What is great about our local climate is that even when the weather isn’t that great, we know from experience it rarely lasts long. But when it does rain for a whole day, the other piece of good news is that there are many activities in the area which include indoor facilities, so you can still have a great time, and return to your cosy Mazzard Farm cottage for a hot chocolate next to a lovely roaring woodburner.
Oh, and wet weather is usually great for fossil hunting!
We have listed the most relevant attractions 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
- Tickety Boo, Ottery St Mary – a brand new coffee shop and play centre, right in the centre of Ottery St Mary. Great coffees!
- Honiton Playdome – very nice indoor play centre, which does a mean coffee too! Nice leather sofas and free WiFi
- Thelma Hubert Gallery – offers exhibitions as well as various activities for all age ranges. Check website for calendar
- Honiton Pottery & Milkshake Bar – fun place to either ‘throw’your own pots, or decorate pieces they have available
- 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
- Marine Theatre (Lyme Regis) – check out website to see what’s on in this little gem of a theatre
- Exeter Underground Passages – Discover medieval passageways that stretch under the city’s streets at this visitor attraction in the heart of the city centre
- Train ride on the Dawlish Loop – argued by some to be one of Britain’s most spectacular railway journeys, especially in bad weather when the waves frequently wash over the train. Check out this little YouTube clip (BBC’s Coast) to see what we mean
- Swimming Pool at Sidmouth – very nice swimming pool in the centre of Sidmouth, a 15-minute journey from Mazzard Farm
- Cinema in Sidmouth or Exeter – the Sidmouth cinema is a lovely old-fashioned cinema, whereas Exeter offers the full range (Odeon, Vue, Picturehouse)
As you see, whatever the weather, you can always have a great time in and around Mazzard Farm. Try it!