Some ideas for things to do in Devon, South West England, UK for weekends or short breaks. Entertainment in the county, including places to visit, outdoor adventure or family friendly tourist attractions and activities.
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
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
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 knowledge 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
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
Information on Devon:
The county is situated in South West England in Great Britain, UK. The county town is the city of Exeter, although Plymouth is larger and has around twice as many inhabitants. To the East, Devon borders with Dorset and Somerset, while Cornwall lies to the West. Major towns include Barnstaple, Bideford, Brixham, Dartmouth, Ilfracombe, Newton Abbot, Paignton, Plymouth, Sidmouth, Tavistock, Tiverton, Torquay and Totnes.
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Things to do Devon, England, UK from South West Life.