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8 Unique Activities & Amazing Things to Try in South Devon for 2018

Are you planning on taking a short break in Devon this year? Forget the bucket and spade, here are some uniquely different, cool and exciting activities and things to try that are ideal for your next holiday, from outdoor adventures to family days out:

 1. Tree-top thrills in the hills

Go Ape Devon Haldon Hill 2018
A fine place to monkey around (Image: Go Ape Haldon Facebook)

Do you love a physical challenge? If you enjoy climbing, leaping and other monkeying around, Go Ape Haldon could be just the place for you. That said, you needn’t be a ninja to enjoy a brilliant time here, and you can take the course as fast and loose or slow and steady as you please. Provided your younger ones are ten or over, you can also buy a special “baboon” ticket for kids of 10-15. Tarzan rope swings, wonky bridges, zip wires… what’s not to love? See https://goape.co.uk/days-out/haldon

 2. Go sea kayaking in South Devon

sea kayaking lessons south Devon UK
Image: https://www.facebook.com/seakayakdevon

It’s all very well admiring Devon’s coastline from a picnic bench; but a wholly more thrilling way to enjoy our rocky shores and beautiful seas is to take off on a kayak trip. Some of the most delightful, secluded spots of all are just an hour or so drive to the South Hams, where Sea Kayak Devon can provide all the gear and advice you need. See: https://www.seakayakdevon.co.uk/ 

3. Come face to face with a true predator

birds of prey falconry experience Devon
Handling majestic beasts like Galahad the golden eagle is a rare treat (image: Devon Bird of Prey Centre Facebook page)  

Do you love birds of prey? If so, there are some fantastic falconry experiences and attractions in Devon. Seeing hawks, owls and other birds in the flesh (or "feather"?) is awesome enough, but how about your own experience day? This is a great option at Devon Bird of Prey Centre, South Devon, where you can fly, feed and take care of these amazing creatures yourself. Truly memorable experiences start at under £100 a day! For other visits, family tickets are an affordable £10 for two adults and two kids otherwise. See http://www.devonbirdofprey.co.uk/

4. Travel through time in Totnes  

Narnia Time Museum Totnes Devon UK

Do you prefer quirky off-the-radar places to the usual tourist attractions? If so, Narnia, the so-called Time Travellers Museum, is a lot of fun to explore. From pop memorabilia (it’s also a record shop) to various oddities and artefacts, and even a secret café, it’s a great little trip down memory lane- especially for hipster types or anyone who loves retro poster art and collectibles. You won’t find out too much online (and nor would you want to spoil the surprise!) although they do have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/timehousetotnes/

 

5. Try golf with an added kick

Footgolf in Devon

Have you tried the wonderful sport of foot-golf yet? Requiring no golf skills or special equipment at all, it's brilliant fun for families or groups of footy-mad friends. Kick your way around a specially adapted course in as few touches as possible to prove your skills in this fun hybrid sport.

Where can you play footgolf in Devon? Well, there are two main choices near us, Bovey Tracey Footgolf and Padbrook Park, Cullompton (near Exeter): UK Foot Golf has course maps and further information: http://www.ukfootgolf.com

 

6. Discover the best fun on two wheels

Segway experiences Exeter Devon UK
Fun days out on two wheels, at Go Segway Exeter.

Odd looking but undeniable fun, getting up to speed on these one person carriers certainly makes for a pleasantly different day out. The nearest to our neck of the woods is Exeter’s Go Segway, who have all the gear and tuition you need to enjoy a starter session. Booking is a must: http://www.go-segway.com/ 

7. Embark on a rite of passage

Exeter Underground passages
Dare you venture underneath Exeter for a mystery tour? (Image:
Exeter Underground Passages FB)

Spooky, unique and absolutely fascinating, Exeter’s Underground Passages are one of the city’s most underrated tourist attractions. Spanning over 500 centuries, from world wars to centuries old ghosts, a trip to this underworld comes highly recommended for those who dare. See https://exeter.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/our-attractions/underground-passages/

8. Test your puzzle solving skills at Red House Mysteries

 Red House Panic Room Mystery Exeter Devon UK
A unique mystery awaits in Exeter (Image: Red House Mysteries) 

Whether you are looking for a rainy day activity, or simply love a good puzzle, there are some cracking panic room type sites in Devon these days. Adding retro charm and a variety of different storylines into the bargain, Exeter's Red House certainly delivers in terms of intrigue. Team up with family and friends and see if you can solve a holiday mystery: http://www.redhousemysteries.co.uk/

 

Longbarn Holiday Cottages: Perfect for self-catering family breaks in Devon

 Self catering holiday cottages Devon deals 2018

Offering cosy, beautifully finished holiday lets in the Devon countryside, Long Barn Cottages are the perfect base for your next break! Our selection of stylish barn conversions cater for everyone from couples to larger froups, along with excellent facilities and a friendly, family-run feel. Situated near Torquay, Newton Abbot and Exeter, not to mention Dartmoor National Park, a huge variety of Devon attractions and activities are within an hours drive. Take a look at our range of cottages today to plan your next break; or bookmark our special offers page for the latest holiday deals and packages for 2018.