Dinos, coasters and paddleboards

Kids can go back to a time before mum and dad at the Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, explore harbours and estuaries at Ilfracombe Aquarium or ride Devon’s fastest rollercoaster at The Milky Way. Grown-ups can walk the moors and valleys, ride a horse, or wobble on a stand-up paddleboard.

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Kids Ahoy

Go back to a time before mum and dad at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park. Jurassic woodlands host leopards, meerkats and sea lions, plus the UK’s only full-size animatronic t-rex, velociraptor and more. Continue the critter theme at The Big Sheep, with sheep racing, horse whispering, and dog and duck trials.

Enjoy more animal antics at Exmoor Zoo, with a focus on education and conservation inside the beautiful National Exmoor Park. Then take the short hop to lovely coastal spots such as Combe Martin, Lynton and Lynmouth. Meanwhile, at Ilfracombe Aquarium, there are estuaries, rock pools and harbours to explore.

Will it be shopping or a great day out? You can do both at Atlantis Adventure Park, with crazy golf, a maze and the Atlantic Village Shopping Centre. Move on to The Gnome Reserve, where you wear a gnome hat so the gnomes think you’re one of them. Or ride Devon’s tallest, fastest and longest rollercoaster at The Milky Way.

At Watermouth Castle and Family Theme Park, explore the Victorian museum, mechanical musical instruments and underground water spectacular. Then stroll through the gardens with animated fairytale scenes, gnomeland, carousel, swing boats, tube slide, riverboat ride, mini golf and jungle ride.

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For the grown ups

Exmoor National Park is bursting with wonderful walks, family attractions, beauty spots and history. The high points of the National Park are Dunkey and Selworthy Beacons, with views that span forever. Or potter down to Porlock Weir with its tiny harbour, or to Horner, where the river babbles through the heart of the village.

Walkers are spoilt for choice here. Among 600 miles of rights of way, take your pick from coastal paths, wild open moorland, hidden valley bottoms, burbling streams or rushing rivers, or walk back through time in Lorna Doone country. If your mobility is restricted, easy-access paths mean you don’t miss out on the fun.

Play golf at Libbaton or Chulmleigh. Shoot some clay at Sheldon Tiverton. Catch fish at Exe Valley. Stay on-site for laser clay, archery, tennis, fly-fishing and hawk-flying. Take the Watersmeet Trail above the dark waters of Lynmouth Bay, then finish off with a cream tea in the garden by the babbling river at Watersmeet House.

At Burrowhayes Farm, ride your horse along the Horner Valley and on the open moorland of Dunkery, Ley Hill and Selworthy. Take the 21-Mile Drive through the Lyn Valley, but don’t look down. Or try a little stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking or canoeing from Porlock Weir.

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