When going away during the half-term with the children you are often planning the trip in advance and filling the holiday with days to remember. If you are coming to Devon then Exeter is a great place to head to for a range of activities for the children. We thought we would tell you about a few that are on offer.
One for a rainy day, Tenpin bowling is fun for all the family. Whether it’s your first time bowling or if you a bowling star it is a great day out. Exeter’s Tenpin bowling has 22 lanes, arcade machines and pool tables. There is also a great restaurant which serves everything from burgers to salads, so you can head out for lunch followed by a game of bowling or make it your evening entertainment.
Another great activity for when the weather is not quite so good. Ibounce is a trampoline park, filled with fun and a great place for your children to blow off some steam. Your children can bounce to their heart’s content. There is also the Iplay which is a soft play area for younger children, which means the whole family can have fun with this day out.
An award-winning family resort which has over 60 rides and attractions. It has been voted as Devon’s best day out several times! Rides range from log flumes to carousels which means if you have young children or teenagers there is bound to be something to excite them all. As well as the rides and attractions there is the zoo area where you can grab the safari train and see the lions and zebras. Head to Meerkat Manor to meet the friendly meerkats! Alternatively, if you fancy being able to pet and feed the animals head to the farm barn where you can say hello to rabbits, ponies and guinea pigs.
If you fancy something a little more relaxing then why not head to Odeon cinema where you can pick a family film and sit back and relax with popcorn. Located close to the centre of Exeter city it’s a great place to head to after a day exploring the city or as an activity for when the weathers a bit wet.
For those bright, breezy days why not head to Haldon Forest. Only a 15-minute drive from Exeter, Haldon Forest boasts over 3500 acres of woodland and is the perfect destination for a family day out. There are 4 walking routes, 5 cycling routes, running routes, nordic walking and orienteering courses for those feeling more adventurous. In addition to these activities, there is also a Go Ape and Go Segway for those looking for something a little different. Getting out in nature is a wonderful way to relax and reconnect as a family. There are also lots of great places to stop for a picnic.
Sandy Park Rugby Stadium
For any rugby fans out there Exeter City is home to Exeter Chiefs Premiership rugby team who are at home at Sandy Park Stadium. Going to a rugby game with the family is such a wonderful experience. Support the home crowd or dare to support the team opposing! The stadium is a fantastic facility equipped with all the necessary facilities as well as some great eatery vans.
The Quay Climbing Centre
If you are after adventure then head down to the Quay Climbing Centre where you can get strapped in and scale their climbing walls. It is the South West largest Climbing Centre with over 200 routes at any one time. The climbing centre makes the most of its atrium space built in one of Exeter’s iconic industrial buildings. Originally the historic building was the city’s electric works. Here at the Quay Climbing Centre, it does not matter what ability you are, a team of staff on hand to help you have a wonderful climbing experience.
Finally, if you would like to go somewhere that pleases you, the parents, just as much as the children then you must visit Darts Farm. Located near to Exeter this wonderful attraction started life as a fantastic shop, filled with clothing, food and an excellent restaurant. However, since it’s early days it has grown to become a fantastic attraction that the whole family can enjoy. The shopping area has grown to include clothing, home and garden and more. The food section has grown into an amazing food hall which now includes seasonal produce, a butcher, delicatessens, artisan food and a drinks cellar. As well as delicious food and excellent shopping there is also a play area, farm walk, animal corner, fishing lakes, birdhide and you can hire bikes.
We hope you have enjoyed this blog posts and have found something for your little ones to do this half term. If perhaps you have not already got your accommodation sorted head over to our website to look at our Self-Catering and B&B accommodation in Devon.