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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

coloured macarons on blue background

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

beowulf puppets

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

dark skies stars

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

dartmouth castle sea

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!


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