What’s on in Devon: May-June half term 2016

Make the most of Devon this May half term! Devon’s Top Attractions have plenty to keep the children happy with a huge variety of special events and activities planned, going on right across Devon.

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Get ready to set foot in a world set 160 million years ago! Visit Woodlands Family Adventure Park (above) near Dartmouth over half term week and encounter dinosaurs in their natural habitat in their brand new dinosaur attraction called Dino Trek.  Embark on an expedition and get up close and personal with these mesmerising creatures and hear them ROAR! The grand opening will be on 31st May.

The BIG Sheep in North Devon have a ‘Superhero Weekend’ on 28th -30th May, with FREE entry for any child dressed as their favourite super hero character. Have your picture taken with the Batmobile, a half size replica of the original car used in the 1989 movie – and Spiderman will be there too!

There’s lots more character fun going on at the Milky Way Adventure Park in North Devon too. On Sunday 29th May Mikey and Donnie from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be at the park, and on 4th June Chase from Paw Patrol will be there waiting to meet all his excited fans.

Those seeking fresh air and exercise this half term should head over to Killerton and enjoy the wild open spaces, tree swings, den building and finding the bear’s hut. Round up the family, join the rangers and find your adventurous side at Wild about Killerton on 4th June. You can also get more fresh air out at Castle Drogo where you can enjoy Meeting the Builders on 5th June.  Follow the trail around the garden and find out about the builders who are saving the castle.

There’s an all-inclusive half term on offer at Becky Falls with a prize for children who complete the letterboxing trail, as well as lots of hands-on animal activities – from cute and cuddly to snakes and lizards, as well as meeting the meerkats. There’s more letterboxing fun out at the Miniature Pony Centre 30th May – 3rd June; collect all the stamps hidden around the Centre, and you’ll be rewarded with a prize.

 

Join the Half Term Potting Frenzy at Canonteign Falls and get ahead with your planting. Grab a pot, a handful of soil and a seed, give it some water, take it home and watch it grow. And budding explorers should join the underground fossil trail, on all half term week at Kents Cavern as part of the 2016 Geopark Festival Week.

Wonderland Week is back at Powderham Castle on 30th May – 5th June. Don’t be late to see the topsy-turvy tea party as Alice takes a trip down the rabbit hole to meet the characters of Wonderland.

There are some Ancient Egypt activities going on at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (below) on 28th May. Learn about life and death in ancient Egypt, join the scribe school and learn how to write in hieroglyphs.  Also on 31st May they have some pre-school fun with their Little Explorers, a journey of discovery where the under-fives can make some collection inspired creations.

Shiver me timbers! It’s Pirate Week on 30th May – 5th June at World of Country Life, with lots of swashbuckling fun and pirate themed activities for all the family to enjoy.  And there’s a week of non-stop family fun at Pennywell Farm (above), with Circus Saturday on 4th June plus a Big Show twice daily with top class international performers like Dan the Hat, Mr Phil, Elfic the Jester and Poco Drum, plus all the usual favourite farmyard fun.

Everyone loves a family picnic, and there’s a fab one at River Dart Country Park on Sunday 5th June. Enjoy their Birthday Picnic at the Park – it looks like being their biggest ever yet, as they’re celebrating 40 years of family fun.

Let’s not forget that the adults like to have some fun too. South Devon Railway (below, left) have their Traction Weekend and Spring Ale Festival on 27th -30th May – a return to the sixties with steam and heritage services all day and into the evening.

Don’t miss the Classic and Vintage Vehicle Rally out at Pecorama (above, right) on Sunday 29th May, with over 160 vehicles that have travelled from far afield to come to this popular event. Pecorama also have their Heritage Steam Weekend on 4th-5th June with an eclectic display of full and small scale traction engines and some guest locomotives.

In East Devon on the 27th May Seaton Tramway have an evening of comedy and calamities. The Moonstone Theatre Company present An Evening with Dad’s Army, and tickets include tram ticket, entertainment and a two course meal.

To find out where all of these events and many more are taking place, see the website www.devontopattractions.com