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What’s On Half Term Events Guide February 2018

In February the West Country is a bit like a grizzy bear waking up from hibernation. Most people involved in the tourist industry can’t believe that the winter lull has already nearly passed.  Not all attractions are open and those that are tend to not be quite running at full steam!

However that welcome half term school break is nearly here and I know you are probably looking for ideas to get out and about.  So here’s some ideas in my what’s on half term events guide for February 2018 and a reminder to look through my archive of posts!

Animals and Wildlife

Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

The new visitor centre is now open at the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary which includes interactive exhibits to explore.  This half term join in the Best Friends Forever Trail.  Discover which of the sanctuary’s donkeys are best buddies and for extra points, see if you can spot them together or even playing together. Trail sheets are available from the new Visitor Centre for just £3, which includes a prize on completion. If you’ve not been for a while the new cafe is lovely and there are lots of walks around if the weather is being kind!

What’s On Half Term Events Donkey Sanctuary, near Sidmouth in East Devon.

Wildwood Escot

Between Exeter and Honiton, Wildwood Escot has something for all ages. From spotting the red squirrels or the new wolves to an indoor play area and Saxon Village. There are no events advertised so far for half term but you can read about our visit last year on my blog here.

Axe Valley Wildlife Park

Enjoy a visit to this small wildlife park near Axminster which reopens this half term.

Ferne Animal Sanctuary

This lovely animal sanctuary near Chard is home to rescued farm animals, pets as well as ducks and wild fowl.  There’s also a nice cafe. A new visitor centre and gift shop opened last year at Ferne Animal Sanctuary.

Outdoor Fun

The Bear Trail

For real outdoor wet and muddy fun The Bear Trail near Cullompton is a great place for a few hours with energetic kids. Assault course style rope bridges, swings and new obstacles for 2018. Be prepared for lots of mud so take old clothes. There’s a good coffee and fresh pizza on offer.  Have a look at our visit and video from last year.

Vivary Park Adventure Centre – Taunton

Tucked away in the middle of Taunton in the lovely Vivary Park.  Here you can enjoy high ropes, climbing and mini golf. There are two high rope sections,  one which is suitable for younger children.  Even the high one is not as hard as some other well know systems and there are less weight and height restrictions.

There’s a cafe and the chance to have a nice walk around the park and feed the ducks as well. I’m planning on doing a proper write up for you about this.

What’s On Half Term Events Guide Vivary Park High Ropes

Seaton Wetlands – Wild East Devon

Sign up for session of bird watching or make your own bird box or bird feeder. Seaton Wetlands is a lovely place to spend a few hours and these events are very good value.  You need to book so check here for availability.

All ages can also join the East Devon team at Cranbrook on 14th February to make your own bird feeder.

Fossil Hunting

Why not head to Charmouth to see the amazing Sea Dragon that is now on display in the Charmouth Heritage Centre and also book in for some fossil hunting.  There are also events on at Seaton Jurassic with a fire and dragons theme!

Country Houses and Gardens

If we get some fine days there’s outdoor fun to be had searching for spring flowers on one of my lovely walks or at a country house.

Try Killerton National Trust, Forde Abbey or a little further afield is Stourhead. You can even have a go at building a den at Barrington Court National Trust in South Somerset.

I’ve also heard good things about events at Hannah’s at Seale Hayne (near Newton Abbot) and over half term there is a week of wildlife based activities planned.  There’s also a restaurant, cafe, shops and a gallery so something for everyone.

A little video of Killerton House and park taken over Christmas.

Childrens’s Attractions

Crealy Adventure Park

Take advantage of the special entry price of £10 at Crealy near Exeter over half term (10th – 18th February). You need to book tickets online and in advance.

World of Country Life

Reopening after a winter break, World of Country Life in Exmouth this year celebrates it’s 40th year.  A lovely day out with animals, indoor play areas and more.

Pennywell Farm

Over half term you can buy a ticket to Penneywell Farm and return again for free later in the week.  There are shows on each day with juggling, magic, circus skills, balloons, games, prizes and crazy comedy. Plus pig racing every day at 2:30. Near Buckfastleigh.

Have Fun This Half Term

I hope there is something here to inspire you.  Even if you don’t want to spend any money, there are lots of lovely walks, woodland to explore and other ideas for days out on the blog.  So please take a look at some of the other posts and also the Events listing or pin this page for later.

If you are heading Torquay way then my friend Organised Jo has more half term ideas for you on her blog.
Thank you for reading Flip Flops or Wellies blog.


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What’s On Half Term Events Guide February 2018

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Whether you are on holiday, recently moved to the region or like me live here and realise that there are great places a just few miles away that seem to have passed you by, then I hope you enjoy reading this.


  1. Kids of the Wild

    What a great resource for people in the SW, some lovely ideas here. #CountryKids

  2. Claire at tin bIc travEller

    So many great recommendations and lots of our favourite Devon days out. We still need to to Stourhead and Charmouth sometime! #MondayEscapes

  3. Jenni

    Oh wow what a great list. there is so much going on! I need to have a look and see what’s on near us over half term #CountryKids

  4. natalie williams

    Always good to have an up to date list of activities for the half term that isn’t too far away. I have wanted to visit Escott for ages as I’ve heard really good things about it. Great post as always! #Devonbloggers

  5. Merlinda Little

    I am already planning on what to do this half term! Although the places in the list are far from me I got some ideas on what activities to try this half term. Thanks for sharing. #countrykids

  6. Fiona Cambouropoulos

    I know some fond memories of these attractions from when we lived in Devon and my older boys were little. Reading your post brings back many happy memories. There are indeed a good variety of things to visit in Devon. We’ve never visited the Donkey sanctuary but since we don’t have any donkeys at the moment this could be a plan!

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids and have a great half term!

  7. Malin - Sensational learning with Penguin

    Oooh I hope we’ll be able to visit the West Country some time in the next couple of years, it seems to offer so much. And Killerton house looks lovely! #CountryKids

    • mm

      Yes do – I feel like I’m being a tourist rep here!

  8. ZEnbabytravel

    Oh w0w, spoilt for choice in the West country! We need to visit more often and leave London madness to therapeutic countryside and all those wild life sanctuaries! We are skiing half term Feb, but hoping fir some longer week-ends West country closer to the summer! #countrykids

    • mm

      You should definitely visit. East Devon is less than 3 hours from London – countryside, coast, cram teas, days out….happy to help you make a plan!

  9. Sarah Christie

    A great collection of half term activities here, now all we need a a little bit of decent weather. Thanks so much for linking up #MondayEscapes x

  10. Lisa

    Good choices. We had a house of sick over half-term so will keep these in mind for the Easter holidays which will creep round super quick 🙂


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Clare Flipflops or WelliesHi! I am Clare and I live in glorious East Devon with my family. I love finding new places to explore in the West Country as well as further afield. I hope you enjoy reading and taking inspiration from my blog.

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