Set right in the heart of Devon’s stunning countryside, Newton Abbot Racecourse is home to some of the UK’s best summer jump racing. The season runs between March and October and in 2018 there will be 19 exhilarating jump meetings, ranging from weekend, weekday and evening fixtures.
As well as offering great views of the track, the racecourse’s two enclosures have a wide range of food to suit all appetites and tastes. In addition, the paddock area boasts three excellent restaurants all of which serve exquisite meals made from fresh, locally sourced produce.
Go Ape Tree Top Adventure at Haldon Forest, near Exeter
Bring out your inner ape and enjoy two to three hours in the trees – take on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings, Rope Ladders and a variety of Obstacles and Crossings. Find out more and watch the video at http://goape.co.uk/days-out/haldon
Who’s it for:
Age 10 or older.
Under 18s must be supervised by a participating adult.
-Price: Gorilla (16 years plus): £33 & Baboons (10-15 years) £25.
Sharpham Vineyard is set in one of Devon’s most magical locations. The beautiful 550 acre estate is set on the bank of the River Dart, with 12,000 vines basking in the sun on the south facing slopes. A range of English red and white wines are produced, which consistently win awards at National and International level, including the UKVA Most Outstanding Wine 2010 for the Estate Selection. The Estate also has a herd of 80 Jersey cows that graze the grassland whose milk is used for a range of handmade soft cheeses. The cheese dairy has viewing windows so visitors can view the process.
Sharpham Vineyard offers a range of tours, which include a scenic walk around the vineyard and along the river bank followed by a tasting of a selection of the wines and cheese (£6.95 & £8.95). Large groups by arrangement only. The vineyard shop sells the range of wine and cheese. During spring and summer there is a small cafe on site, The Vineyard Café, which sells excellent food all made from local produce and has recently been voted Best Al Fresco Restaurant of the Year 2012 by the Good Food Guide.
Enjoy the 2010 Sharpham Estate Selection with your food – recently voted the best wine to accompany South Devon Crab in our Crab Festival competition. Find out more here.
Sharpham is open from March 2nd – Christmas Eve, Monday – Saturday, (Open 7 days a week during May, June, July, August & September).
Be a hero at Devon’s largest family theme park. Reach new heights on our incredible NEW RIDE VERTIGO opening this summer!
If your looking for a wonderful family day out in Devon which is suitable for all ages a trip to Woodlands Family Theme Park should be top of your list. As one of Devon’s largest Family attractions there is something to entertain everyone in the family from little ones to grandparents.
Woodlands greatest offer is 6 DAYS FREE when you purchase your tickets at the standard gives you fanastic value for money and the opportunity to have 7 days for the price of 1 at Woodlands Family Theme Park.
The action packed park is the base for all Super Heroes seeking a trail blazing day of fun. With fantastic events from Titan the Robot to our Brand New Entertainment Team ‘The Woodlands Supastarz’. There is even a chance to meet the Woodlands Hero Ace and his super sidekick Nutty in their brand new Super Hero Show.
Our new event Fizz Pop Science Workshop and Shows will make the world of science come to life. With various dates throughout the year it’s a show not to be missed.
Tackle a world of adventure on our amazing outdoor adventures. Choose from 3 of the largest watercoasters in Devon. Will your favorite be The Twister, The Sidewinder or The Speedy Rapids? Our favorite with all guests to the park is the Tornado Toboggan Run as you zoon down 500metres of exhilarating track.
Beat the wet weather with the biggest indoor play centre in the South West full of slides, play areas, soft play, climbing adventures and ballpools. Don’t miss Woodlands incredible Zoo-Farm with 5 huge indoor barns full of wild, exotic and cute animals.
With 11 Play zones full of rides, attractions, an amazing zoo-farm with interactive activities and a falconry centre with displays to explore there is something for everyone in this beautiful 100 acre Family Park.
So for an extra fun packed day come and visit us at Woodlands Park! And even better, you can use all of our indoor and outdoor areas, rides, slides, Animal Farm Activities and Falconry Displays. Don’t forget to visit the Woodlands Treasure Trove Gift Shop, and grab a bite to eat at one of Catering Outlets.
The Perfect Family Day Out!
Treat your family to the best day out they can ever have at our multi award winning Activity Farm . . . the biggest in the South West! There’s so much to see and do for the whole family.
With a different animal activity, show or display every half hour, friendly animals and four FREE rides, you won’t waste a single minute.
Bottle feed hungry lambs and goat kids, race the ferrets, meet the hedgehogs, explore the ponds and enjoy fantastic entertainers throughout the Devon school holidays.
