When we first moved to Devon finding things to do in the first few months of the year was a bit of a conundrum. Many family attractions don’t open regularly until Easter, making February half term particularly tricky. But a few years on we have been getting into our Spring fun groove. Read on for our suggestions for things to do in Devon in Spring.
Got a while to stay? Here’s our BIG guide to family holidays in Devon.
What’s on in the Devon school holidays
Looking for things to do in the school holidays in Devon? Take a look at my guides to:
- what’s on over February half term
- what’s on in March
- things to do in Devon at Easter
- where to find Easter egg hunts
- and what’s on in May half term.
Go for a train ride
In South Devon, the Dartmouth Steam Railway starts running between Dartmouth and Paignton from April (just the train, not the Round Robin), as does South Devon Railway, which travels between Totnes and Buckfastleigh.
If you’d like a train themed day out, check out Pecorama at Beer in East Devon.
Visit a Devon theme park
If your kids enjoy thrill rides, massive indoor adventure play areas, slides and amusements then head to one of Devon’s theme parks over the weekends and school holidays in the Spring.
Book your tickets online and you’ll probably find you can get a discount on entry.
Hit the beach
We love a beach walk whatever the time of year and it’s even better when we can bring our dog. Most Devon beaches allow dogs before Easter.
Here’s some of our favourite South Devon beaches.
If you’re looking for beaches on the North Devon coast I have some recommendations for you here.
Visit an adventure playground
There’s plenty of outdoor playgrounds in Devon where you can entertain the kids for free on a sunny day. Here’s a list of adventure playgrounds recommended by members of my Facebook group.
Top tip: if you are visiting Devon or live here and want recommendations from other parents, join my Facebook group.
Walk on the moor
Dartmoor National Park is a wonderful place to explore on foot whatever the time of year but generally, you’ll find it less busy outside of the main holiday seasons.
The highest point on Dartmoor rises more than 2,000ft above sea level so there’s a good chance you might see snow in February and March.
If you are looking for things to do in Dartmoor in Spring we can recommend an easy walk to Haytor from the Dartmoor Visitor Centre, or a walk around the grounds and outdoor adventure play areas at River Dart Country Park near Ashburton.
Here’s some easy walks in Dartmoor.
Walk the coast path
Here are some of our favourite coast walks in Devon:
Seeking wet day fun in the Spring? Kents Cavern is open and there’s plenty of family activities happening over half term and Easter.
Explore the ancient caves and find out all about the many people and animals that have sheltered here over the millennia.
Here’s my guide to visiting Kents Cavern with kids.
Visit a museum
Both museums focus on natural history, Devonian culture and arts, and have plenty of interactive exhibits to entertain kids.
Meet the animals
If you like aquariums than you’ll find the UK’s largest tank at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.
A smaller zoo that still has plenty to please animal lovers is Dartmoor Zoo, which inspired the movie ‘We Bought A Zoo’. And if you’re a fan of donkeys you will love The Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth.
Visit a National Trust property
National Trust properties in Devon will have their doors, gardens and grounds open for exploring in the Spring. Grab a kids activity trail, tick off some of the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾, and find adventure playgrounds nestled in the woods.
Visit a English Heritage site
English Heritage has several sites in Devon that are open to the public from the Spring. School holiday activities and tours will be planned at:
More things to do in Devon
Check out more things to do in Devon in the winter for attraction opening times up until March.
Whether you’re planning a family holiday in Devon in February, May, August or October you’ll find lots of helpful information about things to do and places to stay in my guide to Devon holidays.
Here are some more posts you might find handy when planning your trip:
- Devon attractions for families
- Must-visit places in East Devon
- Things to do in North Devon
- What to do in South Devon with kids
- Things to do on Dartmoor
- Events in Devon
Download the 101 Days out in Devon with kids ebook
Grab your copy of this guide to family-friendly things to do across the county, from coast to coast, in the cities, on the moors and whatever the weather.
Planning a trip to Devon ahead of the summer rush? Why not pin this post about things to do in Devon in Spring for future reference?!