Sports & Exercise

Leisure East Devon or LED operates nine well-equipped Sports Centres throughout East Devon.
Facilities available include swimming pools in the towns of Exmouth, Honiton and Sidmouth, and fully and professionally equipped gyms in Exmouth, as well as Honiton, Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary and the charming town of Axminster. Multiple activity sports halls are available, as are squash courts, outside sports/tennis courts, and day/night floodlit astroturf pitches. There is also East Devon Tennis Centre, which incorporates six indoor courts, a cafe-bar and function rooms. Use the Links to find out more about each centre.

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Sports Centres

  • Axe Valley Sports Centre     Broadclyst Sports Hall      Colyton Sports Centre
  • Exmouth Tennis & Leisure   Exmouth Sports Centre     Honiton Sports Centre
  • Ottery Sports Centre           Sidmouth Sports Centre    Sidmouth Swimming Pool

Bovey Tracey - Riverside Mill

The largest contemporary crafts centre in the South West. Exhibitions and displays change throughout the year. Highly recommended.
Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon; 2 miles off A38 Exeter to Plymouth Expressway.
Phone: 01626 832223


Bovey Tracey - Cardew Pottery

Cardew bills itself as the UK's largest pottery centre, so you're sure of being entertained! You can try throwing your own pot, painting it, and of course there is a massive shop to browse through! They also have a tea room serving truly delicious food.
Cardew Pottery, Newon Road, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9DX Phone: 01626 832172 Web: www.craftsatcardew.co.uk


Bovey Tracey - House Of Marbles and Teign Valley Glass

The Largest Selection of Glass Marbles in the world! At House of Marbles and Teign Valley Glass they have been manufacturing an unusual range of games, toys, marbles and glassware for many years. Visitors are most welcome to wander around the old pottery buildings with the listed kilns, enjoy the museums of glass, games, marbles and Bovey Pottery, watch glass blowing when work is in progress, see the spectacular marble runs, browse in the factory seconds and gift shops and enjoy the food and drink in the coffee shop. Apart from special collectable marbles the glassworks make a full range of wine glasses, vases, candle holders and paperweights, and much more besides. Watch the skilled craftsmen blowing glass, then shaping and finishing, when work is in progress. The gift shop sells a full range of glass, toys and marbles. Upstairs you will find a wonderland of gifts and presents from all over the world. You can also try your hand at skittles or quoits, practice your chess moves with some giant chess pieces, test your balancing skills with a giant Jericho game, and of course play marbles! There are fascinating marble runs by Alex Schmid of Switzerland. One of them is probably the largest in the world. The Pottery Museum,  Museums of Glass, Marbles and Board Games, and the Bovey Pottery Museum are all fascinating insights into the history of this intriguing place.
House of Marbles, The Old Pottery, Pottery Road, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9DS Phone: 01626 835285 Fax: 01626 835315 Web: www.houseofmarbles.com Email: enquiries@houseofmarbles.com


Chudleigh near Exeter - Canonteign Falls

A special place with a breathtaking combination of waterfalls and cascades, located in the beautiful Teign Valley in the Dartmoor National Park 9 miles south of Exeter. England's highest waterfall drops almost vertically for 70 metres as it tumbles over massive rock formations down to streams, through ancient woodlands and onto wetlands and lakes below. At the top of the falls, Buzzards View offers the most spectacular views across South Devon - it's well worth the walk. Be 'at home' with nature amongst unusual trees, plants, flowers, insects and animals as you climb the pathways and Victorian steps upwards through the Secret Garden and Fern Garden. The exhibition in the lower barn gives a fascinating insight into the Canonteign story which is rich in mining and maritime history, being the former home of Sir Edward Pellew, Vice Admiral of all England and later given the title of Lord Exmouth. The path alongside lily lake takes you to the cafe and beyond to the wetlands and lakes. It's a fascinating level walk through the habitats of kingfishers, bats, butterflies, dragonflies and wildfowl.
Pick up one of the many trail leaflets at the entrance. They are informative and great fun for all the family.
Chudleigh, near Exeter. Phone: 01647 252434 Fax: 01647 252434 Email: info@cononteignfalls.com Web: www.canonteignfalls.com


Exeter - Crealy, Devon's great adventure park for children

This wonderful fun filled park certainly comes right up there with the best of them! With fun filled action rides, real animals, treasure hunts, favourite cartoon characters, and six "realms" to explore (adventure, action, animal, magic, farmyard and the natural world), Crealy really does have a lot to offer.
Sidmouth Road, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, EX5 1DR
Phone: 01395 233200 Web: www.crealy.co.uk


