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What is Family Fest? Family Fest has been running since 2016 at the River Dart Country Park. It a great opportunity to gather together with other families and share a weekend of activities, games, workshops, music and worship. Everyone has a wonderful time as you can see from the comments below and the photos in our gallery.

Sadly due to COVID we had to cancel our 2020 weekend and the guidelines have also scuppered our planned camping weekend for 2021 but we just couldn’t let another year pass without seeing all our Family Festers again!

‘Footsteps of Faith’, focusing on the theme of pilgrimage is a Family Fest Day to be held on Saturday 24th July at All Saints’ Church, Babbacombe where there is plenty of on street parking, good facilities and easy access to the beach via the Cliff Railway!

Who is it for? YOU! Families are made up of people of all ages, and we look forward to welcoming families from parishes and communities across the Diocese of Exeter and the South West region.

There’ll be a welcome breakfast so that everyone can catch up with their friends after last year’s break, and of course make some new ones; games and activities for the children (grown ups welcome to join in!), music and worship. A visit to the beach and fish and chips are of course essential features of this seaside family event.

Family Fest is open to everyone – those exploring faith, re-engaging, or looking to deepen their existing belief. There will be opportunities to talk about faith, family and parenting – or whatever you want to share.

Where is it? For 2021 it’s at All Saints Church, Carey Avenue, Babbacombe, TQ1 3NY – http://allsaintsbabbacombe.co.uk

When is it? Saturday 24th July 2021

What are the arrival and departure times? Arrive by 10am for breakfast, the day will finish with fish and chips and a children’s service by about 7.45pm.

What is the programme for the day? We’ll begin with breakfast and a catch-up, children’s games in the hall, followed by worship and activities. After lunch we’ll have fun on the beach or Babbacombe Park returning to All Saints’ for Mass late afternoon, followed by fish and chips and final children’s worship.

The programme for the day will be available soon.

How much does it cost? Well this year there’s no charge, but we will need to know that you are coming and there will be a booking form here shortly. In the meantime please email us on: familyfestsw@gmail.com

Is there catering? We’ll provide breakfast, lunch (pizza) and fish (or chicken nuggets/sausage) and chips for supper, tea, coffee and soft drinks.

What do I need to bring? Suitable items for protection from the sun (we hope..) and something warm in case we aren’t blessed with the weather we are praying for, beachwear and towels if you are going in the sea.

Can I bring my dog? Dog are not allowed on Babbacombe Beach.

What have other people said about Family Fest?

“Family Fest was a fantastic success again – the best so far!”

“First weekend at Family Fest! What an amazing time we’ve had. Thank you!”

“We had the best weekend.”

View the links below for videos and photographs of previous Family Fest weekends:

2019 – https://www.facebook.com/CofEDevon/videos/1699156923548876/?v=1699156923548876

2018 – https://www.facebook.com/SocietyofStWilfridandStHilda/videos/750107305381243/

2017 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUauFatPGSo&t=131s

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