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Things to do in Devon this Easter 2024

Things to do in Devon this Easter 2024

Easter is a top time to get out and about in Devon with egg hunts and special family activities usually happening over and around the school holidays. This post includes what’s on in April and a selection ideas for fun things to do in Devon this Easter school holiday.

Please note that this guide is under construction as events are yet to be finalised. Read on for what happened last year.

The Easter school holidays in Devon happen from Monday 3 April to Friday 14 April 2023, so this is when most attractions will be running themed events.

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Easter egg hunts and Easter trails in Devon in 2023

Want to find out where the Easter bunny has hidden it’s eggs? Check out my full guide to Easter egg hunts and trails in Devon including National Trust egg hunts and trails at family attractions.

Child's hand reaching for Easter eggs in grass

What’s on this April and Easter in Devon?

Don’t fancy an egg hunt? Here’s what else is going including family-friendly events, shows and activities happening around Devon this Easter:

Spring at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth – every day

Bonnie looking at the camera at Oakleigh, Sidmouth
Picture credit: The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth is bursting with life now and the Spring Wildlife Hunt trail is the perfect excuse to get out with family and friends to explore the sanctuary and combine exercise and brainpower. 

The resident donkeys play an important part in increasing the biodiversity of wildlife across the sanctuary. Their hooves and coats spread seeds far and wide, boosting the ecosystem to allow new fauna and flora to flourish. 

By following clues from their trail sheet, people will be able to discover wildlife boards around the sanctuary and match them up with the stickers provided. Trail sheets cost £5 each and include a prize on completion, which over the Easter holidays is a chocolate Easter Egg. 

The Donkey Sanctuary is free to visit, and parking is free.

Find out more about visiting The Donkey Sanctuary.

Immersive family shows at Market Hall in Plymouth – all month

Sea Monsters show projected on immersive dome at Market Hall in Plymouth
Sea Monsters

Enter the immersive dome at Market Hall in Devonport for a series of family-friendly 360 degree shows this month.

The dome here is the largest in Europe and gives visitors a full-scale virtual reality experience without having to don a headset.

Find out more about what’s on at Market Hall this month.

Easter Grotto at the Milky Way, North Devon – 1 to 14 April 2023

There’s a feast of chocolatey Easter fun being laid on at the Milky Way this school holiday.

Journey down the rabbit hole to discover the theme park’s unique Easter Grotto and collect a chocolatey treat from the Easter Bunny.

The grotto is for children aged one to 10 and visits must be booked when you buy your park entry tickets. There is a small additional charge for the grotto.

Find out more on the Milky Way website.

Wildwood’s Easter Egg-stravaganza, East Devon – 1 to 16 April 2023

A red squirrel stands in front of a basket of colourful Easter eggs
Picture credit: Wildwood Devon

Hop on over to Wildwood near Ottery St Mary this Easter to follow a special trail through the park and see what unusual things you can discover. Complete the trail to win a prize.

There will also be an egg hunt inside the beech hedge maze and the Saxon village will be humming with activity. There will be story-telling, crafting, face painting and more.

Find out more about visiting on the Wildwood Devon website.

Bee Positive at The Box in Plymouth – 1 to 22 April 2023

Join the team at The Box on selected dates throughout the Easter holidays and on Earth Day to learn more about the remarkable Six-Banded nomad bee – Britain’s rarest bee. There’s a range of brilliant craft activities.

Plus, over the Easter weekend search for Gus Honeybun and his different jumpers throughout the building with their special seasonal trail. Find all the colours and receive a special
Easter reward.

Find out more on The Box website.

Good Food & Craft Sunday at Royal William Yard, Plymouth – 2 April 2023

People browsing markets stalls in the historic setting of Royal William Yard in Plymouth
Picture credit: Royal William Yard

Head to the Good Food & Craft market for more than 70 family-friendly stalls offering everything from brownies and bath bombs, to fudge and falafel wraps.

On the green in the open air for the first time this year, the ever-popular market is a great place to peruse a wide range of stalls, while relaxing for a nibble and a natter.   

Kids will love Soapbox Science Plymouth, taking place on the green at the market. Scientists from a variety of disciplines – from crabs and plants, to psychology and engineering – will deliver talks in a fun and accessible way, with interactive presentations, props, and questions welcomed. 

Find out more about what’s on at Royal William Yard.

Adventure tram services in Seaton, East Devon – 2, 5, 9 & 12 April 2023

There’s dinosaur and pirate adventures to be had on special services of Seaton Tramway this month.

