Playtime gets bigger, better and wilder than ever at Knightshayes this summer.

Throughout the school holidays, the National Trust at Knightshayes in Devon are inviting families to make the most of the warmer weather and longer days with a range of playful experience for all ages. For the first time the team at Knightshayes are hosting a ‘pavilion of play’ featuring peculiar periscopes and giant ear trumpets designed to inspire everyone who visits to get a little closer...

Council announces even more free holiday activities and meals for this Summer

Children from across Devon aged 5 to 16, who are eligible for benefit-related free school meals, are invited to take up an action-packed Summer holiday this year, as part of Devon County Council’s government-funded Holiday Activities and Food programme.

The programme is to provide free physical activities and healthy, nutritional, hot meals during school holidays, and the council has...

Two weeks of fun-filled activities for young people at Wild East Devon’s summer holiday club

Give your child an outdoor experience to remember at our popular holiday club this summer. Taking place at Seaton Wetlands, it runs from from 10am to 4pm daily from Monday 1st August until Friday 5th August, and again on Monday 15thAugust until Friday 19th August.

Led by our experienced Education Ranger Penny, your child will explore the wetlands and learn about it’s wildlife, make...

4 outdoor activities you can enjoy in Devon over winter

Why wait until the summer to get out and explore? We all know that January is a time to make a change for the upcoming year, but let’s face it does anyone actually stick to this?

Don’t be that person, if you have set yourself the goal of getting outside more in 2020, start now and enjoy some of the many outdoor activities that await you, who says you can only do these activities in...

Family workshop: Plymouth Contemporary - Make your own costume

To celebrate the 2017 Plymouth Contemporary, we’re offering families the most fun they’ve ever had with a cardboard box! We provide all the ingredients you'll need to make an outlandish and extraordinary costume fit for a fantasy world. The only limit is your imagination.

Organised by Lets Make Art who provide high quality family events and workshops for all ages and abilities.

Tickets £2.50 per child, booking advised

England blind footballers to challenge local businesses

WESC Foundation (WESC) in partnership with Listen2Win hosted a Visual Impairment Challenge at WESC’s 14-acre campus in Exeter. Players from the England Blind Football team, Keryn Seal – Captain, Robin Williams – Striker and their sighted goalie, Dan James led the sports event with seven teams from Exeter’s business community taking part. The Visual Impairment Challenge was jointly organised by...

Creative fun at Museum this summer

There’s a packed programme of summer fun on offer at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery this August, with plenty of activities to keep the kids busy during the school break.

Drop-in art and craft sessions are running every Wednesday throughout the month, from 10.30am to 1pm (last entries at 12.30pm).

The drop-ins will be inspired by Sir Joshua Reynolds (5 August), the ‘...

A wild Devon summer for all the family

Devon Wildlife Trust has teamed up with South West Water to offer a range of wildlife events for all ages this summer.

The events have both water and wildlife themes and will include rockpool rambles on the coast, and pond-dipping, bug-hunting and wildlife walks at stunning nature reserves.

Many of the activities will be based at Wembury Marine Centre and beach, near Plymouth,...

Boat ownership, female participation and canoeing on the rise in SW

According to new research 378,000 adults in the South West (12.0% of the local population) took to water by one or more of 12 boating activities1 in 2014. This reflects an increase of 2.3% in the number of participants from 2013 (9.7%).

Whilst in the region, participation in any watersports activity in addition to the 12 core boating activities2 stands just over 1.1 million (35.6% of...

Antibiotic risk for coastal water users

Recreational users of coastal waters such as swimmers and surfers are at risk of exposure to antibiotic resistant bacteria, according to new research published this week.

In the first study of its kind, scientists at the University of Exeter Medical School have assessed the amount of water ingested during different water sports, and combined this with water sampling data to estimate...