There will also be live music and children’s entertainment in Barnstaple Pannier Market, from 10am until 3pm.
What's On Local Attractions
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Just across the road, 1 Moorend Cottages is a small cottage industry providing unique handmade toys and crafts at affordable prices. Every doll is different. You can choose from items in stock or have one made to your specifications from the choices available.
Ring Sheila on 01805 603026 to arrange a viewing with no obligation.
Halsdon Nature Reserve
Halsdon Nature Reserve
Halsdon nature reserve is a top wildlife spot, with exceptional walks through woodland and alongside a classic Devon river.This is many people’s favourite Devon Wildlife Trust nature reserve and it’s easy to see why!
Waymarked walks weave down through woodland leading you to the banks and water meadows of the River Torridge.
In summer the Torridge is the place to see sand martins and kingfishers. In winter look for ducks including goosanders as they dive beneath the water’s surface to catch fish. All year round you have a chance of seeing otters. The riverside wildlife hide is the place to go and try your luck.
Beaford market, every month
Come along to Beaford market and support our local makers, bakers, growers and traders.
three!!) rolls and enjoy a catch up with locals, friends and neighbours.
Every 2nd Saturday of the Month 10.30am – 12.30pm at the Village Hall
Anyone who has been to Moorparks and seen Mr Burns close up will see how real this is.
Spencer can make these glasses with any of the boys and put a name with it.
Contact Erik for further details.
Stafford Moor Fishery
Stafford Moor Fishery
In this part of Devon you could be mistaken for imagining you were going back in time. Life is slower and more relaxing, it truly is a place for recharging your batteries. Stafford Moor Fishery is a mature sixty seven acre estate surrounded with huge pine trees, furthermore it hides thirty five acres of heavily stocked lakes.
Located between the villages of Dolton and Winkleigh.
There is a tackle shop on site which also carries a range of snacks and drinks and coffee and tea is always available.
Day tickets are available. Call 01805 804360
Attractions within 5 miles: Alpaca walking,
The Devon Artist
If you are, or have stayed, at Moorparks Holiday Cottages you will have seen some of Paul’s work. Paul, the Devon artist, has painted all of the bird pictures which are in the cottage bedrooms and hallways. If you have stayed in Moorparks cottage, you can even see the village he lives in from the kitchen window.
If you looking for some paintings or want to learn how to paint, check out his website:
Paul Hopkinson, The Devon Artist.
Alpaca walking, North Devon alpaca trekking offer bespoke goat and alpaca walking experiences. Walking through open grazing, woodland and along the riverbank. You can join us for a morning or afternoon with our friendly alpaca boys. Furthermore there are also woolly Swiss Valais Blacknose Sheep and wooly Pygmy goats you can feed here. In addition, you can enjoy a cream tea after in the Devon countryside.
Walking an alpaca will be an experience to remember !
Discounts available for all Moorparks guests. (and staff 😉 )
PLEASE do not wait until you are here before booking, this WILL be booked up! If you are staying here, call us and we will arrange this for you.
Libbaton Golf Club
Libbaton Golf Club is a parkland golf course, set in the beautiful and unique North Devon countryside. The par 73 course features some of the finest fairways and toughest greens in the county, offering a challenging and enjoyable play for both low and high handicap golfers. The Course consists of 5 par 5’s, 9 par 4’s, and 4 par 3’s – all of which create a true test of golfing ability.
The golf course enjoys spectacular views across the rolling North Devon countryside with a wide variety of wildlife, flora and fauna on every fairway, lakes and ponds coming into play for 9 of the holes. Steeper gradients have a part to play on 5 holes but in the main the hills are gentle and undulating.
Libbaton Golf Club offers a small golf accessories shop and a free practice area. Lessons are available from John Phillips and club hire for both adults and juniors. Electric trolleys are available for hire. Trolleys are allowed on the course all year round weather permitting.
If you enjoy high quality cider and scrumpy then a visit to our onsite shop is a must. Step into our traditional cider shop for a range of gifts and to taste some proper Devon Cider.
Winkleigh Cider Company is a local family run business that has traditional values and strives to produce and provide the best cider and service to all its customers.
So if you are out and about in the Winkleigh area then do your taste buds a favour and sample some traditional cider. www.winkleighcider.co.uk
Torrington Swimming Pool
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Dartington Glass factory shop
Watch the highly skilled craftsmen shape beautiful crystal perfecting an art form 3 000 years in the making. The Dartington glass factory tour allows visitors to get really close in complete safety on elevated viewing galleries. Discover the fascinating story of glass in the popular Visitors Centre or have fun in the glass activity area. Save a fortune in the factory shop the biggest glass shop in the country or explore the large collection of world class tableware and home-ware brands for gifts and souvenirs.
Check for opening times.
This is when we went on the factory tour in Feb. 2018 ……Dartington Factory tour
Tarka Pottery Torrington
Tarka Pottery Torrington
Welcome to the exciting and inspiring clay experience studio of Tarka Pottery Torrington in North Devon, where there is always something creative happening.
Try the unique Potter’s Wheel Experience suitable from age 2 to 102 or choose from our great throwing options and potters wheel lessons for individuals, families or groups. Our popular Birthday Parties and Hen Parties can be tailored to all age groups with a range of activities on offer. You can also paint pottery, a relaxing activity at any time. Our approach is relaxed and informal, with an emphasis on having fun and being creative with clay in a friendly, enjoyable way.
Someone told me they may even have some alpacas there….so must be worth a visit.
Booking is essential for all clay activities 07931 306414
Towards the end of the 12th century a ‘large waste called The Common’, now Torrington Commons, was given to the people of Torrington. In 1889 the rights to this land were transferred, by an act of parliament, to an elected Committee of Conservators. They now administer 365 acres of land surrounding the town on all but the eastern side.
The area is freely accessible to all, and visitors can walk the 20 miles of footpaths, ranging from the golf course in the north; ancient wood and wild flower meadow in the west; and dropping down to the beautiful river Torridge valley to the south of the town. There is access from the Tarka Trail for walkers.
Car parks are available off the Bideford road to the west (old bowling green), and in Torrington itself.
Cadenza Alpacas North Devon
Cadenza Alpacas North Devon
Come and join Cadenza Alpacas North Devon for a cream tea. See our Alpacas up close. We can arrange a complete Alpaca trip to include:
Meet and greet and feeding the Alpacas.
A short talk and felting session, a walk and cream tea after.
We have a range of hand knitted items and alpaca gifts in our shop.
Candenza Alpacas also sell Alpacas, in addition to making care home visits.
We are a working farm, so booking required.
There is a discount available for guests at Moorparks. www.cadenzaalpacas.co.uk Sue Ashmole 07813307506
Moorparks were invited to try a bit of Alpaca agility training. See what happened on our…..Alpaca experience
Attractions within 5 miles: Tarka Pottery,
The Tarka Trail, North Devon
The Tarka Trail is one of the country’s longest continuous traffic-free walking and cycling paths, and forms part of the Devon Coast to Coast Cycle Route. The trail Stretches for over 52km / 32 miles from Braunton to Barnstaple, then to Instow, Bideford, Great Torrington and on to Meeth. Entirely traffic-free, as a result this section of the “Devon Coast to Coast” is known as the Tarka Cycle Trail.
