• Joules Explorer – My Ideal Family Weekend Getaway

    August 20, 2016
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    The Joules Explorer competition sent me into a daydream about our ideal family weekend getaway, here is my entry.... For my ideal family weekend away we head to East Devon and stay in a little cottage near the sea, my 4 year-old twins brimming with excitement, ready to have fun in buckets and spades... It is early August and I wake up to beautiful blue …
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  • Soft Play Areas in Devon

    November 4, 2015
    Soft Play Area in Devon
      By Claire For those rainy days when the kids have got energy to burn but the outside playground is not an option, the soft play beckons. Find indoor soft play areas and play Cafes in Devon in our interactive map and guide. Please contact the individual providers to confirm opening times and admission prices before setting off. Bear Feet Exeter 1 Ashton Road, Marsh …
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  • Pick your own Farms

    August 7, 2015
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    Anyone else got a strawberry-mad child? A great outing is to visit a pick your own farm, and pick and eat your own weight in strawberries! We've put together a guide and interactive map to where the pick your own farms are in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset - and it's not just strawberries on offer. You can pick a variety of …
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  • Cheap days out in Devon

    July 31, 2015
    The summer holidays are in full swing and it can get expensive keeping the children entertained. But we have put together a guide to free and cheap days out in Devon - most of the attractions listed below have no admission fees, leaving some spare change for the all important ice-creams! And in keeping with Playmapp's passion for playgrounds, every attraction …
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  • The Waie Inn Review

    July 30, 2015
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    Today the twins and I went to check out the Waie Inn, it was halfway between my house and my friends so a good place to meet up. Located in Zeal Monachorum, deep in the mid-Devon countryside, it feels like you are driving to the middle of nowhere. But there is lots going on at the Waie Inn, as we discovered. There …
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  • Trago Mills Family Fun Park Review

    July 28, 2015
    Written By Claire I've often driven past Trago Mills on the A38 and been curious about what exactly it is - with its many white turrets and huge size it looks more like a castle than a shop! I'd heard that as well as selling just about everything imaginable, there is also a 'family fun park' there, so I decided to …
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  • Playday 2015

    July 25, 2015
      What is Playday? Playday is the national day for play in the UK, traditionally held on the first Wednesday in August. Playday 2015 is on 5 August. It is  a celebration of children's right to play, and a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children's lives. Playday is coordinated by Play England, Play Wales, Play Scotland and PlayBoard Northern Ireland. Playday Events …
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  • Dorset pubs with play areas

    July 20, 2015
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    Written by Claire Summer is here and a lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon is in the beer garden of a family friendly pub...and it's even better if there is a play area to entertain your little ones! Check out the interactive map and information below to find Dorset pubs with play areas...   If you are close to the border with …
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  • Find an Outdoor Gym

    July 18, 2015
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    Fancy getting fit for free? Outdoor Gyms are popping up round the country, providing places you can get fit in the fresh air - without the need for expensive gym subscriptions. Outdoor Gyms feature a range of equipment such as Cross Trainers, Bikes, Ski Machines, Bench and Chest Presses, Rowing Machines and Spinners. Instructions on how to use the equipment are usually …
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  • Inclusive Play Areas

    July 2, 2015
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    If you are searching for an inclusive and accessible play area, look no further!  Check out the interactive map below to see play areas where there is at least one piece of inclusive play equipment. Featuring wheelchair accessible roundabouts, seesaws and trampolines, accessible tower units with wheelchair ramps, inclusive treehouses, wider slides, boat swings and sensory play areas there is …
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  • Cornwall Pubs with Play Areas

    June 19, 2015
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    Beer gardens, play areas and children's menus...three essential ingredients for a relaxing summers afternoon in the pub with little ones! We've found over 25 pubs in Cornwall with play areas, read on to find out where they are!     The Bay View Inn Marine Drive, Widemouth Bay, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 0AW Children are always welcome at the Bay View Inn in Bude, with a …
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  • Great Play Areas in Dorset

    June 18, 2015
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    There are over 350 play areas in Dorset featured on Playmapp! Here is a selection of the best for you to explore. Read on to find out where to find a pirate ship, train, castle, zip wire, adventure trail, water play, extra long slides and plenty more playground gems in Dorset! Abbotsbury Play Area Pedestrian Access only - click on title above …
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  • Devon Pubs with Play Areas

    June 5, 2015
    Written by Claire Summer is coming and a lovely way to while away an afternoon is in a sunny beer garden. The following family pubs in Devon all have play areas, most in their beer gardens, although a couple have soft plays for those days when its just not garden weather! So enjoy lunch or a drink while your children play...   The …
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  • Paddling Pools

    May 24, 2015
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    It's the late May Bank Holiday, when most paddling pools open for the  summer season. Check out our guide of where you can cool off for free this Summer...below we have put together an article on paddling pools, splash parks and water play areas which are free of charge to visit. You can click on the title to see location …
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  • A30 Picnic Areas

    May 19, 2015
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    The A30 is a popular route for those heading west to Devon and Cornwall - and can become very congested at peak times. If you are looking for an alternative to a dual carriageway lay-by or a service station for your picnic stop, and somewhere safe for the children to burn off some energy after the frustration of a traffic …
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  • TP Toys Discount Codes

    May 1, 2015
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    There's some great offers from TP Toys this bank holiday weekend, so if you are thinking of getting some play equipment for your own garden this summer have a browse! Use the TP Toys discount codes below to get your savings. 15% off All Orders over £500! Until Friday 8th May 2015 any customer who spends over £500 will receive 15% off …
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  • 10 Great Play Areas in West Cornwall

    April 29, 2015
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    Playmapp has put together a guide of 10 great play areas in West Cornwall for TotsAbout magazine, the survival guide for parents and carers of Under 5s in West Cornwall.  Pick up your copy or read it online to find out where to go with your little ones this Spring! Below are Playmapp's recommendations for 10 great play areas to check …
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  • Play Maps

    April 2, 2015
    With over 1500 places to play featured on Playmapp, the choice can be overwhelming! To help you narrow it down, we have put together a series of Play Maps. From town guides to the best playgrounds in a county or great spots to break a journey, check out the links below to view our interactive maps showing great places to …
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  • Easter Events

    March 25, 2015
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    Find cheap and free things to do this Easter across Devon and Cornwall with our Easter Events Guide...  DEVON Easter Holiday Hunt Can you solve the riddles to help you locate the hidden eggs? Find all of the eggs and solve the clues to win a yummy chocolate prize. Pick up your entry form at the Visitors' Centre at the heart of the …
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  • Exmouth Play Areas

    March 24, 2015
    There are 33 playgrounds within 5 miles of Exmouth. To find them all, head over to the Find a Place to Play page and do a search. To get you started, here is a selection of the biggest... Phear Park Phear Park has a  playground with toddler swings, junior swings, multi-play unit, see-saw, springers and basketball wall. Open parkland. Skatepark with half …
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