The world in miniature - 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 capture the essence of England's past, present and future. It's not just the humour, nor the animation - it has a life of its own. Come and see for yourself!
4D THEATRE EXPERIENCE - Using the latest advances in high-resolution digital 3D projection and with a variety of surprise special effects to provide that 4th dimension, the 30-seat theatre will provide an experience guaranteed to stimulate and tease the senses.
The latest indoor exhibition at Babbacombe Model Village incorporates a new concept of display for the village with day/night lighting effects and all scenes and models have been created in-house VICTORIAN WINTER VILLAGE, LITTLE ENDERS SOAP
Blackpool Sands, set in a sheltered bay surrounded by evergreens and pines is one of South Devon's most beautiful natural treasures. An award-winning privately managed family beach with turquoise blue sea giving it an almost Mediterranean feel. A shingle beach, as are all the main beaches in Start Bay and all incorporating ‘Sands’ as a historical name, located only 3 miles West of Dartmouth on the beautiful South Devon heritage coast. With sand pits, a bathing raft, kayaks for hire, a range of delicious hot and cold food and a beach shop, it has something for all the family. But don't just take our word for it, come and see for yourself! Lifeguard patrol and no dogs during summer season.
Windsurfing and kayaking at Blackpool Sands is great fun for the whole family. You can not only “Start Windsurfing” but also go up to a level so that you can be skimming across the water in full control.
Kayaking is great to enjoy the fabulous views of the bay & beach while taking some leisurely exercise. Kayaks are available in single, double or triple by the hour. Why not combine a family group (children must be 8 & over) with breakfast, lunch or dinner at Venus on the beach
Have you tried paddle boards? These are so much fun – and a little more challenging. Again group rates and tours apply. We also have packages geared towards the corporate, team building events which can be designed around your needs. Membership for a season offers great value. Unlimited use of single and double sit on kayaks and of top of the range windsurf equipment plus big reductions on coaching and courses. Prices start at £59 for Juniors (must be over 8), £99 for adults and £199 for families of 2 adults and up to 4 children.
Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh
Buckfast Abbey was founded nearly 1000 years ago and stood for 500 years before it was closed by Henry VIII. The present community of monks returned in 1882 and rebuilt the Abbey on its medieval foundation the church in 1938. Today the Abbey is the home to a community of benedictine monks who lead a life of prayer, work and study. The Abbey is famous for its stained glass, bee keeping and Tonic Wine.
Buckland Abbey, Yelverton - National Trust
In the 13th century, Buckland Abbey was home to the Cistercian monks who built the Abbey and the incredible Great Barn and farmed the then vast estate. The Abbey, now a house with a combination of furnished rooms and interactive museum galleries, tells the story of how two seafaring adventurers – Sir Richard Grenville and Sir Francis Drake – changed the shape of the house and the fate of the country. Discover the Buckland estate, the meadows, the orchards and the late spring bluebells. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Tavy Valley and the far-reaching views
Life Size Street with Victorian Shops, Period Display Rooms from the Golden Victorian Age, 28ft Model Railway and Railwayana, World War I Trench and Militaria Displays, 40s/50s Shopping Arcade, Fantasy Land, Amusement Archade
China Blue, Totnes
Our Ceramic Studio is the largest of its kind in the South West and offers a fantastic range of pottery to choose from. You could paint a magical fairy castle or a galloping horse, a fierce robot or a devon duck or put your name to any of a vast range of tableware to suit any occasion.
If you're feeling adventurous, why not try your hand at throwing your very own masterpiece on our state-of-the-art pottery wheels. Help is on hand with ideas and inspiration from our friendly staff in the studio, many of whom are talented artists in their own right. We also offer a huge selection of stamps, sponges, stencils, design books and other resources to help you create the pottery of your dreams.
Churston Go-Karts Churston Go Karts, Brixham Road, Churston, Devon, TQ5 0HP, England tel: 01803 842779 fax: 01803 842779
Located on the main Paignton to Brixham Coast Road. Open daily, Beginners and children welcome. Senior Karts, junior karts, fast karts & 2-seaters
Cockington, Historic Village Craft & Country Park
Cockington Court, The Jewel in the crown of Torquay. Set in 450 acres of beautiful parkland complete with thriving craft centre, Tearooms and Stables. Enjoy exploring the trails and walks around the grounds and lakes. Or take it easy with a horse and carriage ride and discover the doomsday village of cockington with its thatched cottages and old forge.
For the inquisitive, come and see the wonderful demonstrations by skilled Torquay craftsmen in the craft centre. See the glassblowing or watch the blacksmith at his forge, browse through local artwork whilst watching the artists at work in the gallery. Take a journey back in time in the walled rose garden or learn about the craft of organic gardening in the kitchen garden. Feeling peckish? Then enjoy a spot of lunch at the excellent Cockington restaurant, or just bring a picnic along and enjoy the space.
Coleton Fishacre, Kingswear - National Trust
Travel back in time to the Jazz Age at the holiday home of the D'Oyly Carte family. You can lose yourself in the magical 12-hectare (30-acre) garden: viewpoints give enticing glimpses out to sea, paths weave through glades past tranquil ponds, and tender plants from the Mediterranean, South Africa and New Zealand thrive in the moist and sheltered valley. This most evocative of holiday homes, built in the Arts & Crafts style, is imbued with 1920s' elegance. A light, joyful atmosphere fills the rooms and music plays, echoing the family's Gilbert and Sullivan connections
Guided garden walks every day at 2:15. Family activity packs, quizzes and trails. Exhibitions by local artists in the house. Music and theatre events in house and garden. Dogs on leads only on surrounding National Trust land. Dog crèche. Magnificent coastal footpaths
Compton Castle - Marldon, Paignton
National Trust - A rare survivor, this medieval fortress with high curtain walls, towers and a portcullis, set in a landscape of rolling hills and orchards, is a bewitching mixture of romance and history. Home for nearly 600 years to the Gilbert family, including Sir Humphrey Gilbert, half-brother to Sir Walter Ralegh
Don't miss- machicolations, spiral staircases and squints. Discover Humphrey Gilbert, Elizabethan adventurer and explorer, and his family. The lovely rose, knot and herb gardens.
