Places to visit in Devon in July 2020
July is a blooming great month to get out to Devon family attractions, beaches and country walks. However, this July is going to be a bit different with social distancing still very much on everyone’s mind. This post rounds up some places to visit in Devon in July 2020 that you can enjoy as a family while following the latest Government guidance.
If you’re looking for the most up-to-date list of Devon attractions that have reopened then I’m adding to this daily.
Which Devon attractions are open in July?
Devon is packed full of great days out with kids. However, under current circumstances not all have been able to reopen.
Below is a list of the Devon attractions that are open in July 2020. All have put in place measures to help them and visitors stick to Government guidance.
Please be aware that some may require booking in advance. I have indicated where this is the case. Please check the latest information about each of these Devon attractions by visiting their websites before you travel.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
Devon theme parks open in July
Devon theme parks are one of our top things to do in Devon, but some will sadly remain closed in July 2020. Here’s the latest news on which Devon theme parks will open this month:
- Crealy Theme Park and Resort – reopening 6 July | book tickets in advance
- Woodlands Family Theme Park – reopening 6 July | book tickets in advance
- Diggerland Devon – reopening 11 July | book tickets in advance
- The Milky Way – reopening 11 July | book tickets in advance
- The Big Sheep – reopening 7 July | book tickets in advance
Read about our visit to Woodlands Family Theme Park post-lockdown.
Zoos and farm parks
Devon zoos were among the first days out to reopen following the relaxing of lockdown and some already have. Others are planning on reopening in July and have booking systems in place.
- Wildwood Escot – open now | booking required
- Totnes Rare Breeds Farm – open now | no booking required
- Paignton Zoo – reopening 8 July | booking is required and is now possible via the zoo’s website
- Exmoor Zoo – reopening 5 July | booking is required and is now possible via the zoo’s website
- Dartmoor Zoo – reopening 8 July | booking required and is now possible via the zoo’s website
- Pennywell Farm – 4 July | booking required and is now possible via the farm’s website
- Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park – 11 July | booking required and is now possible via the zoo’s website
- World of Country Life – 13 July | tickets can be booked online
- Dartmoor Miniature Pony Centre – 10 July | booking required and is now possible via the centre’s website.
Read about our visit to Totnes Rare Breeds Farm post-lockdown.
Outdoor places to visit in Devon
There are lots of open air attractions in Devon where your kids can run off steam this July. Some are already open and others have set dates to welcome back visitors with social distancing measures in place:
- Bicton Park – open now | booking required
- Devon sculpture park – open now | booking required
- RHS Rosemoor – open now | booking required
- Powderham Castle grounds – open now | buying tickets in advance advised
- The Bear Trail – open now | booking required
- Canonteign Falls – open now
- River Dart Country Park – open now
- Babbacombe Model Village – open now
- Hartland Abbey grounds – open now
- Becky Falls – open now
- Clovelly Village – open now
- Go Ape Haldon Forest – open now | booking required
- English Riviera Wheel – reopening 11 July
Other Devon attractions and activities
- Stuart Line Cruises – restarting 4 July | booking is required
- National Marine Aquarium – reopening 6 July | booking required
- Kents Cavern – reopening 11 July | booking is required
- The Golden Hind – reopening 4 July | online booking recommended
- Morwellham Quay – reopening late July TBC
- Bygones – reopening 11 July | online booking required
Devon steam trains and trams
A ride on a vintage railway is always a fun day out for families. Expect things to be a little different this year as social distancing and face masks will be required.
Here’s the Devon steam trains that have announced they are running in July 2020:
- Dartmouth Steam Railway – reopening 7 July | booking is required
- Seaton Tramway – reopening 4 July | booking is required
- Babbacombe Cliff Railway – open now
- Devon Railway Centre – reopening 15 July
- Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway – reopening 18 July
Visit a beach
You can’t visit Devon with kids and not go to the seaside. However, while Devon beaches are open for business, things are inevitably a bit different at the moment. Check whether car parks, toilet and cafe facilities are open before you travel.
Devon walks with kids
Who’s up for some fresh air? Countryside and coast walks abound in Devon making lots of socially distanced days out possible in July.
Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks have plenty of routes where you can get away from the crowds and enjoy a quiet ramble. Be aware that Dartmoor Visitor Centres do not reopen until 25 July.
Devon country parks also offer level paths for walking and cycling with kids. Car parks and some facilities are open to visitors too:
- Stover Country Park – open now | toilets closed
- Haldon Forest Park – open now | toilets open | takeaway cafe | bike hire open
- Cockington Country Park – open now | toilets closed
National Trust in Devon
The National Trust has several properties in Devon and has reopened some grounds and gardens to visitors. Saltram House, Killerton, Buckland Abbey, Greenway, Castle Drogo and Cotehele are all partially open.
National Trust car parks on the Devon coast have also reopened where possible.
Find out what’s open and how to book entry to properties in advance by visiting the National Trust website.
What do you enjoy doing in Devon in the summer? Is there something I’ve missed from this list of places to visit in Devon in July?
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