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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN DEVON, DORSET, SOMERSET AND BEYOND

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Ice cream & country views (with safe outdoor space to play) at Diamond's Tea Room, near Axminster

#axminster #lymeregis #Playarea #childfriendlycafe #tearoom #garden #views #icecream #creamtea #familyfriendly #icecreamparlour #dogfriendly Post updated June 2020: COVID-19 This lovely, hidden Devon tea room/ice cream parlour has changed hands since our visit last summer, and it's now called Diamond's Tea Room - still serving that pretty special ice cream made at the dairy farm below, along with light lunches, cakes, milkshakes and cream teas! It's currently open for takeaw

Barleymow’s Farm Shop and Café with indoor and outdoor play areas (Chard)

#familyfriendly #childfriendlycafe #indoorplay #playcafe #icecream #garden #playarea #cafe #restaurant #chard #childfriendly #babyfriendly #allweather Hands up if your baby or toddler is not one to sit up to the table for long? If that’s you, then you might like to give Barleymow’s farm shop and café on the outskirts of Chard a try, next time you need somewhere to meet for coffee, breakfast (a really good traditional English breakfast served all day), lunch or all-day snacks.

Haldon Forest Park – cycling, woodland walks and the great outdoors (plus cafe & adventure play!)

#buggyfriendlywalks #cyclepath #bikehire #bikeride #forest #woodland #wellywalk #adventureplay #childfriendlycafe #thingstodowiththekids #exeter #topsham #eastdevon I’ve just returned from a nice, relaxing autumn walk through the forest with my two kids and Grandad & Nanny D. Only kidding, of course it wasn’t relaxing, I heard the words MUMMYYY and 'I WANT A BOILED EGG/MILKSHAKE/HAM SANDWICH’ more times than I could physically count around the mile and a half circular loop an

Halloween Chocolate Workshops (23rd - 31st Oct 2019) at Aleksandra’s Chocolate Café, Bridport

[AD] #schoolholidayactivities #chocolatemaking #kidsworkshops #halftermactivities #hands-on #halloween #bridport #westdorset #eastdevon #thingstodowithkids #childfriendlycafe #chocolatecafe #kidsactivities #chocolatelovers #sweettreats #wetweather As far as half term activities go, I’d say spending the morning at a café that specialises in chocolate making edible creations out of ice cream cones, melted chocolate, marshmallows and all kind of sprinkles rates pretty highly on

The Byes riverside buggy walk/cycle path to Sidmouth beach (via the playground and Mocha Café)

#Buggywalk #buggyfriendlywalk #cyclepath #scooters #bikes #shortwalk #riverside #eastdevon #playground #sidmouth #seafront #beach #daysoutwiththekids #childfriendlycafe #walkswithkids Livvie’s at that awkward age where she can’t (or more often, won’t!) walk for any great distance, but looks like an absolute giant in the pushchair which we’ve almost retired. But not quite – sometimes you just want to get from A to B without having to give a ½ mile piggy back (cue muddy boots a

Feasting, demos and kids’ cookery at the annual Family Food Fair – The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth

#gifted #thingstodowiththekids #cookery #kidscookery #hands-on #foodie #kidscrafts #pizzamaking #donkeys #donkeysanctuary #walks #outdoorplay #childfriendlycafe #eastdevon #sidmouth Ok, I think I’m going to burst at the seams. I think it was the grand finale of the golddust-sprayed hazelnut hot chocolate and an indulgent whip around the cake tasters (best bakewell tart ever) in the Kitchen restaurant that did it. But then again it could’ve been the pizza, and fish finger gouj

The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth - meet the animals, welly walks, outdoor play & a family restaurant

#donkeys #farm #wellywalks #buggyfriendly #dogfriendly #playarea #maze #animals #southwestcoastpath #freedayout #dayoutwiththekids #familyfriendly #childfriendlycafe #freshair #eastdevon #sidmouth I feel like every family should know about The Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth, not just because it’s a charitable cause, but because it’s a great family day out with lots of scenic welly-walking opportunities (most of which are buggy-friendly), friendly donkeys to meet, a play area,

Branscombe buggy friendly walk to the beach and the Sea Shanty café

#childfriendlywalk #buggywalk #bikeride #dogfriendly #playground #dayoutwiththekids #nationaltrust #beach #branscombe #eastdevon #jurassiccoast #childfriendlycafe #tearooms #watermill #forge #streamside **NOTE - the Sea Shanty beach cafe (mentioned later in this post) will drop down to reduced opening hours from 27th October 2019 - open Saturdays & Sundays 10-4pm only - until late Spring.** I think I’ve just discovered a new favourite ‘Sunday family day out’! It’s a pleasant

