Beer, wine and Blue Flag beaches

Try local ales in the Topsham Brewery and Tap Room or wine at Yearlstone. Reduce the clay-pigeon population at The Big Shoot, Go Ape in Haldon, or discover local history at Killerton and Exeter Cathedral. Explore Exeter’s underground passages, make a day of it at Crealy Adventure Park, or find Blue Flag beaches such as Dawlish Warren.

Country kids

Go mad in the mud at the UK’s number one family quad-biking adventure at Quad World. Go back to medieval times and explore Exeter’s underground passages with a guided tour. See four exciting zones at Britain’s biggest aquarium in Plymouth. Or learn all about lace-making and farm wagons at Tiverton Museum.

Clip and climb the walls at Quay Climbing Centre. Pick from numerous cinemas, such as Merlin’s Tivoli, Exeter Picturehouse or Exeter Odeon. Meet over 2000 animals and
countless amazing plants across 80 acres of beautiful, spacious grounds at Paignton Zoo. Or ride the heritage steam train along the Dart with Devon Railway Centre.

Make a day of it at Crealy Adventure Park, voted Devon’s best day out for eight years running, with over 60 rides and attractions, spectacular entertainment, live shows and
animals galore. Or keep the theme-park theme going at Woodlands, with its water rides, indoor play and zoo farm.

Sand and sea? You’re not too far from Dawlish Warren, a Blue Flag beach backed by sand dunes and small lakes, pebbled Budleigh Salterton at the start of the Jurassic coast, or Branscombe Beach’s swimming, fishing and rockpool exploring. Or burn off excess energy at i-Bounce Trampoline Park.

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Go back to a time before steam, with a horse-drawn ride on the Tivertonian barge. Ask us about fishing the river with a permit. Keep your fitness up at the Exe Valley Leisure
Centre. Scale new heights at the Quay Climbing Centre. Or escape from the Red House Mysteries rooms in under an hour.

Try local ales in the Topsham Brewery and Tap Room, complete with pizza and occasional music. Reduce the clay-pigeon population at The Big Shoot. Brave hilltop-to-
hilltop zip wires and daring high-level crossings at Go Ape in Haldon. Or play a course designed by the creator of Carnoustie and Gleneagles at Tiverton Golf Club.

Learn to sail, canoe or paddleboard at Wimbleball Lake. Hire bikes from Abbotswood cycles. Or walk your way around beautiful Exmoor and Dartmoor at Tarr Steps, Porlock
Marsh or Dunkery Beacon. Explore Killerton’s house, chapel, gardens and parkland, or discover 1000 years of wonder at Exeter Cathedral.

Shop major names and independent boutiques in Exeter’s Pricesshay Centre and on Fore Street. Take a guided trip up the River Dart with Kayak Hub. Enjoy a RIB ride along the coast from Teignmouth with Devon Sea Safari. Or come at harvest time to indulge yourself at the Exeter Food and Drink Festival.

Happy hens

The Tickled Fish is always happy to accept respectful hen and stag parties. Stay on site for the six-person hot tub with bathing hut and comfy dressing gown, the 20-seat
vintage cinema, and the games room with snooker and table tennis. Or venture out for Prosecco, pampering or just to be peppered with paint.

Shoot your pals at Exeter Paintball, on an old Iron Age encampment, complete with village, bridge, graveyard and two real aeroplanes. Play zorb football with the Excel Activity Group. Or negotiate the obstacles across Exeter Foot Golf’s 19 holes, plus segways, archery, clay shooting and axe-throwing.

Ride the Exe Valley with the team from Upton Pyne Equestrian. Sample wine from the Yearlstone Vineyard, on the same latitude as the Moselle but with milder springs and autumns. Shop, explore, dine, drink and relax by the River Exe at Bickleigh Mill. And stay chilled with soothing facials, massages and manicures at The Haven Spa.

Book a two-hour cocktail-mixing class with Essential Adventure. Or let the mixologists do it for you at Doctor Ink’s Curiosities, The Monkey Suit or The Bootlegger. Eat, drink and choose from over 350 board games at Board. Or pick from many weird and wonderful creations at Crockett’s, winners of best south-west gin bar.

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