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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.

Please note that this guide is under construction as events are yet to be finalised.

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.

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.

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

Audience at Sidmouth Folk Festival - an event in Devon

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Festival website.

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

West End Carnival in Plymouth – TBC

Find out more about what’s on during the West End Carnival.

Sidmouth Airshow – TBC

RAF air acrobatic team the Red Arrows doing an air display

Find out more about Sidmouth Airshow.

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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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