Must-see events in Devon 2021 – regattas | shows | festivals
Devon has a packed calendar of things to do throughout the year. From regattas to festivals and country shows, you’ll find tough decisions have to be made about which events in Devon you are going to prioritise. Here’s what’s on in Devon in 2021. What takes your fancy?
I’m adding dates for 2021 events in Devon as they are announced. Please get in touch if there’s something I have missed. Please also note that events in 2021 are subject to change. Some events have been cancelled due to the pandemic. Always check the latest information with event organisers.
Looking for Devon family attractions? You’ll find plenty in my huge round up of 101 things to do in Devon with kids.
What’s on in Devon 2021
Things to do in Devon in winter
There’s no denying that events are harder to find in the off season but there’s still plenty of ways to entertaining kids in the colder months.
Here’s my guide to things to do in Devon in winter.
Things to do in Devon in January 2021
Banish you winter blues this January with my list of things to do and what’s on in the New Year.
Here is my guide to the outdoor places in Devon where you can exercise in lockdown.
Events in Devon in February 2021
Events in February have been cancelled due to lockdown. However, I’ve still got some suggestions for you. Read my round up of all the family-friendly things to do in Devon in February half term.
Things to do in Devon in Spring
Planning your visit to Devon as the snowdrops and daffodils are in bloom? Here’s my guide to things to do in Devon in Spring.
Events in Devon in April
Easter is usually the time that Devon wakes up for the season. But with restrictions not easing until 12 April in 2021 things are a bit different. Holidays are not allowed before this date.
Easter falls in April in 2021. Here’s what’s on in Devon to entertain the kids:
Horrible History Live at Exeter Racecourse
Drive-in to Exeter Racecourse for a performance of Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians at 11am on 15 April 2021
Find out more and book tickets through Car Park Party.
Billionaire Boy at Exeter Race Course
A drive-in performance of David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy is planned to take place at Exeter Racecourse on 15 April 2021.
There will be two performances: 2pm and 5pm. Book you tickets, park up and view the show from the comfort of your own car.
Find out more and book tickets through Car Park Party.
Find more ideas for things to do in Devon this Easter.
Events in Devon in May
Moor Otters trail 2021 – 28 May 2021
This fun art trail first took place in 2017 with creatively designed otter statues hidden around Dartmoor National Park – one of this beautiful creature’s natural habitats.
In 2021 there will be a new set of 81 otters and cubs. Find out more about the Moor Otters art trails.
Sadly many events due to take place in Devon this May have been cancelled. However, there are some things to do in Devon this May.
The Brixham Pirate Festival – CANCELLED
UPDATE: sadly, this Devon event has been postponed for a second year due to the uncertainty of planning it during the pandemic.
There be pirates in Brixham! If your way to see one of the largest gatherings of modern day pirates then Brixham is the place to head. Over the May Day bank holiday weekend the town will be brimming with swashbuckling activities. Expect skirmishes, historic reenactments and a visit by mermaids.
Brixham Pirate Festival is free to attend but please give generously to any donation buckets you see around town to help this unique event continue in the future.
Find out more about Brixham Pirate Festival on the website.
Dart Music Festival – 7-9 May 2021 – CANCELLED
This is one of our favourite free events in Devon. Dartmouth has a rhythm of its own for this three day music festival with indoor and outdoor venues across the town. See more than 100 performances across the weekend, ranging from rock to opera and jazz. The festival is free to attend.
Find out more on the festival website.
Brixfest, Brixham – 28 – 31 May, 2021 – CANCELLED
This celebration of sea, food and music takes place over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend. There will be a dragon boat challenge, cooking demonstrations and fireworks. Families will also love the Children’s Day with lots of children’s activities planned.
Find out more about the event programme on the festival website.
Prawle Fair 2019 – 23 May 2021 – CANCELLED
Prawle Fair is a fabulous family event with live music, traditional rides and stalls from swingboats to greasy pole, and lots of refreshments available. There is a fancy dress competition for children plus bouncy castle, face painting and a human fruit machine.
The fair takes place from 2pm on The Green, East Prawle, near Kingsbridge. Entry is free and car parking costs £2 per car.
Full details are available on the Prawle Fair website.
Kingsbridge Food and Music Festival, Kingsbridge – 28-30 May 2021 – CANCELLED
Kingsbridge will come alive with three days of top-notch music, local food and drink, and family fun. The dedicated Kids Zone behind the main stage offers young festival-goers the chance to learn bush craft, as well as take part in a fancy dress disco.
See the full programme of festival activities on the Kingsbridge Food and Music Festival website.
Flavour Fest, Plymouth – May, 2021 – CANCELLED
Plymouth plays host to some to some of the best food and drink events in the country including Flavour Fest. Every year more than 100 regional food and drink producers transform the city centre into a bustling continental-style market, with plenty of tempting treats to try and buy.
