21st June 2021

Make it a Summer to remember

Escape to a City paradise and discover the summer delights that await. Exeter and the surrounding area has everything you could possibly need for a summer to remember. We’ve handpicked a few of our favourite attractions and activities, to help you make the most of your stay at The Devon Hotel. 

Pig cuddles at Pennywell Farm:

A blissful farm experience, escape to Pennywell Farm for a much-needed cuddle. Pennywell Farm is one not to be missed, situated just outside the town of Buckfastleigh in South Devon, less than a 30-minute drive from The Devon Hotel. It’s a leading tourist attraction proving popular for people of all ages, with farmland animals awaiting to capture the hearts of those visiting. 

If you’re an animal lover, Pennywell Farm is set to become your new favourite attraction. There’s plenty to do, with almost every activity involving some kind of farm friend. With opportunities to bottle feed baby animals, race ferrets, meet hedgehogs, pamper the ponies, walk goats, not forgetting having the chance to cuddle their world-famous miniature piglets. To add to the magic of Pennywell Farm, you will be able to cheer and laugh at the Pig Racing, which is a must. It's impossible to think of a more animal-filled day out. 

Sunflower picking at Darts Farm:

Reconnect with nature with the delightful city farmland, Darts Farm. Situated just 13 minutes from The Devon Hotel, escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and discover the countryside charm that awaits. Darts Farm offers an array of activities during the year, but when the sun makes a welcomed appearance warming up our skies, there’s one popular way to celebrate. Sunflower picking is a crowd-pleaser offering a funfilled way to pick your own bright yellow bunch of happiness.

The money you pay for the sunflowers goes to the chosen charity of Darts Farm, so not only are you brightening up your day but you’ll be brightening the days of others with a good deed. This summer be sure to follow the trodden paths in the yellow haze of sunflowers or make your own paths and discover the untouched beauty in the depth of the fields. 

Funsized day out at the Miniature Pony Centre:

The Miniature Pony Centre is a farm attraction based in the centre of Dartmoor National Park, just a 40-minute drive from The Devon Hotel. The Miniature Pony Centre is a great ‘hands-on’ day out filled with heartwarming animal interactions and pony magic for children and adults alike, known as the cutest and cuddliest attraction in Dartmoor.

Discover Dartmoors only known ‘unicorn’ residents, miniature and mammoth donkeys, miniature shetlands and their foals, miniature pigs and piglets and the centres Suffolk punch horse formally known as Harris, who are all waiting to meet you during your visit to Dartmoor National Park. 

Feel bigger than life itself at Babbacombe Model Village:

A world of wonder awaits you at the Babbacombe Model Village, located in Torquay just a half-hour drive from The Devon Hotel. Discover the sensation of being a giant as you topple over 426 buildings, some of which you’re bound to recognise. Start the experience by stepping through the small entrance and take in the novelty of the experience as a vast miniature world opens up before your eyes.

Explore 4 acres of award-winning gardens showcasing hundreds of model scenes, vehicles and people, including the Royal Crescent, the house on fire, Stonehenge, a fire breathing dragon, the model railway, the football stadium as well as many more for your to discover. We advise you to take your time around the attraction, taking in the details of the models and discover hidden details many people miss. Don’t miss an opportunity to have a round of mini-golf, with this being no extra charge to visitors. 

Flumin’ good fun at Splashdown Quaywest:

Make a big splash at the UK’s largest outdoor waterpark, Splashdown Quaywest, roughly a 35-minute drive from The Devon Hotel. The waterpark is perfectly situated by Goodrington beach, on the English Riviera, Devon’s beautiful bay. Enjoy stunning beach views whilst making a splash on twisting tyre rides and slippery waterslides, it’s the perfect addition to your seaside adventures.

Should you dare to get an adrenaline rush from the varying rides, take on the most daring of the bunch including the Devils Drop, The Screamer and Wild Kamikaze or enjoy a more relaxing splash experience with the corkscrew and Wet & Wild. 

Master the skill of Paddle Boarding:

EXE Adventure will pick you up from and return you to The Devon Hotel. Enjoy a session on the water at Exminsiter (6-minutes from the hotel) where you’ll paddle the still waterway getting to grips with the balance required to master paddle boarding all the way to the famous waterside pub. When arriving at the pub, you can bask in the enjoyment of eating, drinking and sunbathing in the sun as well as playing on all the boats for an hour in the sheltered boat harbour. After that, you’ll paddle back up the waterway with the last few moments to take in the glorious feeling of floating on top of the water, a feeling not to be missed.

The Devon Hotel is the perfect hub for your summer explorations, with easy road links to nearby attractions. At The Devon Hotel, you are greeted with a warm west country welcome as well as endless possibilities of adventures. No matter where your getaway may lead you, the inviting charm of The Devon Hotel will comfort you when you arrive back from your daily travels.