Cookworthy Museum, Kingsbridge
The Museum facilities now include displays of artefacts from the early history of Kingsbridge through to the present day;a gallery of agricultural machinery and tools; A collection of over 10,000 photographs dating from the 1870's through to the present day; Costumes from the 19th and 20th centuries; A viewing gallery giving a virtual tour of the Museum; A resource centre to support personal research. This has many local documents including microfilm copies of local newspapers from 1855 to the present.
Whether rain or shine, play never stops at Crealy - famous as the top family day out in the south west of England. With over 75,000 sq ft under cover, the weather really doesn't matter with all-weather magical adventures guaranteed, whatever the weather.
Discover the NEW Wilderness, ride 2000 years back in time on Maximus the Ride, meet the uniquely magical, rarest-of-rare Creatures of Legend - you won't believe your eyes! Meet the Easter rabbits and babies in The Animal Nursery – from English Giants to tiny Dwarf Lops. Bunny Bonanza, Animal Showtime.
Days out in Devon don't come any more exciting than Crealy. Come down to Exeter and join in all the fun. Explore our six huge Realms with huge all-weather indoor attractions for all the family plus extra acres of fun outdoors. The most exciting and exhilarating rides and racetracks - from rollercoaster to log flume, shot-and-drop to swingboat. You're spoilt for choice at Crealy, so whatever days out in Devon you're considering, come to Crealy first. These web pages give you just a taste of what's on offer at Crealy - best of all is to come to the Park for Magical Adventures, guaranteed.
Dart Rock Climbing Centre - Dart Mills, Old Totnes Road, Buckfastleigh Devon TQ11 0NF Tel : 01364 644499
Dart Rock climbing Centre is the home of indoor rock climbing in the South West. Built by climbers for everyone. Dart Rock provides indoor and outdoor rock climbing activities to the highest of standards in an encouraging and fun atmosphere. Our 10m high climbing centre is a state of the art facility which exceeds current safety specifications and utilises the space here at Dart Mills to provide a light and open climbing environment. Our four climbing walls, dedicated teaching area and classroom mean you get the most out of your climbing session.
If you are a beginner, experienced climber, family, birthday party, scout group or school, Dart Rock is the place to climb, hang out and meet likeminded people. Situated minutes from Devon’s arterial A38 with plenty of cycling, walking and bus routes, as well as ample parking, Dart Rock is easy to find.
Our series of courses will enable you to experience the thrill of climbing for the first time or learn new skills. Experienced climbers need only register at the centre to come and use the facilities. Entry prices are for unlimited access. Check our prices link for more information.
We offer a great, enjoyable, otter and butterfly educational experience. Wander around the otter sanctuary and butterfly farm and see new butterflies emerge in tropical surroundings. See the otters swimming underwater in specially built glass enclosures. Follow the otter keeper around at feeding times. Learn about the otter, its recreational and family life whatever the weather. We now also offer a joint Otter Experience perfect for otter lovers.
The Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary has been carefully designed to provide our resident otters with the best possible conditions and our visitors excellent opportunities to see and enjoy them. We also have facilities for the treatment of any sick or injured otters that may be brought to us. It is hoped that having seen and enjoyed our resident otters, and been given an insight into their secret way of life, visitors will be more aware of the plight of otters world-wide, particularly of course our own native British Otter Lutra lutra
Delamore Arts and Sculpture Park is based at Cornwood in South Devon. Each summer, for the month of May we bring art and the public together within this idyllic setting on the fringes of Dartmoor. Dogs are allowed in the lower fields and lake but not in the main garden or sculpture park. Unlimited car parking. Entrance fee for 2012 will still remain at £5 per adult and under 16's free. Opening hours 10.30am to 4.30pm every day in May including Bank Holidays. www/delamore-arts.co.ukArt@Delamore - Fresh Art in a Country House Setting
Devon Wildlife Centre
The Devon Wildlife Centre and Hospital ...is a New centre of excellence for the care and rehabilitation of sick, orphaned and injured wildlife, it is not a zoo. There are some residents, mainly orphans reared here and animals unsuitable to be released back to the wild. As the seasons change, so do the animals and birds admitted into the hospital. Consequently, there will be an ever-changing scenery of animals at the centre, each time you visit.
NAVAL BASE LAUNCHES FREE TOURS BEHIND THE WALL Monday to Thursday. Tours commence at 10:00am and 1:00pm and last approximately 2 hours, to book - Telephone 01752 55 23 26 This number is for an answer machine. Leave your details and someone from the Navy will call back.Note: When booking you must give 5 working days notice
The tours, run in partnership with DML, are free of charge and give anyone with an interest in what happens behind the Naval Base wall and in the Royal Navy around the world the rare opportunity to see a working base in action.
The tours will be carried out by bus with Royal Naval personnel giving the commentary and answering questions and will include a visit on an operational warship or submarine and the historic parts of the base. The dynamic nature of the Royal Navy and the Naval Base means the identity of the nominated ship on the day is not known until shortly before and is always dependent on operational demands.
Visits begin at a newly created reception area at Mount Wise in the historic Admiralty House. The reception area features a static and audio visual display telling the story of the Naval Base, bringing visitors right up to date and beyond into the future, outlining activities of all aspects of the Royal Navy and DML.
Both the ships and the displays are regularly up-dated and changed, reflecting the ever-changing nature of the Naval Base and so making it a different experience for repeat visits.
Goape, Haldon Forest, Exeter
‘high-wire forest adventure’ which means we build giant obstacle courses up in the trees using ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels made of wood, rope and super-strong wire, and top it all off with the country’s best zip lines
We then kit people out with harnesses, pulleys and karabiners, give them a 30 minute safety briefing and training and let them loose into the forest canopy, free to swing through the trees. Of course, instructors are always on hand, regularly patrolling the forests (not in monkey suits unfortunately!)
