Flippin’ good fun at Flip Out Somerset in Wellington

Flippin’ good fun at Flip Out Somerset in Wellington

Mia and Felix have a trampoline in the garden but sometimes you need a bit of indoor entertainment (especially on a soaking wet Saturday in November!). So I took them along to Flip Out Somerset which is located in Wellington, only 25 minutes from Halsbeer just off Junction 26 of the M5. It didn’t disappoint. Flip Out opened earlier this year and is housed in a massive warehouse done out in funky lime green, purple and grey with superhero comic...

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Sheldon Riding Centre – our closest place to borrow a pony

Sheldon Riding Centre – our closest place to borrow a pony

Top of Mia’s summer holiday “to do” list was to go horse-riding so I contacted Liz at the nearby Sheldon Riding Centre to see if she could make that happen. Sheldon is a village up on top of the Blackdowns, a short hop and a skip (OK a 10ish minute drive) from Halsbeer through pretty lanes. We arrived to find the farrier giving one of the horses a pedicure and new shoes, which the children watched with fascination. The stables...

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Woodlands family theme park near Dartmouth

Woodlands family theme park near Dartmouth

Shhhh, there’s a secret hidden in the forest… This was our second visit to Woodlands. Having really enjoyed it last year, we decided to return, but what we didn’t expect was to find a secluded treasure in the forest that we’d not seen before. Turn right before the swing carousel and you soon happen across a little oasis of calm, a zen garden filled with hand-built aviaries housing a wonderful variety of birds of prey...

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Horse-drawn barge and the Canal Tea Room at Tiverton

Horse-drawn barge and the Canal Tea Room at Tiverton

Do you need a relaxing afternoon out somewhere where you can slow down and unwind in peace and tranquility surrounded by the beauty of nature? We’ve found just the place. Hidden away on a hillside in Tiverton is the Grand Western Canal – home to one of only four surviving horse-drawn barges in the country. Three generations of our family and friends went along to celebrate a 70th birthday last weekend. I was a bit sceptical as to...

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World of Country Life, Sandy Bay, Exmouth

World of Country Life, Sandy Bay, Exmouth

Mia and Felix visited with mummy and grandma on Mother’s Day weekend. On arrival you go straight into the Victorian village street in a huge warehouse type building. It is a fascinating walk through local history with tableaux of gypsy caravans, steam engines and curious objects such as a set of stocks and various animal traps. The children were spellbound straightaway. There are also lots of old black and white photos showing Devon in past...

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Coldharbour Mill, Uffculme

Coldharbour Mill, Uffculme

This historic woollen mill is one of our nearest heritage attractions. We visited on Sunday 16th October when they had a woolly craft festival on which added to the experience. We joined one of the mill tours which showed how raw wool was spun into yarn and then woven into cloth on the mill’s amazing machines. Mia and Felix delighted in the noise and movement of the machines, the beautiful colours of the wool, and the bits they were given...

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