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BrixFest is a three-day celebration of the charming fishing town of Brixham. This was the first time coming to Brixfest for myself and my girlfriend, we didn’t really know what to expect.
BrixFest is a three-day celebration of the charming fishing town of Brixham. This was the first time coming to Brixfest for myself and my girlfriend, we didn’t really know what to expect. Ee didn’t get there until late, I think it was around 5pm on the Saturday, but luckily we still managed to find a free parking space at the top of overgang. Very lucky as Em had recently damaged her knee and was on crutches. There wasn’t as much going on as i thought there would be in town with just live music on the stage and the two food and one drink stalls. Though I did think as we were a little late to the party, perhaps we had missed a fair bit. We wandered around and bought a drink at the Bays tent, I was surprise it came to £5.50 each. There was a £1 deposit for the plastic glass then £4.50 for the pint of Devon Dumpling and the same for a Hunts Andsome Bay, so it was a little on the expensive side. I’d recommend to go into one of the numerous pubs and order there instead usually £3.50 or less.
After wandering around some more we were feeling a little peckish, I love picciolo pizza but there was a huge queue and we decided having not tried Quay 57 we’d give it a go. It looks really nice, the staff were friendly enough and it was fairly busy being Brixfest. Even though there was a table for 2 without reserved on we were told they were booked out, so we decided to order one of their take away pizza and would find a bench somewhere outside. However this takeaway pizza took them 50 minutes while we were left sat on the restaurant step waiting outside. I thought to myself this pizza had better be pretty damn good, but as we opened the boxes we were disappointed, sigh….. By this time we were starving, so ate it nonetheless, but needless to say I can’t recommend this place if you want a pizza.
We then walked up the Manor for a drink, out the way and hidden it’s usually fairly quiet, but it was full outside and we grabbed the only two seats that were left inside. I like it here and this was my third visit and i’m happy to see it thriving. By the time we came back down in time for the fireworks the town was really busy and the atmosphere was buzzing. The fireworks were actually pretty good, I’ve certainly seen a lot worse. Next time i think the best viewing place would of been from opposite on King Street, but it may of been a bit far for Em to hobble to on her dodgy knee this year.
Sunday we returned in the evening and once again bagging a free spot. This time over on Berry Head Road right beside the beach. There was actually more food stalls here with Bays, G&T chair, crepe and a small gazebo stage. Again it was cheaper to go into the Breakwater Bistro to buy a drink than at the festival beer tent. We then sat on the beach and watched the sun set before getting closer to the action next to the stage.
Out of the two days I thought the Sunday was the better of the two, in the evenings anyway.
Brixfest is a three-day festival that has been running annually since 2011. It brings in hundreds of artists, charities, chefs and local people together with thousands of visitors. The festival encourage you to keep it local and spend your hard earned money in the local shops and restaurants.
Based by the Quay
- Official Opening at 11am with Brixham Town Band.
- Cooking demos 12pm – 2pm with local chefs.
- Live Music 2pm until 10pm.
- Fireworks – 9:50pm.
Based by the Breakwater
- Dragon Boat Challenge by the Breakwater. Entrants raise money for their charity of choice, and row for victory.
- Live Music until 10pm.
Based by the Breakwater
- BrixFest Children’s Day on Breakwater Beach. There’s a petting zoo, face-painting, drama and theatre workshops and performances, street performers, arts and craft activities, build-a-boat, and so much more. All for Free for both locals and visitors alike!
- Arts and Craft Market.
- Vintage Car Rally.
Free, yes that’s right there is no fee for the festival just turn up and have fun.
Bays usually provide the festival beer tent with all there ales on tap with Bays’ Devon Rock craft lager and Hunts Andsome Bay lightly sparkling cider. By the breakwater there was also G&T from the locally-distilled Deck Chair Gin.
- Tip: Buy your beer in the local pubs as it’s cheaper than the festival tent.
There is street food available usually near the main stage and of coarse many a restaurant to choose from in town.
Town: There are numerous restaurants to choose from
- Curios Kitchen
- iScream (I can recommend, but pricey at £2.50 for one scoop in a tub!)
- Piccolo Pizza (festival street food, I can recommend)
- Say Cheese (festival street food)
- Simply Fish (I can recommend)
- Quay 57 (I wasn’t impressed)
- Breakwater Bistro
- G&T Deck Chair
Highlights over the 3 days include live music, cooking demonstrations, arts and craft, crabbing competitions, heritage craft exhibitions, a children’s day, dragon boat racing and firework display.
There are numerous ways, grab a lift, taxi or catch a bus.
- Car, The Quay Road itself is closed during the event. Brixham central car park (Pay & Display) is the easiest place within easy walking distance. For free parking you could try overgang (2 hour max) or around furzeham. (Most become free after 6pm, always check the sign)
- Bus, No. 12 stops between the Baptist Church and the central car park. (Saturday runs 24 hour.)
- Torbay Taxis: 01803 211611
- Price First Taxis: 01803 322322
- Torbay Cab Company: 01803 292292
- Riviera Taxis: 01803 212600
- Ace Taxis (Brixham): 01803 882121
- South Hams Cabs: 01803 840404
- Walk, on the South West Coastal Path, you can get to it from either direction. Just bear in mind Brixham is surrounded with hills.
- Buy your beer in the local pubs as it’s cheaper than the festival tent.
- If you’d like to find out more about getting involved in the festival either as a sponsor, committee member or to enter a Dragonboat team next year email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Find out more at www.brixfest.com