Waffle, Axminster – afternoon treats with the kids and the ideal teen hangout

#waffles #icecream #milkshakes #smoothies #childfriendlycafe #familyfriendly #teens #axminster #eastdevon #coffeeshop #childfriendly #games Play Cafe Teen hangout Arcade Games Waffles, shakes, cakes & smoothies Board games Piano I’ve been salivating over the idea of taking the kids to Waffle in the centre of Axminster ever since it opened, thanks to the enticing photos the proprietors have been posting on social media of their Belgian waffles, dippy chocolatey sharing platter

Perry’s Cider Farm – a child-friendly café with orchard garden and cider-making museum nr Ilminster

#dowlishwake #ilminster #crewkerne #chard #childfriendlycafe #cafe #tearoom #cider #somerset #museum #garden #orchard #farmshop #thingstodowithkids #familyfriendly I’ve been looking forward to sharing this one as Perry’s Cider Farm is one of my favourite places to visit all year round. But particularly on warm, dry days where I can let the girls play in the orchard garden while I scoff a bacon sandwich and relax (in between games of ‘chuck the apple in the bucket' and hide &

Pottery painting (and an epic Oreo milkshake) at Honiton Pottery and Milkshake Bar

#rainydayactivity #wetweather #thingstodowithkids #honiton #eastdevon #milkshakebar #wafflehouse #childfriendlycafe Well. It’s mid-August, it’s been blowing a gale for two days running, and every time we dare to step outside the monsoon rains soak us from head to toe. I’d just pulled together a bumper ‘thing to do with kids in wet weather’ list (- give it a little read if you haven’t already!) – mainly because I realised that my summer holiday survival guide had rather a larg

Proper Pizza dinner (but they also do breakfast & lunch!) with a view at Beer Head Bistro, Beer

#childfriendlyrestaurant #childfriendlycafe #beer #jurassiccoast #seaton #sidmouth #creamtea #pizza #views #thingstodowiththekids #devon #visitdevon #visiteastdevon #hiddengem #awayfromthecrowds #eatingout #familyfriendly I’ve been wanting to visit Beer Head Bistro for ages – I caught sight of a photo of the bistro’s quite frankly ridiculously gorgeous views on Facebook and it’s been on my ‘I really want to go there’ list ever since. I’d describe this place as Beer’s best kep

Merriott Playground and The Feed Station Café, Merriott (near Crewkerne, Ilminster, Yeovil, Chard)

#Kidsplayground #playarea #playground #trampoline #zipwire #picnicspot #cyclepath #bikes #childfriendly #cafe #childfriendlycafe #merriott #crewkerne #ilminster #chard #southsomerset Well well well. I'm not the world's greatest playground fan but I may have just found another playground that I'll actually enjoy going to! And the kids loved it. I’ve just met a friend and her 9-month-old son at Merriott playing fields and as far as playgrounds go, it’s a good one – definitely o

Wildwood Escot animal park and country estate – an outdoorsy family day out near Exeter

#animalpark #woodlandwalk #adventureplay #wolves #falconry #outdoorplay #softplay #adventureplayground #childfriendlycafe #daysoutwiththekids #familydayout #honiton #exeter #wildwood #rewilding #conservation Wow. I’ve just got back from a family day trip to Wildwood Escot near Ottery St Mary, and now I’m faced with the prospect of knowing where to start in writing it up. To me it feels like a ‘lesser-known’ attraction (I guiltily admit I’ve driven past the brown signs on the

Pit stop and a play at Full of Beans Family Café, Honiton

#playcafe #childfriendlycafe #softplay #indoorplay #wetweather #thingstodowithkids #honiton #eastdevon Ahh, another day, another café, you know I love it! And when I’ve got the youngest one in tow, I especially love it when it’s a play café, the new-ish concept that’s saved many a day. Like the last time we visited Full of Beans in Honiton, which was after a spectacularly unsuccessful trip to Clarks to buy Livvie some new shoes which turned into probably the worst tantrum I h

Scooter/bike ride along Seaton seafront and coffee stop at The Hideaway café

#bikeride #cycleroute #pushchairfriendlywalk #walkwiththekids #beachtrip #thingstodowithkids #picnicspot #icecream #childfriendlycafe #everydayactivity Sometimes all we need is a bit of inspiration for something simple and 'everyday' to do with the kids, involving a bit of fresh air. This is a buggy-friendly, wheel-friendly, kid-friendly walk with a beach for stone throwing, cafe, and possible ice cream stops along the way. I nearly fell off my chair when my husband suggested

A hidden gem for the under fives (Weekdays only) – Tick Tocks Play Café, Axminster

#rainydayactivity #playcafe #childfriendlycafe #axminster #thingstodowiththekids This is one of those places that you’d probably never find if you didn’t hear about it from a fellow Mum (or Dad, Granny, Grandad, etc), because of its unassuming location on a trading estate on the outskirts of Axminster (10 minutes from Lyme Regis, 20 minutes from Bridport & Honiton, and 30mins from Crewkerne). But for those looking for a safe place to take babies, rolling/crawling tots, and p

 

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