Bigbury on Sea Beach (13 miles)
Bigbury on Sea Beach
Blue Flag awarded sandy beach, with sea tractor visits to Burgh Island available.
Dawlish Warren Beach (15 miles)
Dawlish Warren Beach
Awarded the Blue Flag for over ten consecutive years, a sand and shingle beach with with arcades, karting, children's rides and cafes not far away.
Thurlestone Sands (18 miles)
A favourite spot for water sports including kayaking, windsurfing and diving. Swimming is safe too, and lifeguard cover is full summer.
Westward Ho! Beach (40 miles)
Westward Ho! Beach
Blue Flag award winning sand and pebble beach offering good swimming, water sports and some local entertainments.
Saunton Sands (45 miles)
Miles of soft sand backed by the UK's largest dune system but in places it is dangerous for swimming.
Woolacombe Sands (49 miles)
Blue Flag awarded sandy beach good for swimming, surfing and exploring. Boat trip to nearby lighthouse available.
Tunnels Beaches (50 miles)
Hand carved in the 1820's these tunnels are tremendous fun for kids to explore, leading as they do to a pleasing beach and both indoor and outdoor play areas.
Constantine Bay (52 miles)
A west facing long sandy beach with a reputation as one of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall, though suitable for experienced surfers only.
Bedruthen Steps (56 miles)
An extensive and picturesque sandy beach for walkers and sunbathers, where dogs are welcome but entering the water is not advised.
Weymouth Beach (57 miles)
Safe swimming and soft golden sand make this a great beach for a traditional dig and paddle visit. Pay and play entertainment include trampolines, mini golf and pedalo hire from the promenade.
New Quay Harbour (59 miles)
New Quay Harbour
Blue Flagged waters good for swimming and water sports, for which there is a centre by the harbour, with summer lifeguard cover. Excellent location to spot dolphins.
Praa Sands (61 miles)
Sandy beach with good surfing and good local amenities and summer lifeguard cover.
Whitmore Bay (64 miles)
Blue Flag awarded with soft golden sand, idea for sunbathing or sandcastle building. Also now caters for surfing, windsurfing, sea kayaking and beach volleyball!
The Bar and Cove Vean (65 miles)
The Bar and Cove Vean
Isolated but safe for swimming and snorkelling with plenty of rock pools to explore. Two separate linked beaches, both sandy, one with bronze age remains to explore.
Durdle Door Beach (68 miles)
Durdle Door Beach
Grand and famous landscape with sandy beach and acceptable swimming though no lifeguard cover.
The Lizard and Kynance Cove (73 miles)
The Lizard and Kynance Cove
For exploring rather than sunning or swimming, this place is full of caves, birds and flowers. Marconi's historic wireless experiments are celebrated at The Lizard Wireless Station and the Marconi Centre at Poldhu.
Kennack Sands (73 miles)
The bigger, western beach is is sandy and has all the facilities, and is well known as a safe swimming and surfing spot with 5ft waves in good conditions.
Lifeguard cover May to September.
Langland Bay Beach (73 miles)
Langland Bay Beach
A sandy beach with rocky outcrops, very popular for swimming, surfing and families, and offers summer lifeguard cover. Holds Blue Flag and Seaside Awards.
Oxwich Bay Beach (74 miles)
Oxwich Bay Beach
Sandy beaches with good swimming and water sports opportunities, dunes to hide behind a nature reserve with elevated walkways and two castles nearby to explore. They'll sleep tonight!
Babbacombe Model Village (10 miles)
Babbacombe Model Village
Hundreds of animated models, scenes, vehicles and people make up the world of Babbacombe Model Village. Lots of humour and fun animated features, set amongst 4 acres of delightful gardens make this a fantastic day out for families.
Woodlands Leisure Park (12 miles)
Woodlands Leisure Park
- is an all-weather attraction, theres something for everyone nestled in 90 acres with various adventure playzones - perfect for entertaining children of all ages! Let off steam in massive Fun Factories, indoor rides, 2 Master Blaster Arenas and Soft Play Centres.
Crealy Great Adventure Park (20 miles)
Crealy Great Adventure Park
Voted Devons best family attraction , don't miss the thrills and spills of Devons Crealy. Fly through the air, splash through flowing water, explore mystical woodland and meet the cutest creatures. Complete with wild rides, masses of indoor play, the regions friendliest animals and NEW attractions, capture more precious memories than ever before.
Buckfast Butterflies and Otter Sanctuary (3 miles)
Buckfast Butterflies and Otter Sanctuary
A tropical landscaped garden filled with exotic butterflies, beautiful birds, fish and terrapins, plus several species of otter. Make sure the bigger kids take a camera!
