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Fun Family Friendly Activities in Mid Devon

Are you seeking some energetic and adventurous activities to enjoy during your UK staycation? There’s a wide array of activities on offer to keep you occupied in mid Devon; from kayaking and rock climbing to assault courses and horse riding, there’s something to suit all ages and abilities. Keep the whole family occupied during your fun-filled staycation, come rain or shine…




Awesome Assault Courses

Mid Devon is an adrenaline seeker’s playground, boasting plenty of fun assault courses to get the blood pumping. If you don’t mind getting down and dirty, we highly recommend visiting one of the below obstacle courses.


Go Ape at Haldon Forest is nestled in 3,500 acres of wonderful woodland, just 15 minutes from the centre of Exeter. You and your tribe can enjoy a wide range of awesome challenges, from tree-to-tree crossings and bounce nets to Segways and bike hire, against the stunning backdrop of the Dartmoor National Park.


The Bear Trail is Devon’s muddiest adventure assault course, with 30 obstacles for you and your family to discover. This award-winning outdoor attraction is designed to help you create lifelong memories, as you navigate bear nets, swing along the zip wire and crawl through tunnels. The Bear Trail is perfect for all ages, from toddlers to grandparents.


The River Dart Country Park boasts 90+ acres of wonderful woodland, scenic walking trails and lovely lakes, and is jam-packed full of adventures for all the family to enjoy. With over 25 park attractions, children can enjoy swinging through trees, tumbling through nets, and even playing pirates for the day. There is also a Toddler’s Beach and Playground (Lilliput) for young ones.



Adventurous Activities

There are endless opportunities for outdoor pursuits here in mid Devon. Our county is home to miles upon miles of varied outdoor terrain; with oceans, lakes, rivers, cliffs, hills, forests, and fields to explore, you’re guaranteed to find an outdoor activity that suits you.


Pine Lodge Riding provides spectacular horse-riding experiences in the heart of Exmoor National Park. Discover beautiful beech forests and the meandering river Barle on one of their specialist hacks or all-day safari rides, led by friendly and experience guides. All their horses are fit and well-trained, with temperaments and sizes to suit everyone.


Devon Adventure is a one-stop-shop for outdoor activities in Devon. They offer a wide range of adventurous activities and courses to suit all ages and abilities, including caving, climbing, abseiling, hill walking, team building exercises, and more. You will benefit from your own personal instructor, flexible courses, and tailor-made sessions.



Wonderful Water Sports

Get wet and wild in mid Devon with our recommended range of water sports. Try your hand at sailing, paddle along rivers and canals, or surf the North Devon waves – the possibilities are truly endless!


Saddles & Paddles provides easy outdoor fun for all ages. You can explore the local area on bikes, canoes, kayaks, or paddleboards, with miles upon miles of spectacular cycle routes and waterways to discover. Rent a bike and pedal from the city to the seaside or hire a boat and paddle along to a lovely country pub – the only limit is your imagination.


Surf Saunton is a surf school located on Saunton Sands beach; the best location for learning to surf in North Devon. This 3 ½ mile stretch of golden sands is backed by stunning dunes, with the wonderful waves catering to all abilities. All instructors are fully qualified by the ISA, providing a safe and fun environment to learn how to surf.



Exe Valley Glamping: Baby & Toddler Friendly

Here at Exe Valley Glamping, we provide everything you could possibly need for a stress-free holiday with young children. We will ensure that your child has all the necessities and plenty of emergency provisions; from highchairs and crockery, to travel cots and potties, and everything in between.


We can provide the following upon request:

  • Highchair

  • Travel cot

  • Night light

  • Baby bathing tub

  • Tableware & bottles

  • Formula & wipes

  • Spare nappies & changing mats

  • Soft toys & puzzles

  • All terrain buggy



Wilderness Adventures for the Whole Family at Exe Valley Glamping

Children love the great outdoors; sleeping under canvas, toasting marshmallows, and discovering the fantastic array of wildlife on offer. Whether your children are thrill seekers, explorers or moochers, there’s something to suit everyone in mid Devon.


We are fully booked up for October half term, but we do still have the following autumn availability:

  • Monday 13th – Friday 17th September

  • Friday 24th – Monday 27th September

  • Monday 27th – Friday 1st October

  • Friday 1st – Monday 4th October

  • Monday 4th – Friday 8th October

  • Friday 8th – Monday 11th October

Click here to book your fun family staycation in mid Devon today!

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