South West attractions to drive to this spring
Spring is finally upon us and now is a great time to get out there and explore more of what your local area has to offer, especially after being cooped up all winter because of the adverse weather conditions. With a few more rays of sunlight to be found and slightly improved temperatures, getting the family into the car for a fun excursion or two is definitely advised! The good news is that the South West of England is replete with myriad exciting and interesting attractions to drive to this spring and it is our hope that you will use a few of the suggestions below to entertain your family in the coming months.
Babbacombe Model Village and Gardens
If you are enjoying the virtues of a Ford car in the UK, there will be no excuse needed for putting some extra miles on the clock, but a visit this spring to Babbacombe Model Village and Gardens will be an immensely appealing prospect regardless. A truly picturesque experience, this family-friendly attraction in Torquay brings all the charm of English life over the past six decades but in miniature form! The four acres of award-winning gardens at Babbacombe will delight and the hundreds of models present of various scenes, vehicles and people are fascinating to see – not to mention impressive. Fuse the aforementioned with a 4D theatre, tearoom, shop, and fun events throughout the year, and Babbacombe Model Village should certainly be on your to-do list.
Another trip that must be a part of your spring itinerary is driving down to Clovelly Village in Devon. The quaint and visually striking village of Clovelly should be explored for its historic nature, colourful appearance, and stunning cliffs over the port below. Once you’ve parked up, visitors will notice zero traffic in sight when in the village, making for an idyllic spring experience, allowing you to enjoy the endearing qualities that are present all around. With charming village shops, pretty cottages, and fantastic spots to enjoy a bite to eat, there’s so much to like about the experience. Throw in a local donkey or two, fantastic cream teas, gardens, and interesting museums, and Clovelly Village more than earns its place on our list.
Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre
For those looking to soak up a little history this spring, heading to the Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre in Cornwall is a must. Containing an all-encompassing selection of maritime artefacts and treasures, anyone who’s intrigued by the seafaring history of both Cornwall and the country at large will be entertained. The largest private collection of shipwreck artefacts on display in Europe, the heritage centre’s contents have been amassed over the last 50 years and present a truly unique and unusual museum experience. With items from more than 150 shipwrecks, varied exhibitions, and a history going back to 1715, there is a wonderful amount to soak up!
Stone Lane Gardens
Stone Lane Gardens is a rather glorious five acres of woodland garden right on the edge of Dartmoor National Park in Devon. Stone Lane Gardens is home to an important National Collection of birch and alder trees and draws a lot of attention for its annual ‘Mythic Garden’ sculpture exhibition, which is a prestigious showcase for West Country artists, all set amongst the beautifully landscaped surroundings. The gardens, with its streams, sculptures, and pools, has been a renowned attraction for many years and will surely delight those looking for a serene day out exploring the best of South West England’s nature and countryside.
If you are looking for a South West attraction at which to entertain the kids this spring, Diggerland in Cullompton might be the place for you. Adventure parks aren’t in short supply in this part of the country but Diggerland is an attraction your kids will never have experienced the likes of before. The park offers children the chance to ride and drive full-sized diggers, incorporating these thunderous vehicles in all manner of exciting ways. You can whizz around on the Spin Dizzy, enjoy the surrounding views from 50ft high in the Sky Shuttle, race around in dumper trucks, and even dig for buried treasure! Diggerland is certainly an inventive day out for the kids and will treat them to something a little bit different the spring.
Celebrating 50 years of trading in 2017, Dartington Crystal in Torrington, Devon is the UK’s leader in the sphere of crystal and glass. The only remaining factory of handmade glass left in the country, Dartington Crystal combines a delightful shopping experience with a fascinating visitor attraction. A trip to Dartington Crystal will see you shopping for premium wine glasses, homeware, gifts, and more, as well as exploring their fabulous visitor centre. Here, you can experience the factory’s history and story, watch the skilled glassblowers at work, and even get in on the action by making your own tumblers, partaking in jewellery making, painting glass, and numerous other fun activities. And don’t forget to enjoy a nice bite to eat at the café to complete your visit!
One of the joys of living in the South West of England is being surrounded by beautiful countryside, as well as exploring the exquisite public gardens dotted throughout the region. One such spot is Hestercombe Gardens in Taunton, an attraction that sets itself apart via its three distinct gardens that each pertain to a different period of English history. Visitors will have a wonderful time exploring the Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian sections of Hestercombe – its 50 acres of garden being nothing less than picture-perfect. Created way back in 1750, there is incredible history permeating all that you can see. The plants, terrace, café, and restaurant all come together to form the perfect South West spring concoction.
Thelma Hulbert Gallery
Thelma Hulbert Gallery is an award-winning public art gallery in East Devon that is renowned for its top craft and contemporary art exhibitions. Showcasing the work of established South West artists, emerging talents, and internationally acclaimed figures such as Peter Randall-Page, Thelma Hulbert Gallery is the place to be for art lovers in South West England. Located in a particularly grandiose Georgian townhouse, once the home and studio of Thelma Hubert, the gallery also contains a top-flight learning programme, workshops, and fun activities for all to enjoy. Kids can even get involved in the creative process in the Learning Room, and the gift shop will be a great last stop after enjoying a cup of tea in the refreshments area.
As you can see, if you really want to enjoy the best of what South West England has to offer this spring, one really needs to fill up the tank and hit the roads. The above attractions are just some of the many wonderful delights available and we hope that you will cross off a few in the coming months. If you are excited by the aforementioned delights but don’t have the means to visit them, make sure you take a look at our impressive range of new and used Ford cars.