Explore Devon this half term!

If you’re looking for fun, free activities to share with your family during the half term break, there are a wide range of options in Devon that promise to get the whole family out and exploring Devon.

Enjoy the great selection of traffic-free cycle routes, perfect for families to get out on their bikes. There are routes to suit every level of cycling experience, each with their own special attractions. Or you could try using some of the beautiful walking routes. With over 3500 miles of footpaths waiting to be discovered, there is plenty to explore, with lots of accessible trails suitable for pushchairs, scooters and little legs.

We also have two award-winning country parks – Stover Country Park, near Newton Abbot and the Grand Western Canal Country Park, near Tiverton. Stover is a site of special scientific interest, with over 114 acres of woodland, heathland, grassland, a lake and a huge variety of wildlife to look out for. It’s also home to the Nature Interpretation Centre, Ted Hughes poetry trail, an aerial walkway and picnic areas. Well-behaved dogs on leads are also welcome!

The Grand Western Canal stretches more than 11 miles through beautiful countryside. With its play park and visitor centre, famous horse-drawn barge, cafes and picnic areas, it’s an excellent day out for all the family.

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Pinpoint Devon is an excellent resource for finding activities and support in Devon, particularly during the school holidays.

The website offers a wealth of information, such as how to find holiday childcare options including nearby holiday clubs, and ideas for family activities to try in your local area and across the county.

Visit the Parents and Families page on the Pinpoint Devon website to find out more.

Farm visits – wash your hands!

If you’re planning a family visit to a farm over half term, make sure you follow the guidance around hand-washing. Farm visits are fun and educational but animals can carry a number of infections, such as e-coli, that may be harmful to children and pregnant women.

Although there is only a small risk of infection, if you feed or touch the animals on your visit please do wash your hands thoroughly.