Free and Cheap Things To Do With Kids This Summer Around Exeter, Devon

With Summer about to hit, its good to get the kids out and about. If for no other reason – they seem to have so much energy that they need to burn. As we were wondering around Exeter the other day, we decided to come up with our mini list of things to do with kids around Exeter this Summer.

Orange Elephant

Orange Elephant is one of those hidden gems, that is easy to talk about, but needs a certain amount of want to actually get there.

Its worth the trip for the ice cream, play equipment, the butchers, farm animals, and ice cream. Found within the Haldon Valley, this all looks beautiful on a nice day. You need to be a member to access some of this, but that only costs a family £10 for the season. Oh and yes, the ice cream is good enough to mention twice.

(The Maize Maze is also worth getting lost in, if you’re there at the right time of year)

The Orange Elephant Website.


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.

Exeter Cathedral.

 Or more accurately, the Cathedral Green. The Green around Exeter Cathedral is large enough that you can just let a toddler run, while you work on luring your toddler back with ice cream from one of the near by shops. The Cathedral Green is a hub of all that is a good about the south west. Want to let your kid run? Do it. Fancy a Pasty for lunch, there’s a few places nearby that sell them – and cakes for dessert. Fancy good food? Well you have Michael Caines @adobe. Thirsty? Well check out the Well House…

Whilst its not particularly cheap, if you can find the money for the entrance fee, try and have a nose around 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 over the summer months, check out their website for more information.

The Quay / The Canal

 Do you like walks along a lovely river, leading in to a canal? Do you like pubs that come with a great taste of Devon? Do you like food? Like History? Like cycling? Kayaking? Are you a fan of cream teas?

If yes to any of the above, then take a wonder around the Quay.

Saddles and Paddles – Bike / Kayak Hire.


If The Quay feels a little far, try taking a wonder around one of the many parks dotted around Exeter. Or (if you can get there), Haldon Forest is great for a wonder around. (Or any of the other random activities they have).


The Twisted Oak

We went to The Twisted Oak back when it opened, and we kinda liked it. Here’s our thoughts at the time.

I can imagine a trip there being as pricey or as cheap as you want it to be.

Exeter Central Library.

A great place to hide during one of those wetter days. The Central library in Exeter has a Childrens section with loads of books, blocks, and a great big rocking horse to climb on. Theres a nice size cafe, with entrance to the gardens behind. The thing to look out for is that to get to the childrens section, you have to walk through the main library, and as its not contained, wondering toddlers are possible!

Oh and no, you dont have loads of people saying “Shhhh”

King George V Playing Fields

Quite simply this is a massive set of playing fields in the Countess Wear area, near the Swing Bridge over the River Exe. These playing fields maybe of note, if you have kids that would appreciate the “accessible and inclusive playground” that they have. See for more details.

The Blue Ball.

The Blue Ball, near the M5 motorway/Sandy gate. It’s got a climbing frame in the beer garden & lots of grass to run around on/kick a ball. Decent beer (Its part of the St Austells chain of pubs), a good looking menu, and possibly within walking distance from the Newcourt area of Exeter. 

Go Further Afield

One of the nice things about Exeter, is how it acts as a base to visit other areas of the South West.

Fancy a trip to the beach? Exmouth is only a 30 minute drive, or a cheap train ride away (Even cheaper with a Devon and Cornwall Railcard). Not a fan of the beach? It worth the trip to hunt down the battered chips. Like moorland? You have Dartmoor to your west. Fancy a trip to Cornwall? Thats only a 60 minute drive away.

Well thats my list.

For those who live in or know Exeter, are there any ideas I’ve left out that should be included? Please mention it in the comments below.

(I might leave the top list of Pubs for another day)

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