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What’s on in Devon this weekend – May 2022

What’s on in Devon this weekend – May 2022

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 special activities to entertain you and the kids. Read on to find out what’s on in Devon this weekend!

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Things to do in Devon this weekend

Here’s the family-friendly events and activities happening near you this weekend and over the rest of the month:

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World at Exeter Northcott Theatre – 10 – 15 May 2022

Cast of Fantastically Great Women on stage
Photo credit: Pamela Raith Photography

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World is an empowering new stage show which will be celebrated by anyone who is prepared to move and be moved, with characters and songs that pack a popstar punch!

Join Jade as she breaks away from her class to take a peek behind the scenes at the not yet open Gallery of Greatness in the local museum. Along her journey she is surprised to meet the original and incredible wonder women: Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie, Emmeline Pankhurst to name just a few.

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

60th Anniversary of the Commando Gunners Military Parade – 14 May 2022

Photo Credit: Visit Plymouth on behalf of Plymouth City Council

Plymouth will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Commando Gunners with a military parade in the city centre. Serving troops and veterans will march along the iconic Royal Parade, exercising their Freedom of the City. Led by the Regiments’ colours, their towed guns; the parade will also include a marching band, vehicles and equipment used by the Regiment.

Check out the Visit Plymouth website for more details.

Lord Mayor’s Day in Plymouth – 21 May 2022

Photo credit: Visit Plymouth on behalf of Plymouth City Council

The new Lord Mayor of Plymouth will be throwing a celebration as they take office for the year. The free family-friendly event celebrates Plymouth’s blue and green spaces and there’s lots to learn and explore!

The programme includes interactive activities, street performers, a fun trail through the city centre with amazing prizes to be won, stage performances, workshops and much more. Enjoy more than 40 stalls showcasing local food and crafts, as well as amazing charity and community organisations.

Keep an eye on the Visit Plymouth website for full details.

The Goblin and Fairy Festival at Soapbox Children’s Theatre, Devonport – 21 – 22 May 2022

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Dress up as magical creatures and enjoy storytelling, theatre, arts and crafts at this year’s Goblin and Fairy Festival.

This family event is based in and around The Soapbox Children’s Theatre in the beautiful Devonport Park, Plymouth. The majority of activities take place under cover, either in the theatre or in one of the many tents dotted around the site. So, come rain or shine we’ll make sure you have a brilliant time.

The festival is on from 1pm until 4pm each day with tickets available from £12.

Find out more and buy your tickets on the Soapbox Children’s Theatre website

Dinosaurs In The Park at Northernhay Gardens – 26 May – 12 June 2022

Photo credit: Dinosaurs In The Park

Roarsome family fun is making its debut at Exeter’s Northernhay Gardens! Dinosaurs in the Park is an interactive experience that promises to be a hit with dino fans of all ages. 

Dinosaurs in the Park is a whole day of fun for all the family. Featuring 35 life-sized animatronic models, the attraction boasts a feeding zone, dinosaur trail, as well as fairground rides and trampolines. 

Walk the trail to discover well-known favourites such as the Stegosaurus, Triceratops and Velociraptor, as well as the lesser-known Dilophosaurus, Kentrosaurus and Hyparosaurus. These dinosaurs (and many more!) will eventually take visitors to a huge, hungry T-Rex, poised and ready to attack!

For more information and took book tickets, visit the Dinosaurs In The Park website.

Flavour Fest – 27 – 29 May 2022

Delicious fresh burger on food market, ready to eat.

Calling all foodies! The South West’s largest free food and drink festival is returning to Plymouth city centre in 2022.

There’s going to be hundreds of local producers selling tasty treats and a chef stage with regional cookery stars showcasing their skills. And the best bit? It’s free to attend.

More details will be announced on the Visit Plymouth website.

Kingsbridge Food and Music Festival, Kingsbridge – 27 – 29 May 2022

Kingsbridge will come alive with three days of top-notch music, local food and drink, and family fun.

The dedicated Kids Zone behind the main stage offers young festival-goers the chance to learn bush craft, as well as take part in a fancy dress disco.

Find out more about festival activities on the Kingsbridge Food and Music Festival website.

Jubilee Bunting and Flags at The Box, Plymouth – 28 – 31 May 2022

Pop into The Box for this free family activity. Cut, colour, stitch and decorate triangles to add to bunting ribbon and return over the Jubilee weekend to see it on display. Alternately, you can make a flag to wave on the day as the nation celebrates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Visit The Box’s website to find out more information and session times.

Powderham Outdoor Cinema – 31 May – 5 June 2022

All of your cinematic favourites are joining you this May for the ultimate outdoor cinema experience! Family films will be screened each day and are included in your day ticket when visiting Powderham Castle. Each evening there will be a programme of film favourites. Ticket price and booking fee applies.

On Thursday 2 June there will also be screening The Queen’s Birthday Parade, as a part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

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

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Find out what’s on during the rest of May 2022 including half term. You might also like my guide to Platinum Jubilee events happening in Devon.

And 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

Here’s some more places you might like to visit:

Why not visit one of Devon’s theme parks, indoor attractions or go on a walk on Dartmoor.

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