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. With restrictions easing from June, the summer is looking very exciting! What takes your fancy?

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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.

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What’s on in Devon 2021

Below are our top picks for fantastic family-friendly events in Devon in 2021. Also check out what’s on in Devon this weekend and my guide to festivals in Devon in 2021.

Got a while to stay? Here’s our BIG guide to family holidays in Devon.

Things to do in Devon in winter

Children walking with blocks of snow on Dartmoor, 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

Boy catching snow on tongue

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.

To find out more about things to do and what’s on in Devon in April after restrictions ease please take a look at my Easter holiday round up and where to find Easter trails in Devon.

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

Golden Hind museum ship in Brixham, Devon
The Golden Hind in Brixham

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.

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.

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. This post takes you through what’s on in Devon in 2021. What takes your fancy? #events #Devon #SouthWest #travel #vacation #holiday #regatta #show #festivals #family #Devonwithkids

The Brixham Pirate Festival – CANCELLED

2022 dates TBC.

There be pirates in Brixham! If you want 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

Dart Music Festival will be back from 6 to 8 May 2022.

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.

Pigstock, Bideford – 14 May 2022

Please note this event has been cancelled in 2021 due to the pandemic.

Billed as Devon’s most family-friendly festival Pigstock takes place in and around at The Big Sheep theme park in North Devon.

Find out more and buy tickets on the Pigstock website.

Brixfest, Brixham – 28 – 31 May, 2021 – CANCELLED

2022 dates TBC.

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

2022 dates TBC.

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

2022 dates TBC.

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.

What’s on in Devon in June

Read my full guide to things to do and what’s on in Devon this June.

Red Arrows flying over Paignton Pier and beach in Devon
The Red Arrows performing over Paignton Pier

Circus of Horrors – Addams Family Friendly Matinee at Palace Theatre Paignton – 4 June 2021

Whether a Rock fan or theatre goer The Circus of Horrors has something for everyone and now you can enjoy it with the whole family at the Palace Theatre in Paignton, South Devon.

The show includes an amazing amalgamation of acts, driven by a rock n roll sound scape, that will have you sat on the edge of your seat when not falling off it with laughter. Perfect for your little Monsters.

Find out more and book tickets through Palace Theatre.

The Further Adventures of Dr Dolittle at The Big Sheep – 11 June, 2021

Head to The Big Sheep for this really wild outdoor performance.

Following the phenomenal success of 2018’s tour of The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle, Illyria is delving back into Hugh Lofting’s amazing stories to bring you a brand-new musical adaptation of the Doctor’s FURTHER adventures with Jip the Dog, Dab Dab the Duck, Gub Gub the Pig and Polynesia the Parrot.

Find out more and book tickets through The Big Sheep.

Greenway Literary Festival and Children’s Book Week – CANCELLED in 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.

English Riviera Airshow, Torbay – POSTPONED UNTIL 2022

This popular Devon airshow has been postponed until 4 to 5 June 2022.

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 – CANCELLED

2022 dates 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.

Events in Devon in July

Butterfly Bazaar entrance at Glas-Denbury festival in Devon in July
Glas-Denbury Festival

Have a read of my guide to things to do in Devon in July.

Rose Festival, RHS Garden Rosemoor 25 June – 18 July 2021

Celebrate England’s iconic flower in the largest rose gardens in the Southwest.

Follow the rose trail through the garden to discover over 200 varieties.

Find out more and book tickets.

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.

Day out with Thomas at South Devon Railway – 2 – 4 July 2021

Join Thomas & Friends for a day of family fun at the South Devon Railway. Take a train ride with Thomas, meet The Fat Controller and join Sodor Station Sweepers Rusty & Dusty for a trainload of excitement.

If you can’t make it to South Devon this weekend, Thomas returns from 24 to 26 September 2021.

Find out more and book a Day out with Thomas.

Falconry Weekend at Buckland Abbey – 3 – 4 July 2021

Step back in time with the Tudors at the National Trust’s Buckland Abbey in Dartmoor this weekend.  

The Tudors were passionate about the sport of English Falconry, but none more so than King Henry VIII who was often absent from Court because he had gone hawking. 

