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What’s on in Devon this weekend – 24 to 27 May 2024

What’s on in Devon this weekend –  24 to 27 May 2024

Hooray for Friday and another luxuriously long May bank holiday weekend! If you’re looking for family-friendly things to do in Devon you have come to the best place for events and special activities. Read on to find out what’s on in Devon this weekend.

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Things to do in Devon this weekend

If you are looking for things to do in the week and the rest of half term you’ll want my full guide to what’s on in May.

Below I’ve picked out some of the most family-friendly things to do in this guide to what’s on this weekend:

Axminster Eats Boutique – 24 May 2024

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Kick off the Spring Bank Holiday weekend with a tasty treat at Minster Green which is hosting an evening street food market in the heart of this historic market town. 

There will be global flavours with something for all tastes in this large grassy space set back from the traffic. Families and dogs are most definitely welcome.

The event includes the culmination of Axminster’s Scarecrow Festival and this year there are some brilliant entries – definitely worth a walk around town to work up an appetite. 

Reader offer: get 10% off at the bar when quoting ‘KIDSinDEVON’.

Find out more about Axminster Eats Boutique.

Outdoor cinema at Powderham Castle – 24 to 26 May 2024

There’s a movie extravaganza going on at Powderham Castle new Exeter this weekend. Each day there will be family-friendly films screened during the day followed by 12+ rated flicks into the evening. 

From 1 pm on Saturday and Sunday Julia Donaldson children’s films will be showing all afternoon. playing. 

Stay for one movie or see them all. The late afternoon kids films include Cars, Frozen Sing-Along and Encanto. There will also be a beer garden all day and live music in the evening.

Find out more and buy tickets on the Powderham Castle website.

Sheep Shearing Experience at Made-Well CIC, West Devon – 25 May 2024

Flock of rare breed sheep in a field at Made-Well CIC

Made-Well is running a one-off experience where you can watch the farm’s rare breed sheep being sheared. 

During this demonstration you can ask the team questions and have a go at rolling a sheep fleece. 

Find out more and book your places on the Made-Well CIC website.

There’s a full programme of family-friendly events happening at Burton Gallery this half term from a photo trail to crafts and photography workshops. Some activities are free while others need to be booked in advance.

Find out more on the Burton Gallery website.

Tumble’s Rumble trail at Dartmoor Zoo – 25 May to 2 June 2024

Dartmoor Zoo is celebrating 10 years of being a conservation charity with a special birthday trail this half term.

Tumble the Tiger needs help making birthday invites. Follow a trail around Dartmoor’s Zoo to help out with the party plans.

This half term event runs alongside daily talks and activities at this famous zoo in Sparkford near Plymouth.

Find out more and get tickets for Dartmoor Zoo.

BMX stunt show at Crealy Theme Park during half term – 25 May to 2 June 2024

In addition to being fully open with all rides ready to roll there will be an adrenaline-fuelled stunt show outside the Piazza Stage during May Half Term. 

The show will feature BMX-ers and skateboarders who will perform a number of exciting stunts to provide a spectacle.

Find out more and book tickets for Crealy near Exeter.

The Devonshire Balloon and Music Festival – 25 to 26 May 2024

A weekend of hot air balloon launches, live much and family fun is coming to Exeter Racecourse this half term.

The Devonshire Balloon and Music festival will feature stunt displays, dinosaurs, a Saturday evening night glow balloon show and a big top circus tent with live music from UK tribute bands.

Find out more and buy tickets via Ticket Source.

Superstars of Wrestling in Combe Martin – 25 May 2024

See live wrestling in Combe Martin this May Half Term. Pro wrestlers from around the UK and world will be putting on a two hour family-friendly show with all the thrills, spills and twists that you see on TV.

Superstars of Wrestling will be at Combe Martin Villiage Hall on the High Street. But tickets in advance or on the door.

READER OFFER: get a FREE (usually costs £5) meet and greet with the wrestlers at the end of the show when you mention you saw the event listed on Devon with Kids. Simple see the compare or door staff when you arrive to receive your meet and greet pack. 

Find out more and buy tickets on Eventbrite.

Seaton Tramway Dinosaur Tram Adventure – 26 May 2024

All aboard the first Dinosaur Tram experience of 2024! Help Professor Percival the Palaeontologist uncover the secrets of a land that time forgot and fulfil a mission to make contact with some forgotten species.

As well as a ride on this super scenic tram through the East Devon countryside there will be music, stories, fossil dig, and a dinosaur activity area at Colyton Station.

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

Seaweed Festival at Clovelly – 26 May 2024

Each year Devon’s car free village in North Devon holds a Seaweed Festival to promote this marine marvel’s immense health and nutritional benefits.

Enjoy live music, street entertainment and seaweed workshops during your visit.

Ususal admission prices apply.

Find out or about what’s on at Clovelly near Hartland.

Teddy bear’s picnic at Wildwood Devon, East Devon – 27 May 2024

Bring along your little ones and their favourite teddy for an adventure alongside the attraction’s real-life Brown Bears, Mish & Lucy.

There will be bear-themed games, creative crafts and storytelling plus a hot chocolate and a special homemade bear-shaped cookie. 

