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11 Easter Activities in the South West

11 Easter Activities in the South West

It’s Easter Holiday time and definitely time to get out and about with the kids. The weather should be a lot better, although Saturday was definitely a cinema day with torrential rain.

Easter Activities in the South West

We have a half work, half time off Easter Holiday’s this year but here are some great ideas to get out and about with the kids in the South West.

Easter Activities in the South West

1. Egg-citing Easter Dinosaur Egg Hunt 1st – 16th April – Seaton Jurassic.
£1 for a clue sheet – Just complete the trail and claim your prize!

Easter Activities in the South West
2. Easter Egg Hunt – The Miniature Pony Centre 14th, 16th and 17th April
As well as all the usual fun stuff to do at the pony centre including pony rides, indoor and outdoor play they are holding an Easter Egg Hunt with a fancy dress theme and entertainment from Dan the Hat and Jack’s Zoo.

Easter Activities in the SouthWest

3. Easter Activities at World of Country Life – 1st – 17th April
There’s loads of stuff going on at the World of Country Life including Easter themed arts and crafts, meet the Easter Bunny, Ferret racing, an Easter Egg Hunt and The Chicken Run (which is a surprise event).

Easter Activities in the South West

4. Crealy Mega Easter Egg Hunt – 14th – 17th April
Once you’re in, collect you map and go and find the stamps. Find all the stamps and receive 1 of 10000 eggs that they’re giving away!

Easter Activities in the South West

5. Exeter Racecourse Family Day 11th April
Lots of family fun including meeting Sid and Scrat from Ice Age, Dartmoor Ponies, Children’s races, facepainting, meet the jockeys and lots more.

Easter Activities in the South West

6. Easter Fun at Pennywell Farm – 15th – 17th April
Join in the Giant Easter Egg Hunt, Egg Rolling, Egg Tossing and guess the weight of the Easter Egg as well as meeting and feeding the animals. If you go on Good Friday before 11am you may be lucky enough to get a free hot cross bun with your cuppa.

Easter Activities in the South West

7. Easter Egg Trail at Powderham Castle – 14th – 17th April
Join in the Easter Egg trail and receive a chocolaty treat from Chococo!

8. Various Kids Activities in Exeter City Centre 11th – 14th April 
Join in with Easter Crafts, street food, face painting and balloons at various places including Sidwell Street, McCoys Arcade and Harlequins Shopping Centre. Many of these are FREE as well.

9. Easter Egg Hunt at Poltimore House – 9th April
Enjoy walking round the grounds, hot cross buns and let the children go and look for the chicken’s and eggs.

Easter Activities in the South WEst

10. Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt at Killerton House – 1st – 20th April
Search the grounds for the eggs and collect your Cadbury treat at the end. Don’t forget to visit the cool bear house!

11. Easter inspired crafts at Bunyipbeads – 4th – 13th April
Enjoy some Easter inspired decoupage, cross stitch and bracelet making. Booking is required and recommended age group is 6 – 16 years.

Whatever you do make sure that it’s Egg-citing!

Lisa x

You Baby Me Mummy

Theatre Royal Plymouth – The Emperor’s New Clothes

Theatre Royal Plymouth – The Emperor’s New Clothes by Stuff and Nonsense.

The Emperors New Clothes

As part of the Blogger Programme for the Theatre Royal we were invited to go and watch The Emperor’s New Clothes.

This is a story that I was told when I was little and I was going to get a copy of the book to read to Isabelle before we went, but I thought I would leave it as a surprise.

We did watch the clip on the Website which Isabelle really enjoyed.

The show was in the Drum which is a more intimate setting which is great for kids.

The Emperors New Clothes

The Emperor’s New Clothes is about an Emperor who has a fantastical wardrobe of clothes but doesn’t have a single thing to wear for his upcoming birthday. Thank goodness that two Fashion Designers learn of this and offer their services to make the Emperor a new outfit to wear to his birthday parade.

Little does the Emperor know that the Fashion Designers are two crooks (Claude and Hugo) hoping for a bag of gold by tricking the Emperor into wearing ‘no clothes’ and parade through the town on his horse.

The Emperor’s New Clothes is performed by Toby and Jenny as well as a whole host of really cool puppets.

The performance had very little in the way of props with the main prop being a wardrobe which they slept in, was the Emperor’s Palace and Claude performed some acrobatic’s in as well.

The show interchanged between people and puppets in a very fun way and it was easy to forget that there were only two performers on stage with lots of fun opening doors and drawers.

All the children (and adults) joined in with the performance with clapping and shouting.

And then there was the part of the parade where the Emperor paraded through his Kingdom wearing NO CLOTHES! Isabelle thought this was so funny and had her hand over her mouth laughing as the Emperors bottom stuck out of a window!

The show lasts an hour which is great for little one’s who get restless. As well as watching the show I love watching Isabelle’s reactions as she watches a performance and she smiled, laughed, clapped and interacted the whole way through.

The Emperor's New Clothes

We both really enjoyed the show, and we were super excited to meet the cast including some of the fab puppets.

We met both Jenny and Toby who told us a bit about the background behind Stuff and Nothing and how long it takes to put together a production like this. Jenny and Toby have both had lots of training including going to ‘Clown School’ and Jenny is skilled in acrobatics.

Stuff and Nonsense is based in Bridport, Dorset and you can keep up to date with their performances by checking out their Facebook Page.

I loved the fact that they test all of their ideas on children to gage their reactions to see if it works. What better way to have the critical eye of a child who would boldly point out if they thought something was pants or not.

We got to hold some of the puppets which was quite awesome. I had a hold of Molly but I couldn’t work out how to keep her head up and Isabelle had a got with Molly’s pet pig which she loved as it was her favourite character. She mastered the mouth quite well.

The Emperor’s New Clothes is running at the Theatre Royal Plymouth until the 14th January so there’s still plenty of time to go and watch. It is recommended for 2 years + but they have some information available for you to read so you can work out if you think it would be suitable which you can read here. I would have taken Isabelle to see this at two though.

The Emperor's New Clothes

Isabelle had already eyeballed the Fairy Wands that were on sale for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and quickly rushed over to buy one before we left the theatre.

