10 of the best days out in the South West

With Roman history, wildlife parks, amazing natural attractions and family fun attractions there’s lots to do in the South West

Step back in time and find out about Roman hygiene at the Roman Baths

Get involved in a spot of sheep racing at The Big Sheep in Devon

Longleat, Wiltshire
Longleat always has fantastic new animals from all over the globe.  Your drive-through safari adventure will take you unbelievably close to amazing creatures in a beautiful setting. Get involved by feeding the Giraffes, and visiting the new Cheetah Kingdom.
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Noah’s Ark Maze, Somerset
At 3.2km long, Noah’s Ark Maze is the longest hedge maze in the world. 14,000 beech trees were planted in the shape of Noah’s Ark, with 7 monster animals inside. The maze is split into 15 sections and in each section you are asked a question, if you get it right and you will be told the quickest way to the centre. the maze is in Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm which is a spectacular hands-on zoo with huge indoor adventure playgrounds and the world’s longest hedge maze, all on a real working farm.
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Roman Baths, Bath
The Roman Baths is a place for the whole family to enjoy and learn a bit of history. Children of all ages can find out about life here in Roman times. A special children’s audiotour is included free of charge. For the safety of visitors they do not allow pushchairs and prams in the underground parts of the site and offer free use of courtesy child carriers for babies and toddlers.
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Dragonfly Maze, Cotswolds
Pick up clues to complete a puzzle while you find your way around the yew tree maze and, once you get to the centre, use the answer to free the beautiful automated golden dragonfly, made by sculptor Kit Williams.
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Eden Project, Cornwall
This giant living exhibition aims to encourage an understanding of plants and their biodiversity through imaginative displays. Eden is the world’s largest rainforest in captivity with steamy jungles and waterfalls and has a rainforest lookout that takes you above the treetops. Kids will love the education centre and demonstrations.
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Farmers Palmers Farm Park, Dorset
This farm park is designed for children 8 years and under and their families. There is a mix of indoor and outdoor play giving all the benefits of fresh air and exercise, whatever the weather. The animal barn has predominantly farm animals and pets, which means children have the opportunity to get ‘hands on’ experiences.
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Brownsea Island, Dorset
Brownsea Island is dramatically located in Poole Harbour, with spectacular views across to the Purbeck Hills. Thriving natural habitats, including woodland, heathland and a lagoon make it a haven for wildlife, such as the rare red squirrel and a wide variety of birds, including  dunlin, kingfishers, common and sandwich terns and oystercatchers. Grab a ‘Tracker Pack’ and set off with your family in search of Sika deer and wood ants.
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The Big Sheep, Devon
One of the UK’s most innovative and exciting family attractions providing wacky and unique entertainment for all the family. Entertaining shows include the World Famous sheep racing, complete with woolly jockeys, Horse Whispering, Dog and Duck Trials. Children and adults can burn off excess energy and play safely on a great selection of slides and soft play climbing areas, tumble towers, mazes and obstacles in the massive indoor play area. There are lots of outdoor activities too.
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Woodlands Leisure Park, Devon
Woodlands Family Theme Park Devon provides a whole day of variety for all ages. Set in stunning countryside the 90 acre adventure park inDevonhas 16 family rides, indoor play centres with rides and cafes plus a wide range of family attractions in 10 themed play zones. Attractions also include Zoo-Farm, Falconry Centre and Wildlife Sanctuary.
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St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall
St Michael’s Mount is a beautiful island adrift from West Cronwall’s coastline. At low tide, follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and giants as you cross the historic causeway to St Michael’s Mount. It takes just minutes to walk across the bay from the mainland to the island. Ther’s lots to see and do, with shops, restaurants, sub-tropical gardens and the castle.
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