Family Fun

Crealy is a great family day out with something for all ages, from soft play for toddlers to death slides for Dads!

Adrenalin Games Paintball UK continuously develops new and thrilling paintball games, scenarios and paintball combat areas to ensure they remain the NUMBER ONE paintball venue in Devon. Set in the stunning Exeter countryside, with seven diverse paintball game zones. If you're looking for a unique paintball experience in Devon that is guaranteed to get your heart racing and adrenalin pumping then look no further!

Situated in the grounds of Verbeer Manor in Cullompton, Devon - this is by far the Dads' favourite of adventure parks.

Climb the trees and slide across high wires, crawl through tunnels, cross rope bridges, walk the planks and zip down to the ground! Go Ape is an award-winning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides up to 40 feet up in the trees. Appealing to a wide age range, customers are fitted with a climbing harness, given instructions, and then trek from tree to tree high above the forest floor.

Serious Fun at their Indoor Kart Racing Track in Devon. Indoor Karting is one of the fastest growing motors sports in the UK, giving everyone the chance to experience the thrills of racing without the huge cost. Raceworld has been running Indoor Karting events in Exeter, Devon for over 14 years now. Specialists in providing corporate entertainment and group bookings.

Zoos & Safari Parks

Longleat Safari & Adventure Park has been one of the UK’s best-loved attractions for over 60 years. It features an extensive Safari Park, is home to BBC Animal Park and CBBC Roar and also has over 15 fabulous attractions, including the new multi million pound Jungle Kingdom and Longleat House, one of the most stunning stately homes in Britain.

With more animals than anyone else in the South West you're in for a really wild time. See them all - giraffes, lions, gorillas, cheetahs and thrilling crocodiles, plus our cheeky meerkats, colourful snakes and amazing monkeys. There are also indoor play areas, the Jungle Express train and uniquely, six habitats that mimic the animals' natural environment. Visit Paignton Zoo and get close to over two thousand creatures. But you'd better leave a whole day - you'll need it.

Days by the Sea

Croyde Bay in Devon is part of the beautiful Heritage Coastline in North Devon and is a favourite destination for families and surfers alike. Croyde village is a charming little hamlet of thatched cottages with many places to eat, buy gifts and hire beach equipment - including surfboards. Croyde Bay sits in between the neighbouring beaches of Saunton Sands, Putsborough and Woolacombe.

Mackerel fishing and deep sea fishing trips from Lyme Regis. Lyme Regis is at the heart of the Jurassic Coast. The ancient Cobb is the harbour and the whole area is very very picturesque at anytime of day and in any weather.

At the end of the Cobb you will find Harry May Boat Trips. Harry has two 24ft traditional wooden tripping boats that are used mainly for one hour mackerel fishing trips. The cost is £9 for adults and £6 for children, all tackle is included and everyone is shown how to catch a mackerel. From these trips thousands of  fish have been caught by our visitors for barbecues on the beach and suppers at home.

Operating from the last week in March until the beginning of November.

The royal town of Lyme Regis is situated on the Dorset coast close to the Devon border . Here you can either build sand castles in the sand or take a boat trip out of the ancient harbour. Mackerel Fishing - Join a one hour boat trip from Cobb Harbour aboard KRAKEN, an MCA licensed passenger boat. Try to catch your supper and see the amazing Jurassic coast from the sea. Fishing equipment and bait provided. Every day from 9.00 am weather permitting - March - November. Contact Nick Williams on 0797 479 6002 for further details.

River Exe Cruises, Boat and Train Cruises, Jurassic Coast Cruises, Guide Wildlife Cruises and more.

Railways

Situated on the edge of Quantock Hills, the West Somerset Railway takes you from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead with various stops on the way.

Take a journey of discovery, relive your childhood, or simply sit back and relax as you travel along one of Britain's Best and longest Heritage Railways.

The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway - Steam Train rides in Exmoor National Park, from Woody Bay Station, North Devon. The first phase in rebuilding one of the world’s most famous and picturesque narrow gauge railways

Devon Railway Centre is a popular Devon Tourist attraction, offers a unique railway experience and boasts a host of attractions in one location. We offer an interactive fun filled day out. Our two railways give unlimited train rides along the Exe Valley and opportunities for you to become involved! Children can wave the flag to start our trains.

Places of Interest

Lundy lies off the coast of North Devon, where the Atlantic ocean meets the Bristol Channel with nothing between it and America, a granite outcrop, three and a half miles long and half a mile wide. In the hubbub of the modern world it is a place apart, peaceful and unspoilt.