Although popular with cyclists, is is also a fabulous place for walkers.
The trail follows the journey of Tarka the Otter in the classic tale written by Henry Williamson.
The Tarka trail route can be broken up into easily managed sections:
Braunton to Barnstaple 10km / 6 miles
Barnstaple to Bideford 14km / 9 miles
Bideford to Great Torrington 10km / 6 miles
Great Torrington to Meeth 18km / 11 miles
Michele and Erik walked the Tarka trail, Part 1. …………Have a look at how we got on.
Paul, Mel, George and Ben G. from Hampshire stayed at Moorparks Barn for a short break.
Taken from the guest book.
Day 1. Torrington to Barnstaple. Approx 14 miles, free parking at the Puffin Billy (easy access at this time of year). The whole trail is on good tarmac surface with very few gradients, and is easy riding. It is the most popular part of the trail, with lots of history and fantastic views out over the estuaries, and with many species of wading birds.
There are many places to eat in Instow, but if you can hold out until Fremington Quay you will be rewarded with a nice pub and some really great views over to Chivenor marshes. Onwards to Barnstaple, we started out too late to be able to spend time exploring here, and after coffee and cakes, made the return trip, taking a leisurely 6 1/2 hours.
Day 2. Torrington to Meeth. Approx 11 miles. This part of the trail is altogether a very different ride to day 1, with a more rural feel, and with different riding surfaces, including a reasonable amount of mud and leaves meaning mountain bikes with mud guards are more suitable. There is a long, slow gradient as the track climbs out of Torrington to East Yarde, before the reverse incline down from Petrockstow to Meeth. This part of the trail is not nearly as popular as the Torrington to Barnstaple section – we only saw about a dozen other groups on each leg which gave the boys plenty of time and space to practice their tricks and skills!
We would recommend purchasing the Tarka Trail guide as a comprehensive and easy to follow guide to the trail, and its associated history and ecology.
Great Torrington Golf Club
Great Torrington Golf Club in Torrington, North Devon is owned and managed by its members, and we are justifiably proud of our reputation as a club that offers testing golf on a course that is maintained in excellent condition combined with our warm Torrington hospitality.
Located on heath-land with excellent drainage our course is rarely closed during the winter months. The condition of our course in general and the greens in particular, is renowned throughout the North Devon Golf scene. Whilst it is a challenging course it is also suitable for golfers of all ability.
Green fees are available by the round or by the day and being 9 holes it is particularly suited to 27 hole play with an appropriate ‘comfort break’. ‘Twilight’ green fees are available towards the end of each day throughout the year for golfers who just want a quick 18 holes.
Cobbaton Combat Collection
Military museum and tourist attraction, this North Devon collection covers mostly World War Two and the years 1939 – 1945, but with exhibits from the Boer War right up to the First Gulf War. Ranging from military surplus British Army – plus Canadian and Russian Forces – tanks, guns, helmets, artillery, grenades, and bombs to Home Front ration books, gas masks, ARP and Home Guard uniforms and blackout lamps. In 1981 Preston Isaac’s runaway hobby was opened to the public, and just keeps growing.
On site is a large shop stocking collectors’ items, de-activated guns, inert ammunition, clothing, hats, badges, survival equipment, books, CDs, toys, souvenirs and much more. There is a working NAAFI canteen wagon with seating area, serving hot and cold drinks and snacks seasonally, and a picnic area. The collection has disabled facilities and wheelchair access. Only guide dogs allowed in the buildings.
Instow Beach, North Devon
There is plenty to do for children at Instow Beach and lots of space to play. Activities allowed on the beach include wind surfing and kite surfing while dogs are allowed on the beach from October until April. Easily accessible facilities including a range of food outlets toilets beach shops a slipway and car park make Instow a great destination for a family day out.
Please note: The car park is pay and display, there is a camera at the entrance. You only have a few minutes in the car park before needing a ticket.
The beach front offers an extensive view an expanse of water bright in summer with the sails of catamarans and wind-surfers or if the tide is out a long stretch of golden sand. During the summer months there is a small ferry over to Appledore.
Moorparks went to instow……………. have a look at what’s there.
The Glorious Oyster
Towards the end of Instow Beach, by the car park entrance, is a fantastic seafood and oyster bar. Expect to see; lobster, crab, fish burgers, scallops, squid, oysters, mussels, cockles as well as vegetarian dishes using seaweed & sea vegetables.
Moorparks stopped of for a lunchtime snack…………………this is a must for seafood lovers.
Farmers markets in Devon
Regular Farmers Markets in Devon
- Ashburton Farmers’ Market, Tuckers Yard, Chuley Road, Ashburton, Devon, TQ13 7DG – 5 days a week – Tuesday – Saturday
- Barnstaple Farmers Market, Pannier Market, Barnstaple – Every Tuesday & Friday
- Bideford Farmers’ Market, Market Place, Town Centre, Bideford – Every Tuesday & Saturday
- Bovey Tracey Farmers’ Market, Town Square, Union Street, Bovey Tracey – Alternate Saturdays every month
- Buckfastleigh Farmers’ Market, Near The Globe Inn, Town Centre – Every Thursday
- Budleigh Salterton Farmers’ Market, Polle Car Park, off High Street – Last Friday of every month
- Coombe Martin Farmers’ Market, Village Hall – Every third Saturday of the month
- Crediton Farmers’ Market, The Market Square – Every 1st Saturday of the month
- Cullompton Farmers’ Market, Station Road Car Park, Forge Way – 2nd Saturday of the month
- Dartmouth Farmers’ Market, The Old Market – Every second Saturday of the month
- Exeter Farmers’ Market, Junction of South Street and Fore Street – Every Thursday
- Exmouth Farmers’ Market, The Strand Gardens – 2nd Wednesday every month
- Holsworthy Farmers’ Market, The Square – Every Wednesday
- Honiton Farmers’ Market, Lace Walk car park – Third Thursday of every month
- Ilfracombe Farmers’ Market, St Peters Church, Highfield Road – Every 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month
- Ivybridge Farmers’ Market, Hartford Road Car Park – Third Saturday of every month
- Kingsbridge Farmers’ Market, Town Square – Every first & third Saturday of the month
- Lynton Farmers’ Market, Town Hall – First Saturday of every month
- Newton Abbot Farmers’ Market, Courtnay Street – Every Tuesday
- Okehampton Farmers Market, St. James’ Chapel Square, Fore Street – Every first and third Saturday of the month
- Ottery St Mary Farmers’ Market, Hind Street Car Park – 1st Friday of the month
- Plymouth Farmers’ Market, Town Centre Plaza – Every second & fourth Saturday of the month
- Plymouth Good Food Market, Royal William Yard – First Sunday of every month
- South Molton Pannier Market, Pannier Market – Fourth Saturday of the month
- Tavistock Farmers’ Market, Bedford Square – Every second & fourth Saturday of the month
- Teignmouth Farmers’ Market, The Triangle – Last Saturday of every month
- Tiverton Pannier Market, Pannier Market – Every Tuesday & Friday
- Torquay Farmers’ Market, Union Street – Every Friday
- Totnes Good Food Market, Market Square – Every Third Sunday of the Month
- Widecombe Farmers’ Market, Widecombe-on-the-Moor – Every fourth Saturday of the month
The Big Sheep
When looking for the best Devon days out, The BIG Sheep is an award winning attraction full of fun and laughter for the whole family.