Throughout the weekend, Raphael Historic Falconry will delight audiences with period falconry displays on the Abbey lawn. There are three displays on both days of this socially-distanced outdoor event.

Learn about the sport and passion of Henry VIII and Renaissance Kings and Queens who used the power of falconry for personal gain.

Booking is essential to attend this event. Usual admission applies and National Trust members get free entry.

Find out more and book your visit.

Music in the Meadows – 3 July 2021

There’s going to be a bumper weekend of music fun and footy at Goren Farm in Stockland, Honiton.

Expect delicious local food, guided farm walks, nature trails and plenty of chilling out in the meadows. The music will start at 12pm and finish at 8pm.

Camping pitches are available with hot showers and compost loos in the meadows.

Find out more and buy tickets for Music in the Meadows at Goren Farm.

Outdoor cabaret at Goren Farm – 4 July 2021

The Bluebird Theatre Company will be staging a family-friendly music and cabaret show at Goren Farm in Stockland, Honiton.

Come and experience the magic of The Popera House with a unique and crazy mix of music in a beautiful setting. Music starts at 2pm and the performance gets underway at 5pm.

Find out more and buy tickets.

Robin Hood at Stone Lane Gardens – 8 July 2021

Visit Stone Lane Gardens in Chagford, Dartmoor, for an outdoor performance by travelling theatre company The Three Inch Fools.

This family-friendly show on Thursday 8n July will be a light-hearted and fun-packed production, ideal for children and adults of all ages. 

Doors open at 6pm. Bring a picnic, chair, rug and suitable clothing for the day’s weather conditions. 

Find out more and book tickets.

Paulos Circus at Darts Farm 8 – 25 July

The circus is coming to Darts Farm at Topsham this summer. The Paulos team promise acrobatics, stunts and comedy under the big top.

Find out more about the show and how to get tickets.

Robin Hood at RHS Garden Rosemoor – 10 July 2021

The Three Inch Fools are bring a calamitous new production of Robin Hood into RHS Rosemoor with the garden’s very own woodland as the backdrop.

Find out more and get tickets.

Colourscape at Budleigh Music Festival – 10 – 11 July 2021

Colourscape is a unique, walk through experience of colour, light and music perfect for all ages (and especially popular with little ones) that will be popping up on Budleigh Green this weekend

There is limited availability, so book your tickets in advance.

Mayflower 400 commemoration event – 11 July 2021 – CANCELLED

Due to the extension of COVID-19 restrictions beyond 21 June this even has had to be cancelled.

The grand finale to the international Mayflower 400 commemorative events will take place on the afternoon of 11 July.

A 70 metre stage on Plymouth Hoe will host an epic production telling the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims’ journey in search of religious freedom and explores the impact of this on the world. The event will bring together theatre, music and film to tell this important story for both the people of Europe and North America.

Find out more and book free tickets to this event.

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.

Horrible Histories: Gorgeous Georgians & Vile Victorians at The Big Sheep – 18 July 2021

Are you ready to swing with a Georgian king? Can you see eye to eye with Admiral Nelson? Does the Duke the Wellington get the boot? Dare you dance the Tyburn gig? Head to see Horrible Histories at The Big Sheep!

This family-favourite TV show is brought to life on stage with actors and amazing 3D special effects.

Find out more and book tickets on The Big Sheep website.

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.

Wonderland event at RHS Rosemoor – 24 July – 5 September, 2021

RHS Macmillan Wonderland summer holidays Illustration (c) Chris Riddell, 2020, 2021
(c) Chris Riddell, 2020, 2021

This summer, families will be transported to Alice’s Wonderland at RHS Rosemoor Gardens in Torrington this summer.

The RHS has partnered with Macmillan Publishers to celebrate 150 years of the iconic and classic stories Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There.

Wonderland will be brought to life throughout the summer holidays. Visitors will be able to view the gardens through the eyes of Alice, encountering topsy-turvy installations along the way. Sneak through the rabbit hole, peek through the door in the tree and transform into a Queen (or King) of Hearts. 

