Lots of Interesting Places to Visit in Devon

Devon is steeped in history so when you are staying with us we recommend you visit some of our amazing local attractions. Take a look through the links below to see what hidden secrets Devon has to offer

Donkey Sanctuary Slade House Farm, Sidmouth EX10 0NU

Set along the historic Jurassic Coast and nestled in the tranquil East Devon countryside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, our working farm is home to hundreds of rescued donkeys, mules and hinnies, who can’t wait to meet you.
Enjoy mile upon mile of scenic walks, burn off some steam in the maze and outdoor farm-themed play area, and discover the wild side of the Sanctuary by visiting our Nature Centre.

New for 2017: Our brand new restaurant overlooking the stunning Jurassic Coast will open this Spring and our new Visitor Centre and Gift Shop are due to open this summer.

The donkey Sanctury is approx 15 minute drive from the farm

Seaton Jurassic Center, Seaton EX12 2WD

Brand new indoor interactive guide to the Jurassic Coast, opened April 2016. Travel through time and discover hidden wonders. Become an explorer and experience ancient landscapes with their time ship bringing you face to face with scary monsters! With a surprise around every corner and hundreds of things to see, touch and the children get given a passport and can go around answering questions in hidded boxes. You can also explore wildlife garden with bug-hotels, birdbaths, water features and interactive outdoor activities. There is also a great café serving local and ethical food to refuel after your adventure.

Seaton is approx 15 minute drive from the farm

Escot, Ottery St. Mary, EX11 1LU

For all lovers of nature and the great outdoors, Wild Escot is a unique experience and offers a great family day out. Set in 220 acres of stunning private parkland in the heart of East Devon. Meet rare red squirrels in our walk-through enclosure, test your orientation with our world-class beech hedge maze, and marvel at our birds of prey displays. You will also find otters, Wildcat, Lynx, wolves and wild boar. Whilst exploring the woodland you will hidden playgrounds, a heart-stopping drop slide, a saxon village and an indoor play area. To top the day off there is also a The Coach House restaurant serving delicious homemade food and Devon cream teas.

Escot is an approx 15 minute drive from the farm

World of country, Exmouth, EX8 5BY

Devon’s multi-award-winning all weather day out for the whole family!

With a fantastic mix of play areas, animals, museum exhibits and entertainments, there really is something for all ages to enjoy. Three indoor soft plays, outdoor adventure playground with swings, slides, roundabouts and trampolines, farm animal petting zoo with daily bottle feeding, animal handling, goat walking and ferret racing activities as well as a bird of prey flying display, the Deer Train Safari – hand-feed the red deer and llama – museum of farming, vintage & classic vehicle collection and the Reg Imray Motorcycle Collection. All this along with the farm-themed restaurant serving locally sourced, home-cooked proper meals make this a unique full day out for all generations, whatever the weather.

Exmouth is an approx 45 minute drive from the farm

Devon's Crealy Great Adventure Park, Exeter, EX5 1DR

Devon’s Crealy Great Adventure Park is an award winning family attraction. The Park has over 60 rides and attractions set in over 100 acres of glorious Devon countryside. There are over 100 animals, 30 outdoor attractions and a variety of other activities to choose from. With rides for thrill seekers to soft-play and animal petting for younger guests, Devon’s Crealy is a great family day out.

Crealy is an approx 30 minute drive from the farm

Living Coast, Torquay, TQ1 2BG

Torquay’s coastal zoo and aquarium is an oasis of calm in the middle of Torquay’s bustling waterfront area. Beneath the vast net canopy, you will find one hundred penguins plus fur seals, puffins, wading birds, fish – and lots, lots more. Fascinating underwater viewing and many surprises downstairs.

Torquay is an approx 1 hour drive from the farm

Paignton Zoo, Paignton TQ4 7EU

With over two thousand creatures to get close to and more animals than any other zoo in the South West, indoor and outdoor play areas, the Jungle Express train, keeper talks, animal feeding sessions and six amazing animal habitats you’re sure to have a great day out for the whole family.

 

Paignton Zoo is an approx 1 hours drive from the farm

National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, PL4 0LF

The nation’s biggest Marine Aquarium offering families a great variety of nautical/sea life. Great family day out that’s fun and educating. All indoors

Plymouth is just over an 1 hours drive from the farm

Eden Project, Bodelva, PL24 2SG

Located in Cornwall, the Eden Project is nestled in a huge crater. Here, massive Biomes housing the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning plants, exhibitions and stories serve as a backdrop to our striking contemporary gardens, summer concerts and exciting year-round family events.

