Axminster Museum (< 1 mile)
Discover the history of Axminster in this free to visit museum that was once the local police station and courthouse! Various collections ranging from agricultural tools to carpets, old photographs to archeology and more! Open between May and September.
Axe Valley Wildlife Park (< 1 mile)
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.
Burrow Farm Gardens (3 miles)
Burrow Farm Gardens
Almost 10 acres of wonderfully landscaped gardens that have been created from scratch over the last 50 years! Great for a relaxing family day out in beautiful surroundings. Nursery, craft shop, and Tearooms selling home made cream teas!
The Town Mill (5 miles)
The Town Mill
A working water mill with hundreds of years of history. There is also a gallery, a micro brewery, pottery and cheesemonger. Free to visit.
Lister Gardens Mini Golf (5 miles)
Lyme Regis Museum (5 miles)
Lyme Regis Museum
is a family oriented museum on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast offering frequent fossil hunting walks, family fun days, quizzes, dressing up and lots more for all ages. Come and see the Lyme Bay Ichthyosaur, learn about Mary Anning’ s fossil hunting prowess and William Buckland’s dinosaur pooh table.
Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium (5 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.
Forde Abbey House and Gardens (6 miles)
Forde Abbey House and Gardens
A historical and educational visit made fun through fantastic Children's Packs, which keep families interested and entertained while they learn. Grounds open all year. Children under 15 visit for free.
Ferne Animal Sanctuary (6 miles)
Ferne Animal Sanctuary
Animal sanctuary that is home to over 300 animals, including birds, pigs, donkeys, chinchillas, horses, rabbits, chipmunks, goats, ferrets, and more! Beautiful Nature Trails to enjoy, plus picnic spots, and childrenâs play areas. Open throughout the year.
Seaton Tramway (6 miles)
A fun day out for all the family. Ride on one of our trams and take a step back in time. Great idea if you are looking for family days out in Devon.
Chard Museum (7 miles)
Detailed and fascinating collections of exhibits about local history from the Stone Age onward including lots of Dening agricultural equipment, the story of John Stringfellow's powered flight in 1848 and James Gillingham's innovative prosthetics.
Pecorama (7 miles)
is a railway themed all weather attraction with a passenger carrying miniature steam railway, model railway exhibition, multi levelled indoor play area for children up to 12 years, outdoor play areas, glorious gardens and crazy golf.
Beer Heights Light Railway (7 miles)
Beer Heights Light Railway
Considered by many the finest 7.25 inch gauge railway in Britain, the route includes bridges, extensive sidings, one impressively steeply graded, set in the hillside above Wildway Park with wonderful views over Lyme Bay to distant Portland Bill.
Beer Quarry Caves (7 miles)
Beer Quarry Caves
Trained guides give the visitor an hour long tour of this vast man made complex of underground caverns. Most kids love family days out in tunnels and caves especially if they have a torch!
Thelma Hulbert Gallery (9 miles)
Thelma Hulbert Gallery
Get creative at this art gallery where as well as art on the walls, there is a learning room, activity trolley and loads of activities and workshops for families.
Playdome Indoor Play (9 miles)
Playdome Indoor Play
Fully air conditioned and boasting 3 age ranged zones, a mega drop slide and loads of fun features, this is all weather multi level wonderland for your exercise and entertainment!
East Devon Riding Academy (9 miles)
East Devon Riding Academy
is a small, friendly riding school offering high quality riding lessons to adults and children from 2 years of age. We have pony mornings throughout every half term and school holiday. So if you are looking for horse riding near Lyme Regis, Sidmouth, Honiton and Exmouth then we can help.
Alpaca Trekking with Bearhouse Alpacas (9 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 Donkey Sanctuary (10 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...
Thorn Golf Centre (11 miles)
Thorn Golf Centre
offers 9 holes of cool Crazy Golf, a driving range, a putting green and a very popular par 3 level, 9 hole pitch and putt course! Golf for everyone!
Crewkerne and District Museum (11 miles)
Crewkerne and District Museum
Come and discover various aspects of the history of Crewkerne and the local area. Visit Bryant’s Bakery, a traditional kitchen, and a prisoner in his cell. Quizzes available for the kids, and they get in for free!
Exeter Segways Paintball and Laser (13 miles)
Exeter Segways Paintball and Laser
Offering intense outdoor laser tag available for over 6s, plus rather more sedate Segway Safari Tours, but then back to brutal paint balling for over 10s and 11s! Your choice!
Escot (13 miles)
Ottery St Mary
is 220 acres of natural woodlands where you can meet our resident otters, wild boar, red squirrels, peacocks and birds of prey. Discover hidden forest playgrounds, our world-class maze and a knee-trembling drop slide. The indoor play barn delights toddlers and the Coach House Restaurant serves delicious food...
Bicton Park Gardens (16 miles)
Bicton Park Gardens
Key features include the Bicton Woodland Railway train ride, nature trail, maze, mini golf, plus indoor and outdoor children’s play complexes.
Vivary Golf Course (17 miles)
Vivary Golf Course
features an 18 hole mini golf course great for kids and fun lovers, with loads of serious facilities for practising and playing the grown up variety. Plus Coaching, Lessons and Buggies. Neat!
