Looking for a day out that is super fun for tots to teens? As long as you’re up for getting a bit mucky, the The Bear Trail in Devon is one to check out.
We first visited The Bear Trail near Cullompton five years ago when it opened. So it was great to return and see what’s been added to this family-friendly assault course, where getting muddy is essential.
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What is The Bear Trail?
It’s a family obstacle course with 30 activities including mud slides, rope bridges, zip wires, scrambling nets and tunnels set across a 10-acre site.
The mud slide was a particular hit with my kids, who went round again and again.
Even on a hot day like the one when we visited, the course is watered down so there will always be mud.
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What age is this family assault course best for?
The Bear Trail is awesome for primary schoolers right through to teens. Adults who enjoy a physical challenge will love it too. My husband and I had a blast!
Back when we visited in 2016 my kids were three and one, which I would say is maybe a bit young to make the most of it. They still had fun but got more out of it this time when they were six and eight.
The course is in a field but you could navigate it with a robust pushchair .
As well as the family assault course, you can also book into Bear Town, which is an imaginative role play centre here. This is set up fo pre-schoolers.
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Handy things to know in 2021
Sessions must be booked in advance
You can book 10am to 1pm or 2pm until 5pm Wednesday to Sunday over the summer
The site is cleaned in between sessions
Masks are recommended in the barn and other indoor spaces
Come prepared to get muddy! Old clothes are advisable.
In 2022 The Bear Trail opened a shower block with hot water and changing rooms. There are also toilets.
Food at The Bear Trail
You can pick up reasonably priced got and cold food like wraps and pizzas from the Bear cave Cafe. Or you can bring your own picnic.
There are picnic tables outdoors and indoors in the barn.
Our top tips for visiting
- Bring plenty of water, sun hats and sun cream – the course is all out in the open
- Bring a bin liner to take your muddy clothes home in
- The obstacles near the entrance are the busiest when the session starts, so fast forward to the back of the course. We found the course became much quieter half way through the three hour session.
Are dogs allowed?
Yes, your dog is allowed to come with you to The Bear Trail but must be kept on a lead.
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How much is The Bear Trail?
In the summer of 2021, the prices are £8.75 for bears over 1 meter, £5.75 for bears under 1 meter. Under twos go free.
Find the latest booking information and prices on the website.
Where is The Bear Trail in Devon?
Cullompton, Mid-Devon, EX15 1RZ
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Disclosure: we were invited for a session at The Bear Trail in exchange for coverage on Devon with Kids.
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