Devon Family Days Out

Keeping your little ones amused thoughout a holiday can take some planning! Luckily, Devon has many attractions to keep inquisitive minds happy and occupied throughout the day. We've put together a list of some of the best places to visit during your holiday in the county. Take your mini adventurers to coast, countryside or city for inspiring activities - with animals to pet, obstacles to overcome, stories to hear and treasures to discover, there's enough to amuse until bedtime.

To find out more, view the individual profiles below and click on to individual websites so you can explore ticket prices, opening times and locations. All you need to plan your perfect family holiday in one place.

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    Annual British Firework Championships

    The world famous British Firework Championships is set to return to Plymouth's Waterfront, 9 - 10 August 2017.

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    Babbacombe Model Village

    Visit this famous Torquay attraction to take time out from the hustle and bustle of every day life and feel on top of the world as you see it recreated in miniature. Thousands of miniature buildings, people and vehicles, along with animated scenes and touches of English humour.

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    Bear Feet Play Centre

    Visit Bear Feet Play centre, Devon's favourite soft play area! Bear Feet play centre has once again been awarded
    'The best indoor Play Centre in Devon'! Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.

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    Beer Regatta

    A week packed with different events to suit all ages.From scavenger hunts and children's fun to fireworks and late night dances. The focus is fun, the mood is happy; hopefully the weather is fine, but even if rainy, the welcome will be warm!

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    Berry Pomeroy Castle

    An allegedly haunted Tudor mansion within the crumbling walls of a castle, built in the late 15th century, near Totnes.

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    Bicton Gardens

    The magnificent 63-acre (25 ha) historic park is superbly landscaped with lakes and fountains. It also contains more than 1,000 trees including 300 species and 25 champion specimens together with many flowering plants. Bicton Park is renowned for its 18th century Italian Gardens.

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    Big Screen in the Park

    After several fantastic sell out screenings at last year’s event, Big Screen in the park will be returning to Northernhay Gardens with not five, but six nights of cinematic magic under the stars.

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    Cadbury Easter Egg Trails

    Cadbury are hosting an Easter Egg Trial at The National Trust's Castle Drogo this Easter. Follow the trail through the garden and grounds, hunting out the clues to help you find the chocolate eggs left behind by the Cadburys Bunny

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    Childrens Week

    There'll be fun and entertainment for all the family as Torbay Children's Week returns to Paignton Green.

    Now in its 69th year a new group Friends of Torbay Community Play Days has been set up to organise and run the weeks activities with the support of Play Torbay and the Children's Week organising committee.

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    Circus of Horrors

    The Circus of Horrors celebrates its 21st anniversary as it takes to the road with its latest incarnation "The Never-ending Nightmare". The spectacular features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre, brave & beautiful acts all woven into a Alice in Horrorland type story driven by a mainly original soundscape & performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek!

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    Craft 4 Crafters show

    Catering for all collectors, walk, browse and look for those elusive and hard to find models - the list includes: Dinky, Corgi, Minichamps, Hornby Bassett Lowke, Meccano, Spot-On, Marklin, Scalextric, EFE, Actionman, Mainline Trains, Lledo, Dolls,Teddies.......and much more!

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    Crealy Adventure Park

    Devon's Crealy Great Adventure Park is the south west's number one family value day out. Celebrating its 25th anniversary 2014, £1million was invested in five new rides and attractions including The Lost World of Atlantis, Bugz Unlimited, the Flying Machine & Dino Jeeps.

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    Cycle the Tarka Trail

    once part of the Tarka railway line in north Devon, this popular family friendly 31 mile cycle path allows you to drink in fresh air, picturesque scenery from the north Devon coastline and plenty of cafes to stop and enjoy along the way all year round.

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    Dartmoor Railway

    After closure in the 1970's, the railway at Okehampton has since been saved by volunteers and has a summer Sunday shuttle service between Exeter and Okehampton. The line is accompanied by a cycle path north of Okehampton, opening up for you to enjoy Dartmoor on two wheels.

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    Dartmoor Walking Festival

    There's a very big event happening on the moor this summer, so put the date in your diary, get your walking boots out, and book your accommodation now!

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    Dartmouth Food Festival

    "One of the top 10 food festivals in the UK" according to The Guardian, this free event established in 2003 offers a tempting blend of West Country produce, top chefs and engaging foodie talks and events. Enjoy a packed programme and over 100 South West producers.

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    Dartmouth Regatta

    Sailing and rowing events in this beautiful South Devon estuary and town, the regatta is fun for all the family with air displays including the R.A.F. Red Arrows, a dog show, tug of war and a firework display.

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    Dartmouth Royal Regatta

    One of the biggest days in Devon, its an amazing day out!

