The Joy Of A “Stay-cation”

It’s quite a predictable conversation really, you say to someone you’re going to be on holiday, they ask where you’re going, you say your staying at home, and that seems to be the end of the conversation.

The thing is, yesterday, out on our bikes, chasing the small one around a nearby park, I don’t know where else I would want to be*, it was all quite simply glorious…

Shame Devon Council wants to dump a road over all of this really.

*It can also work out far cheaper to holiday at home…

Where To Go In Exeter When Its Raining?

There you are, visiting Exeter, arguably the capital of Devon, and its raining – not just raining, but really wet.  If its just you and possibly other adults, I’d suggest  hanging out in one of the pubs in town. If you’ve got small children with you, then its a different matter.

Heres the Dads Sofa list of where to go in Exeter, when its raining.

The Twisted OakThe Twisted Oak

The Twisted Oak pub, can be found in Ide, just by Exeter. The Twisted Oak is a combination of a pub, restaurant, tuck shop, and a indoor play area. We have a lot more about this playful pub here.

Café Connect at Riverside Church

Spacious cafe with nice food, good tea, and a box of toys. There is also good disabled access if needed. It found by the river, between the city centre, and St Thomas.

The Welcome Inn

Wonder down the quay – keep to the right hand side, and you’ll come across The Welcome Inn. Serving tea, cake, and a very warm welcome. It looks like The Welcome Inn will be closing soon, so make sure you can check it out when you can! (EDIT – Have received the below tweet 🙂 )

 

Stormtrooper-Lego2Thomas Moore

Because who doesn’t love a Toy Shop? That has lego and train play tables? It has loads of Legos, and this guy…

Work out the route from the City Centre down to the river, and you’ll find it.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Exeter’s, Royal Albert Memorial Museum is found in the town centre, minutes away from the High Street. There are many things to do, walk through / around, eat, and look at.

Its not open on Mondays or Banks Holidays, but feels like its open the rest of the time. Its free entry, and a great rainy day activity.

Just don’t bring in helium balloons. The staff get nervous.

Exeter Cathedral.

The Cathedral in Exeter is quite simply gorgeous.  While adults are charged, children can visit the cathedral for free, and use one of the “Explorer Backpacks” to explore the cathedral for themselves*! You can also help build a Lego Exeter Cathedral.

If you live within EX1 – 4 areas of Exeter / Devon, ask about their Resident Cards for free access. (Just remember to donate!) Theres also loads of events on, check out their website for more information.

Soft Play!

If you’re feeling brave, you could let yourself be dragged to one of the Soft Play centres in or near Exeter.  You could try…

Bear Feet

Riverside

Waie Inn (If you can get out there – give this a go!)

 

That’s a few ideas.

Are there any rainy day places to go in Exeter, that I’ve missed out, and should be included?

*Parental supervision is probably expected.

 

 

#MySundayPhoto – More Rhino Hunting in Exeter

We spent yesterday morning searching for Rhinos around Exeter.

Quick tip we learnt from yesterday, go to the Museum first before the “Rhino Shop” in the Harlequins Shopping Centre. The staff in the museum seemed to be a little “on edge” at the sight of a helium balloon, which we got given at the Rhino shop. If you go Rhino hunting around there, probably best to go to Museum first, and avoid the staff having a nervous breakdown.

Check out greatbigrhinos.org.uk for information about why Rhinos are popping up around Exeter and South Devon.

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#MySundayPhoto – Rhino Hunting in Devon

The plan was to check out the Westcountry BrickShow, then go find a Rhino or two… Well the two hour queue for the Lego show put us off going, so instead we decided to start hunting Rhinos instead.

The “Great Big Rhino Project”, is a trail of rhinos to go and discover around Exeter, and South Devon.

Our Little One loved finding, hugging and occasionally licking the rhinos we found. Yeah… The licking thing is weird…

We found this a great way to explore around Exeter with the Little One, she particularly enjoyed the underground passages centre. (There’s one down there by the way!)

Armed with a map of Rhino locations, it’s a little bit like PokemonGo, except instead of Pokemon and flat phone batteries, you’re finding Rhinos… And it’s easier to do this in groups without all of you having smart phones.

Check out greatbigrhinos.org.uk for information about why Rhinos are popping up around Exeter and South Devon.

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#MySundayPhoto – Memories of The Somme

Taken during the Shrouds of the Somme art exhibition in Exeter. It was to remember each one of the 19240 Allied servicemen who fell on the first day of the Battle of the Somme 1 July 1916.

Seeing all the “bodies” lined up was a fantastic use of art to really hammer the human cost of that battle home.

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