This adventure-filled tram ride with music, stories, fossil dig, and a dinosaur activity returns to Seaton Tramway for the first time this month!

Help Professor Percival the Palaeontologist uncover the secrets of a land that time forgot during the Dinosaur Tram Adventure or stowaway on the Seaton Pearl for a swashbuckling journey through the Axe Valley.

Find out more about these events in April and at other times throughout the year on the Seaton Tramway website.

Dinosaur Adventure Live at Queens Theatre Barnstaple, North Devon – 3 April 2023

This awe-inspiring show captivates both young and young at heart, immersing audiences in an enthralling and realistic world of Dinosaurs.

Join a Jurassic explorer for a walk through a world of living, breathing, life-like Dinosaurs.

Find out more and book tickets on the Queens Theatre Barnstaple website.

National Parks Fortnight, Dartmoor – 3 to 16 April 2023

From weaselling and moon walks to longhouses and tin mines, this National Parks Fortnight is a great time to get outside and explore Dartmoor.

Find out what’s on throughout the two week celebration of the Uk’s 15 national parks.

Centenary Rocks at Paignton Zoo, South Devon – selected dates from 4 to 13 April 2023

Giraffe cartoon painted on a pebble
Picture credit: Paignton Zoo

Paignton Zoo is hosting free pebble decorating workshops on selected dates this Easter as part of its Centenary celebrations.

Decorate a pebble and either take it home or leave it at the zoo and your artwork can form part of a #CentenaryRocks display at Paignton’s big birthday ZOOnanza in July.

Workshops take place in Wild With Us between 11am and 3pm on 4 to 6 and 11 to 13 April.

Normal zoo admission prices apply.

Find out more about what’s on at Paignton Zoo.

Kids activities at RAMM in Exeter – 4 and 12 April 2023

Visit RAMM in Exeter on 4 April to unleash the magic of one of the most wondrous ancient civilisations by making an Ancient Egyptian amulet.

Visit the Egyptian Tomb in the Ancient Worlds gallery for some inspiration, then make a clay amulet inscribed with your name in hieroglyphs.

On 12 April make your own Indonesian Shadow Puppet and create beautiful characters, breathing life into them by manipulating the sticks to lead them in a performance behind the shadow theatre screen.

Find out more about what’s on at RAMM.

Easter holiday craft workshops with Pom Stitch Tassel – 4 to 15 April 2023

Lamb, bunny and chick made with wool pom moms and stick on eyes
Picture credit: Pom Stitch Tassel

Bovey Tracey’s creative HQ Pom Stitch Tassel is holding 10 crafting workshops this Easter.

Choose from cupcake decorating to pom pom spring animals and beginners sewing for kids to cross stitch Easter eggs.

Prices start from £12.50 per child. Parents are welcome to stay too.

To find out more and to book a place visit the Pom Stitch Tassel website.

The Oak, The Ash and The Standing Stones at Barnfield Theatre, Exeter – 5 April 2023

Explore the magic of the countryside, forest and fen in this modern, folk-filled family show about wild places and wild stories.

Find out more and book tickets on the Exeter Northcott Theatre website.

Tales from a Thousand and One Nights at Barnfield Theatre, Exeter – 6-8 April 2023

Show poster

Be entertained by folk tales found in The Arabian Nights, including The Seven Voyages of SindbadThe Little Hunchback, and Faisal and the Barber in this feast of storytelling, puppetry, mask and live music by Dragonboy Productions.

Find out more and book tickets on the Exeter Northcott website.

Paignton’s Easter Celebrations, South Devon – 7 April 2023

Head to Paignton’s Torbay Road for a cracking free Easter event including live music, an egg hunt, stalls and entertainment.

Visit the English Riviera website for more information.

Plymouth Eco Market, Devonport – 8 April 2023

Plymouth Eco Market is returning to the historic Devonport Guildhall with workshops, kids activities, sustainable market stalls, delicious local food and live music.

From forest school activities, kids crafts, arts and ceramics workshops to massage treatments and meditation sessions.

Find out more and book an activity by visiting the market’s Facebook page.

Dinosaur World Live at Theatre Royal Plymouth – 9 – 11 April 2023

Life sized dinosaur puppet being fed leaves
Dinosaur World Live

Do you dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World Live when it comes to Plymouth this month?.

Join an intrepid explorer to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs including a Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus.

There will also be a meet and greet after the show.

Find out more and book tickets on the Theatre Royal Plymouth website.

