Top 5 Half Term Days Out

Published: Tuesday 17th Oct 2017

Written by: Kirstie Elias

What are you planning this October Half term? We’re sharing the very best that South Devon has to offer so here’s our insider’s guide on how to keep the kids entertained.

1 Paignton Zoo

Spend a day at Paignton Zoo and take part in their Hallowe’en Horrors which runs from Saturday 21st - Tuesday 31st October. There’s plenty going on with a Trick or Treat trail and ghost train rides, spooky animal talks and a crocodile swamp discovery every day 11.15 a.m. With mind blowing bug talks, bug-eating challenges and the chance to create your own 'slime' in special slime workshops! There’s something for all ages! More at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon TQ4 7EU

2 Bigbury on Sea for sea tractor and sandcastles

Hop aboard the sea tractor at high tide and explore Burgh Island famous being the inspiration for a couple of Agatha Christie novels. Hike to the top of the island for some of the best coastal views around. The ride at high tide aboard the 1930’s tractor adds an exciting dimension for kids (and adults alike!) Stop off at the Pilchard Inn on the Island or head back to the mainland for lunch at the Venus Cafe. There’s a lovely seating area with large umbrellas overlooking the beach. The sea tractor runs all year round (weather dependent) and costs £2 each way.

3 Plymouth Aquarium

Time to play at Finding Nemo at the UK’s largest aquarium. Explore the underwater world from the UK to the tropics all under one roof. From the species that inhabit Plymouth Sound to the more exotic sea life. Anenomes, crabs, jellyfish, turtles and sharks. Workshops include: Rockpool Fee , Shark Show, Coral show, Eddystone talk, Octofactor and Dive show.More at National Marine Aquarium, Rope Walk, Coxside, Plymouth, PL4 0LF. Open Daily 10am – 5pm.

4 River Dart Country Park

Voted one of the top small family attractions in Devon, the River Dart Country Park is set in amongst Dartmoor’s rolling hills, woodland and streams. Perfect for an action packed family adventure. The 90 acres park has quite a lineup with assault course, treehouses, pirate ship and dare-devil zip wires, kayaking and caving. With snake slides, spider’s web and a toddlers beach There’s something for children of all ages. So… let their imagination run wild! More at

5 Beaches -  rockpools, crabbing and surfing

Wembury Beach - one of the top spots for rock pooling - it’s a magnet for wildlife too. The rocky cliffs are home to nesting seabirds and the shore line provides one of the United Kingdom’s best spots for marine life forming a Marine Conservation Area (MCA) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). 

Bantham and Bigbury beaches -  the best surfing spots in South Devon, and for budding young (or slightly older) surf dudes it’s the place to be seen. Check out or

Probably the best place for crabbing is Dartmouth - just drop a line baited with bacon along the embankment, fill a bucket with water and get ready to count the crabs!! 

Blackpool Sands - Blue Flag unspoilt beach in a sheltered bay surrounded by evergreens and pines (3 miles west of Dartmouth in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). With sand pits, kayaks, paddleboards and wetsuits for hire and a beach shop and cafe there’s plenty for children of all ages. More at

Whatever you decide to to do, enjoy your half term… send us your best holiday pics and we’ll post to our Facebook page.


PS Don’t forget the Dartmouth Food Festival! - FIND OUT MORE

Kirstie Elias
Kirstie Elias



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