Summer holiday days out in Devon

Looking for something to do with the family during the summer holidays? There's all sorts of things happening at places in Devon, from rockpooling on beautiful beaches to woodland trails and play areas.

A family playing in the woods

Forest fun Thursday

Get back to your wild side and learn new forest and woodland skills this summer.

Girls running through a field of yellow flowers at Knightshayes

Amazing mazes quest at Knightshayes

This summer we're going crazy for mazes. You'll find a whole range of different mazes designed by Adrian Fisher in the garden. From finger mazes, labyrinths to getting yourself emerged in rope mazes, there's something for everyone to try and tackle.

Croquet at A la Ronde

Summer is here.....

Summer is a fun time for families at A la Ronde. We offer a range of activities to keep the little ones (and sometimes the big ones) occupied and out and about in the fresh air.

Children playing in the wilderness at Arlington Court

Family fun this summer at Arlington

A summer of family fun, indoors or outdoors, be prepared to get mucky or crafty.

Children meeting a dragon on the lawn

Wicked Wednesdays

Young imaginations will love these magical afternoons of story-telling in the garden.

Child bug hunting

Summer holiday fun at Branscombe 

Say hi to a centipede and enjoy a tickle from a beetle. Make a home for nature or find the hidden treasure. Check out our 50 things activities happening in the summer holidays.

Making woodland faces with local wood and hand tools

Nine things to do this summer

There are lots of things to get you doing something new this summer at Lydford Gorge.

Explore the Buckland Abbey estate

Here comes the summer

Whatever the weather, a day full of family fun awaits at Buckland Abbey. Whether you head out on an estate trail, dress up like a Tudor or create a special souvenir at a craft workshop, there's plenty to enjoy all summer long.

A family in the garden of Coleton Fishacre, Devon

Summer family fun

There are lots of activities and events to keep your kids entertained at Coleton Fishacre this summer. From building dens and butterfly spotting to completing trails, find out all of the things you can do as a family.

Childern discovering a crab in a rockpool

Have fun in North Devon this summer

Join us for an action packed programme of events in North Devon this summer to encourage families to explore and enjoy this beautiful coastline.

A family walking through long grass at Greenway

Family fun

Agatha Christie and her family spent their time at Greenway relaxing, playing garden games and enjoying the woodland gardens. Why not follow in their footsteps by enjoying some activities for families?

A view of the Knot Garden at Compton Castle, Devon

Fun for families at Compton Castle

Little ones love castles, and at Compton there is plenty to keep them enchanted. They can dress up in medieval costumes, play traditional games in the garden, and complete the trails. There's also the Big Butterfly Count to join in with.

Gril taking part in a school holiday trail

Summer fun at Castle Drogo

From miles of walks and craft activities every Tuesday, there's lots to keep you entertained this summer.

Children on a bug-hunt at Sheffield Park, East Sussex

50 things Fridays in Branscombe

Say hi to a centipede and enjoy a tickle from a beetle. Make a home for nature or find the hidden treasure. Check out our 50 things activities happening in the summer holidays.

Hunting for bugs

Come out to play

Playful times in the garden hunting for clues helps us look after this sea-side gem.

A view towards Sunny Cove from the coast path

Beaches

The area around Mill Bay provides sandy retreats and coves away from the busier beaches. Hidden gems that are perfect for resting a while when walking the coast path, or to spend the day and build sand castles, or discover rock pools.

Suddenly you arrive at the River Yealm with views across the water

Wembury Bay and the River Yealm walk

An ideal walk for any day, with fine views of the Mewstone, Wembury Bay and, most impressively, the Yealm estuary. In summer, you can extend the route by taking the foot ferry over to Noss Mayo.

The Walkers Hut at East Soar Outdoor Experience provides hot drinks, snacks and cakes

East Soar Outdoor Experience

East Soar Outdoor Experience is situated on a National Trust farm in South Devon. Close to Salcombe, the location offers children and young people an outdoor experience that will stay with them.

Scabbacombe beach

Peaceful beaches 

If you're looking for a quiet spot on a beach away from the busyness of nearby Paignton and Torquay, why not check out Scabbacome or Man Sands beaches? Tucked away off of the South West Coast Path near Coleton Fishacre, these beaches are secluded, dog friendly and perfect for a picnic.

Discover creepy critters in the rock pools

Rockpooling at South Milton Sands

Check the tide times and discover an amazing, underwater world as the sea goes out. The pools here are teeming with life such as limpets, sea anemones, crabs and starfish, see what you can find hiding among the rocks.

child making a face with sticks

Create some wild art, make a trail of sticks and more

Visit Lydford Gorge for a family adventure where everyone can feel young at heart this summer.

Coast path explorers Wembury trail

Wembury Trail for families

Make your walks more fun and pop in and see the car park rangers at Wembury to get a free Coast Path Explorer Trail.

The ferry visits Wembury Point, Yealm Steps and Wide Slip

Noss Mayo Ferry

A local boatman offers a seasonal foot-ferry service that links the South West Coast Path across the Yealm Estuary, by running a ferry service between Warren Point, Yealm Steps and Wide Slip.

Cycling along a path

Cycle trails at Baggy Point

Get on your bike and discover beautiful coastal scenery around Baggy Point and the North Devon coast.

Children playing in the wilderness at Arlington Court

Outdoor adventures at Arlington

With beautiful woodland walks, wild play areas and secret den building sites, Arlington is a great place to get outdoors and play.

Family picnic on the grass

Summer picnics and wildlife at the gorge

Enhance a beautiful summer walk with a picnic in one of our favourite spots.