Dingles Fairground Museum carrousel

Things to do at Easter from our Devon Lodges

Devon Rum and Dodgems – unique things to do with the family in Devon

Taking a holiday break over Easter and Spring in Devon is a real treat and there are plenty of things to do with the family from our Devon Lodges. It is a spectacularly beautiful county at any time of year but in March and April, with its spring flowers in full bloom and nature well and truly waking up it is particularly special! So why not book a luxury Devon lodge with a hot tub right alongside stunning Roadford Lake – a perfect base to explore Devon and Dartmoor this spring?

Our dog-friendly, luxury lodges are situated within a beautifully landscaped and peaceful park, two minute’s walk through woodland to the stunning lake and only a short drive away from Dartmoor and this part of Devon with all it offers. It’s also less than an hour to the spectacular coast and beaches of North Devon and Cornwall – Bude, Tintagel, Sandymouth beach and much more.

Today we’re mainly going to focus on two very unique nearby attractions, both well worth a visit – Treguddick Distillery and Dingles Fairground Museum.

Treguddick distillery visit by guests

The Treguddick Distillery –a state-of-the-art Devon distillery with innovative tours, food and drink

Something different and very special that we’d highly recommend, and for lovers of great food and drink, is The Treguddick Distillery and visitors centre, just over 15 minutes’ drive away from Roadford Lake Lodges and nestled in the beautiful grounds of a historic Cornish manor. Treguddick is the latest distillery of the exciting and successful ‘English Spirit’ family – the first place to distil rum in the UK with an enviable reputation for their wonderful spirits. They now make the UK’s widest variety of spirits and liqueurs, including “original British rum, mouth-watering vodkas, glorious gins, experimental single malts, luscious liqueurs and more”!

Treguddick distillery

Photo by kind permission of the Treguddick Distillery

The history of their brand and this, their newest state-of-the-art distillery, is fascinating and visitors can book a tour (Gin, Rum or General tour) of their fascinating distillery where you will learn about the distilling process from start to finish; walk around their botanical domes that house over 70 species of botanicals and ingredients, then learn about the fermenting and distilling process and finish off with a wonderful tasting tour of their spirits. Let us know if you plan to book a tour, as guests at our lodges, we can give you a special discount code for a free tour, which is normally £20 per head.

They also have a superb restaurant and bar for brunch, lunch and afternoon tea, really worth a visit with mouth-watering and innovative dishes using the freshest local and seasonal ingredients.

For those of you who follow MasterChef, their Executive Chef is Tom Elson-Knight, Masterchef Finalist 2019.

The Distillery is open every day from 09.30 – 17.00, brunch from 09.30 – 12.30hrs, lunch from 12.30 – 15.00 and afternoon tea from 13.30 – 18.00hrs

Look out for their occasional events too, for example, their Adult Easter Egg Hunt on the evening of Friday 7th April and their Easter Sunday Roast on Sunday 9th April.

We highly recommend a visit and it’s well worth booking a taxi there and back so you can all enjoy the tour and some of their fantastic cocktails!

Treguddick, South Petherwin, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 7JN

01566 788310

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Treguddick distillery restaurant

Photo by kind permission of the Treguddick Distillery

Dingles Fairground Museum dodgem ride

Dingles Fairground Museum – fairground fun for all the family

Formerly known as Dingles Steam Village, this museum features a colourful, historic collection of fairground rides and paraphernalia. In our view to call it a museum doesn’t do it justice – this place is both a wonderful curiosity with amazing displays of fairground attractions and memorabilia through the ages, but also offers working fairground rides, for all ages, and undercover so great fun in bad weather as well as good!

The organisation aims to preserve historic fairground equipment, imagery and memorabilia for future generations and we’d say they do this in great style. They have 25,000 ft2 of Museum Hall featuring exhibits of rides, artwork and fairground artefacts as well as another 25,000 ft2 of rides and attractions including the ‘Super Dodgems’, ‘Victorian Gallopers’, ‘the Ghost Train’, ‘Moonrocket’ exciting rides for adults and children alike and a wonderful range of attractions for younger kids too including the Hall of Mirrors, Hook a Duck, The Happy Caterpillar and much more.

It is very different, unique and only 5 minutes’ drive away we highly recommend a visit.

Dingles Fairground Museum, Milford, Lifton PL16 0AT Tel: 01566 783425

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Other Easter suggestions

Right on the doorstep of our Roadford Lake lodges are some great places to visit – as well as moorland walking and cycling we love The National Trust’s Lydford Gorge, quirky and wonderful ‘Lydford Gorge Alpacas’, the inspirational Strawberry Fields Farm Shop, horse riding at Cholwell, Trethorne Leisure Park and Tavistock’s superb Tamar Trails.

