Summer Fun for Families in Exeter

Summer Fun for Families in Exeter

Summer Fun for Families in ExeterLooking for some fun for the kids this summer in Exeter?  Fancy a special day out, a great festival or new place to go?  Or want to drop the kids off somewhere exciting for the day so you can get some work done or have a few hours of peace?  Looking for some Summer Fun for Families in Exeter?

Here’s our list of family friendly events happening in and around Exeter this summer – have fun!

Milling Days

The second Friday of every month is Milling Day at Devon Wildlife Trust, Cricklepit Mill on the Quay.  This free is event is an opportunity to look around the beautifully restored mill, see the water wheels turn and watch grain being milled into flour.

The gardens at the the Mill are stunning – perfect for a picnic and there is lots and lots of wildlife to spot too.

Milling at Cricklepit Mill | Devon Wildlife Trust

Watch history come alive as Devon Wildlife Trust start the ancient water wheel turning to grind grain into flour!

Canal Boat Trips with Red Coat Tours

There are dozens of free tours by Exeter Red Coats every week but we have ear marked the Wednesday morning Canal Trip as a must do this summer.  There is a small charge (£3.50 per person) but this covers the cost of the ferry from the Quay to the Double Locks.  You will then have an escorted walk back along the canal.  More details on the City Council website.

Teignmouth Regatta

Sat 29th July – Sun 6th August 2017 – a week of fun for the whole family.  Treasure hunts, crab catching, pavement artists, paddle-boarding, boats, rafts and rowing races, sandcastles and lots and lots of beach fun.  See the site for details of individual events.

Event Diary – Teignmouth Regatta

2017 Regatta Events Diary Click on the following quick links to jump to a specific day or just scroll down: Sat 29th Jul, Sun 30th Jul, Mon 31st Jul, Tues 1st Aug, Wed 2nd Aug, Thurs 3rd Aug, Fri 4th Aug, Sat 5th Aug, Sun 6th Aug, Please note that for all events with a stated …

Children’s Theatre at the Boat Shed

The new venue on the Quay, in a converted warehouse, with a bar, community library and soon to arrive mini golf!  As the sister venue to the Bike Shed Theatre, the drama is bound to be exciting and there will be several family shows over the summer.  Read the diary in our post Family Friendly Theatre in Exeter Summer 2017

Family Friendly Theatre in Exeter Summer 2017

Library Sessions

All libraries will be taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge, with Animal Agents being this year’s theme.  Central Library will also be holding a number of special events, such as Animal Agents Craft Sessions (Monday 31 July, Monday 7 August, Monday 21 August, 10am – 3pm) and shadow puppet workshops (Monday 14th August) as well as the Bounce and Rhyme and Storytelling sessions.

Full details, including booking, on the Council website.

Unpacked Family Theatre Festival

And if you’d like MORE family drama, check out the Unpacked Family Theatre Festival at Exeter Phoenix.  There’s a whole range of productions, including puppet and storytelling workshops and plays at the Phoenix and across the city.

Summer Holiday Events at Exeter Cathedral

The education department at the Cathedral is putting on a full programme this year, including Urban Forest School, Science workshops, crafty sessions and a look at historical facts.  See the Cathedral website for times and prices.

Special Events at RAMM

The Sea Life Exhibition will be running all summer and there are also lots of free/low cost events happening during July and August at the museum.  From craft sessions, Lego building, handling Roman artefacts and making an Egyptian mummy, you are sure to find something for your family.

What’s on | RAMM, Exeter’s Royal Albert Museum & Art Gallery

Every Wednesday in June, July plus Sat 29 July Every Wednesday and Saturday in August Saturday 2 and Wednesday 6 September 12noon and 2pm ticketed but free Courtyard Join a 30-minute gallery tour of the marine and mollusc collection, including an introduction to the Sea Life exhibition. Tours are limited to 12 people.

Go Fly a Kite!

Exmouth Kite Festival is quite an experience.  On Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August there will be hundreds of colourful kites in the air, all raising money for local charities.

Exmouth Kite Festival 2017

Exmouth Kite Festival Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August 2017. The skies will be full of colour for our 9th Charity Kite Festival in Exmouth on…

Dandelion Clocks Holistic Family Festival Exeter

A beautiful day of live music, activities and crafts for adults and children, delicious food and select stalls at the Family Garden in St Thomas on 6th August.

Dandelion Clocks Holistic Family Festival Exeter

Off Grid Festival in Exeter

Lots of fabby green and permaculture workshops and stalls at this festival – plus lots of great activities for kids including:

  • camp fire cook outs,
  • fire lighting with flint and steel,
  • greenwood working,
  • clay creature / guardians,
  • nature bunting / flag making,
  • story telling,
  • nature connection activities,
  • twilight adventure and
  • archery.

Wild Woods

Wild Woods is a space for nature reconnection; where the wild things are on the furthest margins of our temporary community. This year’s Wild Woods space will be managed by Sylvan Adventures, a not-for-profit organisation based in Devon. Sylvan Adventures CIC has the pleasure of hosting the “Wildwood” area at this year Offgrid festival.

West Exe Children’s Centre Play Days

I love the garden at West Exe, it is such a haven away from the busy road and the heavy traffic.  The garden has fruit trees, grassy hills, willow houses, wooden play equipment, pizza oven and so, so much space.  Come along to come of these play days for under 5s and older siblings and explore St Thomas’ hidden treasure.

West Exe Children’s Centre & Nursery School

West Exe Children’s Centre & Nursery School, Exeter, Devon. 494 likes · 27 talking about this · 3 were here. This page has been created to help the families of West Exe Children’s Centre keep up to…

And if this little lot isn’t enough, check out some of our other posts:

11 Fabulous free or nearly free things to do in Exeter with your family this summer
3 Fantastic Car Free Family Adventures in Exeter
4 Free Things to do in Exeter with a Toddler

And if you don’t mind a little trip to Torquay, you could head to Torre Abbey

Torre Abbey Family Sundays


There’s just so much going on in and around Exeter this summer that I can’t possibly include it all.  But fear not!  There’s a whole host of lovely bloggers who have also done their own round ups:

Stephanie at Exploring Exeter Has a guide to Summer in the City

Jo at Organised Jo has a huge round up of Torbay events

Clare from Flip Flops and Wellies has got Lyme Regis covered for you
This is going to be an amazing Summer Fun for Families in Exeter this year – which of these fab events will you take your family to?

Arabella Greatorex, Editor of Exeter Baby Activities. The ultimate guide to family life in Exeter

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