Early May: Walk among a magical carpet of bluebells at one of my favourite Brilliant Bluebell Beauty Spots we have in Devon. For a real WOW – the Blackbury camp is breathtaking and if you’re later in the month then Emsworthy Mire or if you fancy a woodland walk dotted with bluebells then the others are best. All info on where to park is included as no one like driving round trying to find where to go.
6-8th: Move to the beat at Dart Music Festival. A free event that celebrates music in all its forms with over 100 performances in 20 venues.
7&8th: Have you little one giggling (or baffled!) with this joke ‘Whatever you do, don’t hand Elsa a balloon. She’ll only let it go.’ at Exeter’s Balloons and Tunes at Powderham Castle. Lots of family fun with local acts, fun fair, craft stalls and over 12 Hot Air Balloons and a Night Glow Show if your little ones can stay up that late.
7&8th: Practice your best Arrrrrrrghs at Plymouth Pirates Weekend – ‘Enjoy two days of swashbuckling fun with plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy.’ Looks like there’s loads on!
8th: Singalong with Laura Loft at a Free performance of her interactive book Big Emotions. It will include a film projection, original soundtrack plus some interactive sing-a-long songs for families and children 3-8yrs old at Exeter Phoenix 10am. We love Laura’s Book – click here to read our review.
9th: Buy a ticket to join Little Devon and Fiona French images on the fabulous Bluebells, Picnic, and Pictures meet up. Bring your own picnic and meet like-minded families and have a couple of gorgeous pictures too.
10-15th: Be empowered by amazing and heroic women watching Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World at Exeter Northcott Theatre.
14th: Celebrate love in all it’s glory at Exeter Pride in Northernhay Gardens and this pride they say promises to be an incredible display of some the most amazing performances Exeter has ever seen, with a full day of planned entertainment. Exeter Pride aims to promote equality and diversity while eliminating discrimination which negatively affects the LGBTQIA+ communities.
14th: Head to Devon’s self acclaimed most family-friendly festival at Pigstock
25th: Meet other like-minded mamas & mamas-to-be and be spoilt for the time you spend at Devon Mamas Brunch event, Exeter
26 May-12th June: Stand up to Dinosaurs in Northernhay Gardens where there’ll be 35 life-sized, moving and roaring dinosaurs, a Dino-Fun-Zone, food court and an outdoor cinema, Dinosaurs in the Park is sure to excite and educate in equal measure.
31 May: Be entertained by Award winning ‘Boo To A Goose Theatre’ present their latest interactive show with puppetry, singing, dancing and lots of fun Shipwreck Sam. On at the Cygnett Theatre and only £10 for a family ticket. Mainly for children aged 4 – 10 years but younger ages can enjoy too. Duration: 50 minutes. If you fancy practising their song before the show so you can sing along with gusto it’s here: https://bootoagoosetheatre.co.uk/resources/
31 May – 1 June: Get creative making Jubilee Crowns and Shields at the RAMM. It’s the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee so join in the celebrations by making a noble crown or shield. We’ll provide the resources, you provide the skill and imagination. Choose the style of crown to make and then decorate with colour, jewels, sequins and material. Alternatively, choose your felt shield, design and make your crest or coat of arms to cut out and stick on. Wear them with pride, especially if you are attending a jubilee party. 10.30am to 3.30pm, £3.50 per child, Drop in.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this round up of family-friendly fun that’s happening in Devon this month. If you have I’d really appreciate it if you could help me spread the word by sending it on to a friend. And they can sign up here: