Destination Devon: 6 things you must do with the kids this summer
Summer holidays are well and truly here, so if you’re anything like me, you’ll be panicking about having kids home to entertain. It’s never too early to compile a to do list just so you don’t get to September and feel like you’ve wasted the last 6 weeks.
We’re really lucky here in Devon, while we might lack some of the amenities bigger cities have, we do have amazing scenery, beautiful beaches and a few tourist attractions to fill our days. It’s for that very reason why I seldom go away in the summer school holidays, who needs to holiday when you live in a holiday hotspot! I am partial, however, to a mini break or 2 with day trips making up my staycation.
Here are just some of the things we’ve got planned this year:
- Glamping in Crealy Meadows
Combining Devon’s major theme park with a camping trip means you can tire the kids out during the day, top it off with the fresh air of camping and you can guarantee an early night so the adults can relax and take in the al fresco vibes. I’m a fair weather camper so for anything to entice me away from my home comforts it has to be special, which is why glamping appeals. There’s quite a lot to do in the theme park so you can just keep local during your stay or read on if you’d rather explore a little more of the county.
- Exmouth Kite Festival
During 27th to the 28th August is the annual kite festival in Exmouth. If you’re wondering what’s so special about this one, it’s a kite Festival with a difference. With everything from inflatable animals to the high-speed aerial ballet of the two line Delta Kites, kids can also bring along their own kites as well as join in the other activities on offer.
- iBounce Trampoline Park
When rain stops play, then take the play indoors and bounce! The iBounce trampoline park in Exeter is a fabulous keep fit activity which adults can watch from the safety of the coffee shop. It’s probably worth booking in advance online if you are going on a rainy day as I imagine it’d be super busy though.
- Bike rides from Darts Farm to Exmouth
You can either take your own bikes or hire them from Darts Farm and cycle along the Exe Estuary. It’s mainly off road with just a small section on public roads through the quant and quiet village of Lympstone. There are a couple of pit stops along the way, on a sunny day you can buy an ice cream from the shop in Lympstone and stop to eat it on the small beach area, just be quick so it doesn’t melt! You can start in Exmouth, follow the pavement along Marks and Spencer where you’ll see the cycle route signs. There’s a large car park by the leisure centre too.
- Letterboxing on Dartmoor
Letterboxing, for anyone who doesn’t know, involves walking across Dartmoor using clues and grid references taken from a Letterbox Catalogue. You navigational Skills will be tested but the sites of Dartmoor will be worth it! You’ll be hunting boxes which contain a rubber stamp and visitor’s book. When finding the box an impression of the rubber stamp is taken using an ink pad and stamped onto either a book or postcard. You can either sign the visitor’s book, or use their own personal stamp.
- Underground Exeter
The underground passages have become a solid piece of Exeter’s history with stories of wars and sieges, plague and pestilence. They were designed to bring clean drinking water from natural springs outside the walled city through lead pipes into the heart of the city. The vaulted passageways allow visitors on guided tours under Devon’s capital city, team it with a trip to the RAMM museum in Exeter so you have a history rich day!
Will you be visiting Devon this summer? Let us know where you'll be heading in a comment below, or start planning your adventure now!