The whole flock are committed to ensuring that everyone in the family has a guaranteed great day out in Devon.
- Archery Tag
- Rampage – Rollercoaster
- Farm Safari Tractor Ride
- Sheep Racing
- Beer Show
- Splash Zone
- Swan Pedalos
- Pony Rides
- Duck Trials
- Lamb Feeding
- Sheep Dog Trials and Training
Air Extreme is the cool new all weather tourist attraction located in the beautiful market town of Barnstaple, North Devon. Our all-weather indoor trampoline park is the place where fun meets the coolest of urban design.
Visitors can enjoy the ultimate wall-to-wall trampoline experience . Air Extreme offer 40 interconnected trampolines, as well as four full-size performance trampolines. Jumpers can enjoy freestyle Air Time, or hone their skills with our giant Air Bag, Tumble Tracks and Air Wall. And for team games with added bounce, we’ve given slam dunk and dodgeball the Air Extreme makeover.
Our facilities are second to none and the design team has gone all out to create a cool, contemporary café. Perched above the trampoline park, the Hangout is the perfect spot to chill out with a cappuccino, while enjoying a bird’s eye view of the action.
We’re very proud of our coffee and the menu also serves up smoothies and retro shakes, local handmade cakes and authentic Italian pizzas.
Trapped Escape Rooms Okehampton
Trapped Escape Rooms
Trapped escape rooms, also known as an “escape game“, is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand.
A rogue agent is destroying the secret service from within,
you must delve deep into the world of espionage to expose the perpetrator, your cover is an unassuming tailors shop but all is not what it seems…
Through a series of puzzles and tasks, you must uncover hidden files which pertain to the agent’s identity, be quick – intelligence has informed you that the agent will return in 60 minutes.
Get out with the files as soon as you can!
Phone to Book: 01837 500123
See how we got on when we tried to escape …………..being trapped!
Appledore village, North Devon
Appledore village is a small fishing village in North Devon where the Taw and Torridge rivers meet. Considered a hidden gem, this friendly town of just over 2,000 inhabitants sits on the Torridge Estuary looking across the river to Instow. The River Torridge runs down from Bideford and joins the broader River Taw which originates on Dartmoor and passes through Barnstaple before the two rivers merge here.
Local novelist, Charles Kingsley, described Appledore as a “little white fishing village” and so it remains even today. Quaint fishermen’s cottages of all sizes line the quay and are popular with artists and holiday makers as well as local families who have lived here for generations.
From April to November there is a ferry (high tide) taking you across to Instow.
We quite often go to Appledore for an afternoon visit……………….here is one trip.
Market Street Kitchen
Running parallel to the main street in a lovely little side street is this cosy little cafe. Great, fresh food in a nice setting.
We stopped in for some lunch during a visit to Appledore…………..have a look here.
Barnstaple Food Market
Barnstaple Food Market
Barnstaple Food market happens every 2nd Sunday of each Month. A Farmer’s and Street Food Market showcasing local producers and features more than 30 local artisans, breweries, street food vendors and more.
It is also a place where you can come to listen to good music have a great coffee, some brilliant food and just relax. Come and see us, soon.
Places to Visit near: Air Extreme,
Westward Ho is made up of a long sandy beach backed by a pebble ridge with Northam Burrows Country Park accessible at one end this beach offers the best of both sand rock pools and nature. RNLI Lifeguard service is available from May to September and the beach is popular with windsurfers surfers and swimmers. Dogs are permitted from October to April on the whole beach and all year round at the Northam Burrows end. There is ample car parking and disabled parking close to the beach.
The wonderful surf that runs on to Westward Ho! draws surfers from miles around and with designated surfing areas the beach caters for every activity. The surf is also home to wild sea bass attracting anglers from all over the country. Equipment for bathing surfing and angling is readily available from local outlets.
After a day at the beach
There are three lovely restaurants which are perfect for a meal after your day out. Morans and The Pier House are in Westward Ho! and The Pig on the Hill just a mile away. (Click for details)
Atlantis Adventure Park
Atlantis Adventure Park is an all weather attraction for all the family located within Atlantic Village outlet shopping centre. A Perfect Opportunity to mix retail therapy for the adults and excitement and thrills for the kids all in one place!
Castle Hill Gardens
Castle Hill was built in 1730 as the Earl Fortescue’s family home in North Devon. The Palladian House in which his descendants the Earl and Countess of Arran are living is set in an 18th century parkland landscape with grass terraces.
Exceptional 50 acre family friendly garden surrounding magnificent Palladian house including Lavender edged herbaceous borders and a water sculpture woodland walks with Daffodils Bluebells Camellias Magnolias Azaleas Eucryphias. Outstanding views Temples and a sham Castle. Castle Hill was built in 1730 as the Earl Fortescue’s family home in North Devon. The Palladian House in which his descendants the Earl and Countess of Arran are living is set in an 18th century parkland landscape with grass terraces and statues leading down to the river and lakes.
To the East side of the house is the Millennium Garden designed by Xa Tollemache a Chelsea Gold Medallist. The large herbaceous borders are edged with box and lavender and an illuminated “topiary” water sculpture was designed and built by Giles Rayner in 2002. From there the path takes you to the formal terraced lawns in front of the house. The eye is then drawn across a small country road by a tree-lined avenue towards the Triumphal Arch built as an eye-catcher and our newly restored temple the Holwell Temple.
Appledore band provides services to the surrounding area playing for church services, parades, carnivals and ship launching! The band has even played for The Prince of Wales on no less than two occasions. Today those same values continue with the newest batch of recruits from the local area learning under guidance from members of the senior band.
Every monday evening between 7pm-9pm the band play on Appledore Quay, between June-August.
Dartmoor National Park
Our closest visitor centre:
Museum of Dartmoor Life
3 West Street
Tel 01837 52295
Westward Ho! Band on the green 2018
On a Thursday evening Bideford Town band play at Westward [email protected]
Bring a chair or rug and come and listen to the Band performing all types of music..
If the weather is wet or too windy, we will perform in the Westward Ho! Baptist Church, by the main car park.
Every Thursday From 7.30 pm – 9.00pm, until 23rd August
North Devon Hawk Walks
North Devon Hawk Walks
A Hawk Walk is a practical, hands-on introduction to falconry.
