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Things to do in Devon in August 2024

Things to do in Devon in August 2024

Hello summer! If you are staycationing in the glorious South West of England then you’ve come to the right place to find out what’s on in Devon this summer and the top things to do in Devon in August.

In this guide you’ll find:

  • What’s on in Devon this August
  • Devon attractions to visit
  • Where to find maize mazes and other outdoor fun
  • The best beaches in Devon
  • Free things to do
  • What to do when it rains.

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Events in Devon August 2024

Without further ado, read on for what’s on in Devon for families this summer!

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Sheep dogs and falconry show at Borough Farm – Wednesdays in August 2024

For a real Devon country experience visit Borough Farm to see their sheep dog and falconry show at 6pm every Wednesday until early September. Booking is not necessary.

Find out more on the Borough Farm website.

Find more fun things to do in North Devon.

Shaun the Sheep fun and trail at RHS Rosemoor – daily until 1 September 2024

Picture of Shaun the Sheep animated character in a garden
Picture credit: RHS

Shaun the Sheep is coming to RHS Rosemoor this summer with farm games, crafts, a trail and family theatre shows.

Have your smartphone handy for Shaun’s Hide & Sheep AR Trail app to interact with Shaun in augmented reality and meet him and other farmer characters in the real world. Also join in tractor-themed games and theatre performances with Hot Rock.

Throughout the summer little nature lovers can enjoy Woodland Wednesdays or join a Summer Stomp through the garden in Great Torrington. Normal admission prices apply.

Find out more about what’s on this summer at RHS Rosemoor.

Summer of Play at National Trust properties until 2 September 2024

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:

The Carrot Trail at Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary – daily until 30 September 2024

Donkeys in grassy field at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth Devon
The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth

Visit the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth this summer and you’ll find the Golden Carrot Trail.

Search for orange carrots hidden across the sanctuary using a trail map, then find the treasure chest with a golden carrot to win a prize. Each trail sheet costs £5 and includes a gift on completion.

The sanctuary is free to visit and dogs are allowed too.

Find out more about visiting Devon’s Donkey Sanctuary.

Character meet and greets at Woodlands Family Theme Park, Dartmouth – 1 to 26 August 2024

TV favourites Peppa Pig, Chase, Bluey and Duggee will be meeting and greeting visitors to Woodlands theme park this August.

Visit on 1 or 22 August to see Peppa Pig, 7 or 26 August to find Bluey mixing with families and 15 August to meet Chase from Paw Patrol.

Find out more and book tickets on the Woodlands website.

Honiton Show, Honiton – 1 August 2024

Head to this traditional farming show to see one of the county’s largest one-day celebrations of agriculture with more than 400 exhibitors and 1,000 livestock entires into various competitions.

For the latest updates and event programme see the Honiton Show website.

Beer Eats Boutique – 2 August 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.

Torbay Steam Fair – 2 to 4 August 2024

Blue steam engine at steam fair

The English Riviera’s biggest event returns in 2024. See full size steam engines, vintage and classic cars, military vehicles, tractors, and fairground rides.

Tickets are available on the gate.

Find out more about this year’s Torbay Steam Fair.

Sidmouth Folk Festival, Sidmouth – 2 to 9 August, 2024

Families gathered around a tent at the Sidmouth Folk Festival

Sidmouth will be awash with music for all ages during this 70th anniversary event which includes plenty of fun activities for families.

Workshops and performances range from crafting to songwriting and dance to singing and forest school.

The Star Marquee will host the Young Performers Stage where families can enjoy performances from some of the UK folk scene’s finest up-and-coming musicians. It also makes for the best picnic spot of the festival!

For families with very little ones, the Rainbow Tent will be hosting sensory story sessions, drop in playtime, and providing a much needed space to chill out when the hustle and bustle of the main festival gets a bit much.

And that’s now all. There’s workshops on all kinds of folk themes for kids aged five and up.

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

Party on the Patio at China Blue in Totnes – 3 August 2024

Light and airy seating in China Blue's conservatory

Help celebrate the reopening of the renovated conservatory and patio at China Blue with a summer party including a yummy barbecue, Salcombe Dairy’s ice cream bike, live music and bar.

Under 12s can attend for free.

Find out more and buy tickets from China Blue.

Fantasy Festival at Greendale Farm – 4 August 2024

Four fairytale princesses look over a wall
Picture credit: Lydia Baily & Co

If your kids love princesses they will be in their element at Lydia Bailey & Co.’s Fantasy Festival. This one day event includes character meets, arts and crafts, circus workshops and live entertainment.

VIP tickets also include themed dining.

All profits will be used to provide free entertainment for charitable organisations supporting vulnerable children in the local community. 

Find out more about the festival and buy tickets on the Lydia Bailey & Co website.

