Hooray for Friday! 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.
In this guide I’m pointing you in the direction of what’s on and things to do including places to avoid the rain and enjoy the great outdoors.
Don’t forget: a lot depends on the weather. Please check event organisers’ websites and social media channels for up to date information about opening during adverse weather.
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Things to do in Devon this weekend
We’re well into the month now but do check out my full February guide to see what special activities and events are happening across the week.
Below I’ve picked out some of the most family-friendly things to do in this guide to what’s on this weekend:
Family Twilight Tails at Soapbox Children’s Theatre – 23 February 2024
Visit the Soapbox Children’s Theatre in Devonport for a storytelling performance with its in-house storyteller extraordinaire Jacqueline.
The evening gets underway at 6pm – just right for a pre-bedtime treat. Bring your children dressed in pyjamas, ready for them to roll into bed when you get home.
Find out more and book tickets on the Soapbox Theatre website.
Drizzle’s Green Guardian Trail at Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary – 23 February to 7 March 2024
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.
Mars: War & Peace by Luke Jerram at Exeter Cathedral – daily until 28 February 2024
Following Museum of the Moon and Gaia, we are excited to be hosting Luke Jerram’s next artwork, Mars: War & Peace, throughout February 2024.
Measuring seven metres in diameter, the artwork features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery* of the Martian surface. At an approximate scale of 1:1 million, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 10 kilometres of the surface of Mars.
Tickets cost £6 for adults and children accompanying them go free.
Find out more and book tickets on the Cathedral website.
New Gruffalo Party Trail at Haldon Forest, near Exeter – every day
A brand new Gruffalo trail has opened at Haldon Forest this week (24 January 2024). 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.
Bing and Flop trail and story time at Paignton Zoo – until 3 March 2024
Toddler TV favourites Bing and Flop are hanging out at Paignton Zoo this Spring. Between now and early March you can follow fun family activity trail around the zoo and drop into story time sessions and meet and greets on selected days.
All activities are included in the usual zoo entrance price.
Find out more about meeting Bing and Flop at the zoo.
Snowdrop Festival at The Garden House – Fridays, Saturday and Sundays until 10 March 2024
Visit The Garden House near Yelverton for its first joyful seasonal event of the year – its Snowdrop Festival.
Expect to see more than 350 varieties of snowdrops to spot making it one of the most diverse collections of named and naturalised snowdrops in the UK.
Find out more about visiting The Garden House.
More things to do in February 2024
Take a look at my guide to family events happening this February for the full low down on what’s happening this 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
Here’s where to find the latest listings and what’s on at Devon’s theatres:
- The Flaval, Dartmouth, South Devon
- Palace Theatre, Paignton, South Devon
- Princess Theatre, Torquay, South Devon
- The Pavilions, Teignmouth, South Devon
- Theatre Royal, Plymouth
- The Soapbox Children’s Theatre, Devonport, Plymouth
- Babbacombe Theatre, Babbacombe, South Devon
- Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter
- Barnfield Theatre, Exeter
- Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter
- Exeter Corn Exchange, Exeter
- The Landmark Theatre Ilfracombe and Queens Theatre Barnstaple, North Devon
More things to do in Devon this weekend
Here’s some more guides with ideas for things to do and places to visit for the whole family:
- Ideas for rainy days in Devon
- Soft play centres in Devon
- Zoos and animal attractions
- Theme parks in Devon
- Farm shops in Devon
- Outdoor activities and attractions
- Dog-friendly family attractions in Devon
- Free things to do
- Adventure playgrounds in Devon
- Things to do with teens in Devon.
Devon what’s on guides
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