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Family-friendly festivals in Devon 2022

Family-friendly festivals in Devon 2022

Looking for the best festivals in Devon for families? Here’s a round up of what’s on in 2022 including free events, festivals with packed music programmes and some of the more unique things to do in Devon.

You might also like to check out my posts about other events happening in Devon in 2022, firework displays, and Christmas events.

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Free festivals in Devon

Band on outdoor stage

Going to a family-friendly festival need not be an expensive experience. There are plenty of free festivals in Devon. Here’s some of the best:

Dart Music Festival – 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.

What’s on for families?

There’s a family-friendly vibe to this festival around the town with things happening during the day including children’s entertainment at the band stand.

Can you camp at Dart Music Festival?

No, there’s no dedicated camping at this Devon festival. You can however find self catering and B&B accommodation in town*.

Find out more on the festival website.

Kingsbridge Food and Music Festival, Kingsbridge – 27 – 29 May 2022

Kingsbridge’s three day music and food festival has plenty of family fun happening in the town centre.

What’s on for families?

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.

Can you camp at Kingsbridge Food and Music Festival?

There’s no camping at the festival but there are lots of campsites and other holiday accommodation* close by.

Find out more on the Kingsbridge Food and Music Festival website.

Brixfest, Brixham – TBC May, 2022

This celebration of sea, food and music takes place over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend in South Devon. There will be a dragon boat challenge, cooking demonstrations and fireworks.

What’s on for families?

There’s a dedicated Children’s Day for families with lots of kid’s activities planned.

Can you camp at Brixfest?

No, it’s not possible to camp at Brixfest but there’s lots of accommodation available in Brixham*.

Find out more about the event programme on the festival website.

Exmouth Festival – 2 – 5 June 2022

Huge Exmouth sign on grass at festival
Image credit: Exmouth Council

After a two year hiatus Exmouth Festival is back for 2022! Head to the Imperial Recreation Ground, you’ll find free live music, theatre, circus and art, alongside the very best food and drink Devon has to offer.

What’s on for families?

This year the festival coincides with the national Jubilee Celebrations taking place over this extended bank holiday weekend. There will be a beacon lighting, the Big Jubilee Lunch and lots more celebrations.

There’s lots of family-friendly things to do in Exmouth while also enjoying the festivities.

Can you camp at Exmouth Festival?

No, but there’s plenty of places to stay in Exmouth. Expect accommodation to be busy because of the school holidays and Jubilee. Book early!

Find out more about Exmouth Festival.

Sidmouth Folk Festival, Sidmouth – 29 July to 5 August, 2022

Audience at Sidmouth Folk Festival - an event in Devon

Sidmouth Folk Festival offers a packed programme of music, dance and workshops across eight days at venues around the town. A lot of the festival is free to attend but there are some ticketed events.

The line up will be announced from 11 December 2021.

What’s on for families?

The dedicated children’s folk festival is staged across three workshop venues with crafts, family-friendly shows and story times.

Can you camp at Sidmouth Folk Festival?

There’s no dedicated camping for this festival but there’s plenty of campsites and accommodation around Sidmouth* in East Devon.

Find out more about the festival programme and children’s festival activities on the website.

Unique Devon festivals

If you are looking for unique things to do in Devon then there are festivals that you won’t experience anywhere else in the UK. They include music, family fun and something else a bit special.

Here’s the dates to put in your diary:

The Brixham Pirate Festival – 30 April to 2 May, 2022

French Bulldog dog dressed up in pirate costume with hat and hook arm

There be pirates in Brixham! Expect skirmishes, historic reenactments and possibly even a visit by mermaids over the May Day bank holiday weekend.

What’s on for families?

This festival is one of the largest gatherings of modern day pirates – what more could kids want?!

Can you camp at Brixham Pirate Festival?

There’s no camping at this festival but you might find yourself a bunk to sleep in if you speak nicely to a pirate! Alternatively, there’s accommodation in Brixham*.

Find out more about Brixham Pirate Festival on the website.

The Goblin and Fairy Festival at Soapbox Children’s Theatre, Devonport – 21 – 22 May 2022

Spellbound festival promotional picture

What’s on for families?

Dress up as magical creatures and enjoy storytelling, theatre, arts and crafts at this year’s Goblin and Fairy Festival.

This family event is based in and around The Soapbox Children’s Theatre in the beautiful Devonport Park, Plymouth. The majority of activities take place under cover, either in the theatre or in one of the many tents dotted around the site. So, come rain or shine we’ll make sure you have a brilliant time.