Goran Festival in Honiton – 5 to 7 August 2024

A group of children play in a hay bale on a sunny summer's day
Picture credit: Jolyon Holroyd

This family and nature orientated festival set in wild flower meadows is returning for a seventh year.

There will be music throughout the weekend and camping is available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

Find out more and buy tickets for Goran Festival.

The Secret Garden at Castle Hill Estate – 6 August 2024

The Plandits Theatre is a brand new open-air touring company bringing exciting family theatre to beautiful outdoor spaces all over the UK including North Devon.

Castle Hill Estate is the venue for a performance of the classic family tale, The Secret Garden. This show is suitable for anyone aged 6 and over who loves literature and the great outdoors. The show is full of original music, puppetry, interaction and laughs. 

Find out more and book tickets on the Castle Hill Estate website.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Princess Theatre in Torquay 6 to 11 August 2024

Are you ready for a truly scrumptious adventure? Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is flying in to town this August!

This brand new production of this fantastical musical stars Adam Garcia as Caractacus Potts, Liam Fox as Grandpa Potts and Charlie Brooks as the Childcatcher.

Find out more and buy tickets from ATG tickets.

Your Face My Face portrait workshop at Exeter Phoenix Theatre – 6 and 20 August 2024

During this workshop for families with children aged six and up you work in pairs and use fun techniques to create portraits of each other.

The workshop lasts 2.5 hours and under 12s must be accompanied by an adult.

Find out more and book your places on the Exeter Phoenix website.

Family craft workshops with Pom Stitch Tassel in Bovey Tracey – 6 to 31 August 2024

Woman in mint green dungarees holding a string of handmade ice cream themed bunting

Calling parents of crafty kids! Pom Stitch Tassel in Bovey Tracey is running a series of workshops for families with children aged 4 and up throughout August.

From macrame to pom poms and tie dye to sewing there’s crafts to get everyone’s creative juices flowing. 

Here’s what’s on:

  • Summer Sew Club – age 7+ – Tuesday 6, 13, 20 & 27 August
  • Summer Craft Club – age 4+ – Wednesday 7, 14, 21 & 28 August
  • Illustrate a watermelon desk buddy & notebook – age 5+ – Saturday 10 August
  • Macrame Friendship Bracelets – age 6+ Thursday 15th August 
  • Knitted wire flamingo – age 7+ – Saturday 17 August
  • Gingerbread flip flops – age 7+ – Saturday 24 August 
  • Macrame keyrings & bag charms  – age 6+ – Saturday 31 August 

All summer workshops can be viewed and booked online or you can pop into the shop at 53 Fore Street.

North Devon Show, Umberleigh – 7 August 2024

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.

Lego railway workshop at Ilfracombe Museum – 7 August 2024

Ilfracombe Museum is celebrating 150 years since the town’s Railway Station opened with a series of events including Lego workshops with Nick from Stemgineering With Nick.

The workshops will focus around building your own versions of the famous ‘Devon Belle’ and ‘Ilfracombe Express’ that ran from the station and building your own version of how the station could look in the future.

There will be two workshops to choose from – booking is essential and spaces are limited.

Find out more and book your places on Eventbrite.

The Winter’s Tale in Rougemont Gardens, Exeter – 8 to 11 August 2024

Bask in the magic of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale this summertime in Exeter.

From Siciliancourts to Bohemian festivities, journey through time in this delightful and gripping
comedy-drama performed by Sun & Moon Theatre as part of Exeter Phoenix’s Theatre in the Park season.

Find out more and buy tickets on the Exeter Phoenix website.

Experimental drawing workshop for all ages at Exeter Phoenix Theatre – 8 and 22 August 2024

Experiment with drawing and mark-making techniques using a variety of materials to unlock your creative potential at this family-friendly workshop.

All materials supplied.

Find out more and book your family’s places on the Exeter Phoenix website.

The Big Tribute Festival in Plymouth – 9 to 11 August 2024

See the UK’s best tribute acts to Dua Lipe, the Spice Girls and Elvis among others at this family-friendly festival in Central Park.

While the festival takes place over the whole weekend Friday is the most family-friendly day with fairground rides, face-painting and bouncy castles alongside the music.

Find out more and buy tickets on the Big Tribute Festival website.

Dartmoor Folk Festival – 9 to 11 August 2024

This family-friendly festival in the Dartmoor village of South Zeal includes music concerts and Ceilidhs.

Events on the recreation ground including morris dancing, the duck race and ferret racing are by donation on the gate so it’s a brilliant cheap family day out!

Check out further information and programme details at the Dartmoor Folk Festival website.

Manaton Show & Fair, South East Dartmoor – 10 August 2024

This year’s Manaton Show & Fair will feature a range of entertainments and exhibitions including arena entertainment, a fun dog show and classic cars.

Tickets available at the gate but more information can be found at the Manaton Show and Fair website.

