Adventure-packed South West Outdoor Festival heading to South Devon

The South West Outdoor Festival (SWOF), a carnival of outdoor activity and entertainment, is back for a third year. This time the adventure will be centred around a dedicated festival hub in the South Hams, at a National Trust site in East Soar, near Salcombe, on the sensational South Devon coast.

The festival will happen on the weekend 5–7 October, with campers and day visitors invited to come along and explore the trails, tales, ales and aquatic adventures this coastline boasts in abundance. 

Festival goers can take part in organised challenges, such as off-road running races across various distances, cycling sportives, wild swimming events and paddle sports in the beautiful Kingsbridge Estuary and on the open sea. Small-group guided adventures will include walks along premier sections of the South West Coast Path, coasteering expeditions, climbing, archery, axe throwing, wild food foraging and much more.  

And when they’re not off exploring and adventuring, people will be able to enjoy a range of entertainment and experiences in the vibrant heart of the hub, including inspirational speakers, live music, delicious local food and drink, outdoor cinema, gear and skills seminars, campfire storytelling sessions and star gazing.

‘First Wave’ advance tickets are now on sale via the website at a specially discounted rate for early bookers – this could be the perfect opportunity to commit to your healthy New Year’s resolutions.

SWOF is organised by the National Trust, in partnership with Cotswold Outdoor, and is supported by South Devon AONB, the Devon Wildlife Trust and the South West Coast Path Association. The event welcomes everyone from accomplished outdoor experts through to adventure-curious beginners and active families. There will be a range of pursuits to suit every age group and level of fitness.

Richard Snow, South Devon Countryside Manager for National Trust, “SWOF is a fabulous opportunity for us to welcome visitors to South Devon and show off this amazing location naturally created for exploration and adventure. The historic farm buildings which form the hub of the festival site at East Soar offer a secluded and cosy venue to immerse yourself in the countryside and be inspired, makingthis event unforgettable.”

Located within an hour’s drive from both Plymouth and Exeter, access to the site is easy from the A38 / Devon Expressway. Parking is available on-site for day visitors and campers.

Spaces are limited. Discounted First Wave tickets are available only until 11 February. Follow @NTSWOF on Facebook and Twitter for updates and watch this space for details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/SWOF