South Devon is the perfect place to spend the spring half term holidays as the weather is warm and the sun is often shining! As well as an abundance of wonderful towns to explore, beaches to discover and fabulous attractions to visit, there are lots of exciting events and activities for families who want to staycation in Devon for Easter, take a read of our top picks! 

Easter Egg Trail at Babbacombe Model VillageTorquay (2nd – 24th April) 

Along the English Riviera in the gorgeous resort of Babbacombe you’ll find the exquisite Babbacombe Model Village, a miniature version of the world! The whole family will enjoy this unique attraction which captures the essence of England’s past, present and future. Home to 458 buildings, notable models include the Royal Crescent, Stonehenge and the impressive model railway. They also have inside features such as the World of Movie Miniatures! Babbacombe Model Village have recently opened a new 9-hole crazy golf course, and visitors get one round included for free with their admission ticket. Their Easter Egg Trail is an excellent event running over half term for your little ones, see if you can spot all their colourful eggs hidden around the gardens and you could win a treat! 

Easter Nature Trail at The Donkey SanctuarySidmouth (2nd – 24th April) 

Located in Sidmouth, The Donkey Sanctuary is a super place to spend the day if you have animal-loving children! Here you can visit the donkeys that have been rescued by the sanctuary, with daily activities to take part in and plenty of trails, tours and talks. From 2nd April they will be running their Easter Nature Trail around the sanctuary; you can discover all the other animals living in the various habitats across the land. If you choose to take part in this exciting adventure, you could win an Easter egg and a bag of seeds to help you create your own wildflower patch at home. The Donkey Sanctuary is open 7 days a week no matter what the weather is like, and friendly dogs are welcomed providing they’re on a lead. 

Take a trip on a Tram at Seaton TramwaySeaton (Fairy Special – 9th & 16th April, Bird Watching Tram 10th April & 23rd April, Pirate Tram – 13th & 20th April, Dinosaur Tram – 17th & 24th April) 

Seaton Tramway is situated on the Jurassic Coast and is a fab way to spend the day exploring East Devon with the family. Sit upon the open double decker trams for panoramic views of the estuary and countryside, and you could even stop for a tasty lunch or cream tea at their Tramstop Café. Seaton Tramway have plenty of different and exciting events on throughout half term for everyone to enjoy, including their Fairy Tram, Pirate Tram, Dinosaur Tram or if you’re an early riser, you could embark on their Bird Watching Tram!  

Enjoy a day at the races at Newton Abbot Racecourse, Newton Abbot (16th April) 

Whether you’re an avid watcher or fancy trying something a bit different for the day, you’ll be sure to enjoy a trip to Newton Abbot Racecourse. The half term fixture will take place on the 16th April with the first race starting in the early afternoon, giving you plenty of time to explore the grounds, and grab a spot of lunch at one of their many fabulous food and drink outlets. The racecourse is just a short walk away from Newton Abbot train station so you can even indulge in an afternoon tipple… or two! Children under 18 can enjoy the day for free with an accompanied adult. 

Spend the day hunting for dinosaur eggs at Crealy Theme Park and Resort (9th– 24th April) 

Your half term family staycation wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Crealy Theme Park and Resort whose exciting agenda of seasonal events will leave you with treasured memories and a great day out! They are hosting an exciting Egg-Saurus Dino Hunt over half term this year; if you find all their dinosaur egg locations, you could win a chocolate treat! Crealy Theme Park and Resort is located a short distance from Exeter and the M5 and is set in 100 acres of glorious Devon countryside. If you wish to stay at Crealy, you have the option to choose from a hot tub lodge, a glamping-style shepherds hut or if you prefer a more low-cost option, you can also pitch your own tent!  

Easter Fun for Everyone at World of Country LifeExmouth (11th – 22nd April) 

Another popular attraction for animal lovers is the World of Country Life, located in Exmouth in East Devon. Immerse yourself in Devonshire farm life by taking part in exciting agricultural activities like hand feeding the deer’s or walking the pigmy goats. As well as spending time with the various farm animals, World of Country Life offer some great indoor and outdoor play areas for your little ones to explore, and the Museum of Farming is a wonderful way to learn more about the history of agriculture. Over the Easter weekend, special arts and craft sessions are available to take part in, plus their egg-cellent Easter Egg Trail! 

Slapton Sands Beach Clean (9th April) 

If you’re a family who enjoys hands-on activities, you could take part in the MCS Great British Beach Clean at Slapton Sands on 9th April. Challenge yourself and your family to collect as much rubbish as you can, weigh your collection and add your names to the beach clean leader board! Free parking will be available to those who take part, and you will also receive a free ice cream, tea or coffee from Start Bay Inn! Quality time with the family, a morning at the beach, plus you’re helping to make a difference; what more could you want! 

Catch a show this half term! 

Written by Asif Khan for children aged 5 – 12 years old, Jabala and the Jinn is a musical theatre show telling the story of a young girl and her adventure with a Jinn, and contains themes of family, cultural heritage, love and acceptance. You can catch this performance at Exeter Phoenix on 19th April. Showcasing at the Teignmouth Pavilions on the 22nd April is the hit interactive stage show So You Think You Know Dinosaurs. Starring dinosaur aficionado Dr Ben Garrod, your little ones will learn all about the pre-historic creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago. 

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