Vivary Adventure Centre (17 miles)
Vivary Adventure Centre
is an innovative outdoor, off the ground adventure for everyone! Join in on individual activities, from the lower ropes course, totems or climbing wall, or challenge yourself to the Ultimate Edge on the high ropes course with the power fan descender.
Sheppys Cider Farm and Museum (17 miles)
Sheppys Cider Farm and Museum
Beautiful farmland and orchard to explore, with a number of animals to meet, plus a fascinating Cider Museum, and a Farm Shop and Tearoom. Learn all about farming and cidermaking from a family who have been doing it for generations!
Yaraks Bird of Prey (17 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.
Museum of Somerset (17 miles)
Museum of Somerset
An underfloor Plesiosaur, the largest collection of Roman coins ever discovered in Britain and a chilling recreation of the infamous Bloody Assizes: you’ll find them all here! The museum tells the county's story from prehistoric times to the present day, using real objects, interactive games and...
Montacute TV Radio Toy Museum (17 miles)
Montacute TV Radio Toy Museum
Be amazed by this huge fun collection! See nostalgic vintage radios and TVs, enjoy your favourite programmes through TV and radio related toys, books, games full size characters and more: a wonderful experience for all the family!
AMF Hollywood Bowl Taunton (17 miles)
AMF Hollywood Bowl Taunton
offers not just 22 lanes of bowling with support aids, Pink Pin challenge and jukebox backbeats, but also arcade, pool, free WiFi and cafe.
Somerset Cricket Museum (17 miles)
Somerset Cricket Museum
A small museum dedicated to the history of cricket, with particular emphasis on Somerset Cricket Club. Full of memorabilia, with a section devoted to the England women’s cricket team. A great place for cricket lovers of all ages!
Racetrac (17 miles)
Virtual driving and karting race venue.
Montacute House (17 miles)
Stunning Elizabethan mansion surrounded by beautiful grounds. Explore the house and gallery, beautiful gardens and parkland with free guided tour. Live horsemanship demonstrations in the summer holidays!
Fairlynch Museum (18 miles)
Small quirky thatched museum detailing local social, maritime and prehistoric history, including smugglers' cellar!
O'Bridge Brewers Fayre (18 miles)
O'Bridge Brewers Fayre
Indoor Play Centre featuring a colourful multi level adventure soft play frame full of slides, climbs, balls and bounces, plus dedicated toddler zone with smaller versions of the big fun. Kid’s parties available too.
Diggerland Devon (18 miles)
Nearly 20 construction themed interactive features, including full size diggers to drive! Great for 6 to 9s.
Aj'z Play and Party Centre (18 miles)
Aj'z Play and Party Centre
• A Play and Party Centre in the heart of Taunton that is open daily until 6pm, so there is still time to play after school! Large multilevel play frame for over 4s, plus dedicated area for babies and toddlers.
Budleigh Salterton Riding School (18 miles)
Budleigh Salterton Riding School
BHS approved horse riding lessons, livery and choice of scenic hacks. Special events include picnic hacks, beach rides, Own A Pony days and Summer Camps! Beginners and the experienced equally welcome.
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens (18 miles)
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens
Beautiful and historic gardens with charming features to appeal to kids, like a play area, bridged waterways, sculpture trail and a secret walk! Dogs on leads welcome.
Jungle Jungle Indoor Play Centre (18 miles)
Jungle Jungle Indoor Play Centre
Enjoy the challenges of a specifically designed indoor adventure land where even the youngest can explore in a safe and secure environment. Great intermediate zone for adventurous toddlers.
Quad World (18 miles)
Try a quad bike ride around their half mile clay track and introduce kids to the thrills of driving! For over 10s, while over 16s can use the Pro Track at a mile and half long with trickier terrain. Vroom!
Rug Ratz Indoor Play Centre (19 miles)
Rug Ratz Indoor Play Centre
With three separate play areas, babies, toddlers and bigger children can all play safely in their own designated play zones on mazes, slides, ropeways, ball pools and much more.
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...
Hestercombe Gardens (19 miles)
With over fifty acres of lakes, temples, cascades, woodland walks, formal terraces, vivid colours and views that take your breathe away. They also have a small, safe Children’s Play Area for the under 7s.
Abbotsbury Playground (19 miles)
Free playground with great equipment and lots of space, which is run, insured and maintained by local volunteers!
Abbotsbury Childrens Farm (19 miles)
Abbotsbury Childrens Farm
A family friendly farm with an undercover play area and plenty of friendly animals to meet, feed and cuddle, including guinea pigs, lambs, goats and more! Tractor races and Pony rides to enjoy plus a new water play area! And they do Birthday parties too.
Abbotsbury Swannery (19 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!
World of Country Life (20 miles)
World of Country Life
is a farm park with petting zoo, indoor play areas, daily ferret racing and animal shows, bird of prey display, farming museum, vintage car and motorcycle collection. Hand feed the animals from the deer train and eat home cooked food in the themed restaurant.
Hawkridge Bird of Prey Centre (20 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.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Axminster 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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