Explore with the whole family

Coulscott is the perfect place for fun-filled family holidays, with glorious beaches and top tourist attractions on our doorstep you can be sure of fun for all ages whatever the weather. Choose from steam trains, theme park rollercoaster rides, 4×4 quad biking, coasteering adventures or learning to surf. Wherever you look there is tons of family fun to be had and if your kids are fans of wildlife, you’ve come to the right place, we have award-winning aquariums and zoos, to farm attractions and nature trails all nearby.

1 mile

Combe Martin Beach

Our nearest beach, the sheltered bay of Combe Martin is perfect for kayaking and stand up paddle-boarding (SUP) and it attracts seals and dolphins too, giving those enjoying such water sports a memorable experience. At high tide the beach is a pebbly sand but as the tide retreats it reveals a sandy beach perfect for your sandcastle builders and some of the best rock pools along the whole coast! Boards and Kayaks can be rented in the village from Surf Side – continually awarded a certificate of excellence by Tripadvisor they also offer guided kayaking tours.

1.5 miles

Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park 

A visit to Devon’s very own prehistoric park is a must, home to an abundance of exotic and indigenous wildlife and the very latest in Dinosaur animatronics! Don’t forget to take a ride on the Dino Express, you will scream as seven and a half thousand gallons of water hurtle towards you and your fellow passengers! Or be brave enough to enter the park’s underground tomb for a fascinating insight into Egypt.  A gigantic indoor soft play area for fun whatever the weather. 

2 miles

Horse Riding on Exmoor

The BHS and ABRS approved Dean Riding Stables offer tuition and escorted hacking for all ages and ability levels on the wilds of Exmoor, some even include a ride to a country pub! With quality well-mannered horses and ponies. Especially welcoming of the novice and the nervous ‘from tiny tots to galloping grannies’, apparently! So this is the place to get started on your new horsey hobby, with friendly and supportive training on hand. 

4 miles

Watermouth Harbour, Castle & Theme Park 

The Family Theme Park and Castle nestled down in nearby Watermouth Harbour takes you back in time to the simple pleasures of Victorian life. With animated scenes, a model railway and a dungeon labyrinth. Take in some of the fantastic rides, play crazy golf, or even crazy snooker, or maybe a walk round the maze and see if you can find your way out! Or if you are feeling brave enough you could take on the kids in a battle inside the Soft Ball Shooting Cannons? Or dare you challenge them at the risk of getting wet with a round of Water Wars?  

4 miles

 Coasteering 

This is one for the adrenaline junky families out there! If you would like to experience nature’s own adventure playground around the beautiful North Devon coast, we are lucky enough to be based near one of the finest coasteering locations anywhere in Britain. With many experienced and well respected Coasteering & Adventure Sports companies operating from as nearby as Watermouth Harbour the next bay along from Combe Martin. Climb over rocks, jump into the sea, swim through gullies, explore caves – be prepared to take the leap! 

5.5 miles

Arlington Court 

Ready for an adventure? From outdoor den building to browsing an impressive model ship collection, National Trust’s Arlington Court is a great spot for your family day out. Little adventurers will love exploring the great outdoors, and there’s plenty to discover. Go for a stroll through the beautiful formal Victorian Gardens and see how many flowers you can spot as you stroll past the pond, or go for an adventure on one of many marked out woodland walks – don’t forget to keep your eyes out for deer! 

7 miles

Ilfracombe Sea Safari  

Experience a fun ride, adventure and education amongst the natural beauty of the North Devon coast, departing from the scenic Ilfracombe Harbour. With many different boat adventures ranging from 1 to 6 hours to choose from offering wildlife cruises, fishing trips, swimming with seals & much more! Ilfracombe Sea Safari provides trips that are suitable for all ages and great fun. 

7 miles

Woody Bay Train Station

The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway currently offers a two-mile train trip with stunning scenery at great value, all packed into a half hour ride. You can get up close to a real steam engine, a real hit for all those Thomas the Tank Engine fans! At Woody Bay Station there’s a chance to grab a snack or get a drink in the tearooms and garden, or maybe have a look round the well-stocked gift shop.

 8 miles

Keypitts Off-Road Adventures

The nearby activity centre offers Quad biking, Battlezone Archery and a 4×4 Land Rover driving experience. Open all year round – whatever the weather – they’ve been offering quad biking and other outdoor activities for over two decades. 

12 miles

Learn to surf!

