Torquay Museum

Torquay Museum

We went to Torquay Museum with the specific intention of seeing the reconstruction of Charles Laycock’s 1860s Devon farmhouse to get a sense of what our house would have looked like in the past. The reconstructions of the front kitchen and back kitchen gave us a real feel for what the house would have looked like – we have a tiny door to the left of the Aga in the kitchen (where there would have been an open fire in the past) which...

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Quince Honey Farm, South Molton

Quince Honey Farm, South Molton

Hooray, it’s half term so I thought we’d showcase a great little attraction that is undergoing a metamorphosis soon but I really recommend you catch it in its current incarnation and then visit again next year when it’s in its all new location. There is a lot of buzz, and rightly so, about bees and the threats they face at the moment. They are a vital part of our biodiversity, providing pollination to food plants and wild plants alike...

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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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