Bovey Tracey - Riverside Mill
The largest contemporary crafts centre in the South West. Exhibitions and
displays change throughout the year. Highly recommended.
Bovey Tracey - Cardew Pottery
Cardew bills itself as the UK's
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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 1940’s 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.