We then had a wander around the Christmas Market before getting the train home which finished off the day perfectly.

The Emperor's New Clothes

Lisa

www.babynotincluded.co.uk 

 

 

The Polar Express

The Polar Express

Gone are the days where you went to see Father Christmas in Debenhams or at the school fair.

Seeing Father Christmas is an experience these days with themed days out in  theme parks, holiday destinations and magical experiences.

A friend of ours recently went to Lapland which I think will be top of my list for things to do next Christmas (yikes thinking about next Christmas already). It looked amazing and I think will be just as enjoyable for us adults as it will be for the kids.

This year my in-laws treated us to tickets for the Polar Express train in Okehampton.

If you haven’t watched the film then you should add it to your Christmas film list to watch with the kids.

So the film is about a boy who doesn’t believe in Santa. On Christmas Eve a train stops outside of his house heading for the North Pole. The Conductor lets him on and he is given a golden ticket. All sorts of things happen on train in including meeting a man on the roof who claims to be the owner of the train and the King of the North Pole and dancing/singing waiters and chefs. When they finally reach the North Pole they meet Santa and the Elves the boy realises that Santa is real. One of the bells falls off the reins of the sleigh which seems to be broken as it doesn’t ring which he then loses on the train ride home. On Christmas morning the boy opens his presents and finds the bell which now rings as he has recaptured the spirit of Christmas and believes once more.

When we arrived at the station (in pyjamas) the train was in the station waiting to be boarded.

Polar Express

All the kids (and adults) were excited and there was a lovely atmosphere in anticipation of the train ride ahead.

Like in the film, the conductor came and shouted us all aboard and we went to find our seats.

We had a lovely conductor and the funniest two chefs running up and down our carriage singing and dancing on our journey to the North Pole.

 

We took the 6pm train so it was pitch black outside which I think added to the experience.

Then we reached the North Pole where Santa and his dancing elves where the sleigh was loaded up with an enormous sack of presents.

We were served hot chocolate and the chef’s brought round ‘magic cooling milk’ to cool the kids hot chocolate down and big chocolate chip cookies.

Polar Express

Polar Express

There was a magician with a strange ball that spun and hovered in his hand.

Polar Express

A naughty elf sneaked onto our train and ran up and down the train being chased by the conductor and the chef, and we also had an appearance by the man who is on the roof in the film.

Polar Express

Polar Express

Polar Express

Isabelle even had her golden ticket clipped with her initials in it and then so did Nanny Pat.

Then Santa made an appearance and Isabelle immediately lost her voice when he asked her what she was hoping for Christmas.

Polar Express

Isabelle was given a Bell by Santa which she’s been keeping by her bed ever since, and keeps checking that she believes by ringing it.

This was such a lovely family experience and it was lovely for Isabelle’s Nanny and Papa and Aunty to see.

The trains are running until the 28th December and there are some tickets still available.

Happy Christmas Everyone x

Lisa

www.babynotincluded.co.uk 

Theatre Royal – Big The Musical

Theatre Royal – Big The Musical 

Exciting news!

My sidekick (Isabelle) and I have been selected to be resident bloggers for the Theatre Royal Plymouth which is really exciting.

The programme is much much more than attending and reviewing the many shows that they host there. We’ll be going behind the scenes, finding out about how the shows are put together, meeting the cast, checking out the cool costumes and props and getting knee deep in the excitement surrounding the whole theatre experience.

We had our very first meet-up on Tuesday which was really lovely, and there was a real mix of personalities and reasons for wanting to get involved. Isabelle wasn’t able to attend on this occasion with it being a school night but she’s eager to get stuck in.

I’m not one for getting star-struck but it is nice spotting people that you recognise from the telly, but for Isabelle and I it’s the Witch from The Room on the Broom that drew us in the first place.

Having all of Julia Donaldson’s children’s books we’re huge fans, and have already seen ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ in theatre and loved it. If we were to meet ‘The Witch’ that would be totally awesome.

We were fortunate to be able to go along and watch Big The Musical starring Jay McGuiness, Diana Vickers and Gary Wilmot based on the film with Tom Hanks (definitely worth a watch if you haven’t already).

Backstage Tour

We were given a backstage tour by Gary Wilmot, who was absolutely lovely and his love of performance and the credit he gave to the whole production team was lovely to see.

There were people everywhere, checking, cleaning and checking to make sure that everything was set for the night. I had thought that it would be totally manic with loads of stressy people dashing about, but it was very calm (even with just an hour to go).

We got to go on stage and have a look at Josh and Billy’s stage houses, as well as the toy shop. They have this enormous screen which weighs about 4 tons which provides the backdrops for the scenes and is rotated around from scene to scene. It’s not until you watch the show that you see how amazing this is.

So onto BIG The Musical.

Big The Musical

The Show

The story is based in the 80’s about a boy who is just about to turn thirteen wanting to be ‘Big’. His wish is granted by the Zoltar machine at the Carnival when he wakes up trapped inside the body of a man. The only person who knows who he really is, is his best friend He finds himself alone and grown-up in New York to fend for himself until he befriends the local toy shop owner who likes his  kid-like knowledge of cool toys. He then finds himself with a job and an apartment and all is great and exciting, even meeting a ‘grown-up woman’ who seems to have taken a liking to him. Life in the boardroom is fun but he’s ruffling feathers amongst the ‘real’ grown-ups and their lack of imagination and fun needed to make toys. Josh opens up the eyes of the ‘grown-ups’ and makes them remember what fun they had as kids before realising that being a kid himself wasn’t so bad and his quest to find a Zoltar machine to return to life as it once was.

I loved it from beginning to end! There was lots of humour and it was exciting throughout.

Big The Musical

My favourite part was when the stage was turned into a giant piano and both Josh (Jay McGuiness) and George Macmillan (Gary Wilmot) danced on the keys.

Overall it was a great show and I actually had cheek ache from grinning.

I cannot wait to find out whats in store for us next.

Big The Musical is running at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth until the 12th November before it heads to the to Dublin and then onto the West End and is definitely worth a watch if you get the chance.