The festival is on from 1pm until 4pm each day with tickets available from £12.

Can you camp at this festival?

No, but there’s plenty of places to stay in Plymouth if you’d like to make a weekend of it.

Find out more and buy your tickets on the Soapbox Children’s Theatre website

Wavelength Spring Classic – 27 to 30 May 2022

Spring Classic promotional photo
Picture credit: Wavelength Spring Classic

Woolacombe’s new surf and music festival will showcase a range of high-profile acts alongside local musicians, live fire cooking feasts and demonstrations, as well as a show and shine area for those van and motor lovers.

The event is being organised by Wavelength, best known for its heritage surf magazine.

What’s on for families?

During the day you can enjoy the event’s surfing competition, skating demonstrations, local nature trails and children’s activities including a kid friendly rave with Junior Jungle, entertainers in Kids Corner and Fire Pit story time.

Can you camp at Wavelength Spring Classic?

Yes, there’s camping, camper van and bell tent tickets available.

Find out more about Wavelength Spring Classic.

Nature Valley Gone Wild Festival – 25-28 August 2022

Children playing in lay outside Powderham Castle
Picture credit: Gone Wild Festival

Gone Wild is a four-day family-friendly festival in Devon packed full of adventure for adults and children aged six to 18.

It’s been put together by Bear Grylls and will be staged at Powderham Castle near Exeter with headline music acts including The Script, All Saints, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Reef. You can also see famous explorers such as Sir Ranulph Fiennes and take part in many exciting outdoor activities. 

What’s on for families?

The schedule has been designed by Bear to challenge families over an action-packed weekend. It includes kayaking, axe throwing, archery and battle archery, while Be Military Fit will lead group workouts. 

For something a little more, choose from sunrise yoga, paddle boarding, talks and workshops, as well as learning bushcraft with Bear Grylls Survival Academy.

Can you camp at Gone Wild Festival?

Yes, weekend camping tickets are available.

Find out more about tickets and camping on the festival website.

The Little Big Festival – 12 to 13 August 2022

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

Taster gigs and workshops are being planned in Ashburton in the months leading up to the festival. A park & ride service will also be returning.

What’s on for families

In 2022, The Little Big Festival is growing with an extra half day of family fun. There will be a big Friday night extravaganza and activities happening all day on the Saturday until 11.30pm.

Expect a dedicated children’s festival within a festival, as well as music, comedy, variety, literature, film, art, flamenco, opera, poetry, talks, horticulture, and aerial and circus skills.

Can you camp at The Little Big Festival?

Yes! For the first time this year there will be camping on site.

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

Illuminate Festival at Royal William Yard – TBC in 2022

Huge Illuminate sign - lit up letters against a building in Ocean Studios

Illuminate Festival is an amazing light and art show in Plymouth’s Royal William Yard. It uses projection mapping, light art installations, and street theatre to entertain visitors.

What’s on for families?

The street entertainment, interactive light installations and festive spirit is great fun for families. There’s also lots of options to grab a bite to eat from one of the restaurants or street food sellers at Royal William Yard.

Read about our experience at Illuminate Plymouth in 2021.

Can you camp at Illuminate Festival?

No. Aside from being held in November (brrr) when even the hardiest campers might balk at the idea of sleeping under canvas, there is no camping available at Illuminate. You can however find plenty of accommodation in Plymouth*.

Find out more about Illuminate Festival.

Music festivals in Devon

Devon has some brilliant family-friendly music festivals. Oragnisers understand that happy kids make for happy parents.

Here’s the festivals that get the balance right with awesome headline acts and plenty of entertainment for children: 

Pigstock, Bideford – 14 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.

What’s on for families?

There’s promise of bigger acts and more fun than ever before when the festival happens in 2022. Keep an eye out for announcements!

Can you camp at Pigstock?

Yes, camping will be available.

Find out more and buy tickets on the Pigstock website.

Sidmouth International Jazz and Blues Festival 1 – 5 June 2022

Saxophone being played at an outdoor concert

Sidmouth jazz Festival offers a diverse and dynamic range of music genres from the absolute best in Jazz (Contemporary, Modern, Swing, New Orleans) Blues, to Roots, RnB, Soul, Funk, Latin, Cuban and Gospel.

During the event there will be ticketed and free gigs.

What’s on for families?

Imagine the colour, vibrancy and fun of New Orleans in the beautiful coastal town of Sidmouth – what an explosion of the senses for any music-loving family. See free street music performances as well as free music taking place at pubs, wine bars and hotels within Sidmouth.