Find out more on the Flavour Fest website.
Pirates Weekend, Plymouth – 8-9 May, 2021 – VIRTUAL EVENT
Visit Plymouth’s swashbuckling, award-winning event will be virtual in 2021. Have an adventure-filled day out at home with pirates, shanty bands, and children’s activities brought to you online.
Find out more about what’s planned for Pirates Weekend.
What’s on in Devon in June
English Riviera Airshow, Torbay – POSTPONED UNTIL 2022
UPDATE: sadly, this popular Devon airshow has been postponed for a second year due to the uncertainty of planning it during the pandemic.
This free two-day airshow takes place in the natural amphitheatre provided by Torbay. There will be family favourites including The Red Arrows and The Blades.
As well as plenty of action in the skies there’s stalls, entertainment and children’s activities on Paignton Green.
For the complete air display line up see the English Riviera Airshow website.
Teignmouth Folk Festival, Teignmouth – June, 2021 (TBC)
This lively folk festival takes place across five venues in Teignmouth. Throughout the three-day festival there’s a heady mix of music performances and morris dancing performed by more than 20 clubs from across the country.
Tickets are available for camping and night time concerts.
Check the festival website for announcements about acts, the event programme and to book tickets.
Greenway Literary Festival and Children’s Book Week – 7-13 June, 2021
What better place to celebrate books and a love of ready than at the South Devon holiday home of Agatha Christie?! The Greenway Literary Festival comprises of two parts: Children’s Book Week to coincide with May half term, and Literature week in June.
During Children’s Week there will be storytelling, workshops and games for young bookworms to enjoy, followed by a programme of talks and workshops by award winning authors in Literature Week.
Find out more on the Greenway National Trust website.
Events in Devon in July
Have a read of my guide to things to do in Devon in July.
Devon County Show, West Point, Exeter – 2 – 4 July, 2021
This is Devon’s largest agricultural show with a full programme of activities and entertainment throughout the weekend. Marvel at monster trucks, sample local ales, and cheer on sheep dog displays.
Families with young children will enjoy the petting farm, fairground and countryside activities, like making bees wax candles.
To check out the full weekend programme on the County Show website.
Clovelly Maritime Festival – 10 July 2021
Visit Clovelly for its Maritime Festival in aid of Bideford & District Sea Cadets. There will be live music, family-friendly entertainment and children’s activities. The Clovelly Cup yacht rally will also take place during the day.
Entry is free for under 16’s who come in maritime-themed fancy dress costumes! Standard admission charges include all entertainment.
Find out more on the Clovelly website.
Glas-Denbury Festival, Denbury – July, 2021 – CANCELLED
Glas-Denbury 2021 has been cancelled but it will return next year! Put 15 to 17 July 2022 in your diary now!
We experienced the Glas-Denbury Festival in 2018 and had a brilliant weekend. It brings together a family-friendly atmosphere with lots of kids activities and some great music from the South West. Throughout the days there’s storytelling, crafts, street performers and music by top regional acts who continue into the evening.
Glas-Denbury is a friendly music and arts festival for all ages. You can get day or weekend camping tickets to this great family-friendly festival in rural Denbury.
For more information about weekend, day and camping tickets see the Glas-Denbury festival website.
Read my round up of all the family-friendly festivals in Devon in 2021.
SailGP in Plymouth, 17-18 July 2021
One of the world’s most impressive sailing events, SailGP will stop in Plymouth in 2021, following events in San Francisco and New York.
Plymouth has been selected to host SailGP’s Season 2 European debut when the global league’s events restart in 2021.
SailGP is an annual, global sports championship featuring bold, cutting-edge technology and awe-inspiring athleticism. It attracts some of the best sailors in the world, including Sir Ben Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, who will lead the British team.
All of this will be available for spectators to watch live from Plymouth Hoe and the waterfront. You can expect to see capsizes, extreme sail racing speeds and high adrenaline competition between each nation as they race close to the shore in Plymouth Sound.
For more information about SailGP coming to Plymouth check the Visit Plymouth website.
Mid-Devon Show, Knightshayes, Tiverton – 24 July 2021
In 2021 the show will be in its 26th year and offers an award-winning combination of ringside entertainment, countryside history and livestock competitions. There’s also plenty of local traders selling Devon delicacies, crafts and gifts in the grounds of this beautiful National Trust estate.
Parking is free and dogs are welcome on a lead.
All the latest event information is available on the show website.
Yealmpton Agricultural Show, Yealmpton – 28 July 2021 – CANCELLED
The 2021 has been cancelled but it will return next year! 27 July 2022 in your diary now!
See vintage tractors, a motorcycle display team and the live stock parade. There’s also a countryside marquee where you can get up close with farm animals. Don’t miss the parade of hounds!
