Family days out can help your children to learn

PUBLISHED: 10:59 19 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:06 19 October 2017

Seaton Tramway which runs alongside the River Axe. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Seaton Tramway which runs alongside the River Axe. Picture: CHRIS CARSON


Education can be fun and a family day out thios half term can help to keep your children engaged with their learning according to Get Kids Out Learning.

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As a parent, you’ll know it can be difficult it is to keep your children entertained during school breaks.

It’s even more difficult to do this while keeping them engaged with their learning, but the team at Get Kids Out Learning are setting out to prove that education can also be fun!

Get Kids Out Learning is a not-for-profit organisation connecting families with the best educational days out.

They’ve provided their top picks of the best activities happening this October half term in Devon and South West England.

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Each recommendation is based upon their recent research about what kind of activities stimulate the minds of young people, and their close relationships with hundreds of wonderful days out across the UK.

World of Country Life

There are acres of multi-award-winning family fun at the World of Country Life in Exmouth, Devon!

World of Country Life's 'Appy Angus in the ball pool. Ref exe 8314-08-15AW. Picture: Alex WaltonWorld of Country Life's 'Appy Angus in the ball pool. Ref exe 8314-08-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Walk a goat or hand feed the deer and llama from the Deer Train Safari.

Watch the daily Total Wipeout Ferret Racing or the Hawkridge Bird of Prey flying display.

Bottle-feed the lambs and calves and join in with animal handling. Clamber around the indoor Pirate Ship play area or crawl all over its three different age-specific softplay zones.

Stroll through the Museum of Farming or step back in time in the Victorian Street.

The Big Sheep will be Fun By Day and Scary By Night.The Big Sheep will be Fun By Day and Scary By Night.

There is plenty on offer to prevent boredom for the youngsters.

The Big Sheep

Looking for a guaranteed day out that’s fun for all the family – then look no further than The BIG Sheep.

No matter what the weather, this award-winning family attraction is guaranteed to be the highlight of half-term.

Come rain or shine, this friendly attraction has an action-packed programme of rides, shows, animals, indoor play and events to keep everyone in the family entertained all day long.

Set in 40 acres of beautifully landscaped parkland, there’s also plenty of trails to walk too.

Bear Trail

Get out into the great wide open and explore its fun and challenging muddy obstacle trail. Leap over the muddy bear pits, whizz down the zip wires or crawl through the tunnels – it’s the perfect day out for the whole family. Remember, mud washes off… experiences stay forever!

But if you’ve got bears who would prefer not to get their paws wet, they’ve got a path that runs alongside the obstacles.

There’s also a ‘cubs’ corner’ designed for children under one metre, but we think you’ll struggle to stop them joining in - it truly is a brilliant experience for all the family!

Powderham Castle

Powderham Castle lies in a beautiful deer park on the banks of the River Exe, just a stone’s throw from the historic cathedral city of Exeter.

The Castle was first opened to visitors in 1959, since then in excess of a million people have been through the doors to share in over 600 years of history and heritage and take away many fond memories.

Very little of the Castle itself has changed since those early days, but there are now many more attractions in the grounds providing a fun and varied day out.

Milky Way Adventure Park

Ride the Cosmic Typhoon roller coaster, have a bumping good time on the droid destroyer dodgems and go wild in North Devon’s biggest indoor adventure play area with assault courses and slides built for adults and children.

Kick back and watch a series of amazing live shows featuring Merlin from Britain’s Got Talent (perfect for those interested in science and the planets), and be wowed by the displays from the North Devon Bird of Prey Centre.

There’s also Little Stars, an imaginative and adventure-play centre designed specifically for those aged 0-6.

Cockington Court

Set in an award-winning country park a mile away from the seafront, Cockington Court is an historic manor house with more than 20 craft studios, tea rooms, walled art garden, Tudor rose garden, contemporary art gallery, perfect for older children and adults - and a popular children’s play area is provided to keep younger siblings occupied!

Skern Lodge

Established in 1976, Skern Lodge provides education, learning and fun through adventure.

Get wet - climb high - stay low, whatever you want, you can do it!

Be it an outdoor activity break, a more active day out, or the start of a new hobby - Skern Lodge will give you a day or stay to remember.

Seaton Tramway

Seaton Tramway operates heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in East Devon’s glorious Axe Valley, travelling alongside the River Axe estuary through two nature reserves and giving an unrivalled view of the abundant wading bird life.

Take a tram to visit the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, whilst the historic town of Colyton is described as ‘Devon’s Most Rebellious Town’ for its part in the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685.

Afterwards you can then relax with afternoon tea in a Victorian era station built in 1868.

Pennywell Farm

Treat your family to a day of animal action at multi-award winning Pennywell Farm.

With a different animal activity, show or display every half hour, hundreds of friendly animals and four free rides, you won’t waste a single minute.

Bottle feed baby animals, race ferrets, meet hedgehogs, explore ponds and enjoy fantastic entertainers every day during the half-term.

You can even cuddle one of the world famous Pennywell Miniature piglets or groom and pamper our very sociable pint sized ponies.

Pennywell Pig Racing is a must and we guarantee you won’t have experienced anything quite like it.

That should be enough to whet your appetite for adventure, and hopefully provided a few ideas to keep young minds and little hands busy over the October half-term.

Many attractions also have special events on for Hallowe’en, so make sure to check their websites for tickets and times.

To discover more wonder-filled days out across the whole of UK, visit the Get Kids Out Learning website!

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