Rain stopped play? Not if you visit Devon, it won’t!
Although Devon is lucky enough to have a slightly warmer climate than other parts of the UK, we still get our fair share of April showers and autumn gales (that’s why it’s so green and lush down here!). But even if it turns from a barbecue into a brolly summer, we’ve still got plenty to keep everyone happy while we wait for the sun to pop back out. There is so much to do and see in North Devon and the surrounding areas for all the family no matter what your taste, there’s just too much to list! Here is a selection of things to do below and later we list websites you can view to get even more ideas for your days out whilst staying at Boreat Manor….have fun!
NORTH DEVON LEISURE CENTRE – Located in the heart of Barnstaple the Leisure Centre offers a 25m swimming pool, 100 station gym, cardiovascular equipment, sports hall 5-a-side football, badminton, table tennis, basketball, 3 squash courts, and a friendly onsite café. We have used this facility for years having grown up in North Devon and it really does provide most of what you need for indoor sports. Tel: 01271 373 361 www.leisurecentre.com/north-devon-leisure-centre
GO APE. UK’s No.1 Family Adventure – Swinging through the canopy, wiping out at the bottom of zip wires and going on an adventure brings the family together like nothing else we’ve ever seen. It really does. Tree Top Adventure. The classic and original. They brief you for safety before you fly down zip-wires, leap off our Tarzan Swing and tackle our obstacles whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breath taking scenery. Enjoy the UK’s No.1 Tree Top Adventure. Go Ape’s first adventure in the South West. One of Devon’s best days out, drive 15 minutes from Exeter and you’ll experience two incredible 235m zip slides flying you from hilltop to hilltop! Enjoy new heights at our Haldon tree top adventure, taking in panoramic views as you go. TEL: 0330 134 6126 www.goape.co.uk/days-out/haldon
QUINCE HONEY FARM – Quince honey farm’s main attraction is Beeworld, a uniquely designed indoor apiary with interactive buttons to open the hives, magnifying the bees even closer. Nowhere else in the world can you get such an intimate view of the inner workings of the honey bee society without needing protective equipment. The ‘Happy Bee play hive’ is our new indoor soft play centre, so why not enjoy our Devonshire cream tea and tempt yourselves to our delightful honeycomb ice cream from our cafe while the kids buzz around the play hive. Also in the Play Hive is the Critter cabin with lots of creepy crawlies to encounter. New for 2014 is the beekeeping museum and the auditorium where bee beard events are held on certain dates along with daily bee talks. There is a chance to taste and purchase some of our delicious honey which has been made from the busy bees you have seen hard at work in BeeworldQuince Honey Farm is the perfect all weather attraction with something for everyone no matter what age. If you want somewhere interesting and educational as well as fun then make a bee-line for Quince Honey Farm! TEL: 01769 572401 www.quincehoney.co.uk
LYNTON & LYNMNOUTH CLIFF RAILWAY – Devon’s unique Tourist Attraction. A Victorian Water Powered Lift, giving access to spectacular cliff top walks. The Cliff Railway joins the village of Lynton to its sister village of Lynmouth, 900ft below. Only a short walk from beautiful Watersmeet and close to the attractive fishing harbour, shops restaurants and cafes. TEL: 0344 800 1895 www.nationaltrust.org.uk
THE NATIONAL MARINE AQUARIUM – Visit the UK’s largest aquarium and be amazed by their fascinating underwater world. The National Marine Aquarium is a registered charity committed to promoting a sympathetic understanding of the sea through programmes of education, conservation and research. They have over 70 sharks from more than ten different species. The sharks on display range in size from the small dogfish to the large Sand Tiger Sharks. TEL: 0844 893 7938 www.national-aquarium.co.uk
KENTS CAVERNS – Kents Cavern is the oldest known human settlement in Britain and one of Europe’s top Neanderthal Ice Age caves. In November 2011, the Kents Cavern jawbone, a 41,000 year old piece of human jaw, hit the international media headlines, when scientists confirmed it is the oldest fragment of modern human bone ever discovered in North Western Europe, making Kents Cavern the oldest known human settlement in this part of Europe. Tours of the caves take you on an incredible journey into the cave’s Stone Age past. All year round, plenty goes on in and around the caves including a woodland trail quest, kids archaeological dig area, hands-on cave art walls and regular appearances by the attractions mascot Cavog the Caveman. The cave is an extensive labyrinth of spectacular, and easily to visit caverns. Open every day, all year round. The attraction is the official underground visitor centre for UNESCO’s English Riviera Global Geopark and features on the Agatha Christie Riviera Trail. TEL: 01803 215136 www.kents-cavern.co.uk
There are so many more attractions to list we would run out paper so here are some useful websites to find out more about attractions in North Devon and the South West.
We are sure you find things to do for everyone so have a great stay at Boreat Manor.