Family days out in October
All the best family days out in Devon this month
Powderham Food Festival, Powderham Castle, Exeter, Sat 7 – Sun 8 Oct
Six years in, this one’s become a highlight on the foodie calendar in Devon and it’s because of the simple combination: excellent food, stunning setting. Each year, the organisers change it up a bit, so keep your eye on the website for new events, but if it’s anything like last years, it’ll be a delight. A calorific delight.
Beowulf, by Rattlebox Theatre, Devonport Park, Plymouth, Sat 14 Oct
This one’s hot off the press – I’m not even sure that tickets are available yet, but as soon as they are, if you’ve small people, I’d advise you to get some pronto. Muddy Award-winning Soapbox Children’s Theatre never fail to deliver on their sweet and atmospheric productions and shows and they always sell-out. This one is a rendition of the oldest tale in Britain, by a professional puppeteer, with monsters and warriors!
Exmoor Dark Skies Festival, Thurs 19 – Sun 29 October
Exmoor National Park is a dark, dark place. So much so that it was awarded the prestigious designation of International Dark Sky Reserve in 2011. This festival, which, handily, runs right through half-term celebrates this fact, with a programme of walks, talks and fun-sounding tours designed for all the family (glow stick swim, anybody?). So ditch the tablets, switch off and look up this October.
Dartmouth Food Festival, Fri 20 – Sun 22 Oct
A great event to kick off half-term, with plenty to entertain little ones. Expect cooking, tasting and learning, plus over 120 handpicked exhibitors, most of them from Devon, taking over the town. Sounds like a party that I want to be at and, it’s free!