School’s OUT for summer!

The summer holidays are here and it’s time to get planning some fun filled days out to enjoy Devon’s glorious coast, country and weather … and right now, the sun has got its hat on, too!

What’s new, pussycat?
Watermouth Castle's NEW toboggan ride (1)Summer 2016 sees some fantastic events and some major new developments. Wildwood Escot in East Devon is now offering the chance to come face to face with wild animals including wildcats, lynx and red squirrels, and visitors can now meet the new rare Scottish Wildcats kittens – but hurry, they grow up fast! The BIG Sheep welcomes visitors of all ages to ride its new state of the art rollercoaster, and thrillseekers will love to zoom down the new family toboggan ride (right) at Watermouth Castle, enjoying the beautiful view along the way.

Upcoming Events
There are plenty of special events happening during the summer holidays too, and parents will find over a hundred events throughout July and August by visiting 

Everyone’s favourite characters will be making special appearances at attractions across Devon, including Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Titan the Robot and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

And a special treat for Harry Potter fans – there’s a summer outing made just for you at South Devon Railway in collaboration with Hannah’s at Seale Hayne who have a stunning exhibition called Illustrating Harry Potter. Climb aboard the Magic Express on four special Saturdays throughout July and August and enjoy a magical round-robin trip; the steam train will take you from Buckfastleigh to Totnes, and a vintage London Double Decker Bus returns you to Buckfastleigh.

River Dart Country Park

There’s nothing better than messing about on the river in the summertime. Visit the River Dart Country Park (above) for picnics by the waterside and outdoor activities for the whole family. Or feel the glorious cooling spray of the waterfalls at Canonteign Falls whilst taking a walk on their nature trails. Or, perhaps you prefer to learn more about the creatures of the deep during Super Shark Summer at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.

There’s some Wild West fun over at World of Country Life, every Wednesday through the summer holidays, as well as the usual daily activities with the animals. Get into the carnival spirit of the Rio 2016 Olympic games over at the Miniature Pony Centre, where there’ll be a fortnight of Pony Centre Olympic games from August 5-21 with their own ‘Rio Pony Show Girl’.


There’s plenty of special entertainment going on at Pennywell Farm, including the multi-talented Mr Phil, who’ll amaze you will his juggling, magic skills, games and comedy. Love donkeys? You can have the ultimate donkey experience at the Donkey Sanctuary over several dates this summer including an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour. Exeter Cathedral also has some fun educational activities for kids, including a Time Travellers Club and workshops teaching more about skills such as archaeology.

Or you could enjoy the balmy summer evenings with a picnic and some outdoor theatre, set in the beautiful grounds of a Devon National Trust property? Arlington Court, Killerton and Castle Drogo are all offering theatre shows in the coming weeks.

And the adults might enjoy  an evening of “Allo Allo” at Seaton Tramway on July 23 – this unique tramway and tourist attraction has teamed up with the Moonstone Theatre Company to present an interactive comedy and dining evening in the Café René at Colyton Station.