Best Summer Events South West 2021 | Family Friendly | Things to Do

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.

Please keep up-to-date with government guidance before booking or visiting. I am unsure of the following attractions policies on cancellations of events, please consider this before booking and check with them in advance. It may also be an idea to check with the attraction that everything is as advertised the day before you visit.

Things to do South West Summer 2021

Animal Farm Adventure Park – Various Events – Somerset

When? Various dates, see below
Address:  Animal Farm Adventure Park, Red Rd, Berrow, Burnham-on-sea, Somerset, TA8 2RW
A Bit About – Dinosaur Adventure weekend and Transformers fun – 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th August. Meet Titch the T-Rex, Ralph the Raptor, Remy the Raptor & Gretel the Triceratops!
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Antony House – World of Play – Cornwall

When? Summer holidays
Address: Antony House and Garden, Ferry Ln, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL11 2QA
A Bit About – “Adventures in play. The trail will be running over the summer holidays. Complete the trail stops around the garden and check them off your Get, Set, Go! cards. You are going to have to use your imagination, take on some physical challenges and maybe get a bit competitive.
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Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park – Various Events – Somerset

When? Various dates, see below
Address:  Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park, Pixash Ln, Bath Rd, Keynsham, Somerset, BS31 1TP
A Bit About – Summer sounds – July and August weekends. “We are bringing nights back to life this summer with live music-filled weekends.  Our event field is opening for a series of gigs with an outdoor stage and spacious arena packed with festival vibes.” Andy and the Oddsocks -15th August.
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Berkeley Castle – Summer at the castle – Gloucestershire

When? 18th July to 4th September
Address:  Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, GL13 9PJ
A Bit About – “Enjoy a wonderful summer at the Castle, with plenty of activities to keep your children entertained! Every Monday you will be able to enjoy have-a-go archery on our beautiful Bowling Lawn and experience exciting archery displays. Every Wednesday our fabulous Jester, Monty, will be here to delight and amuse with his wonderful tricks and stunts.” Plus Greatest Showman outdoor cinema, outdoor theatre Romeo and Juliet and other events.
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Bishop’s Palace – Various Events – Somerset

When? Various dates, see below
Address:  The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2PD
A Bit About – Wake up Wells community day -24th July. The Bishop’s code, Escape room family fun – 27th July. Trainee gardener family sessions – 3rd August. Wind in the willows outdoor theatre – 5th August. Family fun silent disco – 14th August. Dragon Day family activities – 17th August. The Dragon’s curse storytelling days 18th August and 1st September. Family theatre fun – 21st August. Medieval weekend – 28th – 30th August.
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Camel Creek Adventure Park – Various Events – Cornwall

When? Various dates, see below
Address: Camel Creek Adventure Park, Tredinnick, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7RA
A Bit About – Hey Duggee meet and greet – July 27th and 28th. Peppa Pig and George meet and greet – August 3rd and 4th. PJ Masks meet and greet – August 10th and 11th. Minions Bob and Kevin meet and greet – 17th and 18th August. Paw Patrol Chase and Marshall meet and greet – August 24th and 25th. Trolls Poppy and Branch – August 31st and September 1st.
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Corfe Castle – Woodland clan activity trail – Dorset

When? 5th July to 1st September
Address:  Corfe Castle, The Square, Corfe Castle, Dorset, BH20 5EZ
A Bit About – “‘The Woodland Clan’ activity trail invites families to join the Purbeck beat of “beak, bone, feather and song” and help save Purbeck’s wildlife from destruction by the “Bigfoots”. This spectacular trail explores the wisdom of the animals through sculptures, activities, quizzes, storytelling and prizes.” Plus Open-air theatre.
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Crealy Family Theme Park – Pirates – Devon

When? 24th July to 5th September
Address: Crealy Theme Park and Resort, Sidmouth Rd, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon, EX5 1DR
A Bit About – Pirates – The Curse Of Mermaid’s Cove. Gather your shipmates, it’s time to choose a side, hoist your colours and set sail with the notorious Captain Jack Scuttle & his motley crew. Will they escape the curse of the mermaid’s cove? Join us in the Crealy Arena to find out!  This brand new family-friendly show is fast-paced and fully loaded with acrobatic gravity-defying stunts and enough action to sink a ship!”
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Eden Project – Summer of Celebration – Cornwall

When? 19th July to 5th September
Address: Eden Project, Bodelva, Par, Cornwall, PL24 2SG
A Bit About – “Eden’s gardens will provide a stunning backdrop to amazing performances throughout the summer – including storytelling, dance, theatre, carnival, parkour and more – inspired by our incredible site. The programme of events will be changing weekly, so keep checking back here for the latest times and dates. There’ll also be a series of pop-up performances across the site – these, by their very nature, will not be scheduled beforehand. Will you be one of the lucky visitors who catches one?”
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Flambards Theme Park – Firework Spectacular – Cornwall

