Valley Farm Holiday Cottages

Things to see & do

Axe Valley Wildlife Park

Welcome to East Devon’s hidden gem.  A small and friendly animal park in Kilmington,.

You can get involved from feeding the free-range birds to joining in with the daily talks about various animals who live here. In the school holidays they provide a full programme of animal handling sessions and talks throughout the day.

When you visit the park expect to see a variety of animals including: Zebra, antelopes, wallabies, flamingos, owls, otters, small cats, guinea pigs, lemurs, porcupines, armadillo, snakes, spiders, bearded dragons and plenty of creepy crawlies!

Children will also love the various play areas dotted around the park. While they play why not treat yourself to a takeout hot drink and a scrumptious cake from Ringo’s Rest Coffee Shop.  All the produce in the coffee shop is sourced from local suppliers – so why not try some Dorset Tea or some homemade fudge.
www.axevalleypark.co.uk
EX13 7RA  1.1 miles  1 minute

Seaton Jurassic

Seaton Jurassic is the new for 2016 exciting visitor attraction for East Devon that will tell the uniquely powerful story of the geology and marine ecology of the Jurassic Coast, England’s first Natural World Heritage Site. Seaton Jurassic is located next to the Seaton Tram station, just a few minutes from the town center.

Your adventure begins here… Travel through time, discover hidden wonders and have a great day out. Become an explorer and experience ancient landscapes, face scary monsters and get shrunk down to the size of a shrimp. Be the Captain of the timeship and travel through Jurassic seas or and discover if you have got what it takes to survive our giant rock pool! With a surprise around every corner and hundreds of things to see, touch and do, Seaton Jurassic has something for time travellers big and small. Explore the tranquil and relaxed wildlife garden and find bug-hotels, birdbaths and perfect pollinators creating a haven for wildlife.
seatonjurassic.org
EX12 2WD   6.4 miles   14 minutes

Seaton Tramway

Seaton Tramway runs through three miles of unspoilt countryside along the beautiful Axe Valley. They operate a narrow gauge electric tram from Seaton to the ancient town of Colyton via the village of Colyford and carry over 100,000 passengers a year.

Travelling alongside the River Axe estuary you pass through two nature reserves giving visitors an unrivalled view of the abundant wading bird life
www.tram.co.uk
EX12 2NQ    6.5 miles  13 minutes

Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

Visit the Centre to see the amazing fossil collections and find out how to discover your own fossils on the beach. Guided fossil hunting walks are a great family day out on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. With free entry to the Centre, come and meet the Charmouth Dinosaur and explore the past and present of this incredible coastline.
http://www.charmouth.org/
DT6 6LL   7.1 miles    11 minutes

Pecorama

Pecorama is home to the world’s foremost manufacturer of model railway track and the award–winning Beer Heights Light Railway, a 71/4 inch gauge miniature railway with coal-fired steam locomotives that carry adults and children on a mile-long ride through the attractive flower-filled gardens that include the Millennium Garden – a series of celestially themed gardens that are linked by scented walkways, special water features and stunning stonework.
www.pecorama.info
EX12 3NA   8.7 miles  21 minutes

Beer Quarry Caves

Beer Quarry Caves are a vast man-made complex of underground caverns created by centuries of quarrying the famous Beer Stone. The underground quarry, first worked by the Romans, supplied stone for 24 cathedrals including Exeter and St.Pauls, parts of Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Hampton Court and Windsor Castle.
www.beerquarrycaves.co.uk
EX12 3AT    9.1 miles  20 minutes

Playdome

Honiton’s indoor soft play area. Come along and see how you can let your children play and have fun while you take time out and have a coffee and a snack, read a book, catch up on the local gossip or maybe read the newspaper in peace and quiet. The play center is fully air conditioned so it will be warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
http://www.theplaydome.com/
EX14 1DB       10.2 miles  18 minutes

The Donkey Sanctuary

Donkeys love to meet new people and you can discover their unique characters and stories. Can you find the gentle giant Poitou donkeys, or the gorgeous adoption donkeys? Come and cuddle the main yard donkeys or spot a miniature in one of the fields. Admission free (donations welcome). Family fun, Dog-friendly, Bike-friendly. The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon is open 365 days a year, and is set along the beautiful and historic Jurassic Coast. Come and meet some of the 500 at Sidmouth waiting to meet you. Renowned the world over, the charity’s aim is to have a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering, and their contribution to humanity is fully valued. They also care for the largest collective group of mules (a donkey-horse hybrid) in England.
www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/visit-us/sidmouth
EX10 0NU    11.7 miles  21 minutes

Norman Lockyer Observatory     

Stargazers will love a visit to the Norman Lockyer Observatory. Founded in 1912 by Sir Norman Lockyer, the observatory was a centre for astrophysical and geophysical research until the 1980s. Now run by volunteers, visitors can enjoy a planetarium presentation and a tour of the historic telescopes. The observatory also runs astronomy classes and has a calendar of special public events. Opening times are listed on the observatory website and private visits can also be booked.
normanlockyer.com
EX10 0NY  12.9 miles  24 minutes

