Family holidays

Family holidays

Walk among dinosaurs on a fossil hunting tour or put nerves to the test at a thrilling theme park. Get close to nature and camp in protected woodland or stay aboard a lighthouse or a barge on your family holidays. Bike rides and picnics in a national park, long afternoons at the beach exploring rockpools, baffling mazes and hide and seek in the grounds of a stately home: England is packed with inspiring child friendly holidays and activities. If you think learning is for stuffy school rooms, think again. Discover the secrets of the Tudors and Victorians, marvel at Roman remains and re-live bloody battles and beheadings on days out with the kids.

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Head to Salcombe for butterscotch beaches and electric blue water

A haven for yachties and those who prefer to keep their deck shoes firmly on dry land.

Location: Salcombe, Devon

 

Catch some waves at Woolacombe Beach

North Devon has some of the county’s most popular family beaches, including award-winning Woolacombe.

Location: Woolacombe, Devon

 

Follow themed trails through Haldon Forest Park

Walk, cycle, horse ride, segway or Go Ape at Haldon Forest Park near Exeter.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 

Cycle alongside the Exe Estuary

Jump on a bike to explore the beautiful Exe Estuary, taking in the lovely scenery, villages and landscapes along a 26 mile-long route.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 

Rainy Day Activities: Find out what lies beneath Exeter

Escape the rain to explore Exeter’s Underground Passages and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum - ideal indoor attractions for a drizzly day.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 

Rainy Day Activities: Scale the walls of Exeter’s Quay Climbing Centre

With over 200 climbing lines, training walls and an abseil tower, there are plenty of indoor activities to suit everyone.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 

Discover 2,000 years of history for free on a guided tour

Discover one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in England on a free Red Coat Guided Tour.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 

Live a day in the life of a Tudor at St Nicholas Priory

Originally part of Exeter’s first medieval monastery, this splendid Grade I-listed building later became the Tudor home of a wealthy merchant family.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 

Rainy Day Activities: Uncover underwater life at the National Marine Aquarium

Need a rainy day idea? Visit the UK's largest aquarium to be amazed at its fascinating underwater world, and learn how we all play a part in conserving it.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 

Go wild camping on Dartmoor

When it comes to experiencing the unspoiled and unique environment of the wilds of Dartmoor, nothing compares to wild camping.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

 

Watch history come to life at Morwellham Quay in Devon

Take a living history lesson from the team at Morwellham Quay, a beautifully preserved Victorian village in the Devon countryside.

Location: Morwellham Quay, Devon

 

Kayak the River Dart

Have some family water fun in South Devon this summer.

Location: Tuckenhay, Devon

 

Head to The Cary Arms for a luxurious dog friendly getaway

The Cary Arms is the perfect location for a dog friendly getaway, and with one of the UK’s dog friendly beaches on its door step, dogs can enjoy a paddle all year round.

Location: Babbacombe, Devon

 

Set out on a family cycling break in the Heart of Devon

Enjoy a cycling break with friends or family and discover the windswept scenery of the Exe Estuary, just south of Exeter, and its abundant wildlife.

Location: Exeter and East devon, Devon

 

Let Plymouth bring out your adventurous streak

Plymouth provides the perfect place for adventurers, with water sports, scuba diving, climbing walls, cycle paths, walks and boat trips.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 

Take time for yourself at Tinside Lido

Take a dip in the 1930s art deco outdoor Tinside Lido, where you can go for a dip or relax with a snack.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 

August events: Ooh and aah at the British Firework Championships

This summer, enjoy the British Firework Championships whilst surrounded by wonderful panoramic views of Plymouth Hoe.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 

Shout ‘Yarrrr!’ and be a pirate for the day

Join in the shenanigans this summer at one of Brixham’s fantastic pirate days for adults and children.

Location: Brixham, Devon

 

Rainy Day Activities: Experience all the fun of a vintage fair

Visit the largest collection of working vintage fairground rides and world-class fairground art in Britain at this fantastic indoor attraction.

Location: Lifton, Devon

 

Look to the night sky on Exmoor

This National Park of diverse landscapes, woven together in a rich tapestry, provides inspiration day and night

Location: Exmoor, Devon/Somerset

 

Discover Devon's Literature Scene

Devon has provided inspiration for a host of literary greats down the centuries. Many of them lived in Devon, or stayed to be inspired for a time.

Location: Exmoor, Lynton & Lynmouth, Taw and Torridge estuaries, Braunton Burrows, Morte Point

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