It takes place any day, all year round. Contact me to arrange a date and time. We fly at various locations and the prices vary accordingly:
There are two locations for the £45 hour- long walk……for 4 people! Bargain!
Riverside Camping site between North and South Molton. We cannot fly here during August or Bank Holidays.
Private land in Withypool, on Exmoor, just outside the village. A couple of very large, sloping fields with spectacular views.
We have various locations for the £85 hour and a half walk.
One takes place on extensive private land in North Molton. This is ideal for those who want to be in the depths of the countryside, away from it all.
Another is Westermill Farm, Exford. A lovely big, secluded site in beautiful surroundings. Unfortunately, this site may not be available from mid-August until February as pheasants are produced there for a local shoot.
Another is Halse Farm in Exmoor, beautiful scenery very near one of the most beautiful small villages on Exmoor.
It’s not just a walk in the country.
It’s not just getting closer than you have ever been to a bird of prey.
It’s not just learning as much as you want about the history and practice of falconry.
You fly the birds, you feed them. While doing this, you can learn as much about falconry and the birds as you wish. ( Or you can just take pictures and admire the birds doing their thing !).
Call for details: North Devon Hawk Walks – 01598 740114
Moorparks went along to try out a Hawk Walk………..see how we got on.
North Devon Archery Academy
North Devon Archery Academy
North Devon Archery provide archery events for all occasions.
A mobile archery company run by experienced and fully qualified coaches.
On holiday in North Devon, arranging a stag or hen do and maybe want to try something a little different ?
We can come to you, if you have a suitable area.
Furthermore, we can arrange somewhere if needed.
“At the Academy we believe in delivering archery sessions which are safe, fun. Most of all we believe that anyone who wants to try archery, can do archery, regardless of age or ability.”
Call Luke in 07780915598
Other attractions within 5 miles: Air Extreme,
Quince Honey Farm
Quince Honey Farm has relocated for 2019 and the brand-new all-weather attraction opens the doors to the public for the first time during the Easter holidays, 6th – 22nd April. Come and visit Devon’s newest attraction and enjoy a full day of activities for all ages.
Visit the Honey Factory for the ‘Products of the Hive’ exhibition, learn all about how bees make honey, enjoy a honey tasting session and roll your own beeswax candle. There are viewing windows into the honey production areas and you can join a guided tour to get a close-up look at how honey is extracted from the hive and then bottled in jars ready for sale in the shop.
The Bee Shed hosts the popular Beekeeping Demos where our team open a beehive from behind protective glass and explain all that you can see – will you find the queen bee?! You can even reach through gloves in the side of the wall to hold a frame of bees. The Be a Beekeeper 30-minute taster session also takes place here, giving you the chance to get suited up in protective clothing and have a go at beekeeping yourself!
Let the young and the young at heart buzz around The Play Hive Adventure Park where you’ll find the ever-popular indoor soft play, Critter Encounters, outdoor play area and lake – a fantastic space for children and families to enjoy together. Plus, the Play Hive Café is available for light bites and drinks.
The centre piece for the new attraction is the beautifully landscaped Nectar Gardens that can be explored and enjoyed all year round. Wander through the hexagonal plots, each with a different theme, and take in the seasonal display of colours and textures, with all plants being bee and pollinator friendly.
While you’re outside make sure you hop on a Beekeeping Tractor Tour to visit the apiary fields and view the fruit orchard and wild-flower meadows surrounding the main complex.
When you need a break, head back to the main entrance where you’ll find the restaurant serving up delicious home-made meals, drinks and special honey cream teas. The perfect place to relax with a cuppa while enjoying views out to the gardens and woodland. And don’t forget to browse the Farm Shop selling a range of seasonal honeys, beeswax candles, honey skincare, gifts and local produce.
Come and discover your new Quince Honey Farm!
Holsworthy Livestock Market
Holsworthy livestock market
OK, so Holsworthy livestock market may seem a strange one to have on the list, but it is a really interesting place and great to see what goes on in a busy livestock auction. After all, we are in the country!
Situated just a stone’s throw from the Town Centre, the Cattle Market is really in the heart of the community. The market serves over 500 people passing through its entrance gates every Wednesday.
Regular auction days see around 2000 – 2500 head of stock going under the hammer to include a large number of dairy cattle which has placed Holsworthy firmly as the principal auction site for dairy stock in Devon & Cornwall.
Moorparks were looking for some new Greyface Dartmoor Sheep………here was our trip.
The Milky Way Adventure Park
If you’re looking for fun days out and things to do in Devon, The Milky Way Adventure Park has it all! Ride the Cosmic Typhoon roller coaster, have a bumping good time on the droid destroyer dodgems and go wild in North Devon’s biggest indoor adventure play area with assault courses & slides built for adults & children. Kick back & watch our amazing live shows featuring Merlin from Britain’s Got Talent, plus fantastic displays from the North Devon Bird of Prey Centre.
At The Milky Way we’ve got attractions to suit all ages, whatever the weather. With over 110,000 sq ft of indoor fun & acres of outdoor activities, The Milky Way theme park is the biggest all weather, family day out in North Devon! There are so many things to do plus ALL the rides are included in the entrance fee! Your adventure awaits… are you ready?
Castle Drogo, National Trust
Nothing is normal. Dramatic castle Drogo overlooking
the Teign Gorge, undergoing a conservation project to make it watertight
We’re staying open during the conservation work, giving you the opportunity to go behind the scenes. Inside the castle has been redisplayed, you will see elements of the collection brought together in creative ways, and darkened spaces brought to life revealing new aspects of Drogo’s remarkable story.
Discover the beautiful Lutyens-designed terraced garden with dramatic views of Dartmoor. There’s plenty to see from the rose garden to the quaint Bunty House (Wendy House) complete with its own miniature garden.
Below the castle you can follow the winding paths into the sheltered Teign Valley. Explore this ancient gorge, teeming with wildlife as you follow the trails along the river.
Recharge at the café with a traditional Devon cream tea or tuck into a slice of cake. At our gift shop and plant centre you can pick up a wide range of plants, books, cards and locally produced food.
Set into a steep hillside, Clovelly is one of the best known and most unusual villages in the North Devon. The cobbled high street winds its way down the hillside through traditional 16th century whitewashed cottages decked with fuchsias and geraniums. This street drops 400ft in the half mile down to the small harbour.
Visitors have to park at the top of the hill next to the Heritage Centre as traffic is banned from the high street. There is a Land Rover service which ferries visitors up and down via a back road, for those not wishing to negotiate the steep hill on foot. This service takes visitors as far as the Red Lion beside the harbour. At one time, donkeys used to be used to take visiting tourists down into the village, but these have now been retired.
