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Summer Holidays: The Best Family Days Out in the South West

26 Jul 2023

From the sandy beaches of the Devon and Cornwall coastlines to the wilderness of Dartmoor and everything in between… The South West has so much to offer families visiting the area during the summer holidays, and we’re on hand to highlight the very best of all that’s out there! Including theme parks, zoos, aquariums, and plenty more, here are the best family days out in the South West! 

Crealy Theme Park – Exeter

Based just down the road from our Customer Hub on the Sidmouth Road in Exeter, Crealy Theme Park and Resort is an award-winning family theme park that offers over 60 rides and attractions, as well as live entertainment, plenty of animals, and various cafes and restaurants. Suitable for all the family from toddlers to grandparents, Crealy has been voted the Best Day Out in Devon for eight years running, and we highly recommend dropping in this summer!

If it’s more than just a day you’re looking for, you’ll be pleased to hear that the theme park also offers a wide range of family accommodation which includes five-star luxury hot tub lodges, themed glamping tents, and over one hundred camping and touring pitches.

Newquay Zoo – Newquay

Set on the gorgeous North Coast of Cornwall, Newquay Zoo is no doubt one of the most popular tourist attractions in the South West, and we couldn’t agree more! With over 13 acres of natural-themed exhibits full of animals from around the world to discover, the whole family can easily spend the full day ambling around this popular zoo.

As well as offering over 120 different species to encounter and learn more about, Newquay Zoo also offer a wide range of family entertainment that includes live shows, talks and events, outdoor play areas, secret gardens to explore, and much more!

Woodlands Theme Park – Totnes

Found in the heart of the picturesque South Hams in Devon, Woodlands is the biggest theme park in Devon and offers more than a day’s worth of fun and adventure for all the family! As well as boasting the biggest indoor play area in the South West, Woodlands also offers memorable water rapid rides and other theme park rides, a zoo full of friendly animals, a falconry center, a toddlers village and so much more! Meaning if your toddler is just taking their first steps, or your grandparents need a slightly slower-paced activity, there really is something for everyone.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary – Gweek

The popular Cornish Seal Sanctuary sits deep in the South Coast of Cornwall and offers an excellent, educational experience for all the family, from children through to grandparents. Explore the sanctuary’s many pools full of wild seals and their pups, sea lions, penguins and more, drop into their feeding times, or enjoy various talks explaining a little more about each species and their story.

A visit to the Seal Sanctuary goes a long way in supporting the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of wild seals around the shores of the UK, as well as raising awareness of plastic pollution in the area. A visit also offers the chance to learn more about the Sea Life Trust and their hard work around the country… A good day out for the family, and a contribution to charity, everyone’s a winner!

The National Marine Aquarium - Plymouth

Plymouth’s famous aquarium is the largest of its kind in the UK and continues to offer a fantastic day out for all the family, particularly on rainy days! With aquariums from around the world waiting to be discovered, explore local sea wildlife, seagrass species, ocean drifters, the Atlantic Ocean, the Great Barrier Reef and so much more, all in one place…

The aquarium also offers a wide range of live talks, events, boat trips, gift shops, and plenty more to add to your day out, so we’d definitely recommend visiting the website before your visit to check out any upcoming events and offers.  

The Eden Project – Bodelva

We couldn’t mention the South West’s best family attractions without featuring the world-famous Eden Project, could we? A day in Bodelva offers an education in the relationship between plants and people from around the world, as well as a chance to see and smell plant species from almost every continent there is.

Discover the breathtaking Rainforest Biome which is proud to be the world’s largest greenhouse, shoot over to South Africa and California, or explore the many orange and lemon trees, olive groves, and vines of the Mediterranean Biome. If that’s not enough, then we’d recommend keeping an eye out for the many live events and talks happening every single week!

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