Stuck for something to do in Devon this Summer? We can’t see why when there’s so much going on! We’ve decided to pick our top five favourite summer events taking place in Devon this year and share them with you – just in case you needed a little summer inspiration for when the kids are off school!
Wild Week Summer School at Paignton Zoo – 29th June to 23rd August
Are the kids in desperate need of something to do this summer? Why not book them into the country’s most unique summer school?
Whether it’s working with the zoo’s animals or helping prepare their lunches, the Wild Week summer school programme offers children between the ages of 7 and 11 the chance to get behind the scenes of Paignton Zoo. The programme offers five fun-filled days of one-of-a-kind animal experiences alongside the Paignton zookeepers. Be warned though, they’ll probably get more than a bit muddy before the week is done!
Torbay Steam Fair – 2nd August to 4th August
Start the engines, stoke the fires and head on down to this year’s Torbay Steam Fair. As one of the highlights of the Torbay summer calendar, the Torbay Steam Fair has been entertaining and educating steam fanatics and casual visitors alike for over 30 years.
This year’s show promises to be the biggest ever, with a wide range of working steam engines as well as vintage and classic cars and trucks, military displays, market stalls and much more. If you’re feeling a little tired from exploring, then you can take a break and grab a pick-me-up from one of the many bars or catering tents. There are even special arts and crafts and activities to help keep the kids entertained.
Attracting visitors from all over the country, the Torbay Steam Fair is one not to miss.
Dartmouth Shakespeare Week – 23rd July to 27th July
Taking place just outside the walls of historical Dartmouth Castle, this weeklong celebration of “The Bard” is presented by the Inn Theatre Company. The annual event sees the area’s most talented performers come together to create a spectacular tribute to some of literature’s greatest works.
This year sees the event enter its 18th year as the tale of Macbeth is brought to the shores of the River Dart. We can’t think of a better setting to experience such a performance!
Woofstock 2019 – 15th August to 18th August
We love dogs here at Galmpton Touring Park, so we love Woofstock – Devon’s premier dog festival! Returning for its fifth year, the small town of Blackawton will be packed with dogs of all breeds, shapes and sizes this August weekend.
Woofstock features many dog shows that are open to all attending dogs. Categories include “Appealing Eyes”, “Golden Oldie” and, of course, the coveted “Best in Show” award. There’s a lot for human attendees to do too of course, including displays to watch, stalls to browse and live music to enjoy.
Proceeds from Woofstock 2019 will be donated to a wide range of dog and animal charities, including support for retired working dogs, care for animals and international animal protection.
Dartmouth Royal Regatta 2019 – 30th August to 31st August
Dartmouth, the scenic point at which the River Dart meets the sea and the picturesque heart of the English Riviera. It’s also host to one of the finest annual Regattas in the country. The Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta is entering its 175th year and there’s never been a better time to pay a visit.
Mixing traditional sailing and rowing events with air displays, fireworks, a fun fair and many other shoreside activities, the event sees over 100,000 visitors every year. That makes it’s the second largest regatta in the country, second only to Cowes Week!
Set in the hills overlooking the River Dart, Galmpton Touring Park is the perfect destination for a family escape to the country. There’s nothing that says “Summer Hols” to us more than getting out of your tent or caravan in the morning to such a quintessentially picturesque view. For more information about our onsite activities or to book a stay with us, please visit us on the Galmpton Touring Park website.