Family Days Out in September
A round up of the best family-friendly things to do in Devon in September
On the Road 2017, Braunton, Fri 1 – Sun 3 Sept
For something more chilled, this intimate, family-friendly festival set beside Braunton Great Field looks out to the dunes in the distance. Inspired by the people behind Saunton Road Studios Live music venue, Braunton’s first music festival will feature the best of local live music with a few special guest appearances. Breathe in the salty air and rela-a-a-x…
Tickets from £17 a day, ontheroadmusicfest.co.uk
Lobster and Crab Feast 10th Anniversary, Clovelly, Sun 3 Sept
For its tenth anniversary, the pretty North Devon town of Clovelly celebrates its famous lobsters and crabs sustainably caught by its fishermen with a family-friendly fun day. Fill your boots with the stars of the show cooked on the quay and soak up live folk music, beer tasting, cookery demo’s and plenty of entertainment for the kids. Coastal life at its best.
Sprout and Shed Pop-Up Marketplace Launch & Family Day, Darts Farm, Sun 3 Sept
Parents of littlies, show your support and get yourself along to Topsham’s Darts Farm for the launch of this fab-sounding pop-up marketplace. Pop your head inside the teepee; expect to browse a selection of gently loved, branded kids’ products that usually feature on the website, from slings to buggies and toys; plus pop-up stalls from other kids’ businesses, activities from Creation Station, Monkey Music, bouncy castle, face painting and glitter tattoos. And while you’re there, check out the play area, animal corner and maize maze.
11am – 3pm, Free, dartsfarm.co.uk
Smoked and Uncut Festival, The Pig at Combe, Nr. Honiton, Sat 9 Sept
As festivals go, expect this one to be about as super-luxe as it gets. The Pig Hotel group has been hosting its Smoked and Uncut festivals around its magical venues and this September its the turn of the newest runt of the litter at Combe. Street food feasting, dancing, drinking and music from none other than Toploader of ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ fame. Wellies on, Muddies! I’ll see you at the cocktail bar.
12pm – 8.30pm, smokedanduncut.com
Bubblicious at Stiltskin’s Soapbox Children’s Theatre, Plymouth, Sat 9 Sept
Never thought you could make a return to your raving days? You thought wrong. Thanks to Muddy Award-winning Best Theatre, Stiltskin’s Soapbox Children’s Theatre, Plymouth’s Devonport Park will come alive with glow sticks and the sound of dance music at this family rave. With guest DJ’s playing, included in the price are glow sticks, UV face painting, a chill-out tent, soft play area and craft tent. Sounds awesome!
1-3pm, babies & toddler, 4-6pm ages 5+ and family, tickets £7.50, Stiltskin.org.uk
Big Night Out on the Beach, South Milton Sands, Sat 9 Sept
Celebrate the end of summer (said with heavy sarcasm), with this family event full of activities and culminating in a spectacular sundown parade. Try out watersports, rockpooling, crafts, and beach games, with storytelling, a bird walk and more. Then it’s back to school we go-ho-ho!
4 – 9.30pm, hellokingsbridge.co.uk
BFG Storytelling Session, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, Wed 13 Sept
Off the back of a fab exhibition of work and to celebrate national Roald Dahl Day, bring the smalls along to a cosy storytelling session run by local Bideford librarian Annie.
11am, Gallery 1, burtonartgallery.co.uk
Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival, Wed 13 – Sun 17 Sept
For the bookworms out there, the 9th (and biggest) Budleigh Literary Festival takes place beside the sea and promises five days of events celebrating books and writing. Headline speakers include Dame Hilary Mantel, Jeremy Vine, Alan Johnson, BBC’s Bridget Kendall, Rev Richard Coles and Nobel Prize Winner, Dr Shirin Ebadi. A weekend of events for children includes War Horse creator, Michael Morpurgo and the programme includes workshops in writing a family history, hand lettering and paper cut-outs.
Twilight Tales, Stiltkin’s Soapbox Children’s Theatre, Plymouth, Fri 15 Sept
How cute does this sound? If you’ve kids under 10, enjoy a before bedtime snack of toast and warm milk and snuggle up to a story telling performance from a house story teller. Why not wear your pyjamas so you are all ready for bed when you get home? This is a parent and child session and each story has a different theme.
6-7pm, tickets £5, suitable for ages 18 months – 10 years, stiltskin.org.uk
Big Adventure Family Camp Out, Haddon’s Mouth, Heddon Valley, Fri 15 – Sun 17 Sept
So, we’re all in favour of an Indian summer, yeah? In which case, you might want to take a punt and book in for this little family camping adventure. Set your camp, cook your dinner and enjoy a communal campfire, storytelling, and a night walk. Ideal for first time campers, you can choose to pitch up for one or both nights. Imagine those starry skies…
Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) £30, additional adults £10 /children £5, Facebook.com