Exeter - Haldon Forest Park

Explore the natural forest on foot, bike or horse. Nature trails allow walkers access to views over the Exe Estuary, and outstanding natural features. Wildlife and flora abound in the forest and the views vary over the seasons. Take the Butterfly Trail to see myriads of dragonflies and damselflies or try the Mamhead Trail to see varieties of forest flowers. The Play Trail, with play features, caters for all ages and abilities. There are bicycle trails, with bikes for hire, and mountain bikers can explore the long distance technical mountain bike trail. Horse trails can be found in the dedicated equestrian area, with a gallop stretches and plentiful horse box parking.
Haldon Forest Park Kennford, Exeter, Devon. EX6 7XR
Phone: 01392 834251 Email haldon.rangers@forestry.gsi.gov.uk
Web: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/haldonforestpark


Exeter - Powderham Castle

Powderham is not only a magnificent 600 year old castle, but also the home of the Earl of Devon. Guided tours show visitors castle walls and stately drawing rooms, with marvellous architecture and exciting yarns of ancient times. Visitors are also invited to Victorian kitchen where you can see how the servants fared below stairs. You can also explore the extensive grounds, with contrasting natural rugged beauty and exquisitely kept gardens. The Deer Park can be seen by the Exe estuary, and the more energetic visitors can take the beautiful walk to the Belvedere tower, noted for its extensive views. Special themed events take place including Knights & Princesses week, Pirate weeks and Wizard weeks.
Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter, EX6 8JQ.
Phone: 01626 890243 Email: castle@powderham.co.uk
Web: http://www.powderham.co.uk/


Haldon - Go Ape!

Are you fit for tree top forest adventure, with rope ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels, swinging through the jungle like Tarzan? Are you ready to be let loose on giant ropes that zip through the trees? Then let loose your inner Ape and take the family for fun-packed adventure. Corporate days allow company days out, with competitions to settle departmental rivalry. It is much more interesting than office work and a great opportunity to out manoeuvre the Accounts Department!
Go Ape! Haldon Forest, Devon.
Phone: 0845 643 92 15
Web: http://www.goape.co.uk/

 


Buckfastleigh - Pennywell Farm and Wildlife Centre

After you have experienced the ponies, piglets, slides, go-karts, quad bikes, train rides, eagles, owls, mazes, goats, guinea pigs, reindeer rides, hedgehogs, bunnies, trampolines and tractors, you might feel the need to relax in the licensed restaurant. Fun activities are ongoing and all included in the entrance price, which provides excellent value.
Pennywell Farm & Wildlife Centre, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 OLT
Phone: 01364 642023 Email info@pennywellfarm.co.uk
Web: http://www.pennywellfarm.co.uk/

 


Newton Abbot - The Original Miniature Pony Centre

Set in 20 acres of parkland within Dartmoor National Park, the Centre contains over 150 animals, including Miniature Shetland ponies and Miniature Mediterranean donkeys, shire horses and their foals. Also you can see pygmy goats, miniature pigs, Shetland sheep and lambs, chipmunks and chinchillas. In the Cute n Cuddly stables, you find rabbits and smaller animals. The Centre is not a zoo as the whole parkland is managed with the environment in mind. There is an abundance of hands-on activities for all ages. Disabled visitors are welcome and extra assistance is readily available for steep gradients.
On the main B3212 road, 2 miles west of Moretonhampstead, towards Princetown, Dartmoor TQ13 8RG.
Phone: 01647 432400 Email: enquiries@miniatureponycentre.com
Web: http://www.miniatureponycentre.com/


 


Exeter - Haldon Belvedere (Lawrence Castle)

This colossal historic building built in 1788 stands on Haldon Hill, 800ft above sea level. It affords awe-inspiring views from the roof across the Exe Valley and Devon countryside. The ballroom is built with huge Perpendicular Gothic windows, and ornate plasterwork with the original mahogany floor and marble fireplace. The building is licensed for weddings and is available for functions.
Haldon Belvedere Exit A38 at Exeter Racecourse and follow signs for 2 miles. EX6 7QY.
Phone/Fax: 01392 833668 Email: enquiries@haldonbelvedere.co.uk
Web: http://www.haldonbelvedere.co.uk/
 

 


Buckfastleigh - Higher Kiln Quarry Caves

Victorian workmen discovered these caves in the limestone quarries. They were excavated by William Pengelly, a noted scientist, who built a museum to house his specimens. The caves are home to a protected bat colony and contain a 100,000 year old fossil bone deposit of a rhino and a hippo. The museum explain the scientific significance of the site. Public guided walks take place Wednesday and Thursday in August 11am and 2pm. Group visits May to August by arrangement.
Pengelly Centre, Russets Lane, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0DY
Phone: 01364 643096 Email: info@pengellytrust.org
Web: http://www.pengellytrust.org/about.htm


 


Buckfastleigh - The Valiant Soldier

This 18th Century village pub closed its doors in the 1960's leaving all its furnishings and artefacts intact. The bar dates from the 1940s and the kitchen was last modernised in the Victorian period. The stone walls, timber floors and fittings are original 18th Century. The bedrooms, bathroom and parlour contain items from an assortment of periods.
The Valiant Soldier, 79 Fore Street, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0BS
Phone: 01364 644522 Email: enquiries@valiantsoldier.org.uk
Web: http://www.buckfastleigh.org/a>