The Eden Project is an approx 2 hour drive from the farm, worth the drive if you’ve not visited the biodomes before.

Seaton Tramway, Colyton to Seaton

Never ridden a tram before? Now’s your chance! Seaton Tramway is a great family day out like no other. Step back in time and experience the only way to travel. Open top double deckers for panoramic views of the estuary and enclosed saloons in wet weather; we’ve got the lot! We have a fantastic choice of freshly home-cooked food using local produce and ingredients – don’t miss our famous Devon clotted cream teas!

Join us for a ride through two beautiful nature reserves on our ‘Bird Hide On Wheels’. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, why not try your hand at a ‘Driver’s Eye Experience’ or one of our ‘Tram Driving Lesson’ packages starting from as little as £40 per person.

Colyton Tram station has free parking and is approximtely 10 minutes drive from the farm

South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh to Totnes

The South Devon Railway is one of the West Country’s best loved tourist attractions and is the longest established steam railway in the south west. The line runs along the stunning valley of the Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes (Riverside). The steam trains offer a wonderful all day, all weather attraction for families and visitors of all ages. As well as the wonderful scenery, there is loads to see and do, with a play area, beautiful gardens, a riverside picnic area, museum, workshop and refreshment rooms, plus a great gift shop.

And with ‘3 Great Attractions, 1 Amazing Day’ joint tickets available for the railway and Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies, next to the station at Buckfastleigh, and the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm adjacent to Totnes (Riverside) station, it’s just the ticket for a whole day filled with fun and interest! Buckfastleigh station, which is just off the A38, midway between Exeter and Plymouth, has plenty of free car parking. Buckfastleigh is approximately 40 minute drove from the farm.

Pecorama, Beer

Pecorama at Beer, one of East Devon’s leading visitor attractions, is the home to the famous PECO Model Railway Exhibition and the Beer Heights Light Railway.
The Exhibition hall displays wonderfully detailed railway layouts, in many different gauges. Outdoors, a fleet of miniature steam locomotives pull passenger trains on a mile-long route through the grounds, over bridges, through steep-sided cuttings and a long, dark tunnel!

Pecorama also features the Millennium Celebration Garden, a series of five celestially themed garden ‘rooms’. The individual garden names of Sun, Moon, Rainbow, Roof and Moat Garden reflect the nature and colour of the flowers, shrubs and trees found in each. Children can choose from a variety of Activity Play Areas whilst an extensive programme of entertainment runs each summer, with shows from mid July until early September. Whatever the weather, clowns , jesters and magicians provide entertainment under cover of the PECO Marquee. Also open is the Pecorama ‘Play Station’, the fantastic multi-tiered indoor play area for children up to 12 years of age.

Pecorama is approximately 15minute drive from the farm.

Stuart Line Cruises, Exmouth

So much of Devon is available by road but don’t forget about the stunning scenery and wildlife on viewable from the water.

Stuart Line Cruises operate trips throughout the year aboard modern and comfortable vessels so ensure you do not miss out and take a trip with them.

During the Summer months (April to October) you can sail along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site or take a day trip to a local town such as Sidmouth, Topsham, Torquay or Brixham. You can also enjoy exploring by boat and train or simply take a relaxing afternoon scenic cruise on the River Exe.

During the Winter months of November to March the Exe becomes a haven for thousands of wintering birds. You can take a trip throughout the festive season and meet Santa Claus in his own specially designed grotto area for children up to 12 years of age.

National Trust, East Devon

The National trust properties in East Devon are a great place for a family day out with interesting houses and fantastic gardens to explore. Many of them have specific family friendly events and there are also National trust rangers with free activities at various locations including pond dipping, rafting building and kite flying.

A la Rhonde Nr Exmouth, EX8 5BD
Sixteen-sided house with a ‘magical strangeness’ about it, filled with the amazing hand-made creations of Jane and Mary Parminter. There is a café, its family friendly and dogs welcome on estate. Approx. 30 minutes from the farm, open everyday 31st Jan- 1 Nov
Knightshayes Nr Tiverton, EX16 7RQ
A Gothic dream of a house, a ‘medieval’ world created in Victorian times, with richly decorated interiors; outside, the garden is one of Devon’s finest. There is a café, its family friendly and dogs welcome on estate. Approx. 40 minutes from the farm, open everyday except 24th and 25th Dec.
Killerton, Nr Broadclyst EX5 3LE,
One of Devon’s great estates: miles of paths and cycle trails to discover, and at its centre a welcoming house set in a celebrated garden. There is a café, its family friendly and dogs welcome on estate Approx. 30 minutes from the farm, open everyday 14th Feb-1 Nov
Branscombe and the Jurassic Coast Nr Seaton EX12
Historic thatched village leading down to the sea on Devon’s Jurassci Coast: lots to explore and great walking country. There is also a watermill (seasonal opening) and traditional forge. Approx 15 minutes form the farm.

