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Things to do in Devon this Autumn

Devon is a fantastic holiday destination at any time of year – but even we have to admit that the summer months can get a bit crowded. At a certain point in the summer, we all find ourselves dreaming of crisp mornings, crunchy leaves and cosy nights… there’s nothing quite like autumn in Devon. If you’re looking to beat the crowds with an autumn stay, here are some of the best family-friendly things to do in the county this season.

Go Outside

As one of the greenest counties in Britain, it’s not surprising that many of Devon’s most popular attractions take place in the great outdoors. These are just a few of the best open-air activities for kids and adults alike.

Wildwood Escot

This wildlife park in Ottery St Mary is jam-packed with things to do for an all-day excursion: wander through the woodland trails and spot wild boars, wolves and otters, or get lost in the magnificent beech hedge maze. For the more adventurous, there are drop slides, zip lines and climbing walls, as well as an indoor soft play area to keep the kids entertained for hours.

Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary

Let the little ones experience the wonders of the natural world at the Butterfly Farm and Otter Sanctuary. Get up close and personal with dozens of species of butterfly from all around the world, or learn about the three resident types of otter! The hands-on otter-feeding experiences for kids are unmissable and are available by pre-booking.

Paignton Zoo

Another one for the wildlife lovers among us! Paignton Zoo is home to over 2500 animals, and with the park spread across 80 acres, there’s enough to fill the whole day. Watch the giraffes being fed, pay the tigers a visit, or walk across the wobbly bridge through the lemur woods.

For Rainy Days

An autumn staycation wouldn’t be complete without the odd rainy day… but never fear, there’s still plenty to do in Devon when it’s wet. Check out this selection of weather-proof days out for when the great British weather is looking a bit – well, British.


Although it’s not all technically indoors, there’s so much to do at Crealy Family Theme Park (located just off the M5 near Exeter) that you won’t even notice the rain. With the largest number of rides at any theme park in Devon, Crealy can brighten up even the most miserable of wet weather days. They host indoor and outdoor play areas, animal attractions and live shows.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter showcases hundreds of historical, archaeological and natural artefacts, and makes for both a fun and educational day out. With plenty of activities tailored especially for young visitors, the museum has something for the whole family.

National Marine Aquarium

The historical port city of Plymouth hosts the UK’s largest aquarium, where you can see all kinds of ocean creatures – from species you might find in Plymouth Sound all the way to the inhabitants of the Great Barrier Reef. Don’t miss the Atlantic Ocean exhibit: Britain’s deepest aquarium tank, home to sea turtles and massive sand tiger sharks. There’s a soft play area for small children and several cafés and restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat.

Seasonal Attractions

The fun in Devon doesn’t stop when the summer does! There’s plenty going on all over the county this autumn. Why not take the family along to one of these local events during your stay?

Sidmouth Science Festival (8-17 Oct)

Curious kids and adults alike will love the myriad activities on offer at Sidmouth Science Festival. Learn about dinosaurs, stars, rockets and more with hands-on experiences to inspire the next generation of scientists! Started in 2012, this festival has since grown to a 10-day event. It is beloved for its family-friendly approach to all things scientific.  The best part? It’s all completely free.
Disclaimer: Sidmouth Science Festival 2021 is planned to go ahead as an in-person event. However, is dependent on up-to-date COVID-19 restrictions.

Dartmouth Food Festival (22-24 Oct)

Foodies rejoice! This three-day festival is a celebration of the best food and drink the South West has to offer. After its cancellation in 2020, Dartmouth Food Festival is making a comeback this Autumn, and aims to be bigger and better than ever before. The festival comprises showcases by producers from all over Devon, demonstrations, competitions, tastings and seminars to delight any food lover. For kids, the family area includes face painting, biscuit decorating and various art and craft activities. Meanwhile, the Flavel Church hosts pizza and bread-making sessions where kids are invited to get stuck in.

Brixham Lanterns, Lights and ‘Luminations (27 Nov)

Start the holiday season early in Brixham. This event celebrates the switching on of Brixham’s Christmas lights display, with festivities running throughout the day in the lead-up to the lantern parade, lights switch-on and culminating in a grand firework display.

With all this going on, there’s really no better place to be this autumn than in dreamy Devon. Don’t miss out: book your off-peak getaway at Lady’s Mile now with only a £50 holding deposit.

13th August 2021


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Belle Kennard
Belle Kennard
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!
Andy Young
Andy Young
19:26 31 Jul 22
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!
L Bull
L Bull
19:27 27 Jul 22
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.
Michelle Roebuck
Michelle Roebuck
06:24 09 Jul 22
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

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.

Dawlish Warren lifesaving club have been training beach lifeguards, first aiders, and children from age 7 at the Warren for over 55 years. During the summer season and busy bank holidays they provide a voluntary lifeguarding service both independently and alongside the RNLI. As well as suppling lifeguard cover for numerous open water swimming events, Triathlons and even music festivals all over the country.

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.

Club Chairman Gareth Jones said “Our club is thrilled with our new sponsors, their community values reflect our own and have enabled us to invest in vital lifesaving equipment to help train new lifeguards and save lives on our beautiful beach and the local area.”

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