On 24 July itself there will be a fantastical, family musical retelling of the classic tale by Boxtree Productions, featuring original songs, puppets and innovative story-telling.

Find out more about the Wonderland Trail at RHS Rosemoor.

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.

Chagstock, Dartmoor – 24-25 July, 2021

Chagstock is a family-friendly festival in one of Devon’s most stunning locations – Dartmoor. It also attracts top acts like Seasick Steve and Scouting for Girls who are headlining in 2021.

For more information and tickets visit the festival website.

Dartington Music Summer School and Festival – 24 July to 20 August 2021

Young child playing at Dartington Music Summer School

There’s is a full programme of concerts, free events, family workshops and performances at Dartington this summer.

New for this year is a programme of family friendly and free events which will open up the world famous Summer School to an even wider audience. A series of special relaxed concerts will run, allowing for noise and movement.

Included in these is ‘Revolting Rhymes & Marvellous Music’ – a musical exploration of Roald Dahl’s darkly clever tales and pianist Florian Mitrea playing music by Mozart, including his charming variation on ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star’.

Family workshops are also running throughout the four week period, aimed at a variety of ages from babies to teenagers, including Soundscreative Lab with Tara Franks and a children’s choir, which will culminate in a performance of brand new commission, JOY!

Part of this is Free Festival Fridays – every Friday while the Summer School is on, a full day of live music will take place where the whole family is welcome.

Expect a variety of musical happenings including processions, singing under trees, brass fanfares, folk sessions and much more. The full Festival Friday programme will be posted on our website the day before – or people can just turn up and be surprised – and it’s completely free.

Find out more on the Dartington 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.

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.

Altitude Night Festival, Blackborough – 30-31 July, 2021 – SOLD OUT!

Altitude Nights follows in the footsteps of Altitude but will be on a slightly smaller and more intimate scale in 2021. Music will dominate the nighttime schedule with food, family activities and entertainment in the afternoons.

Find out more and buy tickets on the festival website.

Find out more about family-friendly festivals happening in Devon in 2021.

Vintage Weekend at RHS Rosemoor – 30 July to 1 August, 2021

Rosemoor are welcoming visitors back to one of their most popular events: Vintage Weekend.

This year, more than 150 vintage and classic cars, motorbikes, tractors and other agricultural machinery will be there, making it Rosemoor’s largest ever display, elegantly presented on the gently sloping lawn in the Arboretum.

It’s not just about vehicles, there is fun for all the family including a 1940’s re-enactment with Second World War living history re-enactors, displays of machinery, artillery and field hospital tents. 1940s dress code is encouraged too as you enjoy the music and Lindy Hop dancing of a bygone era.

There will also be a classic Punch and Judy show and cream teas.

Entry to Vintage Weekend in included with tickets for RHS Rosemoor.

Clovelly Maritime & Lifeboat Weekend, Clovelly – 31 July to 1 August, 2021 – CANCELLED

The 2021 has been cancelled but it will return next year!

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

Audience at Sidmouth Folk Festival - an event in Devon
Sidmouth Folk Festival

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 – CANCELLED

The 2021 has been cancelled but it will return next year!

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.

The Last Baguette: Arthur – The Story of a King at The Big Sheep – Thursday 5 August 2021

Head to The Big Sheep for an outdoor theatre experience that will whisk you back to the times of King Arthur.

This fun and farcical story of the old world, uses live music, physical comedy and lo-fi acrobatics to transport you into the legend of King Arthur, or at least what might have happened.

Find out more and book tickets on The Big Sheep 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.

Woofstock, Dartmouth – 6 – 8 August 2021

Kids and dog at Woofstock dog-friendly festival in Devon

Devon’s dog and family-friendly festival brings together plenty of fun for pets and their owners including competitions, shopping and live music over the weekend.

Find out more about tickets and camping on the Woofstock UK website.

Find out more about family-friendly festivals happening in Devon in 2021.

The Little Big Festival – 7 August 2021

The Little Big Festival in Ashburton, South Devon, is a one day, family-friendly festival packed full of music, arts and workshops.