The Tap Dancing Mermaid at Exeter Phoenix Theatre – 11 April 2023

Woman wearing tap shoes stood on one leg with their arms extended. She is on a stage with a dark background
Picture credit: Exeter Phoenix

Gather round for the Moon’s magical story about a tippetty-top tap dancer who he has been watching at night.

Marina Skippett creeps out of her house every night to shuffle and stomp on the boardwalk to the sounds of the sea. She can’t tap dance at home any more since her evil, tractor-sized Aunty banned it! But then, one moonlit night, Marina meets a mysterious, watery boy swimming in the sea and her life is never the same again!

This family show at Exeter Phoenix is suitable for everyone aged three to 133.

Find out more and book tickets on the Exeter Phoenix website.

The Story Tram at Seaton Tramway – 12 April 2024

All aboard for the the award-winning Story Tram.

Take a tram ride from Seaton to Colyton with your little ones and inspire big imaginations with themed stories and action songs along the way. There are also activities at Colyton Station.

This experience is best suited to children aged four and under. Other dates are available throughout the year.

Find out more and book tickets on the Seaton Tramway website.

Totnes Spring Festival, South Devon – 13 April 2023

Hop along to Totnes this Easter for its free, family-friendly Spring Festival.

The event will include a free bouncy castle and soft play area for little ones, live music and street entertainment, kids crafting and a treasure hunt.

There will also be plenty of street food vendors and local makers stalls.

The even t takes place in Totnes Market Square and Civic Hall.

Find out more on the Visit Totnes website.

Tales from Acorn Wood at Exeter Northcott Theatre – 13-15 April 2023

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s beloved Tales from Acorn Wood stories are being brought to life on stage for the first time in an enchanting lift-the-flap experience.

See Fox, Rabbit and all the Acorn Wood characters alongside toe-tapping songs and puppetry in a show that’s perfect for children of all ages.

Find out more and buy tickets on the Exeter Northcott Theatre website.

Pasta cookery workshop – 14 April 2024

Ravioli with asparagus and cheese
Picture credit: Ground Up Cookery School

If you have budding chefs in your house sign up for a pasta cookery class with the Ground Up Cookery School on the edge of Dartmoor.

Learn how to make and cook fresh pasta, and enhance your cookery skills to share with friends and family.

Although there is no recommended age limit on this course all children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult.

Find out more and book this class on the Ground Up Cookery School website.

Three Little Pigs Musical at Palace Theatre, Paignton – 15 April 2023

Lost The Plot Theatrical present a brand-new musical adventure, The Three Little Pigs, this April.

Follow the trio of trotters as they excitedly leave the family sty in search of new adventures. Will they make a pig’s ear out of it, or will they raise the roof?

Find out more about this family show and buy tickets on the Palace Theatre website.

Rapunzel – an Easter Panto at The Princess Theatre, Torquay – 15 April 2023

Rapunzel Easter Panto promotional poster

See an all star cast including comedy legend Bobby Davro, Britain’s Got Talent Winner – Collabro’s Matt Pagan and Easter panto funny-man Karen The Mam’s Lewis Denny in this Spring-time pantomime in Torquay.

There will be music, energetic dance routines as well as plenty of jokes, slapstick and heaps of audience participation.

Find out more and book tickets on the ATG website.

Bluebell Sundays at Hartland Abbey – 16 & 23 April 2023

Head to Hartland Abbey to enjoy the bluebells for a reduced entrance fee.

These Spring blooms carpet the walks from the Walled Gardens to the sea with restored paths leading to the Woodland Summerhouse, the Gazebo and Blackpool Mill overlooking the Atlantic. 

Find out more about visiting Hartland Abbey in April.

The Smeds and The Smoos at The Landmark Theatre Ilfracombe – 21-23 April 2023

Soar into space with this exciting adaptation of the award-winning book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

On a far-off planet, Smeds and Smoos can’t be friends. So when a young Smed and Smoo fall in love and zoom off into space together, how will their families get them back?

There’s music, laughs and interplanetary adventures suitable for children aged three and up.

Find out more and book tickets on The Landmark Theatre website.

Lambing Sunday at Martinsfield Farm, Broadclyst – 23 April 2023

Lambs come running in their grass field on a sunny day.

Visit Martinsfield Farm to see this season’s Newley born lambs. There will be a chance to hold and touch the new arrivals as well as hot food stalls for hungry visitors.

Booking is essential.

Find out more and book via Eventbrite.

Britain’s Ocean City Running Festival, Plymouth – 28 April 2024

Plymouth’s running festival course takes in Plymouth’s famous landmarks with three distances to choose from – half marathon, 10k and 5k – as well as Team Challenges and Primary Schools Challenge.

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

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