Pecorama in Beer is a great place, more than worth the drive from Exeter. Whilst it’s not a cheap day out, it is good value for money, and you can save a little by booking online in advance. There is ample free parking, though the overflow spaces are just in a field.
There’s several model railways set up in the entrance building along with a specialist shop for enthusiasts. Most of the exhibition is free but there are some coin-operated displays too. There are toilets in a converted carriage in the entrance coach park (disabled parking is available here.)
Depending on which ticket type you go for, you may or may not have a round of crazy golf, but all visitors get a decent ride on the miniature railway in open carriages. The ride lasts about 15 minutes and takes you through tunnels and past lots of miniature details including the Pecorama Moles! Trains run regularly through the day so there’s no panic about missing one. Extra rides can be purchased if you want to go round again. There’s a pram park for buggies and wheelchairs on the approach to the station – picnic bags and bulky stuff can be left here too as the carriages are pretty snug!
You can spend unlimited time in the indoor ‘playstation’ which is bright, clean and fun for all children under 12. There’s a separate area for very little ones, lovely toilets and baby changing and a little coffee station along with lots of seating for adults on 2 levels. There’s loads of outdoor play equipment and plenty of picnic tables surrounding all play areas if you want to take your own food. (There’s a separate family restaurant as well as snacks available in the Playstation. For those without children, there’s a converted Pullman cafe too).
The landscaped gardens have lots of little paths to wander and terraces from which to admire the stunning sea views. All paths are surfaced and suitable for wheelchairs and prams but the inclines can be steep in places.
You can easily spend a whole day here, but if you wanted to you can combine visiting Peco with a trip to the beach or a wander around beautiful Beer. There are footpaths from Pecorama down to the village, or you can drive to the main (pay & display) car park clearly signposted off the High Street. There are shops selling ice creams, groceries and picnic supplies as well as a fish n chip shop open in the afternoons/evenings.
The beach is shingle, and steeply shelving but lovely for a swim in the summer. Take a pack of felt tips and children will be amused for ages decorating their stones.
There is a playpark at the top of the slipway to the beach, as well as a smaller play area next to the school near Pecorama, so lots to motivate if you need to walk back to the top of the hill again!