Burrow Farm Gardens, Dalwood, EX13 7ET

East Devon’s Secret Garden is a beautiful and secluded 13-acre garden with many unusual trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. A thatched stone summerhouse looks towards a lake and ancient oak woodland under planted with rhododendrons, azaleas and other woodland plants, a photographers dream. There is a bog garden created within an old Roman quarry. Azaleas flourish in the garden and Azalea Glade is a particularly tranquil and enchanted area of the garden.
The more formal Millennium garden features colour themed planting with a rill running through the centre into a formal pond.
The Anniversary Garden features ornamental grasses waving gently above the sunken path. A perfusion of perennials makes a stunning display with pink, blue and purple as the theme. Particularly stunning later in the year.
The garden is carefully designed to provide interest throughout the year with early spring interest and superb autumn colour.
Café for lights snacks and cream teas, dogs and children welcome. Nursey with many plants for sale. Open daily from 1st April to 31st October.Burrow farm gardens is just 5 minutes from the farm

Powerderham Castle, Exeter EX6 8JQ

Powderham Castle is the family home of the Earl & Countess of Devon. Set in a beautiful deer park on the banks of the Exe estuary, the Castle was built by the Courtenay family in 1391. Despite being besieged during both the Wars of the Roses and the Civil War, it has remained home to the same family. Entertaining guided tours bring the Castle and family’s fascinating 1000 year history to life; you will find them engaging whatever your age. Discover secret doors, stunning architecture and even a haunted landing. Allow 3 hours or more for your visit, so you can take time to explore the uniquely picturesque acres of gardens and grounds. Relax in the peaceful surroundings, from the beautiful Rose Garden, overlooking the deer park and Exe estuary, to the American Woodland Garden, with its stunning collection of trees.
The walled garden is home to our Adventure Play Castle & Zip wire – the perfect place for under 11yr olds to let their imagination run wild. You can meet our friendly animals here, including, goats ponies and guinea pigs to name but a few. There are also themed weeks during the summer holidays with additional activities and birds of prey displays.
Adults £11.50, child £9.50 and family 2+3 (£32.50) free return and 2 for 1 offer with national trust membership. Powderham is approx. 35 mins form the farm.

Forde Abbey, Chard TA20 4LU

Forde Abbey in Dorset is a treasure dating back almost 900 years. It is a family home as well as a living and breathing working estate, and welcomes visitors all year round. Home to the highest powered fountain in the country, Forde Abbey gardens include topiary lined vistas, colourful herbaceous borders, an arboretum, a bog garden, which together with swathes of early Spring bulbs and camellias provide all year round interest. Wide open lawns and the space and freedom to explore makes Forde Abbey a great day out for all the family.
New for 2017, we now have a living willow labyrinth to explore in the arboretum, big enough for little ones and those just young at heart. There’s lots of family friendly dates in the diary for 2017, including wildlife days, an Easter egg trail, forest fun sessions and much more besides.
Enjoy a tea, or lunch, in the Monastic Undercroft Tearoom; browse the Gift Shop and Plant Centre for that unusual present or perfect plant
Ford Abbey is approx. 30 mins from the farm

Bicton Park Botanical Gardens, East Budleigh, EX9 7BJ

Spanning nearly 300 years of horticultural history, these magnificent grade 1 listed gardens are set in Devon, Otter Valley, between the city of Exeter and England’s Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Bicton provides all year round enjoyment for all ages including historic glasshouses, a countryside museum, the Bicton Woodland Railway train ride, nature trail, maze, mini golf, indoor and outdoor children’s play complexes, restaurant and shop.
Opening times: Open 7 days a week 10.00-17.00. Bicton is approx 30 minutes from the farm.

Beer Quary Caves, Beer

Beer Quarry Caves is a man-made limestone underground complex located about a mile west of the village of Beer, Devon. The guides will take you on an hour long tour through the awe-inspiring caves with their mighty halls of vaulted roofs and pillars of Beer Stone which have been likened to a vast underground cathedral.

Beer is an approx 20 minute drive from the farm

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter EX4 3RX

Exeter’s world-class museum, RAMM, has stunning new displays and galleries, fabulous exhibitions and modern amenities. The museum underwent a major redevelopment program and re-opened in December 2011. 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. You can also request a special ladybird suitcase for the children will all they need to explore the museum in. There is also a great café serving locally sourced food. Exeter is approx. 20mins from the farm, there is also a great train service from Honiton to Exeter. RAMM is just a few minutes’ walk rom Exeter Central.

