Adventure Days

Situated in the grounds of Verbeer Manor in Cullompton, Devon - this is by far the Dads' favourite of adventure parks.

At Essential Adventure, we pride ourselves in providing the very best in activity based events, including activity days, breaks & weekends.Whatever your occasion and whatever you have in mind, Essential Adventure is guaranteed to have something of interest for your event, whether it's a large all inclusive corporate weekend retreat, to a small relaxing family activity day!

Climb the trees and slide across high wires, crawl through tunnels, cross rope bridges, walk the planks and zip down to the ground! Go Ape is an award-winning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides up to 40 feet up in the trees. Appealing to a wide age range, customers are fitted with a climbing harness, given instructions, and then trek from tree to tree high above the forest floor.

Situated on the Blackdown Hills Dunkeswell is 5 miles from Honiton and 9 miles from Junction 27 of the M5 motorway. The ultimate outdoor karting experience

Serious Fun at their Indoor Kart Racing Track in Devon. Indoor Karting is one of the fastest growing motors sports in the UK, giving everyone the chance to experience the thrills of racing without the huge cost. Raceworld has been running Indoor Karting events in Exeter, Devon for over 14 years now. Specialists in providing corporate entertainment and group bookings.

Set in the heart of the Somerset countryside we are England's youngest jumps racecourse and stage around fifteen racemeetings each season.  Our visitors enjoy national hunt racing featuring some of the biggest names in the sport; but we're not just about racing as we boast excellent facilities for conferences, meetings, parties and events.  Taunton Racecourse is also the perfect venue for your wedding reception.

Taunton Race Course

Days by the Sea

Croyde Bay in Devon is part of the beautiful Heritage Coastline in North Devon and is a favourite destination for families and surfers alike. Croyde village is a charming little hamlet of thatched cottages with many places to eat, buy gifts and hire beach equipment - including surfboards. Croyde Bay sits in between the neighbouring beaches of Saunton Sands, Putsborough and Woolacombe.

Exmouth beach on the East Devon coast - where there is loads to do around this sandy beach. From trampolines, mini trains, large slides, ball parks, etc.

Mackerel fishing and deep sea fishing trips from Lyme Regis.

Lyme Regis is at the heart of the Jurassic Coast.

The ancient Cobb is the harbour and the whole area is very very picturesque at anytime of day and in any weather.

At the end of the Cobb you will find Harry May Boat Trips. Harry has two 24ft traditional wooden tripping boats that are used mainly for one hour mackerel fishing trips. The cost is £9 for adults and £6 for children, all tackle is included and everyone is shown how to catch a mackerel. From these trips thousands of  fish have been caught by our visitors for barbecues on the beach and suppers at home.

                 Please phone 07974-753287 to ask about these trips or to book, we'll tell exactly how to find us.

Every morning weather permitting we leave the harbour at 830am and go deep sea fishing for three hours returning at 1130am. We aim to catch whiting ,pollack, scad,mackerel and sometimes manage black bream, gurnards, thornback skate and conger ells. The cost is £25 pp rod and bait included.

                 Please phone 07974-753287 the previous evening at 7pm to check on seats and the weather, we only go on these three hour trips in good weather.

We operate from the last week in March until the beginning of November.

The royal town of Lyme Regis is situated on the Dorset coast close to the Devon border . Here you can either build sand castles in the sand or take a boat trip out of the ancient harbour. Mackerel Fishing - Join a one hour boat trip from Cobb Harbour aboard KRAKEN, an MCA licensed passenger boat. Try to catch your supper and see the amazing Jurassic coast from the sea. Fishing equipment and bait provided. Every day from 9.00 am weather permitting - March - November. Contact Nick Williams on 0797 479 6002 for further details.

River Exe Cruises, Boat and Train Cruises, Jurassic Coast Cruises, Guide Wildlife Cruises and more.

Farm Shops & Shopping

Clarks Village is the UK's first and foremost outlet shopping centre and has established itself as one of the premier shopping destinations in the country. With over 90 outlet shops to choose from offering up to 60% OFF rrp on a host of famous brands, plus regular entertainment and live events all set within a unique village environment, you have all the ingredients for a great day out!

Food & Drink

Bickleigh Mill is a lovely 18th century watermill and pottery studio in the heart of Devon. Bickleigh Mill is also one of Devon's largest most exciting rural shopping, eating and recreation destinations housed within this historic working water mill. It is renowned for being one of the top quality shopping places in Devon offering a great day out for all the family.

House & Gardens

Enjoy over sixty acres of beautiful gardens with their soft sweeping lawns, elegant water features, fragrant English borders and Formal Gardens.

Cothay Manor, a 15th century medieval manor, is open, by appointment, for group visits. One of Somerset’s finest historic houses, Cothay is surrounded by twelve acres of magically romantic gardens that are open to the general public Wed, Thurs, Sun and B/Hols, 2pm-6pm

One of England's best loved privately owned gardens created by the celebrated plantswomen, the late Margery Fish.

Hestercombe is a unique collection of three gardens spanning three centuries of garden history and design. All have undergone acclaimed restoration works and today provide important examples of gardens in contrasting styles that continue to grow and develop. Hestercombe offers a great destination for an exciting short stop or a wonderful leisurely day out. Walk the gardens, visit the Courtyard to enjoy delicious refreshments - or browse in our beautiful Gift Shop which is filled with interesting and unusual gifts, books and a well stocked plant centre.

