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Things to do in Devon in January 2022

Things to do in Devon in January 2022

Let me help you banish those winter blues with this list of things to do in Devon in January 2022.

When we moved to Devon at the bitter end of December 2015 I felt thoroughly unprepared for starting our West Country life in the ‘off season’. Our previous visits to the area where in summer when Devon buzzes with activity. 

January in Devon felt like a very different beast. 

Since then we’ve learnt a lot more about what to do in Devon in the winter. This post brings together my top tips for things to do in January – the quietest month in Devon’s events calendar.

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What’s on in Devon this January?

January is quite often light on events, but some do roll over from Christmas and there is the odd gem without a festive theme.

Here’s some of the exciting events I’ve spotted happening in Devon in January 2022:

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.

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 opening at Haldon Forest Park near Exeter this weekend.

From Saturday 15 January 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.

Cars & Caffeine at Greendale Farm

Landroid and Brookwells are hosting their second Cars & Caffeine event at Greendale Farm Shop this January.

Visit this free event to see re-imagined classics, unique projects or classic vehicles, or even bring your own.

Of course Greendale Cafe will be supplying coffee and food to go with it.

This event will take place at Greendale Farm Shop located on Sidmouth Road from 10am.

Greendale Farm Shop, near Farringdon, Exeter, 29 January 2022

Dinosaur Adventure Show at Seaton Tramway, East Devon

This indoor arena extravaganza will be fun-filled and full of music, lights, and amazing dinosaurs with an educational twist. It features amazing large walking costumes including King of the dinosaurs the T.rex!

You’ll be able to walk around with the dinos and meet their babies. giant walking dinosaurs! The perfect family experience. 

Book tickets online in advance.

Seaton Tramway, Seaton, East Devon, 29 January 2022.

If you know of an event I can add to this guide please get in touch. It’s free to be listed!

Which Devon attractions are open in January?

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 January

Otter family at Wildwood Escot

Zoos are open and welcome visitors all year round.

Here’s the Devon zoos open in January 2022:

  • Paignton Zoo in Paignton, South Devon – open every day. NB Paignton Zoo will be closed to visitors on 6 and 7 January 2022 and again from Monday 10 until Friday 21 January 2022 for essential maintenance.
  • Dartmoor Zoo in Sparkwell, South Devon – open Friday to Monday and school holidays
  • Exmoor Zoo in Barnstaple, North Devon – open every day
  • Wildwood Escot in Ottery St Mary, East Devon – open every day. Book in advance
  • Shaldon Zoo near Teignmouth, South Devon – open every day.

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 – open weekends only. Book in advance
  • The Big Sheep near Bideford – open Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 3 January 2022. Book in advance.
  • Crealy Theme Park near Exeter – open weekends only from 8 January 2022. Book online for special prices
  • Woodlands Family Adventure Park near Dartmouth – open weekends only. Book online for special prices

Outdoor attractions to visit in January 2022

Countryside scene at Babbacombe Model Village
Babbacombe Model Village

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

National Trust places open in January 2022

Many National Trust properties in Devon take a break in January, but here’s some that are open this winter:

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

Please check places are open before you travel. Some have to close at short notice due to adverse weather.

Indoor attractions open in January 2022

19th Century Royal Navy figureheads hanging in the entrance to The Box
Figureheads at The Box, Plymouth

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

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 January

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:

South West Coast Path

There’s so many coast walks to enjoy in Devon. Check out the Flip Flops or Wellies blog for plenty of walks in East Devon.

We have recently done the following walks in South Devon:

Thinking ahead to February? Here’s some suggestions for things to do in Devon in February half term and places to visit in the Spring.

What’s your favourite things to do in Devon in January? Do you know of an activity or attraction not on this list? Drop me a line or comment below.

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