Things to do in Devon this Easter 2021
Easter is a top time to get out and about in Devon with egg hunts and special family activities usually happening over and around the school holidays. This post includes a selection ideas for fun things to do in Devon this Easter school holiday including events that have been announced for 2021, the Devon attractions reopening as restrictions ease and other outdoor places you can go now.
PLEASE NOTE: The Government’s Step 2 of easing restrictions are due to come in from 12 April. This is midway through the Easter school holidays in Devon, so make sure you plan ahead. Events may be subject to change. Check with organisers and venues before travelling. Track and trace QR codes will be in operation at venues so have your app ready to avoid queues.
Easter school holidays in Devon run from 2 to 18 April 2021. This is a week later than some parts of the country.
*This post was last updated on 12 April 2021*
Take a look at more Devon days out throughout the year.
Please check each attraction’s website for up-to-date visitor information and admission prices.
Easter egg hunts and Easter trails in Devon in 2021
Some Devon attractions are planning to hold Easter trails and egg hunts from 29 April when restrictions on outdoor recreation ease a little further.
I’ve got another post all about Easter egg hunts in Devon. Do check it out!
Devon attractions open this Easter
Here is a list of Devon attractions that can’t wait to welcome you back this Easter. Most will open from 12 April unless otherwise stated. Please check with each venue regarding the COVID safe measures they have in place and booking arrangements.
- Bantham Surfing Academy near Kingsbridge – reopening for lessons from 29 March
- The Bear Trail, outdoor family assault course near Cullompton – open from 2 April for the school holidays and then weekends. Booking open now
- Babbacombe Cliff Railway, near Torquay – open daily from 12 April
- Babbacombe Model Village, near Torquay – open daily. Booking now open
- Becky Falls on Dartmoor – reopening from 17 April.
- Canonteign Falls on Dartmoor – open from 31 March.
- Clovelly Village near Bideford – open daily from 12 April. Booking now open
- Crealy Theme Park near Exeter – reopening from 12 April. Check the website for booking information.
- Dartmoor Otters and Butterflies near Buckfastleigh – open daily from 12 April. Booking now open
- Dartmoor Miniature Pony Centre – reopening from 12 April. Book tickets online.
- Dartmoor Zoo – open daily from 12 April. Booking now open
- Dartmouth Escape Rooms – open for single family groups from 12 April. Book online
- Dartmouth Steam Railway – open from 13 April. Book online
- Diggerland near Cullompton – open from 12 April, Book online.
- Exmoor Zoo – open from 12 April. Book online
- Greenway Ferry – running from 1 April. Book online
- Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway – reopening from 12 April. Booking not necessary.
- The House of Marbles, Bovey Tracey – reopening from 12 April.
- North Devon Surf School – reopening for lessons from 29 March
- Paignton Zoo – plans to reopen from 12 April. Check the website for booking information
- Pennywell Farm near Buckfastleigh – reopening from 12 April. Check the website for booking information
- Powderham Castle near Starcross – grounds reopening from 2 April. Book online
- RHS Rosemoor in Torrington – from 29 March open to the wider public for recreation. Book via the website
- Seaton Tramway in East Devon – open daily from 12 April. Booking now open
- Shaldon Zoo near Teignmouth – reopening from 12 April. Check the website for booking information.
- Singing Paddles in South Devon – reopening for sessions from 29 March. Check the website for booking information.
- South Devon Railway in Buckfastleigh – the Buckfastleigh site will reopen for visitors on 12 April but trains will not be running until May. Check the website for more information.
- Tamar Canoe trips at Tamar Trails near Tavistock – restarting from 3 April. Book online.
- Totnes Rare Breeds Farm, Totnes – reopening from 12 April. Booking not required.
- Tree Surfers at Tamar Trails near Tavistock – reopening from 2 April. Book online.
- Warhorse Valley Country Park – reopening from 12 April. Booking not required.
- Wildwood Escot near Ottery St Mary – reopening from 12 April. Check the website for booking information
- Woodlands Family Theme Park near Dartmouth – reopening outdoor attractions from 12 April. Check website for booking information.
I am updating this list as attractions announce when they are reopening. If you know of somewhere that should be added please drop me a line.
More outdoor things to do in Devon this Easter
Here are Devon’s outdoor places that you can always rely on to be open and available to explore – they’re even open before 12 April:
- Bicton Park Gardens, East Devon – open daily for members before 12 April, book in advance.
- Dartington Estate, Dartington, South Devon – open daily before 12 April, no need to book.
- National Trust grounds and gardens at Saltram, Killerton and Knightshayes – book your visit in advance for Killerton and Knightshayes.
- RHS Rosemoor, North Devon – open daily, book in advance.
Please remember that before 12 April non-essential travel should be kept to a minimum. Only visit places that are local to you for exercise and recreation.
Here are some more outdoor places it’s possible to go before 12 April:
Parks and playgrounds in Devon
Playgrounds are open. I have put together a list of some of the larger adventure playgrounds that you can visit for free.
Local playgrounds and parks are also open in Devon. Check your local council’s website for the latest information.
Devon nature reserves
South West Lakes
The trails around South West Lakes are open to people who live locally for their daily exercise before 12 April. You can go fishing but there will be no safety cover on the lakes.
The cafes at Roadford, Wimbleball, Stithians, Siblyback and Argal are closed until at least 12 April.
For more information visit the South West Lakes website.
Devon cycle trails
Cycle trails are another place to get outdoor exercise before 12 April and over the Easter holidays.
Here’s where you’ll find them:
Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust sites
Berry Head Nature Reserve and Cockington Country Park in South Devon are open.
For more information check the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust website.
Please check whether toilets and other facilities are open before you travel.
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.
Dartmoor National Park
Dartmoor is open for walks across the moors and around the tors. For the latest information about what’s open check the Dartmoor National Park website.
Exmoor National Park
Exmoor car parks are open. For the latest updates, including what facilities are open check the Exmoor National Park website.
Haldon Forest Park
The walking and cycle trails of Haldon Forest near Exeter are open. Find out more about the facilities available.
Stover Country Park
The walking and cycle trails at Stover Country Park are open but the visitors centre is closed. Find out more on the Devon County Council website.
Can you recommend any other places in Devon where families can get fresh air safely during lockdown?
Drive-in events in Devon this Easter
Here’s some of the events happening in Devon this Easter:
Horrible History Live at Exeter Racecourse
Drive-in to Exeter Racecourse for a performance of Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians at 11am on 15 April 2021
Find out more and book tickets through Car Park Party.
Billionaire Boy at Exeter Racecourse
A drive-in performance of David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy is planned to take place at Exeter Racecourse on 15 April 2021.
There will be two performances: 2pm and 5pm. Book you tickets, park up and view the show from the comfort of your own car.
Find out more and book tickets through Car Park Party.
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