Lisa

www.babynotincluded.co.uk 

October Half Term – Week 1

October Half Term – Week 1

October Halfterm

It’s the start of October half-term for most people, but we’re one week into our two week half-term holiday.

It doesn’t feel like Isabelle has been back at school and Ryan at college for less than five minutes, but this has been a welcome break away from work for me.

October Half-Term

This was Isabelle pretending that her scooter was a skateboard having just gone past the skatepark. Incidentally we passed a couple of mums with their kids, one riding one of her kids bikes whilst the other decided to have a go on her son’s skateboard.

Well, legs went a-flying and she very unladylike landed in a crumpled heap on the floor. But all was well as our wet dog ran over to investigate and gave her a very unwelcome wet sloppy kiss. Ha-ha the things we do to prove that we’re not passed it!

Having committed myself to a year of working full-time as well as running my own business and blogging commitments, the last time I had any block time off work was at the end of July which feels like an extremely long time ago.

As it’s not been officially half-term so far there hasn’t been a lot going on in terms of activities for Isabelle to do.

Ryan started working at Sainsbury’s with his first day being the start of their huge toy sale, so he got a real feel of the reality of working his butt off.

So what have we been up to?

Leisurely breakfasts and tea n toast in bed have been a regular occurrence, and it’s been a real treat not having to get up and dressed whilst keeping one eye on the clock before leaving at 7am each morning.

The ironing pile has increased – ha ha!

We’ve met up with friends and eat cake, we’ve walked the dog and been shopping.

We’ve done arts and crafts and cooking together.

October Half term

We had a day trip to Plymouth where we met up with a lovely lady from Theatre Royal – fingers crossed we might re-visit this visit in more depth.

We visited Dart’s Farm for cake and coffee (as well as sampling anything on offer which Isabelle loves to do) and sampled the most amazing curry (excluding Chris’ of course) from a lady called Bini from www.sweetcumin.co.uk based in Somerset.

I’ve added a lovely new range of Organic Baby Clothes from Jelly Babe Organics.

October Half Term

And today we went to the Pumpkin and Apple Day at West Town Farm which was lovely. We were a bit gutted that we didn’t get to try on of their pizzas made in front of you and cooked in a clay oven.

I’ve been way more productive this week , and things have been way more enjoyable.

We’re going to be slightly busier next week, but in a nice way!

Lisa

www.babynotincluded.co.uk 

Stuff to do with the Kids in the #Southwest 2016

Stuff to do with the kids in the #Southwest 2016.

Stuff to do in the South West

This is a random pic of Isabelle who chose a pickled gherkin over an ice lolly!!

So the pressures on to make the school holidays fantastic for the kids whilst keeping your sanity.

Here are some great things that we’ve found happening over the school holidays:

Crealy – A great choice for a fun day out with indoor and outdoor play as well as loads of animals to see and pet and live shows.

Take a walk around Buckfastleigh Abbey.

Paignton Zoo – Always a great day out. We’ve been both on sunny and rainy days. The last rainy day we heard the lion proper roar which makes the hairs on your arms stand on end.

Exmoor Zoo
Home of the Exmoor Beast

The Great Big Rhino Trail
Spot the Rhino’s across Exeter and Torbay. We got the map in the Express and Echo today and can’t wait to get started.

Stick Man Trail – Haldon Forest. Grab an activity pack for £3.00 and look out for the signs. It’s about half a mile long so great for little legs.

Exeter Underground Passages
Not suitable for under 5’s and a defo no if you’re claustrophobic.

The Bear Trail – Cullompton
New exciting outdoor fun for the kids!

Woodlands Theme Park
A really good fun packed day out!

Go Ape – Haldon Forest Park
Become one of the tree people (or that what Isabelle calls them when we walk through)

Kents Cavern 
Dig for gemstones, have tribal facepainting, take part in cave painting and meet Cavog.

South West Coast Path
Enjoy some lovely coastal walks – maybe take a picnic.

Visit Tiverton Castle and explore their beautiful gardens.

Living Coasts Zoo & Aquarium – Torquay

House of Marbles – Bovey Tracey

Splashdown Water Park – Paignton

World of Country Life – Exmouth

Babbacombe Model Village – Torquay

Wildwood Escot Park – Ottery St Mary
It’s definitely worth getting an annual pass.

Pennywell Farm – They have miniature pigs!

Friday 22nd July

The BFG film Showing – Exeter Phoenix (Running until 5th August)

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Saturday 30th July 

Westcountry Brick Show – Exeter Phoenix
A one day showcase of some amazing Lego creations

The BFG Workshop – Exeter Phoenix 
Making Big Friendly Ears

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Moth and Butterfly Day – Haldon Forest 
Join the A Touch of the Wild team and moth expert, Nikki Gardener at the secret camp at Holdon Forest Park. Forest activities, games and butterfly crafts as well as face painting and marshmallows around the camp fire.

Sunday 31st July 

Teddy Mac Day – Pecorama 
Story telling and book signing throughout the day.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Pirate Activities – Powderham Castle (running until 5th August)
Fun pirate themed activities aimed at 5 – 11 year olds.

Family Fun Day – Coldharbour Mill 11am – 1pm
Family admission £10 – Join Professor Bumble for party games, balloon animals and circus workshops.

Monday 1st August 

Fun with 2D Animation – Exeter Phoenix 
Creatures, Aliens and Robots. Suitable for 6 – 9 year olds.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Junior Fishing Day – Exe Valley Fishery
Join the River Exe & Tributaries Association to learn the basics of fly casting with experienced instructors. Suitable for 11 – 16 year olds.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Play in a Week – Theatre Royal 
Wishes, sea monsters, music and the moon! Play in a week will explore story telling techniques in a fun and imaginative way. Using music, shadow puppetry and performing we will work as an ensemble to find interesting ways of telling a tale to show to family and friends at the end of the week. Age 7 – 10 year old running until 5th August.

Tuesday 2nd August 

Margo & Mr Whatsit – Exeter Phoenix (Running until 6th August) 
Find out what Sophia gets up to with her imaginary friend, Mr Whatsit. Suitable from age 4+.

