20 Best Things To Do In Barnstaple Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Barnstaple

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 406 fun things to do in Barnstaple for you and the family to discover, including indoor and soft play areas, museums and art galleries and beaches. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 232 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Barnstaple day out for your family is easy – simply explore the links below or use the filters at the top of the page to plan your next adventure.

Want to know what to do with the nature lovers in your family? Walk on the wild side and visit our Animals listings for zoos, safari parks and wildlife parks. Or are you looking for nearby places to visit in Barnstaple with a culture vulture? We've picked the best children's museums, discovery centres and historic locations in the Sightseeing section.

If you're after a big day out during the school holidays, we can tell you where the nearest theme park, water park or ski slope is. For quieter days near home in term time, we can help you find the best soft play, leisure centre or pottery cafe.

For teachers planning the next class trip, many places are educational and suitable for all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens. Never be stuck for what to do with the kids again!

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People touring Barnstaple Heritage Centre

Barnstaple Heritage Centre

  • Barnstaple
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Barnstaple Heritage Centre offers great entertainment for the whole family, with a fantastic hands on, interactive exhibition, games and quizzes, bra...

Outside view of Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon

Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon

  • Barnstaple
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon has collections and displays that cover the natural and human history of North Devon. Highlights include the...

Boys on rocking chair at North Devon Leisure Centre in Barnstaple

North Devon Leisure Centre

  • Barnstaple
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

North Devon Leisure Centre has standard swimming facilities with 1m and 3m Springboards. The 5m currently out of use. There is a learner pool too, fo...

Rock Park

  • Barnstaple
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

Rock Park offers active kids a skatepark and adventure play area with swings, slides, sandpit and several cool climbing frames. You can also enjoy a...

Logo of Lets Go Bowling & Skating in Barnstaple

Lets Go!

  • Barnstaple
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Please note that the skate rink will be temporarily closed until December 2018.  Lets Go is a super entertainment complex housing a state of the art...

Girl going into ball pit at Funderzone Indoor Soft Play Centre in Barnstaple

Funderzone Indoor Soft Play Centre

  • Barnstaple
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Funderzone Indoor Soft Play Centre is for children from toddlers to 12 year olds. Activities for all ages, babies and toddlers have their very own pl...

Falcon at North Devon Falconry in Newton Tracey

North Devon Falconry

  • Newton Tracey
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

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...

People at Saunton Sands in Braunton

Saunton Sands

  • Braunton
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Saunton Sands is famous to the kids as the backdrop to Robbie William's 'Angels' track, this is three miles of golden sand backed by Braunton Burrows...

Outside view of Braunton and District Museum

Braunton and District Museum

  • Braunton
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Braunton and District Museum is housed in the Bakehouse Centre which was specially converted from a former bakehouse and two cottages. We understand...

Soft play area at the Quay

The Quay Indoor Softplay

  • Braunton
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Fancy some “beach shack”-themed  soft play fun? The Quay Indoor Softplay is the perfect place for your tiny pirates and mermaids to let their imagina...

Staff by military tank at Cobbaton Combat Collection in Umberleigh

Cobbaton Combat Collection

  • Umberleigh
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Cobbaton Combat Collection is the largest private military collection in the South West, with more than 60 combat vehicles, plus a variety of weapons...

A little boy in Spring at Arlington Court, photo credit National Trust image/Chris Lacey

Arlington Court

  • Arlington
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Ready for an adventure? From outdoor den building to browsing an impressive model ship collection, Arlington Court in Devon is a great spot for your...

Camouflaged paintball player at Survival Laser Tag in Barnstaple

Survival Laser Tag

  • Barnstaple
  • Indoor
  • Laser Tag

Survival Laser Tag This is the real deal for laser tag, with an authentic outdoor arena that doubles up as the paintball zone, so you've got all the...

Skern Lodge Outdoor Activity Centre

Skern Lodge Outdoor Activity Centre

  • Bideford
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Enjoy an outdoor activity programme to meet all of your needs, whether you are a family looking for an exciting adventurous day together, or wanting...

Jaguar at Exmoor Zoo in Barnstaple

Exmoor Zoo

  • Barnstaple
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

At Exmoor Zoo change keeps taking place, so even a visit last year, will today see new exhibits and animals! The zoo has always specialised in smalle...

Aerial view of Westward Ho! Beach in Bideford

Westward Ho! Beach

  • Bideford
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Westward Ho! Named and indeed built after Charles Kingsley's 1855 novel this is a sandy beach backing onto a pebble ridge, with excellent swimming in...

Lake at Wistlandpound in Kentisbury

Wistlandpound

  • Kentisbury
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Lakes

Wistlandpound Reservoir has been carefully developed into a countryside site with wheelchair and pushchair accessible trails, activity equipment and...

Ferret at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

Combe Martin Wildlife & Animal Park

  • Combe Martin
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

You don’t usually see animals and dinosaurs living side by side, however that’s what you get at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park. Built into a...

Kids on quad bikes at Keypitts Quads in Ilfracombe

Keypitts Quads

  • Ilfracombe
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Keypitts Quads have a large range of Quads to cater for everyone from 6 years and upwards. Suzuki 50cc for the little ones, Yamaha 50cc and 80cc for...

Room at Croyde Deckchair Cinema

Croyde Deckchair Cinema

  • Croyde
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

If the good old English weather has got you down, imagine you're at a beach movie when you arrive at Croyde Deckchair Cinema. It may not look like a...

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