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    Dawlish Carnival week

    Dawlish Carnival week is one of Devon's largest seaside carnivals, taking place over 7 days during August. Lots of free fun and entertainment for the whole family!

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    dawlish warren nature reserve

    the national nature reserve situated in the small seaside resort of dawlish warren is home to a coastal spit, many species of bird specific to the area and endangered plants. A lovely relaxing day out for those of who nature appeals to them.

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    Devon County Show

    The Devon County Show is one of the biggest events in the county calendar and is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing day out sampling the many wonders of the local countryside. Come and enjoy the very best food, farming and fun. This is your county. Come and get it!

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    Diggerland

    Diggerland at Cullompton, Devon is the only place where children as young as 5, as well as adults can ride and drive full size diggers! Diggerland offers the fantastic opportunity to experience driving and riding real JCB diggers and lots more with over 18 rides to enjoy.

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    Easter at Crealy

    This Easter, you will be able to enjoy a full programme of great live shows, all of our fantastic rides and attractions, and our fun Easter egg hunt. Taking place over the bank holiday weekend (*14th - 17th April 2017), join us for our biggest and best Easter egg hunt ever!

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    Escot

    Escot is unique with its woodland paths and trails and beautiful flowers, shrubs and magnificent champion trees, all set in 220 acres of privately owned Capability Brown parkland.

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    Exeter Cathedral Explorers : Secret Passageways

    There are all sorts of hidden places in the Cathedral. Join them on an adventure to discover all the secrets of this ancient building!

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    Exeter City Football Club

    Experience the atmospheric match-day at Exeter City's St. James Stadium, located right in the heart of the city centre. Now in League Two, 'The Grecians' look to return to League One under the league's longest serving manager, Paul Tisdale.

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    Exeter Craft Festival

    A celebration of the very best artists & makers based in the South West takes place on the historic setting of Exeter's Cathedral Green this very special event.

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    Exeter Northcott Theatre Events and Exhibitions

    Exeter Northcott Theatre is a 460 seat venue serving Exeter and heart of Devon from its home on the University of Exeter Streatham Campus. We offer a mixed programme of touring theatre productions, contemporary dance, opera, music, comedy, family shows and art exhibitions.

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    Exmoor Zoo

    SInce opening the zoo has grown every year changes keep taking place and new babies are born so even a visit last year will today see new exhibits and animals. In the last few years new exhibits have been created for animals such as cheetah, blackbuck, maned wolves and sitatunga.

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    Explore the Teign Gorge

    The dramatic landscape and his sense of ancient family ties to the area were what brought Julius Drewe to Devon from Sussex. From Castle Drogo there are many winding paths leading down into the gorge. Why not explore estate on a one mile walk, and take in a view of the deep gorge and wider Dartmoor views at Sharp Tor?

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    Family Activities Week at Kents Cavern

    This half term go underground with some fun family filled activities all week! Great cave tours all day every day. As part of the 2016 Geopark Festival week enjoy the Fossil Trail in the caves! Activities included in the cave admission price. No booking required

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    Farmers Market

    On the first and third Saturdays of every month Crediton Farmers' Market is a lively, bustling community hub, linking the rural and urban environments and enabling each to better understand the other. It's a fantastic day out for the family to sample local produce!

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    Forest Cycle Hire

    Forest Cycle Hire is the only approved cycle hire centre at the 3,500 acre site of Haldon Forest park near Exeter. The hire centre has over 100 adult and child mountain bikes as well as the ever popular tag-a-longs, buggies and child seats.

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    Giving and Living

    Giving & Living is the biggest Home & Gift trade show in the South West and offers an unrivalled selection of products for buyers targeting the coast and tourism markets.

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    GoApe Haldon Forest Nr Exeter

    Enjoy Two 235m Zip Wires with Views over Dartmoor National Park.
    Go Ape's first foray in the South West. One of Devon's best days out: Drive just 15 minutes from Exeter and you'll enjoy two incredible 235m zip slides flying you from hilltop to hilltop.

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    House of Marbles

    House of Marbles are makers & purveyors of a world famous range of glass marbles, board games, classic toys, puzzles, pastimes & decorative accessories for the home and garden.

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    Knights and Dragons Week

    Powderham castle hosts this exciting week of medieval and mythological fun!

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    Knightshayes Court

    Let the kids loose in our gardens, parkland and woods, with den building, bug hunting and the making of mud pies positively encouraged. Take the chance for the kids to learn all about growing their own in our fully productive walled kitchen garden.

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    Living Coasts

    Take a journey around the coasts of the world where amazing plants and animals live life on the edge. At Living Coasts, you'll see birds and mammals in specially-designed naturalistic habitats. With outdoor and indoor exhibits, there's plenty to see and do whatever the weather.

