Family festivals to get excited about in 2022 (2023)

Devon hosts so many festivals and events every year, there’s something for everyone, whether you like walking, gardening, motorbikes, aeroplanes, films, books or good food.

Some of the events are so unusual – from Brixham Pirate Festival to the flaming Tar Barrels of Ottery St Mary – they draw visitors from far and wide.

Many are suitable for the whole family to attend and enjoy, with special activities to keep children entertained.

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Below is a round-up of the Devon festivals and events scheduled to take place in 2022. It will be updated throughout the year.

It does not include events taking place in Plymouth – for What’s On in Plymouth, visit our sister site PlymouthLive .


14 to Feb 27 Snowdrop Festival, BUCKLAND MONACHORUM, The Garden House

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Snowdrops are at their best at this time and the festival runs from Friday to Sunday each week, with nearly 350 cultivars on display. More here.


29-30 Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival, KENTON NEAR EXETER, Powderham Castle

Featuring a fabulous range of nurseries, a speaker programme, music, street performers and the best food Devon has to offer. More here.

29 to May 1 English Riviera Bike Festival, PAIGNTON, Paignton Green

This is an exciting new two-day, family-friendly motorbike weekend. Hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts and spectators of all ages from across the country are expected to attend. There will be live music at many of the local pubs and bars including The Spinning Wheel. There will be food and drink stalls and traders selling clothing and accessories. More from the Facebook group here.

30 to May 2 Brixham Pirate Festival, BRIXHAM, various venues

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This annual festival is a swashbuckling mix of seaside shenanigans and pirate-themed fun for all the family. Fancy dress is encouraged. Read more about it from DevonLive here.


TBC BrixFest, BRIXHAM, various

This free, three-day festival includes fireworks, live music, cooking demonstrations, heritage craft exhibitions, crabbing competitions, a vintage car rally and lots more. More here.

1 Salcombe Crab Festival or Crabfest, SALCOMBE

The brown crab caught by the Salcombe fleet is widely regarded as the best in the world, so the town thought it deserved its own annual celebration. Enjoy hands-on cookery demonstrations by award-winning chefs, crab picking masterclasses, crab pot making, live music and kids’ activities. More here.

7-8 Balloons and Tunes, KENTON NEAR EXETER, Powderham Castle

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This is a new family-friendly event involving hot air balloons, live music, a funfair, fireworks and giant dinosaurs. Read more about it from DevonLive here.

14 Pigstock, ABBOTSHAM NEAR BIDEFORD, Pig on the Hill and The Big Sheep

This family-friendly festival features a food village, free entertainment, live music and camping. Partner The Big Sheep will be opening its doors during the day for festival-goers. Tickets here.

27-29 Sea Change, TOTNES, various venues

The festival will see live music, art, film, literature and conversations happening at atmospheric venues across Totnes including St Mary’s Church, Totnes Cinema, The Barrel House Ballroom and The Bull Inn. More here.

27-30 Wavelength Spring Classic, WOOLACOMBE, Woolacombe Down

This is a brand new, family-friendly surf and music festival, celebrating live music, food, nature, surf, skate, ride and van culture. Read more about it from DevonLive here.

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4-5 English Riviera Airshow, PAIGNTON, Paignton Green

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The event features breath-taking air displays over the stunning natural amphitheatre of the bay. It is usually well supported by the RAF, including the Red Arrows, as well as top civilian displays. Read more about it from DevonLive here.

11-12 Exeter Respect Festival, EXETER, Belmont Park

This is the city’s annual celebration of diversity where the performing and creative arts are used to engage the community in saying no to racism and all forms of prejudice. The 2022 festival is dedicated to environment justice – not only climate change, but also biodiversity. Headlining the event on the Saturday are The Henry Girls. More here.

30 to July 2 Devon County Show, EXETER, Westpoint

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The 126th Devon County Show is set to delight visitors with its usual mix of food, farming and entertainment. There will be a wide range of competitions and demonstrations, and lots of hands-on activities for children. More here.


23 Mid Devon Show, TIVERTON, Knightshayes

A celebration of rural Mid Devon with an eclectic mix of breath-taking entertainment, food, shopping, music, horticulture and farm life. More here.