Love Local Food Festival at Exeter Castle – 10 August 2024

Greendale Farm Shop is leading a new food festival inside Exeter Castle and its courtyard with street food, local food and drink brands, talks and cooking demos as well as live music and children’s activities.

And it’s free to attend!

Find out more about the Love Local Food Festival.

Newton Abbot Country Show, Newton Abbot – 10 August 2024

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.

Peter Pan at Torre Abbey in Torquay – 10 August 2024

Following the success of The Wizard of Oz, multi-award nominated Immersion Theatre are inviting audiences to soar away to Neverland as they bring Peter Pan to Torre Abbey.

This outdoor performance will go ahead in wet weather so make sure you come prepared with outdoor clothing as well as low back seats and a picnic.

Find out more and buy tickets on the Torre Abbey website.

Dragon Boat Festival at Exeter Quay – 11 August 2024

Join Devon Air Ambulance for its annual Dragon Boat Festival at Exeter Quay and watch friends, businesses and clubs battle it out to win this year’s competition.

Last year the event helped to raise £21,000 for the air ambulance. Races take place between 10am and 6pm.

Find out more about the Dragon Boat Festival.

North Devon Festival of Transport, Bideford – 11 August 2024

See classic, vintage, agricultural and military vehicles at the North Devon Festival of Transport taking place in Victoria Park, Bideford.

This charity event is on from 10am to 4pm. Under 16s go free.

Find out more on the Festival’s Facebook group.

The Lion Inside at Princess Theatre in Torquay – 13 to 14 August 2024

Promotional poster for The Lion Inside show

This family show is based on the best-selling story of the same name by Rachel Bright and Jim Field.

The Lion Inside is a heart-warming tale about confidence, self-esteem, and a shy little mouse who sets out on a journey to find his roar.

Kids aged three and up with enjoy this production.

Find out more and book tickets for The Lion Inside.

Southleigh Country Fayre – 14 August 2024

This traditional East Devon country fayre returns this month with plenty of rural competitions and entertainment for the whole family.

There will be displays of old farm machinery, sheep racing, welly hanging and a tug of war as well as food, drink, live music and stalls run by local businesses. There’s even entertainment for the kids with a county castle and games.

Entry costs £5 for adults and under 16s are free.

Find out more about what’s planned for this year’s fayre.

Plymouth Firework Championships, Plymouth – 14 to 15 August 2024

Fireworks explode over Plymouth Hoe during the British Firework Championships
Plymouth Firework Championships

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.

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

Here’s more great reasons to hang around in Plymouth this summer.

Sketch-a-skeleton on holiday workshop at Exeter Phoenix Theatre – 14 to 28 August 2024

A white chalk drawing of a skeleton on a black background stood against a picture of a tropical beach

Get up close to a replica skeleton and develop your observational drawing skills by
sketching the bare bones of the human body.

This workshop is suitable for families with children aged eight and up.

Find out more and book places on the Exeter Phoenix website.

Beautiful Days, Escot Park – 16 to 28 August 2024

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.

Devon’s Strongest Man & Woman competition at Trago Mills, Newton Abbot – 17 August 2024

Woman holding weighted bar takes part in strong woman competition
Picture credit: Mammoth Strength Club

Join family-run Mammoth Strength Club for this event is based on a World’s Strongest Man to find the strongest people in the county.

The competition includes tests such as the deadlift and atlas stones and is in aid of the charity St Giles Trust, an organisation that aims to help young people avoid gangs and exploitation to build a positive future.

Find out more on the Mammoth Strength Club website.

Science Ninjas at Torquay Museum – 17 and 20 August 2024

A young girls pours chemical while doing a science experiment
Picture credit: Emberlense Productions

Families can join in exciting, hands-on science experiments throughout these two special days.

Did you know that locals with a TQ postcode get 20% discount on museum entry? And your tickets lasts for a whole year. Find out what else there is to do at Torquay Museum.

Find out more about what’s on at Torquay Museum.

Devon Science Air and Forces Children’s Workshop at Ilfracombe Museum – 21 August 2024

Join the team at Ilfracombe Museum for a thrilling workshop about the wonders of air and forces.

From captivating demonstrations to hands-on activities, your child will craft their very own air-powered train to take home, igniting their curiosity and imagination.

Workshops last one hour and children must be accompanied by an adult. There’s a maximum of one adult per child. This event is suitable for children aged six to 10.

Find out more and book on Eventbrite.

Gone Wild Festival – 22 to 25 August 2024

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 programme of exciting outdoor activities for families as well as some top headline music acts.

Take a look at our 2022 Gone Wild Festival review.

Find all ticket and camping pass prices on the Gone Wild website.

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

Axminster Eats Boutique – 23 August 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.

