This August, enjoy the festival feeling every day in Totnes with lots of things to do and see. From music and puppet theatre to traditional fairground rides and a rather odd spotting competition, there’s something for all ages. Read on to discover our top pick of what’s on this summer in Totnes.
Totnes Summer Fair
What: Come to Totnes to enjoy a day of family fun and games at the Totnes Summer Fair:
– free traditional summer games (including hook-a-duck)
– vintage rides (including a children’s traditional carousel and swing boats)
– free live music and street entertainment
– a free puppet show
– delicious street food
– free kids crafting activities
– free face painting
– local gift stalls
Where: Totnes Market Square and Civic Hall
When: Wednesday 23 August 11am-5pm
For more information: Go to www.visittotnes.co.uk/whats-on/totnes-summer-fair/
What: Summer Sounds is a music-filled, action-packed series of events and concerts at St Mary’s and St John’s Churches. Running from Tuesday 15 August to Saturday 26 August, there are lunchtime concerts and daytime and evening events to suit all ages. Don’t miss “Come and Sing Musicals and More” for 10-14 year olds, Peter’s Puppets aimed at 4-9 year olds, or the St Mary’s Matronal Procession through the town.
Where: St Mary’s Church, High Street Totnes and St John’s Church, Bridgetown
When: 15-26 August 2023
For more information: www.stmarysandstjohnstotnes.org/summer-sounds-23
Totnes Odd Object Competition
What: Join the fun and see how many odd objects you can spot in the windows of shops and businesses in Totnes this summer. ‘Odd objects’ range from things like a paperclip in the sweet shop to a Lego mini-figure in the jewellers. There are even cash prizes for the most objects spotted!
Pick up your entry form from Arcturus Books 46 Fore Street – entry forms cost £1 with proceeds going to support the Totnes Carnival Christmas Lantern Procession.
Where: Throughout Totnes (check the list on the entry form and look in windows for signs).
When: 21 August to 2 September. You can complete the competition in your own time but be warned, some are fiendishly hard to spot!
For more information: Go to www.facebook.com/totnescarnival
Theatre Royal Plymouth Barn Dances
What: Theatre Royal Plymouth proudly presents ‘Barn Dances’, a family-friendly, toe-tapping experience with the talented Freedom Fields Ceilidh Band! Join them in Totnes this summer for an unforgettable evening of live music, dancing and delicious beer, cider and pasties. Suitable for all ages.
Where: Civic Hall, Totnes
When: Saturday and Sunday 5 and 6 August 2023. Choice of 12noon and 6pm performances on both days.
For more information: Go to www.theatreroyal.com/whats-on/barn-dance-totnes/
Family Fun at Totnes Elizabethan Museum
What: Don’t miss a choice of family-friendly activities at Totnes Museum this summer, including free weaving and candle dipping workshops.
When: The Museum will be open Monday-Saturday 10am to 4pm, as always entry is free but donations are welcome. All events this summer are free and there is no need to book ahead.
For more information: https://www.totnesmuseum.org/
Find more summer events on our What’s On pages