Trout fishing on Devon Lake

A spot of trout fishing near our lodges

If you are after some fishing, there’s not only Roadford Lake, just along the woodland path but also at the nearby Arundell. They have 22 miles of private river fishing as well as their own lake. If you are after fly fishing lessons the Arundell have AAPGAI qualified instructors with more than 40 years of experience teaching on their rivers.  We are thoroughly spoiled and you can be too!

Fishing on a Devon Lake in Lifton

Things to do with the family at Easter

 

Family cycling in the woods in Devon

Easter cycling adventures

If you enjoy cycling there are some other safe and spectacular cycling routes on Dartmoor. Follow the link which will help guide you to some wonderful routes including the ‘The Granite and Gears’ Princetown Railway route or the Granite Way even nearer the lodges. The Granite Way is an 11-mile easy track stretching from Okehampton to Lydford for cyclists and walkers. Park at the Pump and Pedal café and cycle shop at Sourton and enjoy the ride taking in some truly spectacular scenery enjoying lunch at the picturesque Castle Inn at Lydford or friendly Bearslake Inn at Lake or a hot pasty at the Pump and Pedal on the way or at the end of your ride. And if you’d rather not lug your bikes all the way on holiday with you, you can hire cycles and other equipment at a number of outlets in Princetown or Okehampton or even nearer Devon Cycle Hire just 10 minutes from the lodges at Sourton.

Soft play area for children

Trethorne Leisure Park

Trethorne Leisure Park is well worth a mention too. Just 11 miles straight down the A30 it offers a fun-filled day for younger children. Open Thursday to Sunday until April, it’s a great place to visit if you’re looking for good entertainment for the kids in all weathers with plenty of indoor areas as well as outdoor fun.

Trethorne Leisure Park

Smiling girl tree-surfing at Tamar Trails

Tree surfing at Tamar Trails

The other side of Tavistock is the superb organisation ‘Tamar Trails’ where you can immerse yourselves in the fresh air, wonderful scenery and activities that the site has to offer. Take or hire bikes, enjoy some ‘tree surfing’ or their cycling and walking trails. Along with their café, there is something for everyone. Highly recommended.

Tamar Triails

Easter lamb in Devon

Baby Lamb Experience

Celebrate the start of the farming year at Strawberry Fields! Come and see newborn lambs, learn about how they care for them and join in the fun of lamb bottle feeding – make sure to hold on tight!

Hear from their knowledgeable staff about how this year’s lambing season is going and how special Spring time is down on the farm at Strawberry Fields Lifton.

Family feeding alpacas

Lydford Gorge Alpacas

Right next door to the gorge and waterfall is something a little different! At Lydford Gorge Alpacas you can enjoy a real ‘experience’ getting up close with their friendly alpaca team – such a treat and really lifts the spirits! The Alpaca ‘boys’ – alpaca boys – Batman, Joker, Bubbles, Barney, Penfold, Macca, Mr Sharps, Jasper, Clifton, Ocado, Tucker and Mr T – are “waiting to give you a warm Devon welcome”

Lydford Gorge Alpacas

Teenagers riding on Dartmoor at half-term

Riding on Dartmoor

If horses are more your thing, Cholwell is one of the excellent and friendly nearby riding stables, again on the road to the thriving market town of Tavistock. They are open all year round and offer a number of rides each day. Their pony rides are tailor-made to cater for all ages and abilities of riders so that everyone is catered for. If you want to ride during half-term it’s well worth booking early as they are very popular!

Cholwell Riding Stables

Dartmoor Zoo tiger

Adventures further afield

Of course, there are also lots more happening less than an hour away from the lodges for half-term entertainment – from the fascinating and famous Dartmoor Zoo to the hugely inspirational Eden Project 

Alternatively, there are the historic nearby towns of Okehampton, Tavistock and Launceston to explore as well as the city of Plymouth with its Theatre Royal, its beautiful Barbican and famous National Marine Aquarium, and Exeter with its Northcott Theatre, inspiring RAMM museum and art gallery, their shops and much more.

We can’t forget of course some of the most stunning beaches in North Devon and Cornwall are less than an hour’s drive so an easy day trip rock pooling, walking or even some February surfing from the lodges.

These are among the many reasons we love our Roadford Lake Lodges to use as a base in this precious February break! We wish you a happy half-term.

Woolacombe beach at low tide

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