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Things to do in Devon With Kids Right Now

Whether you live within driving distance or are perhaps visiting the area whilst camping or even glamping in Devon, here you will find lots of current details on the following places.

  • RHS Garden Rosemoor (Torrington)
  • Dartmoor National Park (Newton Abbot)
  • Haldon Forest Park (Exeter)
  • National Marine Aquarium (Plymouth)
  • Babbacombe Model Village (Torquay)
  • Paignton Zoo Environmental Park (Paignton)
  • The BIG Sheep (Bideford)
  • The Milky Way Adventure Park (Bideford)
  • Crealy Theme Park & Resort (Exeter)
  • Pennywell Farm (Buckfastleigh)

For more details, go straight to your preferred attraction by selecting it from the contents table or scroll down.

Things to do in Devon with kids.

RHS Garden Rosemoor (Torrington)

From the website: Nestled in the Torridge Valley, Rosemoor is an enchanting place to visit in every season; cherry trees blossom in the spring, the iconic Hot Garden dazzles with vibrant colours in summer, while the woods blaze with autumn finery and the Winter Garden catches the eye later in the year.

Opening Date: now open from 10 AM to 4 PM daily

Where to eat: The Shepherd’s Rest is open daily from 10 AM – 3:30 PM – take-away only, contactless card payments only

Toilets: A limited number of people allowed entry to the toilets at any one time.

Accessibility:

  • Full accessibility across the garden, Welcome building and Garden Centre
  • Accessible toilets are available at the car park, Welcome building, Garden Room and Rosemoor House
  • Manual push wheelchairs available to reserve
  • Mobility vehicles available to book in advance online 
  • Ample accessible parking

Other useful information:

  • Children 4 and under – free admission
  • Map is available on the website
  • Only guide and registered support dogs are allowed on site

Dartmoor National Park (Newton Abbot)

From the website: Dartmoor is famous for its wide-open spaces, the tors, Dartmoor Prison, Bronze Age archaeology, ponies, Sherlock Holmes, myths and legends and for having the world’s largest land slug!

Opening Date: now open

Where to eat:

Toilets:

  • Dartmeet
  • Meldon Reservoir
  • Venford Reservoir
  • Haytor

Accessibility:

  • Accessible toilets are available in Haytor and Venford Reservoir

Other useful information:

  • National Park Authority car parks are open.
  • Dartmoor welcomes responsible dog owners.

Haldon Forest Park (Exeter)

From the website: 3,500 acres of woodland just 15 minutes from Exeter.  Whether you want a quiet gentle stroll or an exhilarating mountain biking experience, there’s something for you at Haldon Forest Park. With a range of walking and cycling trails to suit all abilities, as well as a pump loop, cycle skills area, orienteering courses and so much more just waiting to be discovered.

Opening Date: now open daily from 7 AM to 9 PM

Where to eat: 

  • The Waves Café is operating a takeaway service on limited items.
  • Picnic areas are available

Toilets: open, baby changing facilities available

Accessibility: 

  • Disabled parking available
  • For visitors with limited mobility, we have four off-road mobility scooters available for hire

Other useful information:

  • You are welcome to walk your dog in the nation’s forests.
  • Parking fees apply (members – free)

National Marine Aquarium (Plymouth)

From the website: Welcome to the National Marine Aquarium, located in Britain’s Ocean City – Plymouth. Not only are we the largest Aquarium in the UK, but we are proud to also be the home of the Ocean Conservation Trust, a charity dedicated to connecting people with the Ocean. We are home to over 4,000 animals and groundbreaking Ocean conservation work.

