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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Culm River at Culmstock

Culm River at Culmstock

We visited on Tuesday 9th August with friends who love river swimming. It is a stunning location beside a beautiful bridge and river and a cracking pub. Only 10-15 minutes drive from Halsbeer Farm and Blackdown Yurts. Felix says “the river was so fun to play in because it was shallow in one part and deep in another part. We made a really cool dam. It was hard to make because the water found a way through our dam.” Mia said...

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Knightshayes Court

Knightshayes Court

We visited this National Trust property on Tuesday 26th July when they had kite-making on offer, allowing the children to tick off one of their 50 things to do before you are 11 3/4. Kite-making wasn’t the only way to get hands on – we found “below stairs” dressing up clothes in the servants quarters of the house and a piano was available in the drawing room for those who could play. Felix enjoyed “running around...

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