Allhallows Museum, Honiton EX14 1PG

In the town famous for lace making, Allhallows Museum has one of the most comprehensive collections of Honiton Lace in the world. Displays in two galleries feature exquisite examples of 16th to early 20th century Honiton lace. Other displays include Honiton Pottery; a mid Victorian furnished doll’s house; palaeontology; children’s toys; war memorabilia, mementos of Allhallows School and the Borough of Honiton; coins and trade tokens. There are plenty of activities to amuse the children. A choice of four free children’s quiz sheets are available, with a guaranteed prize on completion, plus puzzles, books and an opportunity for everyone to try lace making. Honiton is approx. 5 minutes from the farm.

Lyme Regis Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, DT7 3QA

Lyme Regis Museum stands where Dorset meets Devon on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Built on the site of the fossilist Mary Anning’s home, the museum is an architectural gem packed with fascination. Discover Lyme’s history, its geology, its fossils, its artists and writers, from J M Whistler to Jane Austen to John Fowle. Lyme Regis is approx. 20 minutes drive from the farm

Dinosaurland museum, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PY

Dinosaurland Fossil Museum is a private museum which is owned and run by Palaeontologist Steve Davies and his wife Jenny. The museum contains a spectacular collection of the local Jurassic marine fossils. The collection grows each year and is now probably the best fossil collection on public display in SW England.
It is a traditional museum using the beauty and majesty of more than 10,000 specimens to show people just how exciting and wonderful the world of fossils and dinosaurs really is.
Dinosaurland Fossil Museum is housed in a magnificent grade 1 listed building which was once the Congregational Church. The pioneering fossil hunter Mary Anning was baptised here on 27th June 1799 and continued to worship here until about 1830. She discovered the first Ichthyosaur on the beaches here in 1811. Lyme Regis is approx. 20 minutes drive from the farm

Exeter’s Underground Passages, EX1 1GA

Exeter’s Underground Passages were built to house the pipes that brought clean drinking water into medieval Exeter. They have always fascinated people with war and plague stories. A guided tour of Exeter’s Underground Passages is a memorable event – narrow, dark, interesting and exciting. Visit the heritage centre before your guided tour, packed with interactive exhibits and interpretation. These are the only passages of this kind open to the public in Britain! Exeter is approx. 20 minute drive form teh farm or you can take a train from Honiton directly into Exeter City Centre.

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Honiton, approx 5 minute drive from Smallicombe farm

The market town of Honiton has long been famous for lace, pottery and glove making, and Honiton still has numerous shops dedicated to lace or pottery. More recently the town has become a centre for antiques and antiquarian books. There are around thirty establishments connected with this trade and regular auctions are held in the town. Honiton has an extensive selection of restaurants and tea shops, cream teas are a must have!

Honiton Festival is held annually in May and features music by local artists and internationally known names. There is also an annual hot pennies day, the first Tuesday after the 19th July, that dates back to the 13th Century where hot pennies are thrown out of first floor windows along the highstreet . Another annual event is the Honiton Agricultural Show – one of the largest and best supported 1 day show in the country with both farming and trade exhibitions – held the first Staurday in August. Yet another local event is the Honiton and District Carnival that is held over a two week period in October, culminating in the Grand Evening Carnival Procession.

Axminster, approx 10 minute drive from Smallicombe Farm

The small ancient market town of Axminster is situated on the River Axe in the east of Devon. It is famous for its Axminster carpets. These were designed by Thomas Whitty in 1775, in a manner similar to Turkish carpets. Caster Hill House, where the carpets were originally produced, can still be seen. The carpets were of the highest quality, custom made carpets for the country’s stately homes and mansions. The manufacturing process can still be seen today by visitors to the Axminster carpet factory.

Axminster’s origins date back to Celtic times and it is thought to have been first settled around 300 BC. The Saxon church of St Mary stands on Minster Green in the centre of town. It has an interesting Norman door and a Jacobean pulpit.

Axminster now has one of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstalls River Cottage canteens opposite the church with the River Cottage HQ only a few miles away

Colyton, approx 5 minutes drive from Smallicombe Farm

Colyton first appeared as an ancient village around 700 AD and features in the Domesday Book as ‘Culitone’. It was called the “most rebellious town in Devon” due to the number of its inhabitants who joined the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685.

Colyton and Colford hosts a number of annual events including point-to-point horse racing, civil war days and an annual Goose fair in September.

The Seaton Tramway terminates at nearby Kingsdon on the other side of the River Coly and the town is on the route of the East Devon Way footpath.

