See and Do Category: Family fun

South Devon Railway

The South Devon Railway is one of Devon’s and the West Country’s best loved tourist attractions and is the longest established steam railway in the south west. There’s plenty of space to enjoy our large 12-acre grounds in the sunshine, a large free car park, plus drinks, snacks and ice creams are on sale in a nearby kiosk. It’s the perfect way to spend a few hours on a nice day whilst avoiding the traffic jams and crowds at the beach and the Moors!

The South Devon Railway, or SDR, is a seven mile former Great Western Railway branch line, built in 1872, which runs along the stunning valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes. We run steam trains with heritage rolling stock and offer a wonderful all day, all weather attraction for families and people of all ages.

Totnes (Riverside) station is c. 500 yards from the main line station. Footpaths link the station with the town. Or there is plenty of free car parking at Buckfastleigh station - TQ11 0DZ.

*Please note that essential railway bridge repairs by Network Rail mean the walking route between Totnes main line station and South Devon Railway's Totnes Riverside station has been diverted. This diversion will be in place between 8 August and 1 September 2022. Please follow the signs for the alternative route, which is slightly further than the normal route and mainly flat.

Dartmouth Steam Railway & River Boat

Based on the glorious South Devon coastline in South West England, enjoy your days out in Devon on our steam trains, boat trips and paddle steamer - the only attraction in Devon that lets you enjoy the delights of Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Dartmouth and the River Dart, Kingswear and Totnes on your day out!

Dynamic Adventures CIC

Choose from a range of activities from 1-hour mini adventures to a weekend packed with activities. Dynamic Adventures CIC is a not-for-profit company based in Totnes, the heart of Devon, providing access to adventure for all. We do all we can to encourage a sense of adventure in all our work, making it safe, fun and inspiring. Choose your next adventure
Adventures for all (multiple dates):
Would you like to zip line through the forest or hit a bull’s eye with a bow and arrow - perhaps spend a day paddling on The beautiful River Dart?
Family Swoosh 26 August 2022:
Swim, paddle, float from Aveton Gifford to Bigbury-on-Sea - exploring 5km of tranquil Devon coastal estuaries.
Lone Wolf 8 October 2022: 
Returning for a third year, with an awesome new 7km route: ideal for beginners and elite ultra runners alike. It's an off-road running event, based on the Dartington Estate.

Totnes Kayaks

We are a very small company here in South Devon, on a mission to make the fun of the River Dart estuary accessible to people.   We focus on the upper two thirds of the estuary between Totnes and Dittisham, and run our rental service from the picturesque, riverside village of Stoke Gabriel.

Totnes Rare Breeds Farm

The Totnes Rare Breeds Farm started life as a muddy field and a forest of brambles. After much vision and a tremendous amount of hard work, June 2002 saw the opening of the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm to the public. In January 2015 Samantha Adams took up the reins. With a fantastic team of volunteer helpers, the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm continues to be a very special place and a joy for all ages. Look forward to seeing you soon in this little slice of heaven within the Devon countryside!   *Please note that essential railway bridge repairs by Network Rail mean the walking route between Totnes main line station and Totnes Rare Breeds Farm has been diverted. The diversion will be in place between 8 August and 1 September 2022. Please follow the signs for the alternative route, which is slightly further than the normal route and mainly flat.

Sea Kayak Devon

Guided trips...  Skills courses... Kayak expeditions! Individuals, groups and families are all welcome and no experience is required. There is no better way to explore Devon's stunning coastline than by kayak! Based in Dartmouth, let Sea Kayak Devon’s highly qualified guides take you on an unforgettable journey: •    Explore spectacular rocky islands and secret coves •    Get up close to amazing wildlife •    Discover incredible sea caves from your kayak! •    Relax on a secluded sandy beach and roast marshmallows on a driftwood fire Sea Kayak Devon use the very latest equipment to ensure that you are comfortable and their kayaks are stable and glide easily through the water. Big double kayaks are available so that parents with children as young as 5 can join in the fun! Try a half day trip or a full day adventure and picnic in a beautiful spot away from the crowds. Sea Kayak Devon also offer fully catered overnight trips where you can relax by a campfire and learn bush craft skills from your guide. For those looking to take their kayaking to the next level Sea Kayak Devon has several of the UK’s most experienced coaches, who offer a large selection of skills courses. Check the website for more details. A sea kayak is the ultimate way to explore the unique environment where the sea meets the cliffs and rocks of Devon’s coast. You will be amazed by what you discover!

China Blue

We are a one-of-a-kind destination store for those seeking a unique, curated mix of shopping, creativity and eating!

Step into our lifestyle and discover the beauty of artisan homeware, timeless décor and on trend accessories. With a growing range of Eco-friendly and locally sourced products!

