Louis Way, Dunkeswell, Honiton, Devon, EX14 4XW
Often referred to as the home of the English Riviera, Devon is awash with beaches, fossil cliffs, medieval towns and moorland national parks, many of which are easily accessible from Blossom Hill. Whether it’s sedate relaxation or action-packed adventure that you’re seeking, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful and fascinating corner of southwest England.
Nestled in Devon’s beautiful Axe Valley is this hidden gem. Enjoy a fabulous family day out and see a variety of mammals and birds. Try one of their unique Experience Packages, such as being a keeper for the day, hold a children’s birthday party at the park or visit on one of its action-packed activity days. (Distance from park: 13.6 miles)
Spanning 300 years of history, these 18th century Botanical Gardens in Devon’s Otter Valley are a must visit for anyone who loves gardens and horticulture. Providing year round enjoyment, Bicton Park is home to a countryside museum, woodlands railway, nature trail and mini golf, plus an indoor and outdoor activity centre. Enjoy lunch or a snack in the on-site restaurant and pick up a souvenir in the gardens’ gift shop. (Distance from park 18.6 miles)
Named in honour of the late English visual artist Thelma Hulbert, this award-winning public art gallery is committed to promoting our understanding of contemporary arts and crafts. Children can experiment and get creative in the designated learning room where there’s a fun activity trolley for them to play around with. The gallery space also plays host to a variety of exhibitions and special events throughout the year. (Distance from park 4.8 miles)
Located in the town of Ottery St Mary, Escot Estate is a superb attraction for lovers of nature and the great outdoors, with its woodlands paths surrounded by daffodils, bluebells and rhododendrons. Set in 220 acres of stunning private parkland, you can wander through the maze, watch birds of prey displays, and enjoy seeing peacocks and guinea fowl roaming free. There’s also a Saxon village, woodland play areas and indoor play barn. Enjoy a delicious lunch or snack at the Coach House Restaurant to complete a great day out. (Distance from park: 8.7 miles)
Part of a registered charity working around the world to protect donkeys, this site in the town of Sidmouth offers visitors the chance to meet local donkeys as well as enjoy beautiful coastal walks. You can even make a new friend for life by adopting a donkey for a small amount of money a month that will go towards its welfare. The sanctuary is open 365 days a year and admission and parking are free. (Distance from park: 13.6 miles)
Discover this 600-year-old fortified manor house that lies in a beautiful deer park in Exeter. Marvel at the Georgian grand staircase, 18th-century music room and the original Victorian kitchen. Walk around the walled garden, visit the pets’ corner and jump aboard a tractor trailer ride through the deer park. Children will enjoy following one of the fantastic nature trails or playing in the fort.
(Distance from park: 27 miles)
Take part in a Segway safari on and off road through woodlands and beautiful countryside. Segway Smiles at Ottery St Mary also provides various activities from paintball, clay shooting and laser tag plus an on-site café.
(Distance from the park 11.3 miles)
Discover many scenic walking, cycling and horse riding trails in this officially designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where rare plant and insects flourish. This is an unspoilt area full of places to explore, including quaint villages and farmhouses. There are also plenty of atmospheric village pubs with roaring fires where you can refresh with a pint of local ale or enjoy a bite to eat. (Distance from park: 9.1 miles)
Situated in the heart of the beautiful Blackdown Hills, this renowned aerodrome will excite adventurous types can who can opt for flying lessons in a glider, or even a skydive for the real adrenaline junkies, while those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground can sit and watch from the café. (Distance from park: 1.3 miles)
One of the most picturesque villages on East Devon’s Jurassic Coastline, Branscombe is certainly worth a visit, given its proximity, for anyone staying at Blossom Hill. The village sweeps down along a spectacular valley, past colourful cottages all the way to the sea. There are rows of pretty thatched cottages with hanging baskets and climbing roses and a charming dovery. Branscombe also has a number of historical, but still working buildings, including the only thatched working forge in England. (Distance from park: 1.3 miles)
A lively market town, Honiton is regarded as the antiques capital of the southwest, with a diverse choice of collectable pieces on sale in a plethora of antique shops. The town is also famous for its production of lace and pottery, while day-trippers may wish to venture into the countryside around Honiton which boasts many beauty spots. (Distance from park: 5.4 miles)