There is so much for families in this area. Crealy Park appeals to children (even adults), of all ages. ‘Go Ape’ at Haldon Forest if you’re into climbing trees and sliding across high wires. For the less energetic there’s the tamer activities of zoos in Paignton, Sparkwell (Dartmoor Zoological Park) and Exmoor (Exmoor Zoo). There’s also the Plymouth National Aquarium, Pennywell Farm and the Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth (which is free!).
For entertainment possibilities in all weathers there’s Bicton Park, Pecorama and Seaton Tramway. Indoor swimming pools in Axminster and Sidmouth. Small local cinemas at Sidmouth and Lyme Regis, with a multi-plex at Exeter. Boat trips run from Topsham, Exmouth and Sidmouth and boats for hire are available at Beer. Traditional activities such as fossil hunting is at Lyme and hours of fun in the rock pools are at Sidmouth.
Families with young children are well catered for in Budleigh with the beach and play park nearby. Bicton Park Botanical Gardens is lovely and just a few minutes away. Powderham Castle is in a beautiful setting beside the Exe estuary. The Cathedral City of Exeter has shops, leisure centres, cinemas and huge variety of restaurant and wine bar options.
There are ample opportunities for walking, riding and cycling in the East Devon Common which is just 5 minutes by car, or a few minutes longer with a pleasant cycle ride through the country.
Within the area there are various villages, it includes fabulous local farm shops which provide local produce of meats, fish and veg. The closest farm shop Greendales is 2 miles away, and along with all the usual produce which they grow and rear, they also own their own fleet of boats and sell their caught fish. In addition they have their own fish and chip shop on site either take-away, or to have a meal in their café. If you want a more elegant evening out, there are good quality local pubs and restaurant. The larger supermarkets of Tescos and Waitrose are within a 15 minute drive.
Woodbury Park Golf and Country Club is less than 5 minutes by car. The Oaks Championship Course has 18 individual challenging holes set in 500 acres of Woodbury Park with its rolling fairways, lakes and ponds.
Day visitors are also welcome to their Health and Fitness Centre which includes an indoor swimming pool.
There are five more golf clubs at Sidmouth, Northbrook, Exeter, East Devon and Exminster -all within a 30 minute drive.
The main coastal towns from Teignmoth to Axmouth are within a 30 minute drive. Budleigh Salterton is just 8 miles – 15 minutes by car – and is great for swimming. Not quite so far is Exmouth beach which is a more traditional seaside resort for ‘bucket & spade’ family fun, with plenty of water-sports on offer. Sidmouth beach is closer still, just 13 minutes away, which caters for all round family fun with sand, pebbles and rock pools and it’s also great for swimming.