All deliveries for people living in Clovelly have to be taken down the hill by sledge. These sledges can be seen at the side of the cottages by anyone walking down through the village towards the harbour. This ban on traffic has preserved the atmosphere of the village. The lower part of the village has been saved from development by the Hamlyn family, the local landowners. There are no holiday cottages allowed in the main village and no concessions to the tourist industry. Consequently, the picture postcard village is still a living village, where fishermen still mend their nets on the quay.
Saunton Sands Beach
An idyllically situated beach, Saunton Sands is over 3 miles of stunning golden sand.
In 1943–44, over 10,000 American GIs descended on the village of Braunton and trained for the D-Day landings amongst the dunes of Saunton Beach…
Now Saunton Sands plays host to some of the best surf in the country – when the conditions are right!
There are long stretches of water which are perfect for swimmers and surfers and is more suited to beginners and intermediate surfers than the northern Croyde Bay.
Robbie Williams is a fan of Saunton Sands using it for his ‘Angels’ video.
There are a range of food outlets, toilets and beach shops with easy disabled access. Saunton is currently the only beach in North Devon to have a Landeez all terrain wheelchair. This wheelchair will allow those who are less abled or disabled to have full enjoyment of the beach as it is able to traverse all areas and to be used in the shallows of the sea.
Dogs are allowed on the beach all year. You can take a refreshing walk to Crow Point which will provide some amazing views across the coastline.
Beaches nearby: Croyde Beach, Putsborough Beach
Arlington Court – National Trust
Arlington Court is an unexpected jewel: a complete family estate. The intimate Regency house contains treasures for all tastes, from model ships to shells, all collected by the Chichesters. Offering incident and contrast, the 19th-century picturesque garden is a perfect place to explore, picnic or play. The walled kitchen garden provides fruit and vegetables for the tea-room and flowers for the house. The tranquil estate, abundant with wildlife, includes an ancient heronry. The Carriage Museum in the stables, has a vehicle for every occasion from cradle to grave.
Our old kitchen Tearoom serves a range of over 15 different types of homemade cakes, biscuits and freshly baked scones. Hot specials of the day available 12noon-2pm. We use local suppliers and our own walled garden produce.
Croyde Bay is very popular with swimmers more experienced surfers and sunbathers and rated as one of the best surfing beaches in the world. There is an RNLI Lifeguard service available from May to September throughout Easter weekend all October weekends and October Half Term.
There are good rock pools at either end of the beach several public footpaths around the village and in particular walks to Baggy Point which offer spectacular views. With dogs allowed October to April activities such as swimming surfing fishing and surfboard/canoe hire all available and a range of food outlets toilets shops a slipway and beach car park with disabled parking Croyde is the perfect holiday destination.
Croyde Surf Academy
At the Academy we will assist you in progressing to the next level, from Beginner to Advanced for all ages 5 to 85. We are open all year round.
Our belief is that everyone has their own strengths and abilities and we look to utilise these during your lessons. Our Head Coach Carlo Fusie-Ferrero has been surfing in Croyde for the past 20 years and specialises in Intermediate to Advanced courses for existing surfers – offering group and private tuition.
Telephone 01271 320 218
Watermouth Castle and Family Theme Park
Watermouth castle and Family Theme Park takes you back in time to the simple pleasures of Victorian life. With animated scenes, a model railway, mechanical musical instruments, including a piano and banjo that will play itself, you can see the curios of the past come to life!
Then make it out of the dungeon labyrinth to a wonderful theme park set in a beautiful natural valley. You can’t help to be amazed at some of the breath taking views we have of the superb North Devon Coast.
Putsborough Sands Beach
Three miles of golden sands stretching north towards Woolacombe and Morte Point and south towards Baggy Point make up Putsborough. It is one of the finest delightful beaches in the South west the sea is inviting the surf of the highest quality and the surroundings are simply stunning. It is perfect for walkers and children due to the plentiful supply of rock pools to discover.
Putsborough is on the south side of Woolacombe and being farther away from the hotels shops and cafes means that the beach is usually quieter than neighbouring beaches. The golden long sweeping sands are renowned for their cleanliness and beauty. This beach provides superb bathing and the rolling waves of the Atlantic makes this a surfer’s paradise. It is popular with swimmers, surfers, windsurfers and sea canoeists. There is a beach car park with disabled spaces however direct beach access involves some steps. Surfboard hire is available on the beach and Dogs are permitted from October to April. It is truly a beautiful beach with all the facilities for a great day out.
Watermouth cove offers a very sheltered secluded harbour shielded by the natural breakwater of Sexton’s Burrows as well as picture-perfect views.
This has created an ecosystem for many rare marine species attracting many boats to moor there. The bay is located within the hamlet of Watermouth between Hele Bay and Combe Martin. The settlement’s Edwardian castle just over the road from the harbour Watermouth Castle is currently used as a family theme park.
This exciting award winning all weather educational attraction provides a fascinating insight into the watery world around North Devon. The aquarium houses a diverse collection of local aquatic life in beautifully recreated natural habitats. The exhibits provide visitors with a unique zoned journey experience from the source of an Exmoor stream down river to an estuary local rock pool harbour coast to Lundy & its marine reserve. Complimentary children’s quizzes are offered on entry. The aquarium also offers a funky fish retail area where good value unusual aquatic themed gifts can be purchased. A small cafe with sheltered outside seating provides quality refreshments light snacks and luxury local dairy ice cream in a relaxing environment.
As you descend the hill on your approach to Hartland Quay with the horizon of the Atlantic Ocean and the vast panorama from Lundy Island to Cornwall stretched ahead of you, a very warm welcome awaits. Where better to experience the Atlantic Ocean in all its beauty than Hartland Quay. From the clear, calm, blue seas to the raging fury of the huge breakers crashing with their full force against this tiny headland, there is nowhere in the British Isles more spectacular to visit.
Come inside to warm up with a good pub lunch on a cold day. Relax at a table outside in the sun and eat your meal looking out to sea. Sit on the Quay with a drink watching the sun disappear over the horizon or swim in the sea on a calm day. At low tide there is plenty of sand and fascinating rock pools for children to enjoy.
With access to the South West Coast Path both North and South from the Quay, it makes an ideal start/finish point for a wide variety of walks. Whether you enjoy a long, energetic walk, taking in the fresh sea air and stunning views, or a gentle stroll alongside the sea , the local area is abundant with fascinating wildlife, attractions and places to visit, ideal for all ages.
Wild Pear Beach
After completing the testing and steep walk of approximately 2kms you are free to enjoy what is a wonderfully quiet and peaceful little beach. The rocky beach protected from the offshore wind by the cove creating a prefect area for sunbathing. It is a place of beauty and you will find lost in the sound and calming effect of the fresh water running in streams down the slate cliffs at the back of the beach. Due to its natural seclusion the beach is very popular with naturists you can see the beach from the coastal path above but only from a great distance. It is completely private apart from the daily pass by of “The Queen of Cornwall”. This is a pleasure boat that sails from Ilfracombe coming in close to the beach as it passes.
