Two boys pulling their body boards into the sea in Devon

Days Out

Explore the surrounding area

Devon, Dorset & Cornwall

You really will be spoilt for choice when you come to decide on days out while you’re here.

Local Attractions

And some average distances for days out from the farm (calculated by The AA)

  • Sidmouth beach and pretty Regency town: 23 minutes
  • Exmouth beach – huge, sandy, dog-friendly in parts: 23 minutes
  • Branscombe beach (National Trust): 32 minutes
  • Beer beach and gorgeous village: 32 minutes
  • Haldon Forest for off road cycling and Go Ape treetop challenge: 23 minutes
  • Exeter – shopping, museum, cathedral, eating out, Clip n Climb, Haven Banks kayaking: 26 minutes
  • The Donkey Sanctuary (and a great café): 22 minutes
  • Killerton – National Trust house and gardens: 23 minutes
  • Crealy Adventure Park for fun rides, petting zoo and cafes: 14 minutes
  • Pennywell Farm (petting zoo and mini farm animals): 39 minutes
  • Topsham for quirky shops, cute cafes and historic architecture: 20 minutes

We could go on… but you get the picture. As well as being in the most tranquil and beautiful setting, Cuckoo Down Farm is incredibly convenient for fabulous beaches and memorable days out.

For the full range, download our Explorations booklet below.


Family cycling in forest on holiday

With children

How about a day seeing otters being fed, birds of prey performing and a chance to get lost in a giant maze? Not to mention enormous all-wood climbing frames, real wolves and lots of peacocks. Wildwood Escot is well worth a visit and just four miles from the farm.

Feeling energetic?

Head to Haldon Forest for off road cycling (you can hire bikes and child trailers) or even a treetop highwire experience at Go Ape. There’s lots of coastal fun to be had too, either walking the fabulous South West Coast Path or head to the beaches for sun, sea, sandcastles and maybe even a spot of stand-up paddleboarding at Sidmouth, where you can hire boards from Jurassic Watersports.

Hound Tor at sunset with the sun shining between the rocks on Dartmoor in Devon

As a couple

Enjoy historic Topsham, with its antique shops and lovely restaurants, all set alongside the waters of the River Exe. Or explore the cathedral and café culture of Exeter.

If you are feeling outdoorsy, head over to Dartmoor or Exmoor for some stunning walks. And while you are here, make sure you visit one of the many outstanding eateries in this area, from Michelin-starred fine dining at Lympstone Manor to fun (and very fresh) fish and chips at Rockfish in Exmouth.

Feeling cultural?

The National Trust owns some intriguing properties in this area. Killerton House is a historic manor with outstanding gardens. Then there is the astonishing shell-decorations of A La Ronde near Exmouth. Or check out the high Victorian grandeur (and amazing kitchen garden) at Knightshayes near Tiverton.

You will find the award-wining Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter where you can learn about everything from Exeter’s Roman past to the World War Two Blitz, as well as amazing info on the fossils (and fossil hunters) that caused this coastline to win World Heritage Status.