Have a family day out in Devon

Whether you are visiting or live here a family day out in Devon allows you to choose from a whole range of activities and outings. However, what you choose to do depends on the age and interests of your family. This page gives an overview, with links to other pages to help you make a decision. (Please note that all links to external websites open in a new window)

Depending on the size and age of your family there are lots of options to choose from. You'll find a selection of things to do on this page that are suitable for all age groups. All the locations have good car parking facilities, a cafe and toilets. You can spend a whole day or just an afternoon.

Most of them have options to buy a ticket for more than one day, so if you or the children love it you can go again and again.

My absolute favourite family day out is to Bicton Park. It’s a blend of historic 18th Century gardens, beautiful trees and 21st century facilities. It's packed with things to look at and there's plenty for everyone. Spend an afternoon or a whole day there, I know you'll love it.

Crealy is another good choice for younger children. It’s more of a 'theme park' type attraction but there are still things that older children and parents can do. Stay all day or have an afternoon there, the choice is yours. For prices and opening times and to buy tickets online visit

Escot, near Ottery St Mary is a great family day out. They've got nature trails, wild boar, birds of prey, otters, a maze and Pirate play area plus a shop and excellent tea-rooms where you can have lunch or just a cup of tea and a snack. You can also try your hand at letterboxing while you're there. Set in 200 acres of parkland Escot is open every day from 10am with lots of new attractions and updated features for 2012.

The Jurassic Coast can be enjoyed along the whole of the East Devon coastline. Get spectacular views by taking one of the regular double decker buses that run along the whole length. Stop off along the way at some of the following places.

Pecorama near Beer is a large exhibition for model railway enthusiasts of all ages. While you’re there you can also take a ride on the narrow gauge railway and see the lovely gardens.

Opening times and further information for Pecorama

The Seaton Tramway first opened in August 1970 and the final extension to Colyton was opened in 1980. You have the opportunity to ride on a tram through some beautiful East Devon countryside as well as learning about the history of trams as a form of transportation. Open daily until the end of October. For more information visit the Seaton Tramway website

If you like animals then the Donkey Sanctuary at Slade House Farm, near Sidmouth should make a great family day out. Like Exeter Museum admission is FREE. As well as the donkeys you can enjoy a walk, admire the beautiful views of the countryside, visit the nature centre or have a meal in the restaurant. Or see the donkeys now on the donkeycam

Enjoy your family day out and please don’t forget to let us know what you did by using the form below

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