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Days out with the kids

Days out with the kids

In this little cold snap I’m sure we’re all looking forward to the summer months but what to do while it’s so cold?!

East Devon is still stunning in the winter.


East Devon’s’ stunning beaches are still great for wild winter walks, hunting for fossils along our 96 miles of fantastic Jurassic coast or maybe just sitting with a hot coffee in hand, watching the sea in it’s wild wintery frenzy.

Lyme Regis

Four beaches of either sand or pebble offer something for everyone.

Dogs are allowed on East Cliff Beach, Church Cliff Beach and Monmouth Beach all year round. Dogs are only allowed on Town Beach from October to April, inclusive.

On Town Beach there are kiosks, takeaways, cafes, restaurants and public houses


Charmouth beach is great for the family – lots of sand especially at low tide, safe swimming, picnic areas, cafes and beach shops.Beach huts are available to hire (including the ones featured in Broadchurch) and many families come to collect the famous Charmouth Fossils. West beach – Dogs are allowed at any time, but between 1st May and 30th Sept they must be on a lead.East beach – Between 1st July and 31st Aug dogs are not allowed between 10am and 6pm.  Outside these times/dates there are no restrictions. There are a number of Shops where you can purchase beach goods and food and drink. Shops in the village centre and at the beach can provide you with sun cream, hats, sun glasses, bags, beach shoes and many other items. Take away or eat in refreshments are available from the shops and the local cafés and restaurants.


The Seaton area, overlooking Lyme Bay, is an ideal coast to visit if you wish to explore stunning natural landscapes or experience thrilling outdoor activities.

Walking the glorious South West Coast Path between Seaton and Beer offers far reaching views across the sea and local countryside.  Spend time watching the local, colourful population of fishing boats working for their wares.

Seaton Bay, with its mile-long pebble beach, sits right on the edge of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO world heritage site. The beach (whose pebbles are protected), is backed by steep cliffs at the western end and well-served by the seaside town of Seaton. A variety of watersports are on offer.

Dogs are welcome all year on the second beach zone.


The beautiful picturesque fishing village of Beer offers a beautiful family friendly shingle beach surrounded by limestone cliffs. Beer Beach is close to Seaton town, and a great day out if you are based in Seaton. 

Once a smuggler’s haven. Specially designed boats are launched from beach by skilled fishermen and mackerel fishing trips available.

There are popular coastal walks to Branscombe and Seaton along the South West Coast Path and along to Dorset and East Devon World Heritage Coast.

There is a small car park adjacent to the beach and larger ones in the centre of the village.

Budleigh Salterton

Two kilometres of immediately recognizable pebbles make up Budleigh Salterton’s beach marking the western start of Devon’s Jurassic Coast.  Budleigh Salterton is popular with families due to its calm, clean waters which are perfect for bathing.

Beachgoers also have access to not one, but three beach cafes and beach huts which are available for hire with all the amenities nearby.

On the quieter, Western end of the beach, large red cliffs rise up from the shoreline. These sandstone formations date back to the Triassic period, about 240 million years ago.

The more popular, Eastern end of Budleigh Salterton is home to the Otter Estuary and its nature reserve. A well-presented visitor’s centre as well as two viewing platforms allow visitors to explore a variety of saltmarsh vegetation as well as a large wintering wildfowl population.


Exmouth Beach is well celebrated for its two miles of golden sand, rare on this coast and fascinating rock pools it’s a paradise for children and adults alike. Even in winter You can walk Your four legged friend and experience

Exmouth Beach is the ideal place to try your hand at watersports – be it Kite Surfing, Kayaking, standup paddleboarding or windsurfing. 

The gateway to the UNESCO Jurrasic Coast World Heritage site, Exmouth and its cliffs are teaming with geological finds. The coastline is also part of the South West Coast Path, and the beach and surrounding cliffs provide excellent short and long walks in the surrounding countryside. 

The promenade is two miles long and still has old favourites such as swing boats and crazy golf. The walk from the Marina to Orcombe Point is level and has wonderful views towards Dawlish and Torbay.

Woodbury Common

The Common looked beautiful this morning with a light dusting of snow on the trees and across the fields, its own little winter wonderland. The Common is always great for walks, especially if You have a four-legged furry friend.

