So you’ve booked your family camping holiday in Devon, or you are thinking of camping in Devon, and you want to know where to go for days out with your kids. We have the answer! Here are our Top 10 Days Out in Devon for 2013:
Watermouth is a Victorian Castle and child’s fun park near Ilfracombe. It has everything you would expect from an attraction like this including the popular dungeons, a maze, a model railway and an adventure area with rides, including the Big River ride.
2. Paignton Zoo
Gorillas, Rhinos, Tigers and Crocodiles are just some of the animals waiting to be discovered at Devon’s Paignton Zoo. With lots of activities and fun things to do, this is a great day out for the kids.
3. Cycle the Tarka Trail
The Tarka Trail offers 180 miles of traffic-free cycling. OK, so you are unlikely to want to cover the whole trail, but how about Bideford to Great Torrington, just 6 miles and features crossing over the River Torridge at the Landcross Viaduct from the Tarka the Otter books.
4. Living Coasts
This is an aquatic zoo that exhibits the range of birds, mammals and plant life that live on our coasts. Part educational, Part discovery as you learn about the ecological issues affecting them.
5. Babbacombe Model Village
The miniature village, which also features railways and a castle with a fire-breathing dragon is great for children. After dusk in the village, the streets and homes light up with 10,000 light bulbs. (see feature photo)
6. Crabbing at Lynmouth
Make a date with a crab or two at Lynmouth’s Harbour wall, the perfect spot to dangle a line and catch sight of the nippers. Lynmouth seafront is also great for fudge and ice cream; can you resist the temptation?!
7. Build a Giant Sandcastle at Westward Ho!
Do your kids enjoy playing in the sand and paddling in the sea? The long sandy beach at Westward Ho! near the Northern Burrows Country Park is great for families. The surf is not as good here, so you won’t be crowded out by a swarm of surfers.
8. Go on a fishing trip from Whitestrand Quay
Head to Salcombe, Whitestrand Quay to be more precise, and a 2hr fishing trip for you and your family awaits you. Trust us kids, and parents, will enjoy this and not that expensive. See Whitestrandboathire.co.uk
9. The Big Sheep
Going Camping in Bideford Bay this year? The Big Sheep is a wacky and fun sheep-themed amusement park perfect for a silly day out with the kids, even teenagers are catered for too! The mixture of attractions include sheep racing, a farm safari and a train.
Want to be a little more adventurous? Try H2Outdoor. Coasteering, Sea Kayaking and Mountain Biking. They also offer sessions for 6 to 8-yr olds. See www.h2outdoor.co.uk
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There is no escape, winter is on its way! But that doesn’t mean you need to hibernate. The winter months are a great opportunity to get out and about and enjoy some great places without the crowds.
Here are my top 10 UK places for you and your kids to beat the winter blues…
1. Coventry Transport Museum, Warwickshire
For rainy, miserable days – go out, but stay in by visiting this great museum for free. Coventry is the birthplace of the British cycle and motor industry and the museum takes you through 150 years of history of transport. You and your children, regardless of age, will love going from generation to generation of cars, cycles, motorbikes, and more. http://www.transport-museum.com/
2. Family Cycle Trail, Forest of Dean
Get out and about in the Forest. The family cycle trail is a circular route in the heart of the Forest of Dean. The 11 miles the route runs is suitable for children of all ages. You can join the route at Coleford, Lydbrook or Cinderford and expect to take 2 hours without stops.
3. Conkers Woodland Adventure, National Forest
A nature reserve, an adventure playground and a science museum all rolled into one indoor/outdoor forest-themed great day out, is one way I have heard being described. Fun and education is what Conkers is all about, with its Enchanted Forest play area and exhibits to stimulate young minds. A family of 4 can get in for £28, or book online for an extra 10% off. www.visitconkers.com/
4. Holkham Bay, Norfolk
Blow the cobwebs away on a crisp sunny day on the first of our 3 trips to the beach this winter. Holkham Bay in Norfolk is a real gem, walk on 4 miles of sand and explore the dunes, pine woods, lagoons and saltmarsh that fringe the bay. The beach can be accessed by parking at Burnham Overy.
5. Bluebell Railway, Sussex
Make your way to Sheffield Park Station for the Bluebell line that meanders through unspoilt countryside. The old-fashioned carriages will your kids thinking they are on their way to Hogwarts. Return tickets are £37 for the whole family. www.bluebell-railway.com
6. Woolacombe Sands, Devon
This is one of the best beaches in the UK, only rivalled in my opinion with the beach at St Ives, with nearly 3 miles of beautiful sand this is paradise for kids and adults alike. Woolacombe is rightly-so a hub of activity during the summer, during winter it is an opportunity to explore the area, play beach cricket and even dip your toes into the sea!