Eating Out

Telephone: 01884 840506

Seasonal fare in a whitewashed, dog-friendly pub with open fires and a garden. The Culm Valley Inn serves quality food, with a riverside setting.

Outside Catering

Executive Chef Lin Pidsley is an award winning chef with a coverted Acorn Award.Having previously honored her skills training at the Michelin Star Hotel, The Castle in Taunton where she was also a semi finalist for a Gordon Ramsey's scholarship. 

Lin took her exceptional skills from the kitchen to create her own company with her partner Paul...and LAP (Lin And Paul) Food and Bars was born. With the cohesive front of house team making the events service flow with ease, and the oustanding food from the kitchens it is the recipe for a perfect meal.

Having catered for events from wedding breakfast, buffets and birthday dinners to bedouin tented feasts. You can have your every need catered for with a team that can not only feed all your guests but supply everything you need from crockery, glasses to furniture.

Bespoke Celebration cakes, Blackdown Hills and surrounds. All celebrations. Rich fruit, soaked in brandy, home made marzipan. Delicious flavoured sponges, dreamy centres.  01884 266833  /  longhouse123@btinternet.com

Local Independent Food Shops

Stillmans was est in 1920. Michael Alford is an award winning traditional master butcher and farmer. For the finest Westcountry beef, lamb, pork and poultry call 01823 272661 to place your order and get fresh, top quality meat delivered directly to your door.

Perfect for a BBQ in the sun!

Award winning friendly village shop, cafe and deli with full-time chefs cooking delicious breakfasts, lunches and deli treats. Quality outside catering and comfortable bed and breakfast. 

Food & Drink

Bickleigh Mill is a lovely 18th century watermill and pottery studio in the heart of Devon. Bickleigh Mill is also one of Devon's largest most exciting rural shopping, eating and recreation destinations housed within this historic working water mill. It is renowned for being one of the top quality shopping places in Devon offering a great day out for all the family.

Home of Somerset Cider Brandy and Burrow Hill Cider.

Farm Shops & Shopping

Clarks Village is the UK's first and foremost outlet shopping centre and has established itself as one of the premier shopping destinations in the country. With over 90 outlet shops to choose from offering up to 60% OFF rrp on a host of famous brands, plus regular entertainment and live events all set within a unique village environment, you have all the ingredients for a great day out!

Located in the heart of Exeter, with the iconic cathedral as its backdrop, Princesshay is home to over 70 of the best high street names

At Rumwell Farm Shop you will find a vast range of essential and speciality grocery items sourced locally and from other regions of the country.

  • Fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables
  • Home-grown potatoes and free range eggs from our farm
  • Fresh milk, cream, butter and yogurts from a local dairy
  • Freshly frozen fruit, vegetables, pastries, fish and traditional puddings
  • Somerset honey produced from bees kept in our own orchards
  • A selection of beers, wines, cider and spirits, soft drinks
  • Locally blended teas and coffee
  • Fresh and dried pasta, sauces and condiments
  • A range of ice-creams
  • Chocolates and sweets
  • Crisps and snacks.

Sports & Health

Located in secluded Somerset, 44 acres of wooded landscape, calm lakes and immaculate gardens provide the perfect backdrop for some serious pampering.

Click the link to see this wonderful golf course.

Learn to ski or snowboard on the teaching slope or build your confidence and perfect your technique on the challenging 165 metre slope complete with bends, moguls, bumps, jumps and quarter pipe.

Shaldon Shooting School is set in a deep valley on the edge of Exmoor, offering coaching for individuals or groups of up to 30 people. No experience is necessary, and all are welcome. Equipment is supplied and there are plenty of instructors. They can even send someone out to meet you so you don’t get lost in the lanes on the way!

Why not treat yourselves to a day at the races? Taunton Racecourse in Somerset, is England's youngest National Hunt racecourse and one of the most beautifully located racecourses in the country, with outstanding views across the Racecourse to the wooded slopes of the Blackdown Hills, yet only a few minutes drive from the M5 and the centre of Taunton.

www.tauntonracecourse.co.uk

Set in a stunning location overlooking beautiful Devon countryside, Exeter Racecourse prides itself as being one of the UK’s most progressive tracks, with excellent facilities and transport links to match competitive racing throughout the National Hunt Season. Exeter holds 15 great jump fixtures between October and May each year, with November’s Haldon Gold Cup Day, New Year’s Day racing, Children's Day and Ladies Night amongst the ever-popular highlights.  Accompanied children aged 17 and under can come racing for free.

www.exeter-racecourse.co.uk

Houses & Gardens

Originally built in Norman times, Dunster Castle was remodelled in the late 19th century for the Luttrell family, who lived here for 600 years. Only the 13th century gatehouse has survived from the original building. During the civil war, soldiers were garrisoned in the Leather Gallery. Contents include family pictures, mahogany furniture and an important series of leather hangings depicting the story of Anthony and Cleopatra. The fine oak staircase and plasterwork date from the 17th century. The terraced gardens house the National Collection of Strawberry Trees with pleasant walks beside the River Avill.

