Although there’s always plenty going on in Devon, and you’ll never be stuck for things to do, it is nice to have a few options, such as those listed below:
Plymouth Summer Festival
Plymouth’s Summer Festival offers an exciting programme of events right across the summer holidays including:
4 August – National Play day event
Taking place on West Hoe Park in Plymouth this event celebrates the right for children to play in parks and rediscover the great outdoors.
10 – 11 August – The British Fireworks Championships
Taking place on Plymouth Hoe, the British Fireworks Championships is part of the summer festival and a great fun experience for all the family and not to be missed. The event starts at 6.30pm on both evenings. There’s entertainment, fairground rides and refreshment stalls. The first firework displays start around 9.30pm as dusk arrives.
13 – 15 August – Flavour Fest
This annual food festival takes place in the city centre Piazza and is enough to get even the most discerning family’s taste buds chomping at the bit! There’s a Kid’s Kitchen offering children an interactive experience with all things foodie including: cookery demonstrations and a hands-on experience with bread making workshops. For more information visit www.plymouth.gov.uk/flavourfest
21 – 22 August – Bang Goes the Theory Road Show
Also in the Piazza, Armada Way, the team from BBC One’s show want children to get hands-on with science. Join them to explore, stretch and explode science live on stage and then have a go yourself in the interactive area. More information at: www.plymouth.gov.uk
18 -20 August – Children’s festival
Yet another festival in Devon, this time at Paignton Green. Join Cosmo the Clown and a whole host of street entertainers for the festival, now in its 65th year. Expect music, magic and a lot of mischief and a packed programme of events including the return of the infamous festival water fight. Check out: www.englishriviera.co.uk
Wear your children out, or at least let them burn off some excess energy, at Haldon Forest Park, near Exeter. There’s a small charge for parking but otherwise it’s free. The Play Trail is a short signposted trail through the forest with interactive play equipment such as wooden musical instruments and small climbing frames along the route. Den building can provide hours of fun and the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World is also situated at Haldon: www.forestry.gov.uk/haldonforestpark.
Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary
If the little ones are looking for something a little more cuddly then four hundred donkeys at the world famous will delight parents and children alike. For more information check out www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk
The donkeys at Sidmouth have all seen the last of their working lives, but to see how horses and donkeys used to be utilised pre Industrial Revolution pop along to The Grand Western canal, Tiverton, which as well as being perfect for walking and cycling along flat trails features a horse drawn barge! Check out: www.tivertoncanal.co.uk
Every Saturday in August – Exeter Red Coat Guided Tours
There’s a special interactive Children’s Tour – aimed at 5 – 10 year-olds every Saturday in August at 2.30pm. www.exeterandessentialdevon.co.uk
21 August 2010 – Cavaliers Fun day
The Great Torrington Cavaliers has been organising community bonfires to mark historical occasions or to raise money for charity. For more details about this free event visit in North Devon check out: www.torrington-cavaliers.co.uk