Escot Park

For all lovers of nature and the great outdoors, 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, Escot is a refreshingly uncommercial, award-winning visitor attraction that you will want to return to again and again.
Birds of prey displays, red squirells, giant maze, otters, wild boar, forest drop slide, woodland playground, indoor playbarn, Saxon village, letterboxing, Coach House Restaurant.
http://escot-devon.co.uk/
EX11 1LU    15.1 miles  25 minutes

Cinema

Lyme Regis http://lymeregis.scottcinemas.co.uk/ DT7 3JB   6.7 miles  14 minutes
Vue Exeter http://www.myvue.com/home/cinema/Exeter  EX1 2DD  25.4 miles  40 minutes
Odeon Exeter http://www.odeon.co.uk/cinemas/exeter/90/   EX4 6PL  25.8 miles  40 minutes

Diggerland

Diggerland is The Ultimate Digger Theme Park Experience where children and adults alike can ride, drive and operate diggers, dumpers, bulldozers, plus a swing in a giant JCB scoop and enjoy the buried treasure dig.
http://www.diggerland.com/days-out-in-devon
EX15 2PE   21.1 miles  39 minutes

Crealey Adventure Park

Devon’s Crealy Great Adventure Park has over 60 rides and attractions set in over 100 acres of glorious Devon countryside – the adventures are endless whether you’re making a giant splash on the Tidal Wave or comparing the Meerkats.
Discover the underwater themed world of Atlantis for oceans of indoor fun, take to the air on The Flying Machine and come face to face with Crealy crawlies at Bugz Unlimited. Venture on wild rides, enjoy masses of indoor entertainment and say hello the region’s friendliest animals.

For rainy days, dive into 3 gigantic undercover play zones, totalling a massive 75,000 sq feet of indoor play.
www.crealy.co.uk/Devon
EX5 1DR  22.5 miles  32 minutes

World Of Country Life

With over 2 acres of indoor fun The World of Country Life offers something for everyone. 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 or climb aboard the good ship Lady Susannah. Tuck into some tasty home cooked food in the farm 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 one of 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.
http://www.worldofcountrylife.co.uk/
EX8 5BY   28.6 miles 45 minutes

Montacute House

A masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design. With its towering walls of glass, glow of ham stone, and its surrounding gardens it is a place of beauty and wonder.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/montacute-house
TA15 6XP   30.7 miles   42 minutes

Haldon Forest Park

Multi-use forest with walking trails, horse-riding, orienteering, biking (cycle hire available) and Go-Ape with zip wire through the forest canopy.
http://www.forestry.gov.uk/haldonforestpark
EX6 7XR  32 miles  38 minutes

Canonteign Falls    

Home to England’s highest manmade waterfall, Canonteign Falls is a magnificent example of a Victorian folly set in a magical natural paradise. The waterfalls themselves descend for over 70m making this one of the most breathtaking attractions in Devon and providing a wonderful day out for all the family
http://www.canonteignfalls.co.uk/
EX6 7RH  38.5 miles  47 minutes

Haynes International Motor Museum

The UK’s largest exhibition of the greatest cars from around the world with over 400 amazing cars and bikes from nostalgic classics of the 50s and 60s glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royces to exciting super cars like the Jaguar XJ220.
http://www.haynesmotormuseum.com/
BA22 7LH   39.4 miles   50 minutes

Becky Falls  

As well as being voted Devon’s Top Beauty Spot, Becky Falls was also chosen as one of the World Wildlife Fund’s Amazing Family Days Out, so you can be sure your visit is going to be fun as well as stunning. Choose the Blue Trail for our Children’s Letterboxing activity (with a small prize for every child), choose the Red Trail for a more challenging walk or to visit the Main Falls and, for those who fancy something a little more rugged, try the Purple Trail and Lower Falls for a real sense of Swallows and Amazons-style adventure! There’s something for all ages, so bring the whole family, including the dog!
www.beckyfalls.com
TQ13 9UG  44.2 miles  56 minutes

Babbacombe Model Village   

Feel like a giant at the model village as you explore 4 acres of award-winning gardens showcasing hundreds of model scenes, vehicles & people. A miniature world that captures the imagination of all ages. Sound & animation, along with some very British humour, all help to bring this world to life.
http://www.babbacombemodelvillage.co.uk/
TQ1 3LA  45.7 miles  57 minutes

South Devon Railway  

The longest established steam railway in the south west. The South Devon Railway, or SDR, is a seven mile former Great Western Railway branch line, built in 1872, which runs along the stunning valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes.
http://www.southdevonrailway.co.uk/
46.2 mikes 50 minutes

Buckfastleigh Butterflies and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary      

