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Best Rainy-Day Activities in Devon for Kids

There’s nothing that beats the convenience and affordability of a Great British staycation. Pack up, hop in the car, and go. Here in Devon, we have the prettiest coast and country…in the country. Soft sands, lush rolling hills, and big skies over secluded moors. This makes it one of the top holiday destinations in the UK. When the sun is out, midsummer, the seas around the Devon coast turn opal and aquamarine. You’d think you were in the Med.

The only issue is sometimes it rains. There we said it. What makes Devon so green and the clotted cream so good, is also what might have you Googling rainy day activities. But hey, what’s a staycation without a rainy day? It’s as one with a British holiday as buckets and spades, fish and chips, and cockle vans.

If you’re in Devon with the kids, you’ll want to have some fun rainy day trips up your sleeve. Just in case. To save you figuring it out last minute – here are some ideas for you. The best rainy-day activities in Devon.

Woodlands Adventure Park

Woodlands Adventure Park

Woodlands near Totnes is a local favourite. Many have grown up here with it being a birthday party staple. A much-loved family attraction, which boast the largest all-ages indoor play park in the South West. There’s also a zoo farm with lots of cute animals the kids will enjoy seeing and a restaurant serving up your favourite food. Of course, there are all sorts of outdoor rides, with thrills and spills, but on a wet day you’re sure to find exciting undercover adventures the kids will love.

Ram Museum

Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM)

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter is a fascinating and educational day out. RAMM is a deep cabinet of curiosities, featuring a diverse range of exhibitions. Including natural history, archaeology, and ancient culture. Starting in the early 19th Century, RAMM has built up an impressive collection of wonders over time – particularly notable is a taxidermy giraffe, affectionally known as “Gerald”. RAMM is more than a fusty museum with some Roman coins. It’s a journey back in time, to the days of myths, global exploration, and adventure.

House of marbles

House of Marbles

The House of Marbles in Bovey Tracey is a timeless attraction. Games consoles aside. Modern life aside. Kids will always (whether they know it or not) be drawn to the little glass orbs we call marbles. With bright colours and delicate petal suspensions inside, marbles will always be cool.

The House of Marbles is not just a place to buy marbles. Here you’ll find mind-blowing marble runs, a games museum, and glass blowing. The red brick building is evocative too, of our industrial past, and a simpler time. TripAdvisor consistently gives The House of Marbles a certificate of excellence and rightly so. It’s one of the best attractions in Devon.

National Marine Aquarium

National Marine Aquarium

Welcome to the UK’s largest aquarium and hub for marine conservation research. Home of the Ocean Conservation Trust. The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) in Plymouth is considered the best in the UK, with a display of ocean life that spans the globe. The most prominent area is the Atlantic Zone, featuring a tank with 2.5 million litres of water, with barracudas, sharks, stingrays, and turtles. To stock this tank, it required the biggest ever shipment of live fish to the UK from the West Indies.

Alongside behemoth tanks, there are also small exhibits with a wealth of biodiversity—from more local sea life to vibrant exotic fish.

There’s no question this a brilliant day out for the entire family and a must when you’re in Devon (rain or shine).

Race World

Race World

Ready for some high-octane thrills? Race World just outside Exeter is the South West’s premier go-karting experience. The karts are 200cc Rimo, providing a professional racing experience.

The fun 400m indoor circuit allows for fast, exciting races in all weathers. Height restrictions do apply; however, Race World has cadet karts for those that don’t meet the requirements. This lets kids as young as seven or eight have a go. Though these can only be used for practice sessions, not racing. Additionally, there are twin seat karts, letting those that can’t drive due to disability or confidence experience the joy of racing.

Race World is a fantastic wet weather option when you’re holidaying in Devon. Go burn some rubber.

Kents Cavern - Rainy-Day Activities in Devon

Kents Cavern

Torquay might be known for its speedboats and grand white hotels, however, there’s more to it than meets the eye. One thing which may come as a surprise, is Kents Cavern in Torquay being the discovery site of possibly the oldest human remains in Northwest Europe—a jawbone excavated in 1927.

These days Kents Cavern is a fully-fledged family attraction with captivating cave tours where kids can learn about Ice Age Britain. There’s also a fun woodland trail, complete with sabretooth tigers and woolly mammoths. All in all, Kents Cavern is a brilliant day out and there’s more than enough to keep the kids occupied on a rainy day.

Butterfly & Otter Sanctuary - Rainy-Day Activities in Devon

Butterfly & Otter Sanctuary

This is a wonderfully eccentric local attraction that inspires a passionate following. Why not create a sanctuary for butterflies and otters? There are no rules. It’s the type of thing you didn’t know you needed until it existed. Kids will love learning about the vibrant world of butterflies and seeing the cheeky otters splash about. The Butterfly and Otter Sanctuary is also right beside the South Devon Steam Railway, that puffs along the dappled waters of the Dart River. Add in a train trip and you have yourself a quaint and fun day out—even if it’s raining.


Our Rainy Day Map: Fun Ideas for Families

Get ready for a fantastic day despite the rain with our specially designed map filled with local attractions perfect for families with kids. Explore a handpicked selection of indoor spots, like cozy cafes with delicious treats, quirky bookstores filled with captivating stories, and exciting museums brimming with adventures. But that’s not all! Our map also includes other fantastic places ideal for a rainy day with the family. Let this map be your guide through the rain, leading you to warm and entertaining places that will create lasting memories for everyone. Trust this thoughtfully created map to take you on a journey filled with surprises and exciting discoveries waiting to be explored together as a family.


Thanks for reading. If you’d like to know more about the amazing things Devon has to offer, please check out our blogs page.

16th July 2021


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22:14 14 Aug 22
Me and family come here basically every year and it never gets old. The lodges are amazing as well as the caravans, and when camping there is lots of entertainment! A lot of days there is live music, and they offer lots of games. There are two pools (indoor and outdoor) which both include water slides. There is also an arcade, restaurants and shops on site. It’s not a far walk from the beach and has beautiful scenery. Staff are great too. 10/10 would definitely recommend!
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Loved staying here. Its worth drive around the different pitching areas, we came with a tent, to find a quiet spot. Loved the pools, arcades and bakery in the on site shop. It also has great facilities which are cleaned and well looked after. Def worth the 6 hour drive and will be coming again!
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We had a amazing time, the parks are amazing, the pools are good and included, the pump/skate park is good. Lots to do non stop the shop is also well stocked. We loved the live music and fair up the marquee bar it was perfect way to spend a evening.
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Just had 2 weeks here in a silver birch lodge and it's been amazing. The view is gorgeous from the decking area. The lodge it self is spotlessly clean and spacious The hot tub is a great bonus. Very quiet around the lodge area. The site it self is the best I've ever stayed on, everywhere is immaculately spotlessly clean. The outside pool is great fun. The water was warm but we did have alot of sunshine 🌞.We will be booking for next year definitely
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Dawlish Warren Life Saving club put a plea on Facebook on the 5<sup>th</sup> of April this year for funds to help the club after seeing their fundraising efforts suffer due to covid over the past two years, Dawlish Life Saving Club posted that they faced an uncertain future, Lady’s Mile Holiday Park and Oakcliff Holiday park owner Jason Jeffery contacted the club’s secretary and offered to help and secure the club’s future with a rolling 2-year funding agreement.

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Jason Jeffery owner of both Lady’s Mile Holiday Park and Oakcliff Holiday park said “we appreciate all the hard work the committee and the members do to keep the beach safe for our guests and local residents over the summer. We are proud to sponsor the club who are keeping our community safe.

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