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    Living Coasts Super Sea Heroes 2016

    Take part in a superhero penguin trail, get crafty with superhero arts and crafts and don't forget to pick up a superhero tattoo!

    You'll also get to meet Super Olly the Otter and Super Mac the Penguin. Plus, if you visit dressed as your favourite superhero you could win a prize!

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    Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

    Devon's unique Tourist Attraction: A Victorian Water Powered Lift, giving access to spectacular cliff top walks. The Cliff Railway joins the village of Lynton to its sister village of Lynmouth, 900ft below.
    Only a short walk from the beautiful beach at Watersmeet and close

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    Miniature Pony Centre

    The Miniature Pony Centre is home to our yummy mummy ponies and their cuddly babies. With our indoor and outdoor play areas, trampolines and our Paddock View Cafe, it is a fun day out for all the family and best of all, you can get close to pet the ponies and other animals.

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    Morwhellham Quay

    Enjoy a fun-filled historical day out for the whole family at Morwellham Quay. Step back in time to 1865 to explore and discover this fascinating village, take part in a Victorian school lesson and even dress in Victorian costumes.

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    National Marine Aquarium

    Visit the UK's largest aquarium and be amazed by our fascinating underwater world. The National Marine Aquarium is a registered charity committed to promoting a sympathetic understanding of the sea through programmes of education, conservation and research.

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    North Devon Show

    The annual event is a celebration of North Devon's agricultural roots. A host of livestock classes occupy the arenas throughout the day with Alpacas, Cattle, Horses, Sheep, Show Jumping and Open Dog Show. Attractions, displays, demonstrations and trade stands for all.

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    Pecorama

    Pecorama, set on the hillside above the picturesque fishing village of Beer, is home to the world's foremost manufacturer of model railway track, PECO Streamline and PECO Setrack.

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    Pirate Week at World of Country Life

    Ah haaa me hearties! We be havin' a whole week of swash bucklin' fun here at World of Country Life with all sorts of piratey activities throughout the week so come along and join the party! Shiver me timbers! Walk the plank!

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    Pirates Week

    Powderham Castle hosts Pirate Week! Take the family for a day of nautical fun!

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    Plym Valley Railway

    A short, (1,1/2) mile long heritage railway line that was once part of the South Devon and Tavistock Railway before closure in the 1960's. A great family day out with the kids, to enjoy steam and diesel traction on offer and special event dotted around most of the year.

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    Plymouth Argyle Football Club

    Having recently returned to League One, the atmosphere on a match day from this 17,800 seater stadium (the largest south of Bristol) is always a spectacle. It is manager Derek Adams' 'Green Army' that fill the so called 'Theatre of Greens', situated on the outskirts of the city.

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    Pop in the Park

    Pop in the Park will see some of the UK's top tribute acts take to the stage at Crealy with each act performing three 10 minute sets throughout the day. On 2nd April, you will be able to enjoy performances from; Adelle, Bruno Mars, Madonna and Gary Barlow.

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    Quince Honey Farm

    Quince Honey Farm is a family run working honey farm which is situated in beautiful North Devon where we have been producing honey since 1949. Our 1500 hives are kept deep in amongst the clover fields and wild flowers from which the bees collect their sweet nectar.

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    Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM)

    Fully refurbished, the Museum has new displays showcasing the collections and collectors that have helped RAMM to become one of Britain's finest regional museums.

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    Royal Albert Memorial Museum Spotlight Tours

    On Wednesdays and Saturdays visitors can join a short tour featuring specific subjects and galleries. Topics include natural history, local history, world cultures, fine art, ancient worlds and Egypt. Spotlight Tours last around 30 minutes, start in the Courtyard and are free.

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    Royal William Yard

    Situated in the Stonehouse region of Plymouth, Royal William Yard is a spectacular venue for living, working and having fun. In the past it was a Naval Victualing Yard, but more recently developers Urban Splash have opened up the Yard to the public and brought life back into the old buildings with a mixture of living, working, retail and leisure space.

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    Santa by Steam

    A wonderful experience for all the family to enjoy. The children get the chance to visit Santa in his grotto receiving a present, along with drinks and a biscuit. Grown up's don't miss out either, receiving a glass of mulled wine.
    All trains start and finish in Buckfastleigh.

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    Sidmouth Folk Week

    The annual event of folk week returns to Sidmouth, head that way for a week of fun activities in the sun and music all evening long...

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    Snowdrop Planting at Saltram

    The gardeners will be planting beautiful snowdrops around the garden and invite you to lend a hand. Plant a snowdrop as a family memento, to mark a special occasion or simply because they're beautiful then come back year after year to enjoy the New Year display.

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    Stuart Line Cruises

    You can sail on the River Exe and discover the history, beauty and wildlife.

    During the Summer you can sail the Jurassic Coast Line viewing 250 million years of history or sail to a local resorts.

