Things to do
Holiday ideas on things to do in Devon
The Big Sheep, Abbotsham (2 miles away from Westward Living Cottages)
A Whole Day Out of Rides, Shows, Animals & Family Entertainment. Guests of Westward Living receive a 25% reduction on the entrance fee with voucher.
When you're looking for things to do in Devon, The BIG Sheep is a great day out for the whole family. With so much to offer, everyone will enjoy their day out. We look forward to welcoming you to our fun filled family attraction. The whole team is committed to ensuring that everyone in the family is guaranteed a truly great day whatever the weather.
The BEST Day of your Holiday BAA None!
RHS Garden Rosemoor (12 miles)
If you are looking for inspiration and a relaxing day out, visit RHS Garden Rosemoor in Torrrington and stroll around the enchanting 65-acre garden. Rosemoor is a garden of intoxicating beauty, meticulously crafted and planted, retaining the essence of rural North Devon within a dramatic backdrop of steep wooded valley sides. Read all about our blog here.
Westward Living Guests receive a preferential rate on entry.
South West Extreme & Ultimate Adventure Centre, Abbotsham (2 miles)
Adventure Sports and Extreme Days Out in North Devon
This is an ideal destination for those seeking adventure and adrenaline fuelled activities in the South West.
SW Extreme bring land and water based extreme sports to North Devon- Mounting Biking and Mountain Boarding are provided by SW Extreme, whilst the Coasteering, Kayaking, 35ft Climbing Wall and High Ropes are provided through The Ultimate Adventure Centre who share our large multi activity site in Bideford.
The tracks at SW Extreme mountain boarding and biking park have been designed by riders, for riders, providing quality courses that offer training and progression for all levels of experience and ability.
South West Extreme
, North Devon
, EX39 5AP
North Devon Wake Park (9 miles)
Only 9 miles away and next to the Milky Way Adventure centre Located in the stunning landscape of North Devon and only 9 miles away from Westward Living Holiday cottages, North Devon Wake Park boasts the best of both worlds, whether you wish to try your hand at wake boarding or enjoy the fun inflatables at the aqua park, this place has it all. It doesn't matter if you have never wake boarded before, the team are on hand to make sure you have a cracking holiday experience. Kathy from Westward Living had her first lesson last summer and can give you some first hand tips for new learners! They are offering Free Wet Suit hire for all our guests.
The Milky Way (9 miles)
If you’re looking for fun days out and things to do in Devon, The Milky Way Adventure Park has it all! Ride the Cosmic Typhoon, Devon’s tallest, fastest & longest roller coaster. Have a wild time in North Devon’s biggest indoor adventure play area with assault courses & slides built for adults & children. Kick back & watch amazing live shows featuring Merlin from Britain’s Got Talent, plus fantastic displays from the North Devon Bird of Prey Centre.
The Milky Way Adventure Park, Clovelly, Bideford, North Devon. EX39 5RY
01237 431 735
Ilfracombe Aquarium is an award-winning, all-weather, educational attraction located in the Old Lifeboat House alongside Ilfracombe’s picturesque and historic harbour. The town is found on the dramatic North Devon coast 20 minutes drive from Barnstaple, set amongst the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The aquarium provides a fascinating insight into the wonders of the aquatic world found locally around North Devon.
Ilfracombe Aquarium, The Old Lifeboat House, The Pier, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 9EQ
Lets Go! UK’s first state-of-the-art, eco-friendly skating rink glides into Barnstaple’s super new entertainment complex.
A state-of-the-art permanent skating rink, designed to a formula which has taken the skating world by storm, is at the heart of the new Lets Go! entertainment complex in Barnstaple.
The very latest technology has completely transformed the old Superbowl at Pottington, on the Braunton Road. Extended to cover two storeys, the complex now has updated ten-pin bowling lanes, private Karaoke party rooms, a new snooker and pool club and for, the first time in North Devon, a Burger King restaurant for eat-in, take away or drive-through.
Rock & Rapid
We are specialist providers of an exciting range of outdoor courses and expeditions in the UK and overseas. We are experienced, qualified and licensed to train and lead you, from school groups to adults alike. We take pride in our personal approach and attention to detail, qualities complemented by rigorous safety standards and our commitment that your adventure with us will be unforgettable: an expedition for life.
