Whenever I travel, I like to have an itinerary to ensure that I don’t miss out on all that the location has to offer. I turned to the trusty blogging community and asked those who’d spent time in Devon to share their favourite recommendations. Once you’ve found your perfect accommodation via Marsdens Devon Cottages, why not consider taking a trip to some of these gems?
The Big Sheep Family Attraction
If you’re in North Devon and it’s not beach weather, head to The Big Sheep. It’s a full day out, with the added bonus of soft play for those with little people to keep amused! The events vary depending on the season and these range from a vintage pony carousel and sheep races to Christmas food markets and Easter Egg hunts.
The BIG Sheep, Abbotsham Rd, Bideford, North Devon, EX39 5AP
Recommended by Sinead at Sinead Latham
Babbacombe Model Village
This place is huge fun for big kids and little kids. It’s such a quintessentially English day out – perfect family fun! This place boasts over 400 models of houses, stately homes, factories, shops, entertainment venues, environmental features. There are a variety of architectural styles from medieval through Shakespearean to Victorian, along with railways, vehicles and some well-known monuments and landmarks.
Babbacombe Model Village, Hampton Ave, Torquay TQ1 3LA
Recommended/image by Natalie at Crummy Mummy
Crealy Great Adventure Park and Resort
This amusement park is set in the countryside and boasts more than 60 rides and attractions. There are over 100 animals, 30 outdoor attractions and a variety of other activities to choose from. With heart-stopping rides for thrill seekers to soft-play and animal petting for younger guests, it really is a great day out for all ages.
Crealy Great Adventure Park, Sidmouth Road, Exeter, Devon, EX5 1DR
Recommended by Stacey from Stacey in the Sticks
The Miniature Pony Centre
What’s not to love about miniature ponies, eh? With indoor and outdoor activities, refreshments and gifts, it’s a must for any pony fan. Oh, and they have Dartmoor’s first ever unicorn coming this year too – a unicorn guys! (White Lightening will be moving into his Rainbow Stable on March 24, 2018). They also have a sensory room, pony rides, bunnies, giant millipedes and birds, alongside other animals.
The Miniature Pony Centre, Wormhill Farm, Newton Abbot TQ13 8RG
Recommended/image by Joanne from Kids Days Out Reviews
South Devon Railway
The multi-award winning South Devon Railway is one of Devon’s and the West Country’s best-loved tourist attractions and is the longest established steam railway in the south-west. The South Devon Railway is a seven-mile former Great Western Railway branch line, built in 1872, which runs along the stunning valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes (Riverside).
South Devon Railway, The Railway Station, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DZ
Recommended by Mark from Big Man In The Woods
Combe Martin Dinosaur and Wildlife Park
Situated at the top of Combe Martin, there are loads of animals, places to eat, and things to do. They have a new addition of a soft play area which is great for when the weather turns a bit pants, which as it is the UK the chances are very high!
Combe Martin Dinosaur and Wildlife Park, Combe Martin, North Devon EX34 0NG
Recommended by Emma from MummyEm
A simple and cheap activity, this isn’t something that I’ve ever done myself but it does look like a lot of fun and you can read Laura’s experiences in South Devon here.
Diggerland has four parks in total, based in Kent, Yorkshire, Devon and Durham. Entry is free for kids under 90cm and anyone over that will need to pay £19.95 each for entry with discounts for over 65s and carers. The Devon site is one of the parks that have just introduced a new tots area with Little Tikes.
Diggerland, with its 20 different rides, drives and an array of additional activities, is the ideal theme park for small to large groups looking for something exciting and truly unique
Diggerland Devon, Verbeer Manor, Willand, Cullompton EX15 2PE
Both recommended/image by Laura at Wafflemama
Woody Bay Steam Trains
If you’re anything like me and
have an odd fascination with adore stream trains, Woody Bay Steam Trains could be another train-themed trip for you! Woody Bay Station is a “non-profit” organisation that is run mostly by volunteers. It’s 964 feet above sea level and is the highest railway station in Southern England.
It’s also one of the original Lynton and & Barnstaple Railway stations that opened in the 1800s but then subsequently closed in 1935. The station was bought back in 1995 and has been subject to restoration ever since and re-opened in 2004 (You can read a full review from Suburban Mum here).
Woody Bay Station, Martinhoe Cross, Parracombe, Barnstaple EX31 4RA
Recommended by Maria at Suburban Mum
Watermouth Castle was built in 1825 by Arthur Davie Basset for his bride Harriet. It is worth noting that the Basset’s are recorded in the Domesday Book, having come to Britain with William the Conqueror.
The existing evidence of a labyrinth of tunnels and fortification for the Harbour opposite suggests a smugglers haven was once in action. In 2018, it not also keeps its nostalgic roots but is now home to a theme park alongside its rich heritage. With rides big and small, it’s perfect for families of all ages and sizes.
Recommended by Amelia at Another Mummy Blog