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February half term South Devon

While the joys of summer in South Devon are clear for all to see, the pleasures of a winter break in our region should not be forgotten.

Our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty can be at its most breathtaking on crisp winter evenings, as the sun slowly disappears behind the hills, and the spindly shadows of leafless trees stretch across the patchwork fields.

Even on cloudy and rainy days, you’ll still find there’s plenty to do that the weather can’t spoil. With the February half-term fast approaching, let’s take a look at what’s on in South Devon, as well as some of the all-weather attractions you can enjoy.

What’s on this February half-term 2019

There are plenty of things to do in South Devon throughout the year, but we’ve picked out the best places with extra special plans for this half-term holiday.

1.Woodlands family theme park – Super Hero and Princess half-term

Located around five miles from Dartmouth, Woodlands is a popular family theme park with both indoor and outdoor activities. The Super Hero and Princess half-term event is back in 2019 between the 16th and 24th of February. All kids over 92cm tall will receive a free return ticket if they dress up as their favourite super-hero or princess. There is the additional delight of live entertainment from Tuesday 19th – Thursday 21st February.
Find out more on: Woodlands Super Hero and Princess event.

2. Forest and Beach – half-term Forest Day with archery

Being on holiday is all about adventure! What better way to spend the day than exploring and experiencing the forests of South Devon. A hands-on approach to learning fire-lighting, shelter building, outdoor cooking ,making friends and if you are feeling brave, a chance to do a bit of archery. Forest Days are set in a beautiful, peaceful, private forest, where children can explore, play and investigate nature in a safe and secure environment.

Book soon as spaces are limited – contact Forest and Beach.

3. Pennywell Farm – VIP February half-term Pennywell February half-term

Are you ready for a February half-term break filled with tea-cup piggy cuddles, live entertainment and activities? Between 16th and 24th February, you can pay for one admission and visit as many times as you like during the week. A whole half-term break of additional activities and shows are being organised at Pennywell to make your visit even more memorable. Shows include:

  • Billy Whizz (19th – 21st Feb) will be wowing children with hilarious magic tricks and his very silly sense of humour.
  • Poco Drom (22nd Feb) will get you ready to sing and wiggle along to original songs about all things wild and wonderful.
  • Britain’s got talent Semi-Finalist Mr. Phil (23rd Feb) will entertain you with an amazing mix of comedy and circus performances.
  • Spangles the Clown (24th Feb) visits Pennywell to spread joy to visitors of all ages.
  • Elfic the Jester (21st Feb) returns with circus skills, madcap comedy, mayhem and even a little danger.

Find more information on Pennywell Farm website.

4. National Trust Properties

February half-term - Overbecks

Overbecks, Salcombe 

  • February half-term fun cloud watching (9th – 17th Feb) where you will use your imagination to draw what you see in the clouds. You never know what might pop up as you gaze skyward. Go cloud watching and learn about the weather and how clouds are formed.

Greenway House, near Dittisham 

  • Enhanced plants story trail (16th February).
  • Spring walk with a ranger (22nd February).
  • Spotter Trails are free for kids to do in the house and gardens. In the house, you can choose between archaeology trail and the animal themed spotter trail. The outdoor trail available in the half-term holiday is a fantastic way to encourage kids of all ages to explore the garden, searching for enchanted flowers and monster plants in the imaginary world of Greenways Enchanted Wood.

For more information on the fantastic National Trust properties in our area, visit 3 must-see National Trust properties in South Devon. These provide excellent days out whatever the weather, and on nicer days you can make the most of their stunning natural surroundings and gardens. Visit the National Trust official website to find out more information on things to do in the South West.

All-weather attractions for kids and adults

Devon has drawn artists from all over the world for many years and there are countless local artists and artisans plying their trade in the county. Visitors to South Devon of all ages also have opportunities to get involved in creating art themselves.

Visit Paper Bird Island in Salcombe or the Art Café in Kingsbridge to try your hand at a range of artistic activities, while China Blue in Totnes also offers opportunities for painting ceramics.

There’s yet more fun to be had for kids at Bumble, a new indoor play centre Fore Street in Kingsbridge, which is aimed at children under seven. There’s a ball pool, climbing frame and slide, plus a chalkboard for artistically-inclined little ones.

Animal lovers are recommended to pay a visit to Buckfast Butterflies, a magical indoor attraction for lovers of these majestic creatures. You’ll find it next to Buckfastleigh Station, the home of the South Devon Railway.

Avid foodies should be sure to pop down to the Kingsbridge Farmers Market on the 2nd and 16th of February. You will be sure to find everything you expect from a traditional farmer’s market and more. Locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables. An array of freshly caught fish and shellfish to delight any chef. Not to mention the aroma of freshly baked bread and pastries.

Winter warmers – South Devon’s pubs and restaurants

South Devon’s burgeoning reputation as a foodie paradise makes it an excellent place to visit throughout the year. The culinary delights at your fingertips range from delicious local seafood to traditional afternoon teas and everything in between. On cold and rainy days, nothing beats warming your cockles by the fire in a traditional old pub, such as the 14th Century Cott Inn in Dartington or Dartmouth’s cosy Cherub Inn.

Coming in from the cold

Visitors to our beautiful region also have a huge variety of luxurious accommodation from which to choose. Coast & Country Cottages can provide you with a holiday home that you’ll be loath to leave whatever the weather!

Explore all that South Devon has to offer this February half-term and book your South Devon holiday home today.