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

Exmouth Festival

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.

Take a look at the Exmouth Festival organisers website for more information. There is also a Facebook group you can join.

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.

Events and Days out for May Half Term River Cottage Spring Fair


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.

Stockland Fair

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.

Jazz Jurassica

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

Local Attractions

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

Powderham Castle

There are some great events at Powderham Castle this half term  – take a look at these.

Brick Kingdom

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.

Powderham Castle lego event May Half term


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

Powderham Castle jousting events

This post has been sponsored by Axe Valley Wildlife Park and Powderham Castle

Countryside Events

It’s always good to get out and about and I love to help you find some cheap or free ideas for things to do. Here’s a few for this half term.

Fairytale Trail at Yeovil Country Park

Follow the breadcrumbs around Ninesprings in Yeovil to find the missing letters to complete the trail. What Fairy Tale characters will you meet on the way?  Collect an activity sheet from Ninesprings café between 9am and 5pm so that you can complete the trail.  Activity sheets are £1 with all proceeds going toward future events and projects in the Country Park.

Starts 29th May at 11am. Finishes 1st June at 1pm. More details at South Somerset Countryside

The trail will take approximately one hour to complete and is suitable for adventurous pushchairs as there are steps on route.

Wild East Devon

As usual there’s lots going in from the team at Wild East Devon over the Summer months at their wild locations across the area from Seaton to Exmouth and Cranbrook.

Family Adventure Days

Wednesday 30th May –  a fun day for the family at Colyford Community Woodland (near Seaton).  Explore the site, find out about the wildlife that lives there and get creative with natural crafts!

Join the Axe Vale and District Conservation Society along with the Countryside team’s Education Ranger for an afternoon of outdoor fun!

Children must be accompanied. £5 per family group.


Wild East Devon May events poster

Friday June 1st  – A fun, hands-on day with the Education Ranger at Holyford Woods. An opportunity for families to work and play together and learn outdoor skills. Activities include den building, fire lighting, cooking and crafts.

Children must be accompanied. Aimed at 7 to 14 years. Min age 5.  £13.00 per child. Free for adults. Discount available to EDDC tenants. Please contact the Countryside team.

10:00am – 4:00pm. Holyford Woods, Meet opposite Seaton Tower Garage

Booking required is for some events- click here for the Wild East Devon events listings which includes bird watching and mud walks!

West Bay Pirates Day

Sunday 27th  May – well established in the West Dorset calendar is this fun day of all things pirate like held at West Bay near Bridport. A fun afternoon of pirates games like splat the rat and walk the plank, entertainment, food and drink. From 12 noon  – 5pm.

West Bay Pirate Day Dorset May half term events


Win tickets to Donkeys in the Park at Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary on 16th June.


Donkeys in the park Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

Lots to Choose From

As usual we are very lucky to have a great choice of days out in the local area around East Devon and West Dorset. I hope you find something fun to do this half term. Also look out for National Trust days out  – always a good family option as well as some of the lovely walks I have written about. You might still catch some of the beautiful bluebells.

Keep an eye out on my Facebook page as well where I will share other events as I see them and check on the Local Events listing page on this website as well.