Devon is highly sought after by artists and craftspeople and has a thriving creative community.
Drawn to the open countryside, the stunning coastline and charming scenes of rural life, Devon has much to offer and inspire both artists and art appreciators. The Devon Open Studios event gives visitors the opportunity to see creative producers at work in their own studios and to purchase artwork directly; it's a fantastic way to buy unique pieces for the home or as gifts.
Exeter too, has its own Open Studios event with many exhibition spaces within walking distance of the city centre.
A home to many creative outlets, the Exeter Phoenix arts centre frequently curates and houses exhibitions as a prevalent multi-artform venue in the region. Exeter Phoenix offer a packed programme of music, art, film and courses within their contemporary space.
Devon is also home to The Contemporary Craft Festival, which takes place annually in Bovey Tracey, just a short drive from Exeter. Over 200 makers join together to offer visitors to the event a wide array of hand-crafted and exquisite goods from jewellery to furniture and soft furnishings to clothing.
For book lovers, the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival takes place every year with a typically exciting line up of prevalent writers for talks, readings and work-shops all against the backdrop of this quaint seaside town.Inland walking guides Coastal path walks Cycling The moors Heritage