Would you give away your family home for your political beliefs? Sir Richard Acland did with his estate, one of the largest the National Trust has acquired at 2,590 hectares (6,400 acres) with 20 farms and 200-plus cottages. Killerton House, built in 1778–9, brings to life generations of the Aclands, one of Devon's oldest families. The historic fashion exhibition, 'Elegance', explores the fabulous and luxurious dress of the past 200 years. The gem of Killerton, beautiful year round, is the garden created by John Veitch, with rhododendrons, magnolias and rare trees surrounded by rolling Devon countryside

One of the finest surviving Gothic Revival houses, built in the lush landscape of mid Devon, Knightshayes Court is a rare example of the work of the eccentric and inspiring architect William Burges. Built for the grandson of pioneer lace-maker John Heathcoat in 1869, the house is an exciting architectural experience, with extraordinary 'medieval' romantic interiors, rich decoration and ceramics. The vast garden, which was the Heathcoat Amory family's great passion, is renowned for its rare trees, shrubs and seasonal colours. The restored and fully productive organic kitchen garden is a treat for everyone who enjoys local produce.

Country Parks

Haldon Forest Park is a great forest park. With trails for a short walk, or hire a bike and discover the cycle trails or join in the fun on the Play Trail. Alternatively sign up for the Go Ape high wire adventure course or if an experienced mountain biker, take to the Freer Ride Trails. Something for all the family.

Enjoy a great day out in Exmoor National Park, visit Wimbleball Lake and explore by foot, bike or boat. Kayak, sail, canoe, fish, camp and enjoy great food.

Entertainment

Why not indulge in an evening of wine tasting?

Create your very own wine tasting experience with help of the highly developed palate of Oliver & Bird. Choose from a large selection of wines discovered by Oliver & Bird through their years of experience traveling to the worlds finest small and independent estates.

The Argentinean tango holds a unique place in couple dancing. It is a social dance that can be enjoyed at many levels. It is relatively easy to master the basics of form and improvisation and yet great subtleties of feeling and fast, playful footwork can be explored as you progress. In its highest form it is capable of expressing the most profound longings that people can have about their lives, and each other. Why not organise some after dinner tango lessons with Tango Oblivion.

Try Something New!

The Devon and Somerset Gliding Club is the largest gliding club in the South West and has allowed its members to enjoy the magic of gliding for more than 50 years. We have a fleet of club gliders, good club facilities and a team of BGA qualified instructors who provide training to help new members let slip the surly bonds of earth and dance the skies on laughter-silvered wings. The club is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, weekends and on public holidays. We offer trial lessons and flying courses for the aspiring glider pilot, as well as conversion or advanced courses for experienced pilots. Whatever your skill level and flying experience, Devon and Somerset Gliding Club (DSGC) is the place for you, and the challenges and rewards keep on coming, whatever level you reach.

County Shows

The West Country Game Fair - www.westcountrygamefair.co.uk

North Somerset Show - www.nsas.org.uk

Devon County Show - www.devoncountyshow.co.uk

The Royal Bath and West Show - www.bathandwest.com

Royal Cornwall Show - www.royalcornwallshow.org

Mid Devon Show - www.middevonshow.co.uk

Totnes and District Show - www.totnesshow.com

North Devon Show - www.northdevonshow.com

Okehampton Show (Devon) - www.okehamptonshow.co.uk

Mid Somerset Show - www.midsomersetshow.org.uk

Melpash Show - www.melplashshow.co.uk

Dorset County Show - www.dorsetcountyshow.co.uk

Kingsbridge Show - www.kingsbridgeshow.co.uk

Frome Show - www.fromecheeseshow.co.uk

Travel

  • Max's Minibus Hire - Tel 01823 257180
  • Taunton Mini Buses - www.tauntonminibuses.co.uk or tel 01823 257180 (14, 16 & 21 seater buses available)
  • Monument Mini Cabs, Wellington - 01823 66 44 44
  • County Taxis, Wellington - 01823 666333
  • A1 Taxis, Taunton (next to railway station) - 01823 332211
  • (It is recommended that you pre-order taxis in advance).
HIDE