Events and Days out for May Half Term
It’s such a great time of year in the West Country and I am delighted that you have found my blog. As well as this post which is specifically covering events and days out for May Half Term, if you delve deeper into the blog you will find all sorts of ideas for walks and reviews for local attractions, places to visit and some of my favourite spots for tea and cake.
Have a great May half term and I hope you find some of these suggestions helpful.
Festivals and Fairs
A free festival near the seafront with lots going on. Music from a range of bands starts on Friday 25th through to the Monday. There’s also circus skills workshops, clay and ceramics workshops, library events for adults and children as well as writing advice from published authors.
For something completely different there are two free mud walks organised by Wild East Devon.
Queen’s Drive Food Festival
Also opening on Friday 25th May at 2pm is an exciting new food market in Exmouth on Queen’s Drive. The market will be open throughout half term week. It will consist of a revolving rota of Taste of the West members from across the region, offering a variety of foods catering to all taste. More details to follow at the Queen’s Drive Space website.
River Cottage Spring Food Fair
The River Cottage Spring Fair is a real family occasion and is packed full of activities and family fun – from chef demos, artisan food stalls, kids’ workshops, talks and live music. Take a look at my post from last year when we were invited to visit this River Cottage event . Entry Adult; £12.50 Child Under 16; Free. Lots of activities are free but food and drinks are at festival prices. It’s on for 2 days, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th.
This event uses a park and ride shuttle bus from a nearby field. There is a steep walk down to the farm from the drop off point but you can ask for transport if required.
OTTERY ST MARY FOOD AND FAMILIES FESTIVAL
This community organised festival is a celebration of local food. A full day of all things foodie on Saturday 2nd June.
There will be a festival food market as well as cookery demonstrations at a main marquee. Plus events at various locations around the town and cookery sessions for children. More details on the Ottery St Mary Food and Families Festival website and their Facebook page.
Bank Holiday Monday 28th May – enjoy this traditional village fete in the heart of the East Devon countryside. Traditional fete and craft stalls, family entertainment, games of chance, a falconry display, belly dancing and Honiton Band. Bar, teas and ice creams. The fete starts at 1.30pm. Directions. Stockland is 6 miles from Honiton and 6 miles from Chard Ex14 9EF. Entrance Adults £2.50, U14s free.
Burton Bradstock Village Fair
Bank Holiday Monday 28th May – a stones throw from the Jurassic Coast near Bridport this fete has everything you would expect including a coconut shy, wheel of fortune and splat the rat. BBQ and ice creams. Held at The Rectory DT6 4QG. Entrance Adults £1, U12s free.
Symondsbury Summer Fair
Thursday 31st May. Near Bridport this a popular event. Donkey rides, falconry, live music, bouncy castle, Punch and Judy, markets stall as well as the lovely shops and cafe at Manor Yard to enjoy. From 11am – 4pm. You can also enjoy a walk up the iconic Colmers Hill to enjoy the wonderful views, walk details here.
Lyme Regis is holding a long weekend of jazz from nationally acclaimed artists as well as emerging local talent performing jazz, soul and funk starting on Thursday 24th. A mix of ticketed events at the Marine Theatre and other venues as well as free music along the sea front on Sunday 27th and Monday 28th. More details and tickets at Jazz Jurassica
B-Sharp Busking Festival
On Saturday 26th you can enjoy talented young locals taking part in the B-sharp Busking Festival A brilliant showcase of young musicians of all sorts of styles. You can also join in yourself and have a go at the drums or singing at the open mic sessions. Pre-register to busk. Held along Lyme Regis the seafront and buskers around the town from 11am – 6pm
Axe Valley Wildlife Park
This wildlife park near Axminster receives lots of great reviews from it’s vsitors.
You are guaranteed a warm welcome when you visit Axe Valley Wildlife Park. The park is open every day over the half term period with lots going on to entertain the whole family.
There’s a great selection of animals to see from wallabies and meerkats to flamingos and zebra. Every day there will be talks from the keepers, animal encounters and guinea pig fishing.
There is also a cafe for you to relax in once you’ve had a look around. More information on the Axe Valley Wildlife website
Sunday 27th May to Sunday 3rd June – make magical Medieval memories. Take an adventure through a magnificent giant LEGO® Brick Kingdom, with fiery dragons and brave knights, regal queens and magical wizards waiting for you. Also open on Saturday 2nd June. Standard admission applies.
Spectacular Jousting & Medieval Village
Wednesday 30 May – 1st June – Come one, come all to see the spectacular Knights of Royal England! They will be putting on a range of medieval performances including jousting and sword-fighting held in the historic deer park. There will be two performances per day at 12:30pm and 2:30pm. You can also join in village life getting your hands dirty with crafty activities and enjoy medieval food and drink at its finest. £3 additional fee per person.
More details at Powderham Castle Events