The result is spectacular. The Go Ape experience gets the adrenalin pumping, gets people out of their comfort zones and above all (no pun intended), it’s just great fun.
Bigbury Golf Club, Bigbury-on-Sea
The Course - Bigbury has been providing a challenge for golfers of all abilities for 85 years. Today, its 18 holes total 6,061 yards for men, 5,568 for ladies. Par is 70 and 72 strokes respectively. The fairways are wide and the greens fast, but club selection is complicated by sea winds and by awkwardly placed trees and bunkers.
Practice - You can practice your putting on a dedicated green, your short game in the chipping zone and your long game on the full length practice ground
Bovey Tracey Golf Club
A Challenging 9 hole course with 2 long par 5's guaranteed to test your golf
Churston Golf Club, Churston, Brixham
The total length of the course is 6208 yards, with a S.S.S. of 72. Length is not an issues at Churston as hard running fairways gives players more distance than normal. The issue will be the accuracy and control of your second shot which is paramount if you wish to score well. Churston calls for a great variety of shots and the views are stunning, I can ensure any visitor will go home with found memories of both the course and its vista.
Dainton Park, near Newton Abbot
Situated in 125 acres of rolling South Devon parkland, Dainton Park has matured into a spectacular 18 hole golf course. Elevated tees offer magnificent views over Dartmoor National Park and the South Hams, while tight, well defined fairways follow the natural contours of the land and inviting greens nestle among the trees and water features. Facilities also include a 10bay floodlit driving range and a PGA recognised coaching academy.
Just minutes from the historical town of Dartmouth and one of Devon's premier golf courses & leisure resorts, Dartmouth Golf & Country Club offers excellent hotel & leisure facilities for the golfer and non golfer alike. An ideal location for a golf break or holiday, Dartmouth Golf & Country Club offers the very best in hotel accommodation and leisure facilities.
The two devon golf courses present a challenging contrast; the 18 hole Championship golf course voted within the top 80 golf courses in Great Britain & Ireland is a test for any golfer, whilst the 18 hole Dartmouth course is one not to be missed. The Club also boasts a driving range and other practice facilities for those who wish to practice their golf swing.
Devon Health Spa - If you are looking to relax and unwind, Dartmouth Golf & Country Club also boasts a superb devon health spa leisure suite, complete with swimming pool, sauna, steam room, spa, beauty treatments and sun bed along with a fully equipped gymnasium affording the latest cardio-vascular equipment.
Elfordleigh Hotel, Golf & Country Club Colebrook, Plympton, Plymouth
Our established 18 hole parkland layout has now matured into a genuine test to all level of golfer, with the plantations now in play resulting in the course offering the challenge the designer wished for.
The new 1st green has improved the opening hole, offering interesting pin positions whilst improving the drainage on the approach and surroundings. From here you take on the newer holes (2nd - 10th) ranging from inviting par 3's to the challenge of the double dog leg Par 5 4th. Be sure to take a moment on the 7th fairway and take in the spectacular view back to the Hotel with the beauty of Dartmoor beyond.
Hele Park Golf Club, near Newton Abbot
Our challenging 9-hole course is in the peaceful setting of the South Devon countryside, with views of the Dartmoor National Park. The course roams over gently undulating parkland with water in play on 4 holes. Par 68 for men, standard scratch 65 or 66 on yellow or white tees. For ladies the par and standard scratch are 68.
Hele Park is rapidly establishing itself as the first choice for a growing number of golfers of all standards. To ensure you can play at a time to suit it is advisable to book a start time (advance payment required) or Turn Up and Play and we will allocate you the next available tee time. Green fees are shown below and special rates are available for societies of 12 or more people.
Set in parkland with some of the prettiest golf holes in Devon. Extensive, mature woodlands and water, feature on a number of holes - the 5952 yards, par 69 provides an interesting and enjoyable challenge to golfers of all abilities. The Front-9,offer a number of feature holes, with recent improvements adding to its attraction and challenge. The Back-9 is narrower and requires good course management and with again the recent additions adding to its charm
Situated right on the coast, the course is a mix of links and cliff-top terrain. The course is well-draining and rarely suffers from frost, so it is rarely closed due to bad weather. From the Kingsbridge to Salcombe road take the turning to Thurlestone, or South Milton, and continue through either village until you reach the sea.
The course measures 6230 yards from the White Tees, whilst the ladies are faced with 5538 yards. Spectacular views may be enjoyed from every hole on the course, which provides a challenge to all levels of golfer, especially when the wind blows.
Torquay Golf Club is a delightful parkland course with stunning views over Lyme Bay to the east and Dartmoor to the west.The course is an excellent and enjoyable test for our visiting golfers who are always made most welcome. During 2009 Torquay Golf Club celebrated its Centenary Year and we have a proud history. Names which include Harry Vardon and J.H. Taylor, both of whom opened the new clubhouse in 1911, are associated with Torquay Golf Club and six times major winner Nick Faldo won his first winners cheque at Torquay as a young professional.During the summer months of May, June, July and August we organise a fine selection of Open Competitions
Our course is unique - 9 moorland holes and 9 parkland holes. It’s very much a course of two halves and there is nothing else like it in Devon! The moorland nine holes offer stunning views of the Devonshire countryside towards the sea 10 miles away and has no bunkers and no trees. The parkland nine is a complete contrast with its lush fairways bordered by hedgerows and trees. You really do get two courses for the price of one! Situated just a mile off the A38 Devon Expressway and midway between Exeter and Plymouth, Wrangaton Golf Club is accessible and easy to find. We are a members club, run by the members for the members. We welcome visitors anytime and hope to see you soon.
