A firm family favourite where you will find North Devon’s longest and fastest roller coaster, its infamous ‘Caterpillar’ ride for the smaller ‘thrill’ seekers, an extra-large indoor adventure play area with assault course and slides for both young children and big children (yep even the grownups), bouncing pillows, a falconry, a train ride and so much more.
A great family day out with fun for all ages. At the Big Sheep near Bideford you can experience sheep racing, horse whispering, dog and duck trials, a new roller coaster and a combat centre. For the little ones there are tractor rides and a large indoor soft play area.
Built around 1157, Hartland Abbey remained as an abbey for more than 400 years, before passing through the female lines three times. Today it remains owned by the same family having never been sold, and it is still lived in by descendants of the original family. The gardens are excellent with peacocks and guinea fowl freely roaming, whilst the old Deer Park is home to donkeys and black welsh mountain sheep.
The renowned RHS Rosemoor Gardens are close by and are well worth a visit. The gardens are large and varied, with wonderful plants on-sale, plus a good restaurant and shop. Special events are held at Rosemoor throughout the year, including Easter Egg hunts and outdoor theatre performances.
Whilst exploring Torrington, remember to visit The Dartington Glass Factory, where you can watch glass blowing at the UKs last glass factory. They also have an excellent retail shop with discounted glassware. For visitors there are several ways to creative onsite, including hand casting, glass painting and jewellery making.
A short car journey away at Merton on the road to Okehampton is Barometer World, which has a unique collection of all types of Barometers. The shop sells both antique and reproduction instruments, as well as repairing and renovating instruments that are in poor condition.
A quirky park on the outskirts of Combe Martin where a range of wild animals live alongside full size animatronic dinosaurs.
Visit Exmoor Zoo and see some of the world’s most endangered animals, as well as getting up close and personal with the legendary Exmoor Beast.
The National Trust managed Arlington Court is well worth a visit. The estate is home to a regency house and a carriage museum. There are also miles of footpaths to explore.
Located in South Molton, Quince Honey Farm allows visitors to see the busy life of a bee, as well as having the opportunity to purchase some of the honey made in the onsite hives.