Fun For Kids On The Farm
You’re choosing a holiday, not just somewhere in Devon to stay, so you need to know if the kids will have fun here…
On the farm you can:
Play outdoor chess or draughts |Use the swings and slide | Climb a tree | Visit the cows (in summer) | Go pond dipping in the wildlife pond | Take the boats and boards out for a paddle | Fish the farmyard pond by Otter Cottage | Ride the gocart down the hill – always a hit | Borrow pushbikes, try a tandem (or tag along) |Search out the outdoor art | Devise a nature hunt | Take a guided nature walk | Borrow a book or DVD|
A Bit Further Away From The Farm
Here are some more suggestions for kids of all ages – ordered roughly by distance from the eco lodges (nothing more than 30 miles away) rather than age. Most are things to do with parents, some are suggestions for partially-supervised adventures that our own kids have found fun and empowering. Some could be independent trips for active teens.
Find the big tree and picnic by the Taw | walk in Hollocombe or Winkleigh woods | Buy a cactus | Track down a Hockings Ice Cream van | Go horse riding at Bold Try | Play skittles at the Waie Inn or go to the soft play area | Bag an easy Dartmoor Tor at Belstone| Really go adventuring in the wilds |jump in the river at Fingle Bridge |visit the National Trust’s Finch Foundry | take a woodland walk at Halsdon Nature Reserve |explore RHS Rosemoor | Catch a film at the Torrington Arts Centre |visit the Dartington Glass Factory in Torrington |Climb the hill to Torrington and be met with a cake | Cycle on the traffic free Tarka Trail at the Puffing Billy, at Meeth Quarry or at Yarde Orchard Cafe, East Yarde | Visit the Cobbaton Combat Collection | Kayak on the Torridge at Bideford | Canoe the canal or river at Exeter | go further on the Tarka Trail – beyond Bideford and to Instow, or from Instow to Fremington or even up to Barnstaple | Make that a round trip car free adventure | Bike the whole Exe Estuary trail (26 miles) | Visit the Big Sheep near Bideford | Try the Ultimate High | Bounce at Air Extreme in Barnstaple | Experience Clip and climb in Exeter| Explore the lovely Lydford Gorge| Learn to surf at Westward Ho!
What if it’s wet?
Heaven forbid! Go on now – it never rains in Devon. Never! Well, OK, maybe it does. A little. So if the weather is unkind, here are some suggestions.
- Ignore it and go outside anyway. Seriously, getting out of the door is usually the biggest challenge. Woodland walks like the one at Belstone (where there’s also a pub) are good even in the rain.
- Really embrace it and go surfing – the beach will be emptier and you’re going to be wet anyway.
- Go online and book a session at Clip’nClimb Exeter for some energetic fun.
- Also in Exeter you’ll find the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, which has some pretty wacky stuff.
- Catch a film – there’s a cinema in Okehampton, the Arts Centre in Torrington, and a drawer full of DVDs at the farmhouse.
- For little ones there’s soft play at the Waie Inn – and skittles for older kids and the bar for you.
- Hold a cross dressing fashion parade with full commentary (we’re assuming you’re back from the bar by now)
- Make microwave cup cakes: 2 heaped desert spoons of self raising flour, about 1/4 pack of butter or a couple of spoons of marg (2oz), 2 level spoons sugar, 1 egg, any extra flavourings you fancy, such as raisins, cocoa, beat all together, divvy up into cases and microwave for 2 mins. Decorate with jam / chocolate spread etc, photograph, share on our facebook page and enjoy!