Greenway, Galmpton Nr Brixham ---National Trust---
This is an extraordinary glimpse into the private holiday home of the famous and much-loved author Agatha Christie and her family. The relaxed and atmospheric house is set in the 1950s, and contains many of the family's collections, including archaeology, Tunbridgeware, silver, botanical china and books. Outside you can explore the large and romantic woodland garden, with a restored vinery, wild edges and rare plantings, which drifts down the hillside towards the sparkling Dart estuary. Please consider 'green ways' to get here, to relieve pressure on congested lanes: eg cycling, walking or ferries from Dartmouth, Torquay and Brixham
Regular events include gallery exhibitions, guided tours of the house, holiday apartment and garden. Children's trails and quizzes, family Tracker Packs. Dogs on leads on main drive. Watering and tethering in courtyard. Great estate walks
YOU HAVE TO BOOK A CAR PARKING SPACE - THERE IS LITTLE/NO PARKING. Take one of the ferries and see the lovely River Dart
Tours of Her Majesty's Naval Base Devonport are currently operated as a joint venture between the Royal Navy and Babcock. There will be two tours a day commencing at 1000 and 1300 operating from Monday to Thursday. It is recommended that you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the tour start time. Once your tour is confirmed, details of the location of the Reception Centre will be forwarded to you. This is the embarkation point for the tour of your choice.
A choice of tours is offered however, due to operational constraints, your choice cannot be guaranteed. Tours available include a Ship visit & Naval Base windscreen tour, Submarine visit and Naval Base windscreen tour or for organized groups only an Historic Naval Base Heritage tour complete with Plymouth Naval Base Museum visit. For more details and tour availability call 01752 552326.
High Ropes Devon, River Dart Country Park
Devon's Ultimate High Ropes Experience... Our Treetop High Ropes Course - The ultimate treetop activity is the high ropes course, which is an aerial assault course that you tackle with the security of a climbing harness and safety line. Unlike many high ropes courses ours really is high and is also completely based in the trees with a variety of challenging obstacles.
The High Ropes course is run by CRS Adventures and located in the Dartmoor National Park, at the River Dart Country Park. CRS is a family run business specialising in outings for individuals, groups, families, schools and youth groups - offering tailor made packages for both on and off site activities. We work closely with the River Dart Country Park, which allows us to offer a wide ranging residential programme including full meals, overnight accommodation, and daily or half daily courses. We also operate a mountain bike hire operation and open our on-site climbing wall as an active club during the winter months.
The Cheston Farm Equestrian Centre Riding School offers private and small group lessons, along with hacking on the moor for our regular and more competent customers.We offer year round instruction in one of the best indoor facilities in the South West.
Instruction is with resident professional Sophie Osborne BHSAI, int. SM and the Centre caters for those aged eight to eighty!
All new customers start with an hour long one to one ridden assessment lesson.
Hacking will be offered to riding school customers who have proven their skill in the arena and have the right level of skills and experience to really enjoy riding in the open.
The riding school has many lovely natured residents ranging in size from the smaller pony to the larger horse. Suitable for anyone to enjoy, learning to ride or hack on. The school's facilities are a 50M x 30M indoor school, a 60M x 30M outdoor school (both are sand & rubber chip curface), a larger outdoor school is 80M x 40M and sand surface with a full range of show jumps, a round pen for lunging (sand surface) and a x-country & trec course under development.
Lessons: Private, Semi-private, group lessons or 1/2 hr lesson 1/2 hr hack available to all ability. The first lesson will be an assesment so that we can place you at the appropriate skill level for following lessons.
Weekend Pony Club: Aimed at children 6yrs upwards it runs 9am - 1pm Sat & Sun for all abilities. It teaches participants to ride & care for the ponies. It is a hands on experience that helps to develop a thorough understanding and bond with the ponies. Children also have the opportunity to train and take A.B.R.S exams on site, through an external examiner in the school holidays within this club.
Come and enjoy horse riding in Devon with SRS Training, near Staverton, Totnes (formerly Sorley Riding School). We provide riding tuition and hacking for all ages and abilities, for locals and holiday makers, as well as training in horse care, animal care and land based studies. We offer a relaxed and friendly environment for learning to ride, with qualified tuition from experienced instructors. Beginners and nervous riders are very welcome. Our Pony Days are ideal for pony-mad kids, who can learn how to care for as well as ride their ponies. We also offer Starter Hacks, ideal for families and groups. We have a variety of well-trained horses and ponies to suit all, from tots to adults, and at all times your safety and enjoyment is our priority. We are a BHS and ABRS approved riding school, in addition to being fully licensed and insured and are an approved BHS Training Centre. We are also a Pony Club Area Centre, allowing children without their own pony to participate in all the activities the Club provides, such as rallies, competitions and tests.
We offer lessons for all abilities with experienced and qualified instructors in our outdoor arena and grass school. We have horses for all ages and abilities, ranging from Shetland ponies right through to 17.2 hh horses. Our Saturday Club offer particular value for local children, who can spend the whole morning at the stables, enjoying a lesson and learning about the care and management of ponies.
House of Marbles - Bovey Tracey
House of Marbles Bovey Tracey is a working glass and games factory set in an historic pottery. They have been manufacturing an unusual range of traditional games, puzzles, toys, marbles and glassware for many years. If you are planning to visit us please allow yourself plenty of time as there is so much to see and do.
Visitors are most welcome to wander around the old pottery buildings with their listed kilns, enjoy our museums of glass, games, marbles, and Bovey Pottery. Browse in the gift shop, glass shop and factory seconds shop and take refreshments in the coffee shop and licensed restaurant. You will be entertained by our wonderful collection of marble runs and the new giant floating marble amongst other amusements.
No entrance charges and ample free parking
We offer quality instruction and coaching in a number of adventure sports in the South West including Hill Walking, Rock Climbing, Moutaineering, Kayaking, Sea Kayaking, White Water Kayaking. We offer our adventures for families, coaching and guiding for individuals and small groups, as well as team building and management training for the corporate market. Whether you want to try a new sport, develop and revise skills, or simply throw yourself into a unique adventure; we will design a programme to meet your needs.
Kents Cavern, Torquay
In Britain, Kents Cavern is by far the most important prehistoric cave dwelling and is known around the world for its record of prehistoric human occupation. Guided tours around the caves run regularly every day and take you on an incredible journey back 400 million years to when Kents Cavern Rock was formed at the bottom of a warm tropical sea. You will discover how the cave and the spectacular formations formed over 2 million years. You will feel, smell and experience the cave just as our prehistory ancestors did as they sheltered in the cave, lighting fires and hiding from Mammoths, Hyenas, Cave Lions, Cave Bears and Saber-toothed cats during the Ice Age.
