Westward Ho! Beach (15 miles)
Westward Ho! Beach
Blue Flag award winning sand and pebble beach offering good swimming, water sports and some local entertainments. At very low tides you can see the remains of a mesolithic sunken forest!
The Bar and Cove Vean (21 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.
Saunton Sands (21 miles)
Miles of soft sand backed by the UK's largest dune system but in places it is dangerous for swimming.
Woolacombe Sands (25 miles)
Blue Flag awarded sandy beach good for swimming, surfing and exploring. Boat trip to nearby lighthouse available.
Tunnels Beaches (29 miles)
Hand carved in the 1820s, these tunnels are tremendous fun for kids to explore, leading as they do to a pleasing beach and both indoor and outdoor play areas! A full day of fun, education and exercise!
Constantine Bay (34 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.
Bigbury on Sea Beach (37 miles)
Bigbury on Sea Beach
Blue Flag awarded sandy beach, with sea tractor visits to Burgh Island available.
Bedruthen Steps (40 miles)
An extensive and picturesque sandy beach for walkers and sunbathers, where dogs are welcome but entering the water is not advised and you need to know the tide timetable to use the staircase or you may get trapped!
Dawlish Warren Beach (40 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 (42 miles)
A favourite spot for water sports including kayaking, windsurfing and diving. Swimming is safe too, and lifeguard cover is full summer.
Fistral Beach (45 miles)
A sandy beach backed by dunes, extremely popular with surfers. Surf hire and school facility 50 metres from the waters edge offering a variety of options.
Crantock Beach (46 miles)
Family and dog friendly stunning sandy beach. There are a variety of things to do, including seal watching and surfing. Also plenty to see, such as a massive dune system and historical ruins.
Slapton Sands and Torcross Beach (47 miles)
Slapton Sands and Torcross Beach
offers a pebbly beach but it's offset by great water activities at the Torcross end including surfing, windsurfing and canoeing with lifeguard cover May to September.
Perranporth Beach (50 miles)
A sandy beach with rock pools, welcoming surfing, snorkelling, sailing, swimming and paddling.
Praa Sands (51 miles)
Sandy beach with good surfing and good local amenities and summer lifeguard cover.
Oxwich Bay Beach (52 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!
Rhossili Bay Beach (53 miles)
Rhossili Bay Beach
Sandy and beautiful, hard to reach but worth it! Tidal Island to explore if you time it right, surfing is popular as is swimming though there is no lifeguard cover. Recent Award Winner.
Langland Bay Beach (54 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.
Whitmore Bay (60 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!
Milky Way Adventure Park (13 miles)
Milky Way Adventure Park
With Devon's largest rollercoaster, droid destroyer dodgems, fantastic live shows throughout the day and an innovative new play space for 0-6 year olds there really is something for the whole family! All the rides, shows and vast indoor play areas are included in the price.
Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park (29 miles)
Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park
The land that time forgot. A sub tropical paradise with exotic birds and animals and the most realistic Dinosaurs on the Planet! Daily Sea lion Shows, Falconry Displays, Lemur and Meerkat Encounters, and magnificent Lions. We have a brand new Petsaurus Corner, and lots of animal handling and talks throughout...
Crealy Great Adventure Park (39 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...
North Devon Falconry (18 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.
Exmoor Zoo (28 miles)
There is only one place you are guaranteed to see the elusive Exmoor Beast and that is in the grounds of Exmoor Zoo. It is a rather large pair of black leopards that are likely to spot you before you see them! Exmoor Zoo is an award winning zoo set in a delightful location and homes over 175 different and...
Ilfracombe Aquarium (29 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!
Dartmoor Zoological Park (31 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.
National Marine Aquarium (31 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.
Buckfast Butterflies and Otter Sanctuary (32 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 (35 miles)
Prickly Ball Farm
Hedgehog hospital and farm with lots of animals to meet plus daily activities, talks and hands-on fun.
Shaldon Zoo (39 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.
Yaraks Bird of Prey (40 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 Big Sheep (14 miles)
The Big Sheep
Highlights include: Sheep Racing, Lamb Bottle Feeding, Indoor Animal Barn, Twister Ride, Tractor Farm Safari, Train & Piggy Rides, Ewetopia Indoor Playground, Battlefield Live, Mountain Boarding, Splash Zone and much more! Voted Devon's Attraction of the Year 2013/2014 by Visit Devon!
Miniature Pony Centre (24 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.
Pennywell Farm (33 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 (37 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 (39 miles)
Working organic farm offering childrens activities, nature and themed trails, a playground and animals to meet as well.
Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre (10 miles)
Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre
45,000 sq ft undercover attraction packed full of fun exhibits, vintage engineering and stunning artwork displays with working rides to enjoy that will bring back your parents' childhood!
Museum of Dartmoor Life (13 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.
Cobbaton Combat Collection (20 miles)
Cobbaton Combat Collection
Military museum containing the larges collection in the South West. Over 60 combat vehicles, plus thousands of other items, including deactivated weapons, uniforms, ration books, gas masks, and more! Free entry for children under 5 years old.
Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon (21 miles)
Barnstaple Heritage Centre (21 miles)
Barnstaple Heritage Centre
Discover Barnstaple's history from the Anglo Saxon era to present day, with this brilliant hands on, interactive experience that will entertain all the family. Kid will love the games, quizzes, brass rubbing, trails and dressing up opportunities! Open all year.
Braunton and District Museum (21 miles)
Morwellham Quay and Tamar Valley Trust (21 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.
Dartmoor Prison Museum (22 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!
Mortehoe Museum (26 miles)
Museum with plenty to see plus hands-on games, quizzes and puzzles for the kids and tractor and trailer rides out into the countryside during the holidays.
Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery (31 miles)
House of Marbles (31 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!
Merchant's House Museum (31 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.
Bill Douglas Centre (History of Cinema) (34 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!
Tiverton Museum (36 miles)
Discover the fascinating history of Mid Devon from the late 19th century onwards at this great little museum that is packed with interesting items. Lively programme of exhibits, events and fun family activities. Accompanied kids under 16 visit free!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Best Beaches near Hollacombe 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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