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Summer Activities Around Exeter

We’re around the half way point of the Summer holidays. Congratulations on making it this far! By now, you may have gone on some sort of holiday somewhere, gone to the local park once or twice, and done as many activities as possibly around the home. Here’s a look at mostly free / almost free activities around Exeter and Devon, to get you through the rest of the Summer Holiday. 

The Exeter Royal Albert Musuem

Exeters fantastic museum has a number of seaside themed activities during the rest of August. Personally I like the look of the Lego aquarium.

The River Cottage Summer Festival

Fun galore awaits children and adults alike as the River Cottage Summer Festival draws near. Taking place across the August bank holiday weekend (26th – 27th August) the Festival offers visitors a packed schedule of family friendly activities and foodie delights. The whole family can enjoy top music acts and great children’s entertainment, all in a beautiful East Devon setting.  Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult making the Summer Festival a fantastic, affordable day out for the whole family and a perfect way to celebrate the end of the summer season. Book at the River Cottage Website.

Grab a bite to eat in ExeterGet A Bite To Eat.

Whats better then going out for food? How about getting samples of free food, to the sound track of various buskers? Princesshay in the centre of Exeter has  a number of “tasting stations” set up on Saturdays during August, offering free samples from the eateries within Princesshay.

Play Golf in The Boat Shed.

For old school Exeter people, it used to be the Exeter Maritime Museum. Now its The Boat Shed, owned by the same guys that run The Bike Shed Theatre in town.  Over the summer its home to Miniature Golf, featuring a miniature Fore Street, a Cathedral, and the ruins of the city wall.

Exeter CathedralExeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral also seems to offer a fab welcome to families, and during the rest of august have a number of activities from an Urban Forest School, to a Potions and Spells session. I guess there is also the Lego Cathedral being built. (Thats something I keep meaning to go back to check out)

Go Gruffalo Hunting!

You can go Gruffalo Hunting at Haldon Forest! We went, had a fab time, and took loads of pictures. (Warning for spoilers!) More information about the gruffalo hunt can be found here.

Play Splash!

The St Thomas Splash Pad has water fountains, tipping buckets and cannons on a brightly coloured surface. There is also a large children’s playground, public toilets and parkland nearby.

The playground is suitable for toddlers and under 12s and has a range of equipment including springers, swings, multiplay unit and a stand on seesaw. (text grabbed from

Games in an Exeter Park?

We came across one of these that were organised in July, seemed well attended, well organised, with lots of evidence of fun being had.

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#MySundayPhoto – The Last Pickup

Its been one of those full weeks, where life has seemed to be filled with stuff.

This was taken during one of the more sweet moments, as I walked the Little One home from preschool for the last time, before she goes to Big School in September.

She wanted to stop, and wave to the train as it passed us.

Thankfully she was up for the bribe of a ice lolly from home – before heading back here. As opposed to waiting for 30 minutes on the bridge.



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Checking out Greendale Farm near Exeter

When we went to Greendale Farm… No not as in Postman Pat, but the place near Exeter in Devon

One of the great things about Devon, is the amount of farm shops that are around the place. Obviously, the greater amount of alternative options there are, the more reasons the farm shop has to give you to go their place instead of the others.

After a short debate on where to go for a quick micro trip* near Exeter, we drove into Greendale Farm, and immediately made our way to the sparkling new playpark.

There’s only a photo of half the frame below, the other half included a few kids having loads of fun, sliding down and climbing up the slide. We discovered that the cafe brings food and drink you order out to the play area, (so no need to move).

Foodwise, we went cheap and had a portion of chips between the two of us, while the little one had a sandwich. After ordering we discovered they also have Gluten Free bread they can swap out, as well as Gluten Free cake! I may try the breakfast next time we visit Greendale Farm.

No visit is complete without saying hello to the various animals around the farm. There are animals from chickens and goats, to ostriches and red deer. Some of which you can stroke… others you may just want to say “hello” to.

What ever you do or eat when you’re there. Don’t forget to grab some ice cream. Trust me…

*Micro Trip, btw way is when you go out somewhere fun, but can still get back home in time to go to work.

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