Festivals and Shows in Plymouth
We’re now within the realms of festival season and a mighty fine list of family friendly events will be happening over the next few months.
In Plymouth and Devon, festival season is hugely diverse. Sometimes practical and informative and sometimes quirky and eccentric – you’ll find everything here, from an eclectic mix of traditional village fetes, coastal sand-castle building or kite flying fairs, food and drink festivals, large and small agricultural shows, music festivals – the list is endless and there’s no excuse to say there’s nothing happening in the area this spring.
These fun-filled events foster a sense of community spirit and a welcome feeling of inclusiveness. Besides it’s a great excuse to get to know your neighbours a little bit better.
Read on for more information about local festivals in the area, and remember to look at the What's On listings to find even more events…
Lord Mayor’s Day: Saturday 25 May
Welcome the new Lord Mayor of Plymouth to their role with this day celebrating the best of the city’s community. The theme of this year’s event is The Future – so expect lots of exciting scientific, technological happenings!
The star of the show will be the 8 foot tall Titan the Robot, who will appear twice throughout the day. A day-long stage programme will feature performances from local dance and theatre groups and choirs. For details see https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/
Flavour Fest: Friday 31 May to Sunday 2 June
The South West’s largest free food and drink festival returns to Plymouth with more than 100 traders selling the best regional produce, a huge range of street food stalls, a packed programme in the Cookery Theatre and the popular Kid’s Kitchen.
The star of the show this year is Great British Bake Off winner and TV chef, Nadiya Hussain, who will be showcasing her skills to the crowds on Saturday 1 June. Read more about this event at www.plymouth.gov.uk
Plymouth Armed Forces Day: Saturday 29 June
Celebrate Plymouth’s proud military tradition at the annual Armed Forces Day, in association with Babcock, at Plymouth Hoe on Saturday 29 June.
Enjoy a spectacular air display featuring the Red Arrows, who are returning to Plymouth for the first time since 2012. There will also be a flypast from a RAF Spitfire and a rescue display from the Coastguard, in partnership with the RNLI. The exciting arena programme is set to return this year, with highlights including the Tri-Service Field Gun competitions and the thrilling unarmed combat display by the Royal Marines.
There will also be displays of military vehicles and equipment and ‘villages’ showcasing each of the services spread out across Plymouth Hoe. The entertainment continues into the evening, with a free concert. Dance the night away with One Step Behind, Europe's biggest tribute to Madness, a Tom Jones tribute act and Scarlett Lee, the 2018 X Factor runner-up. Read more at www.plymoutharmedforcesday.co.uk
Launceston Show: Thursday 25 July
The young audience is very much catered for at this year’s Launceston Show.
Free activities for children will be provided all day, plus, there will be a funfair, Falconry display; dog and duck display; ferret racing and other rural crafts.
See www.launcestonshow.co.uk for information and tickets.
Buckfast Abbey’s Summer Food and Craft Fair: Saturday 6 July
Buckfast Abbey’s popular Summer Food and Craft Fair will again be hosting an abundance of locally produced food and craft stalls, live entertainment and possibly some alpacas, on Saturday 6 July. Entry is free and so is parking.
The ever popular and award-winning cookery school for children 'Fun Kitchen' will be running high energy ‘hands-on’ free cookery workshops throughout the day. Places will need to be pre-booked - find out more at www.buckfast.org.uk/product/tickets/fun-kitchen-2019