The Bear Trail is a fun outdoor obstacle trail where you can leap over muddy bear pits, whizz down zip wires and crawl through tunnels – it’s the perfect day out for the whole family. The course is suitable for all ages from toddlers upwards and for very young children theres a 'cubs' corner' with lots to keep them occupied. Free parking, a cafe and picnic area round off a great day out for everyone.
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A small falconry centre with owls, hawks, falcons and eagles all set in beautiful Devon countryside. Learn more about the fascinating world of birds of prey in a range of day and half day experiences along with handling and flying the birds themselves. Pre booking essential.
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A stately Georgian house surrounded by a vast estate of 6,000 acres of working farmland, woods, parkland, and orchards. With the house and gardens open to the public you can easily spend a day exploring the gardens winding paths and stunning rhododenrons or discover the Iron Age Hill Fort with views towards Dartmoor. Inside discover the history or the house, wander through it's formal rooms or have a bite to eat in the restaurant or cafe.
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We visited this a few years ago and remember it as a very nice place and worth a visit.
Dating from 1106 Tiverton Castle was once home to the powerful medieval Earls of Devon and today is a fascinating mix of the remains of the medieval castle and a 17th century country house, all surrounded by beautiful gardens. Open to the public from Easter Sunday to October 31st.
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Devon Country Pursuits is the ultimate destination for outdoor activities - paintball, laser tag, clay shooting, quad biking, rifle shooting, assault courses and archery are just a few of the many activities on offer making for a great day out.
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A warm and friendly pub, dating from medieval times, in the chocolate box Devon village of Broadhembury. The consistently good food is complimented by tasteful interiors, a great atmosphere, and an array of local beers and ciders at the bar along with a well-chosen wine list.
Drewe Arms Broadhembury, Honiton EX14 3NF (T: 01404 841267)
A pretty, welcoming, dog-friendly pub in a stunning riverside setting with open fires and a garden. Serving a varied menu of locally-sourced ingredients prepared by skilled and passionate chefs, accompanied by an extensive wine list and comprehensive range of draught beers, ciders and lagers.
Culm Valley Inn, The Riverside, Culmstock EX15 3JJ (T: 01884 799823)
Awful place! Rude staff, bad beer and not dog friendly - drive the extra distance to the half moon instead!
A traditional village pub in the heart of the beautiful Blackdown Hills. Friendly faces and a relaxed atmosphere make this the perfect place to unwind and enjoy quality food and drink. A cosy wood burning stove in winter and a lovely beer garden for al fresco drinking and dining in summer make this pub a great choice whatever the season. Also benefits from a skittle alley, pool and darts.
The Catherine Wheel, Cornhill, Hemyock, Cullompton EX15 3RQ (T: 01823 680224)
A village inn with a cosy rural atmosphere, wood burning stove, real ales and good pub food. There is a separate dining area and a beer garden ideal for al fresco drinking and dining when the sun shines. For competitive souls there’s also a pool table, darts board and skittle alley to keep you entertained.
The Catherine Wheel Cornhill, Hemyock, Cullompton EX15 3RQ (T: 01823 680224)
We enjoyed a delicious meal in the Catherine Wheel. Very friendly staff and cosy atmosphere.
A small country gastropub with lots of atmosphere and a menu full of big flavours and high quality local produce. Excellent choices too for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free diets, as well as good value kid’s options. At the bar the choices continue with a gin menu, cocktail menu, and even a vegan wine menu - something for everyone
The Blue Ball Inn Sampford Moor, Somerset TA21 9QL (T: 01823 660857)
By the seaside town of the same name, Sidmouth Beach is a long stretch of pebbles that stretches from the River Sid at the east of the town, West to Chit Rocks and Jacobs Ladder Beach and beyond. From the town you go over a footbridge and a number of steps down to the beach, however there are also access points along the sea front esplanade. There are a number of car parks close by, most of which are a few minutes’ walk from the beach itself, and it benefits from nearby facilities, cafes, restaurants and shops. Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 1st May to the 30th September, however there is a small area at the East end of the beach where dogs are allowed all year round. It’s a delightful spot for swimming sailing and surfing if the weather permits it, but you do have to take your own equipment.
Visited twice and both times had a pleasant walk along the prom in the sun. Sea very calm. Lovely cup of coffee served from little coffee "bar" on prom served by a charming and coffee knowledgeable American lady. Pleasant and busy shopping area behind the prom. Not much parking and just a little expensive.
A picturesque two mile pebble beach backed partly with cliffs, with plenty of space and lovely clean clear water. Along the esplanade there are beach cafes and a car park and it is only a short wander into the village for toilets, shops and pubs. Care should be taken swimming towards the eastern end of the beach where there can be strong currents due to the River Otter, and there are no lifeguard facilities.
Step back in time to a gentler age here - lovely beach, quaint little town, reminded us of Southward in Suffolk on a smaller scale - we loved it!
Nestled into a valley that reaches down to the sea, Branscombe Beach is tucked away on the Jurassic Coast, and is linked to a timeless, magical village of the same name. Surrounded by woodland and farmland, the area is peppered with thatched houses, a working forge and a restored windmill. It’s a National Trust location, with a number of charming walks and trails to follow, one of which leads to the Old Bakery tearooms. The beach itself is a long pebble beach below the village. It has a large car park close by where there are toilets available, as well as a picnic area. The beach is a haven for fossil hunters and adventurous rock-poolers. If you want to catch your supper it’s a wonderful place to fish for Mackerel and Pollack, although there is also a restaurant close by.
A pretty place down narrow lanes - the village is a must for keen photographers too - loved it!
Superb beach and surroundings. Tricky drive to get there but well worth it.
Exmouth Beach is a bustling two mile stretch of golden sand at the mouth of the Exe Estuary backed by a promenade of shops and restaurants. Old meets new here, with traditional seaside donkey rides, swing boats and crazy golf alongside volley ball courts and a huge selection of modern watersports including jet skis, kite surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding and windsurfing.
If you’re looking for some peace and quiet you can find that here too at the far end of the beach, where there are also some rock pools for children to explore. Exmouth is known as the gateway to the Jurassic Coast and its cliffs are teaming with fossils and geological finds. The coastline is also part of the South West Coast Path with the beach and surrounding cliffs providing some excellent long and short walks.
Dogs are welcome all year on parts of the beach and on the main beach from October to the end of April. Dog bins are provided.
A small pebble beach in East Devon, Beer Beach is in a picturesque fishing village that hugs the shoreline. Parking is a little distance away from the beach itself, which is accessed via a sloping road and steps at the east end. There’s one large car park that’s around five minutes away on foot, and another smaller one in the centre of the town. As the beach is such an integral part of the town itself, there are cafes and shops close by, simply by dint of its location. There are toilets above the beach, so it’s got all the makings of a charming day out for the family in the summer, or somewhere to stroll and have a cup of tea if it’s a bit cooler. There aren’t any organized activities on the beach, so if you’re bringing the kids then keep that in mind. Dogs are not allowed on the West part of the beach from 1st May to 30th September.
Visited one evening. A beautiful beach. You can walk to Seaton on the coast path, if you feel energetic and don't mind a lot of steps. Well worth it due to the stunning views.
Beer is a very pretty village!, and the beach is an absolute joy
Lovely beach at any time but especially lively on festival day. We appreciated the walkways over the pebbles.
Absolutely lovely so clean and tidy. Food and drink catered for very well three beach cafes. Fishing trips, hire of boats self drive if you wish, what more could you wish for.