A range of ideas for things to do in the South West of England, UK for weekend visits or short breaks in Devon, Somerset or Cornwall.
Visitor attraction of the year 2006, it is a registered charity and offers the opportunity for sponsor an animal. You can become a zoo keeper for a day and group party bookings are welcomed.
Address: Trenance Gardens, Newquay Cornwall, TR7 2LZ.
Telephone: 01637 873 342
Skern Lodge Outdoor Centre
Half-day, whole-day or weekend adventure breaks for stag or hen parties, childrens birthday celebrations or corporate events and activities. A choice of 20 things to do, including Abseiling, Surf Skiing, Archery, Snorkelling, Boogie Boarding, RIB Powerboats, Bridge Jumping, Rafting, Climbing, Overnight Bivi, Coastal Walking, Off-Road Cycling, Coastal Traversing, Kayaking, Crabbing, High Ropes, Crate Stacking, Hartland Day and Surfing.
Address: Watertown, Appledore, Bideford, Devon EX39 1NG.
Tel: 01237 475992
Colliford Lake Park
Liskeard Cornwall PL14 6PZ
Tel: 01208 821469
National Marine Aquarium
This is Britain’s biggest aquarium and has a large coral reef tank and an underwater cave, as well as Europe’s deepest tank. It was set up primarily for education, conservation and research purposes, but is a great day out for adults and families with children. It is also a charity dedicated to preserving the life of our seas.
Address: Rope Walk, Coxside, Plymouth, PL4 0LF.
Tel: 01752 600 301
Outdoor Pursuit centre in Wells, Somerset. Includes activities such as caving, kayaking, off-road driving, archery, climbing, abseiling, biking. Has team challenges for private, corporate and school use. Holds NGB courses for assessment. Single or multi-activity weekends available.
Tel: 01749 870 646
The Tamar Valley Donkey Park
St Anns Chapel Cornwall PL18 9HW
Tel: 01822 834072
Based at Broadway House Caravan and Camping Park, Cheddar in Somerset. Offers abseiling and caving, archery, rockclimbing rifle shooting, zip slides, and kayaking trips all by professionally qualified instructors and is AALA licensed. Experienced in corporate team development activities to meet objectives such as developing communication, delegation and asset management skills.
Tel: 01934 744 878
Dobwalls Family Adventure Park
St Neot Cornwall PL14 6HD
Tel: 01579 320325
A coastal zoo, that is open all year round (except Christmas Day). Families, parties and schools groups are welcome. Meet and adopt a penquin. Shopping, restaurant and educational facilities available. Concessionary rates for students and children.
Address: Torquay Harbour, Beacon Quay, Torquay, TQ1 2BG.
Tel: 01803 202 470
Chedder Caves and Gorge
Cheddar Gorge in Somerset has been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is Britain’s biggest gorge and is near Jacob’s Ladder in Cheddar. Rockclimbing and other adventure activities are possible here, as well as the quieter and more relaxing pastimes of cream teas. Tickets are £11.50 for adults, £8.50 for children.
Tel: 01934 742 343
Member of both the Yacht Charter Association and the British Marine Industry Federation, it offers charter holidays and a yacht can be made ready and waiting for you when you arrive. They can arrange a local, English-speaking skipper for you to handle small details and use local knowladge to select an itinerary and search for the best berths and anchorages. All the boats are registered and fitted out in accordance with the relevant country regulations, which for Britain is the strict Code of Practice for Small Commercal Vessels of 1994. Trips can be arranged for South West England, the Greek Islands, the Adriatic Sea and South Brittany.
Charter House, Clyst Road, Topsham, Devon EX3 0DB.
Tel: +44 (0)1392 875 533
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