29 July 2022

Free events in the South West this Summer

There is so much going on in the South West this Summer for you to get involved with.
LiveWest colleague helping child with activity.

The South West offers plenty for families throughout the Summer, with a wide range of events, activities, festivals and more. We are also spoilt for choice with beaches and other natural beauty spots for fun days out with the family. 

For a full guide to free events, travel information and wildlife friendly activity ideas, visit our Summer holiday activities page.

Here are some of our favourite free events and activities you can get involved with throughout August. 

Devon and Cornwall

Devon and Cornwall events mao


Ilfracombe Carnival - 28 August

The Ilfracombe Carnival raises money for local charities, and is a fun evening out for the family! 

Fistral beach clean - 6 August

Help to keep one of the most loved beaches in the South West litter free with a beach clean

Falmouth Week - 5-14 August

Enjoy a range of events in the seaside town during Falmouth Week

Foraging by the sea - 25 August

A workshop for the whole family about growing, foraging and slow cooking. Places are limited so register online with Treverbyn Community Trust.

Fowey Regatta - 14-20 August

There are plenty of family activities at one of the UK's most well-known sailing events. 

British Firework Championships - 17-18 August

The much-loved annual firework championships return to Plymouth once again!

Buckfast Abbey Summer Fair - 4-6 August 

The popular summer fair is back, with a wide range of activities and events to get involved with. 

Butterfly Safari - 4 August

Learn about the endangered Marsh Fritillary butterfly, go for a butterfly safari walk and make a butterfly feeder that you can take home to help the butterflies in your own wild space.

Meldon Wildlife Festival - 23 August

Join Dartmoor National Park for a day of wildlife activities and nature crafts to take home. 

Donkey Sanctuary - All summer (Devon)

Free entry means visiting the donkeys is a very popular day out.


Somerset and Bristol

Somerset and Bristol events map

Minehead Food and Drink Festival - 7 August

As well as the delicious food and drink, there is plenty of family entertainment on offer at the festival. 

Free city farms - All summer

Free city farms are an amazing way to connect with nature! 

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta - 11-14 August

Europe's largest hot air balloon festival is jam packed with activities for families. 

Cribbs Summer Beach - All summer

A golden sandy beach, palm trees and water play fountains make this a great option for a hot day

Frome Children's Festival - 21 August

The festival offers a wide range of activities and events to try out. 


If you need to travel to any of these events or just to make the most of the region this summer, check out our guide to green transport in the South West.  

For more free events, travel information and wildlife friendly activity guides, visit our Summer holiday activities page.

As well the wide range of events on offer, many places are offering either free or cheap food this summer for children. Check out some of the places with offers on here


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