23 to August 20 Dartington Music Summer School and Festival, DARTINGTON

Four weeks of music making, learning and listening, from early music to jazz. Courses for all ages and abilities, accompanied by more than 70 concerts and events, set against the backdrop of a medieval estate. More here.

23-24 The Great Cullompton Festival, CULLOMPTON, CCA Fields

This event incorporates a food, beer and cider festival. There will be a craft zone where visitors can buy gifts, treats and unique products from fantastic artisan producers. In the children's zone, little ones can be entertained by princesses and super heroes before being taken to experience the thrill of the funfair. There will be local bands and music throughout the day and into the evening. More on Facebook here.

23-24 Natural Seaton Festival, SEATON

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This festival celebrates the natural heritage of Seaton and East Devon and this year it is being organised by Seaton Tramway. There will be activities, games, live entertainment and a variety of wildlife and conservation organisations in attendance. More here.


12-13 The Little Big Festival, ASHBURTON

This new family-friendly event “combines the very best of an arts festival with the eccentricity of an English country fayre”. There will be music, film, circus, literature, art, food and drink, workshops and talks from guitars to gardening. More here.

15-24 Totnes and Bridgetown Festival of Arts and Culture, TOTNES, various

This new festival will involve more than 70 events across more than 30 venues. It will offer an exciting programme of shows, workshops and events spanning visual arts, music, theatre, circus, dance, film, spoken word and more. Read more about it from DevonLive here.

20-28 Dartmouth Regatta, DARTMOUTH, various

Rowing and sailing are at the core of regatta week, but there are also other sporting events and plenty of family entertainment from crab fishing and fancy dress competitions to the dog show, fireworks and live music. More here.

25-28 Gone Wild Festival, KENTON NEAR EXETER, Powderham Castle

Join Bear Grylls and experience the great outdoor activities, music and food at the ultimate family festival. More here.

27 to Sept 4 Dartmoor Walking Festival, DARTMOOR, various

This week-long festival is organised by Moorland Guides of Dartmoor and encompasses all that is great about Dartmoor. More here.


2-4 Teign Maritime and Shanty Festival, TEIGNMOUTH AND SHALDON, various venues

There will be plenty of shanty singing groups attending as well as maritime-themed, family-friendly presentations and exhibitions. More here.

3-18 Taste East Devon, various venues

Award-winning venues, producers, chefs and restaurants across East Devon have joined forces again to celebrate the incredible food and drink on offer in the region. Venues will be opening their doors to host special one-off events with something for all the family, and celebrity chefs including Michael Caines and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall will be getting involved. Read more about it from DevonLive here.

10-17 International Agatha Christie Festival, TORQUAY, Torre Abbey

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The festival is timed to coincide with the anniversary of the writer’s birth – 15 September 1890. There’s a programme of Christie-related events and talks by prominent writers, and the festival creates projects aimed at helping diverse groups to engage with the arts and perform or display their work. There’s also a children’s short story competition. More here.

16-18 Abbfest, NEWTON ABBOT

This is a volunteer-run food, beer and music festival that has raised over £250,000 for the community and local charities over 15 years. The weekend is full of live music, locally produced beer and cider, chef demonstrations and a food and craft market full of local artisan producers. More here.

16-18 Foodies Festival, EXETER, Escot Park

Foodies Festival - which claims to be the UK's biggest touring celebrity gourmet food and music festival - is coming to Exeter for the first time this year. The music line-up includes Scouting for Girls, East 17 and Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Read more about it from DevonLive here.

17-23 Sidmouth and East Devon Walking Festival, SIDMOUTH

This area has some wonderful scenic walks, both coastal and inland. The festival offers a choice of guided linear and circular walks on the East Devon Way, which must be booked in advance. More on Facebook here.


7-9 Salcombe Live Festival, SALCOMBE, various venues

This will be the third annual weekend festival of live music, comedy and entertainment held in venues across the town. More here.

14-30 Exmoor Dark Skies Festival, various venues

Last year, the festival’s fifth year, saw more than 50 festival events for families and adults take place all over Exmoor. More here.


5 Ottery Tar Barrels, OTTERY ST MARY

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This famous custom is hundreds of years old. While many towns and villages have a tradition of rolling barrels through the streets, Ottery is the only place in the country where people carry full-sized, flaming tar barrels on their backs and shoulders. More here.

