Events to look forward to around South Devon this summer

May 16, 2024

If you’re taking a summer holiday on Devon’s south coast this year, there’s loads in store around the Yealm estuary and beyond to make your break go off with a bang – from fun family days out to performances from global music superstars. Here’s our pick of five brilliant events and activities to look out for in the weeks ahead.

Rockpool and Snorkel Safaris, Wembury

Various dates over summer

Photo credit: Dan Carter

We’re lucky to have one of the best spots for marine life right here in South Devon (and within very easy reach of most of our holiday lets) – with fans that include nature champion Chris Packham, no less. Wembury’s rocky shoreline and numerous rockpools make it the ideal home for limpets, anemones, pipe fish, sea scorpions, spiny star fish and many other amazing sea creatures.

And a date with the Wembury Marine Centre is the perfect way to observe and learn about them. The centre is running a series of activity days at which adults and children alike can explore rockpools and even snorkel around the shore, led by a marine life expert.

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Rum & Reggae Festival, Mount Edgecumbe 

Saturday 1 June, 2024

Photo credit: Miss Ivy Events

A hop over the county border from Devon to Cornwall to the idyllic Mount Edgecumbe is a good idea at any time. Known as ‘Britain’s historic park by the sea’, this stunning country park offers free access to stunning acres of parkland alongside miles of coastline and impressive formal gardens. But on 1 June, its grounds are set to take on a distinctly tropical vibe when it hosts the Rum & Reggae Festival.

Expect lively reggae and funk sounds, Caribbean food and drinks, product stalls and circus fun. You can get there easily from Plymouth – either by taking a car on the Torpoint Ferry or going as a foot passenger on the charming foot ferry that goes directly to Mount Edgecumbe.

For more information and tickets, visit 

Plymouth Summer Sessions, Plymouth Hoe

Thursday 13–Sunday 16 June, 2024

This year, the historic Hoe, beside Plymouth’s spectacular waterfront, will host a series of massive names from the world of music for the inaugural Plymouth Summer Sessions – and there are still tickets left. So, if you happen to be in Devon this June, an open-air concert could be the icing on the cake of your holiday. There are performances from Tom Jones, Bryan Adams, Madness, Sting, Blondie and Gabrielle, plus a range of support acts. You can catch one concert or bag a pass for the full four days of live music action.

More details and ticket information can be found at 

River Yealm Regatta, Newton Ferrers & Noss Mayo

July to September, 2024

Over the summer months, the River Yealm bursts into life as rowers, sailors and swimmers take to the water for a series of races at this historic regatta. As well as being a chance for some serious oar-to-oar competition, there’s some brilliant fun to be had too, both on and off the river. From the fun pub-hopping Beer Race to a spectacular fireworks display, the Yealm Regatta is a lively, colourful community event not to be missed if you’re holidaying in Newton or Noss. Much of the action happens on the weekend of 3–4 August but there are many events running across the summer.

For the full schedule, photos and more, check out 

British Firework Championships, Plymouth

Wednesday 14 & Thursday 15 August, 2024

Photo credit: The British Firework Championships

Each summer, the country’s best pyrotechnic masters showcase their talents by the sea – and you can see the stunning displays for free. The skies over the picturesque Plymouth Sound become a riot of colour, movement and noise as six fireworks companies each put on a ten-minute show in a bid to be crowned British champions. There are a few great spots from which to watch the action unfold, including the iconic Plymouth Hoe (where there’s live music and food stalls to enjoy in the run-up to the fireworks) to Jennycliff (on the edge of the city nearest Wembury and the Yealm estuary). Some even like to pull up a boat in the harbour to watch from the water.

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And if South Devon sounds like somewhere you’d like to be this summer but you haven’t yet planned your stay, check out our diverse collection of holiday lets. Roll on the summer!