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Things to do in Devon in February half term 2022

Things to do in Devon in February half term 2022

I don’t know about you but the first school term of the year seems to drag by. Thank goodness for an opportunity to reenergerise on the horizon. So, what’s on in Devon? Here’s some ideas for things to do in Devon in February half term 2022 as well as other activities and events to enjoy throughout the month.

Please note: the February half term holidays for schools in Devon happen in the week beginning 21 February 2022. Some attractions may focus their events and activities around this week.

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What’s on in February 2022

Here’s some events and activities to check out in Devon this February:

Museum of the Moon at Exeter Cathedral

Museum of the Moon at Bath Abbey
Photo credit: Globalmouse Travels – Bath Abbey

Take your kids on a trip to the moon this February! Artist Luke Jerram’s touring artwork, ‘Museum of the Moon’ is landing at Exeter Cathedral this month after visiting cathedrals and abbeys across the country.

Measuring seven metres in diameter, the replica of the moon features high resolution NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.

The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.

Tickets cost £5 for adults and children can visit for free. Book in advance.

Find out more about Museum of the Moon at Exeter Cathedral.

Immersive family shows at Market Hall

Sea Monsters show projected on immersive dome at Market Hall in Plymouth
Sea Monsters

Enter the immersive dome at Market Hall in Devonport for a series of family-friendly 360 degree shows this month.

The dome here is the largest in Europe and gives visitors a full-scale virtual reality experience without having to don a headset.

This month you can book tickets for:

  • Legend of the Enchanted Reef – an animated film for the whole family raising awareness about marine conservation – on until 20 February 2022.
  • Sea Monsters – travel back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the seas and meet Dolly – a curious and adventurous dolichorhynchops – on until 19 February 2022.
  • Immerse Yourself: Outer Space – an out of this world short immersive 360 tour of the International Space Station is narrated by British Astronaut Tim Peake – on until 20 February 2022.

Market Hall has introduced a flexible payment system where you can ‘pay as you feel’ making its events accessible to all.

Find out more about what’s on at Market Hall.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at Seaton Tramway

This world-renowned exhibition on loan from the Natural History Museum in London will be on show at Seaton Tramway from 11 February to 8 April.

It features exceptional images capturing fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species and the breathtaking diversity of the natural world.

Tickets cost £5 for adults and under 16s can visit for free. Get 20% off your tram ride tickets with buy a joint Exhibition and Explorer ticket. Trams will be running from 19 to 27 February and every weekend in March.

Find out more and book tickets for Seaton Tramway in East Devon.

Super Trumps Trail at The Donkey Sanctuary

Donkey at the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth
Image credit: The Donkey Sanctuary

Head to The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth this February half term and find out which adoption donkey has the loudest bray, the longest ears, or who is the most playful.

The Adoption Donkey Top Trumps Trail takes you around the sanctuary to find the giant Top Trumps cards and discover which adoption donkey comes out on top in each round. This exciting family activity is a great way to explore the sanctuary, combining fun, exercise and brainpower.   

The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth is open seven days a week, from 9am to 4.30pm. Entry to the sanctuary is free, as is parking, and dogs on leads are welcome.  

The Adoption Donkey Top Trumps Trail runs until 31 March. Each trail costs £5.00 and includes a prize on completion.   

Find out more on the Donkey Sanctuary website

Snowdrop Festival at The Garden House

Close up of a snowdrops in a sunny day.

Visit The Garden House near Yelverton for its first joyful seasonal event of the year – its Snowdrop Festival every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 14 to 27 February 2022.

There will be more than 350 varieties of snowdrops to spot making it one of the most diverse collections of named and naturalised snowdrops in the UK.

Find out more about visiting The Garden House.

New Superworm Trail at Haldon Forest Park

Girl wearing forest mask peeking around Superwork Trail sign

If your children loved watching Superworm at Christmas they’ll be excited to know there’s a new Superworm Trail at Haldon Forest Park near Exeter.

Follow this woodland heroes themed activity trail around the 1.5 mile Discovery Trail walk. 

