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Must-see events in Devon 2022 – regattas | shows | festivals

Must-see events in Devon 2022 – 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 2022. What takes your fancy?

This guide is arranged by months of the year, January to December. Use the drop down menu below to navigate to the month or event you’re interested in.

Please note that events in 2022 are subject to change. Always check the latest information with event organisers.

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What’s on in Devon 2022

Below are our top picks for fantastic family-friendly events in Devon in 2022. Also check out what’s on in Devon this weekend and my guide to festivals in Devon in 2022.

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

Things to do in Devon in winter 2022

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 2022

Boy catching snow on tongue

There’s more happening than you might think including the last few days of Devon’s festive events and plenty of attractions open if you know where to look.

There’s events on at The Box in Plymouth, at Haldon Forest Park near Exeter and a special dino day out at Seaton Tramway.

Find out more and banish you winter blues this January with my list of things to do and what’s on in the New Year.

Events in Devon in February 2022

Half term in Devon is from 21 to 25 February 2022, so expect lots more events and activities to happen in that week.

Here’s some of what’s on in Devon to entertain the kids:

Museum of the Moon at Exeter Cathedral – 3 – 27 February 2022

Museum of the Moon at Bath Abbey
Photo credit: Globalmouse Travels – Bath Abbey

Take your kids on a trip to the moon this February! Artist Luke Jerram’s touring artwork, ‘Museum of the Moon’ is landing at Exeter Cathedral this month after visiting cathedrals and abbeys across the country.

Measuring seven metres in diameter, the replica of the moon features high resolution NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.

The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.

Tickets cost £5 for adults and children can visit for free. Book in advance.

Find out more about Museum of the Moon at Exeter Cathedral.

Superstars of Wrestling Show at Crealy Adventure Park – 19 -27 February 2022

The Crealy Arena will host a team of professional wrestlers direct from the USA this half term. Entrance to this family-friendly entertainment show is included in the price of your ticket for the theme park during the school holiday.

Find out more about visiting Crealy. Please note some rides like the water coasters will not be running.

Find out more about half term at Crealy Adventure Park near Exeter.

African drumming workshops at RAMM in Exeter 22 -23 February 2022

As part of a series of events celebrating African culture drumming workshops are being held at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter.

There will be six workshops across two days costing £5 per person. Book in advance.

Find out more about events at RAMM, Exeter.

The Story Tram at Seaton Tramway in East Devon – 25 February 2022

This magical tram ride complete with tall tales returns to Seaton Tramway this half term. This month, take ride from Seaton to Colyton and hear about all your children’s favourite characters.

The Story Tram s designed to inspire big imaginations with themed stories and action songs along the way. Stories are brought to life by puppets and props, and through fun games and activities on arrival at Colyton.

Book early as places are limited.

Find out more about events at Seaton Tramway, East Devon.

For even more Devon events read my full round up of all the family-friendly things to do in Devon in February half term.

Things to do in Devon in Spring

Daffodils by Beer Beach in Devon

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.

What’s on in March 2022

Top Secret: The Magic of Science – 5 March 2022

The Magic of Science poster

The Palace Theatre in Paignton presents a fusion of magic with wondrous and miraculous feats of science in this family-friendly show coming in March.

Hang on to your seats as they transform the venue into a real life science laboratory. Expect mystery, suspense, and lots and lots of mess!

Find out more and book tickets for The Magic of Science.

Events in Devon in April 2022

Easter is when Devon wakes up for the season.

The long Easter bank holiday weekend starts on Friday 15 April in 2022. Schools here are closed between 11 and 22 April 2022, so expect lots of extra activities to happen in those two weeks.

Here’s what’s on in Devon to entertain the kids:

Brixham Pirate Festival – 30 April to 2 May 2022

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

There be pirates in Brixham! And on this particular weekend of the year the eye patched population swells.

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.

I’ll be adding more events here as they are announced.

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

Events in Devon in May 2022

Half term in Devon takes place from 30 May until 3 June 2022. There will be lots happening while the schools here are closed.

Here’s what’s on in Devon to entertain the kids:

I’ll be adding events here as they are announced.

Here are some more things to do in Devon this May.

Dart Music Festival – 6 – 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.

Exeter’s Balloons and Tunes at Powderham Castle – 7 – 8 May 2022

A new festival is coming to Powderham Castle this May. Balloons and Tunes will feature two days of music from more than 20 acts, family fun, hot air balloons and a night glow show.

Find out more and book tickets on the Powderham Castle website.

Pirates Weekend in Plymouth – 7 – 8 May 2022

A swashbuckling weekend of family fun returns to Plymouth in 2022.

Find out more about what’s planned and where to find all the action on the Visit Plymouth website.

Lord Mayor’s Day in Plymouth – 21 May 2022

The new Lord Mayor of Plymouth will be throwing a celebration as they take office for the year. There’s going to be a whole load of family fun and activities happening in the city centre.

Keep an eye on the Visit Plymouth website for full details.

Flavour Fest – 27 – 29 May 2022

Delicious fresh burger on food market, ready to eat.

Calling all foodies! The South West’s largest free food and drink festival is returning to Plymouth city centre in 2022.

There’s going to be hundreds of local producers selling tasty treats and a chef stage with regional cookery stars showcasing their skills. And the best bit? It’s free to attend.

More details will be announced on the Visit Plymouth website.

Pigstock, Bideford – TBC May 2022

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 on the Pigstock website.

Brixfest, Brixham – TBC May, 2022

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 – TBC May 2022

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 on The Green, East Prawle, near Kingsbridge. Entry on foot is free. There’s a small charge for car parking.

The most up to date details are available on the Prawle Fair website.

Kingsbridge Food and Music Festival, Kingsbridge – TBC May 2022

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.

