Whats on in Devon - Fireworks - Little Dunley Cottages
Whats on in Devon - Sail Boats - Little Dunley Cottages
Whats on in Devon - Shrimps - Little Dunley Cottages
Whats on in Devon - Sail Boats - Little Dunley Cottages

What’s On in Devon?



Below are a few ideas of what’s on in Devon and places you might wish to visit whilst on holiday with us at Little Dunley Cottages.

Please don’t think that you can only find great things to do in the summer months in South Devon – there are events and interesting things to do all year round!

November 2023

Ottery Tar Barrels - Ottery St Mary

Ottery Tar Barrels - Ottery St Mary

5th November 2023

The streets of Ottery St Mary are going to be ‘in flames’ again this year, for the annual Ottery Tar Barrel celebration.

Believed to be linked to the Gunpowder Plot, locals will carry flaming tar barrels through the street – a thrilling spectacle that will have you in awe.

To be a barrel roller you must have been born in Ottery or own a business in the local area.

Additional Information: Ottery St Mary Tar Barrels

Torbay Musical Weekend - Torquay

Torbay Musical Weekend - Torquay

17th - 20th November 2023

Torquay has been hosting the Torbay Musical Weekend since the early 1970s, initially at the Palace Hotel and more recently Torquay’s seafront.

With the focus being classical music, the weekend will also showcase some jazz, operetta and more.

Additional Information: Torbay Musical Weekend

Disney on Ice - Exeter

Disney on Ice - Exeter

23rd November 2023

Disney on Ice presents 100 years of wonder.

Relive the adventures and tales of your favourite characters on ice. This year celebrates 100 Years of Wonder, so be sure to grab your tickets early and enjoy the magical world of Disney.

Additional Information: Disney on Ice

December 2023

The Polar Express™ Tram Ride - Seaton

The Polar Express™ Tram Ride - Seaton

24th November - 24th December 2023

The Polar Express™ is coming to the Seaton Tramway in Devon.

Travel to Santa’s home in a decorated tramcar, whilst enjoying a hot chocolate and a delicious treat. Whilst at the ‘North Pole’ take a walk and check out the magical lights.

Additional Information: Seaton Tramway

Last Night of the Christmas Proms - Exeter

Last Night of the Christmas Proms - Exeter

20th December 2023

The magical, musical Last Night of the Christmas Proms is back with a multitude of musical hits including, Jingle Bells, Winter Wonderlad and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

Expect the evening to be full of fun for all the family.

Additional Information: Exeter University Great Hall

New Year’s Eve Fancy Dress Party - Clovelly

New Year’s Eve Fancy Dress Party - Clovelly

31st December 2023

Clovelly’s New Year’s party is back again. Whether you are a resident or non-resident, all are welcome. Come join in the fun and see in the New Year with a spectacular evening celebration.

Additional Information: Clovelly Information

January 2024

GloWild at Paignton Zoo

GloWild at Paignton Zoo

17th November 2023 - 2nd January 2024

Paignton Zoo will be transforming into a beautiful and colourful experience for all the family.

The Zoo will come to life with fibre optics & lazers with a magical wishing well on the way to all the animals attractions.

Additional Information: Paignton Zoo Events

Earth Photo Exhibition at Haldon Forest

Earth Photo Exhibition at Haldon Forest

30th October 2023 - 14th January 2024

An international competition created by Forestry England and the Royal Geographical Society presenting videos & photographs that are based around the beauty of the natural world.

Additional Information: Earth Photo Exhibition

Disney's Aladdin at Theatre Royal Plymouth

Disney's Aladdin at Theatre Royal Plymouth

17th January 2024 - 11th February 2024

The Disney production of Alladin has come to the Theatre Royal in Plymouth!

This magical production has already been seen worldwide by 14 million people. The production features comedy, magic and pure fun for everyone.

Visit the website to book your ticket.

Additional Information: Disney’s Aladdin

February 2024

Toys and Treats - Winter Trail in Sidmouth

Toys and Treats - Winter Trail in Sidmouth

4th November 2023 - 8th February 2024

Follow the trail around the Sidmouth Sanctuary and embark on a treasure hunt for the donkey’s 9 favourite toys hidden around the area.