Find out more about the Superworm Trail at Haldon Forest.

Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters exhibition at The Box

Art work in the Songlines exhibition

This vibrant exhibition includes more than 300 paintings and objects by over 100 different artists telling ancient stories from the world’s oldest continuing culture.

It is on tour from the National Museum of Australia.

Entry to the exhibition is free for Plymouth residents. Other visitors pay £10 for adults. All under 18s can visit for free. Book in advance.

You can also explore the rest of The Box for free.

The Box, Plymouth, exhibition on Tuesday to Sunday until 27 February 2022.

What’s on in February half term in Devon?

Here’s some Devon events to add to your school holiday plans:

Lambing at The Big Sheep

Lambs come running in their grass field on a sunny day.

It’s lambing time at The Big Sheep near Bideford this February half term. Visit North Devon’s baaa-rilliant farm-themed adventure park to meet the season’s newest animals and well as enjoying indoor and outdoor play.

Find out more about what’s on and what’s open at The Big Sheep this half term.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff at Palace Theatre Paignton

Promotional poster for Three Billy Goats Gruff
Image credit: Palace Theatre, Paignton

Hold on to your horns and join the billy goats on their adventure as they bravely cross the rickety bridge to greener pastures. But who will they meet along the way as they trip trap over the bridge?

With songs and dances to clap along to, this family fun interactive show is the perfect half-term treat for little ones and the big kids that bring them!

The Three Billy Goats Gruff is on at the Palace Theatre in Paignton on Wednesday 23 February, 2022.

Find out more and book tickets on the Palace Theatre website.

Decorate your own mammoth at Kents Cavern

Children playing with sand filled excavation boxes

Visit Kents Cavern for plenty of pre-historic fun this February half term.

The exhibition area is open for youngsters to handle replica Stone Age tools, weapons and bones, as well as making their own craft mammoth.

You can also tour the caves, build a shelter in the woods and go on a hunt for pre-historic animals on the Palaeo Trail.

Find out more about visiting Kents Cavern this half term.

Family Art in Nature event at Shapham Estate

Spend an inspiring morning in the beautiful, natural surroundings of the Sharpham Estate’s woods and meadows creating art with foraged materials.

The Estate’s resident outdoors educator Brigit-Anna McNeill will help you make your masterpiece while exploring the land, including the areas that are being rewilded.

Thanks to National Lottery Funding there are free places for children and subsidised places for adults on a low income.

This event takes place on 25 February and most be booked in advance.

Find out more and book a place for your family.

Superstars of Wrestling Show at Crealy Adventure Park

The Crealy Arena will host a team of professional wrestlers direct from the USA this half term. Entrance to this family-friendly entertainment show is included in the price of your ticket for the theme park during the school holiday.

Find out more about visiting Crealy. Please note some rides like the water coasters will not be running.

Crealy Adventure Park, near Exeter, 19 to 27 February 2022.

African drumming workshops at RAMM in Exeter

As part of a series of events celebrating African culture drumming workshops are being held at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter.

There will be six workshops across two days costing £5 per person. Book in advance.

RAMM, Exeter, 22 and 23 February 2022.

The Story Tram at Seaton Tramway in East Devon

This magical tram ride complete with tall tales returns to Seaton Tramway this half term. This month, take ride from Seaton to Colyton and hear about all your children’s favourite characters.

The Story Tram s designed to inspire big imaginations with themed stories and action songs along the way. Stories are brought to life by puppets and props, and through fun games and activities on arrival at Colyton.

Book early as places are limited.

Seaton Tramway, Seaton, East Devon, Friday 25 February 2022.

Half term activities at Torquay Museum

There’s a host of family-friendly activities happening at Torquay Museum this school holiday.

Follow the new Tiger Trail to celebrate Chinese New Year, experience The Curse of the Mummy’s Hand in the Ancient Egyptian collection and pick up an explorer pack to make the most of your visit.

Head to the museum on Thursday 24 February to see a film at 11am or 1.30pm. This is included in the price of your museum ticket.

