Situated in over 90 stunning acres, the cleverly designed River Dart Country Park brilliantly combines outdoor fun and water based activities alongside the delightful River Dart. With over 40 years of experience in outdoor family fun, River Dart Country Park has been a firm favourite of ours and many others for over 20 years! Myself and my partner came here as children and we both have many fond memories that we are now pleased to be adding to, by bringing our own children here all year round.
This adventure playground really does come alive in the summer months. They host a number of different staycation options from family camping, caravanning with electric hook ups to luxury accommodation. I would highly recommend staying within these beautiful grounds as I couldn’t think of a better place to entertain the kids whilst on your holidays, they also offer a fully stocked camp shop and fully licensed eatery. Be sure to check out these handy camping tips before you go.
Within the grounds is the stunning Holne Parke House, a grand Victorian building surrounded by mature trees and green lawns. They offer a range of accommodation options, wedding packages and luxury conference facilities to suit all.
When we arrived the sun was shining as we made our way into the park, very excited we headed firstly to the ticket hut to grab our water zorb and canoeing tickets. We then got ourselves kitted out in lifejackets and hopped into the Canadian canoes, we were able to take our youngest with us for this activity as the minimum age for cannoning is two years old. We really enjoyed being able to do something all together as a whole family to start the day.
The possibilities are then pretty much endless on what you can do here, there are forts, zip slides, tree top high climbing, indoor climbing walls, cycle tracks, water obstacles and so much more! We have been here on many occasions as I mentioned, and today being a warmer day we headed straight for the fantastic pirate ship that is in the centre of a shallow activity lake. Here we bobbed around in the water, challenged ourselves on family obstacles, built a sandcastle in the toddlers shallow beach area and generally had a lot of fun. Being regulars to the park throughout the whole year, including during the winter months (when the park is in fact open for free) we have longingly looked upon the pirate ship. So today we couldn’t get in the water quick enough!
We then headed over to the water zorbs, where my eldest had a ball! Although she did spend most of her time looking for fish in the water… The staff were friendly and helpful at every point during the day, but especially during my daughter’s time in the water zorbs. They were jumping around on the dock side giving her advice on how to try and stand in the balls all whilst being very entertaining, even advising us the best place to stand to get some great action photos of her rolling around inside these giant inflatables.
After a peaceful picnic in the meadow, and a little bit of fact finding from the information points, we learnt a little more about how water at the park is turned into electricity using the impressive Archimedean screw which can be seen in full flow at the bottom of the park. We then made our way to the top of the park where you can find a very long snake slide, giant spiders web and mini tree top challenge, all perfect for younger children and a great way to eek out any remaining energy they may have before returning home after a great day out.
There is so much to do here, from picnics in the meadow’s to thrilling daredevil activities, this place has it all. I challenge you to get bored even for a moment here at this fabulous family attraction.
Thanks again to Dartmoor Accommodation and the great team at River Dart Country Park for all the hard work you continue to do and making our family memories fantastic.