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.

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Events in Devon this September

There’s no doubt the Devon events calendar is a little lighter than usual in 2020 but there are a few family-friendly events still going ahead.

Here’s 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.

BRICKLIVE Outer Space Exhibition at Powderham Castle

Catch the last few days of this exhibition at Powderham Castle near Exeter. The Outer Space Exhibition this summer invites budding space explorers and astronauts to go on a journey through the solar system with this brick adventure.

This touring exhibition has more than 20 space-related models meticulously created using toy bricks. It was created in 2019 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing, and has already been to Sheffield, Lincoln, Basingstoke and York.

The exhibition runs until 6 September 2020. 

Powderham Castle discount code

For a special Devon with Kids discount on family entry use “DWKAGF” when you buy tickets. This gives you free adult admission with any ticket purchased for a child aged 4 to 16-years-old. 

T&Cs: this discount is limited to two adults per transaction and it only works with a purchase of a child ticket, not under 4s (as they are already free). Two adults can visit with one paying child and both receive the discount.

Find out more and buy tickets to Powderham Castle grounds and gardens.

Search for VR monsters in Plymouth and Exeter

Plymouth and Exeter’s augmented reality ‘safari’ trails continue around the city centres this month. Find 10 cute and colourful MonsterHeroes using your smartphone and QR codes dotted around town.

Once you find all 10 you can download a free e-book that tells the story of your new found heroes. 

There is a nominal cost of £2 per family to play, with donations going to NHS Charities Together.

Search for the MonsterHeros in Exeter until 6 September and in Plymouth until 30 September 2020.

Circus Berlin comes to Plymouth

Come and see death defying stunts and incredible acrobatics in the Big Top of this touring circus. Social distancing measures, such as reduced capacity, have been put in place for each show.

Circus Berlin is in Central Park, Plymouth from Friday 4 September to Sunday 20 September 2020. Find out more and book tickets.

Horrible Histories at Clovelly

Join the performers of The Plough Arts Centre at Clovelly Village in North Devon for an outdoor production of Horrible Histories.

This outdoor theatre event takes place on Saturday 12 September. Find out more and book tickets.

Drive in cinema Westpoint, Exeter

A drive in cinema is coming to Westpoint in Exeter in September. See family classics like The Goonies, Back to the Future and The Lion King from the socially distanced comfort of your own vehicle.

Films are being shown from Tuesday 8 September to Sunday 13 September 2020. Find out more and book tickets.

Good Food Sunday in Newton Abbot

Head to Newton Abbot Racecourse on Sunday 13 September for the Good Food Sunday Fine Food Fare.

Parking and entry are free. Find more information on Facebook.

Paignton Zoo Great Big Brick Safari trail 

Have you seen the new animals at Paignton Zoo yet? They may be bit stiffer than the usual residents but they are just as fun to spot.

The Great Big Brick Safari continues throughout 2020 with more than 80 LEGO animal creations dotted around the botanical wildlife park along side more than 2,000 creatures who are very much alive and kicking.

This outdoor trail runs until 3 January 2021.

Find out more about visiting Paignton Zoo in South Devon. Book tickets in advance.

Heritage Open Days

This annual opportunity to explore some of the nation’s most extraordinary and often hidden places of history and culture will go ahead in 2020.

From 11 to 20 September 2020 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.

Seafood and Harbour Market in Plymouth

A new Seafood & Harbour Market is coming to Plymouth’s Barbican and Sutton Harbour on 19 and 20 September 2020.

Organised by Plymouth Waterfront Partnership with support from Sutton Harbour Group, the market will take place from 10am to 5pm, with traders spread across the Parade and Quay Square to enable social distancing.

Why not drop into one of our favourite Devon restaurants, Rock Fish, for some fabulously fresh seafood too. It’s right next to the National Marine Aquarium – a top family day out in Plymouth. Book a table in advance.

The Box, Plymouth

Right at the end of September The Box – Plymouth’s brand new museum of history and culture – will open for the first time. Its exhibitions about the people and past of Plymouth and the surrounding areas open on 29 September.

Entrance is free but must be prebooked. Booking opens on 10 September or 7 September for Box members.

Find out more about visiting The Box.

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

Devon days out

Many Devon attractions have now reopened – in fact it would take less time to list those that aren’t open. However, they’re not all open mid-week as the main summer holiday season has finished.

Here’s some attractions 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.

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