Find out more about what’s on at Torquay Museum.

Brilliant bird events at Dartmoor Visitor Centres

Dartmoor is home to a fascinating range of birds and provides a refuge for species that are under threat elsewhere. Birds such as the cuckoo, meadow pipit, skylark and ring ouzel can be seen and heard at different times of the year.

In celebration of our feathered friends, the three National Park Visitor Centres are hosting a  ‘brilliant birds’ half term week. These free events are ideal for all the family and bird-watchers of all abilities.

Find out more about what’s on.

Looking ahead to next month? Here’s what’s on in Devon in March.

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Which Devon attractions are open in February?

Opening times for Devon attractions tend to vary in the off season but you can still find some that will welcome you all week through!

Here’s the options:

Visit a Devon Zoo in February

Gorilla in leafy enclosure with climbing frame

Zoos are open and welcome visitors all year round.

Here’s the Devon zoos and farm parks open in February 2022:

  • Paignton Zoo in Paignton, South Devon – open every day
  • Dartmoor Zoo in Sparkwell, South Devon – open Friday to Monday and half term.
  • Exmoor Zoo in Barnstaple, North Devon – open every day
  • Wildwood Escot in Ottery St Mary, East Devon – open every day
  • Shaldon Zoo near Teignmouth, South Devon – open every day
  • Woolly Animals Farm Park near Winkleigh, North Devon – open weekends in February
  • Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh, South Devon – open from 19 February 2022. Book in advance.

Visit a Devon theme park

Here are the theme parks that are open this month. They have indoor and outdoor attractions including soft play.

  • The Milky Way near Bideford – check website for open days in February and half term. Book in advance
  • The Big Sheep near Bideford – check website for open days in February and half term. Book in advance.
  • Crealy Theme Park near Exeter – open weekends and half term in February. Book online.
  • Woodlands Family Adventure Park near Dartmouth – open weekends and half term in February. Book online for special prices.

Outdoor attractions to visit in February

Donkey at the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth -a place to visit in East Devon
Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth

Get some fresh air at these outdoor attractions in Devon throughout February:

National Trust places open in February

Many National Trust properties in Devon take a break at the start of the year, but here’s some that are open this winter:

  • Parke near Bovey Tracey – grounds open for walks daily
  • Knightshayes near Tiverton, Mid-Devon – gardens open daily. House open weekends and school holidays until 28 February 2022.
  • Buckland Abbey near Plymouth – gardens open weekends in February. Abbey and gardens open from 19 February.
  • Coleton Fishacre near Brixham – open weekends from 8 January. No need to book
  • Saltram near Plymouth – gardens and ground open every day. House open Thursday to Monday from 19 February 2022.
  • Greenway near Brixham – open from 19 February 2022.

Historic places open in February

Here’s some more historic Devon places you can visit in February:

Indoor attractions open in February

Gerald the giraffe at RAMM in Exeter
RAMM in Exeter

Here are some of the indoor attractions you can visit during the week in February:

Also check out my guide to things to do on rainy days in Devon for cinemas, climbing centres, soft play, pottery painting and bowling.

Outdoor places to go in February

Of course there are lots more outdoor places in Devon that you can visit over the winter months.

Devon beaches

Child walking on sand at Bantham Beach overlooking Burgh Island
Bantham Beach

Here’s some of our favourite beaches on the south coast of Devon and the best beaches in North Devon.

Adventure playgrounds

There are lots of adventure playgrounds around Devon that you can visit for free.

Devon cycle trails

Family riding Tamar Trail

Make the most of those new bikes your kids got at Christmas and visit a Devon cycle trail.

Here’s where you’ll find them:

Walk the coast path

Castle Cove in Dartmouth
Castle Cove on a wet winters day

If you can access the South West Coast Path from home it’s a great place for kids to let off steam and spot nature.

Here are some of our favourite coast walks in Devon:

To help you plan your February half term, why not check this out:

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Find more great places to visit in my guide to things to do in Devon in Spring. Planning ahead? Here’s what’s on in Devon in March.

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