Half term fun in North Devon

Published: Thursday 12th Feb 2015

Written by: Sarah Dullaghan

No excuses for bored children this half term - there's plenty to do and see this half term in North Devon. Here's a quick round up of just a few of the fun things you can do next week.

Tuesday 17th February - Celebrate Pancake Day

Lentsherd at Clovelly

Lentsherd (pronounced 'Lanshard') is an old Clovelly custom, which takes place every year on Shrove Tuesday. At dusk, children meet at the top of the cobbles and then set off down to the harbour, dragging along clattering tins that are tied to string. At the harbour, all these tin cans are tied together and thrown into the sea (to be retrieved later).  The idea is to help rid Clovelly of all the bad things from the previous year by chasing bad spirits away and driving the devil into the sea before Lent. All children taking part can enjoy a FREE pancake! And its FREE entry after 4.30pm. For further details, please visit www.clovelly.co.uk


Pancake Day Races at South Molton

Get the family over to South Molton's Pannier Market on Shrove Tuesday for pancake races for all - preschoolers, children, families, mums and dads and grandparents. Only £1 entry fee for adults (children are free). Plus there were be plenty of stalls and stands on the day to support local causes and charities - find out more HERE

Wednesday 18th February - Ranger Day at Arlington Court

This half term, join the rangers at Arlington Court for a fun day in the great outdoors. Discover what they do and enjoy learning some top 'rangering' skills such as shelter building, cooking on a fire, tracking animals, hunting for bugs and much more. Find out more at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/arlington-court

Friday 20th February - Dragons and Lanterns activity morning at Ilfracombe Museum

Celebrate Chinese New Year - make a Chinese lantern or a dragon mask or have a go at the dragon trail around the museum. £2 per child - accompanying adult free. No need to book.

Garden Scarecrow Family Workshops - RHS Rosemoor

Throughout half term, take your old, unwanted clothes and make a life-sized scarecrow to go on display in the Rosemoor Garden for visitors to see and with a 'people's choice' vote for the best. Workshop times: 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm. Normal garden admission applies, plus £7 per scarecrow. Please visit www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor

Will you be lucky enough to watch a lamb being born this half term? At The Big Sheep, they have plenty of resident ewes all waiting to give birth. Visitors can enjoy watching the ewes give birth and the ewes feeding their new born lambs. To discover their timetable of fun and frolics, please visit their website at www.thebigsheep.co.uk

PLUS Much More...

With many local attractions reopening for half term. And if the weather stays fine, then there is also the beach and the rockpools...

And there's still time to book a family break this half term in North Devon and Exmoor - find out what's available HERE or call our local reservations team on 01271 813777

Half Term Fun

Sarah Dullaghan



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