Summer might seem like an age away at this time of year, but it won’t be long before the school holidays start to roll around. Whether you’re planning a trip to Devon for the February half term, the Easter holidays or the summer, here are a couple of the things you can add to your itineraries.
The best place to start when looking for things to do around Devon is Devon’s Top Attractions. With over 44 of the most popular attractions as members, there are plenty of fun days out to be had.
Depending on where you decide to stay will help shape your plans, so here are some suggestions for various locations around Devon.
In the North Devon and Exmoor areas, you have the abundant countryside of the National Park and the beautiful coastlines which are perfect for days at the beach and for getting out on the waves. There are companies offering equipment hire and tuition for a range of watersports, ideal for the whole family as well as a whole host of fun attractions.
In Combe Martin, one of the most popular destinations for family holidays is the Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park which is home to some of the most endangered animals on earth and even a couple of extinct ones!
Nearby in Bideford is The Big Sheep, which is perfect for tots, toddlers, teens and everyone in between! With a variety of all weather activities and attractions, this is a great day out whatever the weather. Plus with world famous sheep racing, great rides and a brilliant selection of indoor and outdoor play areas, you can easily spend the whole day here. Another option is the Milky Way Adventure Park, full of rides and seasonal activities. Whatever your age and ability, you’ll love getting stuck into the fun and games on offer at the Milky Way.
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For those that like something a little more gentle, there is RHS Rosemoor in nearby Great Torrington. If you visit during the school holidays, there are a host of family activities on offer, but for those of you visiting outside of those times, you’ll still enjoy the various landscapes and gardens.
In South Devon, you have the English Riviera, the Torbay and the city of Plymouth, so plenty to explore and a whole selection of interesting things to do with the family. Why not invite in some nostalgia by visiting the South Devon Railway? Located in Buckfastleigh, South Devon Railway is a heritage railway full of historic steam trains available for rides, as well as regular special events. If you like the sound of enjoying some history, Kents Cavern in Torquay is another excellent day out. Located within the UNESCO Global Geopark, it is one of Europe’s most exciting Stone Age caves. The caves were once the home to some of Devon’s earliest residents and the guided tours take you on an underground adventure like no other!
Another option in the English Riviera is Babbacombe Model Village. Full of miniature cities and even a few celebrities, it is one of Europe’s Premier Model Villages and has one of the most beautiful gardens in the region. Also nearby is Paignton Zoo, which is home to dozens of animals across 80 acres of beautiful and spacious grounds, giving you the chance to find out more about some of the world’s most interesting and rare creatures. Speaking of animals, Pennywell Farm is a great option for those with kids of all ages! It is the biggest activity farm in the south west and there is something new happening every hour. Plus, you can join in with the Pennywell Pig Racing!
Towards the east of the county you’ll find the iconic Jurassic Coast, which is a great place for rockpooling and fossil hunting – just remember to put anything you uncover back where you found it!
If you’re done exploring the prehistoric world, you can always meet some of the region’s cutest animals including packs of otters and adorable red squirrels at Wildwood Escot, where you can also enjoy mazes, zip wires and even a Saxon village. World of Country Life is also in East Devon and is one of the few places in the county where you can hand feed deer and llama and bottle feed lambs. If you like the idea of making some furry friends, don’t miss out on a trip to the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth which is free to visit and full of cute, rescue donkeys who are just waiting to meet you!
One of the best ways to experience the Jurassic Coast is from the water, so make sure you have your sea legs for a mini cruise with Stuart Line Cruises. Their themed voyages even give you the chance to see some of the region’s birds and wildlife.
Families that have a taste for adventure will definitely want to visit the Mid Devon region. Not only are your ideally located for exploring the entire county with easy access to the North and South Devon coast and the surrounding countryside but there are loads of activities on offer.
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On the outskirts of the city of Exeter is Crealy Theme Park and Resort. As the south west’s number one family value day out is home to the most rides in Devon and has an exciting calendar of seasonal events throughout the year. Tamar Trails is in nearby Tavistock and is the hub for outdoor activities all set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With a network of woodland trails perfect for cycling or walking, Tree Surfers and even family canoe trips, there is something for everyone here.
Inspired? You can see even more fun, family friendly things to do in Devon here.