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+ Attractions
Donkey Sanctuary Slade House Farm, Sidmouth EX10 0NU

Set along the historic Jurassic Coast and nestled in the tranquil East Devon countryside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, our working farm is home to hundreds of rescued donkeys, mules and hinnies, who can’t wait to meet you.
Enjoy mile upon mile of scenic walks, burn off some steam in the maze and outdoor farm-themed play area, and discover the wild side of the Sanctuary by visiting our Nature Centre.

New for 2017: Our brand new restaurant overlooking the stunning Jurassic Coast will open this Spring and our new Visitor Centre and Gift Shop are due to open this summer.

The donkey Sanctury is approx 15 minute drive from the farm

Seaton Jurassic Center, Seaton EX12 2WD

Brand new indoor interactive guide to the Jurassic Coast, opened April 2016. Travel through time and discover hidden wonders. Become an explorer and experience ancient landscapes with their time ship bringing you face to face with scary monsters! With a surprise around every corner and hundreds of things to see, touch and the children get given a passport and can go around answering questions in hidded boxes. You can also explore wildlife garden with bug-hotels, birdbaths, water features and interactive outdoor activities. There is also a great café serving local and ethical food to refuel after your adventure.

Seaton is approx 15 minute drive from the farm

Escot, Ottery St. Mary, EX11 1LU

For all lovers of nature and the great outdoors, Wild Escot is a unique experience and offers a great family day out. Set in 220 acres of stunning private parkland in the heart of East Devon. Meet rare red squirrels in our walk-through enclosure, test your orientation with our world-class beech hedge maze, and marvel at our birds of prey displays. You will also find otters, Wildcat, Lynx, wolves and wild boar. Whilst exploring the woodland you will hidden playgrounds, a heart-stopping drop slide, a saxon village and an indoor play area. To top the day off there is also a The Coach House restaurant serving delicious homemade food and Devon cream teas.

Escot is an approx 15 minute drive from the farm

World of country, Exmouth, EX8 5BY

Devon’s multi-award-winning all weather day out for the whole family!

With a fantastic mix of play areas, animals, museum exhibits and entertainments, there really is something for all ages to enjoy. Three indoor soft plays, outdoor adventure playground with swings, slides, roundabouts and trampolines, farm animal petting zoo with daily bottle feeding, animal handling, goat walking and ferret racing activities as well as a bird of prey flying display, the Deer Train Safari – hand-feed the red deer and llama – museum of farming, vintage & classic vehicle collection and the Reg Imray Motorcycle Collection. All this along with the farm-themed restaurant serving locally sourced, home-cooked proper meals make this a unique full day out for all generations, whatever the weather.

Exmouth is an approx 45 minute drive from the farm

Devon's Crealy Great Adventure Park, Exeter, EX5 1DR

Devon’s Crealy Great Adventure Park is an award winning family attraction. The Park has over 60 rides and attractions set in over 100 acres of glorious Devon countryside. There are over 100 animals, 30 outdoor attractions and a variety of other activities to choose from. With rides for thrill seekers to soft-play and animal petting for younger guests, Devon’s Crealy is a great family day out.

Crealy is an approx 30 minute drive from the farm

Living Coast, Torquay, TQ1 2BG

Torquay’s coastal zoo and aquarium is an oasis of calm in the middle of Torquay’s bustling waterfront area. Beneath the vast net canopy, you will find one hundred penguins plus fur seals, puffins, wading birds, fish – and lots, lots more. Fascinating underwater viewing and many surprises downstairs.

Torquay is an approx 1 hour drive from the farm

Paignton Zoo, Paignton TQ4 7EU

With over two thousand creatures to get close to and more animals than any other zoo in the South West, indoor and outdoor play areas, the Jungle Express train, keeper talks, animal feeding sessions and six amazing animal habitats you’re sure to have a great day out for the whole family.

 

Paignton Zoo is an approx 1 hours drive from the farm

National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, PL4 0LF

The nation’s biggest Marine Aquarium offering families a great variety of nautical/sea life. Great family day out that’s fun and educating. All indoors

Plymouth is just over an 1 hours drive from the farm

Eden Project, Bodelva, PL24 2SG

Located in Cornwall, the Eden Project is nestled in a huge crater. Here, massive Biomes housing the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning plants, exhibitions and stories serve as a backdrop to our striking contemporary gardens, summer concerts and exciting year-round family events.

The Eden Project is an approx 2 hour drive from the farm, worth the drive if you’ve not visited the biodomes before.

