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Things to do in Devon in May and half term 2024

Things to do in Devon in May and half term 2024

If you are planning your Devon days out in May 2024 and are wondering what’s on and which Devon attractions you might visit, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s my guide to things to do in Devon in May and over the half term holiday.

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

Half term in Devon takes place from the week beginning 27 May 2024. Keep scrolling for school holiday events and activities later in the month!

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What’s on in Devon in May 2024

Here’s the family-friendly events and activities happening in Devon this May:

Plymouth Street Food Festival – 3 to 6 May 2024

Families sit on grass in an urban park picnicking
Picture credit: Plymouth Street Food Festival

Plymouth Street Food Festival is returning in 2024. Venue TBC.

Top street food traders from across the South West and the rest of the UK will all be ready and waiting to serve you the best range of cuisines from all over the world.

Book your free tickets online to jump the queue on the day.

Find out more and book free tickets.

Resurrection from The Buccaneers Legend – 4 May 2024

Promotional poster for Resurrection from The Buccaneers Legend play
Picture credit: ANA Theatre Co

Head to Brixham Theatre for a uniquely enthralling musical play of adventure, mystery and heroism with sword-fighting, story-telling and dance.

Emerging into a world transformed by time, four individuals are resurrected amidst a raging storm of modernity. They find themselves in a world vastly different from their own time, yet their unique perspectives and historical knowledge become powerful tools for change.

As they navigate this tumultuous present, their shared mission becomes a beacon of hope; a chance to heal wounds, restore compassion, and transform society.

This play is suitable for teens and their families.

Find out more and book tickets through the Brixham Theatre website.

Brixham Pirate Festival – 4 to 6 May 2024

French Bulldog dog dressed up in pirate costume with hat and hook arm

There be pirates in Brixham and they’re having a knees up this early May bank Holiday weekend.

Brixham Pirate Festival is one of Britain’s largest gatherings of buccaneers making it a spectacle not to be missed. There will be parades, skirmishes and other swashbuckling entertainment throughout the weekend. Most of it is free to see.

Take a look at the the latest information on the festival’s Facebook page.

Toby’s Garden Festival – 3 to 4 May 2024

Street artists dressed as woodland nymphs with foliage themed outfits
Picture credit: Toby’s Garden Festival

Hosted by BBC Two Gardeners’ World presenter Toby Buckland, this family-friendly two day event is full of free gardening and food and drink talks, demonstrations, tastings and workshops, plus live music.

There will be 200 exhibitors including award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show plant nurseries, an ‘Artisan Barn’ showcasing local artists and heritage craft demonstrations including stave baskets and free flower crown making workshops .

Other attractions throughout the festival include taking a ride on the land train around Powderham Castle’s grounds, plus miniature steam engine rides, vintage tractors and Land Rovers. 

Find out more and buy tickets on the Toby’s Garden Festival website

Ilfracombe Art Trail – 11 to 12 May 2024

More than 70 local artists will be exhibiting a wide range of work across 48 venues around Ilfracombe in North Devon this weekend.

Inspire your budding artists by touring the town with pit stops at local cafes for a treat.

Find out more on the Ilfracombe Art Trail website.

Devon County Show, West Point, Exeter – 16 to 18 May 2024

Cows wearing ribbons being paraded at Devon County Show
The Grand Parade. Picture credit: Devon County Show

This is Devon’s largest agricultural show with a full programme of activities and entertainment throughout the weekend. Marvel at monster trucks, sample local ales, and cheer on sheep dog displays.

Families with young children will enjoy the petting farm, fairground and countryside activities, like making bees wax candles.

To check out the full weekend programme on the County Show website.

Dart Music Festival – 17 to 19 May 2024

Band on outdoor stage

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. The festival is free to attend.

Find out more on the festival website.

Pigstock, Bideford – 18 May 2024

Billed as Devon’s most family-friendly festival Pigstock takes place in and around The Big Sheep theme park in North Devon.

Find out more on the The Big Sheep website.

Plymouth Pirates Weekend – 18 to 19 May 2024

Ships and crowds during Plymouth Pirates Weekend
Ships and crowds during Plymouth Pirates Weekend – photo credit: Plymouth City Council

There will be plenty of swashbuckling fun in Plymouth this weekend as a hoard of buccaneers lands in the city.

Find out what’s planned during Plymouth Pirates Weekend.

The Goblin and Fairy Festival at Soapbox Children’s Theatre, Devonport – 18 to 19 May 2024

Spellbound festival promotional picture

Dress up as magical creatures and enjoy storytelling, theatre, arts and crafts at this year’s Goblin and Fairy Festival.

This family event is based in and around The Soapbox Children’s Theatre in the beautiful Devonport Park, Plymouth. The majority of activities take place under cover, either in the theatre or in one of the many tents dotted around the site. So, come rain or shine we’ll make sure you have a brilliant time.

The festival is on from 12pm until 4pm each day with early bird tickets available from £12.

Find out more and buy your tickets on the Soapbox Children’s Theatre website

Things to do in May half term

Here’s what’s on in Devon for families this May half term:

Flavour Fest – 31 May to 2 June 2024

Delicious fresh burger on food market, ready to eat.

The South West’s largest free food and drink festival returns to the city centre Piazza for its 20th anniversary in 2024 with plenty of activities to get your taste buds tingling.

See celebrity chef demos and sample some of the regions finest produce from more than 80 stalls.

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

BMX stunt show at Crealy Theme Park during half term – 25 May to 2 June 2024

In addition to being fully open with all rides ready to roll there will be an adrenaline-fuelled stunt show outside the Piazza Stage during May Half Term.

The show will feature BMX-ers and skateboarders who will perform a number of exciting stunts to provide a spectacle.

Find out more and book tickets for Crealy near Exeter.

Seaweed Festival at Clovelly – 26 May 2024

Each year Devon’s car free village in North Devon holds a Seaweed Festival to promote this marine marvel’s immense health and nutritional benefits.

Enjoy live music, street entertainment and seaweed workshops during your visit.

Ususal admission prices apply.

Find out or about what’s on at Clovelly near Hartland.

Do you know of an activity not on this list? Drop me a line or comment below.

More things to do in Devon in May

If you’re looking for more ideas for things to do in May then here’s some ideas for entertaining the kids:

Outdoor pools and splash parks

Boy splashing in water

Devon’s outdoor pools and splash parks are usually open from May.

Check which have confirmed they will open in May 2024 in my post about outdoor pools in Devon.

Thinking ahead to June? Here’s my guide to what’s on in Devon next month.

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

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