Rock and Rapid Adventure Centre Hacche Mill South Molton Devon EX36 3NA
You can come and play on our huge 4 level play frame. There are tubes slides, bumpy slides, crawl tubes, ball cannons, rope bridges, spider webs, dangly snakes, gliders, scramble nets, ball pools, log ramps, punch bags, edu blocks and so much more including a specially dedicated area for the under 3’s to enjoy.
Even the grown ups can join in the fun as the play frame is designed for adults to enjoy to.
Unit 4 Barnstaple Trade Centre,
01271 328 328
North Devon Quads are the South Wests most exciting and friendly Quad Bike circuit. We cater for all ages and abilities, boasting the longest track in the Southwest.
All body armour and safety gear supplied as standard with top of the range racing helmets (with no additional rental fees) and quad bikes are maintained to the highest standard. Qualified instructors give full training before you are allowed on the tracks.
Southdown Adventure Park, Southdown, Yarnscombe, Nr Barnstaple, Devon EX31 3LZ 01271 858791
Exmoor Zoo is a special place that enables you to get up close and personal! Opened in 1982 the zoo is now an ideal family venue, especially for the kids. The zoo is always changing so no repeat visit is ever the same.
Recent exhibits such as caracal, puma, maned wolves, tapir, sand cats and the famous "Exmoor Beast" can be seen amongst the unique and rare smaller animals for which the zoo provides "natural" enclosures. Exmoor Zoo is different, neither a wildlife park or a city zoo, but a more friendly and contact orientated zoo which has grown into the North Devon countryside. You get to meet the animals, join in the handling sessions, touch a snake, hold a spider, feed a wallaby and learn about the animals during talks and feed times.
Exmoor Zoological Park, South Stowford, Bratton Fleming, Barnstaple, North Devon. EX31 4SG.
One of the West Country’s premier Family Tourist Attractions where you can enjoy, a Victorian Castle full of eclectic treasures, nostalgic displays and curios, a theme park including rides and play areas, and beautiful landscaped gardens. In this stunning location overlooking the picturesque Watermouth Cove, Watermouth Castle offers a unique and magical experience with entertainment for all ages. With a host of attractions there is always something to capture the imagination so come and see for yourselves!
Watermouth Castle, Berrynarbor, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 9SL.
Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park
Set in over 28 acres of spectacular, sub tropical gardens within the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park has been giving great enjoyment to its customers for 26 years.
The park which aims for ‘more animals less cages’ has a genuine passion for encouraging a respect for the natural world. As well as lions, wolves, sea lions, otters, monkeys, wallabies, exotic birds and more, we are well known for our impressive life sized animatronic dinosaurs!
With a daily schedule of Free Shows and a number of ‘Animal Experiences’ to enjoy, we encourage close interaction with our knowledgeable keepers and some truly magnificent animals.
The Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, Combe Martin, North Devon, EX34 0NG
If your looking for things to do in Devon, visiting The Alpaca Park is a pleasure from the moment you arrive. Our unique, many have said, magical Park offers you a tranquil world of beauty and care to lift the spirit and calm the soul.
The Alpaca Park, Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5DL
Dragon Archery is set in the heart of the Devon countryside in a picturesque setting overlooking Dartmoor.It is the perfect place to spend a morning or afternoon learning the ancient skill of archery under expert tuition and supervision.
You will be able to take in the outstanding views of the surrounding countryside.Your imagination is set free with themed archery ranges.
Dragon Archery, Brandis Corner Nr. Holsworthy, EX22 7YQ
Victoria Park, Bideford
Take time to stroll around this delightful park which was opened in 1912 to celebrate Queen Victoria's reign. The Park and flowerbeds are carefully tended throughout the seasons but are most spectacular in spring and summer. This is an ideal family park with something for all ages including a variety of recreational facilities, a children's play area, open-air paddling pool and skateboard park. While the children play you can plan the rest of your day in peaceful surroundings. This is an ideal opportunity to read through the leaflets you collected when you visited the Information Centre! The park has many historical features. The nine cannons surrounding the band stand are believed to have been captured from the Spaniards in the Armada, a tree was planted in 1944 to mark the good relations between Bideford residents and US Army personnel who were stationed in Bideford from 1940-1944. There are also rose beds dedicated to the late Princess Diana and a Millennium Time Capsule is buried near the park entrance. You can find out more details from the Information Centre or the Burton Art Gallery & Museum. While you're here you can call in for refreshments at the Burton Art Galley Restaurant which serves, coffee, lunches and teas. The main gallery has a lively programme of local and national touring exhibitions and craft work and is also now home to the new Bideford Museum.
