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why not try devon for your next family holiday?

There's a good reason why Devon is consistently a hit with families. Offering something for everyone, it's particularly appealing to those who enjoy outdoor activities, but even if you prefer a more sedate pace to your break, you'll still find plenty to do in this beautiful part of the UK.

Stunning Devon Beaches

Devon's known for its incredible beaches and you're certainly spoilt for choice in the South West. To give just a couple of recommendations from the many options, Westward Ho! Is a Blue Flag beach featuring a sandy beach backing onto a pebble ridge. You can try your hand at kite sports and surfing, but if you're not feeling that adventurous, there are also plenty of amusement arcades, as well as a putting green. What makes Westward Ho! truly unique are the remains of a Mesolithic sunken forest visible at low tide, something which will delight children and grownups alike.
Alternatively, Woolacombe Sands is one of Devon's most popular sites, with beautiful sandy dunes and rock pools for marine life spotting. Take a boat trip out to the lighthouse on Lundy Island or treat yourself to a tractor tour at the National Trust headland at Morte Point.
Visit Paignton Pier for a traditional seaside outing, complete with arcade games, crazy golf, bowling, trampolines and more.

Get close to wildlife

There's plenty for animal lovers in Devon. The National Marine Aquarium is the UK's largest aquarium and offers the opportunity to get up close to sharks and rays as well as countless other fascinating fish.
If you want something a little out of the ordinary, Prickly Ball Farm is a hedgehog hospital that offers talks and activities as well as a farm full of your favourite farm animals. Or you could visit North Devon Falconry and learn how to handle a Harris hawk. Horse lovers could spend some time at the Miniature Pony Centre in Moretonhampstead or Buckfast Butterflies and Otter Sanctuary offers you the chance to wander round a stunning tropical landscaped garden full of butterflies, birds, fish and terrapins, plus, of course, the otters.
We all know how much younger children adore dinosaurs and Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park boasts some of the most realistic dinosaurs you'll find outside of Jurassic Park! Combined with plenty of opportunities to get hands on with animals ranging from wallabies to lemurs, you'll also need to watch out for the 18 ft high animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex!

Have fun while learning

There are so many great museums in Devon, it's difficult to pick just a few to recommend. There really is something for everyone. The Bill Douglas Centre in Exeter explores the history of cinema and is must for all film buffs. Meanwhile, the Dartmoor Prison Museum gives a fascinating insight into life at the prison, both past and present.
If you want to learn more about what it was like living in Dartmoor over the centuries, the Museum of Dartmoor Life explores the changing environment and lets you experience life as your grandparents knew it. Or you could let the Big Kid inside you go wild at the House of Marbles, which will delight the whole family with the largest marble run in the UK, as well as a number of exciting activities.

Dare to be different

If you prefer to do something quirky and out of the ordinary, make sure you visit The Gnome Reserve in Bradworthy. Sprawling over 4 acres, there are more than 1000 garden gnomes waiting to say hello! Or go underground at the Beer Quarry Caves. Located in Beer, you'll be taken on an hour long guided tour of the manmade tunnels and caverns. Older children will love it at Battlefield Live Torbay. Open to anyone over the age of 8, you'll get to use military grade, infra-red gaming guns to enter into combat and see who'll emerge victorious.
With so much to see and do, you won't be able to fit it into one holiday! No matter what age your children, you're guaranteed an amazing time down in Devon.

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Article By Sophie Childs and Lucilla Paull.

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