Visit our Ceramic Studio to switch off, relax and get lost in your own creative world whilst painting or making your very own pot! It’s now easier than ever to book and get creative using our online booking system.

If you need pampering, book a treatment in ‘The Hair Salon’ at China Blue before chilling out in our café, Wild Thyme Deli & Kitchen, to enjoy a delicious, locally sourced brunch or homemade cake, accompanied by one of our artisan coffees!

We run regular events, keep an eye on our social media and booking site to see what’s coming up!

Paignton Zoo

With over 2000 animals and countless amazing plants across 80 acres of beautiful, spacious grounds, you are in for a fantastic day out at Paignton Zoo! Located in South Devon, it is one of the South West’s most exciting visitor attractions and one of Britain’s top zoos. It’s a place to roam, discover, learn and get in touch with nature. Discover your favourite species, big and small, including gorillas, orang-utans, giraffes, tigers, crocodiles, red pandas and rhinos, and be ready for a few surprises along the way. As well as being an inspiring day out come rain or shine, Paignton Zoo is part of Wild Planet Trust, a conservation charity dedicated to helping halt species decline. Get up close to some of the animal wonders of the world across their specially designed habitats – from the savannah to the wetlands to the tropical forest. Walk through the Tropical Trails exhibit, home to an amazing array of reptiles, amphibians, birds and exotic plants, before going into Arid Lands to spot even more unique species. Head up the hill to Crocodile Swamp to see a real-life dragon: the ever-popular Komodo dragon, Khaleesi. Keep an eye out for crocodiles and alligators on your walk through this wetland exhibit – these prehistoric creatures are always looking for a spot of lunch! Stroll over to Lemur Wood to meet the three species of lemur before braving the wobbly bridge. If you’re looking to spot some bigger primates, walk down to the Ape Centre to hang out with some Critically Endangered apes – the group of Western lowland gorillas and Bornean orang-utans. Get to know the troop of Hamadryas baboons at Baboon Rock and watch the Diana monkeys, macaques and many more on your way through Monkey Heights. The fun isn’t over yet – meet our tallest residents at the Giraffe enclosure and watch our zebras enjoy a spot of lunch. Don’t miss the two Critically Endangered rhinos along the way! Sniff out some snouted friends like the tapirs, red river hogs and peccaries, watch the meerkats play and keep an eye in the treetops for the red pandas. Listen out for the lion’s roar, which you can hear across the entire site, and catch the cheetahs and tigers prowling their territory! If you haven’t done enough steps for the day, explore some of the plants around the site – Paignton Zoo is also a botanical garden! Some highlights include the titan arum, also known as the corpse flower, and the Japanese maple, which has leaves that turn bright red in the autumn. You can explore the Nature Trail and Wild at Home Garden to see a variety of native trees and plants. Feeling peckish? Grab a spot of lunch at the Island Restaurant. Whether you’re in the mood for a sandwich, wrap, salad or want to choose from a range of hot meals, there’s a variety of options on the menu. There are food outlets around the site to grab a drink or snack if you need to refuel on the go. Keep an eye out for peacocks on your way back through Paignton Zoo towards the Living World gift shop. Full of unique gifts, cuddly toys, souvenirs and an eco-friendly range, take something special home to remember your day. Paignton Zoo is a registered charity, so not only do you get a good day out, you know your money is going to a good cause: supporting education, scientific research and practical conservation. Part of Wild Planet Trust, Paignton Zoo supports a number of projects in the UK and overseas that aim to conserve wildlife in the wild, as well as playing a key role in breeding programmes for rare and endangered species. Paignton Zoo is open from 10am every day (except Christmas Day). Closing times and last entry varies throughout the year so follow the website to confirm or call them on 01803 697500.

Totnes: Tales Through Time

This is a self-guided, interactive, 1.74 mile tour of the town aimed at primary aged children. It will take you in and around the town where you will walk back in time and discover stories of wartime, healing wells, ghosts and more. Totnes: Tales Through Time takes approximately an hour to an hour and a half to complete, although you may wish to stay longer at some points of interest such as the castle, guildhall and museum which are all seasonal attractions. If you want to make time for a picnic, Vire Island at the start and finish of the trail or Leechwell Gardens near story number 5, are great places to stop. At these spots you'll find plenty of space to run around as well as play equipment and benches. Just download the Secret Stories app from the app store for free.  You can then search for the tour or if you are nearby, it should come up as the first available tour. Take part in the interactive challenge by searching up high for the hidden points of interest. Take a photo when you find them and share with us by tagging @visittotnes #Totnes #DiscoverSecretStories #OrdnanceSurvey

Kayakhub Totnes

An outstandingly beautiful place to explore the local waterways. We've run many of our trips from here in the past and absolutely love the River Dart.

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