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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!
Prickly Ball Farm (5 miles)
Prickly Ball Farm
Hedgehog hospital and farm with lots of animals to meet plus daily activities, talks and hands-on fun.
Paignton Zoo (10 miles)
With more animals than anyone else in the South West, you're in for a really wild time - A great day out for the kids and all the family. Looking for an exciting day out in Devon? Come in and get close to over two thousand Come in and get close to over 2000 creatures at one of the South West's most...
Living Coasts (11 miles)
Coastal Zoo and Aquarium where you can mingle with penguins, see otters, octopus and seal plus there are underwater viewing areas and a cafe.
Shaldon Zoo (11 miles)
A compact yet hugely diverse conservation park, offering observation of rare and endangered species of primate, small mammal, bird and reptile. Loads of information if you want to take it educational, plus keeper talks and bonus experiences.
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 Josie 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.
Hawkridge Bird of Prey Centre (18 miles)
Hawkridge Bird of Prey Centre
Small, private, family run centre providing seasonal flying displays. Courses and Experience Days offered year round weather permitting, including handling and hawk or owl walks. By appointment only.
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.
Yaraks Bird of Prey (26 miles)
Yaraks Bird of Prey
Standalone unique and specialist Bird of Prey Centre offering flying displays, handling plus flying experiences with eagles, owls hawks and falcons. Run by professional falconers who class their charges as family.
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...
Alpaca Trekking with Bearhouse Alpacas (28 miles)
Alpaca Trekking with Bearhouse Alpacas
is an alpaca farm situated in the Roncombe Valley, an area of Oustanding Natural Beauty, just outside Sidbury, East Devon. We have approximately 70 alpacas on 40 acres of land and offer alpaca trekking around the bridleways surrounding our farm.
The Monkey Sanctuary (31 miles)
The Monkey Sanctuary
We have been offering a safe and beautiful woodland home to monkeys in need since 1964. Much more than just monkeys, it's a great day out for the whole family, and all income goes to support out charitable work.
Axe Valley Wildlife Park (37 miles)
Axe Valley Wildlife Park
is a quaint, quirky wildlife park in the heart of Devon. Animals such as Meerkats, Zebra, Lemurs can be seen here. A personal, friendly place with a laid back atmosphere. Outdoor play areas and coffee shop facility.
Porfell Wildlife Park (37 miles)
Porfell Wildlife Park
Come check out some seriously exotic animals as all your farmyard favourites. Cool Maassi Village and wonderful Woodland Walks to explore too, plus Owl Flying experiences and the chance to be a Bee Keeper for a day!
Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium (38 miles)
Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium
Come face to face with local fish and marine life of the Jurassic coast. Kids can interact with the sea creatures including the unique experience of hand feeding our shoal of tame mullet, holding a starfish and getting up close with a giant lobster.
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.
Fowey Aquarium (41 miles)
Small aquarium with a small entry fee but a surprisingly wide range of fish, plus eels, crabs and lobsters. Touch pool plus lots of fascinating information about local marine life.
Wingz Bird and Animal Sanctuary (43 miles)
Exmoor Zoo (44 miles)
Exmoor Zoo is an award winning zoo set in a delightful location and homes over 175 different and unusual species of animals and birds.
South West Deer Rescue (46 miles)
South West Deer Rescue
is home to 5 different deer species, many of whom are tame enough to happily wander over to you and be petted! See the epic antlered Red Deer Stags, spot wildlife from the hide and enjoy a nature walk. Thoroughly charming!
Exmoor Falconry and Animal Park (49 miles)
Exmoor Falconry and Animal Park
Hands on style animal park with displays and handling opportunities. Many flying displays actually set (well!) to music. Well worth a visit.
Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre (49 miles)
Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre
15th century National Trust farmstead within Exmoor National Park, with a large collection of owls, birds of prey, and friendly animals to greet you around every corner.
Ilfracombe Aquarium (50 miles)
Family friendly aquarium that will lead you on a journey from the river to the sea, and everywhere in between. Loads of creatures to see, free activities for the kids, feeding demonstrations and more!
Screech Owl Sanctuary (51 miles)
Screech Owl Sanctuary
Owl Sanctuary with over 30 different species of owl and a hand-tame area. Meet the other animals that live there as well and run yourselves ragged on the playground! Guided tours plus falconry courses and handling days available too!
Abbotsbury Swannery (52 miles)
This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans! The kids should take cameras and sketchbooks plus binoculars for elusive cygnets. It's also been used as a location for Harry Potter filming!
Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower (58 miles)
Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower
Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park is an indoor and outdoor attraction, with an indoor ocean tunnel and other amazing sea life displays. There are rides, a Splash Zone and an interactive rock pool. We also have animal feeding sessions and a water park play area.
Newquay Zoo (59 miles)
Get closer to over 130 species at the award winning Newquay Zoo! See the penguins relaxing in their pool, visit the creepiest crawlies in the atmospheric tropical house, watch the big cats get their lunch and learn more about conservation - a perfect day out for the whole family!
Blue Reef Aquarium (59 miles)
Blue Reef Aquarium
Take the ultimate undersea safari at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay. Enjoy close encounters with everything from tropical sharks to enchanting seahorses!
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!
Occombe Farm (8 miles)
Working organic farm offering childrens activities, nature and themed trails, a playground and animals to meet as well.
Miniature Pony Centre (9 miles)
Miniature Pony Centre
a unique friendly atmosphere with a whole host of activities, with lots to see and do, including the miniature ponies and their foals.
World of Country Life (18 miles)
World of Country Life
is a farm park with petting zoo, indoor play areas, daily ferret racing and animal shows, bird of prey flying display, farming museum, vintage car and motorcycle collection. Hand feed the animals from the deer train and eat home cooked food in the farm themed restaurant.
Woodlands Leisure Park (12 miles)
Woodlands Leisure Park
is an all weather attraction, theres something for everyone nestled in 90 acres with various adventure play zones, perfect for entertaining children of all ages! Let off steam in massive Fun Factories, indoor rides, 2 Master Blaster Arenas and Soft Play Centres.
Exmouth Fun Park (16 miles)
Exmouth Fun Park
Whether you're the sort to want to bounce your body around in the Bodyzorb Arena, the type to socialise with SpongeBob, or the type to quietly ride the Exmouth Express, you've got a great range of options on a pay and play token system. Easy!
Crealy Great Adventure Park (19 miles)
Crealy Great Adventure Park
Voted Devon's best family attraction, don't miss the fun and excitement of Devon's Great Adventure Park! Fly through the air, splash through flowing water, explore mystical woodlands and meet the cutest creatures. Complete with rides, masses of indoor play, the regions friendliest animals and...
House of Marbles (5 miles)
House of Marbles
Featuring the largest marble run in the United Kingdom and quite 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! Go early, or you won't to leave!
Torre Abbey Historic House and Gallery (10 miles)
Torquay Museum (11 miles)
Family-friendly museum with games, quizzes and trails plus blockbuster exhibitions designed to engage children and adults alike.
Dartmoor Prison Museum (11 miles)
Dartmoor Prison Museum
Discover the history of one of the most notorious prisons in the world, and learn about ‘life inside’. Plenty to see, from bone carvings to escape items, makeshift weapons to manacles, and more! Exciting!
Brixham Heritage Museum (13 miles)
Brixham Heritage Museum
Great local museum telling the complete history of this small fishing town. Family friendly, with loads of different displays and exhibits, plus dressing up, activity areas, plus quizzes and competitions. Free entry for kids under 6 years of age.
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)
Discover the rich history of Exmouth in this great local museum that offers free entry to kids and students! Visit a Victorian kitchen, learn about local war heroes, and see loads of interesting items, including antique lace, photographs, and memorabilia.
Bill Douglas Centre (History of Cinema) (18 miles)
Bill Douglas Centre (History of Cinema)
Discover how optical entertainment has developed through the years at this great museum that is open daily and free to vist. There is plenty to see, from shadow puppets to magic lanterns!
Museum of Dartmoor Life (19 miles)
Museum of Dartmoor Life
Explore the history of Dartmoor throughout the ages, from the Bronze age to present day. Over 3 floors of exhibits and interactive displays. Discovery zones and dressing up for younger visitors.
Morwellham Quay and Tamar Valley Trust (20 miles)
Morwellham Quay and Tamar Valley Trust
Award winning, living history museum and visitor centre. Explore a historic village, ride on the railway, and go deep underground in the Copper Mine! Set in the heart of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape near the river Tamar.
Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery (20 miles)
Merchant's House Museum (20 miles)
Merchant's House Museum
From Elizabethan privateers to 4 mini museums in one, the Merchant's House has an interesting history. A fascinating walk through to add to a day trip.
Fairlynch Museum (20 miles)
Small quirky thatched museum detailing local social, maritime and prehistoric history, including smugglers' cellar!
Clyston Mill (22 miles)
Historic working watermill in a beautiful riverside setting with hands-on activities that will be certain to engage the kids.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Zoos and Wildlife Parks 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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