The line-up for this festival is bursting with comedy, art, literature, circus and trapeze acts, as well as horticulture, film, talks, workshops and children’s entertainment. The event is run by the people behind Ashburton Food Festival so you can expect lots of scrummy Devon delicacies too.

Find out more and book tickets on The Little Big Festival website.

Newton Abbot Country Show, Newton Abbot – 7 August 2021

This fun-filled family event promises to have plenty for the whole family to enjoy including farm animals, pony rides and a children’s play area, as well as more than 80 stalls. There’ll be food for all tastes and a beer garden to enjoy a cool drink before continuing your visit.

Find out more about Newton Abbot Country Show.

Guildfest, Exeter – 7 – 8 August, 2021

Family at Guildfest in Exeter

This rooftop market festival is the first of its kind to be held in Exeter and it’s free!

Guildfest will take over the top two floors of the Guildhall Shopping Centre car park with live music, food stalls and family entertainment. Dogs are welcome to come too.

Sharpham Cheese, Good Game, Devon Cove Vodka, Meraki Art School and Exeter Science Fun
are on the long list of local food and drink producers attending.

And they’re staging workshops and activities for families, from football shootouts to macrame workshops.

Find out more and get tickets for Guildfest at Guildhall Shopping Centre.

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.

Clovelly Maritime Festival – 8 August 2021

NB: This event has moved from 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.

Southleigh Country Fayre – 11 August, 2021

Head to Lee Fram in Southleigh, East Devon, for the return of the country fair.

There will be duck herding, a tractor show, welly wanging, farm animals and other country entertainment, and as well as stalls selling crafts, local produce and bric a brac.

Please note that the fayre will be operating cash only.

Find out more on Facebook.

Wonder with Grimm at RHS Garden Rosemoor – 11 August 2021

Visit RHS Rosemoor in Torrington, North Devon, for a family-friendly drama based on the Grimm fairy tales and brought up to date for a contemporary audience.

Find out more and book tickets.

RHS Garden Rosemoor Flower Show – 13 – 15 August 2021

The only RHS Garden Flower Show in the South West returns with floral displays, plants and sundries to buy, delicious food and drink, flower-arranging demonstrations, specialist talks and live music.

Find out more and book tickets.

The Hatchling, outdoor theatre, Plymouth – 14 – 15 August, 2021

Artist's impression of The Hatchling, produced by Trigger, preparing for flight. Credit - Carl Robertshaw
The Hatchling. Credit – Carl Robertshaw

Over two days in August a dragon taller than a double-decker bus will hatch and roam through the city of Plymouth.

Created in collaboration with a world class team of immersive theatre makers, puppetry specialists and champion kite flyers, The Hatchling aims to bring people together to celebrate freedom following a year of isolation.

The world premiere of largest ever puppet to be solely human operated, will invite the public to take to the streets and accompany the dragon on her epic two-day journey.

At sunset on Sunday 15 August, she will undertake a miraculous metamorphosis into a kite, unfolding her wings spanning over 20m. Flying from a cliff top, she will soar into the sky and across the sea in a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle featuring lighting design by Mat Daw and a choral score by Ruth Chan.

Find out more about this free outdoor performance.

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

Beautiful Days, Escot Park – 20-22 August, 2021

Beautiful Days is an family music festival organised by The Levellers. There are several stages, art installations, a wild spa, walkabout theatre and folk sessions as well as food and craft stalls.

Find out more and how to get tickets on the festival website.

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.

Gone Wild Festival – 26 – 29 August 2021

Bear Grylls crouch by tree

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.

Read my round up of all the family-friendly festivals in Devon in 2021.

Sidmouth Airshow – 27 August 2021

The Red Arrows will be along the aircraft taking part in this year’s Sidmouth Airshow on the seafront. They will be joined by an RAF Dakota of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Find out more about Sidmouth Airshow.

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.

The Three Musketeers at RHS Garden Rosemoor  – 31 August 2021

Immersion Theatre invite you on a swashbuckling adventure of epic proportions as they proudly present an action-packed adaptation of The Three Musketeers!

