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19/06/2013 at 10:58
We haven't had a holiday for 3.5 years and next Friday we are off to Devon for a week so im very excited.
Ive never been anywhere in south west England so have no idea at all what to do.
we are having 3 days near ilfracombe, then 4 days near Torquay.
it doesnt need to be things very near those places as we are happy to drive out places for day trips.
We have an 18 month old so need to keep her occupied. I'm aware the weather is meant to be rainy so need indoor as well as out door options.
And finally as cheap as possible. Don't really want to be paying entry fees for things every day if we can help it.
a visit to a zoo is definately on my list though but can anyone recommend which is best- ive heard of Paignton, and exmoor zoos and there seems to be a few other wildlife park places. But don't know which is best.
I also want to take her to the beach at least once (more if the weather is good). It seems woolacombe beach is good but are there any others you think are good for an 18month old?
So anyone who lives in Devon or has visited and has recommendations I would really appreciate any help
19/06/2013 at 11:18
We went to South Devon (so near Torquay) 2weeks ago, it was lovely! We went to Paignton Zoo, which was fab (haven't been to the others to compare though...) and we went to Goodrington Beach which was great as there's a path the whole way along it, which meant we could use the pushchair easily. Other than that we just went on lots of walks and enjoyed the pool at our caravan site.
19/06/2013 at 11:35
We stayed in Beer a couple of years ago and it was lovely, we had a great day out in Lyme Regis, but that might be a bit far for you.
19/06/2013 at 12:38
I live in that part of the country (well Somerset but only 20 mins from Devon) All the things you've mentioned are great ideas JT. Paignton zoo is brilliant we took Isla in the Half term holiday. There's a little train you can ride on there too. Lyme Regis Is lovely to sit on the sand if nice or walk along the Cobb and through gardens if not such nice weather. There's pecorama at Beer which Is good for little ones. It's model trains you can ride on. If you're near Axminster you could visit the axe Valley wildlife park will keep LO entertained for a couple of hours. My favourite beach is sidmouth, although no sand it has a nice atmosphere and a cute little town tucked in behind the beach. HTH
19/06/2013 at 12:41
I'm in Devon, Plymouth in fact, about 40mins from Torquay.
Definately go to Paignton Zoo, that's onyl 10mins from Torquay. There is plenty in Torquay outside and inside but I'm not so up on that.
If you came down to Plymouth for the day there is the Hoe and Barbican to walk around, with river trips to see the Dockyard and frigates, Marine Aquarium, open air pool, big wheel thing, on the hoe there is a childrens play zone with pirate ship and crazy golf etc.
Hope the weather will be good for you (and me!)
19/06/2013 at 12:45
I was just about to add national marine aquarium too porkchop. Good shout! x
19/06/2013 at 12:52
There's a lovely little aquarium near the harbour in Ilfracombe, ideal for littlies as it's small and the staff will often give impromptu talks and let you hold some of the creatures. There's also the Wildlife and Dinosaur Park near Combe Martin which quite good. Other stuff that's free - Woolacombe beach, which is gorgeous if the weather is good, and there's a little park in Ilfracombe as well called Bicclescombe Park which is good for wasting an hour or so.
And the Tunnel Beaches in Ilfracombe are really good as well, and I think they still have a little soft play area in the cafe too.
19/06/2013 at 13:01
I'm in Plymouth like Porkchop.
The Hoe and Barbican are lovely, plus Dartmoor for ice cream and a walk. Plus everything Porkchop said x
19/06/2013 at 13:09
Paignton Zoo is great. I also really like Living Coasts in Torquay as you can get so close to the penguins.
Go to Rolys Fudge in Torquay, it's like heaven in your mouth.
Oh and the steam railway that runs from Paignton is fab with lovely views to be seen.
19/06/2013 at 13:52
Another vote for Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts in Torquay - they do a combined entry ticket if you wanted to do both. Babbacombe Model Village in Torquay is great too. Brixham is nice as well from what I remember, it's a few years since I went there though as we tend to stick to Torquay and Paignton mostly around that area. Teignmouth and Dawlish are usually on our hit list as well as we always stay in Dawlish Warren.
19/06/2013 at 14:26
This is all great ladies , thanks so much. I'm off to google everything now so will probably be back later with more questions!
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