Hunter Surf offer a wide range of bespoke surf lessons catered to families and friends, they are also the only surf school that is located directly on Woolacombe beach. It’s not just us that think they are awesome, rated 5 out of 5 (in fact every single one of their reviews have rated them “excellent”!) on Tripadvisor and ranked #2 of all things to do in Woolacombe!  As a guest of Coulscott you can also enjoy a fantastic 10% discount on surf lessons with Hunter Surfing. Learn to surf from the best coaches around on one of the World’s best beaches!

15 miles

Cycling the Tarka Trail   

Inspired by the route travelled by Tarka the Otter, this 180 mile, figure eight route traverses unspoiled countryside, dramatic sea cliffs and beautiful beaches. The southern loop incorporates the longest, continuous off-road cycle path in the UK. Walking or cycling, you can experience the best this beautiful area has to offer. Bikes can be hired nearby at Braunton. The Tarka Trail will take you through ancient villages, wooded valleys, along the banks of rivers, high over moorland with spectacular views of Exmoor and along dramatic sea cliffs and vast expanses of beautiful beaches.

16 miles

Quince Honey Farm

One of Britain´s leading honey Farms, this family-run business is refining new beekeeping techniques and sharing it with the public. They offer beekeeping demonstrations and hands-on activities such as making candles and hives that open to reveal their inner workings safely behind glass. 

17 miles

Lundy Island Day Trip 

A day trip by boat to Lundy makes for an unforgettable family experience. Lying 10 nautical miles off the coast of Devon, you can take the ferry to Lundy from nearby Ilfracombe Harbour, a short drive away. This small island packs a big punch with it offering an amazingly diverse range of things to do for day-trippers. Because of its isolation the habitat for wildlife is often compared to that of Galapagos. In a place of wide spaces and big skies, without roads, cars or pollution, simply walking is a profound pleasure! 

24 miles

The BIG Sheep

No matter the weather, this award-winning family attraction is guaranteed to be a highlight of your holiday. Come rain or shine The BIG Sheep has an action-packed programme of rides, shows, animals, indoor play to keep everyone in the family entertained. The BIG Sheep is home to Devon’s most popular roller coaster and the world-famous sheep race! Children can enjoy the magic of a real farm – newborn lambs for most of the year and other baby farm animals to feed and cuddle at Pet’s Corner. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture some magical moments and sheep selfies.

31 miles

North Devon Wake Park

A unique aquapark adventure for all of the family – race, slide, and chase each other around the lake-based course, trying to beat everyone in total wipe out style! There is also straight line and overheard cable Wakeboarding on offer at this water fun park! It doesn’t matter if you have never wakeboarded before, they will get you started with one of the best activities in North Devon! 

1 MILE

Combe Martin Beach

Our nearest beach, the sheltered bay of Combe Martin is perfect for kayaking and stand up paddle-boarding (SUP) and it attracts seals and dolphins too, giving those enjoying such water sports a memorable experience. At high tide the beach is a pebbly sand but as the tide retreats it reveals a sandy beach perfect for your sandcastle builders and some of the best rock pools along the whole coast! Boards and Kayaks can be rented in the village from Surf Side – continually awarded a certificate of excellence by Tripadvisor they also offer guided kayaking tours.

1.5 MILES

Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park

A visit to Devon’s very own prehistoric park is a must, home to an abundance of exotic and indigenous wildlife and the very latest in Dinosaur animatronics! Don’t forget to take a ride on the Dino Express, you will scream as seven and a half thousand gallons of water hurtle towards you and your fellow passengers! Or be brave enough to enter the park’s underground tomb for a fascinating insight into Egypt.  A gigantic indoor soft play area for fun whatever the weather. 

2 MILES

Horse Riding on Exmoor

The BHS and ABRS approved Dean Riding Stables offer tuition and escorted hacking for all ages and ability levels on the wilds of Exmoor, some even include a ride to a country pub! With quality well-mannered horses and ponies. Especially welcoming of the novice and the nervous ‘from tiny tots to galloping grannies’, apparently! So this is the place to get started on your new horsey hobby, with friendly and supportive training on hand.

4 MILES

Watermouth Harbour, Castle & Theme Park

The Family Theme Park and Castle nestled down in nearby Watermouth Harbour takes you back in time to the simple pleasures of Victorian life. With animated scenes, a model railway and a dungeon labyrinth. Take in some of the fantastic rides, play crazy golf, or even crazy snooker, or maybe a walk round the maze and see if you can find your way out! Or if you are feeling brave enough you could take on the kids in a battle inside the Soft Ball Shooting Cannons? Or dare you challenge them at the risk of getting wet with a round of Water Wars?