Barricane beach (also known as Combesgate beach) not only offers a picturesque landscape tucked in between the rocks but is famous for cowries and other exotic sea shells. These shells have travelled off the shore of a Caribbean island thousands of miles across the Atlantic to be dropped in near-perfect condition in this tiny little inlet on the North Devon coast.
This explains the Caribbean origins of the beaches name ‘Barricane’ and its designation of a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Set in a bay half a mile from the main Woolacombe beach Barricane Bay is great for rock pooling and popular among surfers. Despite the lack of lifeguards there are some good coastal walks towards Mortehoe and the water quality is MCS Recommended.
With shops available car parking available near the beach and dogs permitted from October to April and on a lead in May to September; this is a great place for swimmers and surfers alike however the beach is not accessible at high tide when it transforms into a natural pool. Good for shells.
Combe Martin Beach
A large area of sand set in Combe Martin a small resort town located at the western edge of the Exmoor National Park is the home of this particular beach. Facilities include available food shops car parks within the town and a nearby campsite. Dogs are allowed on the beach from October to April and the beautiful coastal walks add to the charm of the surrounding area.
The beach is also good for families due to the vast stretch of sand and rock pools that will keep children entertained for hours. It is a superb family beach a favourite of many locals understandably as it is located within the Heritage Coast and in an area of outstanding Natural Beauty. It boasts some of the finest scenery and includes the reputedly highest sea cliffs in England.
The unspoilt beach below is mainly shingle and pebbles at the top but at low tide reveals plenty of clean golden sand and an abundance of rock pools and deep caves this offers hours of fun and exploration. It is child friendly as the weir creates ideal water for swimming free from strong currents. Combe Martin itself is 2.5 miles away from the beach and offers a Wildlife and Dinosaur Park.
Woolacombe Beach is one of the finest beaches in the West Country. It is easy to see why it has won numerous awards. This three-mile long stretch of golden sand is renowned for it’s cleanliness, water quality and facilities.
Life guards ensure safe family swimming during the summer. Surfers come from all over the country to enjoy the great waves and clean water.The rolling surf brings unbroken Atlantic breakers from across thousands of miles of ocean to pound on this three-mile long stretch of golden sand. The sheer length of the beach means it is possible to find quiet places in the surf even at the height of summer. This is one of the reasons it is fast becoming renowned as an international surfing hotspot.
Geographically the beach lies between the rugged unspoilt Baggy and Morte Points. The rolling surf brings unbroken Atlantic breakers from across thousands of miles of ocean to pound on the golden sand.
Easy access and three large car parks are available with space for 3000 cars including disabled parking.
Lydford Gorge, National Trust
Lydford Gorge, a short walk to see the Devil’s Cauldron starts at around 1500 steps. Although you have to factor in some pretty steep sections to get back out of the gorge which will help raise your heart rate. In the Cauldron the bare rocks of the gorge rise up high on either side of you, maybe take a moment to close your eyes – what can you hear or feel around you?
A walk to see the Whitelady Waterfall is slightly longer at around 2500 steps and you can vary the route to take in the bird hide and miss the steps if you choose. For those wanting a cardio workout try going up the 200 plus uneven steps to get back out. Just be aware in the narrow sections of the people heading down.
Take a rest near the river to try some forest bathing, don’t worry it doesn’t involve getting wet unless it’s raining. At the end of the walk you can take a Devon cream tea in the cafe.
The Miniature Pony Centre Dartmoor
A great day out in Devon, for all the family!
The miniature pony centre sits on the edge of wild and magical Dartmoor in Devon is a hidden gem of all things small, cute and cuddly.
Can you imagine being able to go into a paddock and to be surrounded by miniature ponies and tiny foals? The joy of being able to stroke and cuddle them is something to remember forever.
The Miniature Pony Centre is an animal lover’s idea of heaven located in the heart of Dartmoor National Park!
Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park
Ever been inside a meerkats desert enclosure? Fed a lemur or a wallaby? Watched a sea lion play copycat with it’s trainer or watched a full sized T-Rex come back to life? If not then a visit to our park is a must! Watch our impressive lions and wolves. Catch our otters feeding monkeys playing and white wolves howling. Take part in the amazing sea lion show and the animal handling experiences. There are talks shows and animal encounters throughout the day to keep the whole family entertained. Come and witness conservation in action – we’re involved in a number of worldwide breeding programs and in saving several endangered species and rescued animals. Spend a day of discovery in our stunning park set within a beautiful valley with natural cascading streams and waterfalls tropical trees and plants and an abundance of indigenous and exotic wildlife.There are 28 acres of gardens and woodland walks for you to enjoy and many rare and unusual trees including the critically endangered wollemi pine the ginko tree the indian bean tree and the giant redwood. But make sure you keep an eye out for the Dinosaurs!
Mortehoe beach (Rockham)
Mortehoe beach is a small secluded bay with good rock pools. The sandy rocky beach comprises of the perfect combination for some fabulous hidden rock pools teaming with creatures waiting to be discovered. The beach is dog friendly meaning four legged friends are allowed all year round. Access is by foot only however with car parking available in Mortehoe but with coastal walks that offer such breathtaking scenery exploring it by car will be the last thing on your mind. The walk to Rockham bay itself is not too strenuous as there are three flights of steep steps to reach the beach itself but it is still a 2km walk. However as you proceed carefully down you are rewarded with clumps of lovely wild flowers growing on the cliffs. High tide is not the ideal time to visit as access is restricted but at all other times there is much to explore – plenty of rock pools many quite deep interesting rock formations and plenty of sand for children to play on.
Hand carved in the 1820’s, the four tunnels provide a truly unique experience. Read extensive history information throughout the site – including hilarious guides to Victorian etiquette for boys, girls and for when boating with ladies!
Learn how local entrepreneurs developed the tunnels and pools, and transformed Ilfracombe from a small fishing village into a popular seaside tourist resort.
Sit back and admire the lovely rugged scenery while the kids play safely in the tidal pool or explore our fantastic rock pools – we’ve been rated the 3rd best beach for rock pooling in the UK by BBC Wildlife Magazine.
Docton Mill Gardens & Tea Rooms
Docton Mill Wild Flower Gardens are situated in North Devon (UK) in a stunning valley, 1000m from the coast. The Garden started in the 1930’s but fell into disrepair in the 1970’s. 1980 saw the Mill renovated and Garden cleared with extensive planting and the creation of a new Bog Garden and borders, vast numbers of trees were planted. The start of the new Millennium saw developments including a new Magnolia Garden with large Herbaceous borders, Woodland Garden and Greenhouse area enabling more extensive plant propagation.
The Wild Flower Gardens theme is to make everything as natural as possible. In spring there are displays of narcissi, primulas, camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas with bluebells covering the woods. In summer the garden abounds with roses, there is a rose bank of Felicia and Pax and adjacent to this is the Herbaceous border. In this field there are 25 varieties of magnolia – truly a garden to give variety throughout the seasons.
