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School’s out and Devon has plenty of family festivals in July

If you're wondering how to fill those long summer holidays with children, why not get some ideas from our round-up of July events in Devon?
July kicks off in with some top festivals to entertain holidaymakers and visitors of all ages. Craft festivals, maritime history, classical music, livestock shows, parades, processions, live bands and even a hot air balloon event combine in a mishmash of entertainment to keep families busy from dawn to dusk.

Crafty visitors gather for the Exeter Craft Festival

Scattered around the 600-year-old Exeter Cathedral are about a hundred white tented booths used to host the on 5th – 6th July 2013. From watercolour paintings to handcrafted jewellery there are many beautiful items to browse and buy. Kids will enjoy face painting, mime artists and musical entertainment as families stroll around the stalls in this historic area.

Our fact-filled article describes all the entertaining events taking place as part of the Craft Festival on Cathedral Green, which is just a stone’s throw from the shops on Exeter’s South Street.

Up, up and away at the Tiverton Balloon and Music Festival

Watch a plethora of colourful hot air balloons rise into the sky and drift above Devon’s green hills at the , held on 12th – 14th July 2013. For those left grounded, there are 35 live music acts, comedy shows on stage and a Night Glow Show of fire and light each evening.

Held at the Tiverton High School, this fun family event attracts tens of thousands of visitors. Enjoy competitions, children’s entertainment, a play zone, planetarium, arts and crafts, falconry displays, vintage aircraft and stunt demonstrations, along with delicious Devonshire food and drink.

Musicians tune up at the Budleigh Salterton Music Festival

The highly regarded brings a taste of culture to this delightful East Devon village from 12th – 20th July 2013. Enjoy opera and classical music, singing, piano concerts, musical ensembles and capella in this broad musical programme.

Avast me hearties! It’s the Clovelly Maritime Festival

What child doesn’t enjoy dressing up? Attend the on 14th July 2013 dressed as a pirate and join in this jolly day out on the historic harbour.

Discover more about the pretty village of Clovelly and all the pirate-themed activities in this local article. Pirate tales, mermaid adventures, star gazy pies, coracle sailing and snorkelling with the Marine Biological Association are just some of the activities that make up the excellent Clovelly Maritime Festival.

Paignton hosts the Annual Torbay Carnival

Nine days of family fun are promised at the which takes over Paignton Green from 27 July to 4 August 2013. Live music, dancing, street theatre and a fantastic funfair make this a family event for locals and holidaymakers alike.

This 100-year-old event includes a Carnival Parade on the Wednesday evening, after the hotly contested Waiters and Waitresses Race along the beach. And there’s more…

Enjoy a family day out at Woolsery Agricultural Show

The has grown from a race meeting for local colts into a full-blown agricultural show. Taking place at Clovelly Court on Monday 29 July 2013, it now has livestock classes, showjumping, a handicraft tent and fairground rides.

Watch the Parade of Vintage Farm Machinery and have fun as a family while helping to raise funds for the North Devon District Hospital. Here’s what to expect at the Woolsery Agricultural Show if you plan to join in this interesting day out.

Feeling crabby? Visit the South Devon Crab Festival in Dartmouth!

Crab is considered a Westcountry specialty and you’ll discover dozens of ways to enjoy it by attending the in Dartmouth. The event runs from 29th July to 4th August 2013 and includes a crab trail/treasure hunt, plastic crab throwing competition and even crab football.

The highlight of the Crab Festival is of course sampling this delicious tasty seafood in rolls, on pasta and salad, stuffed in fish fillets and even as a tasty soup. Discover more about this family-friendly event by reading all about the festival highlights.

With so much to see and do in Devon throughout July, it’s no wonder Devon remains a top holiday destination for families!

How many of these events would you like to attend? Why not make your own bucket list of must-do’s and add them to our comments box below for other visitors to share and compare?

About Gillian Birch

Born in Cheshire, Gillian Birch moved to Cornwall at her earliest opportunity and never looked back. After 20 years, her ongoing discovery of popular attractions, quiet footpaths and local eateries has made her a fount of knowledge as she entertains readers with her informative articles on the hidden gems of Devon & Cornwall from a local point-of-view.

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