Firstly, the special Halloween event at Crealy Adventure Park is always very popular. We’d recommend this for kids up to 11. It’s an all-weather attraction, with plenty of indoor play areas. They have a brand new Scarecrow Scare Maze and a Creaky Hotel and there’s a free pumpkin for every child taking part in their carving competition. Their website promises that it’ll be their ‘biggest spooktacular event ever!’
For something a little more relaxing, our nearest National Trust Property, Killerton, is running a pumpkin trail, suitable for younger children, from Saturday 20th to Sunday 4th November 11am-4pm. Killerton grounds are absolutely beautiful in autumn. There’s a gorgeous view everywhere you look. Normal National Trust admission fees apply.
Coldharbour Mill in Uffculme is one of the oldest woollen mills in the UK, having been in continuous production since 1797. They’re open 10.30am til 4pm every day except Monday. On Sunday 28th October, they’ll be holding one of their famous ‘steam up’ days, when the steam engines will be running for a totally authentic experience. Guided tours are available all day, together with lots of children’s activities.
If you enjoy getting close to nature, then Wildwood Escot is a real gem where you’ll encounter real wolves, red squirrels and wild boar. There’s also plenty of indoor entertainment, including a soft play barn and drop slide. For half term, the Witch of Wildwood will be gracing the Saxon Village (10am-3.30pm) with her presence. Children can dunk for apples, toast marshmallows, carve pumpkins and, if they’re feeling brave, even meet the witch and help her cast a spell!
The Bear Trail just on the other side of Cullompton is an award winning muddy family adventure course. Our experience is that the kids absolutely love the freedom of charging around getting well and truly covered in mud. Even in dry weather, they top up the muddiness! Just remember to take a spare set of clothes and a towel!
When the weather’s not so favourable, why not head into Exeter and explore two of the city’s best family attractions?
Dating from the 14th century, the medieval passages under Exeter High Street are a unique ancient monument. During school holidays, you need to book the Exeter Underground Passages in advance. They’re absolutely fascinating and are open every day apart from Monday. Note that under 5s aren’t permitted in the tunnels.
Exeter’s museum, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum has a fantastic collection of artifacts ranging from Exeter’s Roman and wartime histories through to different world cultures and animals. It’s well-worth a visit and they make children especially welcome. Free of charge, they’re open Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. They have a special ‘Little Explorers‘ art and craft day for under 5s on Tuesday 23rd October, 10.30 to 11.30am. Book in advance with The Creation Station, Tel. 07817955997
Finally, Diggerland near Cullompton is a unique experience suitable for kids and adults alike. This construction machinery themed park promises action, fun and thrill packed family days out. You can get to grips with real JCBs and excavators and enjoy thrilling rides such as ‘Spindizzy’. They’re open 10-5 during the half term holidays.
Forest Glade is an excellent base for many different kinds of days out and we’re always happy to help you with ideas for your family, just call into reception for more information or visit our things to do page.