Half-Term Muddy Guide
Another half-term has snuck up on us, hasn't it? Make it tantrum-free with the Muddy Guide!
Family Butterfly Trail, Heddon Valley, Sat 27 May – Sun 4 June
Make the most of this glorious weather we’ve been having (I’ve gone and jinxed it, haven’t I?) and make sure you pay a visit to Heddon Valley in half term. This beautiful spot on the north Devon coast is home to hundreds of species of butterfly, including some of the rarest in Britain. So of course, in celebration of this fact, the clever National Trust has put together a trail, suitable for all ages, abilities and dogs, that’ll lead you straight down to the beach. Lovely!
10.30am – 3.30pm, nationaltrust.org.uk
River Cottage Spring Food Fair, Axminster, Sat 27 – Mon 29 May
According to River Cottage, spring is one of the best seasons and, to celebrate it, they want you to pull on your wellies, round up the famalam and come join them on the farm for a weekend of cooking, growing, chilling and eating. Head chef Gill Mellor will lead the stage of chefs masterclasses, there will be a farmhouse feast and cocktails under canvas (which has my name all over it), plus loads of children’s entertainment. One not to miss.
10am – 6pm, tickets £17.50 for adults. rivercottage.net
Branscombe Beach Fun, Sun 28 May
A summer of family beach fun kicks off today on the Jurassic Coast, from rock pooling, mini raft-building and wild art, you’ll find friendly Beach Welcomers on hand to entertain and educate the smalls while you (hopefully) top up on the Vit D. (I can feel the hate mail making its way to me, as I jinx things, again).
1pm – 3pm, nationaltrust.org.uk
Circus Fun at Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh, Sat 27 – Sun 28 May
If the world’s cutest micro pigs aren’t enough to tempt you, then this weekend’s circus themed extravaganza might tip you over the edge. Look out for circus skills workshops and performances from Spangles the clown. And worth knowing too, that if you visit on Weds 31st, it’s Superhero Wednesday, meaning all children dressed in their favourite superhero costume will get free admission. Win-win situation, don’t you think?
The Dinosaur Birthday Celebration Week. Torquay, Sat 27 May – Sun 4 June
It’s seven years since Torquay’s Dinosaur World opened and the critters are in the mood to celebrate. Get yourself along during Half Term week and join in the fun, from birthday card competitions, to a fun birthday quiz. As a nice little carrot to dangle, there will be presents for the small visitors, too. Always good to have some indoors fun on the itinerary, isn’t it?
Pirates and Mermaids at Powderham Castle, Sun 28 – Fri 2 June
The deers in the deer park are probably wondering what on earth’s going on, because Powderham is going all nautical this half-term! Dress the kids up and join Captain Jack and his crew to see if they have managed to capture a mermaid. Roam the grounds, follow a trail, or solve a quest. Fun for all, but best for kids aged between 5 – 11 years.
Alice in Wonderland, Kents Cavern, Torquay, Mon 29 May – Fri 2 June
Underground, at Kents Cavern, the Unesco recognised geopark, things have turned magical. All week, there will be special performances in the prehistoric caves by Butterfly Theatre of their adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, Alice in Wonderland. With two evening performances a day, it’s the perfect end to an adventure exploring the fossil trail on this amazeballs site.
Adults £15, children £12, suitable for ages 8+ kents-cavern.co.uk
Half Term Holiday Club at Wembury Beach, Tues 30 May – Fri 2 June
The Devon Wildlife Trusts education team are laying on a week of wildlife exploration for 7-10 year-olds based at Wembury Marine Centre. Each day, there will be different activities, all focused on having pretty much the best outdoor space you could hope for – a beaut of a beach! Expect rock pooling, beach combing, bug hunting, den building, fire lighting and beach games. If that doesn’t wear them out, I don’t know what will.
From 8.30am – 4pm each day, £20 per day. Booking essential, devonwildlifetrust.org
National Go Canoeing Week, SeaSports South West, Teignmouth 27 May – 4 June
This half term coincides with National Go Canoeing Week (who even knew?!) and so this is the time to er, go canoeing. Head to Teignmouth for a week packed full of events, for all ages and abilities and you’ll be doing your bit for Cancer Research, too. From kayaking for kids, to stand-up paddle boarding, it’s all wet and it’s all good for you. Well, they say a belly laugh is good for the soul, don’t they?
for individual event details, prices and to book visit seasports-sw.com
Half-term workshops at Exeter Phoenix, Tues 30 May – Thurs 1 June
If you’re contending with a budding filmmaker, musical maestro or fledgling photographer, who’s desperate to unleash their creative streak this half-term, send them to the Phoenix! At this superb setting for young creatives, you’ll find a bunch of workshops on offer, all targeted at kids aged 8-17 years. From how to make an LED friendship band, to making an air piano using motion sensors (I kid you not), and creating their own photographic zine, learning how to digitally edit photo’s, this could be just the stimulation your bored teen needs!
For the full timetable and details visit exeterphoenix.org.uk