This outdoor performance takes place at RHS Rosemoor in Torrington.

Find out more and book tickets.

Events in Devon in September

Seafood

For the most up-to-date 2020 event listing read of my posts about things to do in Devon in September and what’s on in Devon this Autumn.

The Jungle Book at The Big Sheep – 1 September, 2021

Immersion Theatre are roaring to bring their trademark energy to their wildest show yet; a brand-new swingin’ musical adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling family favourite, The Jungle Book!

Filled with original music, audience interaction, and the chance to meet the characters after the show, you are invited to join Mowgli and his friends, Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther, on a madcap jungle adventure as they meet and attempt to outwit a slithering snake, some cheeky monkeys, and the fierce tiger, Shere Khan!

Find out more and book tickets on The Big Sheep website.

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

Circus Extreme in Plymouth – 10 to 26 September, 2021

Circus Extreme

This September Circus Extreme returns to Plymouth with brand new death-defying show! It’s a one-of-a-kind performance, featuring some of the most talented performers in the world all housed in a climate controlled, socially distanced Covid Secure Theatre Style Big Top.

Merging modern and contemporary styles with extreme stunts and classic clown escapades, audiences will be amazed by the jam-packed Circus Extreme with show-stopping performances that will have you on the edge of your seat, when not falling off it with laughter.

Circus Extreme will be at Central Park, Outlands Road, PL2 3DG.

For a discount call the box office on 0203 375 3970 or online with Ticketmaster and quote ‘BIKES’. T&Cs: must be booked at least 24 hours before show time.

Find out more and book tickets on the Circus Extreme website.

Taste East Devon, various locations – 11-19 September, 2021

Chefs and businesses supporting the Taste East Devon festival

Taste East Devon is a nine day food and drink festival taking place across the whole of East Devon.

Award-winning venues, producers, chefs and restaurants throughout the area have joined forces to celebrate the incredible local food and drink. From farm feasts to brewery open days, seafood tasting experiences to BBQs and parties: some events will be ticketed, some will be open freely for all.

Venues include: THE PIG-at Combe, Darts Farm, Otter Brewery, Deer Park Country House, River Cottage, East Devon AONB, Donkey Sanctuary, Mazzard Farm, Jack in the Green and Lympstone Manor.

Find out ore about what’s on and where on the Taste East Devon website.

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival – 15 to 19 September 2021

Jacqueline Wilson
Jacqueline Wilson ©James Jordan

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival is returning this September with a full, live programme of events including huge names in both fiction and non-fiction, and a wide and varied range of events and topics for all ages.

Headlining the programme with be former principal ballerina and Strictly judge Dame Darcey Bussell talking about her life of dance, comedy actress and best-selling novelist Celia Imrie on her latest novel, and leading scientist Richard Dawkins on the best of science writing.

The programme is also packed with events for families lead by the multi-bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson who presents her latest book The Primrose Railway Children.

Horrible Histories illustrator Martin Brown will be getting everyone drawing, and Katz Cowley shares her brilliantly successful The Wonky Donkey. All ages can get stuck into modelling characters including Shaun the Sheep from Nick Park’s hilarious Aardman Films under the careful guidance of one of the company’s leading model makers.

Find out more about what’s on and buy tickets for Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival.

Abbfest, Newton Abbot – 16-19 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.

Day out with Thomas at South Devon Railway – 24 – 26 September 2021

Join Thomas & Friends for a day of family fun at the South Devon Railway. Take a train ride with Thomas, meet The Fat Controller and join Sodor Station Sweepers Rusty & Dusty for a trainload of excitement.

Find out more and book a Day out with Thomas.

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:

Child in witches outfit with spiders made of hay bales
Halloween at Woodlands

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.

Fireworks against night sky

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.

Clovelly Village, Nr Bideford, North Devon. Normal admission prices apply. Find out more on the Clovelly website.

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

Ice skaters dancing with presents at Crealy Christmas Spectacular
Crealy Christmas Spectacular Show

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.

What family-friendly events in Devon have I missed? Share your recommendations in the comments below. You might also like to check out my top tips for Devon family attractions.

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