With woods, sandy beaches and green fields to play in children have a whale of a time on holiday at Hillfield Village. However, should you be looking for alternative children’s activities in and around the area, here are a few ideas…
Stare at the Skies
Dartmoor Skies present Harry Potter Astronomy – a discussion of JK Rowling’s use of astronomy, the naming of her characters and other cosmic references in her books. This is followed by guided stargazing with telescopes with hot chocolate and cookies around the camp fire.
Harry Potter Astronomy,Friday 22 July 9pm, Hannah’s at Seal Hayne, Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ
Of a feather…
Get up close and personal with birds by viewing the bird-ringing operation manned by the Devon Bird Watching and Preservation Society. Then join experts on a walk through a sanctuary area to watch these birds in flight. Binoculars useful but not essential.
Bird in the Hand, Saturday 30 July 8-10am, Slapton Ley Field Centre, TQ7 2QP.
Occombe Farm’s bee keeper Gerry Stuart will bring along some bees in an observation hive so they can be safely and closely viewed. Learn how much honey a bee can produce, how far they can travel and what a waggle dance is. Also find out about Black Bee conservation work with the B4 Project and Paignton Zoo.
Meet the Occombe Bees. Thursday 28 July 1pm – 3pm, Occombe Farm, Paignton. For 12 years and over.
Telling Fairy Tales
As part of a weekend of theatre and fun for children at Darlington, Sandal Sticks Theatre Company will perform two interactive fairytales: Little Red Cap and the Wolf, and The Princess and the Pea. Enjoy physical theatre, puppetry, object manipulation, clowning and sensory theatre.
Midsummer Dreams Festival, July 23 1.30pm in Studio 3 at Dartington.
Much Ado Outdoors
The Lord Chamberlain’s Men theatre company come to Bradley for Shakespeare’s sparkling, battle of the sexes comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. Well-intentioned plots and evil schemes abound as enemies deceive lovers and friends trick friends in this lively summer outdoor production. The show will go on regardless of the weather.
Much Ado About Nothing, 27 July, 6.30‐9pm, Bradley, Newton Abbot
In the Woods
Make the most of the British Summer by spending a day having fun and adventures in Haldon Forest. With campfires, stream dipping, exploring, campfire cooking, toasting marshmallows, making crafts, playing Forest School games and more.
Woodland Adventure Club, July 27, 9am-4pm for children from 5 years.
Haldon Forest Park, Kennford, EX6 7XR
Mountbatten Watersports and Activities Centre in Plymouth are holding a range of both wet and dry adventure days including kayaking and canoeing, dinghy sailing, Hawk 20 sailing, coasteering, windsurfing, climbing and abseiling and stand up paddleboarding.
Adventure Days, Mountbatten Watersports an Activities Centre, 70 Lawrence Road, Plymouth, PL9 9SJ.