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Family guide to what’s on in Devon June 2024

Family guide to what’s on in Devon June 2024

Looking for things to do in Devon in June 2024? Here’s your guide to family-friendly events, places to visit and what’s on in Devon.

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

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What’s on in Devon this June

Here’s what’s on during the second half of May half term for families:

English Riviera Airshow, Torbay – 1 to 2 June 2024

Red Arrows flying over Paignton Pier and beach in Devon
The Red Arrows performing over Paignton Pier

This free two-day airshow takes place in the natural amphitheatre provided by Torbay.

As well as plenty of action in the skies there’s stalls, entertainment and children’s activities on Paignton Green.

For the complete air display line up see the English Riviera Airshow website.

More events in Devon this June

Heres what’s on in Devon during the rest of June 2023:

Outdoor screening of The Dark Knight Rises at Castle Hill Estate – 6 June 2023

The Dark Knight Rises poster

Experience the fun of outdoor cinema at Castle Hill Estate in Barnstaple this June with a screening of The Dark Knight Rises.

This film is suitable for audiences aged 12 and over.

Find out more about the outdoor cinema at Castle Hill Estate.

Story Time for the ‘Mini Zoo Crew’ at Paignton Zoo – 8 June 2023

Paignton Zoo has teamed up with Libraries Unlimited to offer young visitors fun story sessions, songs and activities based on animals and conservation.

These activities will take place in the Sunbird Room at the end of the restaurant from 10.30am to 11.30am and are aimed at pre-school children aged two and a half to four years.

Pre-booking is not required. Normal zoo admission prices apply.

Find out more on the Paignton Zoo website.

Macbeth for kids at Soapbox Theatre in Devonport – 10 & 17 June 2023

See Macbeth skilfully retold for families at the Soapbox Theatre this month. The Shakespearian tale is reimagined through the eyes of two Elizabethan gaolers who recount the play they saw.

Macbeth at the Soabox Theatre is suitable for children aged six and up.

Find out more and book via the Soapbox theatre website.

Craft Festival Bovey Tracey – 9 to 11 June 2023

Family watching maker in marquee
Craft Festival – Picture credit: JimW

Craft Festival Bovey Tracey returns for its 19th annual event featuring designer makers, plus more live craft demonstrations and activities than ever before.

There will also be a free children’s activities tent on the Saturday and Sunday.

The festival takes place in Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey.

For more information and to buy tickets visit the Craft Festival website.

Sharpham Estate open day – 10 June 2023

Sharpham Estate on the River Dart is opening its doors for the first time in three years.

There will be family fun, workshops, music, food and crafts as well as garden tours and a chance to see inside the house. The swimming pool will also be open, with lifeguards in attendance.

The Summer Celebration is free entry, but there is a £2 price to enter Sharpham House and a £5 (+booking fee) charge for parking which has to be purchased in advance. All fees go to support the charity and its conservation activities.

There is also a Bioblitz event on the same day – where you can become ‘citizen scientists’, exploring and counting the varied flora and fauna at Sharpham.

Find out more about the day and how to book on the Sharpham Estate website.

Dinosaurs in the Park, Plymouth – every day until 11 June 2023

Come face-to-face with life-like dinos at this fun event including a trail and ‘feeding’ area in Plymouth’s Central Park.

Find out more and book tickets for Dinosaurs in the Park.

Foodies Festival, Exeter – 16 – 18 June 2023

The biggest gourmet food and drink touring festival in the UK is coming to Escot Park, Exeter this June. It features MasterChef and Bake Off stars, headline music acts and gastronomic delights from around the world.

Across the three days there will be an opportunity for the youngsters to get creative in the Kids Cookery School, hosted by Foodies SuperChefs. And for those little (and big!) thrill seekers, there’s a funfair, sand art, toy stalls, face painting and family friendly areas with activities.

Find out more and book tickets on the Foodies Festival website.

Family Drumming Workshop at Teignmouth Pavilions – 17 June 2023

Drum Devon are leading family drumming workshops at the Pavilions.

Come and share a musical experience playing rhythms from across the world.

This event is suitable for the whole family and no experience is necessary.

Find out more and book your place on the Teignmouth Pavilions website.

Rainbow Run in at of Children’s Hospice South West, Exeter – 17 June 2023

Join Children’s Hospice South West at Devon’s most colourful, family-friendly 5k this summer!

Rainbow Run Devon takes place at Westpoint in Exeter and is open to anyone over the age of five. You can run, skip, walk or jog with family, friends or work colleagues.

However you choose to take part, you will be showered in powder paint at different coloured stations and you will be making a difference every step of the way. 

Find out more and book your place for the CHSW Rainbow Run.

Traeger Fest in Holsworthy – 23 June 2023

Pay a visit to the Heart, Smoke & Soul Industrial Estate for a foodie day of fun. Traeger will be showcasing Classic American themed food, including dishes such as delicious Smashed Burgers, Chicken Wings and Cookies.
BBQ lovers can pop along to experience music, cooking demonstrations and delicious food.

Find out more on the Heart, Smoke & Soul website.

Armed Forces Day in Plymouth – 24 June 2023

Head to Plymouth Hoe for a free day of family entertainment celebrating the Armed Forces that play such an important role in the local community and beyond.

There will be opportunity’s to exploring military vehicles and equipment, take part in activities with the Royal Marines, and see displays in the arena.

There will also be bands, parades, the Junior Field Gun tournament and a free evening concert.

Find out more about what’s happening on Armed Forces Day in Plymouth.

Teignmouth Folk Festival, Teignmouth – 24 to 25 June, 2022

This lively folk festival takes place across five venues in Teignmouth.

Throughout the two-day festival there’s a heady mix of music performances and Morris dancing at venues around the town.

Tickets are available for camping and night time concerts.

Check the festival’s Facebook group for announcements about acts and what’s on about town.

Do you know of an event happening in June that’s not on this list? Drop me a line or comment below.

More things to do in Devon this June

There’s never a dull moment here in the West Country and with plenty of places to visit and things to do – it won’t be hard to fill your days with fun.

Here’s some of my top picks for the best days out in Devon for families this month:

Crabbing in Devon

Child holding crab in South Devon

Summer is nearly here and the crabs are biting. Find all the top spots to drop a line in my guide to crabbing in Devon.

Visit an outdoor pool or splash park in Devon 

Fingers crossed we’ll be enjoying some glorious sunshine in Devon in June – perfect for visiting an outdoor pool or splash park.

Find out where they are in my guide to outdoor pools in Devon.

Things to do on wet days in Devon

Child with rainbow umbrella standing in the rain

Let’s get real, some times we experience a touch of ‘liquid sunshine’ here in Devon. When the clouds gather check out my post to things to do when it rains.

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