Tavistock is one of the most delightful towns in the UK and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage listing; under Cornwall and Devon’s mining landscape.
There are various annual events in Tavistock, including The Goose Fair. In April/May every year there is the famous and exciting Tavistock Music & Arts Festival. There is an annual carnival and at Christmas the Dickensian Night is a step back in time to Christmases past. Sir Francis Drake was born in Tavistock and his life and achievements are highlighted in various ways throughout the town and in the local museum.
There are many varied and interesting activities in and around Tavistock. Some of the more unusual activities include visiting Countryman Cider a traditional cider maker located in 15th century stables in Milton Abbot. The Barn Climbing Centre offer climbing, bouldering, top roping and leadings. Letterboxing on Dartmoor involves walking across Dartmoor using clues and grid references in the hope of finding the hidden stamp and visitor’s book.
Tavistock Pannier Market
Nestled behind the Town Hall, and just off the busy high street, there is a shoppers’ paradise and one of the hidden gems of Tavistock.
In the centre of this beautiful pedestrianised area you will find the historic Pannier Market surrounded by some fantastic independent shops and cafes.
Inside the Market building itself you can discover a wide range of traders, artists and crafts people offering a personal service with quality goods at competitive prices.
Tamar Trails Centre
For fun days out for all the family or groups of friends head to the Tamar Trails Centre. Located on the outskirts of Tavistock this outdoor pursuit’s centre has something for everyone no matter their age or level of experience. There is even a café for enjoying hot drinks and food.
With more than 25km of trails to explore the centre is great for those looking to walk through pretty woodlands and admire views of the Tamar Valley. There are a variety of trails available, including those suitable for young children, and families with push chairs. Treasure maps and worksheets are also provided to help make the walk even more fun.
Bikes are available to hire onsite and there are plenty of miles to explore on the traffic-free mountain bike trails.
The River Tamar provides the perfect opportunity at the centre to have fun on the water, with canoeing one of the highlights for exploring the Devon and Cornwall border. You can also surf the trees with the challenge of the high rope course, tree jumping and zip wire.
Right next door is The Barn Climbing Wall an indoor climbing centre. The Barn is a dedicated climbing venue, so if you are passionate about climbing or obsessed with bouldering then you will feel right at home. Housed in a massive barn, this uniquely crafted wall and free standing boulder provides a friendly and social place to train hard and meet other climbers
Buckland Abbey – Yelverton
Buckland Abbey ‘In the 13th century, Buckland Abbey was home to the Cistercian monks who built the Abbey and the incredible Great Barn and farmed the then vast estate. The Abbey, now a house with a combination of furnished rooms and interactive museum galleries, tells the story of how two seafaring adventurers ? Sir Richard Grenville and Sir Francis Drake ? changed the shape of the house and the fate of the country.’
An award-winning World Heritage site, featuring historic port, copper mine , working Victorian farm, railway, heavy horses and museums of costume and mining. Just four miles west of Tavistock and bordering the beautiful River Tamar, amidst towering cliffs and gently rolling farmland, discover this lost world with the help of our Living History team.
Tamar Valley Donkey Park- Gunnislake
Tamar Valley Donkey Park Fun for all with Donkeys, Sheep, Pigs, Rabbits & Guinea Pigs to feed and pet plus a huge indoor play barn
Dartmoor National Park with over 250,000 acres of rugged moorland is just a few moments away and is home to the Dartmoor pony and a haven to a variety of other wildlife.
Local Golf Clubs
There are many challenging and interesting golf courses in and around Devon, including St Mellion, a championship course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Golf in Devon gives details of all the courses close to the Sherrill Farm. Jack Nicklaus. Golf in Devon gives details of all the courses close to the Sherrill Farm.
If you are after something more exciting for the family, Tree Surfers is the perfect place to seek adventure and get your adrenaline pumping. With its range of equipment and activities (with a minimum age of 4 and height 1m) from zip wires to rope bridges to walkways, there is plenty of fun for the whole family. However, if swinging up in the trees is not your idea of fun, then archery or walks throughout the centre maybe more your thing.
Only a short drive into the centre of Tavistock, Meadowlands provides the family with great water fun at the local leisure centre. With a learning pool as well as the main pool, aqua aerobics classes and even a café if the group gets peckish, there is so much to do that would fill up your day.
For something more active, why not go and explore the deepest gorge in the South West. Lydford Gorge is the perfect place to take your family for a day out and discover nature. The area offers a fabulous three mile circular walk taking you past Devil's Cauldron and its swirling whirlpools, along the River Lyd and to the 30m high White Lady Waterfall.
If you need to refuel and have a rest, then why not detour into the beautiful village of Lydford. Here you can relax and try a delicious Devon Cream Tea. If you are feeling historical, within the village is Lydford Castle, which was built in 1995 and probably the first ever purpose built prison. This place can really make your mind concentrate and get you thinking about what the place was was like hundreds of years ago and the people confined there.
Ski Centre Plymouth
The Plymouth Ski Centre is only a short 30 minute drive from Tavistock; this centre provides a range of fun filled outdoor winter activities. The activities available include skiing for which the minimum age is four, snowboarding (minimum age of six), tobogganing and more; the centre will create a great atmosphere for a day of family fun.
At Dartmoor Zoo along with the animals, café and opportunities to learn, there are plenty of exciting activities for a fun family outing. The Zoo is just a 35 minute drive from Tavistock. Here you can see and learn about the many animals ranging from lions, tigers and bears, as well as birds, reptiles and other mammals. The Zoo also gives its visitors a chance to pay extra for incredible experiences where you can get up close with the lions or tigers, as well as being a junior keeper for that day.
The Eden Product
The Eden Project is only an hour's drive from Tavistock. At the centre you can enjoy various exhibitions ranging from the Rainforest, where you would encounter cocoa and banana plants and the waterfall in the South America display, to the Mediterranean where you an experience Olive Trees, Giant Aloe Vera plants and the liquid gold Mosaic Path.
After roaming around the centre, there is a chance to enjoy the adventure section, where you can fly through the air on the Skywire (England's longest zip wire), or you can try 'The Drop Free Fall Jump'. If however that doesn't scream out fun, you could always relax in one of the two restaurants and enjoy a dish from around the world.
Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre
This unique centre, the only one in the UK, is only a short 25 minute drive away from Tavistock. Here you can enjoy 45,00 square feet of exhibitions which include vintage artwork and engineering. This place will bring back childhood memories of all your favourite rides, including Edwards' Gallopers, Brett's Ghost Train, as well as many of the shows and stalls. After viewing the exhibits, there is a chance t have a sit down and enjoy some home-made food at the centre's café and allow the children to fun free within the children's soft play area