Occombe Festival is cancelled this year


A festival that has been going on for 14 years is ‘taking a break’, according to its site.

Originally starting as a way to celebrate local ales, it quickly grew into also celebrating local talent and food which attracted many people across the Torbay area.

The two day event featured over 40 varieties of beer alongside ales, ciders, wine, Prosecco, Pimms and lots of local food. There was folk, rock, blues and dance music which goers enjoyed whilst sipping on their drinks and eating some good food.

Occombe festival

Occombe festival acted as a fund raising event for Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust who organised the event each year. They care for many of Torbay’s most beautiful wildlife locations such as  Occombe Farm, Cockington Country Park and Berry Head National Nature Reserve. All money that was raised from the festival went directly to the trust in order to maintain the sites mentioned.

The reason for the festival being cancelled this year is due to the regeneration of Occombe Farm where the festival takes place. They will be building over the period that the event takes places meaning the barn and farmyard would be unavailable for use.

Damian Offer, TCCT Chief Executive said: “Giving the festival a break was a really tough decision.

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“It’s become a well-supported and much loved event in Torbay’s calendar. But we are a small team, with a lot planned and the farm could be a building site by June. We’ve considered alternative options but had to accept it’s just not feasible to run Occombe Festival in 2020.

“We’re not saying never again, just not this year!”

The regeneration for Occombe Farm includes having an indoor and outdoor play area, a bigger farm shop and an improved cafe.





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