For more information about the show, tickets and parking see the Show website.
Totnes & District Show, Totnes – 25 July 2021 – CANCELLED
The 2021 has been cancelled but it will return next year! Put 31 July 2022 in your diary now!
The Totnes & District Show is over 100-years-old. Popular features of the event are seeing the livestock in the main ring, the lamb sheering competition, horse events and live music.
For all the latest show information see the Totnes Show website.
Clovelly Maritime & Lifeboat Weekend, Clovelly – 31 July to 1 August, 2021
See the village’s Clovelly Cup Race as well as other waterborne competitions. Back on land there will be lots of family entertainment including building your own model boat, arts and crafts, story-telling, and Punch & Judy.
See what else is happening during the maritime festival on the the Clovelly website.
What’s on in Devon in August
For the most up-to-date event listing read of my things to do in Devon in August.
Sidmouth Folk Festival, Sidmouth – 30 July to 6 August, 2021
Sidmouth will be wash with music, dance and workshops for all ages during this four-day event. The dedicated children’s folk festival is staged across three workshop venues with crafts, family-friendly shows and story times.
Find out more about the festival programme and children’s festival activities on the website.
Sidmouth Regatta, Sidmouth – TBC August, 2021
Details for Sidmouth’s Regatta in 2021 are still being worked on.
For more information about the regatta at Sidmouth see the Sidmouth Regatta website.
North Devon Show, Umberleigh – 4 August, 2021
This celebration of North Devon’s agricultural roots will be in its 130th year in 2020. It offers plenty of opportunity to see the region’s finest livestock in the arena. There’s also arena shows, vintage vehicles, family activities and trade stalls.
For full details about what will be happening at the show see the website.
Honiton Show, Honiton – 5 August, 2021
Head to this traditional farming show to see one of the county’s largest one-day celebrations of agriculture. Honiton offers a fantastic showcase of local farming, produce and rural skills that will entertain the whole family.
For the latest updates and event programme see the Honiton Show website.
Salcombe Town Regatta, Salcombe – 7 – 14 August, 2021
Dozens of craft will take take part in sailing competitions during this week long event. Alongside the regatta locals and visitors will be able to try their hands at sandcastle building, crab catching and climbing the greasy pole (!).
For updates about this year’s event as they become available see the Salcombe Information website.
The Hatchling, outdoor theatre, Plymouth – 14 – 15 August, 2021
Over two days in August a dragon taller than a double-decker bus will hatch and roam through the city of Plymouth.
‘The Hatchling’ will transform into the world’s first flying puppet, with a finale that will see her soar over the coast.
Find out more about this free outdoor performance.
Gone Wild Festival – 26 – 29 August 2021
TV adventurer Bear Grylls is holding his new Gone Wild Festival at Powderham Castle over the Bank Holiday weekend. There will be a program of exciting outdoor activities for families as well as some top headline music acts. Find out more about Gone Wild Festival 2021.
Find all ticket and camping pass prices on the Gone Wild Festival website.
Ocean City Blues ‘n Jazz Festival, Plymouth – TBC August, 2021
More details will be available on the Visit Plymouth website as the event approaches.
The free Britain’s Ocean City Blues n Jazz Festival takes place in Plymouth in August. The event will take place in the Barbican area.
Plymouth Firework Championships, Plymouth – 18-19 August 2021
The Championships are a spectacle not to be missed and take place overlooking Plymouth Harbour and Sound for extra sea view drama. This is the premier firework display in the country, attracting tens of thousands of people each year.
The 2021 competition will see six firework companies battle it out over two nights, all competing to be crowned the nation’s best.
The fireworks will start from around 9.30pm, with three ten-minute displays each evening. There’s entertainment, including a funfair, and food and drink stalls to enjoy on Plymouth Hoe before the spectacle begins.
For the latest event news and information see the Plymouth Firework Championships.
Torbay Royal Regatta, Torquay – 20 – 22 August, 2021
This sailing event takes place between Torquay and Paignton on the English Riviera in South Devon.
For more information see the Regatta website.
Alice in Wonderland Pantomime, Paignton – 21 – 22 August, 2021
A pantomime in summer? It’s a very Devon tradition! Join the Hot Rock Productions team for this fun-filled family pantomime Alice in Wonderland, featuring stunning scenery, colourful costumes, toe-tapping songs and bucket loads of laughter.
Find out more on the Palace Theatre website.
Dartmouth Royal Regatta, Dartmouth – 26 – 28 August, 2021
Devon’s royal regatta hosts sports, sailing and family events throughout the three days, plus a ball and live music festival.
You can also see impressive visiting ships moored on the River Dart throughout the festivities. Families will love the children’s fancy dress competition, scavenger hunt and a shopping village showcasing local companies.