+ Trains, Trams & Boats
Seaton Tramway, Colyton to Seaton

Never ridden a tram before? Now’s your chance! Seaton Tramway is a great family day out like no other. Step back in time and experience the only way to travel. Open top double deckers for panoramic views of the estuary and enclosed saloons in wet weather; we’ve got the lot! We have a fantastic choice of freshly home-cooked food using local produce and ingredients – don’t miss our famous Devon clotted cream teas!

Join us for a ride through two beautiful nature reserves on our ‘Bird Hide On Wheels’. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, why not try your hand at a ‘Driver’s Eye Experience’ or one of our ‘Tram Driving Lesson’ packages starting from as little as £40 per person.

Colyton Tram station has free parking and is approximtely 10 minutes drive from the farm

South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh to Totnes

The South Devon Railway is one of the West Country’s best loved tourist attractions and is the longest established steam railway in the south west. The line runs along the stunning valley of the Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes (Riverside). The steam trains offer a wonderful all day, all weather attraction for families and visitors of all ages. As well as the wonderful scenery, there is loads to see and do, with a play area, beautiful gardens, a riverside picnic area, museum, workshop and refreshment rooms, plus a great gift shop.

And with ‘3 Great Attractions, 1 Amazing Day’ joint tickets available for the railway and Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies, next to the station at Buckfastleigh, and the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm adjacent to Totnes (Riverside) station, it’s just the ticket for a whole day filled with fun and interest! Buckfastleigh station, which is just off the A38, midway between Exeter and Plymouth, has plenty of free car parking. Buckfastleigh is approximately 40 minute drove from the farm.

Pecorama, Beer

Pecorama at Beer, one of East Devon’s leading visitor attractions, is the home to the famous PECO Model Railway Exhibition and the Beer Heights Light Railway.
The Exhibition hall displays wonderfully detailed railway layouts, in many different gauges. Outdoors, a fleet of miniature steam locomotives pull passenger trains on a mile-long route through the grounds, over bridges, through steep-sided cuttings and a long, dark tunnel!

Pecorama also features the Millennium Celebration Garden, a series of five celestially themed garden ‘rooms’. The individual garden names of Sun, Moon, Rainbow, Roof and Moat Garden reflect the nature and colour of the flowers, shrubs and trees found in each. Children can choose from a variety of Activity Play Areas whilst an extensive programme of entertainment runs each summer, with shows from mid July until early September. Whatever the weather, clowns , jesters and magicians provide entertainment under cover of the PECO Marquee. Also open is the Pecorama ‘Play Station’, the fantastic multi-tiered indoor play area for children up to 12 years of age.

Pecorama is approximately 15minute drive from the farm.

Stuart Line Cruises, Exmouth

So much of Devon is available by road but don’t forget about the stunning scenery and wildlife on viewable from the water.

Stuart Line Cruises operate trips throughout the year aboard modern and comfortable vessels so ensure you do not miss out and take a trip with them.

During the Summer months (April to October) you can sail along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site or take a day trip to a local town such as Sidmouth, Topsham, Torquay or Brixham. You can also enjoy exploring by boat and train or simply take a relaxing afternoon scenic cruise on the River Exe.

During the Winter months of November to March the Exe becomes a haven for thousands of wintering birds. You can take a trip throughout the festive season and meet Santa Claus in his own specially designed grotto area for children up to 12 years of age.

+ Houses and Gardens
National Trust, East Devon

The National trust properties in East Devon are a great place for a family day out with interesting houses and fantastic gardens to explore. Many of them have specific family friendly events and there are also National trust rangers with free activities at various locations including pond dipping, rafting building and kite flying.

A la Rhonde Nr Exmouth, EX8 5BD
Sixteen-sided house with a ‘magical strangeness’ about it, filled with the amazing hand-made creations of Jane and Mary Parminter. There is a café, its family friendly and dogs welcome on estate. Approx. 30 minutes from the farm, open everyday 31st Jan- 1 Nov
Knightshayes Nr Tiverton, EX16 7RQ
A Gothic dream of a house, a ‘medieval’ world created in Victorian times, with richly decorated interiors; outside, the garden is one of Devon’s finest. There is a café, its family friendly and dogs welcome on estate. Approx. 40 minutes from the farm, open everyday except 24th and 25th Dec.
Killerton, Nr Broadclyst EX5 3LE,
One of Devon’s great estates: miles of paths and cycle trails to discover, and at its centre a welcoming house set in a celebrated garden. There is a café, its family friendly and dogs welcome on estate Approx. 30 minutes from the farm, open everyday 14th Feb-1 Nov
Branscombe and the Jurassic Coast Nr Seaton EX12
Historic thatched village leading down to the sea on Devon’s Jurassci Coast: lots to explore and great walking country. There is also a watermill (seasonal opening) and traditional forge. Approx 15 minutes form the farm.

