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Visiting Woodlands Family Theme Park in South Devon

Visiting Woodlands Family Theme Park in South Devon

Woodlands Family Theme Park is a great Devon day out for families with rides and play areas for children of all ages.

We have been visiting this 90 acre Devon theme park since moving to Devon and have had annual passes in the past. If you’re visiting South Devon, and particularly Dartmouth, Woodlands an ideal place to pop and entertain the kids for a few hours or a full day.

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Children looking at Woodlands Family Theme Park site map

In the winter is ideal for wet days in Devon as there’s huge indoor play areas and soft play for little ones. In fact, it’s one of our top recommendations for things to do in Devon with toddlers.

This guide to visiting Woodlands has been put together based on our experience of this theme park over a number of years.

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Woodlands Family Theme Park rides

Woodlands has a range of small theme park rides like a swinging pirate ship, bumper boats, vertical drop rides and slides, a toboggan run and tractor rides. Don’t expect rollercoasters.

Colourful Watercoasters water slides at Woodlands

What Woodlands does brilliantly is outdoor adventure playgrounds. There are themed play areas suitable for toddlers and teens all over this woodland site.

This is where we focus much of our time when we visit in the summer – the kids love being let loose on the Toddlers Village and Ninja Towers adventure playgrounds.

Child riding zip line in adventure playground
Todder Village
Mini Ninja adventure playground
Mini Ninja play area
Child on merri-go-round
Arctic gliders
Child digging in sand pit
Digging in the sand pit
Toddler ride on tractor area
Ride on tractors at the zoo farm
Dino Trek walk through display
Dino Trek

There’s also a zoo farm, falconry centre with daily displays in the summer season, adventure golf, a mirror maze and huge indoor soft play areas for kids of all ages.

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What ages is Woodlands best for?

Woodlands does cater for children of all ages. But if you are visiting with teens who thrive on thrills then you might want to manage their expectations.

There are a few rides to get your heat pumping like the water coasters, Avalanche (a near vertical drop waterslide) and Vertigo (a drop ride) but there aren’t rollercoasters.

Woodlands Family Theme Park events

Child in witches costume stood with giant bat made from a covered hay bale

There’s plenty of seasonal and school holiday events at Woodlands each year.

Look out for super hero and princess weekends, and dinosaur and robot character walkabouts as well as the Easter Bunny Grotto and Santa’s Toy Shop at Christmas. 

Extra charges apply to some of these events, but there’s also a chance to get discounted entry in the future if your kids wear fancy dress (check promotional details for each event).

Keep an eye on the Woodlands Theme Park Facebook page or join their mailing list for more details.

Food at Woodlands 

There are four places to buy food at Woodlands. The largest is Ray’s Diner in the large indoor play area, The Empire of the Sea Dragon. This offers fast food, jacket potatoes, sandwiches and snacks.

Elsewhere around the park there is a snack shack, a pizzeria and cafe all serving fast food, ice creams and drinks.

To be honest, the food choices are a bit beige.

If you prefer healthier choices bring a picnic. There are plenty of benches around the park where you can eat your own food indoors or outdoors.

Woodlands Family Theme Park prices

Prices vary depending on the time of year you visit and which attractions are available.

For example, if you visit before Easter the price is lower as not all outdoor attractions are open. It is also possible to get seven day wrist bands and discounted entry across consecutive days at certain times of year. Look out for deals as it’s easy to fill more than one day at Woodlands.

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Where is Woodlands Family Theme Park?

You’ll find Woodlands on the A3122 to Dartmouth in South Devon.

There’s plenty of free parking onsite.

Dogs are not allowed in the theme park but kennels are available for pets. Please don’t leave them in your car as there are no shady spots in the car park.

Camping at Woodlands theme park in Devon 

Woodlands has is own campsite for tents, touring caravans and motorhomes – Woodlands Grove.

There’s hard standing and grass pitches and a toilet block with launderette. Woodlands Grove also has a onsite convenience store selling basic supplies. 

Stay at the campsite and you get free entry to the theme park.

Woodlands Grove is open from the end of March to beginning of November each year.

So, that’s our guide to Woodlands Family Theme Park. Have you been? What’s your favourite thing about Woodlands?

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Saturday 9th of April 2022

Hello, thanks for this post, very helpful as we are planning on visiting soon. Can I just ask, do the kid's get wet on the rides & is there a splash park? Also is it suitable for buggies? Trying to plan ahead with what clothes I should dress them in etc, thanks in advance :)

Claire Hall

Saturday 9th of April 2022

Hi Sarah, I'm glad the post has helped. There isn't a splash park but there is a paddling pool that's open during the summer months. There's no specific dates for when it's open so you'd need to check when you visit.The only rides where you will get wet are the water coasters and arctic riders. Pack spare or waterproof trousers for those. The whole site can be accessed with a buggy but be aware that it's in a valley so there are lots of hills. I hope that helps.

Emma T

Friday 10th of July 2020

We were due to do our big group camping trip there this summer in a couple of weeks. The ones with older kids in the group chose the campsite because of the theme park, but needless to say, I think they didn't read what the rides were actually like before booking. Would be great for my 9yo, but the 15yo going? I guess as we'd be camping, it doesn't cost extra to go in. We've taken a credit note for next year, as group camping isn't really going to work for us with social distancing. Hopefully by next summer things will be more back to normal, and we'll be able to visit here then instead.

Claire Hall

Friday 10th of July 2020

Yes, I think there will be plenty your 9-year-old will love. It all depends on the teenager and whether they are expecting rollercoasters. Theme parks in Devon are a bit different to Chessington and Alton Towers :) Check out my post on things to do in South Devon for more days out ideas. Fingers crossed for next year. I'm sure you'll have a fab time!

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