Try it Tuesday’s – Killerton
Join in with sports with trained coaches each week. 11am – 3pm

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Crafty Castle Capers – Castle Drogo 
Join in with arts and crafts. 11am – 4pm.

Wednesday 3rd August

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Killerton House 
Follow the Bear Trail, get your face painted and join in with interactive story telling.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Play Day – Castle Drogo 
Join in with games on Piddledown Common. 2pm – 4pm

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Mary Poppins – Theatre Royal 
Running until 3rd September.

National Playday – Phear Park, Exmouth
A free family event to celebrate children’s play. Bouncy Castle, face painting and more. 11am – 3pm

The North Devon Show – Umberleigh
Loads of things to do including climbing, monster truck show, mountain bike shows, animals and more.

Playday in the Park – Belmont Park, Exeter (Google Map).
12pm – 3pm. Celebrate National Playday at Belmont Park on Wednesday 3rd August. Arts, crafts, ploughmans and cake at the cafe, music, sensory play, stalls and a baby area.

Holiday Climbing Club – Exeter Quay Climbing Club
7 – 11 year olds 10.30am – 12pm. With no experience required, Monquays Club Is packed full of challenges, games and activities. We will teach all you need to know to have plenty of fun on our roped climbing walls.

Thursday 4th August 

Unpacked Family Theatre Festival Launch – Exeter Phoenix 
11am – Find out about what’s happening and have a bit to eat in the Cafe Bar.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

According to Arthur – Exeter Phoenix (running until 5th August)
interactive storytelling about Arthur, an odd man who lives in his attic. Suitable from 4+

Honiton Agricultural Show – Honiton Showground. 

Superhero Photo Booth – Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton 
A free event. Dress up as your favourite Superhero and have your photo taken

Holiday Climbing Club – Exeter Quay Climbing Club
7 – 11 year olds 10.30am – 12pm. With no experience required, Monquays Club Is packed full of challenges, games and activities. We will teach all you need to know to have plenty of fun on our roped climbing walls.

Lazy town Live – Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton

Pyjama Drama – The Family Garden, Exeter, EX4 1PT
Mr Hoppy’s Little Family. Several times dependent on age.

Friday 5th August 

Pyjama Drama – The Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter
Mr Hoppy’s Little Family. Several times dependent on age.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

NCS Charity Event – Exeter Quay 
A Family Friendly Mini-fete. Selling tasty, quality cakes at low prices, any bookworms can wriggle up to our brilliant book stall, children can enjoy themselves with all our fun activities and there will be competitions for all ages. It’s all for a good cause so come along!

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Free Family Disco – Starcross Royal British Legion 
7.30 – 10.30pm

Torbay Steam Fair – Dartmouth Road, Churston Ferrers, Brixham , TQ5 0JT (Google Map)
The Torbay Steam Fair has built up a reputation as one of the best shows in the South West. It is a fantastic day out for visitors of all ages and great value for money. 

Saturday 6th August 

Crediton Family Fun Day – Boniface Centre, Crediton 
10am – 1pm. Lots of fun to be had for the whole family including a bouncy castle, face painting and balloons, baby print canvases, local stalls from JJ’s Children’s Wear, Crediton Sling Library, Carrie Hawkins Photography and much much more! You can also take part in the Big Latch at 10.30am to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Fort Box Build Day – Newcombes Meadow, Crediton
10.30am – 6.30pm. Help build the UK’s largest cardboard box fort! 3000 boxes and counting, please bring any corrugated ones you have along and we’ll be raising money for Hospiscare as well

Torbay Steam Fair – Dartmouth Road, Churston Ferrers, Brixham , TQ5 0JT (Google Map)
The Torbay Steam Fair has built up a reputation as one of the best shows in the South West. It is a fantastic day out for visitors of all ages and great value for money.

The Thrifty Stork Pop-up – Matthews Hall, Topsham (Google Map)
9am. Woohoo! Final Summer Sale with fabulous Frugi bargains, Kite discounts, Piccalilly offers and more… up to 70% off!

Paignton Regatta – Paignton Green
Loads of entertainment and activities for all the family.

Sunday 7th August 

Wonderland Tea Party Fun – Powderham Castle (running until 12th August)
Meet the Queen of Hearts in the fun Wonderland themed activities. For ages 5 – 11 years.

Soul Festival – Double Locks, Exeter
12pm – 10pm. Live music and DJ.

Superhero Sunday – Woodlands
Go along and join in the Superhero fun.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Paignton Regatta – Paignton Green
Loads of entertainment and activities for all the family.

Torbay Steam Fair – Dartmouth Road, Churston Ferrers, Brixham , TQ5 0JT (Google Map)
The Torbay Steam Fair has built up a reputation as one of the best shows in the South West. It is a fantastic day out for visitors of all ages and great value for money. 

Monday 8th August 

Paignton Regatta – Paignton Green
Loads of entertainment and activities for all the family.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Tuesday 9th August 

Big Screen in the Park – Exeter Phoenix
Mary Poppins

Farmyard Show – Borough Farm, Woolacome
Can Alfie become the hero of the show as he tries to rescue Jemima, the ‘Duck in the Castle?’ With a little help from the ducks, geese, Felicity the Sheep and the Fairy pigmother, mayhem is guaranteed! Mee the dogs after the Show,and stay for a barbeque served from the Borough Farm Shepherd’s Hut. Adults £5.50, Children £3, Under 3’s free.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Paignton Regatta – Paignton Green
Loads of entertainment and activities for all the family.

Holiday Climbing Club – Exeter Quay Climbing Club
7 – 11 year olds 10.30am – 12pm. With no experience required, Monquays Club Is packed full of challenges, games and activities. We will teach all you need to know to have plenty of fun on our roped climbing walls.

Try it Tuesday’s – Killerton
Join in with sports with trained coaches each week. 11am – 3pm

Crafty Castle Capers – Castle Drogo 
Join in with arts and crafts. 11am – 4pm.

Wednesday 10th August 

Big Screen in the Park – Exeter Phoenix 
the Jungle Book

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Paignton Regatta – Paignton Green
Loads of entertainment and activities for all the family.