Devon Wildlife Centre and Hospital (5 miles)
Devon Wildlife Centre and Hospital
A real wildlife hospital and rehabilitation centre that will capture kids' hearts. By definition there is an ever-changing array of animals at the centre, but they always welcome families and offer a daily programme of keeper talks.
Paignton Zoo (10 miles)
Explore 80 acres of natural habitat and see the hundreds of animals that live there. As well as seeing the animals, there are plenty of other things to do: get your face painted, catch the feeding times or let off steam in our playareas.
Living Coasts (11 miles)
Take a journey around the coasts of the world where amazing plants and animals live life on the edge. You'll see birds and mammals in specially-designed naturalistic habitats. With outdoor and indoor exhibits, there's plenty to see and do whatever the weather.
Dartmoor Zoological Park (13 miles)
Dartmoor Zoological Park
There are over 200 animals at Dartmoor Zoological Park: from tiny stick insects to Ben our Brown Bear or Solomon our Lion, all set in over 30 acres of beautiful parkland. Discover something different, learn something amazing and help us make tomorrow's world rich in animal life.
National Marine Aquarium (20 miles)
National Marine Aquarium
The visual spectacular of the Atlantic Ocean tank is a wow with kids: they're sure to get a unique and inspiring take on of what makes fish such fascinating animals from the menacing Sand Tiger and Nurse Sharks to the graceful Eagle Rays to the mighty Tarpon and Barracuda.
The Donkey Sanctuary (27 miles)
The Donkey Sanctuary
We are a registered charity working around the world protecting donkeys and promoting their welfare worldwide. Visitors can spend as much time as they wish meeting the donkeys and enjoying beautiful coastal and countryside walks. We have a maze, nature centre and donkeys to ‘adopt’, along with family picnic areas.
North Devon Falconry (39 miles)
North Devon Falconry
Enjoy a day hunting with their trained Harris' hawks in some of the UK's most beautiful countryside. You will receive a brief lesson in handling this magnificent bird of prey and will enjoy the reassurance of being under the watchfull eye of one of the expert falconers at all times.
Pennywell Farm (4 miles)
Treat your family to the very best with a full day of hands on animal action at Pennywell Farm near Buckfastleigh. With animal activities, shows and rides galore all included in the admission price, you won't waste a single minute. Home of the world famous Pennywell Miniature Pigs.
Totnes Rare Breeds Farm (7 miles)
Totnes Rare Breeds Farm
More than just a petting farm, this is a non-profit-making organisation, which relies on the work of volunteers and the great support of its customers. It aims to preserve endangered species of farm animals and the diversity of British wildlife. It is also a fantastic day out!
Miniature Pony Centre (9 miles)
Miniature Pony Centre
Animals, adventure, and discovery all set in 20 acres of beautiful parkland. A truly captivating family attraction in Devon, with miniature ponies and much much more. Set in an idyllic setting in the heart of scenic Dartmoor, there is plenty of beautiful countryside to explore.
House of Marbles (5 miles)
House of Marbles
Featuring the largest marble run in the United Kingdom and possibly the world! Glass Making, Game and Marble Museums, push button marble runs, a GIANT floating marble, and a great new outdoor play structure to enjoy (3 to 12s).
Dartmoor Prison Museum (11 miles)
Dartmoor Prison Museum
Dartmoor Prison has a long and fascinating history that has seen many changes in its fortunes. But it is also at the cutting edge of modern penal practice, developing ways to help offenders change their lives and to protect the public.
Brixham Heritage Museum (13 miles)
Dartmouth Museum (14 miles)
Local museum with hands on exhibits for big kids and the grownups they turn into! Hands on science, learn to tie knots, put your Granny in the stocks! Amazing model ships; things about Dartmouth in the two world wars, quizzes, not stuffy at all!
Exmouth Museum (16 miles)
Historic building commemorating and presenting Exmouth's history, come discover it for yourself!
Bill Douglas Centre (History of Cinema) (18 miles)
Bill Douglas Centre (History of Cinema)
'Founded in 1994, the Centre contains an enormous collection relating to the history of film and visual media. From shadow puppets to Shirley Temple dolls, from magic lanterns to Marilyn Monroe postcards, there is something to fascinate every visitor.'
Museum of Dartmoor Life (19 miles)
Museum of Dartmoor Life
- you can discover what has happened to the Dartmoor environment over time and see how Dartmoor people have made a living and changed Dartmoor in doing so. You may even recognise your grandparents' kitchen and living room, but not necessarily the prices they had to pay for things in their time.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Best Beaches near Ashburton with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Devon can enjoy the great day out as well.
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