We’re at it again – planning our next family staycation, and this time we’re keen to travel to Devon. I’ve only ever been to southwest England a couple of times, but it’s an undeniably beautiful part of the country and I’m excited to visit with the girls in tow. I’ve been checking out the best family days out in Devon for our next mini adventure and thought I’d share our itinerary with you.
Of course while we’re away we’ll need a place to stay and, because we’ve recently established that holidaying is basically normal life – just in different surroundings and without the essentials that make everyday parenting bearable – it must be family-friendly. I’ve been checking out some of the self-catering options available through Marsdens and I’ll take a look at local hotels at some point too.
There’s nothing quite like a trip to the seaside when you’re young enough to still be enchanted by the simple things in life, and I’m sure the girls will adore the sandy beaches (and ice creams), and be in awe of the imposing cliff-faces. And while they may be less excited by the medieval towns, hubby and I love the quaintness of meandering along cobbled streets, looking at old higgledy-piggledy buildings and architecture! Alas my sightseeing recommendations are naturally biased towards the little’s needs, so there won’t be many of those this time. Here’s my family to-do list…
The Best Family Days Out in Devon
The National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth
It seems to be the thing to do everywhere you go, doesn’t it? And yet it never gets old for Pixie; children just adore watching wildlife and there’s something particularly captivating about sea creatures, and Elfin is mesmerised now, too. This particular venue boasts the deepest Atlantic tank in the UK, housing several species of sharks and rays.
£14.95 adults; £10.95 children (4 – 15 year-olds). 10 per cent discount for booking online at least seven days in advance.
Lydford Gorge, Dartmoor
This place sounds like a true beauty spot, however caution is recommended with little ones. With wildflowers, whirlpools, and waterfalls, Ledford Gorge is as enchanting as it is stunning – but also treacherous for tiny ones. But, if you’re up for an adventure and willing to baby-wear then it’s the perfect family adventure surrounded by nature.
£7.40 adults; £3.70 children.
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River Dart Country Park, Dartmoor
With a play lake with pirate ship and a boating lake, plus low and high rope courses, adventure playgrounds, assault courses, and water zorbing, the country park really does offer something for everyone. My husband will be thrilled that there are kayaks and canoes for hire, while I’ll be content watching him from terra firma with an ice cream.
£9.50 for over-5s; £5.25 (3-4 year olds); under 3s go free. Additional charges for some activities.
Blackpool Sands, Dartmouth
After an invigorating day out at a gorge, you’ll be ready for a quieter day unwinding by the calm waters of a gorgeous bay. What could be more idyllic than a beach day, taking in the view and enjoying the local fare?
Lifeguards on duty in July and August. Daily car parking £4 (low season); £7 (high season).
Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh
A lovely farm with activities laid on every half hour and the opportunity to handle a variety of animals from miniature pigs, to ducklings and mice. There’s also a play barn, tractor rides, a mini train for the tiny ones, and a bouncy castle.
£13.95 adults; £9.95 children (3 – 16 years old); under 3s go free.
And thus concludes my list of the best family days out in Devon. With so many exceptional family-oriented excursions, we’re spoilt for choice! Of course, I’ve not even covered everything – there’s more to see if you have the time. Here’s hoping for fabulous weather for our trip!
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