Beach Schools South West
This organisation works with parents to inspire outdoor learning for children on beaches. The work ties in with the national curriculum and is especially effective for children who find it difficult working in classrooms.
Take a balloon flight over the beautiful Devon and Cornwall countryside and take in the sights from above.
Venus Riders (Bigbury-on-Sea)
Situated right on the beach at Bigbury-on-Sea, Venus Riders offers water sports hire and tuition such as windsurfing, surfing and kayaking. Located next to the sandy beach, there is also the eco-friendly Venus Cafe which offers a delicious menu with locally-sourced food.
Home to the world famous Pennywell Miniature Pigs, Pennywell Farm is great for a family day out. There are different animal activities, shows and displays every half hour plus many seasonal events. Visitors can enjoy the Run Rabbit Go Carts or take tours of the enclosures where hedgehogs and race ferrets can be met plus bottlefeeding lambs and goats.
Explore the River Tamar by canoe
What better way to take in the beautiful surroundings than enjoying a tranquil canoeing trip down the River Tamar? The River Tamar creates a natural border between Devon and Cornwall and there is plenty to see on the journey. As well as seeing valley scenery, canoe trips often see lots of wildlife including seals, otters, kingfishers and herons to name but a few.
Set in 33 acres of stunning woodland with fantastic views of the surrounding countryside, Dartmoor Zoo is a unique and family owned zoo with a wide array of animals. The zoo also inspired the Hollywood movie We Bought a Zoo. The zoo has many animals to visit such as tigers, lions, jaguars, wolves, bears plus many more!
National Marine Aquarium
Located in Plymouth, this is the UK's largest aquarium which is dedicated to raising awareness of the ocean and the challenges they face. Discover mysterious sea creatures and be amazed by the Eddystone Reef tank which is home to the UK's largest single-tank viewing panel. The aquarium is also home to tanks of the Atlantic Ocean which house large nurse sharks and three species of rays! Finish the journey at the Great Barrier Reef tank which is home to Zebra sharks as well as Cooper the Humphead Wrasse and Samson the Giant Grouper!
Saltram House and Gardens
Close to Plymouth, Saltram House has over 500 acres of grounds and is itself a exquisite Georgian mansion full of interesting history and original objects. The house offers an insight into country estate life through the centuries with many impressive collections to discover such as paintings and marvellous interiors. Visitors can take themselves back in time by dressing up in Georgian and Regency costumes in Lord Morley's bedroom.
Part house and part museum, Buckland Abbey is a beautiful estate boasting meadows, woodlands and orchards and is home to over 700 years of history. Visitors can discover the Great Barn which has barely changed since it was built and find treasures throughout the estate. The Nave Gallery contains the Rambrandt self-portrait and is well worth a look. Exciting family events happen year round.
This award-winning attractions forms part of a World Heritage site and features a historic port, village, copper mine and railway. Visitors can participate in the following: riding the copper mine train, learning traditional crafts, try chocolate making, experience the Victorian school, sample in the brewery, learn in the Victorian bakery, mining for copper, panning for gold and dress like Victorians.
Mount Edgcumbe Country Park
Home to the former house of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe, Mount Edgcumbe House is set in Grade I Cornish Gardens and part of a 865 acre country park. Perfect for family outings and group visits, the park is jointly owned by Cornwall Council and Plymouth City council whilst also being one of the most visited tourist destinations in the region. Visitors are encouraged to explore, enjoy and learn wandering through the vast grounds.
The Garden House
This inspiring garden is one of the finest in Britain. With a series of garden rooms and spaces, there are many diverse planting styles to explore. Visitors can marvel at a walled garden with 16th century ruins, cottage-garden drift planting, flowering meadow, terraced lawns and the world-famous planted ovals.
Tucked away above Salcombe, this hidden paradise is waiting. The subtropical garden is bursting with colour and filled with exotic and rare plants in the gardens which surround the seaside home of scientist and inventor Otto Overbeck. Visitors can also go inside the house to see Otto's eclectic collections such as his Rejuvenator (which was once believed to cure all ills).
Visit this contemporary gallery which showcases work from the artistic community living in the Tamar Valley. Home to modern ceramics and beautiful handmade jewellery.
Kingsbridge and District Light Railway Co
This little train that gave rides to adults and children between 1969 and 1991 is running again along the estuary during the summer months.
Located on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, Burrator Reservoir has it all with dramatic tors, open moorland, historic settlements and a nature reserve. The area offers a great day out for families, nature enthusiasts, historians and Dartmoor lovers. There are plenty of walks plus lots of wildlife and history. Explore abandoned farms, the remains of Princetown Railway. Also discover plenty of wildlife such as the iconic Dartmoor ponies, plus a huge variety of birds.
East Portlemouth to Salcombe ferry
This privately operated foot passenger ferry carries visitors between Salcombe and East Portlemouth and also provides a link to the Coast Path and access to East Portlemouth's sandy beaches
Newton Ferrers Equus Riding Stables
Located in the pretty countryside of South Hams, Newton Ferrers Equus offers a wide range of riding activities for all abilities. Riders can hack from the stunning countryside, take on woodland treks or even enjoy day rides on the beach or through Dartmoor. The stables have a large riding school, a small outdoor arena and also an indoor arena. Children can also partake in the 'Own a Pony' day where they will spend an entire day with a resident pony and learn stable management skills.
Plym Valley Railway
A rebuilt 1.5 mile section of the ex Great Western branch line from Marsh Mills to Plym Bridge, Plym Valley Railway is a heritage railway centre which carries out train rides. There are also viewing areas so visitors can watch the trains running. Plym Valley Railway operate trains on selected days and run special days including on Easter Sunday, Spooky Sunday for Halloween and Santa specials on the Sundays leading up to Christmas.
A Blue Flag awarded beach, Bigbury-on-Sea is the perfect spot for a family day out with gently shelving sands and safe swimming away from the river. Canoeing and windsurfing are popular activities here and then the tide is out, kite buggies swing around the sands of the bay. At high tide, the sea tractor takes people to Burgh Island which is a unique experience to have.
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