Looking for all weather things to do in Devon? From an indoor alien adventure ride to the UK’s largest aquarium, family shows to steam train rides, there are thousands of indoor activities across Devon that’ll ensure a good day out, all year round.
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Ride the alien adventure
With an indoor offering that includes an alien adventure ride, dodgems, laser targets, archery, golf driving nets, bird of prey displays and two huge soft and adventure play areas (Little Stars which is opening on April 7th is just for under 6’s, and Time Warp for ages 0-60+), The Milky Way near Bideford, voted North Devon’s top day out in 2013, has 110,000 square feet of all-weather fun, as well as acres of outdoor activities. Virtually everything’s paid for in one ticket price too, so it’s a great place to head for for at least one day of your holiday.
Read more about The Milky Way here.
Other fantastic attractions with good indoor facilities in Devon include Pennywell Farm near Buckfastleigh, which has great Easter events planned; World Of Country Life near Exmouth; Bygones and Dinosaur World in Torquay; and The Smuggler’s Story in Brixham.
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Kids love to get creative and messy, so visit a hands-on pottery studios where they can paint their own designs and take it home as a holiday memento afterwards. Try Waves in Woolacombe, Tarka Pottery in Torrington, Clay Art in Plymouth and China Blue in Totnes.
Visit an aquarium
Watch other creatures getting wet! Having such a huge length of coastline, Devon is quite rightly fascinated with its sea creatures, and so we’ve some of the best aquariums in the country. And also the largest … The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth is, as the name suggests, the biggest in the UK. You’ll get an amazing insight into the underwater world of sharks, turtles, rays, dolphins and many, many more through huge tanks and a schedule of events including the excellent daily dive show. More about The National Marine Aquarium
Not visiting Plymouth? There are other excellent places to learn about sea life around the county, including Living Coasts in Torquay, and Ilfracombe Aquarium.
Take in a Show
Devon has theatres dotted all over, and many of them put on special shows for children and families during the holidays. Check out the Theatre Royal in Plymouth, Brixham Theatre and the Queen’s Theatre in Barnstaple.
Catch a train
Chugging along on a steam engine is a great way to see the Devon countryside from indoors – and the scenery will be constantly changing of course. There are a number of scenic railways, including those at Dartmouth, Dartmoor, South Devon and Woody Bay on Exmoor, which allow you to take in beautiful country and coastal scenes from the comfort of a carriage. And for something different, try the Seaton Tramway – part double-decker bus, part old-fashioned train, the journey’s lovey and there’s tea and cake at the end, too.
Latest news: The Dawlish train line is now open