6th September 2019

Things to do in October Half-term

If you’re looking for some family fun to keep the whole family entertained this October Half term then you’ve come to the right place. You’ll be spoilt for choice with things to do in North Devon so we’ve created this handy list of our top recommendations. 

To see more things to do, check out our list of things to do. You can also have a look at the upcoming events on our events page.

1.Watermouth Castle

Visit Watermouth Castle this half-term and experience an enchanting mix of children's activities and nostalgic blasts from the past. 

The Victorian Castle with interesting displays is also home to a family theme park with rides, maze, dungeons, play areas and beautifully landscaped gardens. Watermouth Castle appeals to kids from 1 to 100 years of age! 

A visit to the wonderful world of Watermouth Family Theme Park & Castle is a unique and magical experience the whole family can enjoy.


2.  Embrace Halloween and family fun at The Big Sheep

The Big Sheep is one of North Devon’s best all-weather family attractions. 

The animal-themed family amusement park abounds with all things sheep, with lamb feeding, sheep shearing and the world-famous and hilarious sheep racing. But the Big Sheep has so much more. Their Ewetopia Indoor Playground is a great way to tire the kids for a few hours while you enjoy a cup of tea in the warmth of our cafe.


3. Take a trip to RHS Gardens Rosemoor 

At Rosemoor gardens, you can enjoy 65-acres of beautifully planted flower beds, set within a pretty wooded valley. Around every corner there's a lovely surprise. The gardens are home to plants from around the world. Events take place throughout the year, there's lots of shopping to be done and children's activities keep little green-fingers amused.


4. Go wild at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

Go wild this half term at Coombe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park where you can see some wonderful wildlife, including wolves, sea lions, meerkats and African Lions. Also advertised are impressive dinosaur models and some unusual attractions, such as swimming with sea lions and experiencing birds of prey at close hand. As well as the spectacular gardens and wonderful wildlife, the Wildlife and Dinosaur Park features a gigantic indoor soft play and offers free daily talks and encounters so you can have fun whatever the weather. 


5. You'll be 'buzzing' to visit Quince Honey Farm
Take a trip to the all-new Quince Honey Farm in South Molton. Take a guided tour around the interesting displays and exhibits and learn fun facts about the honeybee before you take a closer look inside the working hives. Nowhere in the world can you get so close to living bees without needing protective equipment! The Play Hive adventure park is where you’ll find Critter Encounters and the large indoor soft play area. There is also an outdoor play and seating area for when the sun is shining.


6. Have a go at some water sports at North Devon Wakepark

Located in the stunning landscape of North Devon and only 10 minutes away from the coast, North Devon Wake Park boasts the best of both worlds. The stunning lake is situated in the beautiful fields of North Devon and is accompanied by a wooden clubhouse, undercover decking and luscious grassed areas, making it the perfect place to enjoy the charming setting and take on an enjoyable and entertaining activity. 

The WakePark has a variety of outdoor activities for all ages which include wakeboarding, Paddleboarding, slacklining and their unique aquapark. 

Booking is essential.  


7. ‘Get some Air’ at Air Extreme

Air Extreme is the ultimate trampoline park in Devon, Barnstaple. The perfect place where jumpers can literally ‘Get Some Air’ and bounce off the walls in a safe controlled environment.  

Extreme Jump Sessions include the use of all 8 adrenaline activities, such as the Battle Beam, Performance Trampolines, Free Style, Dodgeball and Airball - so there's something for all the family. 

They also have dedicated ‘mini air’ sessions for your little ones who want to give it a try. Booking is advised.


8. Milky Way

Recently voted #2 in Trip Advisors ‘Top Ten Amusement Parks in the UK’, the Milky Way Adventure Park has it all!   The Milky Way has over 110,000 sq ft of indoor and outdoor activities, making it the biggest all weather, family day out in North Devon. The Milky Way should be top of your list of things to do this summer.  

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 and children. Kick back and watch amazing live shows featuring Merlin from Britain’s Got Talent with his death-defying escapology show, plus fantastic displays from the North Devon Bird of Prey Centre.  

The Milky Way Adventure Park is an out of this world, all-weather experience! Visit them this half term and we can guarantee you won’t be disappointed. 


9.Explore Exmoor Zoo

Exmoor Zoo is an award-winning zoo that has a mission to promote education and conservation.  It’s a friendly zoo which allows visitors to get really close to the animals in its care.

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. Carefully planted shrubs and trees as they have matured along the winding zoo paths keep you wondering what is next, providing a very relaxing and natural atmosphere!


10.  Ilfracombe Aquarium 

This exciting award-winning, all-weather, fun, educational attraction provides a fascinating insight into the watery world of North Devon. The aquarium offers Local Aquatic Exhibits and showcases a diverse collection of animals displayed within beautifully recreated natural habitats.

Providing a home to over 75 species of fish, some of which visitors have never been seen before., the Ilfracombe Aquarium is a must-visit attraction in North Devon.  Whether you enjoy rock pooling, fishing or scuba diving you will be fascinated.



If you’d like some North Devon accommodation, see our offers page for our latest low prices, or call us on 01271 372166 to arrange your stay.

We also offer discounts to many local attractions to help you make the most of your stay.