1. Explore Exeter Green Circle

Want to burn off some energy? Exeter’s Green Circle is 12 miles long and varies from green countryside valley parks to pavements and quiet leafy suburbs. It's a long way for little legs so you don't need to do it all at once, much of the route is easily accessible from the city centre so it's easy to tackle smaller sections at a time!

2. Visit the Play Areas

Exeter is full of great play areas for young children. New equipment was installed in the Pinhoe Station Road Play Area in August 2019 and Exeter is also home to the MENCAP Inclusive Community Play Park in Countess Wear.

3. Exeter Library

The Central Library offers loads of activities for young children including Early Years Storytime, Bounce and Rhyme, Books with Buggies and Songs and Stories on Sunday – see the full list at https://www.devonlibraries.org.uk/web/arena/exeterlibrary.

4. Darts Farm

Get out and explore the Exe Estuary as a family with Darts Farm’s family bike hire. They also have an outdoor play area to help tire out the kids!

5. Make them Feel Giant!

Babbacombe Model Village is 4 acres of miniature model scenes, vehicles and people; perfect for giants to do lots of wandering and exploring of this other world! They also host a variety of sensational seasonal events for families.

6. Cofton Holidays

Cofton Holidays is full of fantastic family facilities for young children, including an indoor pool with a splash pad area and hydrotherapy loungers, outdoor pools, soft play area, playground, sports wall and the Woodland Adventure Area! New for 2020 are 12 luxury family-friendly lodges, overlooking the panoramic glory of the Haldon Hills and Ashcombe Forest, which can be enjoyed from the large decking areas or bubbling hot tubs!

7. Haldon Forest Park

Haldon Forest Park is a place where wonderful memories are made. Follow the themed activity trails aimed at young children, such as Gruffalo Orienteering & Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon, or simply visit to stretch your legs and enjoy the fresh air. See all their activities at https://www.forestryengland.uk/haldon-forest-park/activities.

8. Visit RAMM 

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum is amazing - it's full of great exhibits to keep little imaginations alive. They have Beastie Bags to help keep them entertained and a cosy family area in the World Cultures gallery to play and read! They also host a variety of excellent events aimed at children and families

9. Visit Devon's Largest Theme Park

Crealy Theme Park and Resort has over 60 amazing rides and attractions including the adrenaline pumping rollercoasters Twister and Maximus, as well as water rides Tidal Wave and Vortex. They also feature lots of soft play areas around the theme park, which are aimed at different age groups, so there is plenty for smaller children to do!

10. Exeter Cathedral

The nave of Exeter Cathedral will certainly make your little ones feel small! A place of peace and tranquility, where families are very welcome, the Cathedral hosts a variety of family-friendly events throughout the year - check out the upcoming Space: Light and Sound ShowView the full list of what's on

11. The Donkey Sanctuary 

Visit the Donkey Sanctuary and you’ll have a great day out, as well as supporting a great cause! Explore the sanctuary’s new indoor attractions and discover just why donkeys are so special through fun, interactive exhibits in the new Exhibition Barn and Understanding Donkeys Zone, all completely free!

12. Splash Around

On a warm day, take them to the St Thomas Splash Pad, which is suitable for toddlers and under 12s. It's full of water fountains, tipping buckets and cannons, and a range of equipment including springers, swings, multiplay unit and a stand on seesaw.

13. Saddles and Paddles

Offering a range of hire equipment, including canoes, kayaks & bikes – Saddles and Paddles is ideal for families, as they offer child seats, trailers and “tag-along” bars so the whole family can take part!

Image of Family Cycling - copyright: Toney Cobley

14. Heavitree Pleasure Grounds

Heavitree Pleasure Grounds is a park that combines a wide range of leisure facilities for the city's residents and even has free paddling pools which are open from June to September, perfect to get the little ones cooled down in those hot months!

15. Set Sail up the River Exe

Have a truly extraordinary experience with Stuart Line Cruises on the calm-assured waters of the River Exe or you could enjoy one of their marvellous mini coastal cruises! What’s more? They offer joint tickets with World of Country Life so you can save yourself money on an amazing day out too.