In 2008 the cave was awarded best large visitor attraction in South West England for the quality of our guided tours and visitor facilities.
Learn To Sea is an award winning marine education facility in South Devon, recently featured on BBC televisions Springwatch 2009. Our coast is such an amazing resource which we must treasure and enjoy! Learn to Sea offers the opportunity to do just that! Through engaging rockpool sessions, beach activities and play, school children are taught curriculum focused subjects and marine conservation at South Milton Sand’s “sea school”. During the Summer holidays, we also offer the same opportunities for children from 4 years old who would like to find out more about Devon’s beaches at Summer Sea School.
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Lukesland Gardens, Ivybridge
Lukesland has fine autumn and spring colour in 24 acres of woodland gardens, with flowering shrubs, trees and a wealth of wild flowers. It is in the beautiful setting of a small valley with a brook cascading from its source on Dartmoor through ponds and over waterfalls towards the River Erme.
Morwellham Quay, Near Tavistock PL19 8JL
An award-winning World Heritage site, featuring historic port, copper mine, working Victorian farm, railway, heavy horses and museums of costume and mining. Just four miles west of Tavistock and bordering the beautiful River Tamar, amidst towering cliffs and gently rolling farmland, discover this lost world with the help of our Living History team.
For many, a highlight of the visit is the narrow-gauge Mine Railway. Travel by train along the banks of the River Tamar before venturing deep underground in the George & Charlotte copper mine. Here, in their real abandoned workplaces, displays illustrate the harsh working conditions of Victorian miners and our train drivers offer an expert commentary on the technical aspects of hard rock mining.
By way of contrast the Victorian farm and nature reserve offer you the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of 21st century life as you wonder through the tranquil countryside with only the wildlife for company.
Whether you have an interest in Victorian mining, history, shipping in the age of sail, market gardens, reed-beds, old farm machinery, or if you simply want a continually stimulating and entertaining day out, Morwellham Quay is the place to visit: There’s 200 acres for you to enjoy!
Land and water based outdoor aventurous activitiy centre located in South Devon. Offering residential or non-residential action packed outdoor activites and adventure courses for schools, colleges, universities, youth groups, businesses, stag and hen groups, families and friends. We are proud of our ability to offer one of the widest ranges of land and water based adventurous activity options anywhere, for both children and adults. Pre-booking is essential, the costs are inclusive of instruction and the use of all specialist equipment. From our base in South Devon let us take your group out for the day or half-day to do some of those activities you wished you'd always had a go at or have always wanted to try again, maybe in a different environment, a little higher, deeper or wetter..We have a wide range of adventurous activity options both at our centre site and further afield using the Dartmoor National Park or the South Devon coast:
* Kayak/Canoe River Trips
* Rock Climbing & Abseiling
* Body Boarding
* Gorge Walking
* Mountain Biking
* Coastal or Moorland Guided Walks
On-site activities at our Devon adventure centre: *Assault Couse *Zip Line *Jacob's Ladder *Crate Stacking *Climbing Wall *Archery
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The National Marine Aquarium was the first aquarium in the United Kingdom to be set up solely for the purpose of education, conservation and research. It remains one of Britain's foremost aquarium with stunning exhibits and a reputation for excellence in education.
The Aquarium experience comprises a total of 50 live exhibits including three massive tanks, the largest of which – Britain’s deepest tank – holds 2.5 million litres of water. Over 4000 animals from 400 species are displayed in realistic habitats from local shorelines to coral reefs. In addition a new aquarium zone, Explorocean, focuses on ocean exploration and sustainability through innovative, interactive exhibits.
Visit the UK's largest Aquarium and be amazed at our fascinating underwater world. You won't want to miss the sand tiger sharks, watch a dive show in front of the incredible Atlantic Reef, Jellyfish in our new Ocean Drifters exhibit or our new Ocean Lab; Create a reminder of your visit in the Disocvery Zone. Play Explorocean with ROV - better than any computer game! Experience a rollercoaster of a ride with the new 4D film and meet the star. And the young ones let off steam in our soft play area.
Occombe Farm, Paignton
Occombe Farm is an organic farm on the edge of Paignton, South Devon.
We have an award-winning farm shop and cafe featuring the best of local food and drink; a traditional butchery brimming with local and organic cuts; an organic bakery; a 2km easy-access nature trail and an education centre which houses visits from local schools and cookery workshops.
Our local farm shop, cafe and nature trail are open to the public all year round and entry is free. We also host a variety of events and activities for the whole family to enjoy...visit us soon to find out more!
Occombe farm is run by Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust - a unique local conservation charity dedicated to looking after the wildlife and heritage of Torbay -
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Overbecks, Sharpitor, Salcombe
National Trust - One of the most fascinating and exotic gardens in the South West; explore the banana garden, meander through the towering purple echiums or just relax beneath palms and soak up the spectacular panorama across miles of beautiful coastline and estuary. Continue your journey of discovery into the Edwardian house of Otto Overbeck to see his amazing invention – the rejuvenator, hear the giant (1890s) music box and prepare to be intrigued by his collections. The perfect day out for families who enjoy exploring, or the keen gardener who wants to be inspired and excited. Don't miss - our family trails, our garden tours and discover how we garden organically, discover the abundance of rare and exotic plants. Find Fred the friendly ghost. Children's trails available all season
Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company is the new name for Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverlink. We are unique in offering combined steam railway, river and sea adventures for days out in Devon. Our ‘Round Robin’ trip which takes you by train, by boat and bus is our most popular excursion and is not to be missed
Dartmouth Steam Railway steam trains travel seven miles along the most spectacular South Devon coast down into the Dart Valley, a designated area of outstanding beauty; with stations at Goodrington Sands, Churston and the beautiful village of Kingswear which sits proudly opposite the pretty Port of Dartmouth.