Puppetry Workshop – Exeter Phoenix 
Masters of puppetry Moon On A Stick share their skills ahead of an evening performance of King Arthur and The Inglewood at the Bike Shed Theatre (part of the Unpacked Family Theatre)

Holiday Climbing Club – Exeter Quay Climbing Club
7 – 11 year olds 10.30am – 12pm. With no experience required, Monquays Club Is packed full of challenges, games and activities. We will teach all you need to know to have plenty of fun on our roped climbing walls.

Pyjama Drama – Younghayes Centre, Cranbrook 
George’s Dream Grandma. Several times dependent on age.

Thursday 11th August 

Pyjama Drama – The Family Garden, Exeter
George’s Dream Grandma. Several times dependent on age.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Summer Picnic – Saltram National Trust 
12pm – 3pm. Bring your picnic and join in with some traditional, British summer fun, have a go on the cocunut shy, enter our sand castle competition and make a little boat!

Paignton Regatta – Paignton Green
Loads of entertainment and activities for all the family.

Holiday Climbing Club – Exeter Quay Climbing Club
7 – 11 year olds 10.30am – 12pm. With no experience required, Monquays Club Is packed full of challenges, games and activities. We will teach all you need to know to have plenty of fun on our roped climbing walls.

Friday 12th August 

Pyjama Drama – The Phoenix, Exeter
George’s Dream Grandma. Several times dependent on age.

Kids Disco & Barbecue, Twisted Oak, Ide 
5pm – 8pm. Disco and Barbecue

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Paignton Regatta – Paignton Green
Loads of entertainment and activities for all the family.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Love Summer Festival – Torquay 
Family Friendly Festival with live entertainment and music. Runs until 14th August.

Bat Walk – Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth (Google Map)
8.30pm – suitable from 8+. Join in for an evening stroll around the Sanctuary and use a bat detector to listen for bats as they fly and hunt for insects. Many species of bat use our woods, hedges and fields, and you’ll find out about these fascinating animals and how to identify their calls.

Water and Wildlife Day – Cricklepit Mill, Exeter (Google Map)
10am – 3pm. An open day with family activities in the wildlife garden and milling demonstrations in the historic mill. There will also be family activities in the garden to explore the wildlife of Cricklepit throughout the day. Go bug hunting in the meadow, get creative with natural weaving and make a flower press.

Maddie’s Fun Day – Padbrook Park Hotel Golf & Country Club, Cullompton (Google Map)
2pm – 8pm. Lots of fun to raise money for a Sensory Garden for Maddie

Saturday 13th August

Theatre in the garden – Killerton House, Broadclyst (Google Map)
6pm – 9pm. Heartbreak bring to life David Walliams top-rated book. Support Zoe as she battles to escape the leaning tower block to fulfil her dream of travelling the world. Expect a blend of dark reality and empowering comedy.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Paignton Regatta – Paignton Green
Loads of entertainment and activities for all the family.

Tiny Tot’s Children’s Market – St James Parish Church Hall,  Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter
11am – 2pm. Go along and grab some great baby bargains. Pre-loved and local businesses.

Sunday 14th August 

Robin Hood Activities – Powderham Castle (Running until 19th August)
Join in with the Merrymen for fun activities. Suitable for ages 5 – 11 years

Paignton Regatta – Paignton Green
Loads of entertainment and activities for all the family.

Superhero Sunday – Woodlands
Go along and join in the Superhero fun.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Summer Fair – Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth 
10am – 4pm. International food and drink, shopping village, meet and greet, trailer rides, Punch and Judy , Live Music and Entertainment and much more.

Monday 15th August 

Children’s Week – Paignton Green (Google Map)
Lots of Free activities for children.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Tuesday 16th August 

Try it Tuesday’s – Killerton
Join in with sports with trained coaches each week. 11am – 3pm

Farmyard Show – Borough Farm, Woolacome
Can Alfie become the hero of the show as he tries to rescue Jemima, the ‘Duck in the Castle?’ With a little help from the ducks, geese, Felicity the Sheep and the Fairy pigmother, mayhem is guaranteed! Mee the dogs after the Show,and stay for a barbeque served from the Borough Farm Shepherd’s Hut. Adults £5.50, Children £3, Under 3’s free.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Holiday Climbing Club – Exeter Quay Climbing Club
7 – 11 year olds 10.30am – 12pm. With no experience required, Monquays Club Is packed full of challenges, games and activities. We will teach all you need to know to have plenty of fun on our roped climbing walls.

Children’s Week – Paignton Green (Google Map)
Lots of Free activities for children.

Crafty Castle Capers – Castle Drogo 
Join in with arts and crafts. 11am – 4pm.

British Fireworks Championship – Plymouth
The world famous British Firework Championships is set to return the Plymouth for its 20th showdown in August 2016. Starts at 6.45pm

Wednesday 17th August 

Farm Open Day – Moonridge Farm, Exeter 
Starts at 10.30am. Take a stroll around the farm and feed the animals

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Holiday Climbing Club – Exeter Quay Climbing Club
7 – 11 year olds 10.30am – 12pm. With no experience required, Monquays Club Is packed full of challenges, games and activities. We will teach all you need to know to have plenty of fun on our roped climbing walls.

Children’s Week – Paignton Green (Google Map)
Lots of Free activities for children.

Thursday 18th August 

Pyjama Drama – The Family Garden, Exeter
Wherefore art thou Matilda. Several times dependent on age

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Children’s Week – Paignton Green (Google Map)
Lots of Free activities for children.

Holiday Climbing Club – Exeter Quay Climbing Club
7 – 11 year olds 10.30am – 12pm. With no experience required, Monquays Club Is packed full of challenges, games and activities. We will teach all you need to know to have plenty of fun on our roped climbing walls.

Friday 19th August 

Pyjama Drama – The Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter
Wherefore art thou Matilda. Several times dependent on age

Meet Peppa Pig at Woodlands (throughout the day).

