Around Exeter – Half Term with The National Trust

 As those who follow the blog will probably have guessed, we are enthusiastic members of The National Trust. We visit our local properties almost weekly and try and seek out places to utilise our membership when we go further afield. We particularly enjoy taking part in all the additional family fun and activities that many places put on in the school holidays. 

I’ve gathered together some information on what the local properties have going on in the February half term. Entry to the properties is included in membership, while the extra activities normally have a small additional charge. Non-members will usually have to pay entrance and activity fees. Please check with each property before planning a trip!

Summer ‘Sports Day’ fun at Castle Drogo

We love Castle Drogo and have enjoyed many visits despite the ongoing restoration and building works. In the summer we took part in their ‘Sports Day’ trail and had so much old-fashioned fun! For the half term holidays, you can participate in the Castle Drogo Fairy Trail around their gardens, visit their cafe, play in the play area, walk to Fingle Bridge or take a behind-the-scenes tour of the castle (no general access currently available).

Enjoying the ‘jumping logs’ at Killerton

Killerton House is our nearest National Trust property and we spend many happy hours exploring every corner of the estate! From walking in Ashclyst Forest or Danes Wood, to playing above Ellerhayes Bridge or visiting Clyston Mill and Budlake Post Office, we always have a brilliant time.

One of the fantastic swings at Killerton

Every summer we enjoy the Wicked Wednesdays, and look forward to finding out the themes this year! In this half term, the house reopens and there is a Flower Trail around the gardens.

The beautiful view of the Exe Estuary from A La Ronde

A La Ronde is a very special place, fascinating for children and adults and surrounded by lovely things to see – shells, sea views, art work and gardens. The delicious cakes from the tea rooms are a big draw for me too! In the summer we had a great time at their activity days, so have no doubt that their half term Mouse Hunt and Games Trail will be fantastic fun too!

Dressing Up at A La Ronde

Knightshayes near Tiverton has extensive grounds, parkland and woods and is a great place to really burn off some energy. There are now 2 play areas – the new ‘Four Oaks’ is especially brilliant, and free to visit (car park charges apply).

The ‘Four Oaks’ play trees at Knightshayes

Knightshayes have a programme planned for Half Term Havoc and different outdoor activities will be available each day. Parts of the main house will also be open, and there is a visitor centre with cafe and gift shop too.

Exploring the parkland at Knightshayes

Wherever you go, and whatever you get up to, I hope you have a brilliant time! 

5 thoughts on “Around Exeter – Half Term with The National Trust

  1. Love ur blog! I have just forwarded the address to my sister! We both have 2 year olds and are always looking for new ideas for places to visit in Devon. We both also LOVE the national trust ( collerton fishacre being one of our faves). We were both born and brought up in Newton Abbott but now live up in Cheshire and Yorkshire, but still make the pilgrimage home to see family whenever we can. I thought we knew just about all the places to visit in Devon but ur lovely blog has given me so many new ideas. Excited to plan our next trip to the best county in the UK!! Thank u 😁

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    • Oh thank you! Such a kind message 🙂 great tonhearbthat you’ve enjoyed the blog – I’m always writing up new places so keep your eyes out for more to add to your list! We’ve just come back from a couple of days in Yorkshire and loved it there too 😀


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