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Local Attractions & Family Days Out…

Camel Valley Vineyard

01208 77959 SN PL30 5LG  www.camelvalley.com

Their unique tours are relaxed and friendly and the location is stunning; sitting on the terrace sipping Camel Valley wine on a summer’s afternoon is magical. You’ll find their attitude refreshingly down to earth – there’s no snobbery , just a deep and enthusiastic love of wine that we hope you’ll find infectious.

If a tour’s not for you then they also sell wine by the glass or half glass on the terrace throughout the day, which is a very relaxed and enjoyable way of tasting wine and enjoying the wonderful view.

 

Exeter Cathedral

01392 285983      www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk

Exeter Cathedral is one of the oldest and most beautiful Cathedrals in England. Located in the centre of the city, there has been a Cathedral on the present site for nearly one thousand years. The imposing towers of today’s Cathedral date from the early 12th century. They form the majority of what remains of the Norman Cathedral which was replaced from 1270 -1340 by the beautiful Gothic building we see today with its famous West Front and elegant Nave. There are tours of the tower and roof space too with fantastic views over the city.

Hidden Valley Discovery Park

01566 86463   www.hiddenvalleydiscoverypark.co.uk

An extraordinary place, with missions to conquer, trails to follow and magical secret gardens.

Discovery and exploration is the game, whether you choose our intriguing outside trails, the fast pace of fun of Moriarty’s Missions or simply to explore the park and discover an unfolding kaleidoscope of uniquely landscaped grounds.  The mysterious Forbidden Mansion hides weird and wonderful rooms, secret passageways and the challenging Moriarty’s Mansion hides weird and wonderful rooms, secret passageways and the challenging Moriarty’s Missions.  Take a train ride around the park on the Porterswick Junction Light Railway with its bridges, cuttings and a snaking tunnel.

Morwellham Quay

01822 832766  PL19 8JL   www.morwellham-quay.co.uk

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.

National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth

0844 893 7938 PL4 0DX   www.national-aquarium.co.uk/

Visit the UK’s largest aquarium and be amazed at the fascinating underwater world and how we all play a part in conserving it.  Your journey will take you across the world’s oceans, from the shores of Plymouth to the coral reefs of the tropics. Their hosts deliver an action-packed talk schedule, including our not-to-be-missed interactive dive show at 2 pm daily. The kids will love it and you will too!

Dingles Steam Village

01566 783425  PL16 0AT    www.fairground-heritage.org.uk

Welcome to the online home of the Fairground Heritage Trust and the Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre at Lifton, Devon. The Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre is proud to present the National Fairground Collection. It is a facility unique in the UK, designed to capture the magic of a bygone age through exhibits, vintage engineering and stunning artwork displays. The Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre is a 45,000 square foot indoor attraction that provides a unique opportunity to view our Fairground Heritage in a beautiful rural location.

National Trust…

There are several interesting National Trust properties close by – here are three which are well worth a visit.

Cotehele   

01579 351346  PL12 6TA    www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cothele

The Tudor house, perched high above the River Tamar, is decorated with tapestries, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture. The interior tour has changed little over the years, although the furnishings were titivated as Cotehele continued to inspire its adoring owners.

Outside, explore the formally planted terraces, or lose yourself in the Valley Garden, which includes a medieval stewpond and dovecote and leads down to the river. Seek tranquillity in the Upper Garden or visit the two orchards planted with local apples and cherries.

From early spring flowers to herbaceous borders in high season, to the orchards in the autumn and snow drops in winter, you’ll find horticultural activity all year round.

 

Lanhydrock

01208 265950  PL30 5AD  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lanhydrock/

Lanhydrock is the perfect country house and estate, with the feel of a wealthy but unpretentious family home.

The extensive gardens have year-round colour and there are beautiful herbaceous borders, a fabulous formal parterre and colourful higher gardens.

The estate is well worth exploring too, with ancient woodlands and tranquil riverside paths. There are also off-road cycle trails, with special routes for families and novice riders, and you can even hire a bike from us to make the most of this new opportunity.

As with many gardens, the best time to visit Lanhydrock is when the azaleas are in bloom in the Higher Garden behind the main house. The scent and sight of the flowers is quite overwhelming.

Lydford Gorge

01822 820320  EX20 4BH  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lydford-gorge

Only 15mins from us, the gorge is an amazing place to visit at any time of the year. The wildlife, river, plants and trees provide a stunning show each and every day. Dippers and wagtails can be seen flying low over the river, while woodland birds can be spotted darting about in the trees.  Bluebells and wild garlic provide a heady scent and patchwork quilt of green, white and blue in May. Throughout the spring and summer other wildflowers add to the array of colours from pink purslane to the yellows of primroses and buttercups. The trees provide a spectrum of colour from the bright greens of the spring to the rich reds, oranges and yellows of autumn.

