Top 10: Things to do in the South West this February Half Term

If you’re exchanging the hustle and bustle of everyday life for a break in the South West this February half term, you’ll find there are plenty of things to see and do, whatever the weather!

Simple pleasures are easy to come by in this picturesque part of the world. Stroll along a blustery beach to watch wintry waves crashing against the shoreline, take a bracing hike on windswept cliffs with jaw-dropping views, or drop into a friendly pub for a hearty meal of local produce served beside a roaring log fire. The beautiful scenery, friendly people, laid-back pace, and exceptional food and drink will have you un-wound in no time.

If you have a family to entertain during half term week, the South West is blessed with a huge variety of attractions and activities to keep children of all ages (and their parents!) happy.

Here’s our pick of the top 10 things to do in the South West this February Half term…

  1. Art Activities, Ceramic Painting

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    Pottery Shop and Milkshake Bar, Honiton, EX14 1PU
    Paper Bird Island, Salcombe, TQ8 8DP
    Art Café, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1PG
    PaintapotBraunton, EX33 2JL,
    Clay Art, Plymouth, PL1 2LA

  2. Indoor Climbing

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    Clip ‘n Climb, Exeter, EX2 8AX
    Dart Rock, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0NF
    Rock & Rapid, South Molton, EX36 3NA

  3. Indoor Soft Play

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    The Playdome, Honiton, EX14 1DB
    Bumble, Kingsbridge TQ7 1AB
    Funder Zone, Barnstaple EX32 8RY,
    KidzWorld, Saint Austell PL25 3RP,

  4. Underground Passages/Caves

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    Exeter’s Underground Passages, Exeter, EX1 1GA
    Kent’s Cavern Prehistoric Caves, Torquay, TQ1 2JF
    Carnglaze Caverns, Liskeard, PL14 6HQ

  5. Stately Homes & Gardens

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    Powderham Castle, Exeter EX6 8JQ
    Greenway NT, near Brixham TQ5 0ES
    Coleton Fishacre NT, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ
    Overbecks NT, Salcombe TQ8 8LW
    Saltram NT,  Plymouth PL7 1UH
    Pendennis Castle, Falmouth TR11 4LP

  6. Museums & Biomes

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    Lyme Regis Museum, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA
    Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Charmouth, DT6 6LL
    Wheal Martyn, St Austell, PL26 8XG
    National Maritime Museum, Falmouth,  TR11 3QY
    Eden Project, Bodelva, PL24 2SG

  7. Adventure Parks

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    Devon’s Crealy, Exeter, EX5 1DR
    Woodlands, Dartmouth, TQ9 7DQ

  8. Scenic Railways

    Dartmouth steam railway
    Dartmouth steam railway

    Seaton Tramway, Seaton, EX12 2NQ
    Dart Steam Railway & River Boat, Dartmouth, TQ6 0AA
    South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DZ
    Lappa Valley Steam Railway, Newquay TR8 5LX

  9. Animal Sanctuaries & Farm Parks

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    Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, EX10 0NU
    Butterflies & Otter Sanctuary, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DZ
    The Monkey Sanctuary, Looe PL13 1NZ
    Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek TR12 6UG
    Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0LT
    Dairyland Farm World, Newquay TR8 5AA,

  10. Aquariums and Zoos

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    Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium, Lyme Regis DT7 3JJ Living Coasts, Torquay, TQ1 2BG
    National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth PL4 0LF Dartmoor Zoo, Plymouth, PL7 5DG
    Paignton Zoo, Paignton TQ4 7EU
    Newquay Zoo, Newquay TR7 2NL

The only downside is that a week isn’t long enough to squeeze everything in! Be sure to come back soon to enjoy more West Country delights…