Best Summer Events South West 2023 | Family Friendly | Things to Do

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Last Updated on July 1, 2023 by Suzy

Here it is, our list of the best summer events across the South West to keep you busy all summer. This list includes events in the South West – Cornwall – Devon – Dorset – Gloucestershire – Somerset & Bristol – Wiltshire. All events are family-friendly.

We recommend that you check with the attraction that everything is as advertised the day before you visit.

Antony House – Summer of Play – Cornwall

When? 16th July – 31st August
Address: Antony House and Garden, Ferry Ln, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL11 2QA
A Bit About – “There’s lots of fun to be had this summer at Antony. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays between 16 July – 31 August (including Monday 28 August), join us for den building, dressing up, hoop toss, cricket, tennis, block building, corn hole and so much more.”
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Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park – Massive Family Waterfight – Somerset

When? Bank Holiday Monday
Address: Pixash Ln, Bath Rd, Keynsham, Somerset, BS31 1TP
A Bit About – “Included in the Water Fight Zone: 2 large slip ‘n’ slides, giant ‘refilling stations’, straw bale pool, water bomb artillery station, sponge stocks and foam party area! Toddler and Sensory Play Area: Slime Pool, Foam Pool, Water Bead Pool and Balls plus Inflatable Pool Toys. The dry zone includes: Family DJ providing entertainment for all.” Plus other events.
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Berkeley Castle – Summer Holiday Activities – Gloucestershire

When? 31st July – 30th August
Address:  Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, GL13 9PJ
A Bit About – “Every Monday from 31st July to 21st August, you can enjoy Have-A-Go Archery. Every Tuesday in the summer holidays, experience the joy of Tudor Dancing in the Great Hall or be taken on a journey of discovery with fantastic storytelling. Every Wednesday from 2nd to 30th August, The Tudor Zoolab is back! There will be 4 workshops each day showing a variety of different animals.” Plus other events
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Camel Creek Adventure Park – Various Events – Cornwall

When? See below
Address: Camel Creek Adventure Park, Tredinnick, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7RA
A Bit About – 1st-2nd August Storytime with Peppa Pig and George. 8th-9th August Madagascar. 15th-16th August Titan the Robot. 22nd-23rd August Storytime with Bluey. 29th-30th August Storytime with Paw Patrol (Chase and Skye).
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Corfe Castle – Summer Games – Dorset

When? 22nd July – 10th September
Address:  Corfe Castle, The Square, Corfe Castle, Dorset, BH20 5EZ
A Bit About – “Get involved with self-led activities that are fun for all the family. As you explore the castle ruins you will discover games and activities new and old. From lively activities like archery and skittles to more sedate games such as Jenga, there’s something for everyone.” Plus outdoor theatre performances.
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Eden Project – Summer of Play – Cornwall

When? 22nd July – 3rd September
Address: Eden Project, Bodelva, Par, Cornwall, PL24 2SG
A Bit About – “Join us for a fun-filled programme which has creativity, imagination and outdoor play at its very heart. Our gardens and Biomes will provide a stunning backdrop for the whole family to get playful this summer. At the centre will be our new adventure playground area, Nature’s Playground, set to be one of the biggest outdoor play areas in the South West!”
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Old Down Estate – Party in the Country Park – Somerset

When? 23rd July
Address:  Old Down Country Park, Foxholes Ln, Old Down, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS32 4PG
A Bit About – “Get ready for an epic party showcasing an array of outdoor adventures, live tribute music acts and entertainment for the whole family!”


Pendennis Castle – Various events – Cornwall

When? See below
Address: Pendennis Castle, Castle Dr, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4LP
A Bit About – Pirates at Pendennis – 15th-17th August, Legendary Joust – 1st-3rd August. Knight’s tournament – 8th-10th August and 22nd-24th August.
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Powderham Castle – Various Events – Devon

When? See below
Address:  Powderham Castle, Church Road, Exeter, Devon, EX6 8JQ
A Bit About – 13th August – Calf 2 Cow – The Jabberwocky. 17th August – IK Productions Hercules. 20th August – Jousting with the Knights of Albion. 24th August Nature Valley Gone Wild Festival with Bear Grylls.
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Sudeley Castle and Gardens – Tudors vs Victorians – Gloucestershire

When? July 25th – August 31st
Address:  Sudeley Castle and Gardens, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, GL54 5JD
A Bit About – “The fantastically talented Past-Times Living History performers will be recreating the past at Sudeley Castle this summer. Come and join their Engaging Elizabethans and Virtuous Victorians in this time travelling Game of Crowns.”
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The Tank Museum – Summer Holiday – Dorset

When? 22nd July to 3rd September
Address:  The Tank Museum, Linsay Rd, Bovington, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6JG
A Bit About – “Summer holiday fun for the whole family to enjoy. Tank displays, kids’ activities, new exhibition and more! Get involved with hands-on games and interactives, see tanks roar around the arena, and experience tracked vehicle rides.”
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Woodlands Family Theme Park – Various Events – Devon

When? See below
Address:  Woodlands Family Theme Park, Woodlands Leisure Park A3122, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 7DQ
A Bit About – Titan the Robot – 1st 8th, 15th August. Dino Displays the 2nd, 10th and 16th of August. Meet Sonic the Hedgehog – August 3rd. Fizzpop science show – 4th, 11th & 18th August. Meet & Greet Minions – 9th August. Meet Bluey – 17th August.
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