Sheepdog & Falconry display
Sheepdog & Falconry display
The sheepdog show will once again be in the company of David Kennard, and his trusty team of working collies. With top dog ‘Sweep’ working far into the distance, apprentice sheepdogs Mirk and Jem who are just beginning to master the art of sheepdoggery, and Alfie with his hilarious duck antics, you’ll be amazed by the skills of the Borough Farm sheepdogs
Our Falconry display will this year be performed by North Devon Falconer Martin Simkins. With his fantastic ‘fast and furious’ falcons, magnificent Eagle owl, and the delightful ‘Boris’ the Little owl, it’s a display that will live long in the memory.
The Sheepdog & Falconry display is on from May to September
The displays will take place every Wednesday evenings at 6pm. We hope you’ll be able to join us for an evening of amazing sheepdogs and breath-taking falconry.
We went to see the show, have a look…………….here.
Farmyard Show, North Devon
Join us for a morning of Farmyard fun at Borough Farm as the sheepdog Alfie attempts to rescue Jemima the Duck in the castle. Part sheepdog show,with a hint of pantomime and with help from Mary, the fairy pig mother, Felicity the Cart Sheep, and a host of others the Farmyard Show makes a morning that you’ll remember.
Teas, Coffees and amazing Farmhouse cakes are served from 10.30 am, with a farm fresh barbecue served after the show. You can stay and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Borough Valley on the North Devon coast.
Every Tuesday morning 11am from July to August
Exmoor Zoological Park
Exmoor Zoo is a special place that enables you to get up close and personal! Opened in 1982 the zoo is now an ideal family venue especially for the kids. The zoo is always changing so no repeat visit is ever the same. Exmoor Zoo is different neither a wildlife park or a city zoo but a more friendly and contact orientated zoo which has grown into the North Devon countryside. You get to meet the animals join in the handling sessions touch a snake hold a spider feed a wallaby and learn about the animals during talks and feed times.
Ilfracombe, Music on the Bandstand
Every summer Ilfracombe presents a series of Sunday afternoon performances on The Bandstand in Runnymede Gardens on The Seafront in July and August, performances are from 2pm to 4pm. There is some seating although some prefer to sit on the grass. These performances are sponsored by local businesses and organisations and are therefore totally free – although you may find someone rattling a tin!.
Bands range from Jazz to brass and youth bands including Ilfracombe’s own District Youth Band – Blazing Sounds. Blazing Sounds also plays on the bandstand on Thursday evenings, alternate weeks from the beginning of June and then every week during the school summer holidays.
July 7th Two Rivers Wind Ensemble 2pm to 4pm
July 14th All Things Morris Weekend 11am to 3pm
July 21st Blazing Sounds Youth Band 2pm to 4pm
July 28th Bideford Town Band 2pm to 4pm
August 4th South Molton Town Band 2pm to 4pm
August 11th Town Rivers Wind Ensemble 2pm to 4pm
August 18th Bideford Town Band 2pm to 4pm
August 25th Blazing Sounds Youth Band 2pm to 4pm
Always weather permitting
Lee Bay Beach
This wonderfully secluded beach regarded by some as ‘the jewel in the crown of Lee’ is located 2 miles West of Ilfracombe a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. You will find yourself bordered on three sides by rolling Devonshire countryside and on the fourth by the Bristol Channel.
The picturesque village of Lee enjoys a maritime climate heavily wooded in places offering some stunning local walks. During the flowering season many of the village hedgerows are ablaze with the scarlet flowers causing Lee to be locally referred to as “Fuchsia Valley”. However bathers should be aware there are no lifeguards and the area is known for its strong currents.
Rock Climbing Taster Sessions
We are running our very popular Rock Climbing Taster Sessions over the Summer Holidays. The session will run for 2 hours and is perfect way to have a go at Rock Climbing outdoors.
These were really popular over the Easter Break & May Half-Term so booking is essential and spaces are limited.
These sessions will run from Monday 7th August until Sunday 13th August 10am till 12pm and 2pm till 4pm.
Our sessions on Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th August are our Rock Adventure Sessions £15pp.
These can be booked here:
Price is £10pp this includes all safety equipment. This activity is suitable for all ages and abilities (youngest we had was 4 years old !!)
If you would like more information message us or email us at [email protected]
Cholwell Riding Stables
Cholwell Riding Stables is a family-run business that has been providing escorted rides and riding lessons on Dartmoor for nearly forty years.
Situated on the A386 between Okehampton and Tavistock, next to the famous ‘Wheal Betsy’ Silver Lead mine, we are perfectly located to ride straight out onto Dartmoor with no need for any road work. This allows you to enjoy your whole ride on the moor and admire its breathtaking views (weather permitting!)
We cater for all types of rider from the complete novice to the most experienced rider and have a wide selection of quality, fit and well-mannered horses.
Moorparks went for a trot across the moors…………. See how we got on.
Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre
Nestling in the West Devon Countryside, the Fairground Heritage Centre offers over 45,000 square feet of indoor displays and provides a unique opportunity to view our Fairground and Industrial Heritage in a beautiful rural location. Working and static fairground exhibits offer a fun and informative day out for all the family.
There will be special themed events throughout the season, in addition to which we are open every day from April through to the end of October and weekends in November and December . Come along and pay us a visit – it’s a great day out for all the family.
Book ONLINE to get discounts on tickets.
Also worth checking Groupon as they also list discounts too
Surrounded by the spectacular wooded hills of Exmoor National Park Lynmouth offers some of the best cliff top drives and walks around leaving the pebbled beach more often occupied by walkers than by sun bathers.
If caught correctly Lynmouth can produce some excellent surf conditions at low tide this is often the best biggest and fastest wave in Lynmouth.
This shingle beach is situated along a straight section of coastline and is backed by spectacular wooded hills and served by a unique cliff railway from Lynton. It is predominantly used by tourists and fishermen and has a standard of mandatory water quality. Its facilities include toilets and a slipway as well as a car park containing disabled spaces. Positioned on the South West Coast path it is popular with dog walkers especially due to the fact that dogs are allowed throughout the year.
Watersmeet – National Trust
Dramatic river gorge, ancient woodlands, tea garden and shop in stunning surroundings
Take a stroll around the 2,000 acres of Watersmeet and Countisbury, a haven for wildlife with breathtaking views.
On Exmoor, Watersmeet is the meeting place of the East Lyn river and Hoar Oak Water.
Explore the rich woodlands of the Lyn Valley and stroll along the riverside at Lynmouth, Combe Park and Rockford.
As a contrast, the South West Coast Path runs along the dramatic Glenthorne Cliffs, towards Devon’s most northerly outcrop, Foreland Point.
Watersmeet is part of the North Devon coast managed by the National Trust.
Have a look at when we went to Watersmeet.
Walking in Dartmoor National Park, Pork Hill
Walking in Dartmoor National Park, Pork Hill
Wild, open moorlands and deep river valleys, with a rich history and rare wildlife, Dartmoor is a unique place
Dartmoor is a moor in southern Devon. Protected by National Park status as Dartmoor National Park, it covers 954 km2 (368 sq mi).