Children’s Week – Paignton Green (Google Map)
Lots of Free activities for children.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

The Smartest Giant in Town. Open Air Theatre – Burrow Farm Gardens, Axminster
6.30pm. Just Pack a picnic, folding chairs or a rug and bring the kids because this performance of Julia Donaldsons (Author of The Gruffalo) is not to be missed

Saturday 20th August 

Children’s Week – Paignton Green (Google Map)
Lots of Free activities for children.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Sunday 21st August 

Pirates and Mermaids – Powderham Castle (Running until 29th August)
Captain Jack and his pocketwatch crew bring the summer themes to a close before they all set sail come and see if they have managed to catch a mermaid. Suitable for ages 5 – 11 years.

Superhero Sunday – Woodlands
Go along and join in the Superhero fun.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Dog Show – Double Locks, Exeter
12pm – 3pm. Registration is on the day with all the usual categories. Live music from 1pm by an amazing band

Devon Plants for Swaps – All Saints Church, Exmouth 
2 – 5pm.  3 hours of beautiful plant swaps and leave with lots of new plants for your garden
-a chance to meet & talk with local leading horticultural specialists and experts. Watch and learn new plant baby creation methods and tips. Cream teas and more.

Monday 22nd August 

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Tuesday 23rd August 

Try it Tuesday’s – Killerton
Join in with sports with trained coaches each week. 11am – 3pm

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Holiday Climbing Club – Exeter Quay Climbing Club
7 – 11 year olds 10.30am – 12pm. With no experience required, Monquays Club Is packed full of challenges, games and activities. We will teach all you need to know to have plenty of fun on our roped climbing walls.

Crafty Castle Capers – Castle Drogo 
Join in with arts and crafts. 11am – 4pm.

Meet T-Rex the Walking Dinosaur – Woodlands

Farmyard Show – Borough Farm, Woolacome
Can Alfie become the hero of the show as he tries to rescue Jemima, the ‘Duck in the Castle?’ With a little help from the ducks, geese, Felicity the Sheep and the Fairy pigmother, mayhem is guaranteed! Mee the dogs after the Show,and stay for a barbeque served from the Borough Farm Shepherd’s Hut. Adults £5.50, Children £3, Under 3’s free.

Children’s Performing Arts Summer School – Stoke Cannon Village Hall (Google Map)
Fun dance, singing, drama, games and arts and crafts. 9.00 – 11.00 age 3 – 5 years and 11.30 – 1.30 age 5 – 10 years.

Wednesday 24th August 

Pyjama Drama – Younghayes Centre, Cranbrook
The Witch under the stairs. Several times dependent on age

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Holiday Climbing Club – Exeter Quay Climbing Club
7 – 11 year olds 10.30am – 12pm. With no experience required, Monquays Club Is packed full of challenges, games and activities. We will teach all you need to know to have plenty of fun on our roped climbing walls.

Children’s Performing Arts Summer School – Stoke Cannon Village Hall (Google Map)
Fun dance, singing, drama, games and arts and crafts. 9.00 – 11.00 age 3 – 5 years and 11.30 – 1.30 age 5 – 10 years.

Thursday 25th August 

Pyjama Drama – The Family Garden, Exeter
The Witch under the stairs. Several times dependent on age

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Holiday Climbing Club – Exeter Quay Climbing Club
7 – 11 year olds 10.30am – 12pm. With no experience required, Monquays Club Is packed full of challenges, games and activities. We will teach all you need to know to have plenty of fun on our roped climbing walls.

Children’s Performing Arts Summer School – Stoke Cannon Village Hall (Google Map)
Fun dance, singing, drama, games and arts and crafts. 9.00 – 11.00 age 3 – 5 years and 11.30 – 1.30 age 5 – 10 years.

Dartmouth Royal Regatta – Dartmouth (Google Map)
Lots of fun events for both adults and children including air shows, crab fishing, icecream eating competition and fireworks.

Friday 26th August 

Cider Festival – Double Locks, Exeter
7.15pm – 11.15pm. Live music from micha and carries on to Sunday evening
live music on Saturday at 2pm and 7pm and live music on Sunday at 2pm
sselection of sausages available on Saturday and sunday 12-6

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Come and Meet Marshall from Paw Patrol – Woodlands 

Pyjama Drama –  Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter 
The Witch under the stairs. Several times dependent on age

Dartmouth Royal Regatta – Dartmouth (Google Map)
Lots of fun events for both adults and children including air shows, crab fishing, icecream eating competition and fireworks.

Saturday 27th August 

Cider Festival – Double Locks, Exeter
12pm – 11pm. Live music from micha and carries on to Sunday evening
live music on Saturday at 2pm and 7pm and live music on Sunday at 2pm
sselection of sausages available on Saturday and sunday 12-6

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Exeter Street Arts Festival – Exeter City Centre 
dozens of musicians, acrobats, artists, dancers and circus acts will fill the city centre streets with colour and sound! 10am – 6pm.

Free Chinese Taster Class – Beacon Heath Children’s Centre 
For children aged 2 – 7 years. Learn Chinese through music, stories, games, role play, themed topics and crafts.

Festival Craft Market – The Grapevine, Exmouth
12 – 4pm. Made in Devon Craft Market.

The Cheeky Boys of Pop – Exmouth Pavillion
The Cheeky Boys Of Pop battle it out this afternoon, but who will win? Robbie or Olly?! Come along for an afternoon of Pop! You’ll be dancing and singing to the hits we know and love form two of the biggest acts around right now!

Dartmouth Royal Regatta – Dartmouth (Google Map)
Lots of fun events for both adults and children including air shows, crab fishing, icecream eating competition and fireworks.

Sunday 28th August 

Cider Festival – Double Locks, Exeter
11am – 6pm. Live music from micha and carries on to Sunday evening
live music on Saturday at 2pm and 7pm and live music on Sunday at 2pm
sselection of sausages available on Saturday and sunday 12-6

Superhero Sunday – Woodlands
Go along and join in the Superhero fun.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Bank Holiday Steam Day – Coldharbour Mill Museum
10am – 4pm

Cullompton Town Fair – Collumpton Community Association Fields
11am – 6pm. A day filled with entertainment, stalls, games, activities and let’s raise lots of money while having a fantastic day!