Find out more about 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

English Riviera Airshow, Torbay – 4 – 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.

Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon, Plymouth – 19 June, 2022

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

Devon County Show, West Point, Exeter – 30 June – 2 July, 2022

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.

Greenway Literary Festival and Children’s Book Week – TBC 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.

Teignmouth Folk Festival, Teignmouth – 17 -19 June, 2022

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 2022

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

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

Clovelly Maritime Weekend, Clovelly – 10 July 2022

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.

Glas-Denbury Festival, Denbury – 15 – 17 July, 2022

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.

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.

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 2022.

Mid-Devon Show, Knightshayes, Tiverton – 23 July 2022

In 2022 the show will be in its 27th 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 – 22-23 July, 2022

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 headlined in 2021.

For more information and tickets visit the festival website.

The Great Cullompton Festival – 23 – 24 July, 2022

Come on down to Cullompton for a free family-friendly festival with food, drinks and entertainment.

As well foodie stalls there will be a craft zone where you can buy gifts, treats and unique products from artisan producers.

The children’s zone will have entertainment laid on Princesses and Super Hero’s as well as a funfair. Throughout the day there will be local bands and music continuing into the evening. 

The event is free and onsite parking available for £4 per car.

Find out more about the Great Cullompton Festival.

Yealmpton Agricultural Show, Yealmpton – 27 July 2022

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 – 31 July 2022

The Totnes & District Show is more than 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.

Altitude Festival, Blackborough – 28-30 July, 2022

Altitude is back in 2022. Plans are coming together for a full on festival experience after a lighter event in 2021.

Find out more and buy tickets on the festival website.

Find out more about family-friendly festivals happening in Devon in 2022.

Music in the Meadows – TBC July 2022

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.

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

Check the Goran Farm website for the latest event announcements Music in the Meadows at Goren Farm.

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 – 29 July to 5 August, 2022

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.

North Devon Show, Umberleigh – 3 August, 2022

This celebration of North Devon’s agricultural roots 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 – 4 August, 2022

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.

The Little Big Festival – 12-13 August 2022

The Little Big Festival in Ashburton, South Devon, is a festival over a day and a half, 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 – TBC August 2022

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.

RHS Garden Rosemoor Flower Show – 19 – 21 August 2022

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.

Plymouth Firework Championships, Plymouth – 17-18 August 2022

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 fireworks will start from around 9.30pm each evening. There’s entertainment, including a funfair, and food and drink stalls to enjoy on Plymouth Hoe before the spectacle begins.

The event is free to attend.

For the latest event news and information see the Plymouth Firework Championships

Beautiful Days, Escot Park – TBC August, 2022

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 – 18 -22 August, 2022

This sailing event takes place between Torquay and Paignton on the English Riviera in South Devon.

For more information see the Regatta website

Dartmouth Royal Regatta, Dartmouth – 24 – 27 August, 2022

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 – 25 – 28 August 2022

Families sat in front of Gone Wild Main Stage
Picture credit: Gone Wild Festival

TV adventurer Bear Grylls is returning to Powderham Castle with his Gone Wild Festival over the Bank Holiday weekend.

There will be a program of exciting outdoor activities for families as well as some top headline music acts including The Script, All Saints, Sophie Ellis-Bexter and Reef

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 2022.

Sidmouth Airshow – 26 August 2022

The Airshow returns to Sidmouth in 2022. Keep an eye out for more information about the displays and aircraft taking part nearer to the event.

Find out more about Sidmouth Airshow.

Events in Devon in September

Seafood

For the most up-to-date 2022 event listing read my posts about things to do in Devon in September and what’s on in Devon this Autumn.

Kingsbridge Agricultural Show, Kingsbridge – 3 September 2022

Each year the Kingsbridge show 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.

Plymouth Seafood and Harbour, Plymouth – 17-18 September 2022

Celebrate Plymouth’s incredible satiably caught fresh fish and seafood at this free, family-friendly festival along The Parade, Quay Square and West Pier.

The event is organised by the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership with activities for children, cooking demonstrations and lots of opportunity to taste fishy delights!

Find out more about the Seafood Festival.

Taste East Devon, various locations – 3-18 September, 2022

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 – 14 to 18 September 2022

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.

The programme is also packed with events for families. Keep an eye out for announcements about this year’s participating children’s authors.

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

Abbfest, Newton Abbot – 16-18 September, 2022

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 2022.

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:

Powderham Food Festival TBC October 2022

Powderham Food Festival chefs

Set in the grounds of Powderham Castle this award-winning food festival will be celebrating it’s 11th anniversary. 

Visit to experience delicacies from some of the region’s best food and drink producers as well as demonstrations, fun children’s activities and foodie competitions. 

Find the full event programme and buy tickets on the Powderham Food Festival website.

Dartmouth Food Festival – 21-23 October, 2022

This delicious free event in Devon is packed with food and drink to suit all taste buds. Dartmouth Food Festival comes with 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, 26 October, 2022

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

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

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.

You might also like to find out where you can pick pumpkins in Devon.

Events in Devon in November 2022

Fireworks against night sky

For the most up-to-date 2022 event listing read of my post about things to do in Devon in November or check out my guide to firework displays in Devon.

Illuminate Festival at Royal William Yard – TBC 2022

Illuminate illuminated signs against wall
Credit: Real Ideas

The event brings together projection mapping, bioluminescent artwork, illuminated murals and interactive installations from local and national artists.

It’s a free to attend Illuminate – a winter experience that is bound to wow. For a taster of what to expect here’s our experience of Illuminate Plymouth during the opening week in 2021.

Illuminate Festival, Royal William Yard and Market Hall in Devonport, Plymouth

Lots of Christmas events also start in November.

What’s on in Devon in December 2022

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 2022 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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