Devon family activity update - Covid-19

**Please note that this page is being frequently updated** Last update: 23/07/2020

This page is designed to provide updates for families with local updates and facilities in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

We endeavour to keep this as up-to-date as possible, however due to decisions being made suddenly – this page may not always reflect the current situation. Therefore, we ALWAYS advise that readers double check with the venue/organiser’s website and/or social media prior making arrangements to ensure that the plans are current and still going ahead and the restrictions that may be in place

Find the most up-to-date advice about Covid-19 visit the NHS website and you can also view Devon County Council advice for schools and families








Open/re-opening arrangements and plans


Argyle Community Trust - visit the website to find out about which sessions are running

Babbacombe Model Village -Find out more here.

The Bear Trail - Find out more here

Becky Falls - . Find out more here.

Bicton Park - gardens open Wednesday to Sunday with plans to open all areas on a gradual/phased basis. Find out more here.

The Big Sheep -limited sessions from 7th July, pre-booking essential Find out more here.

Bygones - open from 11th July Find out more here.

Bernaville Nurseries is open with social distancing arrangements. Find out more here.

Canonteign Falls is open with new social distancing arrangements. Find out more here.

ClayArt are offering a 'Pottery to your porch' service. Find out more here.

Clip'nClimb Exeter

Clip n Climb Plymouth

Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park - tickets can be booked via the website

Cofton are reopening their holiday parks and campsite facilities. Bookings are now open. Find out more here

Crealy - Find out more here.

The National Trust are running a booking system for some gardens, parklands and carparks - visit this site for the most up-to-date information on which sites are currently part of this

Dartmoor National Park - mostly open but visitors centres and selected toilets are closed. Find out more here

Dartmoor Zoo Pre-booked tickets are essential. Find out more here:

Devon Railway Centre and Model World - reopening from the 15th July

Go Ape (Haldon Forest)

Guildhall Shopping Exeter - many shops open with social distancing restrictions

Haldon Forest is open with social distancing restrictions - check the general Forestry England website for Coronavirus specific information and the Haldon Forest Facebook page for the latest updates

House of Marbles - Bovey Tracey Store is open as normal with safety precautions in place Find out more here.

iBounce Exeter from 25th July. Find out more about booking and arrangements here

Kents Cavern - Find out more about the reopening plan here.

The Manor House Hotel and The Ashbury Hotel - taking bookings - find out more here

The Milky Way Adventure Park - preparing to open from 11th July. Find out more here.

Miniature Pony Centre - see the pre-visit information here

National Marine Aquarium - tickets must be pre-booked. Find out more about the changes here

Paignton Zoo - . Tickets must be pre-booked - find out more here.

Pennywell Farm - open for pre-booked visits

Princesshay Exeter - many shops now open with social distancing restrictions

Quay Climbing Centre Exeter

Quince Honey Farm - shop and gardens open during limited days/hours. Find out more here.

RHS Rosemoor - open to pre-booked ticket holders. Find out more here.

Seaton Jurassic - reopening on 24th July

Seaton TramwayQuince Honey Farm - partially open

Shaldon Zoo - Tickets must be pre-booked. Find out more here.

Thomas Moore Toymaster - physical store and online store online. Find out more here.

TLH Victoria Hotel Torquay - find out more about Covid-19 adjustments here

Whitehill Country Park

Wildwood Escot

Woodlands Park - Find out more here.

World of Country Life



At-home activities provided by local businesses


The Donkey Sanctuary have launched a 'Get Crafty' scheme - visit their website to find out how to get knitting, sewing and felting patterns

Local entertainers Entertainingly Different are providing regular live-streamed interactive family performances on their Facebook page

Paignton Zoo webcams

Paignton Zoo educational downloadable resources

Living Coasts webcams

Webcams across many Devon locations

Educational quiz from Quince Honey Farm

Regular live streams on the National Marine Aquarium Facebook page

Minecraft Maps from Royal Albert Memorial Museum (Exeter)

Local theatre company La Navet Bete have made a performance of their stage adaptation of 'The Wizard of Oz' available on You Tube with a link on the page to donate if you feel able to.

The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth are providing regular updates and livestreams on their Facebook page as well as live webcams on their website.

Paddleboat Theatre - tips on how to become a journalist based around their 'Clare Hollingworth and the Scoop of the Century play with the option to donate if you feel able to

South Devon Railway have a YouTube channel

Wild Planet Trust YouTube channel including videos from Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts

Exeter Chiefs Community Trust are adding fun kids activities to their Facebook page

Free downloadable Bradley and the Dinosaur book from local author Julian Hilton

The Met Office have a series of resources for discovering maths, science and more through weather and climate

Entertainingly Different are hosting regular interactive livestreams via their Facebook page

Theatre Alibi have made two of their recent productions available online to watch including their adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's 'I Believe In Unicorns' with accompanying educational resources

Kents Cavern have a downloadable learning pack with resources about the Stone Age as well as a recommended reading list about the era

Access the Living Coasts webcams of Penguin Beach via their website

The Minature Pony Centre are providing regular video updates on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube channels

Dartmoor National Park have a wide range of local and educational resources on their website

Wildwood Escot are doing regular animal updates on their Facebook and Instagram

The Outdoors Group are doing regular blog posts to help parents

Exeter Chiefs have developed a home learning pack featuring free curriculum resoures and will be releasing more resources on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10am

Active Devon have listed a number of free online activity sessions with links that have sessions for all the family

Exeter City Community Trust are hosting fun football skills session livestreams on their Facebook page every Saturday from 10am

Crealy Theme Park and Resort have created a number of downloadable, educational activities



Accepting charitable donations


Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

The Donkey Sanctuary

National Marine Aquarium

Paddleboat Theatre Company

Paignton Zoo

South Devon Railway

Theatre Royal Plymouth




Exeter Corn Exchange

iPlay Exeter

Planet Play Crediton and Honiton

Pecorama - closed until 2021

Plymouth Snowsports Centre

Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Devon County Show - postponed until 2021

Exeter Northcott Theatre

Go Kart Party

Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre

Living Coasts - permanently closed

Occombe Farm - events cancelled until the end of September 2020

Rainbow Run in aid of Children's Hospice South West has been postponed, new date TBC

The Rowcroft Sleep Walk has been postponed to Saturday 12 September

Stagecoach Torquay and Newton Abbot

Theatre Royal Plymouth

All Teignbridge Leisure facilities

Queens Hotel Paignton

River Dart Country Park

South Devon Railway

The Box Plymouth - official opening delayed until further notice

All Mayflower 2020 events until further notice.

Devon County Show -postponed

The Outdoors Group

The Venue Uffculme - Horrible Histories postponed to 3 October 2020, Shark in the Park postponed - date TBC

The Waie Inn


YHA Okehampton


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