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Our Guide to a Fun-Filled Family Getaway

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South Devon is the ultimate destination for an unforgettable family retreat. Nestled in this picturesque region, The Devon Hotel offers the perfect base for your family getaway, thanks to its convenient proximity to an array of family-friendly attractions.

Let us help you with your itinerary with our top picks on family days out in South Devon ensuring your family's vacation is filled with memorable moments and cherished experiences. 

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Animal Cuddles at Pennywell Farm

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. The farm is a leading tourist attraction proving popular for all ages with farmland animals waiting 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 and not forgetting having the chance to cuddle their world-famous miniature piglets. 

Visit Pennywell Farms Website 

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A Hay-Tastic Day out at The Donkey Sanctuary

Open every day of the year, The Donkey Sanctuary promises to enchant you during your visit. Located near the coast town of Sidmouth just a 323-minute drive from The Devon Hotel, this attraction will transport you from the bustling city of Exeter to the charming seaside town that serves as a getaway to the Jurassic Coast.

At the Donkey Sanctuary, you will have the opportunity to meet donkeys, mules and hinnies. Your day here will be filled with friendly encounters with the resident donkeys and exploration of indoor attractions such as the visitor centre, the donkey zone, and Dr. Svendsen's hut. 

Explore The Donkey Sanctuary's website 

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Adventures at Peak Hill Llamas

Whilst we're focusing on the scenic town of Sidmouth, why not discover a new walking companion? Sometimes the best days out as a family, are the ones where you share new experiences - Peak Hill Llamas is the most charming opportunity to walk llamas on the Jurassic Coast.

You'll enjoy scenic views as you feed, groom and walk with the Llamas depending on the experience you decide on. You will also get the opportunity to watch them from the Llama-lookout gazebo where you will learn all about their gentle and friendly nature. 

Visit their website 

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Darts Farm Adventure

Reconnect with nature at Darts Farm, conveniently located just a 13-minute drive from the hotel. Darts Farmn invites you to immerse yourself in the serene countryside right in the heart of the bustling city.

Embark on a leisurely walk through the farm, extend a warm greeting to the friendly animals, stroll through the vegetable fields and uncover the diverse wildlife residing in the Bird Hide overlooking the picturesque wetland. All the while, savour the invigorating air of Devon and relish the captivating views of The Exe Estuary. 

Visit Darts Farm's wesbite 

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Babbacombe model village

A world of wonder awaits you at the Babbacombe Model Village. Nestled in Torquay, a 30-minute drive from The Devon Hotel, find yourself feeling like a giant as you stroll amidst 426 meticulously crafted miniature buildings, some of which will undoubtedly strike a cord of recognition. Begin your adventure passing through the unassuming entrance and savour the novelty as an expansive time world unfurled before your eyes. 

marvel at iconic landmarks such as the Royal Crescent, a house ablaze, Stonehenge, a football stadium and a host of other captivating creations waiting for you to uncover. 

Explore Babbacombe Model Village's website 


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Crealy Adventure Park

Get rollercoaster ready as you head to Crealy Theme Park & Resort, from the safari express, Crealy Grand Prix and the Twister, it is sure to be a fun-filled day out. Crealy is an award-winning family Theme Park in Devon, discover for yourself why they have been voted as the best day out in Devon for eight years running.

With over 60 rides and attractions, spectacular entertainment, live shows and animals galore, there's something for everyone. Crealy often hosts themed events throughout the year so be sure to check out their website before your visit to see what's going on during your stay. 

Visit their website 

Book your Family-friendly stay at The Devon Hotel 

Devon is full of family fun, so sit back and bask in the glory with our fun-filled itinerary. At The Devon Hotel our family rooms are the perfect addition to your family getaway, explore family delights through the day and retreat to cosy and luxurious surroundings by evening.

South Devon is the staycation destination where you will makespecial memories with your family that will last a lifetime. 

Book your stay at The Devon Hotel by calling our reception team on 01392 259268 or email

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