Tarka Trail Cycle Hire
The Tarka Trail is named after Henry Williamson's tarka the Otter based on many locations along the Trail. With up to 21 miles of level and traffic free riding on offer, a bike is the perfect way of exploring the area.
Bideford bicycle & kayak hire
Surfing - North Devon Surf School
One of the top surfing schools in the UK. Based at Westward Ho! beach, North Devon. The only beach in North Devon to be awarded the Blue flag and Seaside award in 2013.
NDSS have been running surfing lessons in North Devon for over 20 years and for every walk of life, ability and all fitness levels and age variations.
Kitesurfing - North Devon Kitesurfing
North Devons only British Kitesurfing Association Approved School in Westward Ho!. Available all year round. Beginner to intermediate. Waveriding sessions and Stand Up Paddleboarding also available.
07772 910 762
Powerkite and Landboarding - Kitemare Company Limited
It's not all about water as Kitemare offer power kite and land boarding lessons too. Why not try a half day power kite taster session to see if you like big kite flying, or a full days foil kite flying with land boarding.
(01271) 37 55 77
We are within easy reach of a selection of great golf courses including the world famous Royal North Devon Golf Course in Westward Ho! which is the oldest Royal golf course in England. It was recently listed in the top 100 things to do before you die publication!
Affinity Outlet previously known as (Atlantic Village) shopping centre, Bideford
With over 30 stores offering up to 50% off RRP every day and a great selection of big name brands to choose from, Atlantic Village Outlet Centre is always worth a trip.
(01237) 422 544
Whilst with us you can learn the history of Dartington Crystal in the Audio Visual Theatre and then see how the first pieces of glass were made in the museum section.
Burton Art Gallery, Bideford
The Burton Art Gallery and Museum aims to be recognised as one of the leading cultural venues within the South West. Synonymous with the most exemplary forms of its practice and attracting a wide range of audiences of all ages from around the globe.
South West Coastal Footpath The Walk of a Lifetime.
The South West Coast Path National Trail is one of the top walks to be found anywhere in the world. Where else can you walk along 630 miles of such superb coastline?
Trips to Lundy Island from Bideford Quayside
Lundy lies off the coast of North Devon, where the Atlantic ocean meets the Bristol Channel with nothing between it and America, a granite outcrop, three and a half miles long and half a mile wide. In the hubbub of the modern world it is a place apart, peaceful and unspoilt.
Imagine life without cars. In Clovelly you can. Come along to this picturesque village, one of Devon’s major tourist attractions, and you’ll enjoy a unique experience of a bygone age, a time when people lived a more tranquil way of life.
Along the quaint, narrow streets and drangs of Appledore there are many fishermen’s cottages, some of which date back to the Elizabethan era. Where the Taw and Torridge rivers meet, sits the delightful quayside village of Appledore. A thriving fishing and trading village since the 14th century, Appledore has been a famous boat-building centre for many years and the shipyard is still active today.
Northam Burrows Country Park lies at the western edge of the Taw Torridge Estuary (GR. 442/308) Lying within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the Burrows forms an integral part of the newly designated United Nations Biosphere Reserve.
Lynton & Lynmouth
Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway. No family trip to the picturesque towns of Lynton and Lynmouth in North Devon would be complete without a ride on the famous funicular cliff lift, the unique Victorian water powered lift.
Intriguing Regency house and impressive horse-drawn vehicles set in picturesque gardens. Arlington Court is an unexpected jewel on the edge of Exmoor, a complete family estate held by the Chichester family for over five hundred years.
Appledore Sails is elite, is special, provides time and experience for you, and looks forward to taking you sailing. Both boats are fully licensed and contain all necessary safety equipment. Life jackets are provided.
The northern coast of Devon is full of delights. Whether you are looking for a destination for your holiday or just somewhere to escape for a couple of hours, this area has it all.
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Clay Shooting, Quad biking and more
A day in the beautiful North Devon countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, it’s a perfect spot to take part in clay shooting, a traditional English sport that is enjoyed by all. Or why not experience the thrill of quad biking or archery, air rifles and master the art of clay shooting or how about Zorb-balling?Click here to check availabiilty & book
When searching please note that our changeover days for our larger cottages are either a Monday or Friday during peak season (April to October). Our 4 romantic, 2 person cottages can be booked for a min 2 night stay arriving any day of the week, all year round. Out of season we have flexible arrival dates for all our cottages.