Opening Date: 6th July (10 AM – 5 PM, last entry 4 PM)

Where to eat: 

  • Our Garden Kiosk will be open for drinks and light meals
  • Eating inside the Aquarium will not be possible during our first phase of opening
  • You are welcome to bring your own packed lunch to eat in our garden

Toilets: All of our toilet facilities will be open (staff will be managing toilet facilities to control numbers of people in and out)

Accessibility: 

  • There are a number of disabled parking bays on site, as well as drop-off points for minibuses and coaches
  • We also have a limited number of wheelchairs available on site, free of charge and on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Full disabled toilet facilities available
  • Carers for the disabled are admitted free of charge (1 per person)

Other useful information:

  • Guide dogs are welcome

Babbacombe Model Village (Torquay)

From the website: Babbacombe Model Village is one of Torquay’s top attractions, set in 4.5 acres. Adults love the humorous representation of British life over the last six decades and the award-winning gardens. Children love all the miniature characters and enjoy following the spotter sheet to see what they can find (pick up your free spotter on arrival).

Opening Date: 4th July (10.00 AM to last entry 4.30 PM)

Where to eat: Our coffee shop (open 10 AM to 5 PM) will be serving takeaway drinks, sandwiches and snacks. There will be no indoor seating, but tables available on the large terrace

Toilets: open to visitors – we have some next to the takeaway coffee shop and some in the middle of the gardens.

Accessibility: 

  • For Motorised Vehicles/Mobility Scooters – Due to the steep pathways there could be traction issues and a skidding risk (especially in wet weather), so good tyres and brakes are essential. 
  • For Manual Wheelchairs – Access is possible and many visitors do manage it with adequate assistance, but it is difficult and does depend on the strength and ability of the person helping.
  • Accessible toilets are available at the top of the gardens 

Other useful information:

  • The car park adjacent to the Model Village is a council-owned and operated pay and display car, card payments can be made at one of the machines (though we’d recommend having a few coins in case)
  • Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the park.
  • Dogs are welcome throughout the gardens, indoor displays and the gift shop –  but are not allowed in the 4D Theatre or the Tearoom. 

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park (Paignton)

From the website: Paignton Zoo is not just one of the UK’s top zoos and a great day out; we are also a conservation and education charity and part of a group of zoos and charities, recently re-named Wild Planet Trust.

Opening Dates: 6th July-Annual Pass holders, 8th July-Public (10 AM to 6 PM daily)

Where to eat: 

  • Island Restaurant (take-away only, open daily from 10 AM until half an hour before the zoo closes)
  • Other food outlets will be open around the zoo (Hangout Pizzeria-summer months and weekends, Lakeside, Baboon Rock-summer months, Great Griller Burger Shack). Floor markings will be in place to manage queueing.

Toilets: Open – the toilets will be closed to guests every hour for a thorough clean of the touchpoints 

Accessibility: 

  • The zoo is considered reasonably wheelchair and pushchair friendly.
  • You can still hire a mobility scooter or wheelchair once you have secured an arrival time slot. 
  • With each guest with a disability ticket, we offer free entry for the accompanying carer or helper if required.
  • Disabled toilet facilities are provided in the main entrance, Island Restaurant, Jungle Fun play centre, Avian Breeding Centre and by Crocodile Swamp at the top of the zoo.

Other useful information:

  • Zoo map is available on the website
  • We have 29 parking spaces within the free car park dedicated to visitors with a disabled parking permit
  • We welcome assistance dogs

The BIG Sheep (Bideford)

From the website: At The BIG Sheep Theme Park in North Devon you will find a full day’s worth of entertainment for all ages! Whatever the weather we guarantee fun for all the family. Our Indoor Playground and soft play area Ewetopia is a great way to spend a morning during rainy weather. Our rides, farm animals and great eateries will ensure your day is filled with lots of family-themed fun. Why not feed the sheep, ride Rampage Roller Coaster (April – October) or take a go on our Eweston Train Ride around Swan Lake, for little ones our Piggy Ride-A-Long and Vintage Carousel are great rides for little ones without their parents!

