Top 10 Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Mid Devon
Is the weather forecast not on your side for your upcoming break in Devon? Don’t worry! There are plenty of indoor activities to enjoy on a rainy day – from museums and castles to theme parks and play centres, and everything in between. We guarantee you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM)
This wonderful indoor museum boasts a fascinating array of displays, galleries, and exhibitions to discover. Showcasing Devon and Exeter’s varied history, you can uncover the historical culture of the area, whilst enjoying aesthetically pleasing and interactive displays. Kids especially enjoy the birds and insects’ section, with educational galleries showcasing animals from all over the world. Well worth a visit for a fun family day out!
This magical fairy-tale castle is situated in the heart of Devon, with centuries of stories hidden in its walls. Wander around the castle and discover fascinating tales of battle and ruin, before venturing out into the beautiful deer park and exploring the picture-perfect grounds (if the weather allows!). There’s so much to do here, including castle tours, scenic walks, and a lovely courtyard café to cosy up in.
Crealy Theme Park & Resort
The South West’s biggest family value day out is home to the most rides and attractions in Devon (over 60!), hosting a fantastic calendar of events throughout the year. New for 2022 is the spectacular Sooty Land, boasting 4 new rides, 15 new attractions and some brand spanking new family-friendly shows. Set in 100 acres of lovely Devon countryside, you are guaranteed a fun family day out at Crealy!
Uncover a thousand years of rich history at one of Europe’s most impressive cathedrals. Admire the world’s longest uninterrupted Gothic vaulted ceiling, marvel at Scott’s flag from the renowned British Antarctic Expedition and discover the medieval astronomical clock showcasing a 15th Century model of the solar system. With a wide array of activities, glorious gift shops and a new low-carbon café, there’s something for everyone at Exeter Cathedral!
This unique role play centre encourages children to learn through play, offering a fun yet educational experience unlike any other. With 12 different play areas including the interactive Police Station, Maggie’s Motors and Strawberry Cottage, Bear Town aims to develop your child’s personal, social, and emotional interactions, as well as improving their language and communication skills.
A La Ronde
This popular National Trust property is situated in the heart of Exmouth, with its striking appearance capturing the attention of visitors from near and afar. This sixteen-sided house was inspired by a grand tour of Europe that four young ladies embarked upon in 1784, reflecting the 6th Century Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna. The property is home to many unusual souvenirs and trinkets collected during their fascinating European voyage.
This gorgeous landscaped garden is nestled in 6400 acres of Devon countryside, with a fine 18th Century Georgian house at its core. Step inside and discover the 1920s-30s life of Sir Francis Acland, as you wander through the house’s many rooms and imagine the lives of a busy family who embarked upon a wide range of outdoor pursuits. Can you spot the family of mice who once called Killerton their home?!
House of Marbles
The House of Marbles in Bovey Tracey offers the greatest collection of marbles and glass ornaments in the Southwest, as well as a glassworks studio, museum, games garden and restaurant. There are three fascinating exhibitions to discover in the games museum, pottery museum and glass & marble museum. Watch from the viewing gallery as the glass is made and take part in some fun marble games, including the world-famous Snooki 2000.
Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life
This unique and fascinating museum was designed to keep the spirit and culture of mid Devon alive. The interesting artefacts and quirky objects on display showcase the humble daily lives of mid Devon folk, with areas dedicated to the ‘Tivvy Bumper’ GWR steam engine, lace making, farm wagons, bicycles, brewery, and the history of agriculture. A fun yet educational day out for all the family to enjoy!
Uncover traditional Victorian life at this spectacular manor house, surrounded by beautiful gardens and parkland. The house is a rare example of William Burges’ work, showcasing lavish designs that consistently welcomed controversy. Admire the magical medieval hall, historic library, quaint drawing room and bustling dining room, as you put yourself in the shoes of Victorian children and adults.
Spring Staycations at Exe Valley Glamping
Set within our 150-acre family farm, Exe Valley Glamping provides the perfect escape from daily life, allowing you to reconnect with nature and each other. We are fully booked during the Easter holidays, with limited availability remaining at the end of April and throughout May. Click here to book your break in magical mid Devon today!