What’s on in Devon this half term?
With half term half way through it’s time to get creative with the kids and fill the rest of your week with fun and excitement. So. What’s going to get them _ and keep them – interested this half term? We put our thinking caps on. Come rain or shine we have something here for everybody.
Hit the South West Coast Path
We are lucky enough to have 630 miles of beautiful coastline here in the south west and some of it is truly stunning. So it’s a great place to hit the trail and get the kids out into the fresh air.
Check out southwestcoastpath.org for places to start and finish and walk ideas…
Going to the beach? Thank it with a #2minutebeachclean
If hitting the beach is part of your half term, then this next idea is brilliant. It’s the brainchild of Martin Dorey, a writer who often writes for us here at the World First Blog and we love it. All you have to do is pick up litter for 2 minutes and see what you find. You might spot pieces of Lego or toy soldiers or even Smartie lids from the 1970s. And why does it matter? Plastics harm marine life so every bit that’s taken off the beach makes a difference to the health of our oceans.
And kids love doing it. You can find #2minutebeachclean stations at locations around the coast HERE.
Need more info? Head over to the 2 minute beach clean website.
Hit the surf
We think a trip to the beach without going surfing is a trip to the beach wasted. Quite a few of us surf so we’d always recommend it! Surfing is guaranteed to put a smile on any child’s face this half term, although parents must be warned that getting your children addicted to the water is going to involve a lot of parental taxi work to and from the beach.
So if you want to ride the waves safely this half term it’s a great idea to get a few lessons. That’s where a surf school really comes in handy. Take a look at North Devon Surf School for more details.
Take the high road at Haldon Forest
This is a great one for when the weather is good. Haldon Forest is truly beautiful and what better way to see it than from above whilst flying along a 235m long zip wire? Or how about a tree top adventure? Kids love Go Ape, it’s the perfect adventure. For more, see their website. If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground then the walks in and around the forest are just as spectacular.
When mother nature isn’t on our side
A back up plan is essential for half term. So how about some wet weather activities…
Climbing the walls?
Clip ‘n’ Climb in Exeter is a real favourite with children, so when they have you climbing the walls you can let them climb the walls instead. There is a dedicated children's climbing wall at the centre and children are clipped into safety ropes at all times. If they are feeling brave they can take the leap of faith! Climbing is a fabulous healthy activity that the kids will be talking about for a long time after they go back to school.
There are quite a few soft play centres in Devon. As any parent knows they are another great way to work off some of that excess energy. Three of the most popular ones are listed below. They have also been tested by some of the World First team and their children.
Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery - Exeter
Exeter's ‘home to a million thoughts’, The RAMM Museum, is located in one of Exeter most stunning buildings on Queen Street. Children will love exploring it. They will be able to find out about the story of Exeter and Devon from the prehistoric to the present day. It’s one of the most visited museums in the South West and for good reason – it’s brilliant. Perfect for a culturally rich day out in Devon’s first city. Oh, aand the salt beef stack in the café is amazing.
Find about more about the RAMM museum by visiting their website HERE.
Exeter's Underground Passages
Feeling agoraphobic? The network of medieval passages hidden beneath the streets of Exeter will soon change that. They were originally built to bring clean water to the city and are unique to Exeter. Exploring them doesn’t take long but it’s a real thrill to crawl or squeeze through tunnels that have been there for centuries.
Crealy Adventure Park and Resort
Always a firm favourite with children, Crealy has over 60 rides and attractions and is sat in 100 acres in East Devon. From The Animal kingdom to Meerkat Manor and the Lost World of Atlantis, just keep your eye out for our MD as he and his children are Crealy crazy. Watch the video and you’ll see why.