There are lots of things for children to do whilst they are on holiday here in North Devon. Below we have put together a sample of things to do. Details of most of the attractions in the area will be available in your cottage ready for your arrival so you can spend your first evening planning your holiday activities over a cup of tea or a glass of wine.
The National Trust – Activities for children are held at their properties and land throughout the year in North Devon. Some examples are on our National Trust page.
Lambing Open Days at Borough Farm – Over Easter Weekend, 11am – 4pm. Visit David Kennards’ farm, the home of Mist, star of the popular childrens TV stories, for a very interesting day observing the lambing in a specially built barn with an observation gallery.
Surfing Lessons – Learn how to surf with Nick Thorns’ Surf School at Woolacombe. www.nickthorn.com or North Devon Surf School www.northdevonsurfschool.co.uk
The Big Sheep – A fun day out for all the family. Enjoy the sheep racing, duck trials, sheep shearing show, farm safari tractor ride, swan pedalos and much more.
Dartington Crystal – Visit the only remaining UK Crystal and Glass factory in the North Devon countryside which is situated in nearby Torrington. You can watch the craftsmen transforming hot molten crystal into elegant shapes, have a go at glass blowing yourselves or make your own glass jewellery. For a special gift they can make a hand (or foot) cast for you in glass.
Wildlife and Dinosaur Park – Enjoy a fun filled day exploring the parkland with its animatronic dinosaur models and dinosaur museum; birds of prey; a snake, reptile and spider collection; free range primates in the Tropical House and one of the largest Meerkat enclosures in the country.
Watermouth Castle – A fascinating Victorian castle, which was once a smugglers haven, this includes a family theme park nestled in fantastic gardens. Wih its enchanting mix of children’s activities and nostalgic blasts from the past, Watermouth Castle appeals to kids from 1 to 100 years of age.
Exmoor Zoo – The zoo is a wonderful place for an entertaining and informative visit with 175 species and over 600 animals. They have very interactive activities and talks throughout the day from stroking snakes to feeding wallabies with something different happening every 30 minutes.
The Milky Way – All weather family entertainment with over 85,000 square feet of activities under one roof.
Quince Honey Farm – Beeworld is Quince Honey Farm’s renowned exhibition of honeybees. Nowhere else in the world can visitors get such a close up view of the inner workings of the honeybee society without needig protective equipment.
Cycling – We are really close to theTarka Trail and bicycles can be hired from www.tarkabikes.co.uk (01271 324202) and www.bidefordbicyclehire.co.uk (01237 424123)
Other attractions include Ice Skating and 10 Pin Bowling in Barnstaple, Clovelly, Woody Bay Railway and the Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff railway.