When? 4th, 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd and 25th August
Address: Flambards Theme Park, Clodgey Ln, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 0QA
A Bit About – “Watch the sky light up above Flambards Theme Park with the Fireworks Spectaculars! Enjoy a full day out at Flambards, with rides and attractions for all the family from 10 am. Come for the day and stay for the fireworks in the evening, PLUS many of the rides remain open in the dark! Alternatively, head over to the stage area and enjoy the evening entertainment from a fantastic local band – The Electric Bandits – followed by our Firework Spectacular in the evening.”
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Haynes Motor Museum – Family Fun – Somerset

When? 24th July to 5th September
Address:  Haynes International Motor Museum, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7LH
A Bit About – “Come and join in the fun at Haynes International Motor Museum with family activities running on selected days throughout the school summer holidays. With help from the Museum team, you can uncover the fascinating stories, facts, and quirky characters behind the very first cars through to Formula 1. Plus, look out for special activity days as part of the brand-new Williams F1 exhibition.”
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Hope Nature Centre – Summer of fun – Wiltshire

When? July 24th to September 5th and a special event on the 29th of August.
Address:  Frome Rd, Southwick, Trowbridge BA14 9QD
A Bit About – “This summer, we’ve got a wide range of animal experiences to try! From Goat Walks through to a Donkey Meet & Greet, you’ll be sure to find something for every animal lover.” Plus on the 29th of August – “Join us for our AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY SUNDAY FUNDAY! We’ve got loads of extra activities to enjoy including; Animal petting, Animal meet and greets, face painting a BBQ and more.”


Old Down Estate – Family Festival – Somerset

When? 15th to 16th August
Address:  Old Down Country Park, Foxholes Ln, Old Down, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS32 4PG
A Bit About – “Fun for all of the family at this year’s family festival, where we will be hosting a number of tribute bands, Marvelous Marie lots of food & drink options, and much more!”


Paradise Park – Bug and Butterfly Quest – Cornwall

When? 24th July to 5th September
Address: Paradise Park and JungleBarn, 16 Trelissick Rd, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4HY
A Bit About – “Join our ‘Bug and Butterfly Quest’ a fun way to explore the amazing world of insect life. Search for clues around Paradise Park to learn about colourful butterflies, barmy bugs and creepy insects and claim your reward.”
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Pendennis Castle – Various events – Cornwall

When? Various dates, see below
Address: Pendennis Castle, Castle Dr, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4LP
A Bit About – The Knights Tournament – 27th to 29th July plus 24th to 26th August. A Grand family day out – 3rd to 5th August plus 17th to 19th August. Legendary Joust – 10th to 12th August.
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Powderham Castle – Various Events – Devon

When? Various dates, see below
Address:  Powderham Castle, Church Road, Exeter, Devon, EX6 8JQ
A Bit About – Pirates – The Curse Of Mermaid’s Cove. Gather your shipmates, it’s time to choose a side, hoist your colours and set sail with the notorious Captain Jack Scuttle & his motley crew. Will they escape the curse of the mermaid’s cove? Join us in the Crealy Arena to find out!  This brand new family-friendly show is fast-paced and fully loaded with acrobatic gravity-defying stunts and enough action to sink a ship!”
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Sudeley Castle and Gardens – Fantasy Forest Festival – Gloucestershire

When? 16th to 18th July
Address:  Sudeley Castle and Gardens, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, GL54 5JD
A Bit About – “An idyllic realm of the imagination has found its home in the Cotswold Hills with Fantasy Forest Festival. In a fairytale setting at the historic Sudeley Castle – uniquely opened up to festival-goers to camp in its beautiful grounds – a weekend of fantasy-themed entertainment and activities awaits. Fantasy Forest is a festival that brings all genres from the world of sci-fi and fantasy together in one place.


The Tank Museum – Summer Holiday – Dorset

When? 24th July to 5th September
Address:  The Tank Museum, Linsay Rd, Bovington, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6JG
A Bit About – “Tanks in Action Displays running every weekday (Monday-Friday). Free Top Trumps kids trail. Brand new WW2 Exhibition. Allow 4-5hrs for your visit.”
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Woodlands Family Theme Park – Various Events – Devon

When? Various dates, see below
Address:  Woodlands Family Theme Park, Woodlands Leisure Park A3122, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 7DQ
A Bit About – Meet Rex – 27th and 28th July. Fizzpop science workshops and show – 30th July, 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th August. Titan the robot – 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th August. Paddington meet and greet 4th August. Peter Rabbit appearances – 9th August. Raptor day 12th August. Peppa Pig meet and greets 18th August. Hey Duggee meet and greets 19th August. Marshall meet and greets 26th August.
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Best Summer Events South West 2021 – Things to do