Other Attractions…

Port Isaac

Port Isaac in north Cornwall plays the fictional village of Portwenn in the much-loved Doc martin TV series. Here we take in some of the locations where cameras rolled…Alongside the village of Port Isaac itself, Fern Cottage is one of the most recognisable Doc Martin locations and draws fans from all over the world keen to get a shot of Doctor Ellingham’s surgery. It is easily found in Port Isaac by walking 100 metres past the harbour and up the hill towards the coast path for Port Quin, and as well as the kudos of welcoming the blood phobic doctor, Fern Cottage enjoys impressive views over the village and natural harbour.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

01726 845100 SN: PL26 6EN www.heligan.com

The Lost Gardens of Heligan near Mevagissey in Cornwall, are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. The gardens are typical of the nineteenth century Gardenesque style with areas of different character and in different design styles.

The gardens were created by members of the Cornish Tremayne family from the mid-18th century up to the beginning of the 20th century and still form part of the family’s Heligan estate. The gardens were neglected after the First World War and restored only in the 1990s, a restoration that was the subject of several popular television programmes and books.

Plymouth Hoe

Plymouth Hoe is the natural heart of Plymouth with breath-taking views across Plymouth Sound, one of the most perfect natural harbours in the world. Standing tall on the luscious green-lawned expanse of the Hoe is the iconic Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse. Gaze down at the shoreline and you’ll see the glorious Art Deco Tinside Lido, open to the public for bathing during the summer months. It is here where Sir Francis Drake, intrepid explorer and local hero, is immortalised in a statue, situated just a few metres from the green where he finished his game of bowls before heading out to defeat the Spanish Armada in 1588.  At the eastern end of the Hoe you’ll find The Royal Citadel, the most impressive 17th century fortress in Britain and for many years England’s most important defence against attack from the sea. The Citadel has been in constant military occupation since it was built and today it is home to some of Plymouth’s modern heroes – the troops of 29 Commando Royal Artillery.

The Grade 1 former Royal Naval victualling yard has come alive with cafes, bars, restaurants, museum and art galleries so if you fancy a bit of shopping or a great meal with amazing views over the River Tamar head on down to Plymouth.

Tamar Ottery

01566 785646  PL15 8GW  www.tamarotters.co.uk

On your visit to the Tamar Otter & Wildlife Centre you will see British and Asian Short Clawed Otters playing and being fed close at hand – call ahead to find out feeding times. There are Fallow Deer in a woodland enclosure and you will see Wallabies and Muntjac Deer roaming around the 21 acre grounds.  We have several Owl species and other birds of prey. Enter the wildwood and you will come across Deer, Birds of Prey, Meerkats, Wallabies and Scottish Wildcats and eventually you will come across the tranquil quarry pool.

The Plymouth Gin Distillery, Plymouth

01752 665292 PL1 2LQ www.plymouthdistillery.comThe oldest working distillery in England that has been making the world famous Plymouth Gin since 1793. You can tour the distillery and then enjoy a drink (preferably gin & tonic or martini!)in their Refectory Bar or have a bite in the Brasserie. Some beautiful artisanal gins to take home with you from their shop too.

The New Carlton Cinema, Okehampton

01837 658586  EX20 1HN   www.merlincinemas.co.uk

Shows all the latest movies in two big screen cinemas, one with waiter service drinks and its only 25 mins from us.

Trethorne Leisure Park

01566 86324  PL15 8QE    www.trethorne-leisure.com

Family Fun Day Out at a Friendly Attraction in Cornwall.  Trethorne Leisure Park near Launceston is a fantastic family day out in Cornwall and an all-weather family tourist attraction in Cornwall. In the farm park we guarantee you hours of family fun, adventure and entertainment. We have over an acre of outside play areas and over 45,000 sq ft of indoor play areas and adults can join in too! In the animal barn our friendly animals include ponies, goats, llamas, cow & calves and pigs.  Why not try our animal activities; hand milking the cow, bottle feeding the calves and our ‘In touch with animals’ session where you can hold the guinea pigs and rabbits. Separately we also have 8 lanes of Ten Pin Bowling, Dodgems Rink, Games Arcade, Restaurant, Gift Shop and Conference Facilities. We feel we offer so many activities on one site, so whatever the weather you can be sure of a fun filled family day out in Cornwall.