August Bank Holiday in Devon: things to do

It’s August Bank Holiday weekend – which means three whole days of Devon summer fun for all the family.

Happily, we’re not short on ideas for how to spend your lovely long weekend here in our beautiful county. Read on for a whole host of things to do this August Bank Holiday in Devon  to help your weekend be the best ever, whatever the weather.

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Steam into action at South Devon Railway with their fabulous Rails and Ales Bank Holiday Weekend (above). Steam trains will be running all day with departures from Totnes and Buckfastleigh, and this promises to be fantastic family day out with steam, heritage – and lots of ale. At the midway point on the line at Staverton, there’ll be a beer and cider festival in full swing!

Everyone’s favourite cheeky little character Peppa Pig will be making a very special appearance at the BIG Sheep on Sunday 28 August – so be sure to say hello (or oink, oink!  It’s also Super Hero Sunday over at Woodlands, where there’ll be action-packed adventures with your favourite superheroes.

Pennywell Farm -Hawkeye FalconryAnimal lovers have lots to choose from this Bank Holiday. Visit Pennywell Farm on Sunday 28 August and witness the breathtaking Hawkeye Falconry displays (right). National Trust property Arlington Court will be holding a stunning working horse demonstration on Sunday in the grounds of the estate, and there’ll be a special ‘Meet the Ponies’ event on Tuesday 30 August where you can get up close with the Shetland Ponies in the courtyard.

August bank holiday devon Seaton Tramway - Dinosaur Train mSeaton Tramway is hosting lots of special Bank Holiday fun too. Fans of our feathered friends will love their ‘Bird Hide on Wheels’ bird watching tour on Sunday – book now to secure your place. Families and children will also love the Dinosaur Train at Seaton Tramway, running on Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday. From the creator of The Muppets, this adventure-filled tram ride will have music, stories, a dinosaur activity area and a chance to meet Buddy the T.Rex.

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Ever wondered what life was like during the Middle Ages? Find out this Bank Holiday at Buckland Abbey (above) where you can head back in time to 1481. Over the three day weekend the Medieval Free Company will be in the grounds of the Abbey, giving you the opportunity to discover a medieval way of life within their pop-up village.

For more history themed fun, how about enjoying a Victorian Bank Holiday at Bygones throughout Sunday and Monday of the weekend? Search for clues and discover more about life during Queen Victoria’s reign.

And there’s also the chance to let off steam at the Railway Gala running at Pecorama. The entire Peco fleet will be in action over the three day weekend, and there’ll also be special guest locos and demonstration good trains.

Fun in the city – what’s on in Exeter?

Princesshay Street Entertainers

Exeter’s attractions will be open as usual over the weekend, so head underground for a guided tour of Exeter’s most unusual attraction – the Underground Passages. Or, join a free Red Coat Guided Tour to discover more about the history of Exeter, or follow the Great Rhino Trail around Exeter (and The English Riviera) to spot colourful, life-size rhino scultpures.

From 12noon on Friday August 26 the Exeter Street Food Market will be in Southernhay Gardens, offering plenty of fresh, local food and a Gin Palace! RAMM Exeter are holding Courtyard Family Activities on Friday, or discover Pirates and Mermaids at Powderham Castle, just outside Exeter.

Head to Princesshay on Friday and Saturday for The Weekend Starts Here!, a free, family friendly event with a host of activities and entertainment, from face painting to story-telling and live music to street performance.

Deep Water Solo 2 (c) Simon FowlerOn Saturday 27th August, Exeter also plays host to its first ever Street Arts Festival, with musicians, acrobats, jugglers, artists, poets, dancers, bizarre circus acts, mimes and bands filling the city centre streets with colour and sound as they perform and interact with passing audiences from 10am until 6pm, in various locations around the city.

Head to Exeter’s Quayside over the weekend to watch the Deep Water Solo climbing competition, bringing together some of the UK and Europe’s top climbers for this exciting spectator event.

And if after all this you’ve worked up an appetite … head to the Double Locks waterside pub for their annual sausage and cider festival, held Friday to Sunday, with live music and over 80 different ciders to sample.