16. World of Country Life

The World of Country Life attraction is full of things to do: animal petting and feeding; daily activities; soft play areas; giant air bouncers and slides; trampolines; adventure playgrounds and more. Brand new for 2020, they also have a Maize Maze and Ninja Warrior course!

17. Ocean, Exmouth

Ocean is fun for the whole family. Not only do they have Ten-Pin bowling, but they also have a three storey soft play which is full of slides and chutes to keep your little ones entertained, anD a dedicated padded area for the littlest visitors (under 2)!

18. Visit the Theatre

Exeter has some great family friendly shows coming up in 2020, including Alice in Wonderland, on 11th April at the Barnfield Theatre or Giraffes Can’t Dance from 12th-14th June at the Exeter Northcott Theatre! 

19. Greendale Farm Shop

Greendale Farm Shop is ideal for families. They have a wonderful family farm trail, which is free, and in their Farm Shop café they feature a fabulous family room and children’s menus so you can all stop for some delicious cake!

20. South Devon Railway

South Devon Railway passes through some of Devon's most beautiful countryside, which is rich in wildlife that is barely visible from the road. At Buckfastleigh, there is a riverside walk and picnic area, play area, gardens, a fascinating museum, a workshop and historic steam and diesel engines, as well as refreshment rooms! South Devon Railway run regular events aimed at families, and new for 2020 they have introduced a vintage fair with vintage fairground rides, side shows, vintage cars, commercial vehicles and traction engines!

21. Killerton House and Gardens

There’s lots of family filled fun to be had at Killerton House and Gardens, you can let them explore winding paths, climb an extinct volcano and even discover an Iron Age hill fort. They also have slacklines and swings dotted around and a family forest school!

22. Let Them Run Wild

At Wildwood Escot, there are amazing animals, a magnificent maze, outdoor adventure play, indoor soft play, terrific traversing walls, heart-stopping drop-slide, a 40 metre zip line, and authentic Saxon village – enough to keep the kids engaged and entertained all day.

23. Exeter Phoenix

Exeter Phoenix have a variety of shows, performances and other events that are suitable for those with young children! On 17th February, they will have ‘Chloe and the Colour Catcher’ from Ad Infinitum & Bristol Old Vic. They also run a monthly session called “Mothers Who Make” which is for mums to go along get creative with their kids, regardless of their ages.

24. Take a Tram Ride

Seaton Tramway is a truly unique experience in itself, especially if you have never ridden a tram before, but they also have loads of family events, such as The Dinosaur Tram Adventure, Fairy Special, Pirate Tram, Halloween themed events and THE POLAR EXPRESS™!

25. St Nicholas Priory

St Nicholas Priory is Exeter’s oldest building, and they have public openings on Sundays, as well as a variety of events and activities aimed at all age groups. See a full calendar of events at https://www.nicholaspriory.com/calendar/.

26. iPlay + iBounce

Situated in Marsh Barton, iBounce is an indoor trampoline park and iPlay is the adjoining soft play area for young children. It features a Jurassic zone, an Ice Age zone, a Mini-Tot zone for babies and toddlers and a refreshing rainforest café.


Cofton Holidays
Camping & Caravan Site
Cofton Holidays - Outdoor Pool

Cofton is set in a peaceful valley offering eighty acres of Devon countryside to explore. Fantastic four star facilities on a family-run holiday park. You’ll struggle to find a more beautiful setting for your holiday.

Exeter Library
Arts & Heritage
Exeter Library Building

Exeter Library is the largest Library in Devon and is looked after by the charity Libraries Unlimited. We believe in the unlimited potential of library services across the UK to make a positive difference to people's lives and communities through a shared love of reading and access to a wide array of information and facilities.

Heavitree Pleasure Grounds
Municipal Park
Heavitree Park and Pleasure Grounds

Popular family park with a wide range of recreational facilities including paddling pools, six tennis courts, basketball court, skate park, bmx track, bowling green and kick about area.

