Whether you’re visiting Dartmouth for just a day or for the whole half term week, you’ll find plenty of great activities and events to keep the entire family entertained. From entertaining workshops, to animal attractions and historical sites, there’s something for everyone in Dartmouth, regardless of age, taste or budget.
Aerial Workshop at The Flavel (15th February)
Let your littles one learn to fly and dance like a true circus artist with Ann Marie Gardner from Onyx with an Aerial Hoop workshop at The Flavel. The workshop is split into 3 age groups: 5 – 7 Years, 8 – 10 Years and 11 – 13 Years. Your kiddies will start the workshop with a warm up, followed by a breakdown of moves of the aerial apparatus to create a unique and beautiful sequence. It’s suitable for all fitness levels and no parental supervision is required so why not take the time to sit and have a coffee in the Flavel Café.
Attractions and Activities:
Travel back in time at Dartmouth Castle
If you’re looking for somewhere historic to take the kiddies, Dartmouth Castle is a wonderful place to explore! For over six hundred years Dartmouth Castle has guarded the narrow entrance to the Dart Estuary and the busy, vibrant port of Dartmouth. It offers stunning views of the estuary and is a great family day out, whatever the weather!
Try an Escape Room at HQ Escape Rooms
Open 7 days a week in Dartmouth and suitable for all ages from 9+, why not immerse the family in a themed escape room this half term. You’ll have to work together to solve puzzles as you race against the clock to escape! HQ Escape Rooms are also dog friendly, so the whole family can enjoy some time together.
Enjoy an animal-filled day at Pennywell Farm
If you’re a family of animal-lovers, you’ll love a day out to Pennywell Farm! You can get up close and personal with a variety of friendly animals, their activity board will let you know what activities are scheduled for the day, such as goat milking, ferret racing, deer feeding and much more! You’ll be happy to know that if you purchase a ticket to Pennywell Farm during half term you’re able to return during the week free of charge!
Feel on top of the world at Babbacombe Model Village
Located just a short walk from picturesque Babbacombe, this attraction will take you out of the hustle and bustle of everyday life and leave your family feeling on top of the world, as you stand upon a miniature recreation of it! Free crazy golf is also included in your ticket at Babbacombe Model Village so if you’re a competitive family, this is the attraction for you!
Walk the South West Coast Path
The South West Coast Path is a 630-mile stretch of stunning coastline and part of it runs right past Dartmouth! The South West Coast Path is there to be enjoyed by everyone regardless of age, you will not be disappointed by the many spectacular views – and the best part about it is, it’s free!
Take to the water with Sea Kayak Devon
Enjoy Dartmouth’s stunning coastline with Sea Kayak Devon, running guided kayaking and bushcraft expeditions. 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. Big double kayaks are available so that parents with children as young as 5 can join in the fun! It might be a bit chilly, but for those who are brave enough to bear the weather, you’ll have a blast for sure!
Take a walk around Greenway Estate
Reopening on the 11th February is Greenway, operated by the National Trust and an estate on the River Dart near Galmpton. It was once the holiday home of famous author Agatha Christie. The estate is served by a steam railway service with trains from Paignton and Kingswear stopping at Greenway Halt station, or you can access the site from Dittisham via the passenger ferry. Walking around the garden and woodlands your little ones will be sure to spot some interesting wildlife, and if the weather is a bit miserable, there’s plenty to do inside!
Enjoy a day at Coleton Fishacre
Travel back in time to the Jazz Age with a visit to Coleton Fishacre House and Gardens. Originally owned by the D’Oyly Cart family the house and estate is now in the care of the National Trust. The art-deco house is instilled with absolute elegance and grace and the grounds are just as wonderful; there are plenty of walks you can take with captivating views of the coast and hidden coves. They also have a lovely café, the perfect place to grab a light bite to eat, or a cup of coffee and bask in the atmosphere of the grounds with the family.
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