Are you planning a post Christmas trip to East Devon or Ottery St Mary this year? Need some ideas to help keep the toddlers entertained?  Here are our suggestions for things to do with toddlers and younger kids in Ottery St Mary and the surrounding areas. 

Wildwood Escot

One of the leading attractions in the area, Wildwood Escot is a great place for kids that love animals and adventure as it has a wonderful mix of the two! 

Visit a museum

Many of the local museums feature fun activities and workshops to get the kids involved. 

Riverside Walks

Ottery St Mary has some lovely riverside walks, why not gather up the kids and create your own treasure hunt – you can see what plants, animals and birds you can find! 

Go otter spotting

Not only are the riverside walks good for getting out and enjoying nature, but you can also go for a walk to see if you can spot any of the resident otters and beavers that call the River Otter home! 

Explore the Jurassic Coast

Being so close to the coast, you can easily explore the Jurassic Coast from Ottery St Mary. The Jurassic Coast is always a fun place to visit, especially if you have dinosaur loving toddlers. 

Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

For a free day out, take a trip to nearby Sidmouth and visit the rescue donkeys at the sanctuary. 

Seaton Tramway

Another nearby attraction is Seaton Tramway, if you’re lucky, you can coincide your visit with one of their story tram activities. 

Seaton Wetlands

Looking for more free things to do where you can make your own adventure? Seaton Wetlands is a great option! They also host a variety of workshops and activities throughout the year for the kids. 

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Paint Your Own Pottery at Something Lovely

Something Lovely is a wonderful paint your own pottery studio nestled in Sidmouth’s Libra Court. The studio is open alongside other artists and independent shops including an award winning coffee shop. Pottery painting is enjoyed by all ages and abilities, with over 100 items to choose from, you can enjoy painting for 1-2hrs and all items are glazed and kiln fired (if you are on holiday these can be posted to you).  There is also an option to paint with acrylic paints on some pieces – so you can take them away that day! Enjoy pottery painting with…

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Sidmouth Golf Club

A golfing jewel in the crown is a fitting description of Sidmouth Golf Club. Overlooking the fine Regency town of Sidmouth the 1889 J H Taylor designed course enjoys wonderful sea views from its undulating fairways, and there are beautiful scenes to be savoured throughout the 18 holes. The course offers a combination of demanding short par 4s with a premium on accurate driving to take best advantage of the sloping fairways plus 7 par threes, varying in length from not much over 100 yards to almost 200. Any golfer making all seven threes as had a phenomenal day. Once the first two holes by the…

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Wildwood Devon

Wildwood Devon is one of Devon’s best wildlife parks. Set in 45 acres of stunning parkland featuring threatened and locally extinct native species such as the iconic red squirrel. As you stroll through the tranquil woodland, you can get up close to an array of unusual animals here including bears, wolves, lynx, arctic foxes, otters and birds of prey - each living in enclosures built to mimic their natural environments. Our red squirrel walkthrough habitat is one of only a few in the country that allows you to see them up close in their natural habitat.You may also spot a wallaby or two…

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Workshops at Coastal Craft Collective

Just a stone’s throw from Seaton beach, Coastal Craft Collective offer a wide range of art and craft workshops for adults and children to enjoy exploring their creative talents. Our shop has a large collection of beautiful handmade coastal art and gift products for sale.   Art & Craft Workshops Join us in the spacious creative area behind our shop to take part in inspirational and educational art and craft classes. Throughout the year, we have activities for kids, adults and families, each led by an experienced local artist. There are a lot of subjects to choose from and…

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Crealy Theme Park & Resort

Discover award-winning family fun at Crealy Theme Park & Resort in Devon, home to over 60 rides and attractions, with spectacular entertainment, live shows, Sooty Land and animals galore.  From rollercoasters to indoor adventure play, water rides to zoo and farm animals – Crealy has everything you need for the ultimate family day out whatever the weather. Crealy also hosts an exciting calendar of seasonal events throughout the Devon School Holidays so be sure to check out their special events!  Voted Best Value Theme Park, Best Theme Park for Toddlers & Best Live…

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The Donkey Sanctuary

No trip to Devon is complete without visiting The Donkey Sanctuary. There’s a tranquil corner of the Jurassic Coast near Sidmouth that hundreds of rescue donkeys call home, and they’re all waiting to meet you. The resident donkeys love to meet new people and their unique characters and stories are all ready to be discovered. This free-to-visit, award-wining attraction has something special to offer, whether you’re looking for quality time with the kids, or somewhere calming to kick back with coffee and cake. Explore everything the sanctuary has to offer, from engaging…

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