To see the full regatta programme visit the Dartmouth Royal Regatta website.
The Great British Sausage and Cider Festival, Plymouth – 29 August, 2021
The Great British Sausage and Cider Festival will take place in Hoe Park, Plymouth, on the Sunday of the Bank Holiday weekend as a finale to a three day music festival.
Sunday is billed to be the family-friendly day with entertainment, live music and competitions throughout the day as well as an array of craft cider, sausage flavours and street food.
Find out more about the Great British Sausage and Cider Festival and 1 Big Summer event.
Events in Devon in September
Kingsbridge Agricultural Show, Kingsbridge – 4 September 2021
2021 marks the show’s 140th anniversary. Each year it offers a great family day out with livestock and countryside competitions, donkey rides, vintage vehicles and live music. There’s also a packed programme of arena entertainment.
See all the show details, ticket prices and what’s on by visiting the website.
Seafood Festival Plymouth – September 2021 (TBC)
Details of Plymouth’s Seafood Festival in 2021 are still to be announced.
Find out more about the Seafood Festival.
Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon, Plymouth – 5 September, 2021
Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon offers a challenging and scenic 13.1 mile course taking in Plymouth’s famous landmarks.
For full details and to book your spot visit the Run Plymouth website.
Abbfest, Newton Abbot – 17-19 September, 2021
The best of Newton Abbot’s food, drink and craft traders will showcase their wares alongside a weekend of music and cookery demonstrations.
Families will get the most out of the Saturday when there is a day of children’s activities.
For the full festival line-up and ticket information visit the Abbfest website.
Read my round up of all the family-friendly festivals in Devon in 2021.
What’s on in Devon in October
Looking for fun things to do in Devon this autumn? October is a fun month in Devon with half term and Halloween on the event calendar.
Here’s some ideas for things to do in Devon in October. Read on for more events in Devon this month:
Dartmouth Food Festival – 22-24 October, 2021
This delicious event in Devon is packed with food and drink to suit all taste buds is the on the menu during Dartmouth Food Festival. There’s three days packed with cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, talks with food writers, and cookery workshops for adults and children.
A whole day of the festival is dedicated to children, with events and activities to get kids excited about cooking. Don’t miss the free story telling sessions with tales of funny food and even ginger bread man making.
Dartmouth harbour and town, South Devon. Some activities must be booked and paid for in advance. Take a look at the Food Festival website for more information.
Clovelly Apple Day, 27 October, 2021
This traditional autumn event adds apple themed events to the usual activities on offer at this beautiful fishing village. Children can see apples being pressed to make fresh juice, try bobbing for apples and take part in arts and crafts.
There’s a competition for the best carved, sculpted or decorated apples. Later in the day there’s a harvest hunt and a special tour with a spooky theme.
Clovelly Village, Nr Bideford, North Devon. Normal admission prices apply. Find out more on the Clovelly website.
Halloween in Devon
Get your spook on during October half term and Halloween events in Devon. Check out my full round up of tricks and plenty of treats in Devon during the autumn.
Events in Devon in November
For the most up-to-date 2021 event listing read of my post about things to do in Devon in November.
Illuminate Festival at Royal William Yard – 25 – 28 November, 2021
Illuminate Festival lights up Plymouth’s Royal William Yard with projection mapping, playful light art installations, joyous performances and a myriad of opportunities to engage, participate and make.
This event is part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations and has been rescheduled from November 2020.
It’s a free event and that we also visited a few years ago. Check out our favourite bits in the video below:
Find out more about our visit to Illuminate Plymouth 2018.
Illuminate Festival, Royal William Yard.
Clovelly Herring Festival – November, 2021 (TBC)
2020 marks the 14th anniversary of Clovelly’s Herring Festival. The village once relied on its huge catches of herring and today celebrates that heritage.
During the event there will be cooking demonstrations, food and craft stalls, shanty singers and street entertainers. For families there will be free arts and crafts, face painting and a treasure hunt.
Crealy’s Firework Spectacular – November 2021 (TBC)
Crealy always hosts a firework extravaganza over half term, usually in the last weekend of its Halloween Spook-fest, with rides staying open until late.
Exeter, East Devon. Normal admission prices apply. Find out more on the Crealy website.
Bonfire Fire Works Party at The Big Sheep – November 2021 (TBC)
The Big Sheep holds its annual firework party on 5 November each year. For more details and tickets keep an eye on the website.
Bideford, North Devon. Find out more on The Big Sheep website.
What’s on in Devon in December
Ho ho ho how about festive events? Christmas in Devon is a real treat. Check out my Devon Christmas round up of the top places to meet Santa, see Devon Christmas lights and illuminations, and soak up some Xmas cheer!
The most up-to-date dates will be added to this guide of events in Devon as they are announced.
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