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Winter Activities to try in Barnstaple

Thinking of heading to Barnstaple this winter and looking for some fun activities to try?  Look no further!  There is so much to explore in the Barnstaple area whilst keeping warm from the cold weather.  Keep reading to find out the winter activities to try in Barnstaple on Your Devon Escape.


Book a jump session and experience eight adrenaline-filled activities, freestyle across a sea of wall-to-wall interconnected trampolines and bounce high to the latest tunes.  Practice your tricks with a soft landing.  They offer jump sessions from eighteen months plus, from mini air sessions to disco sessions and sibling sessions.  You can also hire out the place for a private group booking if you desire.  Whatever your age or bounce ability, you’ll have an amazing time at Air Extreme.  If you are looking for winter activities to try in Barnstaple and want something adrenaline-filled, check out Air Extreme.


Exmoor Zoo is constantly changing with new animals and exhibits so, even if you’ve been before, your next trip will be different.  The zoo has always specialised in smaller animals, providing natural living spaces for many creatures no longer seen in city zoos; however, they still have bigger animals to admire.  They offer daily and monthly activities such as talks, animal encounters, and events.  These are always shown on their website, so be sure to check what is on for your visit!  Tickets can be bought online or on the day of visit.  Open all year round, if you are looking for winter activities to try in Barnstaple, Exmoor Zoo offers a day of fun for all ages.


The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon has collections and displays that cover the natural and human history of North Devon.  Highlights include the Tarka Gallery, the Story of North Devon and the Regimental Collection of the Royal Devon Yeomanry.  The museum includes a gift shop, tearooms, and tourist information.  The museum always has a selection of temporary exhibitions, so be sure to check out those too when visiting.  The museum is free entry to all.  To find out more head to their website.


One of the best things to do on a cold winter’s day in Barnstaple is check out the Rock and Rapid Adventures.  It is a sure way to turn a freezing day into an epic adventure.  Book a climbing taster session with a qualified instructor and see how high you can climb on their indoor rock wall.  The wall features climbs of varying difficulty depending on your ability or how adventurous you are feeling.  Or head into their bouldering cave to try some short, challenging routes.  You’ll forget about the cold completely while you’re pushing yourself on the wall.  There is also a café if climbing isn’t for everyone in the group.  If you are looking for adrenaline-filled winter activities to try in Barnstaple, this is one to be sure to check out.


Barnstaple is brimming with a wide selection of shops, from high-end chains to small independents.  With an eclectic mix, it offers a unique experience for everyone.  Whether you are after a small momentum to remember Your Devon Escape by or some serious retail therapy, you will find it in this delightful town.  Be sure to check out Barnstaple Pannier Market, with its over 150 years of history.  Before supermarkets, Pannier Market was the best source for daily goods; today it is still home to many local suppliers but with a wider selection of goods and crafts.  Be sure to explore this unique market on Your Devon Escape.


If you are looking for indoor winter activities in Barnstaple, The Big Sheep is the place to be.  Home to one of the biggest indoor playgrounds in the South West, to the chance to feed animals in the indoor animal barn, you’ll barely notice the cold at The Big Sheep.  EWEtopia is one of the biggest all-weather attractions and is perfect for all ages.  Grown-ups can be big kids again, sliding down the multi-lane slides and scrambling along the swing bridge.  Or if chilling is your thing, relax with a cup of coffee and watch the children play.  It is the perfect place to set up a base on a cold winter’s day in Barnstaple.


The Milky Way Adventure Park is the perfect place for a winter’s day in Barnstaple.  It has 110,000 square feet of indoor fun from slides to rides as well as play areas for different ages, including Little Stars for ages zero to six.  Older kids (and grown-ups!) can also check out the Planet Play Adventure Area, with free-fall drop slide, The Black Hole as well as indoor pottery painting, laser shooting and a fantastic Sci-Fi exhibit.  Open every day during the school holidays and at the weekends through winter term time, enjoy one of the largest undercover play areas in the South West this winter in Devon.

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