Torbay Royal Regatta, Torquay – 23 to 26 August, 2024

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

For more information see the Regatta website

Find more fun things to do in Paignton and Torquay.

West End Carnival in Plymouth – 24 August 2024

This full on day of family entertainment around Plymouth’s West End and market includes a carnival parade, meet and greets with dragons and wrestlers, live music and plenty of street entertainment.

The carnival is free to attend and takes place between 11am and 4pm.

Find out more about this year’s West End Carnival.

Sidmouth Regatta – 24 to 25 August 2024

This year’s regatta will feature events in the community and at sea as well as a grand firework display on the Saturday night.

If you’re a regular at Sidmouth Regatta please be aware that there is no airshow in 2024.

Find out more about what’s on at this year’s regatta.

Dartmouth Royal Regatta, Dartmouth – 24 to 31 August, 2024

Devon’s royal regatta hosts sports, sailing and family events throughout a three day family fun weekend followed by three days of rowing and sailing competitions.

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.

Here’s more things to do in Dartmouth.

Festival of the Iberian Horse at Westpoint Exeter – 29 August to 1 September 2024

One of the biggest equestrian productions in the World is coming to Westpoint this summer.

During the day there will be chances to meet the famous Iberian horses from Spain and Portugal and see cultural demonstrations. In the evening see the horses and their handlers perform in the arena, transporting you beyond the South West to another time and place.

Tickets are available for the day time and evening or can be bought together.

See the Festival of the Iberian Horse website for full details.

Summer Fair at Torre Abbey – 31 August 2024

Visit Torre Abbey for a traditional summer fair offering local crafts stalls, children’s activities, games and live music performances. And best of all entry is free.

Fun activities for the kids include storytelling, bee keeping talks and carnival games. You can also bring your dog to take part in a fun dog show.

Find out more about what’s on at Torre Abbey.

Peppa Pig’s Fun Day Out Show at Exeter Northcott Theatre – 31 August to 1 September 2024

Prepare to sing and dance with colourful scarecrows, feed the penguins, build big sandcastles, and even swim in the sea at Peppa Pig takes to the stage in Exeter.

Find out more and get tickets on the Exeter Northcott Theatre website.

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Family attractions to visit in Devon this August

Here’s your guide to great days out to be had in Devon in August 2023:

Theme Parks in Devon

Girls on vintage horse carousel at Crealy
Carousel at Crealy

Find out more about Devon’s theme parks.

Maize mazes in Devon

Child running through maze

Check out our guide to where to find maize mazes around Devon.

Devon zoos and animal days out

Gorilla in leafy enclosure with climbing frame
Gorilla at Paignton Zoo

Find out more about Devon’s zoos.

Outdoor activities in Devon

Main road through Clovelly Village
Clovelly Village

Trams and steam trains in Devon 

Pink Tram on Seaton Tramway
Seaton Tramway

Here are the Devon steam trains and trams running during August.

Action-packed Devon days out with teens

Teenager preparing to throw an axe at a target board
Image credit: Norse Hawk

If you are looking for high ropes, water sports and outdoor adventures to try with teenagers check out my post about things to do in Devon with teens.

Best days out with toddlers

Toddler in car at driving school at Crealy theme park, Devon
Driving School at Crealy

Looking for the best things to do with toddlers? Here’s the Devon days out where you’ll find easy pushchair access, baby changing and that all important cafe.

Dog-friendly Devon days out

Family and dog with wooden bear sculpture at The Bear Trail
The Bear Trail

If you are after places to visit with a pooch, here’s my guide to dog-friendly Devon days out.

Free things to do in Devon this summer

Life-sized models of animals in the Jolly Roger showroom
Jolly Roger – photo credit: Lauren Heath

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

What to do when it rains in Devon

People silhouetted against the Rocky Chamber in Kents Cavern
Kents Cavern

Sadly it’s not always sunny in Devon. Here’s a few things to do in Devon on wet days this summer:

You can also go pottery painting at various places around Devon:

Here’s more ideas for things to do in Devon in the rain.

Visit a Devon beach 

View of Slapton Sands and Strete Beach in South Devon
Slapton Sands

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.

And if you are looking for something a bit more off the beaten track check out these hidden beaches in Devon.

Outdoor pools and splash parks

Boy goes into pool after going down water slide during summer

Outdoor swimming pools are open now! Here’s a list of where to find them as well as splash pads and water parks in Devon.

Devon walks with kids

Family walking down hill to beach

Who’s up for some fresh air? Countryside and coast walks abound in Devon are a top way to enjoy the summer season.

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.

Devon country parks also offer level paths for walking and cycling with kids. Here’s some of our favourites:

National Trust in Devon

Saltram House in Plymouth
Saltram House

There’s plenty of amazing National Trust places and properties to explore in Devon.

Find out what’s open by visiting the National Trust website.

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

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.

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