Totnes - Dartmouth River Cruise Approx 75 minutes each way - enjoy the beautiful River Dart - 01803 555872
Paignton Zoo is home to thousands of amazing animals and plants. Visit the desert, cross the savannah, explore the forest and trek through the tropics. Use your senses to discover the wild world: look around, listen out - you’ll even need your sense of smell! It’s a great day out for everyone.
Gorilla Guerrillas is a new club at Paignton Zoo for young people aged between 12 and 17 years.
We meet every two months in the school holidays, exploring the natural world and discovering more about animals, plants and conservation. Whether you're looking to make new friends, get some career inspiration, or just want to get a bit closer to animals then this is the club for you!
To join Gorilla Guerillas, please contact the Education Department by telephone on 0844 474 2224
The Monday Monkey club is for toddlers accompanied by their parent/ carer. We meet once a month, usually on the first Monday. It is a great opportunity to meet new friends and to learn about our animals through stories, songs and craft activities.
To join our Monday Monkey club please contact the Education Department by telephone on 0844 474 2224
Paignton Zoo is open daily (except Christmas day) from 10.00 a.m.
Parkfield Adventure Centre, Colin Road, Paignton
Designed by young people for young people, Parkfield is a multi-million pound world class activity centre on Paignton seafront packed full of fantastic facilities including skate and BMX parks, superb climbing walls, media suite, sports hall, theatre and chill out zone. It also hosts extreme sports competitions, youth events, exhibitions and music festivals.
Come and experience the Pennywell magic at our multi award winning Farm Activity Park... the biggest in the South West! There's lots to do and see for the whole family...
Ponies and piglets, slides, go-karts, quad bikes and train rides, eagles and owls, walks and mazes, goats and guinea pigs, reindeer and rides, hedgehogs and bunnies, trampolines and tractors, ice creams and a licensed restaurant. Every half an hour a new fun activity is started - come and join in, watch, learn and have fun, almost everything is included in the entry price and all the day's activities are on a notice board as you walk in
is a brand new 35,000ft2 INDOOR GO KART ARENA showcasing the latest in kart racing technology and track design. Plymouth's newest visitor attraction is the ultimate adrenalin-rush for kart fans and petrol-heads everywhere and is packed with many great features, including:
Powderham Castle - Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter EX6 8JQ Tel: 01626 890243
Powderham Castle lies in a beautiful deer park setting on the banks of the River Exe, just a stone's throw from the historic cathedral city of Exeter. This year is extra special as it is the Castle's 50th anniversary, the Courtenay family have been welcoming visitors to the Castle since 1959. In that time in excess of a million people have been through the doors to share in over 600 years of history and heritage and take away many fond memories. This year we expect to welcome back some of those visitors, along with many new ones, to enjoy a wonderful enchanting day out at one of the loveliest places in Devon. Very little of the Castle itself has changed since those early days, but there are now many more attractions in the grounds for visitors of all ages to enjoy.
Powderham Castle was chosen from over 200 applicants as a finalist in the 'Tourism Oscars' - The South West Tourism Excellence awards, achieving 3rd place overall. This is a reflection of the many improvements the attraction has seen over the past 2 years; the children's play area, activity trails and the Victorian Kitchen, all enhancing our visitors' experience.
The great outdoors at its best! All our guests staying at River Dart Country Park can enjoy free access to our extensive adventure playgrounds known as River Dart Adventures! Located all around the Park and just waiting to be discovered, there’s an adventure around every corner! Commando Assualt course, Pirate Ship, Toddlers beach, Lilliput - also ideal for toddlers, Spiders web, Wooden play fort, Zip wires, Jungle Fun and much more.
In addition to the action-packed fun there are lovely scenic walks through woodland and alongside the beautiful River Dart, including nature and tree trails. Or if you’re feeling the spirit of adventure then why not take a look at Dare Devils which are instructor supervised adventures activities. These activities are at an extra cost are operated by CRS Adventures Ltd and include:
Enjoy a relaxing drink or meal in The Old Sawmill cafe bar, or watch the action from Oasis beach hut which offers a choice of drinks and snacks by the Pirate ship. The Old Sawmill is open weekends from 3rd October until 13th December and has a great value Sunday Carvery. The River Dart Country Park is keen to keep our lovely environment lovely and has a hydro-electric generator, which is the first of its kind in the UK. This generates our own electricity and makes us self-sufficient for 9 months of the year - and is available for all to see!
Please note that we ask all parents to supervise children at all times, especially near the river and lakes and to read and follow the signs and instructions on play equipment.
Salcombe Maritime Museum
No visit to Salcombe would be complete without a visit to the immensely interesting Salcombe Maritime and Local History Museum. The exhibitions change annually to keep regular visitors coming back again and again. This museum will take you down memory lane to the days of the smugglers, ship builders and the fast fruit schooners of the 19th century. The children will love the hands-on displays, there are ship models, boatyard models, old photographs, paintings and shipwreck artifacts
Saltram House, Plymouth
A National Trust property. A magnificent Georgian mansion, complete with its original furniture and paintings. Children’s room, including a furnished 18th century dolls' house and clothes for children to dress up. Mouse and Menagerie Trail suitable for children (aged 5 to 12 years) and accompanying parents. National Trust property with admission to either the House and Garden or Garden only. It is set in a lovely landscaped park overlooking the Plym estuary. There is no admission charge for the park which is open all year round. Saltram is situated 4 miles east of the city centre on the west side of Plympton.
Varied year-round events programme, open-air theatre, craft fairs, costumed Georgian evenings. Special events for families include Wizard School, held in the cellars, and Pirates and Princesses Day. Dogs on leads on designated paths only.
Sharpham Vineyard & Cheese Dairy, Totnes
Sharpham House is a Palladian mansion set in a Capability Brown landscape overlooking the River Dart. The House was the Ash's family home from 1962 until Maurice died in 2003. It has been the base for Sharpham Trust's charitable activities since it was established in 1984 . Today courses, talks workshops and other activities are held in and around the house. While the grounds and estate are private there are many opportunities to visit, either by participating in the programmes offered, or by visiting on an Open Day. You will find information about these on the relevant pages of this site and the calendar of events.
