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Things to Do on Dartmoor

See also our Activities Blog - cycling, canoeing, walking, fishing and riding; it's all here on Dartmoor.

  • World of Country Life is Devon’s GOLD award winning family day out, whatever the weather! There are over 2 acres indoors with loads to do: crawl through the themed soft play areas, whizz round the mini electric go kart track, get up close to the animals in the nursery and petting centre, climb aboard the good ship Lady Suzannah in the pirate ship play area while mum and dad have a rest in the indoor beach hut, tuck into some tasty home cooked food in the brand new themed restaurant, watch the daily ferret racing show in the Barnyard Theatre, explore the past in the museum of farm machinery, take a trip down memory lane in the Victorian street, cruise around the south west’s largest collection of vintage vehicles in the Hall of Transport (and see vehicles that have appeared on TV in Downton Abbey, Mr Selfridge and Parade’s End) and view the famous Reg Imray motorcycle collection. There’s so much fun, come rain or shine: can you do it all in a day?!
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  • This is where you will find England's highest waterfall with a huge 220 foot drop. Nature and wildlife trails. Walks through woodland, wetlands, lakes and park land including an assault course and caterpillar swing. Play areas for children. Café. BBQs in summer. Cream teas. Gift shop. Dogs on leads are welcome. Free Parking.
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  • Powdermills Pottery is housed in granite buildings that were once part of a nineteenth century gunpowder factory. It is found in the very centre of Dartmoor National Park in Devon, and is part of the Duchy of Cornwall estate. Powdermills is the home and workplace of potter, Joss Hibbs. In the Shop, her range of pottery is sold alongside work by other Dartmoor craft-makers. Cream teas are served in the courtyard in the Summer season, and intensive Throwing Courses are run year-round.
  • Dartmoor Zoo is the zoo that the Hollywood film starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johannson is based upon. in 33 acres of beautiful woodland with some stunning views of the surrounding countryside and a fantastic collection of animals, Dartmoor Zoo is a unique family day out in the beautiful South Hams of Devon. Immerse yourself in a fun day out with the kids: see the big cats feed, hear the wolves howl and feel the snakes wriggle through your fingers in Close Encounters. Follow the daily timetable of events including public talks at feeding times and animal encounters, with falconry displays and kids activities during the holidays such as quiz-trails and face-painting. And when you need a rest, visit the Jaguar Restaurant for a freshly prepared lunch or a hot drink and delicious cake made right here on site.
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  • Torquay’s Dinosaur World, on Torquay’s inner harbour side, is the only exhibition of its kind in the south west. Full of amazing creatures, such as the terrifying T Rex, and the cute Triceratops, with fascinating fossils to discover, fun quizzes and dinosaurs to sit on, our fun interactive indoor exhibition brings the world of dinosaurs to life!
  • Canoeing, Indoor Climbing, Mega Zip Wire, High Ropes Course, a fun and exciting tree top challenge. Beautiful parkland, all 90 acres of it. Toddler's beach, assault course, Spider's Web to climb on, Jungle fun, wooden play fort to climb and whatever you do don't miss the pirate ship! Discount voucher available on our voucher page.
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  • Near to Tavistock. Award winning museum and visitor centre where friendly staff in costume chat with visitors. Exciting narrow gauge underground railway into the mine. This quayside family attraction runs alongside the very picturesque River Tamar. They have an occasional car show, and folk music event.
  • These workshops offer the beginner and intermediate photographer an opportunity to learn essential skills to improve their landscape photography technique.
  • An outdoor pursuits centre with many strings to its bow; Camp Mawazo caters for birthday parties, team building, skills training and just plain fun for all ages and abilities.
  • Enjoy Two 235m Zip Wires with Views over Dartmoor National Park. Go Ape’s first Tree Top Adventure in the South West. One of the best days out in Devon, if you’re looking for adventure activities near Exeter then you’ll enjoy an incredible 235m zip wire flying you from hilltop to hilltop followed by another (…just 15 minutes from Exeter)!
  • The BIG Sheep is one of Devon's family all weather top attractions who is probably best known for racing sheep! A day out at the attraction will have the whole family experiencing great fun! There's cute and cuddly animals to meet, feed and fall in love with. Hilarious animal shows to entertain the whole family and have you laughing out loud at the showmens witty jokes and antics!
  • Owned and run by local expert Alex Graeme, Unique Devon Tours organises fascinating and entertaining holidays for small groups. Whether your interests lie in the landscapes and legends of Dartmoor, the Cathedral and Roman history of Exeter, famous characters such as Dame Agatha Christie and Sir Francis Drake, beautiful beaches, cream teas, glorious gardens and evocative castles or steam trains and river boats, Alex can tailormake a tour that can truly offer something for everyone.
  • Moretonhampstead Motor Museum is home to a collection of over 120 vintage and classic vehicles including cars, motorcycles and light commercials from pre-1920s to the 1990s, plus motoring artefacts and automobilia. It is a great all-weather attraction
  • The National Trust property Castle Drogo is at Drewsteignton where the Gardens are open all year. Do see the gardens in the Autumn when they are full of rich colour. There is an interesting seed collection day each year, when the Castle gardeners explain how to do just that later on in the year. You need to bring envelopes! Find the date on my what's on page. There is a brilliant cafe at the reception. Read my food review about it.
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  • There is always lots going on at Pennywell. Treat your family to the very best with a full day of hands on animal action at Pennywell Farm. Home of the half hourly activity and with up to 20 hands on activities, shows and displays every day, all included in the admission price, you won’t waste a single minute. There’s something new every half hour – listen for the bell!
  • An enchanting garden nestled in the beautiful Torridge Valley. Surrounded by woodland, the garden is rich in variety throughout every season and features inspiring planting displays enhanced by the natural beauty of North Devon.
  • Free entry to see lots of interesting crafty pieces of art. They have a cafe on the first floor.
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  • Devon Cycle Hire is situated right on the Granite Way trail, between two viaducts. Hire a bike and cycle the beautiful, breathtaking, off road purpose built trail. FREE ICE CREAM if you print and take our discount voucher
  • Open this year from 23rd May to early September, this is the largest outdoor, freshwater swimming pool in Devon. The temperature of the water is maintained with solar pool covers. It is just 10 minutes walk from Chagford town centre and a few minutes drive from the A30. There is a small tea hut with snacks and Lifeguards always in attendance. There is a special pool for babies and young children and all children under 9 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Please be sure to check the pool's website for admission fees and opening times.

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