Burrow Farm Gardens, Dalwood, EX13 7ET

East Devon’s Secret Garden is a beautiful and secluded 13-acre garden with many unusual trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. A thatched stone summerhouse looks towards a lake and ancient oak woodland under planted with rhododendrons, azaleas and other woodland plants, a photographers dream. There is a bog garden created within an old Roman quarry. Azaleas flourish in the garden and Azalea Glade is a particularly tranquil and enchanted area of the garden.
The more formal Millennium garden features colour themed planting with a rill running through the centre into a formal pond.
The Anniversary Garden features ornamental grasses waving gently above the sunken path. A perfusion of perennials makes a stunning display with pink, blue and purple as the theme. Particularly stunning later in the year.
The garden is carefully designed to provide interest throughout the year with early spring interest and superb autumn colour.
Café for lights snacks and cream teas, dogs and children welcome. Nursey with many plants for sale. Open daily from 1st April to 31st October.Burrow farm gardens is just 5 minutes from the farm

Powerderham Castle, Exeter EX6 8JQ

Powderham Castle is the family home of the Earl & Countess of Devon. Set in a beautiful deer park on the banks of the Exe estuary, the Castle was built by the Courtenay family in 1391. Despite being besieged during both the Wars of the Roses and the Civil War, it has remained home to the same family. Entertaining guided tours bring the Castle and family’s fascinating 1000 year history to life; you will find them engaging whatever your age. Discover secret doors, stunning architecture and even a haunted landing. Allow 3 hours or more for your visit, so you can take time to explore the uniquely picturesque acres of gardens and grounds. Relax in the peaceful surroundings, from the beautiful Rose Garden, overlooking the deer park and Exe estuary, to the American Woodland Garden, with its stunning collection of trees.
The walled garden is home to our Adventure Play Castle & Zip wire – the perfect place for under 11yr olds to let their imagination run wild. You can meet our friendly animals here, including, goats ponies and guinea pigs to name but a few. There are also themed weeks during the summer holidays with additional activities and birds of prey displays.
Adults £11.50, child £9.50 and family 2+3 (£32.50) free return and 2 for 1 offer with national trust membership. Powderham is approx. 35 mins form the farm.

Forde Abbey, Chard TA20 4LU

Forde Abbey in Dorset is a treasure dating back almost 900 years. It is a family home as well as a living and breathing working estate, and welcomes visitors all year round. Home to the highest powered fountain in the country, Forde Abbey gardens include topiary lined vistas, colourful herbaceous borders, an arboretum, a bog garden, which together with swathes of early Spring bulbs and camellias provide all year round interest. Wide open lawns and the space and freedom to explore makes Forde Abbey a great day out for all the family.
New for 2017, we now have a living willow labyrinth to explore in the arboretum, big enough for little ones and those just young at heart. There’s lots of family friendly dates in the diary for 2017, including wildlife days, an Easter egg trail, forest fun sessions and much more besides.
Enjoy a tea, or lunch, in the Monastic Undercroft Tearoom; browse the Gift Shop and Plant Centre for that unusual present or perfect plant
Ford Abbey is approx. 30 mins from the farm

Bicton Park Botanical Gardens, East Budleigh, EX9 7BJ

Spanning nearly 300 years of horticultural history, these magnificent grade 1 listed gardens are set in Devon, Otter Valley, between the city of Exeter and England’s Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Bicton provides all year round enjoyment for all ages including historic glasshouses, a countryside museum, the Bicton Woodland Railway train ride, nature trail, maze, mini golf, indoor and outdoor children’s play complexes, restaurant and shop.
Opening times: Open 7 days a week 10.00-17.00. Bicton is approx 30 minutes from the farm.

+ Museums
Beer Quary Caves, Beer

Beer Quarry Caves is a man-made limestone underground complex located about a mile west of the village of Beer, Devon. The guides will take you on an hour long tour through the awe-inspiring caves with their mighty halls of vaulted roofs and pillars of Beer Stone which have been likened to a vast underground cathedral.

Beer is an approx 20 minute drive from the farm

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter EX4 3RX

Exeter’s world-class museum, RAMM, has stunning new displays and galleries, fabulous exhibitions and modern amenities. The museum underwent a major redevelopment program and re-opened in December 2011. 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. You can also request a special ladybird suitcase for the children will all they need to explore the museum in. There is also a great café serving locally sourced food. Exeter is approx. 20mins from the farm, there is also a great train service from Honiton to Exeter. RAMM is just a few minutes’ walk rom Exeter Central.