Monday 29th August 

Plymtree Horse Show & Country Fayre – Weavers Lane Cross, Plymtree (Google Map)
Loads of stuff to do including a dog show, vintage car show, Punch and Judy, BBQ, bouncy castle and more.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Tuesday 30th August 

Holiday Climbing Club – Exeter Quay Climbing Club
7 – 11 year olds 10.30am – 12pm. With no experience required, Monquays Club Is packed full of challenges, games and activities. We will teach all you need to know to have plenty of fun on our roped climbing walls.

Farmyard Show – Borough Farm, Woolacome
Can Alfie become the hero of the show as he tries to rescue Jemima, the ‘Duck in the Castle?’ With a little help from the ducks, geese, Felicity the Sheep and the Fairy pigmother, mayhem is guaranteed! Mee the dogs after the Show,and stay for a barbeque served from the Borough Farm Shepherd’s Hut. Adults £5.50, Children £3, Under 3’s free.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Crafty Castle Capers – Castle Drogo 
Join in with arts and crafts. 11am – 4pm.

Wednesday 31st August 

Holiday Climbing Club – Exeter Quay Climbing Club
7 – 11 year olds 10.30am – 12pm. With no experience required, Monquays Club Is packed full of challenges, games and activities. We will teach all you need to know to have plenty of fun on our roped climbing walls.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

If you’ve found something great, please feel free to add a comment and I will endeavour to add to the post as I find more interesting things to go.

Lisa x

www.babynotincluded.co.uk 

Family bucket List 2016 – The Orange Elephant

Family Bucket List 2016 – The Orange Elephant

Yey we’ve ticked another one off the Family Bucket List as we visited The Orange Elephant today.

The Orange Elephant

The kids have both been before but with grandparents so this was a first for both Chris and I and it definitely won’t be the last.

It wasn’t a long journey for us and excitement got the better of Isabelle as the signposts signalled our closeness.

Pulling in there was plenty of parking which is always a bonus.

The view of the entrance and the Meadow was lovely, and then the smell of the pig, cow and sheep pooh took over confirming that we were indeed on a working farm.

 

Isabelle wasn’t interested in having a look around at all. All she was interested in finding was the icecream selection, all the while wondering what toppings and sauces they had!

She wasn’t disappointed.

There were loads to choose from including Lemon Pavlova, Muddy Green Wellies (you’ll have to visit to find out what that one is) and Mango just to name a few. There was a choice of cones, toppings, sauces and an impressive selection of icecream sundaes.

With all the amazing flavours and the time she took to choose, she chose a plain cone with vanilla icecream, strawberry sauce and marshmallows.

Admission to The Orange Elephant are extremely reasonable and we decided to get a season pass for £12.00 which admits five people (adults or children). The season ends at the end of September, but I’ve got a feeling that we will be making use of the pass.

After paying we were given our orange stickers and our maze map and off we went to find the Summer Meadow.

The Orange Elephant

We encountered sheep, pigs, chickens and cows. The sheep weren’t really bothered with us, but the pigs were quite nosy and we got a great snout picture. A calf came to greet us and the chickens were very friendly.

If you look in the chicken pen, you can see that these are special chickens that lay green eggs!!

We went round the Maize Maze with Isabelle’s excellent map reading skills and then headed for a play in the park.

The Orange Elephant

The Orange Elephant

The Orange Elephant

The Orange Elephant

There were plenty of picnic tables and grassy areas to sit for a picnic.

There were plenty of swings and slides to go on, and an assault course which Isabelle really loves to do.

The Orange Elephant

When she’d finished playing we headed back to the cafe as us parents hadn’t had a chance to taste the icecream!

We chose the  (Award Winning) Lemon Pavlova and the Chocolate Brownie Sundaes which we shared and little cheeky minx managed to wangle another icecream.

The Orange Elephant

The Orange Elephant

I didn’t take a picture but I loved the signs on the toilet doors – Heifers (ladies) and Bulls (Gents).

After finishing our sundaes (very filling indeed) we had another go in the park to round the trip off.

The Orange Elephant

But not before asking about the possibility of having Isabelle’s birthday party there.

So in summary The Orange Elephant is definitely worth a visit, it gets both adult and kid thumbs up, and I would recommend a season pass as it’s somewhere that you can nip to if you have a spare couple of hours to let the kids let off some steam and finish it off with a cheeky ice-cream.

Visit the Orange Elephant Facebook Page to keep up to date with opening times and News.

Lisa x

www.babynotincluded.co.uk 

Family Bucket List 2016

Family Bucket List 2016

I’ve noticed that a few people have set Bucket Lists for their children for this year and I loved the idea. Living in the South West there’s loads to do which we have yet to take advantage of. Here’s a list of things we’re hoping to do this year:

A trip to Pennywell Farm – They have miniature pigs!
Fruit Picking
Crabbing
Make a Fairy Garden
Exploring Dartmoor
Fingle Bridge 
Visit Bicton Gardens
The Orange Elephant
Soft Play
Swimming
Rollerskating
Visit a Museum
Visit National Trust Properties
Killlerton House 
A barbecue on the beach
Visit the library
The Theatre
Visit the Zoo
Halden Forest Park
Escot Park
Play in the park
Collect pebbles and paint them
Outdoor cinema 11.08.16
A Festival
Visit Beaches and build sandcastles
Occombe Farm
The Miniature Pony Centre
A train ride
A Boat Trip
Learn to ride a bike without stabilisers (Isabelle) – June 2016
Decoy Country Park
Prickly Ball Farm
Stover Country Park
The Donkey Sanctuary –  The Summer Fair
Cockington Court and Country Park
Baking/Cooking
Blueberry Yoghurt Bites 

That’s me all out of ideas for now, but I will be back to add more as and when we complete.

Feel free to jump in with any ideas that you think will be fun and we’ll keep you up to date with all our Family antics. I’d love to know if you have a family bucket list. What’s on yours?

Have Fun this Summer!

Lisa x

www.babynotincluded.co.uk – Funky Summer Baby Clothes IMG_1395

October Half Term Activities in the South West – 1st November 2015

October Half Term Activities in the South West on Sunday 1st November 2015

This is the last of our Activities lists as it’s back to school tomorrow. I hope you enjoyed it and it was useful. Send us some pics of your Half Term activities and we’ll add them to our Facebook Page.