Would you give away your family home for your political beliefs? Sir Richard Acland did with his estate, one of the largest the National Trust has acquired at 2,590 hectares (6,400 acres) with 20 farms and 200-plus cottages. Killerton House, built in 1778–9, brings to life generations of the Aclands, one of Devon's oldest families. The historic fashion exhibition, 'Elegance', explores the fabulous and luxurious dress of the past 200 years. The gem of Killerton, beautiful year round, is the garden created by John Veitch, with rhododendrons, magnolias and rare trees surrounded by rolling Devon countryside

One of the finest surviving Gothic Revival houses, built in the lush landscape of mid Devon, Knightshayes Court is a rare example of the work of the eccentric and inspiring architect William Burges. Built for the grandson of pioneer lace-maker John Heathcoat in 1869, the house is an exciting architectural experience, with extraordinary 'medieval' romantic interiors, rich decoration and ceramics. The vast garden, which was the Heathcoat Amory family's great passion, is renowned for its rare trees, shrubs and seasonal colours. The restored and fully productive organic kitchen garden is a treat for everyone who enjoys local produce.

Enchanting garden and nursery set in the rolling hills of South Somerset

Museums & Zoos

A major attraction for over 200 years, with plenty to do above and below ground.

Dinosaurland Fossil Museum is housed in a magnificent building. It aims to show people aged 5 to 85 just how exciting and wonderful the world of fossils and dinosaurs really is.

Visit Exmoor Falconry and Animal Farm for your Exmoor day out ! Must see, must do hands-on with the animals and birds of prey. Five miles west of Minehead, but only a mile from the sea! All kinds of animals and birds to come and see, a great family day out with lots of things to do on your family outing... a place to visit to be in touch with Nature and animals.

Exmoor Zoo is unique and an unusual zoo to visit! Opened in 1982 the zoo is now an ideal family venue, especially for the younger generation. Changes keep taking place, even a visit last year, will today see new exhibits and animals! Approx. 25 miles from Knowle Manor.

This museum has the largest collection of navel aircraft anywhere in Europe together with the first British Concorde which you can go on-board and visit the cockpit.

The Haynes Motor Museum holds over 400 amazing cars and bikes from nostalgic classics of the 50's and 60's, glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royces to exciting super cars like the Jaguar XJ220

Paignton Zoo is home to thousands of amazing animals and plants. Visit the desert, cross the savannah, explore the forest and trek through the tropics. Use your senses to discover the wild world: look around, listen out - you’ll even need your sense of smell! It’s a great day out for everyone.

Sheppy's are proud to share with visitors from far and wide their beautiful farm and orchards, and to show you as much as possible of how and where they make their delicious ciders.

A unique all weather attraction, Pirate ship, Adventure Exhibition Hall, Vintage Cars, Victorian Street, Safari Train, Pets Centre, Goat Walking, Restaurant.

With new attractions, great new facilities and the classic glory of Britain's most spectacular underground caversn, the centuries-old site near Wells in Somerset has been given a brand new lease of life.

Places to Visit

You will fall in love with this ancient medieval Village on Exmoor. Dunster is an idyllic medieval village set in Exmoor National Park. With a wealth of heritage and history from the National Trust's 11th century Dunster Castle to the Old Yarn Market in the middle of the high street. A focal point for the old Exmoor wool and cloth trade.

Lundy lies off the coast of North Devon, where the Atlantic ocean meets the Bristol Channel with nothing between it and America, a granite outcrop, three and a half miles long and half a mile wide. In the hubbub of the modern world it is a place apart, peaceful and unspoilt.

Railways

Devon Railway Centre is a popular Devon Tourist attraction, offers a unique railway experience and boasts a host of attractions in one location. We offer an interactive fun filled day out. Our two railways give unlimited train rides along the Exe Valley and opportunities for you to become involved! Children can wave the flag to start our trains.

The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway - Steam Train rides in Exmoor National Park, from Woody Bay Station, North Devon. The first phase in rebuilding one of the world’s most famous and picturesque narrow gauge railways

Beer Heights Light Railway Peco Model Railway Exhibition Spectacular Themed Gardens Stunning Views over Lyme Bay Summer season of Children's Entertainment Play Areas Crazy Golf

Journey from Seaton, gateway town to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast through two nature reserves alongside the Axe estuary to historic Colyton, Devon's most rebellious town.

Situated on the edge of Quantock Hills, the West Somerset Railway takes you from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead with various stops on the way.

Take a journey of discovery, relive your childhood, or simply sit back and relax as you travel along one of Britain's Best and longest Heritage Railways.

Sport & Health

Click the link to see this wonderful golf course.

Come to multi award-winning Quad World where everyone can join in the fastest growing sport in the UK!

Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club has one of the best courses in Somerset and is an ideal venue for the visitor. We welcome visitors as either casual green fee visitors (with a handicap) or as an organised society.

A beautiful, recently restored lido. Open May to September and measures 27m x 10m. 1.4m-2.1m deep.

Try Something New!

The Argentinean tango holds a unique place in couple dancing. It is a social dance that can be enjoyed at many levels. It is relatively easy to master the basics of form and improvisation and yet great subtleties of feeling and fast, playful footwork can be explored as you progress. In its highest form it is capable of expressing the most profound longings that people can have about their lives, and each other. Why not organise some after dinner tango lessons with Tango Oblivion

Go Segway! at Haldon

You can also find us on our sister site for the latest Segway tour information and updates.

www.go-segway.com

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