26 Lanterns, Lights and ’luminations, BRIXHAM

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This Christmas lights switch-on event, which was first launched in 2007, includes a lantern parade, firework display in the harbour bowl, live music, street entertainment and a street market. More on Facebook here.

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What is the best thing to do together as a family? ›

Best Family Bonding Activities
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What activities should be held at a festival? ›

Festival activities
  • Ceremonies –
  • Concerts, music –
  • Competitions –
  • Contests –
  • Dancing events –
  • Meals, eating, and drinking –
  • Parades –
  • Parties –

What are some other important events for a family? ›

Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, weddings, and summer vacations - these are special times in a family's life and can create lasting memories. However, as treasured and important as these events are, some families try to make too much of them. Parents may try to turn each birthday party into the best one ever.

What events can bring a family closer together? ›

Here are six fun ways to get closer as a family!
  • Write notes to each other. Bring a smile to the beautiful faces of everyone in your family by reminding them how much you care. ...
  • Cook and bake together. ...
  • Eat dinner as a family. ...
  • Create rituals and traditions. ...
  • Support each other. ...
  • Everyone has a voice, so listen to it.
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What makes a family special? ›

Respect Makes a Family

Respect makes a family happy, whole, and thriving. We may not always agree with the choices our family members make on a day-to-day basis or in life, however, family respects and cherishes those differences. Our differences are what make us special.

How do you create bonding moments for your family? ›

Five Steps to Strengthen Family Relationships
  1. Make eating together a habit. Find time to share a meal with your family, no matter how busy you are. ...
  2. Spend quality time. ...
  3. One-on-one time with each family member. ...
  4. Be involved. ...
  5. Share daily expressions of love and support.

Why is it important to celebrate with family? ›

In addition, family traditions enhance family and personal well-being and can also add to the family identity. Strong family bonds are created and reinforced with traditions that are upheld and maintained. As children grow and mature, traditions can also be altered or changed to accommodate each family's needs.

Why is celebrating with family important? ›

Established rituals help family members trust each other. These traditions provide a set time for families to interact and build a solid foundation. It's a time to pass on cultural, social, or religious heritage and connect generations.

Why should we celebrate family? ›

Why Traditions Are Important. People create and maintain family traditions because they bring meaning to celebrations and foster special bonds. More importantly, traditions create positive experiences and memories for everyone by nurturing a family's connection and giving them a sense of belonging.

How do you feel celebrating festivals with your family? ›

Here are just a few of the benefits of celebrating festivals as a family:
  • Create special childhood memories.
  • Connect to nature and the change of seasons.
  • Establish family traditions.
  • Strengthen family bonds.
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How do you make a festival special? ›

However, we can still enjoy the festival at home, with some innovative ideas as below.
  1. Time to Clean & Decorate Your Home. ...
  2. Dress Up. ...
  3. Make Your Laddus & Eat Them Too. ...
  4. Invite Guests on Video Calls. ...
  5. Play Online Games. ...
  6. Enjoy Virtual Meals Together. ...
  7. Click Pictures.

What are some unique traditions? ›

10 of the Strangest Traditions from Around the World
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  • Shoving faces in cake in Mexico.
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What are 3 types of traditions? ›

Three Types of Traditions Every Family Should Have
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  • Life Changes Traditions.
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Get organised!
  1. Once you've decided what you're going to do it's time to get planning.
  2. Start by finding a venue. ...
  3. Choose a date and time – try to think of who you're inviting and pick a time that'll work for them.
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What are the types of family celebrations? ›

Aside from birthdays, here are some other occasions that are fun for your family to celebrate:
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  • Anniversaries. ...
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  • Funerals. ...
  • Just having a blast.
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What are the three most important events in your life? ›

Important life events
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  • Changing address. ...
  • Marriage and civil partnership. ...
  • Getting separated or divorced. ...
  • Arrival of children. ...
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  • Death of a pension scheme member.

What is a family fun day? ›

A corporate family fun day is an event put on by a corporation for employees' families. Ways to celebrate the occasion include hiring entertainers, offering food, or doing a scavenger hunt.

What makes a family happy? ›

But the features common to happy families are security, trust, and tolerance; gratitude and pride in one another; and the enjoyment that comes from being playful with one another.

