If you’re looking for things to do in Devon with your family this August Bank Holiday, here are a few ideas.
So you’re just about managing to entertain the brood during the summer holidays, when the realisation hits you: There’s a bank holiday looming where everything will be closed.
Panic sets in. Visions flash before your eyes of being stuck indoors, with rain lashing against the windows and children climbing the curtains/shelves/walls and you rocking in a corner.
But fear not! If you’re willing to travel a little and wrap up against potential wet conditions, there are family activities in Devon to keep you occupied over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
1. Topsham Charter Day, 26th August
Ok, so the title might not leave your little monster jumping with excitement, but the finer detail might. Topsham Charter Day is an annual event celebrating the history of the town is geared towards children, with wandering entertainers, Medieval reenactments and birds of pray all part of the entertainment. Stalls selling crafts and all manner of edible goodies will run along Fore Street and the quay.
The theme this year is boats, pilgrims and pirates so don your best eye patch and shoulder parrot and you’ll fit right in. As Topsham is well known as a haven for food lovers, there will likely be plenty of delicious local fayre.
With a family ceilidh in the evening and further surprises planned to round off the event, it’s the ideal place to entertain the kids this bank holiday.
2. River Cottage Summer Festival, 26-27th August
Tucked down in a beautiful East Devon valley is Park Farm, home to all the delights that River Cottage offers. Following on from the success of the Spring Fair, the farm is opening its doors again for the entertainment of you and your family for the River Cottage Summer Festival.
With an abundance of entertainers and hands-on sessions for the children, you’ll be free to sample your choice of quality local food and drink or sneak a cheeky River Cottage cocktail from the dedicated tent.
Take time out to wander through the kitchen garden and if time and budget allow, treat yourself to a feast in the farmhouse restaurant or a cookery masterclass.
Even the tiny tots are catered for with baby massage, yoga and sensory classes. For nature lovers of all ages there are foraging walks and star gazing once night falls.
With so much to do it’s worth turning it into a camping weekend and under 16s going free makes it that bit more affordable. Pack wellies and a Pac-a-Mac and enjoy your very own foodie family festival.
3. Wonderland at Powderham Castle, 27th August-1st september
That timeless classic, Alice in Wonderland never fails to enchant imaginations young and old. The bite-sized Wonderland performances at Powderham Castle are ideal for the short attention spans of little ones.
The grounds of Powderham make the perfect back drop for the performances by The Pocketwatch Theatre Company which take place twice a day. At just £3 per child they’re well worth the 45-60 minutes of distraction.
After all that outdoor theatre you’ll have worked up an appetite, so on your way out why not stop in at the food hall to top up your larder with edible delights from the region, or enjoy a cream tea in the Orangery Restaurant?
So that’s 3 ideas of things to do with the kids in Devon on the August Bank Holiday. You just have to figure out the rest of the summer holidays and you’ll be laughing all the way to the new school year…