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Places to visit in Devon in July 2024

Places to visit in Devon in July 2024

July is a blooming great month to get out to Devon family attractions, beaches and country walks. This post rounds up places to visit in Devon in July 2024 as well as what’s on for families. So, if you’re looking for things to do this summer, start here!

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Also take a look at my round up of what’s happening in Devon this weekend.

What’s on in Devon this July?

Read on for the brilliant Devon events and activities being laid on for families this month!

Summer of Play at National Trust properties

Picture of Greenway National Trust overplayed with bunting, flag and treasure chest graphics
Picture credit: English Riviera BID – Greenway House

The National Trust’s Summer of Play theme this year is Cirque Du Summer.

Create, explore, move, wonder and make-believe with a range of activities designed to test your circus skills.

Summer of Play activities are sponsored by Starling Bank and included in the standard entrance fee to properties.

Participating properties include:

  • Arlington Court near Barnstaple – 1 July to 1 September 2024
  • Killerton near Exeter – 20 July to 2 September 2024
  • Greenway near Churston in South Devon – 27 July to 1 September 2024
  • Coleton Fishacre near Brixham – 27 July to 1 September 2024

Immersive screenings in Plymouth’s 360° dome – various dates

Legend of the Enchanted Reef projected on immersive dome at Market Hall

Did you know Plymouth is home to a state-of-the-art 360° dome where you can see immersive shows that will take you on a trip into outer space, or transport you back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth?

Market Hall’s immersive dome is one of a kind in Europe and a great place to head on a wet day.

Find out what’s on this month.

Festival of Archaeology at Greenway – 1 to 31 July 2024

Agatha Christie and her husband Max Mallowan spent their days on archaeological digs, sharing a common love for the past. But it’s not just their finds which you can discover at Greenway.

Every where you look there are unusual and fascinating features that hint at Greenway’s past. All this month you can discover more on a fun, family-oriented self-led trail around the gardens.

Inside the house, take a closer look at some of Agatha and Max’s finds on their digs, and have a go at dressing up like an Archaeologist.

Normal admission prices apply. If visiting Greenway by car, you’ll need to book your parking in advance through the website.

Find out more on the National trust website.

Parent & Little One Sensory Screening at Market Hall, Plymouth – 4 July 2024

Market Hall is hosting special sensory film screenings in its Immersive Dome for parents of pre-schoolers.

Under fives go free with a paying adult at these Thursday lunch time sessions where there’s bean bags, plenty of space to move around and a chance to stay and have a coffee in the cafe at the end.

Find out more on the Market Hall website.

Beer Eats Boutique – 5 July 2024

Beer Eats promotional graphic

Enjoy an evening of street food looking out to sea. Beer Eats Boutique is a pop up street food market featuring a mouth-watering selection of global flavours and community feasting with something for all tastes.

As well as dinner with a view from the picturesque fishing village of Beer, there’s a playground right next door, no traffic and dogs are welcome.

There’s also a bar with great local beverages for the grown ups and soft drinks for the kids.

Reader offer: get 10% off at the bar when quoting ‘KIDSinDEVON’.

Find out more about Beer Eats Boutique.

Teignmouth Airshow – 5 to 7 July 2024

Keep an eye on the Airshow’s Facebook page for the latest announcements about displays and other activities happening on the ground.

Find out what’s on when on the Teignmouth Airshow website.

Miracle Theatre presents Love Riot at various locations – 5 and 31 July 2024

Love Riot Miracle Touring show poster

Love Riot is a rom-com for the whole family with plenty of wit, twists and laughter as the protagonist Letty defies her father and dodges an arranged marriage.

This theatre experience is reimagining of Hannah Cowley’s classic play, The Belle’s Stratagem, and will be staged outdoors at Hearn Field in Shaldon on 5 July and Rougemont Gardens at Exeter Phoenix on 31 July 2024.

Find out more and get tickets on the Miracle Theatre website.

Roar and Snore at Dartmoor Zoo – 6 July 2024

There’s a unique opportunity to camp overnight at Dartmoor Zoo this month.

Find out what life is like between dusk and dawn, when many residents come out to play. There will be an evening tour and a twilight tour when you’ll be able to meet all the diurnal and nocturnal animals.

A BBQ dinner and breakfast are also included, as well as a Roar n’ Snore t-shirt to remember the night.

Find out more and book on the Dartmoor Zoo website.

Back to the 40s at South Devon Railway – 6 to 7 July 2024

Steam train at South Devon Railway

Engage full steam ahead to South Devon Railway this weekend for a journey back to there 1940s.

The line’s heritage train services will form the backdrop for an even showcasing the style and music of the era, with live entertainment, re-enactors, vintage vehicles and trade stands.

Entry to the event and themed attractions is included with your train ticket.

Find out more on the South Devon Railway website.

Bideford Soap Box Derby – 7 July 2024

Home made car at Bideford Soapbox Derby
Credit: Bideford Soapbox Derby

The Bideford Soapbox Derby is a community event held to raise funds for the charity Chemohero. Thousands of people attend each year to raise money for charity.

The event starts at midday and is free to attend.

Find out more on the event’s Facebook page.

Tunes on the Sands – 12 to 13 July 2024

This small seaside music festival takes place right on the beach at Blackpool Sands in the South Hams, giving families the chance to enjoy great music while enjoying this picturesque cove.

Razerlight are headlining on the Saturday night.