Saddles and Paddles
Waymarked Trail
Saddles and Paddles

Saddles & Paddles is a local business based on the historic Exeter quayside that offers something different for those looking for an outdoor adventure.

Exeter Northcott Theatre
Exeter Northcott theatre exterior

The Exeter Northcott Theatre has been the home of high-quality professional theatre in Exeter and Devon for 50 years. The varied programme includes drama, dance, opera, ballet, music, workshops, community and educational events.

Exeter Barnfield Theatre
Exeter Barnfield Theatre

A varied programme of events, alternative theatre and concerts. An intimate atmosphere. Bar and cafe.

St Nicholas Priory
St Nicholas Priory, exterior

Exeter’s oldest building, the original priory was turned into Tudor home and is now a performance and community venue. Come and experience 900 years of Exeter’s history and join us in discovering the secrets of our wonderful building.

Seaton Tramway
Seaton Tramway logo

For a great day out in Devon, visit Seaton Tramway a attraction featuring a narrow gauge electric tramway running 3 miles from Seaton to Colyton via Colyford.

National Trust Killerton House & Gardens
Historic House/Palace
The National Trust Killerton House & Gardens

Killerton House is an 18thC house built for the Acland family surrounded by 18 acres of beautiful gardens and countryside to explore.

South Devon Railway
Steam Railway
South Devon Railway train

The South Devon Railway is a seven mile steam railway running between Buckfastleigh and Totnes. At Buckfastleigh, there is a play area, gardens, museum, workshop and cafe.

Exeter Phoenix
Arts Centre
Angled image of the exterior of the Exeter Phoenix

Exeter Phoenix is one of the South West’s leading contemporary arts venues, offering an exciting and varied programme of theatre, dance, performance, music, film and visual arts, and attracting over 150,000 visitors a year.

Stuart Line Cruises
Boat Trip
Geology Day Trip

A family owned passenger boat business operating from Exmouth. With sailings along the East & South Devon coastline & River Exe. A large variety of trips available from scenic river cruises to all day excursions. Operating all year round.

World of Country Life
Adventure Park/Playground
Child with a goat

World of Country Life is Devon’s GOLD award winning family day out, whatever the weather!

Wildwood Escot
Animal Collection
Wildwood Escot

Let the kids go wild at Wildwood Escot, with amazing animals, a magnificent maze, outdoor adventure play, indoor soft play, terrific traversing walls, heart-stopping drop-slide, a 40 metre zip line, and authentic Saxon village!

Greendale Farm Shop

Deep in the heart of the East Devon countryside, surrounded by 15 acres of farmland, you’ll find the award-winning Greendale Farm Shop and its family-friendly café. Full of fresh, locally-sourced produce, this welcoming shop has become a must-visit destination.

Children's bowling in Ocean, Exmouth

If you are looking for fun things to do in Exmouth, then Ocean is the place to be. Whether you are toddler or a big kid at heart, we have something to offer from bowling to smooth Jazz to rock and roll.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery - RAMM
Royal Albert Memorial Museum Queen Street Exeter

Exeter’s world-class museum has stunning displays and galleries, fabulous exhibitions and modern amenities. The displays reveal Devon and Exeter’s rich history and global connections. Exotic animals, birds and insects delight children and the World Cultures galleries display stunning items from all over the world.

Crealy Theme Park & Resort
Theme Park / Waterpark
The most rides in Devon

Voted Devon's best family attraction, don't miss the fun and excitement of Devon's Great Adventure Park!

Babbacombe Model Village
Theme Park / Waterpark
Babbacombe Model Village

Step into a world of miniature marvels, set in 4 acres of beautiful award-winning gardens that were awarded the ‘Britain in Bloom - South West Gold Award’ in 2016. New models for 2017 - a canal and narrow boat display and the stunningly detailed ‘House of Magic’ model.

Haldon Forest Park - Forestry England
Country Park/Nature Reserve
Haldon Forest Park - Forestry Commission - walking with view

Immerse yourself in the great outdoors with Haldon Forest Park!



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