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Things to do in Devon in August 2022

Things to do in Devon in August 2022

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 2022. I’ve even got ideas for things to do when it rains.

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

Events in Devon August 2022

Here’s what’s on in Devon for families this summer.

Sheep dogs and falconry show at Borough Farm – selected dates in August 2022

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

Find out more on the Borough Farm website.

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

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

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.

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

Family attractions to visit in Devon this August

Here’s your guide to great days out to be had in Devon in August 2022:

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

Path through maize maze

Maize maze days are here again. Here’s where to find them in 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. Please note that these are public transport and therefor masks will be required for anyone aged 11 and older.

Action-packed Devon days out with teens

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

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

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

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

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 making lots of socially distanced days out possible in August.

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. Car parks and some facilities are open to visitors too:

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.

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