Nestled on the banks of the river Exe, just outside the charming village of Bickleigh in the heart of Devon, Exe Valley Glamping is set within our incredible 150-acre family farm. Given our fantastic location, it’s no surprise that there are plenty of fun activities to get involved in and picturesque places to visit within 30 minutes of Exe Valley Glamping. Keep reading to discover some of our favourite things to do, right on our doorstep.
1) Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life
Just an eight-minute drive from Exe Valley Glamping lies the Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life, an outstanding collection which traces the fascinating history of Mid Devon. Displays include the ‘Tivvy Bumper’ GWR steam engine, lace making, farm waggons, the history of agriculture, and the everyday home life of Mid Devon’s population.
The museum is family-friendly and offers a warm welcome to everyone. It’s open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm, and adult admission is just £7, with children up to 16 years old going free.
2) Tiverton Castle
One of the jewels in Tiverton’s crown is Tiverton Castle; a wonderful, atmospheric attraction which makes a great day out for families with children. Open on Sundays, Thursdays, and Bank Holiday Mondays from Easter Sunday until the end of October, this jaw-dropping structure was originally built in 1106 and boasts one of the first gardens in Devon.
The castle’s incredible history includes battle in the English Civil War, significant renovations, and an entire rebuild in 1293 – you’ll have to visit yourself to find out more! Located just a 10-minute drive from Exe Valley Glamping, it couldn’t be easier to find.
3) Liznojan Books
Looking for a quirky independent bookshop to visit nearby? Just a 12-minute drive from Exe Valley Glamping is Liznojan Books, which boasts a coffee shop and events space as well as a fantastic selection of books to choose from.
The mother and daughter-run bookshop acts as a community hub, making for a great space to relax and meet likeminded individuals. The plants, artwork and crafts create the perfect atmosphere to flick through the pages of inspirational magazines and enjoy a delicious drink from the organic café.
A short 13-minute drive from Exe Valley Glamping will take you to Knightshayes, a breath-taking National Trust property boasting one of the finest gardens in the South West. A masterpiece of architectural planting, the gardens are home to one of the most outstanding botanical collections in the country.
Visitors can also explore the incredible Gothic Revival house, a rare example of the genius of William Burges, whose opulent designs have divided opinions for generations. There’s also the Stables Café, where visitors can grab a refuelling bite to eat and refreshing drink, and 300 acres of parkland and woodland lying beyond the house, just waiting to be explored. It’s the perfect family day out where you can take in majestic sights and explore stunning grounds at your leisure.
5) Tiverton Pannier Market
At the historic Tiverton Pannier Market, visitors will be delighted by a diverse range of local artisan produce and hand-crafted goods. Just a 12-minute drive from Exe Valley Glamping, the market takes place in the beautiful Grade II listed Victoria pannier market building, with incredible full length glass doors. There’s so much here for the whole family to see and enjoy.
6) The Fisherman’s Cot Pub
One of our favourite spots for a bite to eat is The Fisherman’s Cot, a cosy pub just a 10-minute walk away from Exe Valley Glamping. The menu boasts legendary pub classics with delightful modern twists, including naughty nibbles and mighty mains. A myriad of expertly crafted cask ales, distilled gins, velvety reds, crisp wines, and soft drinks are available from the bar. It’s a wonderful, family-friendly spot for a tasty bite to eat and a refreshing drink.
7) Tiverton Canal Co
One of Tiverton’s most enchanting attractions is Tiverton Canal Co; a family-owned canal living heritage attraction, with staff dressed in clothing of a bygone era and large Heavy Horses at the ready. This is one of the very last horse-drawn barges in the country, and it’s located only a 13-minute drive from Exe Valley Glamping.
Experience a day of making memories and enjoying the glory of Devon’s historic 200-year-old, 11-mile canal which sits on the edge of the Grand Western Canal Country Park and Local Nature Reserve.
8) Devon Railway Centre
The whole family can enjoy a day of railway-themed fun at the Devon Railway Centre, located just a short 10-minute walk from Exe Valley Glamping. The popular tourist attraction offers an interactive day out with two different train rides, an extensive model exhibition, a model village and model fun fair, as well as a magical woodland which is home to hundreds of gnomes!
Little ones can make friends in the indoor soft play area and any of the three outdoor play areas, and everyone can enjoy a range of hot and cold snacks from Buffers, the station tearoom. Crazy golf, the Black Hole Orbiter ride, and the scenic riverside picnic area offer something to keep the whole family entertained.
Spectacular Devonshire Staycations at Exe Valley Glamping
Exe Valley Glamping is the ideal place to return to after you’ve enjoyed fantastic days out adventuring in the local area. Each of our gorgeous canvas tents has been purpose-built to ensure that your glamping stay is fuss-free and easy, allowing you to truly relax and unwind. The tents are packed full of board games, puzzles, and books, so there’s still plenty of fun to have when you arrive back at your accommodation. Find endless, family-friendly fun around every corner in our stunning, scenic surroundings, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Book your Exe Valley Glamping retreat in the beautiful Devonshire countryside today!