The House is opened regularly each year for Open Days; on these occasions it is possible to look around parts of the house and gardens. The Trust's policy of managed access, means that people who visit, can enjoy the tranquility and atmosphere of Sharpham.
Sharpham Outdoors - Come and explore life through adventure, interaction and engagement with the natural world on the glorious Sharpham Estate In addition to this programme of public events we run curriculum linked forest school, conservation and craft based activities for schools and community groups of all ages and abilities. Work experience and volunteering opportunities are also available at Sharpham. Why not come by bike or on foot along the cycle path or by water taxi at high tide.
Tenanted farms on the estate include:
Sharpham Wine and Cheese producing high quality wine from its vineyard and cheese from the milk of its Jersey herd 01803 732 203.
Robert Owen Foundation at Lower Sharpham Barton provides working opportunities for adults with learning disabilities on its bio-dynamic farm. 01803 732 502
Higher Sharpham Barton also bio-dynamic, rears cattle for beef and runs a family camp each summer. 01803 732 324
Situated above the Plym valley near the A38, Plymouth Ski and Snowboard Centre is easy to get to from places in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.
The centre is open throughout the year and offers skiers and snowboarders of all levels the facilities to practice and learn new skills. With two slopes to choose from including the longest artificial slope in the South West, Plymouth Ski and Snowboard Centre is the perfect place to practice and learn new skills.
On site we have an exhilarating 650 meter toboggan run and exciting Sno-tube rides. licensed bar and restaurant on site
The Centre runs numerous courses for individuals, families and groups from their Field Centre - just one example is:
Our tutors are passionate about enjoying and learning about the coastline. Experienced and qualified staff will lead adventurous activities to provide fun and safety.
Follow the link for other courses: http://www.field-studies-council.org/2010/search.aspx?centre=SL
South Devon Railways- The Station, Dart Bridge Road, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DZ Tel 0845 345 1466
You can easily spend the whole day on the South Devon Railway because we're far more than a train ride!
The line, which is operated mainly by dedicated volunteers, runs for seven miles from Buckfastleigh to Totnes in South Devon along the stunning valley of the river Dart. The journey takes you through beautiful, unspoilt countryside rich in wildlife and well away from roads. With a backdrop of Dartmoor and beautiful Devon hills, at Buckfastleigh we have a museum, historic steam and diesel locomotives and rolling stock, a play area, gardens, maze, riverside walks, a picnic area and lots to see as well as our Refreshment Rooms and Expressway model and gift shop with its new model railway. Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies are also at Buckfastleigh station. The train pauses at Staverton, a wayside country station that takes you back to the days when life was slower and quieter. Our station at Totnes has been built entirely from buildings and artifacts rescued from GWR stations all around the west. The award-winning Totnes Rare Breeds Farm is right next to our station.
Trains can be joined at Buckfastleigh, where there is ample free car parking, or at Totnes, which has a main line railway station and car parking in the town. Trains also stop at Staverton from where there are riverside walks to the pretty village with its pub and 13th century church.
Specially for the over 18s - Drive a steam or diesel locomotive on the South Devon Railway under the watchful eye of our experienced footplate crews. South Devon Railway footplate experience courses make a superb and memorable gift.
The striking Start Point Lighthouse is situated on one of the most exposed peninsulas on the English Coast, running sharply almost a mile into the sea on the South Side of Start Bay near Dartmouth Tours: Each tour is approximately 45 minutes.
Modbury Tennis Club 01548 830928 open to non-members
South Devon Tennis Centre: Erme Playing Fields, Ermington Road, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 9ES
tennisMAD JUNIOR ACADEMY Established in 1985 the tennisMAD Junior Academy Programme operates out of a number of indoor and outdoor venues in the South West. Offering term time training and holiday camps, we provide year round tennis coaching for players of all levels aged 2 to 18 years. All our coaches are professionally qualified; LTA licensed and hold current CRB certificates.
tennisMAD Little Monkeys (2–4 yrs) This is for children wishing to improve their ABC’S; Agility, Balance, Co-ordination and Speed. These are the core skills required to participate in sports in general. This session is a great introduction to ball sports and a way to get youngsters introduced to tennis. They will learn life skills like sharing and working as part of a team, whilst interacting with other children of a similar age. Parents are also encouraged to join in with all activities!
tennisMAD Fun Clubs 5yrs – 10yrs We offer 3 different fun clubs; Red, Orange and Green. These are for players who are fairly new to the game and are normally training once a week. In the tennisMAD Fun Club’s children progress at their own pace through our unique training levels. These levels help to develop key skills, gain success and ultimately build confidence in their ability to play the game. All this is done whilst providing a gradual understanding of the basic rules and scoring systems for tennis.
tennisMAD Stars 6yrs + The tennisMAD coaches will invite players to join the Stars Squads. This fast track programme is for keener players looking to play more tennis and to prepare them for competition at a suitable level as soon as they feel ready.
tennisMAD Junior Academy For all players aged 11 and over, playing on a full court focusing on improvements to your individual game style. All our training is focused around helping you to develop at the fastest possible rate by using our unique training systems. The training is tailored to help you get the most from your tennis and allows you to grow your weekly programme to suit your aspirations.
tennisMAD Academy Levels: Teens 11+: Programme aimed at more social players looking to train regularly but not so focused on competing. 1 x squad per week.
Tour: Programme aimed at players entering tournaments – wishing to improve their LTA Rating/ranking or wishing to get into coaching. 2 x squads per week
Team: Programme aimed at county team players/ aspiring county players or those wishing to get involved in coaching. 3 x squads per week.
College Academy: Programme aimed at players aspiring to become regional/national standard or wishing to follow a career in coaching. Minimum 4 x squads per week.
whether you want to keep the tennis going over the summer break or if you want full, action packed days of multi sport camps, we have a camp for you!
We have camps running at The South Devon Tennis Centre in Ivybridge. for children from ages 2 – 15 years. There are different groups available to anyone from beginner through to experienced tournament players.
