Looking for somewhere to entertain the children? Read on to discover the best family attractions in the area, whatever the weather.
Woodlands Leisure Park
Blackawton, Totnes TQ9 7DQ
Woodlands is the largest family fun filled theme park Devon has to offer, a day out for all. With indoor and outdoor rides, a zoo farm, play areas throughout and acres of outdoor space with exciting water.
With themed events throughout the year, you won’t be disappointed, but be sure to book online, not only to save the disappointment during peak season nut to receive the online discount.
A family day out, rain or shine.
Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat
Dartmouth, Kingswear, Totnes, Paignton, Torquay, Brixham & Churston
Station Road, Totnes
Dartmouth Steam Railway steams through the glorious South Devon coastline, with the option of travelling on a steam train, boat or paddle steamer. Travelling seven miles along the South Devon coast and into the Dart Valley with all the delights of Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Dartmouth and the River Dart, Kingswear and Totnes in one day.
From late November the must-see event ‘train of lights’ is one to not to miss from your diaries
Totnes Road, Paignton TQ4 7EU
Daily 10:00am – Last entry 3:30pm. Zoo closes 6:00pm. These times may vary.
This Zoo is part of South West Environmental Parks Ltd, owned by Wild Planet Trust which is a registered charity. With over 2,500 animals across 80 acres, you’re in for an exciting full day out. With allocated habitats from Savannah, Wetlands to the tropical forest and even indoor, outdoor play areas you won’t be bored.
0844 893 7938
Open Daily 10am – 5pm / last entry 4pm
The UK’s largest aquarium, located in Plymouth and ran by the Ocean Conservation Trust. Hours can be spent watching the shark’s, jellyfish, and various other fish. The aquarium is Accessible Friendly and perfect for all age groups. With an indoor soft play area and plenty of engaging opportunities to learn and explore, a café and a gift shop to take a souvenir home. Offering themed events throughout the year, from talks to yoga to dining in the aquarium itself.
National Marine Aquarium, Rope Walk, Coxside, Plymouth
Pennywell Farm & Wildlife Centre, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0LT
Pennywell Farm is a fun and popular day out for all the family and famous for its miniature pigs. From diggers to feedings the lambs, there is something for everyone. The farm sets out daily events, from egg collecting, pond dipping, piggy cuddles to pig racing.
River Dart Country Park
River Dart Country Park. TQ13 7NP
Mon – Sun: 10am – Dusk
Parking £10 per day
Set in 90 acres of parkland within Dartmoor, this adventure park brings together a selection of great outdoor activities, including pirate ships, mini zip wire, bike trails, snake slides, toddler sand pits.
Pirates Bay Adventure Golf
Esplanade Road, Paignton, TQ4 6AG
Monday – Saturday 9.30am-10pm
A beautifully landscaped 18-hole pirates bay Adventure Golf Course situated on Paignton Seafront. Prices starting from £2 and open for not just family days out, but parties and evening fun.
Totnes Rare Breeds Farm
Littlehempston, Totnes, TQ9 6LZ
The rare breeds farm is a small but great hands-on attraction. Located beside the stream railway, you can enjoy the scenic arrival the beautiful surrounds have to offer. Walk with the goats and feed the sheep, before you sit down to cuddle a guinea pig.
Bumble Play Cafe
111 Fore Street, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 1AB
Bumble is an indoor soft play facility suitable for 0–7-year-olds with cafe and children’s hair salon. Also available for private hire, it’s certainly creating a buzz about Kingsbridge.
91 Ilsham Rd, Torquay TQ1 2JF
Open, Tuesday – Sunday
Closed on a Monday
Step into the stone age…
Kents Cavern is one of the most important Stone Age sites in Europe and one of Britain’s best showcaves! On your visit you’ll go back to a time when the cave was home to ancient humans, sheltering from extreme weather, making fires, shaping tools and hunting Ice Age animals. As you walk through the extensive labyrinth of caverns, you’ll be surrounded by 400-million-year-old rocks and spectacular stalagmites and stalactites, noticeable for its archaeological and geological features.
China Blue Pottery Painting & Café
Station Road, Totnes, TQ9 5JR
Mon – Sat: 9:00am – 5.00pm Sun: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Step into Aladdin’s cave, with many home and accessories, you won’t leave empty handed. The ceramic studio is open daily, choose a pottery of your choice to paint, make your own pottery or create a memory with a special hand plaque.
Wild Thyme Deli & Kitchen, the onsite, relaxed café offers brunch, lunch, cakes, coffee and more.