Things to do with the kids in North Devon

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We know it can be tricky to keep the whole family happy with things to do that appeal to everyone. If you are staying in the hotel, there’s a whole host of indoor fun waiting to be discovered.

We've got rainy days covered with afternoon screenings in Neo - our private cinema - then there's vintage foosball, billiards and board games on the menu, and our indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub.

On sunny days, the Bay Lido beckons. Open from June - September, this paddling paradise is popular with guests of all ages. Just beside this is the Adventure Playground which has been home to many an imaginative takeover.

Woolacombe Beach is just steps away, offering miles of uninterrupted sand and clean waves — excellent for bodyboarding. Please ask at reception before you buy bodyboards, we often have them left behind and may be able to find some for you!

There's also a great selection of child-friendly holiday places to go in North Devon. Perfect for when the younger ones get restless, we've put together a collection of the best places to visit to keep everyone entertained. 

All of the following are within easy reach of Woolacombe Bay and will make your Devon holiday one to remember. 


Holidays can be a great time to start a new hobby or interest, or indeed expand upon one that is already familiar. Kids and parents needn’t have ridden so much as a pony before to get involved at Woolacombe Riding Stables, where beginners and all youngsters of seven or over are more than welcome. Meanwhile, the slightly more experienced riders can put their skills to practice with some lovely coastal trails, without a car in sight.

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BOROUGH FARM Falconry displays

For families with youngsters who are animal crackers, Borough Farm makes for a lively detour right on our doorstep in Woolacombe. The standout feature of this outdoor attraction is the displays of falconry and working sheepdogs, where visitors of all ages can enjoy a fine display of old-world skill. Evening shows also make it possible to stop in later in the day during the summer.

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EXPLORE EXMOOR Adventure time!

If your idea of an exciting family holiday activity is a little wilder than the local amusements, why not take the kids to Exmoor and explore rural Devon? You’ll find no shortage of woodland trails and babbling streams, with enough wildlife to fill an old school I-Spy book! Dozens of suitable sites exist, but for a pleasant walk with lots to see, a cream tea and the chance to have a quick dip in the stream, Watersmeet is great for families, with several easy walks around the Devon countryside and a handy café.

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Packing a serious amount of play into a single family attraction, Watermouth Castle has a lot to entertain children and adults of most persuasions. Grown-ups will probably enjoy the 2p retro slot machines as much as the kids, while the family can also solve the labyrinth, enjoy the adventure playground and discover a whole raft of other fun, and sometimes slightly random, things to do

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THE BIG SHEEP All weather fun

There can’t be many kids who don’t enjoy big outdoor play areas, rides, entertainment and animals to make friends with. The Big Sheep has a huge amount of activities suitable for family holidays, along with entertainment and plenty to enjoy for all ages. Especially popular are the family activities and children’s sessions such as the Toddler Take Over, loved by energetic tots and overworked parents alike.

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While museums in general can be a tough call for families with young kids, Mortehoe Museum is home to a whole range of cute and curious local artefacts, crafts and information to keep the grown-ups happy. In July and August regular tractor rides will keep the kids entertained while giving everyone a good look at the North Devon coast and local wildlife. It’s all within walking distance of the hotel, too. Find out more...

On rainy days, the various play zones and games of Atlantis Adventure Park, Bideford, could be just the thing. Even on the wettest of days, the park stays open and offers enough to tire the most active of kids, whether it’s an hour climbing aboard a pirate ship or enjoying an almighty water fight in the “Water Wars” zone. Find out more...

Rated by many as among the best crazy golf courses in Devon, the crazy golf at Funder Island is a belting little challenge for kids and parents who like to get a little competitive. A range of tricky and tantalising holes will certainly test your skills, while the pirate jokes might test mum’s patience. There are also other novelty activities including bumper boats and quads to try. See the Facebook page for further info.

With three miles of sweeping, uninterrupted golden sands and the clearest water you will find, Woolacombe has always been one of the most beautiful UK holiday destinations. Our team is always here to help if you would like any advice on where to hire it, buy it, or do it.  Contact us...

THE BAY LIDO A seaside sanctuary


Hidden by wind-breaking walls, the lido is protected from the sea breeze. A tranquil spot for hotel guests to enjoy a dip, there’s a large heated outdoor pool, children’s paddling pool and atmospheric firepit.



A Devon holiday is only complete once you’ve hopped between the sandy beaches spread along our gorgeous coastline. Across Baggy Point Cliffs from Woolacombe Beach you’ll find Croyde Bay, one of Devon’s top surfing locations. Close to here is the long, sweeping shoreline of Saunton Sands — ride the waves, play in the tidal pools and stroll in the foothills of striking cliffs. If you and the kids are up for a challenge then you can walk from the hotel to Saunton via the South West Coast Path.

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