Sealife Centre Weymouth

Take a dive into the deep and get up close and personal with magnificent sharks, colourful fish, cheeky otters and comical penguins. You may like to study clever octopus and playful stingray. Enjoy talks and feeding times. Check out special events popping up throughout the year. You decide and spend a fantastic full day here.  

The Tivoli Theatre

The Tivoli Theatre is famed for transporting you back in time to the golden era of theatre shows. With both a cinema screen and on-stage performances, there is always something on that you can enjoy. This highly recommended venue would be the perfect way to get away from the cold air on those particularly tough days to enjoy a barrel of laughs, swinging music and delightful screen shows.

World Of Country Life

World of Country Life is a family owned visitor attraction in Exmouth, Devon. The attraction has an eclectic mix of museums, animals, play areas and entertainment, both outdoors and under cover, making it an excellent day out for the whole family, whatever the age, whatever the weather!

At some point in your visit you’ll need to refuel, be spoilt for choice with three different food outlets and tons of indoor and outdoor picnic seating, no one goes hungry at World of Country Life!

Ocean Exmouth

If you’re looking for fun things to do, Ocean has a state of the art bowling alley, soft play areas, and a range of food options, it’s the best place to keep everybody happy!

Situated directly opposite the beach for beautiful views of the sea.

Plymouth Ice Rink

With snow machines and disco lights, you can transport yourself to the North Pole even in mid summer. So, if you fancy something a little different, get your skates on because Plymouth Pavilions ice rink offers the only permanent skating facility in the South West and it’s ideal for skating, whatever your ability.

Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary is an international animal welfare and rescue charity transforming the quality of life for donkeys, mules worldwide. It’s base in Sidmouth is open 365 days a year. There are hundreds of donkeys waiting here to meet you.

Enjoy the great outdoors with scenic farm trails, or let the kids burn off some steam in the farm-themed Play Area and get lost in the Maze. Or venture further afield to the South West Coast Path along the Jurassic Coast. Feeling peckish? unwind in the sanctuary’s stunning new restaurant, The Kitchen before browsing our unique range of donkey-design items in the gift shop. Dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on a lead.

Bearhouse Alpacas

Bearhouse Alpacas is a working alpaca stud farm not far from the seaside resort of Sidmouth. It is situated in the Roncombe Valley which is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As well as alpacas, there are angora goats, horses, ducks and geese, so there is plenty to see on your visit here.

Very popular with families You can take an hour and a half trek with the alpacas through this area of outstanding natural beauty, followed by refreshments

The staff can tell you all about alpacas and their amazing fleece and what they make with it. The wool, socks, boot liners, raw fleece etc can be bought at the farm and online through the link.

Seaton Jurassic

Seaton Jurassic is packed with things for you and your family to discover and do. You never know who you’ll come face-to-face with around the next corner!

Arrive with an open mind and you’ll leave with answers to some of the Earth’s biggest questions!

At Seaton Jurassic we’ll take you on a journey like no other – back in time!

Be thrust into an experience full of monsters, shipwrecks and ancient landscapes, as you explore what the Seaton coast was like in the distant and not-so-distant past!

Do you fancy yourself a dinosaur hunter? Hop in Seaton’s time machine and steer it back millions of years to see how many you can track down. Explore across the Jurassic coast to find real-life fossils and see their living counterparts in Seaton Jurassic’s workshop section.


Crealy Theme Park & Resort is an award winning family theme park in Devon that boasts over 60 rides and attractions, with spectacular live entertainment shows and animals galore, it’s no wonder that Crealy Theme Park & Resort is regularly voted the best day out in Devon. Located just minutes off Junction 30 of the M5, Exeter and with plenty of free parking, there’s everything you could want from the biggest theme park in Devon.

Lyme Rib Rides
Lyme Rib Rides is a family run business that provides both fast and leisurely boat trips for the whole family. Run by qualified and experienced skippers, you are in totally safe hands. The rib (rigid inflatable boat) Sea Spirit, has leather bench seats that can seat up to 12 passengers, ensuring an exhilarating ride. Offering a range of popular trips Lyme Rib Rides offer an excellent customer experience.

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