Wet Weather Activities and Indoor Attractions in Devon
19 January 2016
Devon’s climate tends to be on the mild side, but we do still get our share of what the locals call “liquid sunshine” now and again. Should your next day out in the region be set for a downpour, however, there’s no reason to cancel your family trip. Here are some of the best all year, all weather attractions and rainy day activities Devon can offer, all either onsite or within easy reach of Cofton Holidays:
Climbing High and Dry
Running friendly and accessible climbing courses in Devon, Exeter’s Quay Climbing Centre is a wonderful all weather activity for anyone aged seven or more. Find your footholds on ace, purpose made climbing walls without a single rain drop getting in the way! Welcoming instructors make it easy to take on your first climb safely, with all the gear provided. At just a half hour drive from Cofton, it’s a whole lot of fun for any budding Spiderman, whatever the weather decides to do! Find out more at the Quay Climbing Centre website: www.quayclimbingcentre.co.uk
Crealy Good Fun, Whatever the Weather
For all manner of cool rides and cute animals to meet, Crealy Great Adventure Park is a great way to keep little and not so little kids happy when the sun won’t co-operate. Many of the creatures and activities are fully sheltered, meaning that you can not only take cover but keep having fun even in the biggest downpour. For further details, including Crealy opening times, attractions and ticket prices, visit the site: www.crealy.co.uk/devon/
Swim for it
No, we don’t mean swimming down the road in that once-in-a-blue-moon “Noah’s Ark” scenario. We mean getting wet in comfort in the indoor pool of our fantastic Ashburn Springs complex. It’s open virtually all year to Cofton residents for a small fee, while our sauna and steam room are never more tempting than when it’s wet or cold outside. See our facilities section for further information.
Paint the day Brighter
Should things look all too grey, one way of lightening the mood is to get creative with some hands-on fun at The Paint Hub in Dawlish. Youngsters get the chance to make and decorate their own ceramics for as little as £7, from first steps to getting their own masterpiece fired in the kiln! Not only is it a terrific slice of all weather, indoor fun, it’s also educational and they’ll get to take away their very own money-cant’-buy personalised holiday souvenir. A great way to spend even the wettest day we think. Find out more here: www.painthub.co.uk
The Marvellous House of Marbles
For some classic old school fun, The House of Marbles is a fun place for youngsters to find classic toys, games and, of course, marbles. You’ll also find a museum and working glassworks where you can find out more about classic old fashioned toys and crafts, plus a café and restaurant where mum and dad can get some well-earned tea and cake: www.houseofmarbles.com
Amusements for all Weathers
In addition to the many other facilities at Cofton, we have several indoor activities that put the fun back into rainy days in Devon. We have four lanes of ten pin bowling for a family game, along with pool tables when the weather is poor. We also have an amusement arcade to provide fun for all ages, plus a soft play area to keep the little ones amused on even the wettest days. A godsend for parents when the sky is grey and the kids get restless!
Some of your kind words...
A brilliant stay as always. We stayed in a cottage this time which was beautiful and very well equipped. Lots of lovely little touches with a welcome hamper and lots of board games. Hubbie was well impressed with the huge TV too. Loved the courtyard and we were lucky enough to have the weather to BBQ 2 of the days. All the staff from reception to the shop to the entertainment were friendly and very accommodating of both my girls. Used the chippy which has recently changed hands and the food was still great. There is lots to do, loved the swimming, the zip wire, the park and walk in the woods and around the fishing lake. Have to be honest though we missed the caravan...... will definitely be back, hopefully in the Fernworthy van with the hot tub.
Had an amazing weeks holiday. The park was immaculate, the outdoor pool was spotless and the cleaning blocks were cleaned regularly. All the staff were very helpful and the shop on site was reasonably priced. We went with two kids (aged 6 and 7) and our dog, the kids were never bored and had an amazing holiday. We will definitely be returning next year!