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 is allocated parking for festival ticket holders. Book this at the same time as your tickets.

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

Read my round up of all the family-friendly festivals in Devon in 2024.

Tawland Music Festival – 13 July 2024

This community music festival at North Tawton Rugby Club in West Devon has something for all ages. As well as local bands, duos and solo artists there will be a bouncy castle, crafting tables, storytelling and face fainting.

For adults you can speak to a medium and enjoy local ales, ciders and an assortment of food.

Entry is free for children aged 12 and under.

Find out more about Tawland Music Festival.

Exmouth Festival – 19 to 21 July 2024

Head to Exmouth where you’ll find free live music, theatre, circus and art, alongside the very best food and drink Devon has to offer.

Check the website for programme updates.

Find out more about Exmouth Festival.

Clovelly Maritime Festival, Clovelly – 21 July 2024

See the village’s Clovelly Cup Race as well as other waterborne competitions.

Back on land there will be lots of family entertainment and activities.

Under 16s wearing maritime fancy dress get free entry.

See what else is happening during the maritime festival on the the Clovelly website.

Axminster Eats Boutique – 26 July 2024

Head to Minster Green for an evening street food market in the heart of this historic market town.

There will be global flavours with something for all tastes in this large grassy space set back from the traffic. Families and dogs are most definitely welcome.

The bar will have great local beverages for the grown ups and soft drinks for the kids, including squash for just £1. The menus change at each event but there is always something child-friendly.

Reader offer: get 10% off at the bar when quoting ‘KIDSinDEVON’.

Find out more about Axminster Eats Boutique.

Sheldon Open Air Theatre – 26, 27 and 31 July 2024

Get your tickets for one, two or all three of the open air concerts coming up at Shaldon Retreat this July.

On 26 July see the One Like Wonder Stevie Wonder Tribute act performing the best of Motown.

On 27 July Pure Queen will take to the stage with all the flamboyance you’d expect from Freddie himself.

Then on 31 July party the night away with West Country favourites Joey the Lips as they play their unique mix of soul, blues and funk with a bit of disco, Motown and rock thrown in. 

Find out more and get tickets from Sheldon Theatre.

Mid-Devon Show, Knightshayes, Tiverton – 27 July 2024

In 2024 the show will be in its 29th 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.

Seaton Natural Festival – 27 to 28 July 2024

Expect live entertainment, a dog show and plenty of local stall holders at this tow day event in Seaton town centre.

Events will be taking place around Thury Harcourt Place, the Amphitheatre and Tesco Plaza.

Find out more about what’s on at Seaton Natural Festival.

Totnes & District Show, Totnes – 28 July 2024

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.

Yealmpton Agricultural Show, Yealmpton – 31 July 2024

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.

Check the show website for the final programme.

For more information about the show, tickets and parking see the Show website.

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Find out more about family-friendly festivals happening in Devon in 2024.

If you want to find out what’s on at other times of the year take a look at my full Devon events guide.

More Devon attractions to visit in July

Devon is packed full of great days out with kids. Here’s where to read more about family attractions in Devon:

Get a while to stay? Check out my full guide to family holidays in Devon.

More things to do in Devon in July 2024

Here’s some more things to do around Devon this month:

Sample a local ice cream

Cone of cream coloured ice cream with Dartmouth Ice Cream branded waffle flake in the top in front of a view of Dartmouth river

In my latest blog post I’ve been sharing where to find the best ice cream in Devon.

There’s so many dessert cafes and ice cream parlours around the county that it would be rude not to visit one this summer.

Pick from hundreds of locally produced flavours in a cone, on a waffle or even in a milk shake at one of the best places for ice cream in Devon.

Things to do on rainy days in Devon

We are due a heatwave in Devon this July, but if there is the odd wet days check out my post about things to do on rainy days in Devon.

Free things to do in Devon this summer

Days out can be soooo expensive. If you are looking for ideas I have a list of free things to do in Devon.

Visit a beach 

Children swimming in lagoon pool at Bigbury on Sea

You can’t visit Devon with kids and not go to the seaside. Here are the best beaches in South Devon for families and the best North Devon beaches.

Devon walks with kids

Man and child walking up woodland path at Lydford Gorge

Who’s up for some fresh air? Countryside and coast walks abound in Devon.

Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks have plenty of routes where you can get away from the crowds and enjoy a quiet ramble.

Here’s some short walks on Exmoor to try with your family and seven of our favourite Dartmoor walks to do with kids, including a few that are suitable for toddlers and pushchairs.

Love waterfalls? Here’s where to find family-friendly waterfall walks in Devon.

You might also want to check out these routes:

Visit a country park

Child on zip wire Go Ape Exeter
Go Ape at Haldon Forest

Devon country parks also offer level paths for walking and cycling with kids. Some have additional activities like high ropes.

Get lost in a Devon Maize Maze

Kids walking through maze a The Jolly Group
Jolly Maze

Check out our guide to where to find maize mazes around Devon. They start opening this month.

National Trust in Devon

View of Coleton Fishacre house from gardens
Coleton Fishacre near Brixham

The National Trust has several properties in Devon.

Find out which National Trust properties were formerly owned by Devon’s rich and famous.

Spending a bit more time in Devon this summer? Here’s what’s coming up in August.

What do you enjoy doing in Devon in the summer? Is there something I’ve missed from this list of places to visit in Devon in July?

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