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Family Half-term Ideas

I know I know, we are all still trying to get over the Christmas break and we are already discussing the next holiday season, but it sure is coming around quickly.

Fortunately, we are lucky enough to live in such a fantastic part of the country and we all know that Devon has so much to offer. We have put together some fun ideas for you in case you get stuck with what to do. I will warn you though, the trips that we have chosen mainly include getting out and about in the great outdoors and breathing that fresh air into your lungs (what better way to tire the children out) Enjoy!

Haldon Forest

Whether you want a quiet gentle stroll, run or an exhilarating mountain biking experience, there’s something for you here with a range of walking and cycling trails to suit all abilities, as well as a pump loop, cycle skills area, orienteering courses, play equipment, Go Ape, Segway’s and so much more just waiting to be discovered.


Living Coasts, Torquay

Living Coasts promises a full-filled day out for the whole family. You can visit the penguins, otters, octopus and seals, as well as taking part in activities and games.



A family theme park that boasts  over 60 rides and attractions, with live entertainment shows and animals galore. A full day out for the whole family. 


River Dart Country Park 

Set in 90 acres of parkland within Dartmoor National Park, the River Dart Country Park is packed with attractions and adventures that are suitable for the whole family.


Paignton Zoo

With over 2,500 animals across 80 acres – you’re in for a really wild time there. 

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Shaldon Wildlife Trust

Set in an acre of woodland garden above the attractive coastal village of Shaldon, looking after and helping preserve some of the rarest and most endangered animals in the world.


The Donkey Sanctuary (Sidmouth)

Hundreds of donkeys and mules waiting to steal your hearts and meet you. 


South Devon Railway

A seven-mile former Great Western Railway branch line, built in 1872, which runs along the stunning valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes.


Powderham Castle

Packed with medieval intrigue, cute creatures and play all day, every day! Just outside Exeter on the banks of the Exe estuary, you can see blacksmiths in the forge, take a tractor ride in the deer park, be king of your own castle in the wooden fort, and explore the centuries of history inside the ancient home.


The National Marine Aquarium

Visit the UK’s largest aquarium attraction and be amazed by the fascinating underwater world.


Pennywell Farm

Bottle feed baby animals and meet hedgehogs. Here you can treat your family to a full day of fun and animal action. With plenty of different activities, shows and displays you won’t waste a single minute.


We hope that this has helped you and your family and we hope that you have a wonderful time this winter holiday!

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Cardinal Estates