The Donkey Sanctuary near Sid mouth, East Devon. Lovely day out with rescue don keys. If you like donkeys! www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk
Sidmouth, East Devon. Very nice little town on the Jurassic Coast. Good beach – sandy when the tide is out. Great rock pools. Lots of cafes, ice cream shops etc. Independent shops. Easy to walk around. There’s a great walk along the River Sid from Sidford to Sidmouth – 2 miles following a shared bike/footpath through lovely parkland, called “The Byes”. Leave the car on a side road (free parking) and walk into Sidmouth! Or park on Byes Close near Sidford Rugby Club. www.visitdevon.co.uk > sidmouth
Lyme Regis, Dorset. A very popular seaside town. Sandy beach. Lots of cafes etc. Independent shops. Does get very, very busy so get there early! Park down at The Cobb car park. When the tide is out it is possible to walk along the promenade, around the bend and on the beach to Charmouth. Take the bus back to Lyme! www.lymeregis.com
The beach between Lyme and Charmouth is great for collecting sea glass and there are plenty of ammonites and other fossils, if you can spot them! Wear trainers as there are lots of bits of metal, pottery and other objects from an old dumping ground, long gone now!
Charmouth, Dorset. Lyme Regis’ quieter neighbour. Loos, beach cafe and plenty of parking. No shops but great for a day by the sea. There is a fossil shop which runs fossil hunting tours. Pebbly beach (sandy when the tide is out). On the South West Coast Path. It’s a challenging cliff top walk from Charmouth to Seatown via Golden Cap and the scenery is stunning! https://charmouth.org
The Cary Alpacas Experience, near Yeovil, Somerset. A 2-hour experience learning all about Alpacas and walking them through the countryside. https://caryalpacas.co.uk
Ferne Animal Sanctuary, near Chard.72 acres of lovely countryside which 1s home to over 300 animals. Trails and activities and a cafe. https://www.ferneanimalsanctuary.org
Ham Hill Country Park, near Montacute, Somerset.Part of an Iron Age hill fort. Fabulous views from the top and The Prince of Wales pub. Lots of walking trails. https://www.visitsouthsomerset.com > ham-hill
Montacute House, Montacute near Yeovil, Somerset.National Trust house and gardens. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk > montacute-house
Barrington Court, near llminster, Somerset.National Trust house and gardens. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk > barrington
Channel Adventure, Taunton. Multi-activity centre on the river Tone. Canoeing, axe throwing, tree climbing, stand-up paddleboarding. http://www.channeladventure.co.uk
Weymouth and Weymouth Sea Life Centre, Weymouth, Dorset. Lovely aquarium and sea life centre. Weymouth is a great, traditional seaside town – lots of shops and a big sandy beach. https://www.visitsealife.com > weymouth
Corlse Castle near Wareham, Dorset. Absolutely stunning ruined castle high on a hill. National Trust. https://corfecastle.co.uk
Swanage, Dorset. Not far from Corfe Castle. Lovely seaside town with sandy beach. https://www.swanage.co.uk
Crealy Adventure Park, near Exeter, East Devon. Fun day out. Rides and a few animals. https://www.crealy.co.uk
Willows & Wetlands Centre, Stoke St Gregory, Somerset. Interesting place – learn all about willow and basket making. https://www.coatesenglishwillow.co.uk
Wookey Hole Caves, near Wells, Somerset. A great day out. Wonderful caves and other attractions including a penny arcade, 4D cinema, dinosaur park and crazy golf. https://www.wookey.co.uk
Wells Cathedral and town, Somerset. https://www.visitwellssomerset.co.uk
Wells Cathedral and town, Somerset. https://www.visitwellssomerset.co.uk
The Bishops Palace. A very interesting medieval town with a cathedral and The Bishops Palace. https://bishopspalace.org.uk
Clarks Village, Street, Somerset. Outlet shopping village. https://clarksvillage.co.uk
Glastonbury and Tor. Iconic town and Tor. 4 miles from Street. More than just a festival! https://glastonbury.uk
The Community Waffle House, Axminster, East Devon. Fantastic cafe and community hub. Great selection of savoury and sweet waffles. A good pit stop on the way to or from Lyme Regis! https://waffle.org.uk
Exeter, East Devon. Fantastic cafe and community hub. Great selection of savoury and sweet waffles. A good pit stop on the way to or from Lyme Regis! https://www.visitexeter.com
Dawlish, Exmouth, Teignmouth. All nice seaside towns within easy reach of Exeter.
Bath, Somerset. The historic city of Bath, with its famous Roman Baths, Pulteney Bridge and fantastic shopping is a wonderful place to explore for the day. https://visitbath.co.uk
Bristol, Somerset. The vibrant city of Bristol, with its repurposed dockyards packed with trendy bars and restaurants is another great day out. Year round events and festivals. https://visitbristol.co.uk
We The Curious, Bristol. This is a really cool educational and interactive experience for children of all ages. Very hands on. Fabulous planetarium. Great shop and cafe. www.wethecurious.org
The South West Coast Path, Dorset, Somerset and Devon. The path is 630 miles long, starting in Minehead, Somerset and finishing at Poole, Dorset. There are numerous day walks. You could park your car at Seaton (East Devon) and take the bus to Lyme Regis and walk the 7 miles back (stunning views and hilly!). Alternatively, park at Charmouth beach and walk along the beach to Golden Cap and Seatown and back along the cliff path. Note … the tide must be out! It is sandy then pebbly,
then bouldery, with a boulder scramble at the Golden Cap end but well worth it. The walk back along the path is, again, stunning and hilly! www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk
Dunster village. Very well preserved medieval village, dominated by its incredible castle. There is a wealth of history (and tea shops!) to discover. Combine it with a ride on the West Somerset Railway. www.discoverdunster.info
Sheppys Cider Farm, near Taunton, Somerset.
Dunster Village & Dunster Castle, Somerset.
When in Somerset … drink cider! Well it would be rude not to wouldn’t it?! Sheppys have been making cider for over 200 years. You can visit their farm and even book a tour of the brewery. There’s also a shop, museum and restaurant. www.sheppyscider.com
West Somerset Railway, Bishops lydeard to Minehead, Somerset. Take a trip on the longest heritage railway in England. 20 miles through glorious Somerset countryside. Why not combine it with a trip to Dunster Castle and medieval village? Dunster is one of the station stops and on Wedensdays, The Dunster Express train runs and offers 20% off entry to the castle! www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk
Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford, Somerset. Housing one of the country’s largest collections of cars and bikes, this is a great day out for all the family. www.haynesmotormuseum.com
Cheddar Gorge & Caves. Discover Britain’s biggest gorge, amid an area of outstanding natural beauty. www.cheddargorge.co.uk
Wildwood, Escot & Devon Country Pursuits, Ottery St Mary, Devon.Enjoy a fantastic day out on the Escot estate. Wildwood has a hedge maze, zip line, drop slide, outdoor adventure play area and animals including red squirrels and otters in a woodland walk- through. There’s also the Coach House cafe. Also on site is Devon Country Pursuits offering an array of activities for all the family including foot golf, laser tag, shooting, archery, paintball, karting, segway and quad bikes. www.devon.wildwoodtrust.org www.devoncountrypursuits.co.uk
The Flying Fish local walks. There are numerous public footpaths within walking distance of The Flying Fish offering some beautiful, off-road circular walks. The Ordnance Survey app is a particularly useful tool! landlady Kate can recommend several walks with directions. Just ask!
Please do check the websites of the above activities/locations to check their opening times and booking requirements.
Useful websites to help plan your day out.