Keep the kids entertained without busting the budget with these free family-friendly things to do in Totnes this summer.
Join the parade
Featuring giant puppets, music, dancers and a fabulous firelit finale, join in the fun at the Totnes Festival Grand Parade on Sunday 21 August. Alternatively, come along to enjoy the spectacle and party atmosphere.
Starting at Steamer Quay at 2pm, the parade will work its way through the town finishing with a big party at Borough Park at 5pm. Anyone who fancies getting dressed up or building something that can be pushed, pulled, or carried over the two-mile route is encouraged to take part.
Free for all, suitable for all ages.
For more details (including details of a free workshop on Saturday 20 August to help you make props for the parade) click here.
Kick an orange
The famous Totnes Orange Races are sure to a-peel to all ages. It was inspired by the town legend of an unfortunate Elizabethan boy (rumoured to have been Sir Francis Drake) who dropped a precious orange, which rolled down our steep High Street. The races are fun to watch or you can sign up to take part and see if you can be first to kick your orange down the course. Starting at 11am on Tuesday 16 August, it includes races for children (avoiding the steep hill!)
Meet at the Market Square to sign up before the races start. Oranges provided. Great fun and a friendly atmosphere!
Learn some strictly fabulous dance moves
Former BBC Strictly Pro Andrew Cuerden invites you to join him for some FREE and fun outdoor ballroom and Latin dancing alfresco style!
No matter your age or ability you are welcome to come and either watch or join in the classes and social dancing. There is combination of basic dance tuition and in-between the classes. All are welcome to get on the “dancefloor” to practice their dance moves with or without a partner. Finally, even if you don’t know any ballroom and Latin dancing you are still welcome to come and have a boogie.
Monday August 15 at Totnes Market Square 5-30pm-7.30pm
Wednesday August 17 at St Mary’s Churchyard, Totnes 4.30pm-7.30pm
Thursday August 18 at Totnes Market Square 4.30pm-7.30pm
Fire, Fury and Gargoyles
Devised and directed by Totnes Festival’s Paul Liengaard, Find Your Inner Gargoyle (FYIG) is a 60 minute live theatrical circus installation and performance. It takes place on and around St Mary’s Church in Totnes at dusk (approx. 8.30pm) on Saturday 20 August.
Delving deep into the very nature of the wood and stone they are carved from, FYIG will explore this world of demons and fantasy and transform it into a theatrical celebration of somewhere beyond humanity. Using the magnificent St Mary’s Church as set and backdrop, FYIG will transport you to a dark world of fire, fury, and fantastical creatures.
This event will be using fire and pyrotechnics and is suitable for all ages. The event is free and no booking is required. For more info click here.
Fishy goings on
Join MED Theatre for LEAP – a family-friendly, fishy adventure this summer as part of the Totnes Festival!
Folklore, movement and education come together in this tale about the salmon of Devon’s rivers and how we could all play our part in saving their water habitat.
This is a free event but ‘Pay What You Decide’ donations are welcome after each show. All proceeds will help to fund MED Theatre’s work with young people and adults at risk of isolation.
23 August at Vire Island, Totnes. 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm: each show 30 mins approx. Suitable for all ages, please bring chairs or blankets to sit on.
Go wild for moths
Find out more about moths in Sharpham’s fun, family event that’s FREE for under-18s.
You can learn about moth and butterfly life-cycles and create your own moth-wing designs. Ranger Phil Wilson will set a moth trap in Sharpham’s woodland the night before ready for a big Moth Reveal at this event. This will allow you to get close-up to these fascinating insects before safely releasing them back into the wild.
Finally, there will also be a circular walk down to the fields on the Sharpham Estate to look for day-flying moths and butterflies.
The event runs from 10-12.30pm and it is free for under 18s. Book here
More fun for all ages …
For more inspiration and a list of the best events for all ages in and around Totnes, go to www.visittotnes.co.uk/whats-on/
For more family-friendly days out, take a look at www.visittotnes.co.uk/see-and-do-tax/family-fun/