Crealy, Exeter, Devon from 24th October – 1st November 

October Half Term Activities in the South West

There are loads of events happening at Devon’s Crealy this half term. Each child will receive a free pumpkin and get the chance to meet Crealy’s resident witch. Are you brave enough to come face to face with the mischievous Treehouse Trolls. See the site for details of events throughout the week which are finished off with a Firework Spectacular on 1st November from 5pm.

Pumpkins, Witches and Wizards – Wildwood Escot, Ottery St Mary, EX11 1LU 

Meet Hagatha the Witch and Choose and Carve your own Pumpkin as well as enjoying the usual activities within Escot. Running from 24th October – 1st November.

Becky Falls, Newton Abbot, TQ13 9UG

Pumpkin Carving, Scary Snake Shows, Biscuit Decorating, Scary Scars and Mischievous Meerkats. All enclosed in gorgeous grounds.

The Big Sheep, Bideford, EX39 5AP 

The have loads going on including a Daylight Hayride, Witches Flying School, Meet Spookly the Square Pumpkin, FREE facepainting and join in the Horrendously Horrid Spook Hunt. Running from 24th October – 1st November 2015.

Halloween Fun at Kents Cavern – Torquay, TQ1 2JF

There’s lots to do this October Half Term at Kents Cavern with cave tours, the Witch’s Hat joke trail, spooky dig and the Underground Pumpkin hunt. No need to book – just turn up.  Cave tours from 10:20 every 20/25 mins. Last cave tour at 4pm.

Halloween Fun at Knightshayes, Bolham, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 7RQ

With a spooky house to discover, a haunted garden trail to explore and crafts to keep them occupied – let us help keep the bogeyman of boredom away.
£2.50 per child. Normal admission applies. Running from 24th Oct – 1st Nov.

Over and out for now.

Lisa x

www.babynotincluded.co.uk – Funky Clothing & Accessories from Newborn to Toddler 

October Half Term Activities in the South West – 31st October

October Half Term Activities in the South West on Saturday 31st October 2015

Trick or Treat!!

What will you be doing with your little one’s for halloween? We’ll be off to the Bearfeet Halloween Party to do a spot of apple bobbing and boogying!

Crealy, Exeter, Devon from 24th October – 1st November 

October Half Term Activities in the South West

There are loads of events happening at Devon’s Crealy this half term. Each child will receive a free pumpkin and get the chance to meet Crealy’s resident witch. Are you brave enough to come face to face with the mischievous Treehouse Trolls. See the site for details of events throughout the week which are finished off with a Firework Spectacular on 1st November from 5pm.

Bearfeet Halloween Party, 1 Ashton Road, Exeter, EX2 8LN 5pm – 7pm 

October Half Term Activities for the kidsWe went to this last year and our daughter had a great time and was really quite good at apple bobbing. There is a prize for best fancy dress, Halloween Disco, Meal Box Included and Spooktacular games. I thought this was a total bargain at £7.50 per child. You do have to book in advance as numbers are limited. For more details pop across to their Facebook page.

Pumpkins, Witches and Wizards – Wildwood Escot, Ottery St Mary, EX11 1LU 

Meet Hagatha the Witch and Choose and Carve your own Pumpkin as well as enjoying the usual activities within Escot. Running from 24th October – 1st November.

Becky Falls, Newton Abbot, TQ13 9UG

Pumpkin Carving, Scary Snake Shows, Biscuit Decorating, Scary Scars and Mischievous Meerkats. All enclosed in gorgeous grounds.

The Big Sheep, Bideford, EX39 5AP 

The have loads going on including a Daylight Hayride, Witches Flying School, Meet Spookly the Square Pumpkin, FREE facepainting and join in the Horrendously Horrid Spook Hunt. Running from 24th October – 1st November 2015.

October Half Term Spooktacular – World of Country Life, Exmouth, EX8 5BY

October Half Term Kids Activities in the South WestThe Minions are coming to World of Country Life and they need Angus’ help! Scroll down inside this box to see details of special activities on each day. Remember – all the usual daily shows and activities are on every day as well!
Halloween Activity Sheet
Halloween Arts & Crafts
Halloween Games
Halloween Storytime
Animal Handling

Hannahs at Seale-Hayne, Howton Lane, off the Newton Abbot to Ashburton Road, Newton Abbot, Devon,  TQ12 6NQ

October Half Term Activities in the South West

Don your very best fancy dress, as the Revolution Skate team return with a wheelie wicked Halloween special.
3.30pm – 5.30pm (Family Skate), 7pm – 9.30pm (Open Skate).

Halloween Fun at Kents Cavern – Torquay, TQ1 2JF

There’s lots to do this October Half Term at Kents Cavern with cave tours, the Witch’s Hat joke trail, spooky dig and the Underground Pumpkin hunt. No need to book – just turn up.  Cave tours from 10:20 every 20/25 mins. Last cave tour at 4pm.

Monsters Ball – Woodlands, Blackawton, Totnes, South Devon, TQ9 7DQ

The Monsters Ball takes place from 5.00pm-7.00pm but your family ticket gets you access to Woodlands Park for the whole day. There will be lots of dancing, games, and a fancy dress competition hosted by The Breeze Crew and Woodlands’ Marty Monster. With pumpkin carving, trick or treat, family scare zones, wacky workshops and our brand new Monster’s Manor there’s something for everyone.  (Monster’s Ball is included in entry fee). The perfect place for your little monsters this Halloween!

Halloween Fun at Knightshayes, Bolham, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 7RQ

With a spooky house to discover, a haunted garden trail to explore and crafts to keep them occupied – let us help keep the bogeyman of boredom away.
£2.50 per child. Normal admission applies. Running from 24th Oct – 1st Nov.

Bonfire & Firework Display – River Dart Country Park, Ashburton, Devon, TQ13 7NP
October Half Term Activities in the South West

Entry prices £5.00 per person (under 3’s free) Family of four £15. This includes all day entry to the Park and firework display. Hot food and refreshments plus a licensed bar open all day. Plenty of stalls available during the day for you to browse. Bonfire lighting at 6.30pm. Firework display to follow. Why not make a day of it!

Have Fun!

Lisa x

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