Family Fun in Devon…
It’s funny, whilst searching around to put together my thoughts for this post, I found that it’s often around this time of year I start to plan our breaks for the year ahead. I suppose it’s the short days that lead me to dream of breaks away. Although, that gives the impression of lusting after sunshine which is not necessarily the case, breaks in and around the UK may not guarantee sunny climates but they have for us always guaranteed plenty to see and do.
Bring your wellies and a brolly and our green and pleasant land offers something for everyone, year round. We’re planning plenty of adventures around it in 2018 and when looking for suggestions for you I found Devon was somewhere we continuously return to. We’ve celebrated big family events, spent Christmases in log cabins with wood fires, summers in caravans by the sea and everything in between because there’s always something new to do and a huge selection of family-friendly accommodation in Devon!
Each corner of Devon offers a new place to explore from the moors of Exmoor and Dartmoor to lush woodlands, fertile rivers and the Jurassic coast there’s something to suit the whims of all. For families, all these outdoor spaces offer the opportunity for great adventures together and all you need to do is grab a picnic and pop on a pair of comfortable shoes for a wander. Places like Becky Falls in Dartmoor offer exciting walks over rocks and around waterfalls colour coded and marked by ability with a 200-foot climb for the adventurous! The Woodland Park offers lots of information about the area and environment and houses a collection of animals to meet and feed. The Jurassic coast offers the exciting opportunity of finding a fossil and a great place to learn more about this is the Seaton Jurassic Centre.
Parks, Farms & Zoos
There’s an absolute plethora of these to suit every age and interest from small petting farms to large national aquariums outdoors activity centres like Go Ape and theme parks. For all the family places like The Big Sheep and Woodlands Family Theme Park offer a combination of petting zoos for the younger children to enjoy and rides and rollercoasters to excite the bigger kids and Combe Martin Wildlife Park offers the chance to meet dinosaurs! In the warmer months, you can’t beat River Dart Country Park with adventure playgrounds over 90 acres and their pirate ship and toddler beach.
In all these sections there are so many options to chose from and here we have, historical houses, museums, ships and railways. So many of these have included amongst the all the incredible details and stories for adults to take in, fun for children in the form of activities, rides and playgrounds. Watermouth castle has a land of Gnomes where you can pan for gold whilst Knightshayes has wonderful woodlands for to explore and a specially constructed play area.
You surely can’t think of Devon and not the sea!? Whilst I’ve already mentioned The Jurassic Coastline in the East, there’s also the busy Plymouth Sound for watching ships, Woolacombe and Westward Ho in the North and of course the Beautiful English Riviera. All of these coastline towns and villages are full of their own unique character and the beaches boast a wonderful variety too; for example, Barricane in Woolacombe is a great place to find exotic shells whilst Wembury is regularly voted to have the best rockpools.
I feel like whilst I’ve only mentioned a handful of the many great spots in this Great British County I’ve made myself wish I was there right now. It’s easy to find accommodation and like I mentioned before the variety here is as great as the attractions; a great place to start your search for a self-catering cottage is Marsdens and for more information on attractions visitdevon.co.uk is a great site.