Looking for the best festivals in Devon for families? Here’s a round up of what’s on in 2021 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 what other events happening in Devon in 2021 and my post about 101 things to do in Devon with kids.

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Free festivals in Devon

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 – 7-9 May 2021

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 – 28-30 May 2021 – TBC

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 – 28-31 May, 2021 – CANCELLED

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.

Sidmouth Folk Festival, Sidmouth – 30 July to 6 August, 2021

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

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 – 1-3 May, 2021 – CANCELLED

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.

Woofstock – 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.

What’s on for families?

During the day on Saturday and Sunday there are dog show events that adults and children can enter with their pet as well as agility displays and family-friendly entertainment. The live music kicks in from 6.30pm on Friday evening and again on Saturday evening.

Can you camp at Woofstock?

Yes! Bring your own tent, camper van or caravan, or book a glamping tent. Naturally, there are dog-friendly camping and glamping options.

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

Gone Wild Festival – 26-29 August 2021

Bear Grylls crouch by tree

Gone Wild is a four-day family-friendly festival in Devon that promises to be 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 Kaiser Chiefs and Razerlight.

What’s on for families?

The schedule has been designed by Bear to challenge families over an action-packed weekend. It includes kayaking on the Exe Estuary, Be Military Fit family group workouts, a purpose built obstacle course, abseiling and climbing.

Read more about the activities planned at Gone Wild Festival.

Can you camp at Gone Wild Festival?

Yes, weekend camping tickets are available.

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

Illuminate Festival at Royal William Yard – 25-28 November, 2021

Tower at Royal William Yard lit up during the Illuminate event in Plymouth

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 across four days.

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.

Can you camp at Illuminate Festival?

No. Aside from being held in February (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*.

NB. This free event has been rescheduled from November 2020.

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 – 15 May 2021 – CANCELLED

UPDATE: The organisers have sadly had to cancel Pigstock 2021 due to uncertainty about organising the event around unknown restrictions. They will be back in 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 2021. Keep an eye out for announcements!

Can you camp at Pigstock?

Yes, camping will be available.

Find out more and buy tickets on the The Big Sheep website.

Altitude Night Festival, Blackborough – 5-6 June, 2021

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.

What’s on for families?

There will be crafts and games for kids as well as an art installation created by Uffculme school students.

Can you camp at Altitude Nights Festival?

Yes! Day and camping tickets are available.

Find out more and buy tickets on the festival website.

Glas-Denbury Festival, Denbury – 16-18 July, 2021

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. 

Goren Festival – 2-4 July, 2021

The Goren Festival organisers have confirmed the dates for the event in 2021. More information will follow.

Keep an eye on the festival website for announcements.

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 Scouting for Girls and Seasick Steve who were due to headline in 2020. The line up for 2021 is still to be announced.

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 – 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.

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.

Abbfest, Newton Abbot – 17-19 September, 2021

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 2021.

Planning a visit to Devon? Check out my 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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