Days Out In East Devon

Stating that there is no shortage of things to do here in beautiful East Devon is an understatement! Within a 10 – 25 minute radius there are attractions, towns, villages, beaches, walks, bike-rides, places to eat and drink; I could go on.

We will provide you a flavour of the main attractions locally in the section below, but please drop us a mail and ask for our hugely popular ‘Guide to East Devon’, for a 30-page .pdf document full of inspiration.

The most relevant attractions are listed here (click on name to be directed straight to relevant website):

  • Seaton Jurassic - a community-led centre that will engage thousands of people with East Devon’s unique geological, coastal and marine heritage. Highly interactive and great fun for all ages
  • Wildwood Escot – at Escot you can meet some of the wild animals that used to live in Devon, see Red Squirrels, Wild Boar and Lynx as you make your way around the park. Also, adventure playground with drop slide, indoor soft play area, maze, Saxon Village and more.
  • NEW! The Bear Trail - Get out into the great wide open and explore our fun and challenging muddy obstacle trail. Leap over the muddy bear pits, whizz down the zip wires or crawl through the tunnels – it’s the perfect day out for the whole family.
  • Donkey Sanctuary – Great day out, and free entry! The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon is open 365 days a year. There are hundreds of donkeys waiting to meet you here
  • Bicton Park -  Superbly landscaped park combining tranquillity with modern amenities to provide all year round enjoyment for everyone of all ages, including historic glasshouses, a countryside museum, Woodland Railway train ride, nature trail, maze, mini golf, indoor and outdoor children’s play complexes, restaurant and shop
  • Seaton Tramway - Seaton Tramway operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in East Devon’s glorious Axe Valley, travelling alongside the River Axe estuary through two nature reserves and giving an unrivalled view of the abundant wading bird life
  • Thelma Hubert Gallery - offers exhibitions as well as various activities for all age ranges. Check website for calendar
  • Pecorama - an absolute ‘must-do’ for anyone who loves trains, but there is so much more to Pecorama that even if you don’t give much about trains, you’ll have a great time
  • Stuart Line Cruises - provided it is not too windy (read: choppy sea), the comfortable Jurassic Coast or River Exe cruises can be enjoyed under cover (from Exmouth)
  • World of Country Life (Exmouth) -this place offers a whole range of attractions; go back into olden days rural Devon Life, enjoy their collection of motor bikes, vast range of animals, or indeed the play facilities
  • Crealy - although you may have to give some of the rides a miss when it hammers down, there are sufficient indoor facilities to enjoy a good few hours at what is East Devon’s largest attraction
  • Exeter RAMM (Royal Albert Memorial Museum) - fantastic, award winning, museum in the heart of Exeter. Various exhibitions (see website for details) and interactive displays and workshops.
  • Lyme Regis Museum - anyone with even the smallest interest in fossils, geology and the Jurassic Coast in general will have a great time here
  • Dinosaur Land (Lyme Regis) – as the name suggests, another destination in Lyme Regis where you can find out a lot about the local geology