A small, friendly and very different visit for all the family. Run by a small dedicated team they aim to make your visit educational and fun. You can enjoy and learn about the tropical butterflies in the specially designed habitat of which you become part. You not only see the butterflies but feel the rainforest atmosphere that they enjoy as you see their amazing life cycle unfold.
In the Otter Sanctuary there are three species of otter to see, our native British otter, the playful Asian short clawed otters and the large North American river otters who love to show off. The keeper is on hand to explain all about the otters to visitors, some are here for breeding, some for retirement, some just for fun and some because they are unsuitable to be returned to the wild.
http://www.ottersandbutterflies.co.uk/
TQ11 0DZ  46.2 miles  50 minutes

Pennywell Farm

Treat your family to Devon’s friendliest day out with a full day of animal action at Pennywell Farm. With a different activity, show or display every half hour, hundreds of friendly animals and four FREE rides, you won’t waste a single minute.
Bottle feed the hungry lambs and goat kids, race the ferrets, meet the hedgehogs, explore the ponds and enjoy fantastic entertainment. You can even cuddle one of the world famous Pennywell Miniature piglets. There is plenty of indoor space to play and picnic but as we want you to enjoy everything that Pennywell has to offer, inside and out, if it rains during your visit we will give you a ticket for a FREE return visit.
http://www.pennywellfarm.co.uk/
TQ11 0LT.  47.6 miles   51 minutes

Spectacular Cheddar Gorge

Explore Britain’s biggest gorge from the dramatic cliffs rising 450ft to the stunning stalactite caverns
created by Ice age melt-waters over millions of years, this world famous beauty spot is not only a National Nature Reserve but also a famous site of prehistoric discoveries. There are seven great attractions to explore at Cheddar Gorge, including the spectacular Gough’s Cave, Britain’s most beautiful stalactite cavern.
www.cheddargorge.co.uk
BS27 3QF   49.5 miles  1hr 11 minutes

The Miniature Pony Centre    

On the edge of wild and magical Dartmoor in Devon is a hidden gem of all things small, cute and cuddly. This gem is called The Miniature Pony Centre. Can you imagine being able to go into a paddock and to be surrounded by miniature ponies and tiny foals. The joy of being able to stroke and cuddle them is something to remember forever. The Miniature Pony Centre is an animal lover’s idea of heaven.
http://www.miniatureponycentre.com/
TQ13 8RG   51.7 miles  1 hour 4 minutes

Splashdown Adventure Parks

Splashdown Waterparks are a great day out for family and friends. There’s something for everyone – from big kids to little ones – with some of the UK’s most exciting water flumes.
http://quaywest.splashdownwaterparks.co.uk/   Paignton, Devon, TQ4 6LN   48.3 miles  1 hr 02 mins
poole.splashdownwaterparks.co.uk     Poole Dorset   BH12 4NY   54.4 miles  1hr 13mins

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm   

With a host of impressive animals indoors and outdoors, including our African elephants, white rhino, feisty big cats and family of gentle giraffes you’ll be amazed at the variety of nature you’ll see within 120 acre zoo making it the biggest zoo in the South West.
noaahsarkzoofarm.co.uk   
BS48 1PG  60 miles  1 hr 17 minutes

Woodlands Theme Park

The Largest Family Theme Park in the South West is a fun filled day out for the whole family. From little kids to kid-ults there’s something for everyone is this 90 acre park.
Guaranteeing all weather fun ,Woodlands is the big award winner with over 65 international, national and South West awards, the latest accolade is the ‘Best Leisure & Tourism Award’ in the Herald Express South Devon Excellence Awards , Primary Times Favourite Family Attraction and Trip Advisor Excellence Award.
www.woodlandspark.com
TQ9 7DQ  60.4 miles  1 hour 15 minutes

Dartmoor Zoo

Set in 33 acres of beautiful woodland with some stunning views of the surrounding countryside, Dartmoor Zoological Park is a unique family owned zoo with a fantastic collection of animals. These include tigers, lions, jaguar, lynx and cheetah (the largest collection of big cats in the region), bears, wolves, tapir, capybara, racoons, meerkats, monkeys, a fantastic collection of bugs and reptiles and much more.  It is the subject of the book and film We Bought a Zoo. http://www.dartmoorzoo.org.uk/
PL7 5DG    62.8 miles   1 hr 10 minutes

At –Bristol Science Centre

One of the UK’s largest science centres and home to the UK’s only 3D Planetarium.
www.at-bristol.org.uk
BS1 5DB 67.8 miles  1 hour 33 minutes

Stonehenge   

Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Explore the ancient landscape on foot and step inside the Neolithic Houses to discover the tools and objects of everyday Neolithic life. Visit the world-class exhibition and visitor centre with 250 ancient objects and come face to face with a 5,500 year-old man.
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/
SP4 7DE   73.9 miles  1 hr 29 minutes