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    Summer at The Donkey Sanctuary

    Come and meet some of the 500 donkeys at Sidmouth this summer holiday!

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    Summer Theatre Shows at Killerton Gardens

    Through out July and August enjoy spectacualr plays at the stunning Killerton Gardens. Bring a rug or a chair and prepare to be entertained. The restaurant will be open serving drinks and snacks, or pack a picnic.

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    Super Tramp Plymouth

    At Super Tramp Plymouth there is a great selection of activities to suit all ages and abilities. We offer Dodgeball, Basketball and Wall Running as well as fitness classes and events for children.

    With over 30 years of trampoline experience you can be sure that we are the best place for safe healthy fun which is something we have always believed in, and a trampoline park is perfect for providing excellent health benefits for any of our customers.

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    Superhero Weekend at The Big Sheep

    FREE entry for children dressed as their favourite Superhero during our Superhero Week! We'll have the Batmobile from the 1989 Batman Movie, directed by Tim Burton starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson!

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    Teignmouth Carnival

    8 days of entertainment and fun for all the family to enjoy with the the main Carnival Procession taking place on Thursday 28th July, starting at 7pm.

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    Teignmouth Regatta

    An annual event since 1773 ~ Join us to celebrate over 240 years of Regatta fun

    Saturday 30th July ~ Sunday 7th August 2016

    A week of fun for all the family

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    The Big Sheep

    When looking for the best Devon days out, The BIG Sheep is an award winning attraction full of fun and laughter for the whole family. The whole flock is committed to ensuring that everyone in the family has a guaranteed great day out in Devon.

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    The Donkey Sanctuary

    Beautiful and loving. They have given all they can to their owners. Their reward was to suffer in agony. We care for thousands of donkeys and we give them love. The sad truth is we are having to help more and more neglected donkeys all over the world.

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    The Milky Way Adventure Park

    With over 110,000 sq feet of indoor fun & acres of outdoor activities, The Milky Way is the biggest all weather, family day out in North Devon. It's designed to be fun for parents as well as kids and there are no hidden extras with all activities included in the entrance fee.

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    The Nutcracker at Killerton House

    Live the magic of The Nutcracker through sparkling displays around the beautiful Devon house. Wrap up warm and explore the Christmas family trail to see willow reindeer around the parkland. Feel festive with this classic tale of Christmas magic.

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    The Ruby Country Market Hatherleigh

    The Ruby Country Market is a Traditional Market combining Antiques, Arts, Crafts and Food with Local Music and Attractions to entertain you whilst you browse and shop from a vast range of local businesses, talent and charities

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    The Source Trade Show

    Inspiration and opportunity on a plate

    The 2017 Source trade show provides the perfect mix of passionate producers, alongside the hottest hospitality and catering companies, and the freshest food service.

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    Theatre Royal Plymouth

    The Theatre Royal Plymouth is the largest and best attended regional producing theatre in the UK and the leading promoter of theatre in the South West.

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    Tinside Lido

    Set in a beautiful location overlooking the sea at the tip of Plymouth Hoe and voted one of the top 10 best outdoor pools in Europe, Tinside Lido opens during the Summer months to provide a quintessentially British outdoor salt water swimming experience.

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    Torbay Royal Regatta

    Head to Torbay to see all the sailing and rowing events taking place at this years Regatta, then sit back and enjoy the evenings fireworks!

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    Torbay Steam Fair

    A wonderful day out in Torbay, take all the family to see the attractions and enjoy the fair!

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    Torquay United Football Club

    This proud former member of the football league is currently playing in the National League under manager Kevin Nicholson. Average attendances above the 1,300 mark, the club is heading back having secured new funds. Get behind the seagulls in their quest to return to former glory

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    Watermouth Caslte

    Step back in time and enjoy some of the simple pleasures of Victorian Life, see nostalgic curios of every kind including a mechanical robot organ, Victorian kitchen, dungeons and the Mighty Mortier Water extravaganza a magical mix of fountains, lights and music.

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    Wonderland at Powderham Castle

    Join the Mad Hatter for tea party mayhem.Themed sessions take place at specified times. Sessions run for approximately 45 to 60 minutes and are aimed for children between 5 -11yrs (and adults) of all ages.

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    Woodlands Family Theme Park

    The Largest Family Theme Park in the South West is a fun filled day out for the whole family. From little kids to kid-ults there's something for everyone is this 90acre park. Woodlands Family Theme Park is a great value day out.

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    Yarak Bird of prey falconary centre

    Yarak is a privately owned centre, set in the heart of the countryside in a beautiful tranquil setting. Provides a hands on experience for all. Yarak is the great place to spend three hours in Cullumpton with a Collection of birds including Owls, Hawk and Eagle. (Booking only)