4 MILES

Coasteering

This is one for the adrenaline junky families out there! If you would like to experience nature’s own adventure playground around the beautiful North Devon coast, we are lucky enough to be based near one of the finest coasteering locations anywhere in Britain. With many experienced and well respected Coasteering & Adventure Sports companies operating from as nearby as Watermouth Harbour the next bay along from Combe Martin. Climb over rocks, jump into the sea, swim through gullies, explore caves – be prepared to take the leap!

5.5 MILES

Arlington Court

Ready for an adventure? From outdoor den building to browsing an impressive model ship collection, National Trust’s Arlington Court is a great spot for your family day out. Little adventurers will love exploring the great outdoors, and there’s plenty to discover. Go for a stroll through the beautiful formal Victorian Gardens and see how many flowers you can spot as you stroll past the pond, or go for an adventure on one of many marked out woodland walks – don’t forget to keep your eyes out for deer!

7 MILES

Ilfracombe Sea Safari

Experience a fun ride, adventure and education amongst the natural beauty of the North Devon coast, departing from the scenic Ilfracombe Harbour. With many different boat adventures ranging from 1 to 6 hours to choose from offering wildlife cruises, fishing trips, swimming with seals & much more! Ilfracombe Sea Safari provides trips that are suitable for all ages and great fun.

7 MILES

Woody Bay Train Station

The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway currently offers a two-mile train trip with stunning scenery at great value, all packed into a half hour ride. You can get up close to a real steam engine, a real hit for all those Thomas the Tank Engine fans! At Woody Bay Station there’s a chance to grab a snack or get a drink in the tearooms and garden, or maybe have a look round the well-stocked gift shop.

8 MILES

Keypitts Off-Road Adventures

The nearby activity centre offers Quad biking, Battlezone Archery and a 4×4 Land Rover driving experience. Open all year round – whatever the weather – they’ve been offering quad biking and other outdoor activities for over two decades.

12 MILES

Learn to surf!

Hunter Surf offer a wide range of bespoke surf lessons catered to families and friends, they are also the only surf school that is located directly on Woolacombe beach. It’s not just us that think they are awesome, rated 5 out of 5 (in fact every single one of their reviews have rated them “excellent”!) on Tripadvisor and ranked #2 of all things to do in Woolacombe! As a guest of Coulscott you can also enjoy a fantastic 10% discount on surf lessons with Hunter Surfing. Learn to surf from the best coaches around on one of the World’s best beaches!

15 MILES

Cycling the Tarka Trail

Inspired by the route travelled by Tarka the Otter, this 180 mile, figure eight route traverses unspoiled countryside, dramatic sea cliffs and beautiful beaches. The southern loop incorporates the longest, continuous off-road cycle path in the UK. Walking or cycling, you can experience the best this beautiful area has to offer. Bikes can be hired nearby at Braunton. The Tarka Trail will take you through ancient villages, wooded valleys, along the banks of rivers, high over moorland with spectacular views of Exmoor and along dramatic sea cliffs and vast expanses of beautiful beaches.

16 MILES

Quince Honey Farm

One of Britain´s leading honey Farms, this family-run business is refining new beekeeping techniques and sharing it with the public. They offer beekeeping demonstrations and hands-on activities such as making candles and hives that open to reveal their inner workings safely behind glass.

17 MILES

Lundy Island Day Trip

A day trip by boat to Lundy makes for an unforgettable family experience. Lying 10 nautical miles off the coast of Devon, you can take the ferry to Lundy from nearby Ilfracombe Harbour, a short drive away. This small island packs a big punch with it offering an amazingly diverse range of things to do for day-trippers. Because of its isolation the habitat for wildlife is often compared to that of Galapagos. In a place of wide spaces and big skies, without roads, cars or pollution, simply walking is a profound pleasure!

24 MILES

The BIG Sheep

No matter the weather, this award-winning family attraction is guaranteed to be a highlight of your holiday. Come rain or shine The BIG Sheep has an action-packed programme of rides, shows, animals, indoor play to keep everyone in the family entertained. The BIG Sheep is home to Devon’s most popular roller coaster and the world-famous sheep race! Children can enjoy the magic of a real farm – newborn lambs for most of the year and other baby farm animals to feed and cuddle at Pet’s Corner. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture some magical moments and sheep selfies.

31 MILES

North Devon Wake Park

A unique aquapark adventure for all of the family – race, slide, and chase each other around the lake-based course, trying to beat everyone in total wipe out style! There is also straight line and overheard cable Wakeboarding on offer at this water fun park! It doesn’t matter if you have never wakeboarded before, they will get you started with one of the best activities in North Devon!

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