With schools due back from early September this is a great time to visit Devon while the sun (hopefully) still shines and the main tourism season is winding down. But what’s on in Devon as the autumn kicks off? Here’s our guide to the top things to do in Devon in September 2021.

Love Devon? Join the Devon with Kids Facebook group and subscribe to my newsletter!

Looking for what's on and things to do in Devon in September 2020? Here's your guide to family attractions, days out, events and activities #Devon #England #events #ideas #shows #thingstodo #whatson #family #daysout #Devonwithkids #September #autumn

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

Events in Devon this September

Hopefully the usual Devon events calendar will be springing back to life in 2021 with plenty of family-friendly events going ahead.

Come back to find out more about what’s on in Devon for families this September.

Also take a look at my round up of what’s happening in Devon this weekend.

Heritage Open Days 2021

This annual opportunity to explore some of the nation’s most extraordinary and often hidden places of history and culture will go ahead again in 2021.

From 10 to 19 September 2021 you can take special tours of heritage places in Devon like the secret spaces of Exeter Cathedral, the Bridging the Tamar Visitor and Learning Centre, and Plymouth’s cemeteries. 

Here’s the full list of places to visit during Heritage Open Days in Devon, as well as the virtual tours that will be available.

The Jungle Book at The Big Sheep – 1 September, 2021

Immersion Theatre are roaring to bring their trademark energy to their wildest show yet; a brand-new swingin’ musical adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling family favourite, The Jungle Book!

Filled with original music, audience interaction, and the chance to meet the characters after the show, you are invited to join Mowgli and his friends, Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther, on a madcap jungle adventure as they meet and attempt to outwit a slithering snake, some cheeky monkeys, and the fierce tiger, Shere Khan!

Find out more and book tickets on The Big Sheep website.

Kingsbridge Agricultural Show, Kingsbridge – 4 September 2021

2021 marks the show’s 140th anniversary. Each year it offers a great family day out with livestock and countryside competitions, donkey rides, vintage vehicles and live music. There’s also a packed programme of arena entertainment.

See all the show details, ticket prices and what’s on by visiting the website.

Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon, Plymouth – 5 September, 2021

Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon offers a challenging and scenic 13.1 mile course taking in Plymouth’s famous landmarks.

For full details and to book your spot visit the Run Plymouth website

Circus Extreme in Plymouth – 10 to 26 September, 2021

Circus Extreme

This September Circus Extreme returns to Plymouth with brand new death-defying show! It’s a one-of-a-kind performance, featuring some of the most talented performers in the world all housed in a climate controlled, socially distanced Covid Secure Theatre Style Big Top.

Merging modern and contemporary styles with extreme stunts and classic clown escapades, audiences will be amazed by the jam-packed Circus Extreme with show-stopping performances that will have you on the edge of your seat, when not falling off it with laughter.

Circus Extreme will be at Central Park, Outlands Road, PL2 3DG.

For a discount call the box office on 0203 375 3970 or online with Ticketmaster and quote ‘BIKES’. T&Cs: must be booked at least 24 hours before show time.

Find out more and book tickets on the Circus Extreme website.

Taste East Devon, various locations – 11-19 September, 2021

Chefs and businesses supporting the Taste East Devon festival

Taste East Devon is a nine day food and drink festival taking place across the whole of East Devon. 

Award-winning venues, producers, chefs and restaurants throughout the area have joined forces to celebrate the incredible local food and drink. From farm feasts to brewery open days, seafood tasting experiences to BBQs and parties: some events will be ticketed, some will be open freely for all.

Venues include: THE PIG-at Combe, Darts Farm, Otter Brewery, Deer Park Country House, River Cottage, East Devon AONB, Donkey Sanctuary, Mazzard Farm, Jack in the Green and Lympstone Manor.

Find out ore about what’s on and where on the Taste East Devon website.

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival – 15 to 19 September 2021

Jacqueline Wilson
Jacqueline Wilson ©James Jordan

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival is returning this September with a full, live programme of events including huge names in both fiction and non-fiction, and a wide and varied range of events and topics for all ages.

Headlining the programme with be former principal ballerina and Strictly judge Dame Darcey Bussell talking about her life of dance, comedy actress and best-selling novelist Celia Imrie on her latest novel, and leading scientist Richard Dawkins on the best of science writing.

The programme is also packed with events for families lead by the multi-bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson who presents her latest book The Primrose Railway Children.

Horrible Histories illustrator Martin Brown will be getting everyone drawing, and Katz Cowley shares her brilliantly successful The Wonky Donkey. All ages can get stuck into modelling characters including Shaun the Sheep from Nick Park’s hilarious Aardman Films under the careful guidance of one of the company’s leading model makers.

Find out more about what’s on and buy tickets for Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival.

Abbfest, Newton Abbot – 16-19 September, 2021

The best of Newton Abbot’s food, drink and craft traders will showcase their wares alongside a weekend of music and cookery demonstrations.

Families will get the most out of the Saturday when there is a day of children’s activities.

For the full festival line-up and ticket information visit the Abbfest website.

Read my round up of all the family-friendly festivals in Devon in 2021.

Day out with Thomas at South Devon Railway – 24 – 26 September 2021

Join Thomas & Friends for a day of family fun at the South Devon Railway. Take a train ride with Thomas, meet The Fat Controller and join Sodor Station Sweepers Rusty & Dusty for a trainload of excitement.

Find out more and book a Day out with Thomas.

What about next month? Here’s my guide to things to do in Devon in October.

Devon days out

With the main summer holidays finishing this month, some Devon attractions are only open mid-week.

However, you can still find some that are open during the week in September:

  • Dartmouth Steam Railway
  • Kents Cavern
  • Paignton Zoo
  • Exmoor Zoo
  • The Milky Way – open on some week days, check the website
  • National Marine Aquarium
  • The Big Sheep – open on some week days, check the website

Here’s 101 things to do in Devon with kids and things to do in Devon with teens.

Be aware that many attractions are taking advance bookings only. Always check before you travel to avoid disappointment.

What to do when it rains in Devon this September

Sadly it’s not always sunny in Devon. I have a big list of ideas for things to do in Devon on wet days this September.

Make the most of the last few beach days

I don’t know about you, but I always hold out a hope for some warmth in late summer, especially as I know we’ll find it much easier to get parking on the coast.

Here are some of the best beaches to visit on the South coast and in North Devon.

If you’re not a fan of sand and salty water, then why not check out some of the splash parks and outdoor swimming pools around the county.

Would you like more Devon goodies delivered to your inbox? Sign up to the Devon with Kids newsletter.

Are you planning your days out in Devon this month? Why not use Pinterest to save this post about what’s on and things to do in Devon in September. If you’ve spotted I’ve missed something let me know! Comment below or email me.

Looking for what's on and things to do in Devon in September 2020? Here's your guide to family attractions, days out, events and activities #Devon #England #events #ideas #shows #thingstodo #whatson #family #daysout #Devonwithkids #September #autumn