel of the jungle with lush foliage and splashes of hot colour to help set the scene for your tropical adventure.

The main staircase at Castle Drogo.

Heritage Open Day at Castle Drogo

On Saturday 21 September come and visit the castle and garden for free as Castle Drogo takes part in the Heritage Open Day Scheme.

Visitors walking the Teign Gorge on the Castle Drogo estate, Devon, in Autumn.
Walking trail

Autumn walk at Castle Drogo 

Walk through crispy leaves along the River Teign and afterwards warm up with a hot chocolate in the café. There is also a second-hand book shelf to browse as you take a break.

Footpath on West Exmoor

Autumn walks in North Devon

Stretch your legs and enjoy the changing colours of North Devon this autumn

An autumnal view of Coleton Fishacre

Exploring the garden in autumn

There's a nip in the air and the leaves are turning on the trees. Autumn in the garden is a riot of colour; the garden team have shared some of the top things to look out for this season.

A boy climbing on a rope at Coleton Fishacre's wild play area

Fun for families this autumn at Coleton Fishacre

As the leaves turn on the trees and the conkers begin to fall there are lots of fun things for families to do at Coleton Fishacre, from den building to cooking on a campfire at half term.

Apples on a tree in autumn

Autumn colour at Compton Castle

In autumn months the garden and countryside surrounding Compton Castle fill with warm golden colours, and the castle becomes a cosy retreat where you can warm yourself by the fire in the Great Hall.

Golden leaves

See the last of the autumn colour around Plymouth 

Autumn is always full of spectacular reds, yellows and ambers. Here are a few ideas of places to discover some of the last bits of autumn colour in a garden near Plymouth.

Winding paths through the valley

Explore the Teign Gorge

Follow the winding paths below the castle into the sheltered Teign Gorge. Explore this ancient gorge, teeming with wildlife on trails along the river.

A man, woman and dog sat on benches in Greenway garden in Autumn

Exploring Greenway garden in autumn

A walk through the relaxed woodland garden is filled with the sound of leaves crunching underfoot and glimpses of the River Dart.

Coleton Fishacre house

Year of decadent design

Throughout the year we'll be exploring the design of Coleton Fishacre, from architectural details in the house to unique landscaping in the garden.