Here’s our round up of events in Devon this July, from family-friendly festivals to wildlife walks, air displays and country shows.
2 July 2016
Dress up in your most glamorous 1940s outfits and step back in time for this truly retro day out on the trains. Military vehicles will be on display to take you back to a bygone era, as well as food stands and typical 1940s entertainment from the likes of the Candy Girls and the 1940s Re-enactors.
10 July 2016
If you’re thinking of visiting Pennywell Farm, make sure to choose this special day to make the most of everything it has to offer. As well as their usual collection of animals to see and feed, you’ll be able to get up close and personal with rescued birds of prey at the Hawk and Owl Sanctuary, with talks, static displays and plenty of great photo opportunities.
15 July 2016
A rare opportunity to wander the Donkey Sanctuary at night, you’ll be treated to close encounters of the wildlife kind, including bats and insects. Hot drinks will be available and specialist bat detectors will be provided for easy bat spotting on the night, so you won’t be disappointed. Dogs are also welcome on the walk.
24 – 29 July 2016
Pocketwatch Theatre will be telling tales of knights, dragons, witches and wizards at the beautiful Powderham Castle for a whole week this summer. A special event for kids who love fantasy stories, there will be outdoor themed sessions where the actors will bring the magic of storytelling to life, and children will be able to dress up and get involved too.
25 July 2016
As well as being a great place to see some of the county’s finest livestock, The Woolsery Agricultural Show is packed full of family-friendly activities, including ice cream making demonstrations and the chance for children to milk a cow. Other highlights include horse and pony competitions, a family dog show, and a parade of vintage farm machinery, plus craft stalls and plenty of great local food.
29 July – 5 August 2016
Sidmouth Folk Week is a unique week long tribute to dance, folk music and song. The festival features well-known folk stars including Seth Lakeman and Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends, as well as up and coming acts, plus dances, workshops and a special children’s festival.
31 July 2016
Margaret Edmonds, author of the Teddy Mac adventure book series, will be hosting an exclusive storytelling event at Pecorama. There will be book signings throughout the day so young fans can meet the author, and every child who brings their favourite teddy bear along will get a special treat in the Garden Room restaurant.