Tickets are limited so book online in advance. This event is targeted at children aged six and under.

Find out more on the Wildwood Devon website.

Spring Steam Up at Coldharbour Mill – 27 May 2024

Celebrate spring by seeing Coldharbour Mill in full steam! As well as seeing the steam powered complex and waterwheel in action there will be a bouncy castle, live music, storytelling and crafts.

Get 15% off your tickets if you book online in advance.

Find out more and book on the Coldharbour Mill website.

Budleigh Salterton Gala Week – 27 May to 2 June 2024

This weekend marks the start of a whole week of family fun in Budleigh Salterton.

Gala Week events are organised by the local Lions to raise funds for charity and include the crowning of the town’s gala queen, competitions, cream teas, live entertainment and evening discos.

Find out more about what’s on during Budleigh Salterton Gala Week.

Drizzle’s Green Guardian Easter Trail at Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary – daily until 2 June 2024

Bonnie looking at the camera at Oakleigh, Sidmouth

Follow Drizzle and his friends to discover the critters and plants which call Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary their home and aid biodiversity.

Trail sheets cost £5 which includes a prize on completion. 

There’s also a new bat beacon interactive exhibition, natural play area, daily talks, scenic walks, engaging displays, award-winning gardens and, of course, hundreds of adorable donkeys to meet. Friendly dogs on leads are welcome too.

The Donkey Sanctuary is free to visit.

Find out more about visiting Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary.

Flow Art Exhibition at Cockington Court near Torquay – daily until 2 June 2024

Glass sculpture with different coloured waves curling over
Picture credit: Cockington Court

Dive into Cockington Court’s latest exhibition, Flow, which is inspired by water. See a wide range of mediums from glass to paintings. 

The exhibition takes place in the Kitchen Gallery and is free to visit between 10.30am and 4.30pm daily. 

Find out more on the Cockington Court website.

Wildflower trail at Heddon Valley near Barnstaple – daily until 7 June 2024

Learn about the wildflowers around the Heddon Valley by following this paperless trail through the woods to Heddon’s Mouth. 

Find out more about visiting Heddon Valley.

Killerton Springs into Rhyme: Blossom poetry display – daily until 30 June 2024

Find poetry written by local community groups shared around the formal gardens of Killerton. 

The poems have been inspired by the blossom of the estate, which you can also see as you wander through the emerging magnolias and cheerful cherry blossom.

This trail is included in the admission price.

Find out more about visiting Killerton.

Gruffalo Party Trail at Haldon Forest, near Exeter – every day

Girl looks at information board in forest
Picture credit: Forestry England/Crown copyright

A brand new Gruffalo trail has opened at Haldon Forest in January. The Gruffalo Party trail follows on from the Zoo trail and is celebrating the 25th anniversary of this much loved Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book.

As part of the new adventure, families work together to search for missing party items while enjoying fun and games along the trail.

And of course there will be an educational twist with information about the intricate ways plants and animals look after each other.

Find out more about the new Gruffalo Trail at Haldon Forest.

More things to do in Devon this May half term

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Find out what’s happening throughout the whole of half term see my guide to May in Devon.

What’s on in Devon next weekend

Planning ahead?

Here’s some activities happening at on the weekend of 31 May to 2 June 2024 which is also the last weekend of May half term – enjoy:

Flavour Fest – 31 May to 2 June 2024

The South West’s largest free food and drink festival returns to the city centre Piazza for its 20th anniversary in 2024 with plenty of activities to get your taste buds tingling.

See celebrity chef demos and sample some of the regions finest produce from more than 80 stalls.

Find out more about what’s on at Flavour Fest this year.

Family Drumming Workshop at Teignmouth Pavilions – 1 June 2024

A boy sits in front of a tall drum

Join in a rhythmic adventure for the whole family in this workshop at Teignmouth Pavilions. 

This hands-on session promises fun, laughter, and plenty of beats to groove to. No experience is necessary – just bring your enthusiasm and get ready to make music memories.

Find out more and book your family’s places on the Teignmouth Pavilions website.

English Riviera Airshow, Torbay – 1 to 2 June 2024

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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.

Dartmoor storytelling, two locations – 1 to 2 June 2024

Storyteller in bright red outfit stood performing in front of families in a marquee
Picture credit: Emily Appleton

Dartmoor has inspired countless stories and songs, folk tales, memories and personal connections over thousands of years. But what does Dartmoor mean to you? 

Dartmoor based storytellers Lisa and Sara will be telling traditional Dartmoor tales that bring the magic of the moor to life, including wicked weavers, mischievous pixies and shapeshifting creatures.

There will be storytelling, crafts, and activities and a whole lot of Dartmoor fun to be had by children and parents alike.

On 1 June at Princetown Library come and hear the world premiere of a brand new story ‘The White Rock and The Black Dog’. On 2 June the event take place at Victoria Park in Buckfastleigh.

Find out more on the Villages in Action website.

Looking ahead to June in Devon

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Take a look at my guide to family events happening this June for the full low down on what’s happening next month including walks, indoor attractions that are open and more places to visit all year round.


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What’s on at the theatre

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More things to do in Devon this weekend

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