OUT & ABOUT

Stickwick is in an ideal location, just 2 miles from the pretty town of Bovey Tracey (gateway to Dartmoor) with numerous shops (Tesco Express, Spar, butchers, bakers, pubs and takeaways), and 7 miles from the coast yet only 2 miles from the A38, providing quick travelling times to a variety of local attractions.

 

ACTIVITY/THEME PARKS

Woodlands Leisure Park Dartmouth – www.woodlandspark.com

Woodlands Leisure Park, Blackawton, Totnes, TQ9 7DQ – Tel:01803 712598 (45-60 min drive from Stickwick)


Woodlands Family Theme Park Devon provides a whole day of variety for all ages. Incredible indoor play centres, outdoor adventures, Zoo-Farm, and Falconry Centre. One inclusive price for a fun filled Family Day Out!.

Crealy Great Adventure Park Exeter- www.crealy.co.uk

Sidmouth Road, Exeter, EX5 1DR Tel: 01395 233 200 (25-30 min drive from Stickwick)

Devon’s Crealy Great Adventure Park is an award winning family attraction located just minutes from junction 30 of the M5 near Exeter. The Park has over 60 rides and attractions set in over 100 acres of glorious Devon countryside. We are proud to be a park that caters for the whole family, from the smallest children to parents and grandparents alike. There are over 100 animals, 30 outdoor attractions and a variety of other activities to choose from. With heart-stopping rides for thrill seekers to soft-play and animal petting for younger guests, Devon’s Crealy is the South West’s number one family day out.

Go Ape! Kennford- www.goape.co.uk

Haldon Forest Park- Bullers Hill, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7XR -Tel: 01392 833768 (10 min drive from Stickwick)


Think you; your friends and family can handle 3 hours of tree top adventure? Are you wild enough to climb 30ft up a rope ladder, Tarzan swing into a giant rope net then zip wire through trees, crawl through tunnels and tackle high wire rope bridges? Now new Segway Trail as well.

Diggerland Cullompton- www.diggerland.com

Diggerland, Verbeer Manor, Willand, Cullompton, EX15 2PE- Tel:0871 22 77 007 (45 min Drive from Stickwick)

Diggerland is the ultimate adventure park for all ages, where you can ride, drive and operate full size construction machinery. You can drive yourself crazy on our fantastic rides and drives around the park on specially designed courses including Dumper Trucks, Mini Tractors and so much more

River Dart Adventures Ashburton- www.riverdart.co.uk

Dare devil adventures, mega zip lines, assault courses, jungle fun, indoor climbing, treetop challenge and lake canoeing at extra cost.

Ashcombe Adventure Centre – www.ashcombeadventure.co.uk

Ashcombe Adventure Centre Ltd, Colley Lane (B3192),Ashcombe, Near Dawlish, EX7 0QD- Tel: 866 766 (10 miles, 25 min drive from Stickwick)

Set in Devon’s glorious rolling countryside, 15 mins from Exeter and using our unrivalled range of outdoor activities, we design action packed events that are memorable, rewarding and fun, such as Paintball!
 Ashcombe Adventure Centre, nr Exeter in Devon has been purpose built for year round outdoor entertainment. Whether you are young and active or old and bold, we cater for all manner of events, ranging from Paintballing, Team Building and Corporate events, Stag and Hen weekends, to Rewards or Celebrations of any kind.
 All our events must be pre-booked as they are designed specifically to meet your requirements.

 

COUNTRY PARK ATTRACTIONS

Canonteign Falls Christow (Teign Valley) – www.canonteignfalls.co.uk

For family days out in Devon with children, Canonteign Falls tourist attraction combines sightseeing, scenic walks, lakes and wildlife.
 Great for children whom love space. Not commercial and good value

Becky Falls Manaton- www.beckyfalls.com

Becky Falls Woodland Park Ltd. Manaton TQ13 9UG Tel: 01647 221259 915 min Drive)

Offers scenic walks in a rugged Dartmoor landscape with waterfalls. Visitor facilities including cafeteria and shop. Some say expensive, very commercial.

