Lucky Devonians and visitors to the county have a multitude of fantastic events to enjoy this Summer. Proving that Devon is a great county for any age to visit, there are days out and things to do in Devon for all the family. With fun children’s events, music festivals, fantastic family fireworks, cracking charity events, and fabulous food festivals, Mum, Dad, children and even Grandparents will make memories from this year’s summer event calendar.
When: Sunday 16th August
Enjoy a family day out at one of the largest emergency services display in the South West involving the RNLI, lifeguards, coastguard, police, fire and ambulance services, Exmoor search and Rescue and more. See displays of water and cliff rescue, see a ‘casualty’ cut out of a car, see a huge chip pan fire, meet the crews, clamber over emergency services vehicles and get up close to the kit… a full day of exhibitions, displays and family entertainment.
Full Details: www.visitilfracombe.co.uk/what-is-on/ilfracombe-events/item/217-rescue-day-boathouse-bazaar
When: Friday 14th – Sunday 16th August
Now it’s in 12th year, this annual festival for food lovers will have your mouths watering as you watch celebrity and local chef demonstrations, visit over 120 traders selling their local delights and you can even watch, or take
part in a the world potato peeling contest!
Full Details: www.visitplymouth.co.uk/flavour-fest
When: Tuesday 18th or Wednesday 19th August
Where: Plymouth Hoe
The British Fireworks Championships will present you the BEST fireworks you’ve ever seen and is a great free family event
this summer. Guaranteed to be one of the best family evenings out in Devon, six firework companies will show off their favourite fireworks and hope to be crowned British champions! Reputations are on the line, and these companies will be competitive, spending thousands of pounds to impress judges with their biggest displays whilst impressing the crowds!
The Plymouth Hoe will be full of family fun in the build up to fireworks finale. Heart FM will entertain the whole family with live music plus there is a fun fair and thrill rides for little and big kids to enjoy.
Full Details: www.britishfireworks.co.uk/bang
When: Thursday 27th – Sunday 30th August
Where: The Fairway Buoy and The Waterfront Inn – Westward Ho!
Sun, Beer and Sound is promised at two of Westward Ho! family pubs and restaurants; Fairway Buoy and Waterfront Inn.
Highlights include a Robbie Williams and Ollie Murs Tribute Night on Saturday Night whilst Sunday celebrates with local bands “The Garden Club,” “Head over Feet,” “The Rivals,” and “Morning Glory”
The Waterfront is home of “Nippers” – an indoor playground suitable for children under 12 making these events great fun filled family days out!
Full Details: www.facebook.com/thewaterfrontinn
When: Saturday 29th – Monday 31st August
Where: The BIG Sheep, Bideford and around North Devon from Westward Ho, and from Bideford
Celebrating 20 years of SW Mini Runs, this legendary grand tour of North Devon will see 120+ minis touring North Devon coasts and raising money for local Children’s Hospice; Little Bridge House. See the minis set off on their journeys from Westward Ho on Sunday 30th August and from Bideford on Monday 31st August. Children and young families will love seeing the variety of colourful minis mostly all decorated for the occasion. Listen out for the customised car horns!
Full Details: www.thebigsheep.co.uk/events/details/the-legendary-north-devon-grand-tour-mini-run
When: Saturday 29th August
This bonfire will be the BIGGEST you and your family have ever seen! For the past 2 years, Torrington Cavaliers have been building and preparing for what is set to be an EPIC evening of family fun. Their huge, built to burn bonfire, has been made to perfection. Based on Trumptonshire, this quaint village comes complete with Pippin Fort, a clocktower, fire station and even has three shops; a bakery, sweet and fish shop. The evening will be a fantastic family spectacle for all ages and will give you a great “feel good factor” as the event is a non-profit charity event supporting Macmillan and The Plough along with other charities.
Full Details: www.torrington-cavaliers.co.uk/bonfire-2015
When: Sunday 30th or Monday 31st August
Where: The BIG Sheep, Bideford
Everyone’s favourite cheeky little piggy is back for her annual summer event to Devon. Watch your children’s faces light up as they meet their idol for pictures, high fives and cuddles.
The whole family will enjoy a fun filled day out of activities and summer fun with a full day out of rides, shows, animals and family fun.
Full Details: www.thebigsheep.co.uk/events/details/see-peppa-pig
These are simply some of our favourite events across the county for all the family to enjoy. Visit our partner websites for more fantastic things to do in Devon and Devon event calendars: