Things to do in Devon in October 2020
Brrr! There’s no mistaking that autumn is here. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to snuggle up in front of the telly box in your favourite slippers. There’s still plenty of exploring to be done! If you are wondering what to do with the kids now the days have turned chillier, here’s my guide to the best things to do in Devon in October 2020.
As always, events and activities are subject to change in 2020. Check what’s open before you travel – booking may be necessary – and adhere to the latest government guidance on social distancing.
Got a while to stay? Here’s our BIG guide to family holidays in Devon.
What’s on in Devon in October
Events are more scarce in 2020 than in most years. Bear with me as I keep my eyes peeled for more to add to this modest list or get in touch if you know of ones not mentioned.
Here’s a round up of the family-friendly, socially distanced events happening Devon this October:
LEGO safari at Paignton Zoo
Find the life-sized LEGO creatures at Paignton Zoo this October as the Great Big Brick Safari continues.
Find out more about what’s happening this October at Paignton Zoo on its website.
Anderton and Rowlands fun fair at West Point, Exeter until 4 October, 2020
Ride the dodgems, waltzer and rollercoasters at this giant fun fair at West Point. Tickets for unlimited rides cost £9.99.
Find out more on the West Point website.
Powderham Market, Powderham Castle, 3 to 4 October, 2020
While Powderham Food Festival has been postponed to 2021 you can still visit the castle estate for a foodie weekend. This smaller scale event with market stalls takes at the Country Stores from 10am to 4pm.
Find out more on the Powderham Castle website.
Canonteign Falls locals weekend – 3 to 4 October and 10 to 11 October 2020
Locals weekend will cover two weekends in 2020 due to bad weather. Visit Canonteign Falls on Dartmoor and show them proof of your EX, TQ or PL postcode and you will get half price entry to the falls and 10% off season tickets for 2021. There is no need to book.
IMPORTANT: please keep an eye on the Canonteign Falls website for updates – the stormy weather may affect it opening.
Find out more on the Canonteign Falls website.
Where’s Wally? at Torre Abbey – 9 to 31 October, 2020
Set out on a spooky trail to find Wally around the museum in Torquay. Find all of the Wally’s, spell out a spooky phrase and receive a special “I found Wally!” bookmark.
Find out more and book tickets.
Cullompton Autumn Festival, High Street, Cullompton – 10 October 2020
Cullompton Autumn Festival will be happening in the gardens behind the High street and the Farmers’ Market will be held in the bull ring on the High Street from 9.30am – 4pm. COVID safe measures will be in place.
Bring along a scarecrow for a competition and help to brighten up the town. There will be exciting food to go plus the town’s award winning hostelries will be open throughout the day and into the evening, again with Covid Controls in place.
Find out more on the Devon Food Drink website.
Pick your own Pumpkin, Jolly Pumpkin, Exeter – weekends from 10 October and 23 to 31 October 2020
Pick your own pumpkin from over 25 varieties of pumpkin, gourd and squash at Jolly Pumpkin. Entry is and there’s no need to book.
For more information visit the Jolly Pumpkin website.
West End Meets Animation and West End Extravaganza at Exeter Racecourse – 17 October, 2020
The stars of the West End are bringing their talents to Exeter Racecourse with two unique drive in experiences.
West End meets Animation is a Disney-themed drive in concert for all the family, where
David Ribi, Lauren Varnham and their West End friends take the audience on a journey filled with songs from everyone’s favourite animation movies, resulting in finding a much loved icy Princess.
And West End Extravaganza is a glittering drive in concert where all the cast will execute a realm of current and classic Musical Theatre hits, whilst letting the audience in on a thing or two about life behind the scenes in London’s West End Theatres.
Newton Abbot Good Food Sunday, Newton Abbot Racecourse – 18 October 2020
Visit Newton Abbot Rcecourse for a day of socially-distanced foodie delights from 10 to 3pm on 18 October, 2020. Entry is free.
Find out more on the Good Food Sunday Facebook page.
RAMM reopens in Exeter – 24 October, 2020
Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) and art gallery will reopen to visitors from 24 October 2020. This is a great free attraction in Devon with plenty of curiosities relating to Exeter’s heritage to intrigue young visitors.
There will new coronavirus measures to ensure that everyone is able to move around the museum safely including timed, tickets entry. Tickets remain free and will be available to book from Thursday 1 October.
Find out more on the RAMM website.
October half term in Devon
Morchard Bishop Village Safari
There are more than 30 animals to spot outside houses around Morchard Bishop this October half term. Trail sheets cost £1 and can be bought from Church Street Stores in Morchard Bishop near Crediton until Sunday 1 November 2020. Proceeds go to the Friends of Morchard Bishop School.
Rock climbing and caving
Crag to Mountain have a range of Family Adventure Sessions taking place over October half term including rock climbing and caving.
Find out more and get in touch via the Crag 2 Mountain website.
Stop animation workshops at Bridging The Tamar
Try your hand at filming a stop motion animation with the help of artist, Felicity Shillingford here at the Bridging the Tamar Visitor and Learning Centre.
Just one family bubble will be doing the workshop at any one time following social distancing and good hygiene practices. The workshop costs £20 per family.
Find out more and book your slot on either Monday 26 or Friday 30 October 2020.
National Trust days out in Devon this October half term
National Trust places in Devon will be open over half term and some have trails and socially-distanced activities on for families. Find out more about what’s on.
Halloween events in Devon
Of course, October half term in Devon always coincides with Halloween.Halloween is one of my kids’ favourite times of year, along with Easter and Christmas – they have inherited their mum’s sweet tooth!
Here’s my guide to what’s on in Devon this Halloween including spooky days out, pumpkin picking and potion-making workshops.
Which Devon attractions are open in October?
Opening times for Devon attractions tend to vary in the off season but you can still find some that will welcome you all week through, even in 2020! Devon zoos and steam railways are my top suggestions.
Most attractions will also reopen for the October school holidays.
One of Devon’s newest places to visit, The Box in Plymouth, opened at the end of September. Be among the first to visit it and experience its family-friendly exhibits. Even better – it’s free! Book your timed entry in advance.
Check out my guide to things to do in Devon in Autumn to see a list of Devon attractions that are open daily and those that are open on the weekends only.
More things to do in October
If you’re looking for more ideas for things to do in October then here’s some ideas for entertaining the kids:
- What’s on in Devon this weekend
- Things to do in Devon on a rainy day
- Free things to do in Devon
- Adventure playgrounds in Devon
- Easy walks to do on Dartmoor
What’s your favourite things to do in Devon in October? Do you know of an activity or event not on this list? Drop me a line or comment below.
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