Escot – www.escot-devon.co.uk

Escot Estate, Ottery St Mary,EX11 1LU – Tel: 01404 822188 (40 min drive from Stickwick)


For all lovers of nature and the great outdoors, Escot is a unique experience and offers a great family day out. Set in 220 acres of stunning private parkland in the heart of East Devon, Escot is a refreshingly uncommercial award-winning visitor attraction that you will want to return to again and again. Marvel at the falconry displays and stunning birds of prey. Meet rare red squirrels in our new walk-through enclosure, negotiate the fantasy woodland and the knee-trembling forest drop slide if you dare! Lose yourself in the world-class Beech Hedge Maze and follow the clues in our intriguing letterboxing trail.

For those rare occasions (!) when the great outdoors turns wet you can always seek shelter in the indoor play barn or why not treat yourself to a delicious Coach House Restaurant cream tea or lunch.
Escot is known as ‘The Natural Place’ for good reason. Peacocks and Guinea Fowl roam free and threatened native species such as the secretive water vole have found sanctuary in our surroundings steeped in history and filled with plants and magnificent champion trees. There are woodland paths to wander, quiet picnic spots with great views to enjoy and natural playgrounds to discover. Visit Escot soon – there’s a natural surprise waiting around every corner.

 

ANIMALS/FARM ATTRACTIONS

Pennywell Farm- www.pennywellfarm.co.uk

Buckfastleigh, Devon TQ11 0LT Tel: 013646 42023 (10 miles, 25 minutes drive from Stickwick)

Animals, activities, shows, displays and rides. Every half hour marks the start of something new…
Meet the animals, ride the new Red Rocket and Tractor and Trailer rides, cuddle a miniature pig and enjoy the best views in Devon. Good for toddlers and slightly older children and those who want to see more farm animals.

Paignton Zoo Paignton- www.paigntonzoo.org.uk

Totnes Road, Paignton TQ4 7EU Tel 01803 697500 (40 min Drive from Stickwick)

Explore 80 acres of natural habitat and see the hundreds of animals that live there. As well as seeing the animals, there’s plenty of other things to do – get your face painted, catch the feeding times or let off steam in our play areas. Quite expensive but a full days entertainment.

Miniature Pony Centre- www.miniatureponycentre.com

Wormhill Farm, North Bovey, Newton Abbot TQ13 8RG Tel: 01647 432 400 (13 miles, 45 minutes drive from Stickwick)


The Miniature Pony Centre is a fantastic family day out in Devon, with so much for visitors to see, do and discover, all set in 20 acres of beautiful countryside within Dartmoor National Park – less than 1 hour travelling time from Plymouth, Exeter and Torbay.
Get really close to our adorable miniature Shetland ponies and miniature Mediterranean donkeys that foal throughout the spring and early summer, and say hello to our riding ponies and horses. With plenty of other animals to see, including a Pets’ Paddock and Aviary, a daily programme of activities, indoor and outdoor play areas for children, and a wealth of wildlife, the Miniature Pony Centre is a great value day out for the whole family.
Birds of Prey displays take place every day during term time (except Fridays) and every day of the week during the school holidays. Please note, the birds are not kept at the Centre and may only be seen during the displays.
 Great value day out; ideal for toddlers/younger children.