The Living Coast, Torquay
Living Coasts is an innovative coastal zoo and discovery centre where you can take a journey around the coasts of the world and see amazing animals and plants in specially-designed naturalistic habitats. It is an educational and scientific charity dedicated to conserving our global wildlife heritage and inspiring its visitors to have a life long respect for animals and the environment.
The Rainbow Fun House, Torquay
The Rainbow Fun House offers 13,000 Sq FT of ACTION PACKED ADVENTURE! Including the Race Track, the Flumes and slides, the Video Room , themed Rooms for parties - Pirates, Fairies or the Circus! The Fun House also has a licensed cafes for mum and dad to relax in while the kids have fun!
Torwood Gardens Road, Torquay TQ1 1EQ Tel: 01803 296926
Situated in Torbay, 12 miles from the southern edge of Dartmoor is the Torbay Quad Centre, offering exhilarating quad biking for all ages. If you have never ridden before don't worry, as all riders are given a thorough instruction, a practise ride and general safety procedures before they gain access to the main circuit which consists of an entertaining mix of tarmac and off road conditions.
BIKE INFO :- Children age 5 to 10 years ~ Max Height 4'7" ~ Suzuki 50cc; Children age 10 Years to Adult ~ Max 16 Stone ~ Honda 90cc
Find out about Agatha Christie or The English Reviera - the last 400 million years or The Explorers or visit the Fun & Adventure for kids - become a reporter on the Curse of the Mummy's Hand or follow the Explorer's Trail, crack the secret code to the safe and discover what awaits you inside.
Totnes Guided Walks -
TOTNES GUIDED WALKS - JOIN ONE OF OUR EXPERIENCED LOCAL GUIDES TO UNVEIL THE HISTORY AND MYSTERY OF THIS FASCINATING TOWN.
Heritage Walks - Thursdays at 10.15am with Kathy - 07733 197740. A journey through time and place from present day Totnes back to the original Saxon burgh. This definitive tour takes in all the main features of the town.
Ghost Walks - Tuesday evenings at 8.00pm with Bob - 01803 847930 or Mark - 07968 000450. Seek out the ghosts and legends of Totnes and hear of the spooky experiences of the population, past and present.
Literary Walks - arranged on request with Bob - 01803 847930 Novelists, poets, playwrights and literary travellers - from Geoffrey of Monmouth to Mary Wesley - have drawn their information from Totnes. Hear their tales and follow their footsteps.
Riverside Walks - arranged on request with Kathy - 07733 197740. What was the importance of the river to Totnes and how did the town make use of it through the ages? Take this pleasant stroll from the peaceful weir down to the busy Steamer Quay and find out more.
REGULAR WALKS COMMENCE OUTSIDE THE TOTNES INFORMATION CENTRE, CORONATION ROAD, AND TAKE APPROXIMATELY AN HOUR AND A HALF. THE SEASON RUNS FROM EASTER TO HALLOWEEN, BUT TOURS CAN BE ARRANGED AT ANY TIME BY REQUEST.
Totnes Rare Breeds Farm relies on the work of volunteers and the great support of its customers. It aims to preserve endangered species of farm animals and the diversity of British wildlife. It is also a fantastic day out! A family owned attraction and is small enough to provide a friendly and personal service, but with enough to keep its visitors occupied and happy all day. Tucked away behind Totnes in the rolling Devon countryside, once you find the Rare Breeds Farm you won’t want to leave.
Treasure Trails - Salcombe, Bigbury on Sea, Kingsbridge, Dartmouth, Brixham, Totnes, Cockington, Paignton, Torquay, Ivybridge, Plym Valley, Plymouth & Plymouth Waterfront
Treasure Trails are treasure hunts around villages, towns and cities, suitable for grow ups, children and especially for grown up children! A Treasure Trail will help you explore your local town or village in a fun and different way. Each Trail includes an easy to follow route which will take you to the most interesting and beautiful sights in that location. Along the way you have clues to solve with the answers located on existing monuments, buildings and structures – some are easy to find, some of fiendishly tricky!
Each Trail can be completed in your own time and at your own pace and you can chose to go on a treasure hunt, solve a murder mystery or crack the code to save the world on a spy mission.
Wizz Kidz - Northfields Industrial Estate, in Brixham
A spacious, light and clean 5,000 square feet venue separated into 2 sections which includes ball pools, climbing walls, slides, indoor football and more. All play areas have thick padded floors for safety.
We have designed the play venue in a way that no matter where you are, you can keep an eye on your child at all times, while relaxing on our sofas, drinking our excellent coffee and even using our wireless internet!Great coffee and eating menu
Lots of adult tables, chairs and SOFAS! 2 separate adventure areas for baby and child.
An ideal day out regardless of the weather with large indoor and outdoor areas. Attractions for all ages.
Set in beautiful countryside the 90 acre adventure park has 16 family rides, outdoor adventures, Zoo, Big Fun Farm and Falconry Centre in 10 themed playzones. Rainy days can be happy days in one of the UK's biggest indoor playcentres with multiple slides, towering netclimbs, two ball blasting arenas, a Mirror Maze and 3 rides. Small childrens attractions are in exclusive play zones, discover two soft play centres for tinies, Circus playdrome and train.
Outdoors attractions include the aerial Ninja Towers, the mega Commando Course, the bumper boats and for smaller children Pedal Town or Golden Bear City. The Sea Dragon Swing Ship is white knuckle and the 3 watercoasters are top favourites. Discover the Arctic Gliders, scary Avalanche and cute DuneBuggies.
Woodlands adventure park is the most exciting day out in Devon with its own Zoo and Big Fun Farm. Meet cuddly rabbits, flying squirrels and stately Shire horses. Enjoy snappy happy baby crocs, black flying bats and crushing pythons in the Reptile House. Don't miss the Falconry displays. Drive man size tractors and laugh at the racing ferrets.
Woodlands Leisure Park, Blackawton, Totnes TQ9 7DQ tel:01803 712598