Where to eat: 

  • Food will be available from our two kiosks on-site
  • You are welcome to bring your own food to eat in our field, marked out with new safe social spaces for you and your family to enjoy

Toilets: We are operating a new policy whereby only two people, or one group, is allowed into our toilet blocks at any one time.

Accessibility: 

  • We have a car park with 6 accessible parking spaces.
  • The accessible toilet is within 30m of Reception.
  • We provide wheelchairs upon request.
  • We can provide a charging facility for mobility scooters and battery-powered wheelchairs.

Other useful information:

  • Park map is available on the website
  • Free parking

The Milky Way Adventure Park (Bideford)

From the website: If you’re looking for SAFE family attractions and things to do in North Devon or North Cornwall, The Milky Way Adventure Park is a great choice! Ride the Cosmic Typhoon roller coaster, have fun on the gravity rider donut slide, explore the maze and experience fantastic outdoor displays from the North Devon Bird of Prey Centre.

Pilot a Cyber Scooter and shoot lasers on Ziggy’s Blast Quest, giggle on the Droid Destroyer Dodgems, leap around with the family on the Jumping Jupiters and kick back on the Milky Way Railway – there’s something here for everyone!

Opening Date: Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of July- with further dates to be announced soon

Where to eat: 

  • Planet Play Café (takeaway, order at the counter or via the new mobile app)
  • Tables for those wishing to bring picnics will be available outside

Toilets: 

  • 11 ‘family’ toilet rooms across the site (each with changing table)
  • Added some Portaloos outside the main entrance

Accessibility: 

  • We are pleased to offer entry at our VIP rate for disabled guests and their carers at this time – one discounted carer per disabled guest. 
  • We have one mobility scooter and a number of wheelchairs which are available free of charge to our guests on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Other useful information:

  • You will be asked to read and agree to our code of conduct for dogs when you arrive at the entrance. Exceptions will be made for service dogs.
  • Park map is available on the website.

Crealy Theme Park & Resort (Exeter)

From the website: Crealy Theme Park & Resort is an award-winning family attraction located just minutes from junction 30 of the M5 near Exeter. The theme park has over 60 rides and attractions set in over 100 acres of glorious Devon countryside. There are over 100 animals, 30 outdoor attractions and a variety of other activities to choose from. With heart-stopping rides for thrill seekers to soft-play and animal petting for younger guests, Crealy is the South West’s number one family day out.

Opening Date: 6th July

Where to eat: Food & drink outlets will be open – grab & go, contactless card payment only

Toilets: toilet facilities are open (guests will be required to wear a face mask or face covering)

Accessibility: 

  • We do have a limited amount of wheelchairs onsite that can be hired out daily with a £20 refundable deposit.

Other useful information:

  • We have a zoo licence that restricts dogs being allowed onsite.
  • We do have limited (self-service) kennel space available; these are available for a £20 deposit.

Pennywell Farm (Buckfastleigh)

From the website: Situated a mile from the town of Buckfastleigh in South Devon, Pennywell Farm is a multi-award winning farm park; the biggest in the South West. All the farm buildings, animal enclosures, activities, shows and displays are all on a level site. The average length of stay is approx. 5 hours.

Opening Date: 4th July

Where to eat: 

  • Coffee Cabin and Noah’s Barn – offering a selection of hot drinks, cold drinks and cakes and snacks available for take-away. Cutlery and condiments will be provided on request. 
  • Picnic areas – Our outside and undercover picnic areas have been reconfigured

Toilets:

  • Public toilets and changing facilities are available

Accessibility: 

  • 10% discount on the admission price for both disabled visitors and their carers
  • 5 clearly marked Blue Badge parking spaces, directly outside of the main reception area
  • There is an accessible toilet next to the main barn on the farm.

Other useful information:

  • FREE onsite parking
  • Assistance dogs are welcome. We have kennels for all other dogs which are available free of charge.

Enjoying England? While you still in Devon, your next stop should be Bristol. With just about 70 miles apart, you should definitely see fun things to do in Bristol with kids.

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