What's on locally this Summer for families?

What’s on in Bovey Tracey this Summer for families?

The summer holidays is always a long time to keep the little ones amused, plus we know with everything going on in the world at the moment, finding affordable activities to do for the family that don’t break the bank are a winner too!

Read on for some Summer inspiration….

 pom pom headband

  1. Children & Family Craft Workshops at Pom Stitch Tassel

Wed 2nd August – Sat 2nd September 2023

Join Devon Craft Company, Pom Stitch Tassel in their Fore St based craft shop for a Summer of craft.

We are running 15 different workshops across 5 weeks of the summer to include crafts such as pom pom making, macrame, knitted wire art, hand & machine sewing and even gingerbread decorating!

Workshops suitable for age 4 – 100+; children, adults & families welcome and prices start from £12.50 per person.

 Pre-booking is essential, book online here


  1. Bovey Carnival Events

29th July – 6th August

Head to Bovey Tracey for a week of Carnival events, lot’s of fun for all the family!

This is what’s on:

Sat 29th July, 4-10pm – Picnic in the Park

Sun 30th July, 10-5 – Car Quest

Mon 31st July, from 6:30pm – Prize Bingo

Tues 1st August, 7pm – Quiz n Chips

Wed 2nd August, 6pm – Family Sports Night

Fri 4th August, 6pm – Fancy Dress Run

Sat 5th August, 6pm – Carnival Procession & Fireworks

Sun 6th August, 10-4 – Sunday Funday

For more information visit here.


  1. Josie’s Storytelling & Crafts

          29th July – 22nd August 2023

Every Tuesday in the Summer holidays, (except 29th ) between 3-5pm head to Josie’s Ice Cream Parlour in Bovey Tracey for a lovely afternoon of storytelling and crafts.

There will be reading Enid Blyton – The Faraway Tree through the five sessions between 3-4pm.  Storytelling is free to drop in and listen to.

Pom Stitch Tassel will then be offering crafts between 4-5pm for a small charge of £4 per person.  Each week we will be creating a new character from the book in pom pom form.

Turn up for the storytelling but pre-book or pay on the day for crafts at Josie’s kiosk.

There will of course be ice-cream and food & drink on offer from Josie’s all day. 

Plus you can visit their showrooms of life size models.  It’s free entry to get in!

For more information visit here.


bovey tracey library

  1. Bovey Tracey Library

All Summer long

Head to Bovey Tracey library for your Summer reading challenge.

Encourage your child to read and develop their literacy skills between now and September. Read all 6 books over the Summer holidays and receive a free voucher for a child swim at Bovey Tracey swimming pool.  Visit the library to take part in this free challenge.

They are also running some other events through the Summer holidays:-

Friday 4th August – Motorised Vehicles with Brick Ideas £5pp

Thursday 10th August – Board Games Morning FREE

Tuesday 22nd August – Pokemon Card Trading Club £1pp

Pop into the library to book your place on any of the above events or follow them on Facebook for more information.


  1. Bovey Help Hub

 25th July – 29th August

Join the Help Hub over the Summer Holiday for 6 FREE events, being held in Bovey Tracey & Heathfield.

The Help Hub have secured funding for a summer programme of completely free children's events.  This is what’s on:-

Tuesday 25 July -  10.00-12.30pm  - Tropical Fish & Tetras pom poms - at Riverside Community Centre, Pom, Stitch & Tassel. Book here - Tropical Fish & Tetras

Friday 4th August -  10.00-12.30pm  -  Creatures of the Forest - at the Methodist Church Hall,  Participate Arts. Book here - Creatures of the Forest

Wednesday 9 August - 1.30-4.00pm -  Parrot Pom Poms - at the Methodist Church Hall,  Pom, Stitch & Tassel. Book here - Parrot Pom Poms

Thursday 10 August - 1.30pm-3.30pm - Sensory Potion Seed Bomb with a visitor from the National Trust - Wickham Hall,  Participate Arts. Book here - Sensory Potion & Seed Bombs

Friday 18 August - 10.00-12.30pm - Dancers & Runners - Articulated figures - at the Methodist Church Hall - Spacefruit. Book here - Dancers & Runners

Tuesday 29 August - 10.00-12.30pm - Flying Beasties - Symmetry paints of moths, butterflies & beetles - at the St Catherine's School, Heathfield - Spacefruit. Book here - Flying Beasties

The Help Hub also provide free refreshments and snacks, as well as a colouring in table and baby play area as part of these lovely events. 

Booking is essential as the events get booked up fast.  Head to Eventbrite or the links above to book.


  1. Bovey Swimming Pool

        All Summer long

Head for a refreshing swim at Bovey Tracey Swimming pool this Summer.  

The heated pool is based outdoors in the heart of the cricket field and is easily accessible with free roadside parking outside.

The pool is open every day for various sessions including general swim and inflatable sessions.

For more information and to book visit here.


canonteign falls

 7. Canonteign Falls

 All Summer long

A fabulous natural attraction based on the edge of the moors.

Visit Canonteign Falls for peaceful walks amongst waterfalls and lakes plus family fun in the gardens and playgrounds. 

They have a children’s activity trail as well as a NEW alpaca trail & experience days from Lakemoor Alpacas.

On site they have a café, snack bar & gift shop, perfect for refuelling & a souvenir to take home.  

Pre-booking is advised in order to guarantee entry.  Book online here


  1. Children’s workshops at Make South West

27th July – 31st August

Bovey based charity, Make SW (former Devon Guild of Craftsmen) are running an education programme over the Summer to include workshops for children, this is what’s on:-

Thursday 27th July, 10-12 Braid Making £5pp

Friday 4th August, 10-12 Mono-printing £5pp

Tuesday 8th August, 10-12 Paper puppet making £5pp

Wednesday 16th August, 10-12 Mosaic letter making £5pp

Friday 25th August, 10-12 Marbling & Origami butterflies £5pp

Thursday 31st August, 2-4pm Lino printing £5pp

Book online.


ullacombe farm events

  1. Ullacombe Farm workshops & events

All summer long

Farm shop, Ullacombe Farm, based on Haytor are running workshops and events through the Summer holidays for children and families, alongside their lovely food & drink offering in their café. 

See their poster for more details of what’s on and how to book. 

To visit Ullacombe Farm head here. 


nourish festival

  1. Nourish Festival

Saturday 10th September, 10am – 5pm

The end of the Summer brings the Nourish Festival back into Bovey Tracey high street. 

A well attended event celebrating local food, drink & craft produced here in the South West.

Bovey Tracey’s high street is lit up with a street full of market traders and stalls displaying all the finest food and drink to taste, munch and purchase. 

Plus all of the glorious businesses throughout Bovey Tracey throw open their doors, come and explore the fantastic array of independent businesses, shops & eateries that Bovey Tracey has to offer.

Find a Gin Festival at the top of the high street and a craft fair in the Methodist Church at the bottom.

This is an event open to the public and free of charge to attend. 

For more information visit here.


We hope you found our blog of Summer events helpful. 

Please make sure to share on to friends, neighbours and family. 

August 02, 2023 — Emma Rendell