If you read yesterday’s post about our holiday in South Devon then you will know we had a fabulous week. We spent a majority of it in Torquay loving our surroundings, a lot of time in the fabulous garden of the cottage we rented and we also spent time spotting deer in the woods at the back of our cottage. It was utter perfection and we really couldn’t have asked for a better holiday.
While we were there we did do some fun activities as we had to keep the kids occupied and we also wanted to do some things we couldn’t quite do at home.
The Devon Bird Of Prey Centre
We attended The Devon Bird Of Prey Centre that is run by Karen. She is very passionate about what she does, and the whole centre is run solely by her with a team of dedicated volunteers. The Centre is the realisation of Karen’s dream and the collection of birds you see is the culmination of many years hard work and determination. As all the birds are hers and the Centre is self-funded it is a project that is obviously very personal to Karen and her wish is that as many people as possible can have the experience and enjoyment of seeing the birds.
We looked around all the amazing Birds of Prey, with the children loving spotting all the different types. Karen was lovely and allowed us to fly some birds. We got to fly Oracle and Amber who are two different types of Owl. They were utterly beautiful, intelligent birds who put up their best performances in the sweltering heat we experienced last week. This was probably the highlight of the holiday and something they are all still talking about now.
For the Centre to continue to grow and expand they do need generous donations and sponsorship. To help fund The Centre they offer experience days, courses and outside events. You can visit The Devon Bird of Prey website for more details on the work they do, ways to find them and to see any events they may have on in the future.
Torquay’s Dinosaur World
On another day we visited Torquay’s Dinosaur World, which was a fantastic experience. We loved learning all the amazing facts about every single type of Dinosaur you could imagine. We were given a Dinosaur question sheet to walk around with, if we answered all the questions correctly we were then named ‘Top Dinosaur Expert’. The kids really enjoyed this little touch and I thought it was a great idea to get them reading facts and learning instead of just looking at the figures.
Even though the attraction is small it is great and you can easily spend a lot of time in there. There are lots of interactive features for you to get stuck into, like fossil digging, sitting on dinosaurs and even touching Dino poop!.
David who runs Dinosaur World is absolutely fantastic too, he really knows his stuff and was really welcoming to all of us. He got the kids hyped up before entering which made them ready for exploring. You can visit the Dinosaur World website to find out where to find them, prices and opening times.
Babbacombe Model Village and Gardens
Babbacombe Model Village and Gardens was probably one of my favourite places to visit. It is a beautiful place with a lot of character. It has everything you could imagine there in miniature form. There is even the Addams Family House along with a whole host of Marvel Superheros protecting properties.
The Village and Gardens is set across 4 acres with plenty to see. Since the village opened in 1963 the park has continued to expand the number of features on display. The village portrays English life and culture over the last 6 decades and is sure to bring to life those childhood memories!.
You can visit the Babbacombe Model Village and Gardens website to find out where to find it, prices and opening times. One of the things we loved about it was that you got free return entry into the village after your first visit, you can use this return for the night time illuminations on a Thursday evening which I would highly recommend as it gives the village a whole new lease of life.