By merging fun with excercise and brain power, a prize is waiting for you and the whole family at the end of the trail!

Additional Information: Winter Trail

Pennywell Farm

Pennywell Farm

10th February 2024 onwards, for the 2024 season

Over 150 Animals: Alpacas, Tortoises, Guinea Pigs, Horses, Goats, Ferrets, Deer, Miniature Ponies & Donkeys…  Plus, Indoor Soft Play, Indoor Inflatable Bouncy Castles & Slide, Pig Races, Feeding Goats, Old MacDonald’s Tractor Ride, Crazy Golf, Play Village, Miniaure Piggy Cuddles, Red Rocket Ride, Rainbow Railway and more…

Additional Information: Pennywell Farm

Sing-a-Long Matilda at the Princess Theatre, Torquay

Sing-a-Long Matilda at the Princess Theatre, Torquay

17th February 2024

Go and sing along at the Matilda musical with full audience participation and full fancy dress is strongly encouraged.

This is a screening of the movie Matilda the Musical based on Roald Dahl’s novel and all the family is invited!

Additional Information: Sing-a-Long Matilda – The Musical

March 2024

Bicton Park & Botanical Gardens

Bicton Park & Botanical Gardens

22nd January onwards for 2024 season

Visit Bicton Park and Botanical Gardens, suitable for all ages.  Discover the Bicton Glasshouses, Countryside Museum, BBC Rabbit Warren, Children’s Activities incl. an indoor play zone, an outdoor play area, the Nuthatch Nature Trail, Woodland Railway, and of course the Historical Gardens, with exotic and rare plants from all over the world.  See the delights of the Italian Garden; The American & Stream Gardens; Mediterranean & Rose Gardens, Fernery & Shell House and the Hermitage Garden.  You can even use Tesco vouchers against your admission fee.

Additional Information: Bicton Park & Botanical Gardens

Ultimate Classic Rock Show at the Princess Theatre, Torquay

Ultimate Classic Rock Show at the Princess Theatre, Torquay

16th March 2024

Take a ride down memory lane with the most classic rock music of all time. Paired with a light & projection show, this is sure to get you filled with adrenaline & excitement.

Additional Information: Ultimate Classic Rock Show

Wizard of Oz at the Theatre Royal Plymouth

Wizard of Oz at the Theatre Royal Plymouth

March 26th - 30th 2024

From the producer of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the brand new production of one of the world’s favourite musicals has come to the Theatre Royal Plymouth.

Experience the magic at this special show which will fill all musical fans with joy.

Additional Information: Wizard of Oz at the Theatre Royal

Little Dunley Holiday Cottages Guest Book


"The cottages were so relaxing and beautiful you don’t need to bring everything as they have everything readily available with Co-op and Tesco so local. It’s a brilliant location for kids - the games room and swimming pool offer hours of entertainment for kids. I spent the whole weekend with the kids there and didn’t feel like we had to leave. Really, really enjoyed my stay."

Huda, London

"Lovely cosy and quiet place to relax with the family. Games room and pool much appreciated and lots of thoughtful touches. Passes the fully-equipped kitchen standard with sharp knives, plenty of implements, a wok and even a pizza cutter! Would return."

Sarah, Cheshire

"Had a lovely time. The cottage was just perfect with all the comforts. Really enjoyed the log fire and how clean it was. The owner was very helpful and was there to help straight away."


"We had a wonderful holiday in Oaktree Cottage and will definitely back! We took full advantage of the pool which we had to ourselves the majority of the time - the kids had a great time and their swimming improved amazingly! The cottage is "in the middle of nowhere" but a short drive away there is a huge amount to do... Thank you for a lovely holiday!"

Kate, Tunbridge Wells

"Lovely cottage in fantastic location. So many places to go within in half hour drive. Pool and games room at cottage excellent. Would definitely recommend."

Claire, Winterely

"Great location, lovely cottage which was just the right size for four! Really enjoyed the pool and Bovey Tracey was a delightful village!!"

Nina, Bedford