What makes a family strong and happy? ›

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Short Quotes
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  • “Family is family.” – Linda Linney.
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What bonds a family together? ›

It strengthens family bonds

Families who share everyday activities together form strong, emotional ties. Studies have found that families who enjoy group activities together share a stronger emotional bond as well as an ability to adapt well to situations as a family.

What keeps you bonded with family? ›

Not only does sharing quality time strengthen and build family bonds, but it also provides a sense of belonging and security for everyone in the family. Research has shown that when families enjoy activities together, children not only learn important social skills but also have higher self-esteem.

Why is celebrating festivals important? ›

Festivals are special days to celebrate tradition, culture, and heritage with happiness, peace, and harmony. It is highly recommended to live the festive moments to the fullest as they play a significant role in our social life.

How do festivals bring happiness and joy? ›

The major reason the festivals bring happiness and joy is the conditioning of the mind. Since birth, our mind is sync with all the known festivals for joy, celebrations, and togetherness. Festivities encourage a response in our mind regarding celebration, happiness, forgiveness, becoming spiritual, and much more.

How do we enjoy festivals? ›

Festivals are the perfect time to catch up with friends, family and relatives. It is an opportunity to organise and attend get-togethers. Most evenings are spent in the company of our near and dear ones, reliving old memories and creating new ones.

How do you enjoy a festival? ›

Read on below for some advice to make your solo festival as enjoyable as possible:
  1. Organize hotel or campsite and transportation. ...
  2. Smile! ...
  3. Enjoy your freedom. ...
  4. Take Pictures. ...
  5. Wear something fun. ...
  6. Try to stay off your phone. ...
  7. Bring fun gifts to give people you meet. ...
  8. Be prepared.
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Which festival do you like to most? ›

Holi is one of the greatest festival of Hindus. It is a festival of colours. This festival falls on a full moon day in Phalgun Month of Hindu Calender. I like it most because this festival brings lot of joy and happiness.

What is the No 1 festival in the world? ›

CARNIVAL (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Arguably the biggest festival in the world (not to mention its wildest party), Brazil's Carnival is widely considered “the greatest show on Earth.” The event attracts nearly 5 million people each year, with a half-million or so being visitors traveling to see the spectacle.

How do you write a festival sentence? ›

Examples of 'festival' in a sentence
  1. We have the whole year with great festivals and nice races to win. ...
  2. Highlights include festival dances and hikes during the day and nights in quaint mountain inns.
  3. The festival has grown tenfold in the past four years. ...
  4. The anniversary festival was streamed live on the internet.

What makes a festival attractive? ›

Novelty, satisfaction and loyalty make a festival unique and very attractive (Getz, 1991).

How can you make your home a happy place during festivals? ›

Festivals are all about purity and religious mindfulness, so cleanliness is as much a part of any festive occasion as the spiritual quotient. Make sure your house is sparking clean both from the outside and the inside. Incorporate a festive look ambiance: Festivity calls for celebration, happiness and togetherness.

What do you do for a celebration? ›

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  • Start a Book Club. ...
  • Binge-Watch Their Favorite Netflix Series. ...
  • Participate in Their Favorite Charity. ...
  • Host a Gift-Wrapping Party.

How do you and your family celebrate special occasions? ›

Below are the 10 celebration ideas perfect for any occasion.
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  2. Picnics. Picnic brings a different vibe to a special occasion. ...
  3. Golf. Golf is also one of the interesting ideas to celebrate a special occasion. ...
  4. Dance Class. ...
  5. Salon. ...
  6. 7.Travel. ...
  7. Pool Party. ...
  8. Boat Party.

What does family day celebrate? ›

Family Day in Canada is celebrated every year on the third Monday of February. The date was created in 1990 in the province of Alberta to strengthen ties and bring relatives together to celebrate the importance of family.

Which festival do you celebrate together with your family? ›

Diwali: a family celebration.

What is a popular family tradition? ›

Daily Family Traditions Examples

Here are some daily family traditions that are simple but sweet. Eat dinner as a family. Say a family prayer at the end of each day. Say a family cheer. Share highs and lows at the dinner table.

Why are family celebrations special? ›

People create and maintain family traditions because they bring meaning to celebrations and foster special bonds. More importantly, traditions create positive experiences and memories for everyone by nurturing a family's connection and giving them a sense of belonging.


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