My family and I stayed for 5 nights in July, aged between 13 and 40 and we all had a brilliant family stay. The teenagers loved the outdoor pool and the woods and we all loved the donkeys. I’ve been coming here since I was a child and it’s still got a lovely relaxing atmosphere and has all the facilities you could want for a camping holiday. I must say the fish and chip shop is the best we have ever had at a holiday park, reasonable prices and good sized portions. We have booked to come back again on 25th August for a week and can’t wait!
I visited when my relatives came over from Canada and fell in love. I was lucky enough to stay for a week last August for my sons 2nd birthday. It has got to be one of my favourite places to go. Absolutely beautiful, quiet, good facilities, lovely restaurants. The staff are outstanding. I can't wait to come back again this year!
Stayed in campervan for a weekend. Great campsite good location, plenty of things for all to do. Great fishing lakes all in a short walk through the woodland to the lovely Dawlish Warren and Dawlish. Couldn't fault.
Highbridge, United Kingdom
We have had a wonderful experience, the site is very clean, ALL the staff were friendly and helpful especially the bar supervisor, entertainment was second to none, we'll 100% return...
The Warren Family
I just want to say how impressed my fellow Motorhomers and Caravaners were with the welcome and service we received during our stay. Staff in the office were polite and helpful at all times. Scott the restaurant manager was most accommodating when I enquired about reserving space for 25 to 30 of us for lunch after a walk. The service in the restaurant was speedy the food hot and varied. We were very pleased with the standards. Staff in the restaurant were cheerful and polite and helped make our meal most enjoyable. We had such a good time that we will be returning again next year for our Xmas Rally.
The best holiday park we've been to in our motorhome. Our children aged 2 and 4 loved it. Great facilities, entertainment and activities in one of the best parts of Devon!
Delicious fish and chips, friendly and helpful staff and delightful woodland.
Suze - Cornwall
Good location and dog walking, we'll be back and it can't come quick enough.
David - Portsmouth.
Loved the Zumba class! Can't wait to come back!
Elise - Exeter.
A* facilities, always very clean. The pool and food offer great value for money!
Stayed in Honeysuckle Cottage, stunning views over the Exe Estuary.. fantastic place for a family holiday
Ian - Australia.
My little girls aged 2,3 and 5 loved the entertainment.. all they can remember is fun, fun and more fun!
Anonymous - Cheshire.
Quiet and relaxing in a stunning location.. Can't wait to return
Ethan R, Burnham-on-Sea
We usually camp 3 times a year and hire a caravan after the Christmas break at Cofton, and will continue to do so. We thoroughly recommend staying there. Great for families or just the 2 of you.
Jilly B, Cheltenham
Go for swimming and food at this fabulous holiday camp... facilities A-star so clean and just great value for money would defo use over and over again which I do.... I'm a regular visitor. Dip and dine always good option as the food and snacks are fantastic in the bar cafe area near swimming pool!
Excellent toilet block and lovely hot showers. The on site pub was spot on with really friendly staff..
Joan L, Bromsgrove
The superbly equipped Woodside Cottage was beautifully clean with a fantastic Hot Tub. Waking up to horses and cows in the rear field.. stunning!
So friendly and clean, it’s a home from home and we couldn’t go a year with a visit!
Bernice Procter, Swindon
I always pay a visit to Amelia's Pantry, you can just Relax, Indulge and Enjoy!
‘Wonderful facilities, especially the swimming pools! In a lovely setting, for us it is simply the best campsite we have found.’
Margaret Hayes, Leeds
We have been coming to Cofton since 2009 and have stayed at least 12 times. We love everything about Cofton: the location and scenery in and around the park, the quality and cleanliness of accommodation, the friendly welcoming atmosphere; Everything about Cofton is great!
Ethan Robinson, Somerset
‘Dog walks, cycling, lovely country pubs… It suits our every need’
Kay Hancock, Bristol