 

STEAM TRAINS/BOAT TRIPS/RIVER CRUISES

Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company – Paignton, Dartmouth, Brixham, Totnes and Torquay – www.dartmouthrailriver.co.uk

Tel: 01803 555872 (45-60min drive to Dartmouth from Stickwick)

See wonderful parts of Devon, and the River Dart by Steam Train, Paddle Steamer (coal powered), River Cruise and Boat Trip. Combine to make a round trip

South Devon Railway Totnes/Buckfastleigh – www.southdevonrailway.co.uk

The Station Dart Bridge Rd, Buckfastleigh TQ110DZ – Tel 013646 42338 (18 miles, 25 minutes drive from Stickwick)

Steam trains, gardens, riverside walks, museum, shop, play area and more. 
Ideal for the real steam train fix. Combine with a discount visit to the butterfly or rare breeds farms. Gardens, History and Heritage

The Eden Project – www.edenproject.com

Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall, PL24 2SG- Tel: 01726 811911 (1hr 30min drive from Stickwick)

The Eden Project is an exciting attraction where you can explore your relationship with nature, learn new things and get inspiration about the world around you.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan – www.heligan.com

Pentewan, St.Austell,Cornwall,PL26 6EN (75 miles, 1 hr 45 min drive from Stickwick)

Heligan, seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years, is one of the most mysterious estates in England.

National Trust Properties – www.nationaltrust.org.uk

From the magnificent Georgian Saltram, on the edge of Plymouth, Killerton House, Exeter and Castle Drogo (last castle built) and Powderham; to the quirky 16-sided A la Ronde, near Exmouth, South Devon is a treasure trove of places to visit. In the ‘English Riviera’ of Torbay alone sit the medieval manor of Bradley; the elegant Arts and Crafts style Coleton Fishacre; Agatha Christie’s holiday home at Greenway; the medieval fortress of Compton Castle and the modernist gem of High Cross House. If you are in the Salcombe area then pop into Overbeck’s.
 If it’s the coast you crave – go rock-pooling or swimming at Wembury beach or South Milton Sands, explore the thatched coastal village of Branscombe or the dramatic cliff top at Bolberry Down.
 For peaceful contemplation, pop into Loughwood Meeting House near Axminster and visit the nearby medieval manor house of Shute Barton whilst you are there.

Babbacombe Model Village – www.model-village.co.uk

Hampton Avenue, Babbacombe, Torquay TQ1 3LA Tel 01803 315315 (45 min drive from Stickwick)

The village portrays English life and culture over the last 6 decades and is sure to bring to life those childhood memories!

Over 400 models of houses, stately homes, factories, shops, entertainment venues, environmental features. There are a variety of architectural styles from medieval through Shakespearean to Victorian, along with railways, vehicles and some well known monuments and landmarks. Not forgetting, of course, 13,000 miniature people who live in the village. Pretty gardens as well. Can be expensive if you only stay for a short time.

Morwellham Quay – www.morwellham-quay.co.uk

Morwellham Quay Tavistock PL19 8JL Tel: 01822 832766 or 01822 833808 ( 1.5 hrs drive from Stickwick)

Morwellham is an award-winning attraction which forms part of a World Heritage site, featuring historic port, village, copper mine and railway just four miles west of Tavistock and bordering the beautiful River Tamar. 

Discover this lost world with the help of our interactive living history team, a highlight of which is the unique narrow-gauge Mine Railway, travel by train along the banks of the River Tamar before venturing deep underground in the George & Charlotte copper mine, experience the harsh working conditions of Victorian miners.

Try on costumes and look like a Victorian lady gent or child, visit the pottery, animals and historic wooden sailing ketch Garlandstone. Escape the hustle and bustle of 21st century life as you wander through this enchanting village and countryside beyond. Relax recharge and refresh in the Ship Inn; our shop is stocked with a wide range of gifts including iron work and pottery made on site.

If you or your group want a stimulating and entertaining day out, Morwelham is the place to visit.

Kents Cavern – www.kents-cavern.co.uk

Cavern House, Torquay, TQ1 2JF Tel: 01803 215136 (45 Min drive from Stickwick)

Kents Cavern is one of the most important Stone Age sites in Europe and one of Britain’s best showcaves! On your visit you’ll go back to a time when the cave was home to ancient humans, sheltering from extreme weather, making fires, shaping tools and hunting Ice Age animals. As you walk through the extensive labyrinth of caverns, you’ll be surrounded by 400 million year old rocks and spectacular stalagmites and stalactites.