For Sanity’s sake a holiday with little people requires a little extra planning. We’ve put together a list of ten things to bookmark for your next Devon getaway – whether you want to satisfy their natural curiosity or let them run off steam these ideas should ensure a fun-filled family holiday!
Potter & Play at Woodlands Family Theme Park
A 60-acre venue, toddlers can spend a whole day exploring Woodlands Family Park with nine zones including a toddler area, zoo, and falconry centre. It also has a paint your own pottery place if you fancy taking a lovingly splodged keepsake home.
Splish, Splash, & Explore on the Devon coast
Help them clamber the rocks or dip their toes in the waters of Shoalstone Beach rockpools. Explore for crabs and sea snails or have a swim in the sea water pool. Or choose from one of the many family-friendly beaches. Blackpool Sands Beach is a highlight. If the sun’s shining, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in the Med.
Smell the flowers at Bicton Park Gardens
Embrace the joy of picking daises, bare toes in the grass, and the sweet smell of the primulas. Bicton Park Botanical Gardens have over 60 acres of beautiful gardens to leisurely wander. Plus, your toddler will love trying to fit their arms around the giant tree trunks in the arboretum. Bicton is also home to a ‘bigfoot’ maze, mini golf, miniature village, and kids football pitch – so plenty to do for older siblings.
Run, Jump, Slide & Giggle at The Big Sheep
One of Devon’s largest all-weather attractions, there’s lots for toddlers to do at The Big Sheep – indoors and out. Make farmyard friends in the Animal Barn, get ready to giggle at the live shows, or enjoy hours of safe, boisterous play at the Ewetopia indoor playground. Soft play gone large!
Toddler back in time at Geoplay Paignton
This charming playground was designed around the geological history of the English Riviera – though that’s likely to go well over your toddler’s head! Ride on a trilobite, search the sand for fossils, or totter about the red sandstone inspired climbing huts. It has all the playground essentials slide, seesaw, swing – and a few fun extras for any bigger kids like zip wire, trampoline, and spinner bowls.
Play Royalty at Powderham Castle
Don’t you love it when the littles are entertained but you get to soak up history and culture at the same time? A trip to Powderham Castle allows for just that. Tour the historic castle, ride a tractor through the deer park, or pretend to be kings and queens in the wooden fort.
Visit Eeyore at Sidmouth’s Donkey Sanctuary
Come and let your toddler meet a real-life Eeyore at Sidmouth’s Donkey Sanctuary, home to hundreds of donkeys and mules being looked after by the charity. Follow nature trails through the fields and pet the residents along the way.
Ride a steam train along the River Dart Valley
What toddler isn’t fascinated by trains? Head to the South Devon Railway and take a steam train ride from Buckfastleigh to Totnes. Look out for their popular Thomas the Tank Engine days too.
Make new furry friends at Totnes Rare Breeds Farm
Chipmunks, guinea pigs, mice, sheep, owls – come along and show them rare breeds of their favourite furry friends. This makes a gentle day out, with toddler under 2 free of charge. Buy a combined ticket with the nearby Butterfly Park and Otter Farm too.
Find Nemo at the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth
Visit the UK’s largest aquarium which will take you around the world as you explore the sea life from Plymouth to the tropics. Little ones will stare open mouthed at the sharks and be desperate to get closer to the turtles… With so much to look at, we’re sure you’ll spot a weird fish or two you never knew existed.
Book your family-friendly travel escape with us today….Here are some of our popular Devon properties :
Located in a hamlet of gorgeous holiday cottages, this is one of 6 properties at Coulscott Village. Bantom Cottage sleeps 2 adults and 1 baby I a cot. Bijou, boutique, and bursting with luxury touches, it will make your first family getaway feel like a treat for both grown-up and child. If you want to holiday with friends, consider booking Bantam, Peacock and Aylesbury cottages together – providing dining facilities for up to 10 people.
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At Birchill Farm you’ll find a cluster of 6 holiday cottages, including the quaint Bramble Cottage – the ideal spot for tranquil Devonshire retreat. While the adults relax, there’s lots to keep the little ones entertained – brilliant indoor and outdoor play areas, toddler-friendly nature trails and interactive farm rounds have under 10s captivated. Bramble Cottage sleeps 2 adults and 2 children in a twin room. There’s even a 2-storey play room!
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A lovely family house in a quiet residential location with a beach just 20 minutes’ walk away. This property can sleep 8+infants in 4 bedrooms – making it a great place to holiday with friends! It’s been recently refurbished to ensure a bright and comfortable stay with everything you could need to relax and have fun. Plus, nearby Little Gems Catering offer meal delivery and ‘posh picnics’ for a real self-catering treat!
Click here to take a closer look at Crossways, Salcombe.