Allhallows Museum, Honiton EX14 1PG

In the town famous for lace making, Allhallows Museum has one of the most comprehensive collections of Honiton Lace in the world. Displays in two galleries feature exquisite examples of 16th to early 20th century Honiton lace. Other displays include Honiton Pottery; a mid Victorian furnished doll’s house; palaeontology; children’s toys; war memorabilia, mementos of Allhallows School and the Borough of Honiton; coins and trade tokens. There are plenty of activities to amuse the children. A choice of four free children’s quiz sheets are available, with a guaranteed prize on completion, plus puzzles, books and an opportunity for everyone to try lace making. Honiton is approx. 5 minutes from the farm.

Lyme Regis Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, DT7 3QA

Lyme Regis Museum stands where Dorset meets Devon on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Built on the site of the fossilist Mary Anning’s home, the museum is an architectural gem packed with fascination. Discover Lyme’s history, its geology, its fossils, its artists and writers, from J M Whistler to Jane Austen to John Fowle. Lyme Regis is approx. 20 minutes drive from the farm

Dinosaurland museum, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PY

Dinosaurland Fossil Museum is a private museum which is owned and run by Palaeontologist Steve Davies and his wife Jenny. The museum contains a spectacular collection of the local Jurassic marine fossils. The collection grows each year and is now probably the best fossil collection on public display in SW England.
It is a traditional museum using the beauty and majesty of more than 10,000 specimens to show people just how exciting and wonderful the world of fossils and dinosaurs really is.
Dinosaurland Fossil Museum is housed in a magnificent grade 1 listed building which was once the Congregational Church. The pioneering fossil hunter Mary Anning was baptised here on 27th June 1799 and continued to worship here until about 1830. She discovered the first Ichthyosaur on the beaches here in 1811. Lyme Regis is approx. 20 minutes drive from the farm

Exeter’s Underground Passages, EX1 1GA

Exeter’s Underground Passages were built to house the pipes that brought clean drinking water into medieval Exeter. They have always fascinated people with war and plague stories. A guided tour of Exeter’s Underground Passages is a memorable event – narrow, dark, interesting and exciting. Visit the heritage centre before your guided tour, packed with interactive exhibits and interpretation. These are the only passages of this kind open to the public in Britain! Exeter is approx. 20 minute drive form teh farm or you can take a train from Honiton directly into Exeter City Centre.

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+ Local Towns
Honiton, approx 5 minute drive from Smallicombe farm

The market town of Honiton has long been famous for lace, pottery and glove making, and Honiton still has numerous shops dedicated to lace or pottery. More recently the town has become a centre for antiques and antiquarian books. There are around thirty establishments connected with this trade and regular auctions are held in the town. Honiton has an extensive selection of restaurants and tea shops, cream teas are a must have!

Honiton Festival is held annually in May and features music by local artists and internationally known names. There is also an annual hot pennies day, the first Tuesday after the 19th July, that dates back to the 13th Century where hot pennies are thrown out of first floor windows along the highstreet . Another annual event is the Honiton Agricultural Show – one of the largest and best supported 1 day show in the country with both farming and trade exhibitions – held the first Staurday in August. Yet another local event is the Honiton and District Carnival that is held over a two week period in October, culminating in the Grand Evening Carnival Procession.

Axminster, approx 10 minute drive from Smallicombe Farm

The small ancient market town of Axminster is situated on the River Axe in the east of Devon. It is famous for its Axminster carpets. These were designed by Thomas Whitty in 1775, in a manner similar to Turkish carpets. Caster Hill House, where the carpets were originally produced, can still be seen. The carpets were of the highest quality, custom made carpets for the country’s stately homes and mansions. The manufacturing process can still be seen today by visitors to the Axminster carpet factory.

Axminster’s origins date back to Celtic times and it is thought to have been first settled around 300 BC. The Saxon church of St Mary stands on Minster Green in the centre of town. It has an interesting Norman door and a Jacobean pulpit.

Axminster now has one of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstalls River Cottage canteens opposite the church with the River Cottage HQ only a few miles away

Colyton, approx 5 minutes drive from Smallicombe Farm

Colyton first appeared as an ancient village around 700 AD and features in the Domesday Book as ‘Culitone’. It was called the “most rebellious town in Devon” due to the number of its inhabitants who joined the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685.

Colyton and Colford hosts a number of annual events including point-to-point horse racing, civil war days and an annual Goose fair in September.

The Seaton Tramway terminates at nearby Kingsdon on the other side of the River Coly and the town is on the route of the East Devon Way footpath.

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