Cuddle a world famous Pennywell Miniature piglet and enjoy seeing them in their brand new home where you can also find out about their amazing story from farmyard to international fame!
There’s nothing quite like Pennywell Pig Racing, with our miniature piglets showing what they lack in size they make up for in speed and determination.
New for 2014 is Pennywell’s ‘Funky Fowl’. Say,’ Hello Halo, Merhaba or Bonjour’ to our international poultry collection.
Pony rides are available all year round (small additional charge) and you can groom and pamper our pint sized ponies in their Mini Pony Centre.
Pennywell has plenty of indoor space to picnic and play and as we want you to enjoy everything that Pennywell has to offer, inside and out, if it rains during your visit we will give you a ticket for a FREE return visit.
Babbacombe Model Village is one of Torquay’s top attractions, ranked number 1 on Trip Advisor for ‘things to do in’ Torquay and on the English Riveria.
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)
NEWS – Celebrity Mansion is hosting a rock & pop music festival – come and see which miniature celebrities you can spot!
If you haven’t been for a while, several new models have opened in the last few years – including our popular Paignton Zoo model, a west country fishing village, the peek inside house and our new Celebrity Mansion – come and see who you can spot!. Our new Canal & Narrow boat display opened in 2017
Also, Animated ‘Arry who talks to visitors as they pass by. This is our first miniature talking resident with fully synchronised mouth movement.
Our miniature world is full of model scenes and all kinds of goings on, there is much humour and animated displays – it is very important to take your time or you will miss a lot!
The village portrays English life and culture over the last 6 decades and is sure to bring to life those childhood memories!
Over 400 models of houses, stately homes, factories, shops, entertainment venues, environmental features. There are a variety of architectural styles from medieval through Shakespearean to Victorian, along with railways, vehicles and some well known monuments and landmarks. Not forgetting, of course, 13,000 miniature people who live in the village.
SOUND AND ANIMATION HELP TO BRING IT ALL TO LIFE!
Some of the more favourite models include: the house on fire, Stonehenge, a fire breathing dragon, the model railway, the football stadium and the beach and lake, complete with its own naturist beach (summer months only of course!).
To add an extra dimension of fun, humour prevails throughout the park. Some very obvious, some very subtle, but one visit is never enough to spot it all. For example; Annie Seedballs – the confectioners shop; Can you spot the man mowing the lawn – he has been mowing the same patch for over 20 years! Can you spot the ghost in the tower – many visitors in a hurry miss it!
There are now several indoor features too, such as the ‘Little Ender’ soap set, the Victorian Snowy village, the World of movie miniatures and a 4D Cinema showing 3D films with extra special effects. In the last few years several new attractions have been added, so if you haven’t been for a few years, maybe it’s time for another visit.
The best advice we can give is TAKE YOUR TIME, we promise that you will get so much more out of your visit if you allow plenty of time (at least two hours) and maybe even go around twice.
With over 2,500 animals across 80 acres – you’re in for a really wild time at Paignton Zoo.
Located in Devon, Paignton Zoo is one of the South West’s most exciting visitor attractions. It’s a place to roam, discover and get in touch with your inner animal.
Get up close to some of the animal wonders of the world across our specially designed habitats – from the savannah to the wetlands and the tropical forest. Run wild in our play areas or hop aboard our unique Jungle Express train to get even closer to the action.
We’re also a registered charity and part of a worldwide network of zoos which cares for and breeds rare species thanks to visitors who help fund the work.
Come rain or shine Paignton Zoo is a fun filled day out for all the family, and you’ll need all day to see it all.
A 1920s country retreat complete with luxuriant garden by the sea
At the country home of the D’Oyly Carte family you can travel back in time to the Jazz Age.
This most evocative of country homes was built in the Arts & Crafts style, and is imbued with Art Deco elegance. A light, joyful atmosphere fills the rooms, and music plays, echoing the family’s Gilbert and Sullivan connections. You can get an insight into 1920s life ‘upstairs and downstairs’ from the glamorous Saloon and the airy servants’ rooms.
In the RHS accredited garden viewpoints give enticing glimpses out to sea, paths weave through glades past tranquil ponds, and tender plants from the Mediterranean, South Africa and New Zealand thrive in the moist and sheltered valley.
Coleton Fishacre received a bronze award for large visitor attraction of the year at the 2014 Visit Devon Awards, as well as two silver awards at the English Riviera and South Devon Tourism and Hospitality Awards.