With the weather getting warmer and the school holidays getting closer, it’s time to start planning Summer family days out!
Covering over 9,200 square miles, the South West of England is the perfect choice for a family adventure this June and July.
The region includes two entire national parks; Dartmoor and Exmoor and four walled heritage sites; Stonehenge, the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape, the Jurassic Coast and the City of Bath. Plus, for families with little ones, why not explore the many farm days out the region has to offer?
Scroll down to see our top pick of family farm days out in South West England…
Crealy Great Adventure Park
Sidmouth Rd, Clyst Saint Mary, Devon, EX5 1DR
This award-winning family fun park has been voted the best day out in Devon – 8 years in a row! You’re sure to have a fun filled day out with the kids and with over 60 rides and attractions to discover, you won’t be short of things to do during your visit.
First, meet cute and cuddly farm and zoo animals, including meerkats at the Meerkat Manor and exotic creatures in Tortoise Town. The adventures continue inside where there’s lots for the whole family to enjoy. From riding the Shark Bay rollercoaster, to feeling the force of the Dolphin Drop, scale the lofty heights of the aerial walkway in the Adventure Zone too!
Want to stay the night? Crealy offer five star luxury hot tub lodges, themed glamping tents and over 100 fully serviced camping and touring pitches. The perfect family day out.
Preston Down Rd, Paignton, Torbay, TQ3 1DL
Situated in Torbay is Occombe Farm. This child friendly farm is the perfect place for a fun day out with all the family.
Explore the 500 metre self-guided Farm Animal Paddock Trail to see goats, sheep, ducks, chickens, cows and two gorgeous donkeys. You’re also able to learn about farming and the roles these animals play, some of them even help in the local conservation of Torbay too!
Don’t miss climbing inside the periwinkle shell, becoming a king or queen in the Haystack Maze and mixing up a feast in the messy kitchen. Don’t forget, in the school holidays, Scavenger hunts and letter-boxing expeditions are also held, where you can channel your inner Sherlock Holmes and hunt for clues!
Feeling peckish after a full day of play at the farm? Occombe Farm’s on-site café offers a wider choice for breakfast, lunches, cakes and bakes and a children’s menu too plus, all the food is homemade, in-farm, by their team of talented chefs.
Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park
Keynsham, Bath and North East Somerset, BS31 1TP
Located just over 5 miles outside of Bath and set in the beautiful riverside location lies Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park, the clue is in the name – you’ll have a fun filled day of adventure with the whole family!
With over 90 acres, you’re able to explore and discover lots of wildlife including meerkats, reindeer, pygmy goats, muntjac deers, kune kune pigs plus many more. Want to know a little bit more about one of your favourite animals? Book a VIP Animal Encounter, a great way to get up close and personal!
The adventure doesn’t stop there, explore Dinosaur Valley with the huge herd of animatronic dinosaurs, where your young paleontologists can see a 15m T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Triceratops, Allosaurus, Raptors plus more around the park!
Want to venture off-road? The 4×4 mini jeep experience is a great way for the kids to get behind the wheel and take control.
That’s not all, brave the climbing wall or jump on massive air pillows. There’s so much on offer, you just won’t know what to do first!
Dairyland Farm Park
Dairyland Farm Park, Tresillian Barton, Summercourt, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 5AA
Established in 1975 Dairyland Farm Park is one of the oldest farm parks in the UK. This great day out with the kids and bound to keep the whole family entertained!
In the Hay Barn, get a little bit closer with farm animals in a pat-a-pet or bottle-feeding session. Get a great photo opportunity in Meerkat Mayhem and watch the cows come in for milking in the Farm Yard.
The adventure continues outside where you can bounce high on trampolines, explore the wildlife trail and dig for victory in the Digger Zone. There’s lots of fun to be had indoors too. The Bull Pen is home to superfast slides, a brilliant ball pit and colourful jump zones. Not forgetting a visit to the Cornish Life Museum and see the reptiles and insects in the Bug Zone!
Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park
Wareham Rd, Organford, Dorset, BH16 6EU
Want a family fun day out on the farm in the beautiful Dorset countryside? Look no further, Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park is the place for you!
Having entertained young children and their families for the past 20 years, they sure know how to host the best family farm day out.
There are plenty of furry farmyard friends to meet, including cute and cheeky goats and gentle reindeer – not forgetting guinea pigs and chickens too!
The adventure continues as you bump and bounce on the Tractor-Trailer Ride and have lots of waterplay fun in the Sand and Water area. Little adventurers can test out their balancing skills on the Trim Trail obstacle course and you can even watch their piggies in Pig Racing too, what could be better!
Please Note: information included in this article is correct at time of publishing. Due to current government guidelines related to COVID-19 some attractions and facilities may differ. Please check each individual attractions website before you visit