Hooray for Friday! If you’re looking for family-friendly things to do in Devon this weekend you have come to the right place for events and activities to entertain you and the kids. Here’s what’s on in Devon this weekend – 30 July – 1 August 2021!

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Things to do in Devon this weekend

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Here’s my pick of what’s on in Devon this weekend:

Vintage Weekend at RHS Rosemoor – 30 July to 1 August, 2021

Rosemoor are welcoming visitors back to one of their most popular events: Vintage Weekend.

This year, more than 150 vintage and classic cars, motorbikes, tractors and other agricultural machinery will be there, making it Rosemoor’s largest ever display, elegantly presented on the gently sloping lawn in the Arboretum.

It’s not just about vehicles, there is fun for all the family including a 1940’s re-enactment with Second World War living history re-enactors, displays of machinery, artillery and field hospital tents. 1940s dress code is encouraged too as you enjoy the music and Lindy Hop dancing of a bygone era.

There will also be a classic Punch and Judy show and cream teas.

Entry to Vintage Weekend in included with tickets for RHS Rosemoor.

Sidmouth Folk Festival, Sidmouth – 30 July to 6 August, 2021

Audience at Sidmouth Folk Festival - an event in Devon
Sidmouth Folk Festival

Sidmouth will be wash with music, dance and workshops for all ages during this four-day event. The dedicated children’s folk festival is staged across three workshop venues with crafts, family-friendly shows and story times.

Find out more about the festival programme and children’s festival activities on the website.

Dartington Music Summer School and Festival – until 20 August 2021

Young child playing at Dartington Music Summer School

There’s is a full programme of concerts, free events, family workshops and performances at Dartington this summer.

New for this year is a programme of family friendly and free events which will open up the world famous Summer School to an even wider audience. A series of special relaxed concerts will run, allowing for noise and movement.

Included in these is ‘Revolting Rhymes & Marvellous Music’ – a musical exploration of Roald Dahl’s darkly clever tales and pianist Florian Mitrea playing music by Mozart, including his charming variation on ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star’.

Family workshops are also running throughout the four week period, aimed at a variety of ages from babies to teenagers, including Soundscreative Lab with Tara Franks and a children’s choir, which will culminate in a performance of brand new commission, JOY!

Part of this is Free Festival Fridays – every Friday while the Summer School is on, a full day of live music will take place where the whole family is welcome.

Expect a variety of musical happenings including processions, singing under trees, brass fanfares, folk sessions and much more. The full Festival Friday programme will be posted on our website the day before – or people can just turn up and be surprised – and it’s completely free.

Find out more on the Dartington website.

South Devon Maize Maze – 24 July onwards

Discover a sea creature lurking in the maize fields near Palegate roundabout between Chruchstow and Kingsbridge from Saturday 24 July.

This creature from the deep is the outline of the route through a maize maze. Navigate your way through the pathways and spot clues along the way to help you find your way out!

The maze will be open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday throughout the summer. If you feel peckish during your adventure, Proper Moorish will be providing breakfasts, lunches, cream teas and ice creams on site. 

Find out more on the South Devon Maize Maze Facebook page.

Wonderland event at RHS Rosemoor – until 5 September, 2021

RHS Macmillan Wonderland summer holidays Illustration (c) Chris Riddell, 2020, 2021
(c) Chris Riddell, 2020, 2021

This summer, families will be transported to Alice’s Wonderland at RHS Rosemoor Gardens in Torrington this summer. 

The RHS has partnered with Macmillan Publishers to celebrate 150 years of the iconic and classic stories Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There

Wonderland will be brought to life throughout the summer holidays. Visitors will be able to view the gardens through the eyes of Alice, encountering topsy-turvy installations along the way. Sneak through the rabbit hole, peek through the door in the tree and transform into a Queen (or King) of Hearts. 

On 24 July itself there will be a fantastical, family musical retelling of the classic tale by Boxtree Productions, featuring original songs, puppets and innovative story-telling.

Find out more about the Wonderland Trail at RHS Rosemoor.

Moor Otters trail in 2021

OTTERbiography by The Dartmoor Artist
Find OTTERbiography by The Dartmoor Artist at Canonteign Falls

The Moor Otters Trail runs all summer!

Find more than 80 unique sculptures at businesses and family attractions around the National Park, including Canonteign Falls where you can meet the otter and pup above painted by Sarah Smith The Dartmoor Artist.

Find out more about visiting Canonteign Falls in the Teign Valley.

Find out more about where else to find these unique pieces of art work all over the National Park and surrounding area in my post about the 2021 Dartmoor Otters trail.

Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary fun trail

Girls on donkey sculpture

Feed your curiosity and discover all things adorable with a donkey adventure like no other at Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary. It’s new children’s trail contains an A to Z of fun donkey facts around the sanctuary. Complete the trail activities as you go to claim a prize and sticker on completion.

The adventure is split into two parts – one short trail and one a little longer. For the first part, locate eight donkey facts around the main sanctuary and find the hidden letters to complete the missing word.

The Donkey Sanctuary is free to visit and booking is not required. 

Find out more on The Donkey Sanctuary website.

What’s on at the theatre?

Here’s where to find the latest listings and what’s on at Devon’s theatres:

What’s on in Devon next weekend?

Planning ahead? Here’s some events happening in Devon throughout August.

If you want to find out what’s on at other times of the year take a look at my full Devon events guide.

More things to do in Devon this weekend

June is going to be a busy month in Devon with many more attractions reopen for families to enjoy. Here’s some places you might like to visit:

And of course, keep an eye on my guide to things to do in Devon this June.

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