The granite which forms the uplands dates from the Carboniferous Period of geological history. The moorland is capped with many exposed granite hilltops known as tors, providing habitats for Dartmoor wildlife. The highest point is High Willhays, 621 m (2,037 ft) above sea level. The entire area is rich in antiquities and archaeology.
Dartmoor is managed by the Dartmoor National Park Authority, whose 22 members are drawn from Devon County Council, local district councils and Government.
Parts of Dartmoor have been used as military firing ranges for over 200 years. The public is granted extensive land access rights on Dartmoor (including restricted access to the firing ranges) and it is a popular tourist destination.
For more information: Dartmoor National Park
Have a look how we got on when we took a trip to ………Dartmoor
Tavistock Farmers Market
Voted the ‘Best Farmers’ market in the south west.
9am – 2pm every 2nd, 4th and 5th Saturday
Tavistock Farmers’ Market is a treasure trove of fresh, local food, drink and plants direct from the producer.
Everything you find on sale is produced within the local area, and our stallholders are the farmers, growers or producers themselves. All products sold have been grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stallholders. Please feel free to browse, taste and ask us questions. We are passionate about what we do and love to talk about it!
We feature both regular and guest producers who work tirelessly to bring you the best local produce. See our Stallholder page to find out which producers are currently with us and which markets they attend. We only cancel the market when it gets very windy so please come to support us whatever the weather – we’re a great day out even in the rain! Being in the heart of the bustling historic market town means that we are a short walk away from everything else that the town has to offer.
Home to England’s highest manmade waterfall, Canonteign Falls is a magnificent example of a Victorian folly set in a magical natural paradise. The waterfalls themselves descend for over 70m making this one of the most breathtaking attractions in Devon and providing a wonderful day out for all the family.
High Season and School Holidays
Monday-Sunday 10am – 5:00pm
In times of heavy rain, high winds and due to the nature of our location, it may be necessary to close Canonteign Falls for health and safety reasons.
Lynton & Barnstaple Railway
Visit the legendary Lynton & Barnstaple railway at Woody Bay Station. A mile of the original route has been reopened with steam train services. The route offers stunning views of the Bristol Channel. You can alight at Killington Lane & return to Woody Bay.
Dartmeet, Dartmoor National Park
In the middle of Dartmoor National Park is a famous beauty spot, where east and west branches of the River Dart meet in a steep, wooded valley. There is a fine example of a stone clapper bridge and many choose to gather here to picnic, laze in the sunshine or head off across the moor. Nearby is the wonderfully unique Pixieland and also Brimpts Farm with it’s tea room. Here too, among the outstanding views, is Badgers Holt, tearoom, cafe and welcome respite for weary travellers.
Horse Drawn Barge trip, Tiverton
Home to one of the last Horse-Drawn Barges in Great Britain
Located in Mid Devon on the banks of the beautiful Grand Western Canal, Tiverton Canal Co is a truely unique Living Heritage Tourist Attraction that offers an enjoyable family day out for everyone that loves Boats, Horses, Wildlife and Water, with FREE ACCESS to the Canal Park all year round.
Horse Drawn Barge
Canal side Cafe bar
Rowing boat hire
Our most loved and popular trip is a 2½ hr return where the barge travels for one hour to East Manley, turns around and then moors up, allowing you the opportunity to take a short walk to see the aqueduct (designed by Brunel’s team of railway engineers), or talk to the horse as he rests for a while under the shade of a tree.
During your special journey, you will hear memorable tales, anecdotes and historical facts about the horse-drawn barge and the Grand Western Canal. There is often two minutes silence, where the peace and tranquility of travelling by horse-drawn barge can be fully appreciated.
We tried the trip and had a lovely afternoon. Have a look at some of the pictures from our trip Here.
Welcome to Morwellham – Working Village, Mine & Craft Centre
Step back in time and try our many hands on activities, take a ride on our unique copper mine train that travels underground and experience what life was like for miners 200 years ago. Morwellham provides an interactive, educational and fun packed experience for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Morwellham is an award-winning attraction which forms part of a World Heritage site, featuring, historic port, village and copper mine that was a thriving hub of activity in the Victorian period.
Go Segway Exeter
Go Segway Exeter
The Segway is a two-wheeled electric vehicle. It was supposed to be a convenient way to travel around towns and cities.
It is a self-balancing device.
The motorised scooter uses gyroscopes to remain upright and is controlled by the direction in which the rider leans.
Riders lean backwards, forwards and to the left and right using a thin handlebar attached to a pole.
The Segway has a top speed of around 12.5 mph.
Halden forrest is a fabulous destination for this fun activity.
Have a look how we got on…………here.
Call to book: 01392 660239 / 07545 917416
Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre
We run a unique bird of prey and horse riding centre with farmhouse bed & breakfast on Exmoor, within the Exmoor National Park, situated far away from the crowds in the peaceful Porlock Vale, one mile from Porlock and five miles from Minehead, just off the A39 between Allerford & Bossington. If you want peace and tranquility surrounded by idyllic countryside, you will love your visit here.
You can visit for the day and enjoy the amazing 2pm ‘Afternoon with the Brids’ display when Rod will fly several of his birds right up to your tables and around your feet. This is a unique experience that all the family can enjoy.
If you wish to fly birds you can book into our various bird experiences which take place every morning, ranging from a one hour bird of prey experience to a full day.
The farmhouse is of special historical interest dating back to the Medieval period with exceptional barns and outbuildings unrivalled in the area. It forms part of the National Trust Holnicote Estate, and is a wonderful ancient farmhouse offering lovely tea gardens and bed & breakfast.
If you wish to ride horses across wonderful Exmoor countryside then you will enjoy riding our barefoot horses, gentle, well-mannered, yet forward going, offering some of the best riding in the area. It is little wonder that many of our visitors come from all over the world!
Doc Martin – Port Isaac
Port Isaac is a traditional fishing village with a vibrant local community in north Cornwall and home to the TV series Doc Martin starring Martin Clunes. It’s a truly picturesque village with narrow winding streets lined with whitewashed cottages that head down to the harbour where you can watch local fishermen landing their daily catch of fish, crab and lobsters.
Port Isaac is set amidst rugged and magnificent scenery on Cornwall’s North coast with two beautiful ports nearby; Port Quin and Port Gaverne.
Le Hilleton, Grignols, France
OK, maybe not so local.
Le Hilleton is a one bedroom holiday gite on the edge of the quiet village of Grignols, south of France. There is a lounge/dining room and separate kitchen. The large double bedroom has an en-suite bathroom.
The sun terrace is just outside the door and large peaceful garden of over 25 acres to wander and wonder!
It can be a fantastic drive down through the French countryside (we’ve done it a few times following the coast) or you can hire a car at the airports.
This is where we go to relax.
Mandy and Alan are the owners…….. and Michele’s sister and brother in law!