Can you camp at Sidmouth Jazz Festival?

No, there no camping at this festival but you’ll find plenty of campsites and accommodation nearby. Book early!

Find out more about what’s on by looking at the festival website.

Tunes on the Sands – 8 – 10 July, 2022

View of Blackpool Sands and Start Bay from road above

This seaside music festival takes place right on the beach at Blackpool Sands in the South Hams.

What’s on for families?

This small festival in the beach gives families the chance to enjoy great music and delicious eats from local food vendors while enjoying this picturesque cove.

Be aware that the festival site is sectioned off on one part of the beach. The rest of the beach remains open to the general public. If you come for the day there will be an allocated car park for festival ticket holders.

Can you camp at Tunes on the Sands?

Yes, there are three camping fields 10 minutes walk from the beach. You can bring a tent, camper van or motorhome. Vehicles will be parked in a separate field and there is a shuttle bus to the festival site.

Find out more and buy tickets to Tunes on the Sands.

Glas-Denbury Festival, Denbury – CANCELLED

Children listening to story by the Story Cycle at Glas-Denbury festival in Devon

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.

What’s on for families?

Glas-Denbury is a friendly music and arts festival for all ages. Throughout the days there’s storytelling, crafts, street performers and music by top regional acts who continue into the evening.

Can you camp at Glas-Denbury?

 Yes. You can buy day or weekend camping tickets.

For more information see the Glas-Denbury festival website. 

Altitude Night Festival, Blackborough – 28-30 July, 2022

Altitude brings you an eclectic mix of live music and DJ’s from across the country including independent, established and emerging artists.

What’s on for families?

There will be crafts and games for kids.

Can you camp at Altitude Nights Festival?

Yes! Day and camping tickets are available.

Find out more and buy tickets on the festival website.

Goren Festival – 1 – 3 July 2022

2022 is the come back year for Goren festival, so get set for some long sunny evenings in the wildflower meadows filled with the sounds of music, laughing and playing.

What’s on for families?

This is a nature oriented family festival with a heavy bias for young children between five and 15. The area is quite safe to let your children explore the meadows, hedgerows and streams.

There’s music planned from Friday evening through to Sunday afternoon. Keep an eye on the Goren Festival website to find out the bands playing.

Can you camp at Goren Festival?

There’s camping available for two nights.

For tickets and more information see the Goren Festival 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.

What’s on for families?

Chagstock has a dedicated area for kids with circus skills workshops, inflatables, fairground rides and entertainment. Kids aged under 12 go free. There’s a quiet camping field for families.

Can you camp at Chagstock?

Yes. There’s no charge for tents but camper vans and caravans must pay to reserve a space.

For more information and tickets visit the festival website.

Beautiful Days, Escot Park – 19 -21 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.

Tickets go on sale from 4 February and the festival line up is being announced on 4 March 2022.

What’s on for families?

The festival has a huge children’s play area, family camping and campsite play zones.

Can you camp at Beautiful Days?

Yes. Camping tickets are available.

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

Foodies Festival, Exeter – 16 – 18 September, 2022

Promotional poster for the Foodies Festival

The biggest gourmet food and drink touring festival in the UK is coming to Escot Park, Exeter this September. It features MasterChef and Bake Off stars, headline music acts and gastronomic delights from around the world.

What’s on for families?

Across the three days there will be an opportunity for the youngsters to get creative in the Kids Cookery School, hosted by Foodies SuperChefs. And for those little (and big!) thrill seekers, there’s a funfair, sand art, toy stalls, face painting and family friendly areas with activities.

Can you camp at Foodies Festival?

No, this is a day only festival but you can find plenty of accommodation options around Exeter*.

Find out more and book tickets on the Foodies Festival website.

Abbfest, Newton Abbot – 16-18 September, 2022

Music meets Devon food, drink and crafts at this family-friendly festival in South Devon.

What’s on for families?

Saturday is the best day to attend with kids as this is when there’s usually lots of children’s activities planned.

Can you camp at Abbfest?

It’s not possible to camp at Abbfest but there are campsites and B&B accommodation in Newton Abbot*.

For more information visit the Abbfest website.

Food Festivals in Devon 

Festivals and food go hand in hand in Devon. But there are some that are fully dedicated to the finest West Country produce.

Find out when food festivals are on in Devon in 2022.

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

Are you a festival organiser or do you know of any events not listed? Get in touch so I can add you to this list.

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