Family Outings

Paignton Zoo

Paignton Zoo

The great thing about Devon is that it is one of England’s premiere holiday destinations so there are hundreds of places for family outings from roller coasters and waterparks to excellent zoos and falconry displays.

For an adventurous day, Crealy Park is open all year round (weekends in winter) offering a range of roller coasters, adventures and activities which will keep children and parents amused for hours – for days!

Splashdown at Quaywest waterpark in Paignton runs from the second May bank holiday to 26th September. 8 fantastic waterflumes to choose from including the very scary Devil’s Drop to the more gentle chill-out pool, toddlersplash and submarine.

Woodlands Family Theme Park provides a whole day of variety for all ages. 16 family rides including 3 water coasters, indoor playcentres with great slides, outdoor adventure courses, a zoo, ‘Big Fun Farm’, Falconry Centre and Wildlife Sanctuary.

Bicton Gardens are open from 10am – 5pm every day. The landscaped park combines 18th century tranquility with modern amenities to provide all year round enjoyment for everyone of all ages including the Bicton Woodland Railway train ride, nature trail, maze, mini golf, indoor and outdoor children’s play areas, ice-free skating, restaurant and shop.

Babbacombe Model Village and gardens offers a world of miniature marvels, with hundreds of models depicting English life over the last five decades. All this is set in 4 acres of award winning gardens. Special events throughout the year include illuminations and a Winter Wonderland.

Paignton Zoo is one of the UK’s leading zoos with thousands of amazing animals and plants including lions, elephants, tigers and crocodiles – only a short drive away from Ashcombe.

Other local attractions in South Devon include Canonteign Falls – England’s highest waterfall at 220ft, plus Dartmoor’s Becky Falls – voted Devon’s Top Beauty Spot (open in summer only).