The local area

For Families

Honicombe is based in the beautiful Tamar Valley AONB which stretches from Bodmin to Dartmoor and from the beaches of East Cornwall to the pretty towns of West Devon. There is plenty to see and do for the whole family.  Everyone from the thrill seekers, beach babies and wildlife lovers will find something to suit them right on our doorstep.  Here are some of our family favourites within easy reach! 

1 mile / 3 minutes

Tamar Valley Donkey Park

The whole family will love getting up close with Cornwall’s happiest donkeys! The donkeys share the sanctuary with a whole host of friendly critters including ponies, goats, pigs and sheep to feed and pet as well as guinea pigs and rabbits to cuddle.  If the weather turns, the huge indoor play barn is the perfect place to shelter and play. 

Tree Surfers, Tavistock

Get those hearts thumping and adrenaline pumping as you leap, glide and soar through the treetops together.  Take on the tree surfing challenge, navigating nail bitingly high rope bridges, ladders, zip wires and obstacles to work your way across the forest.

3 miles / 11 minutes

14 miles / 28 minutes

Lydford Gorge

Uncover a little magic at Lydford, searching for the wooden sculptures hidden away in the undergrowth and marvelling at the spectacular 30m waterfall at the South West’s deepest natural gorge.  The kids will love peering into the Devil’s Cauldron, getting involved in the den building workshops or playing a good old fashioned game of pooh sticks from the Waterfall Bridge.  Outdoorsy kids will love getting back to nature and exploring all day long.

National Marine Aquarium

Take a tour of the world’s oceans and marvel at the weird and wonderful sea life to be found at the UKs largest aquarium.  It’s easy to while away a whole day oohing and aahing your way through the four zones teeming with marine creatures from fearsome sharks to brightly coloured tropical fish.  Don’t forget to find Nemo, the famous clownfish is there somewhere!

21 miles / 35 minutes

30 miles / 52 minutes

Eden Project

Get lost in the rainforest at Cornwall’s world-famous tropical biomes.  Discover new species, housed in the balmy domes, marvel at the extraordinary outdoor gardens and unearth some incredible sculptures on the art trail.  With a constantly changing ecosystem and exhibits, there is always something new for the whole family to get stuck into.