Powderham Castle – “The Home of Devon”

Powderham Castle – “The Home of Devon”

Well that’s it for another school year. Mia and Felix are now officially on holibobs. To kick off the summer holiday we have looked through Primary Times and Devon Life and each listed our top things we would like to do this vacation: they include wild swimming and generally discovering Dartmoor, surfing in North Devon, going underground at Beer Quarry Caves or Kent’s Cavern (or both) and maybe a little trip to Crealy to satisfy Felix’s...

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Wildwood Escot

Wildwood Escot

We visited Wildwood Escot near Honiton (around 20 minutes away from Halsbeer Farm and Blackdown Yurts) on a sunny May Saturday with friends. It was really peaceful when we visited. There were other people there but it didn’t feel busy. Don’t go expecting a really polished theme park, as that’s not what it’s about. Their aim is to re-wild Britain by working towards re-introducing animals such as wolves that used to live...

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Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum and the Underground Passages

Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum and the Underground Passages

As we approach the February half term it’s always a good idea to have some wet-weather options for keeping the children entertained just in case. We tried out the city’s fantastic RAMM museum and the Underground Passages. RAMM is housed in a building that must be contemporary in age with the Natural History Museum in London. Inside it was much bigger than we were expecting – one of the first things you encounter is a huge...

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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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