Attractions – Things to Do

Listed below are some of the many tourist attractions in or near to Holsworthy and Ruby Country.

Click on the web page link to view the attractions you are interested in for more information. Map below shows all the the listed attractions.


The Gnome Reserve, West Putford, Bradworthy. EX22 7XE  Tel: 01409 241 435

Visit one of North Devon ‘s family run attractions a fun day out for the whole family.

For a completely unique 100% fun experience, simultaneously 100% ecologically interesting, with an extra 100% wonder and magic mixed in, visit The Gnome Reserve.

Set amid truly rural countryside between Bideford and Bude just 7 miles from the Devon Cornwall border. the 4 acre Reserve comprises woodland, stream, 30 yard pond, meadow and garden – home to 1000+ gnomes and pixies, and about 250 labelled species of wild flowers, herbs, grasses and ferns.                  

war horse vallet

War Horse Valley Country Park, Parsonage Farm, Iddesleigh, Winkleigh. EX19 8SN      Tel: 01837 810 318

Parsonage Farm has been farmed by the same family for nearly 100 years and is the farm around which the book War Horse by Michael Morpurgo was set, along with the parish of Iddesleigh.
It was also once home to Revd John ‘Jack’ Russell, first breeder of the terriers to which he gives his name.
This beautiful hidden part of Devon boasts stunning scenery of rolling hills and valleys with Dartmoor as its magnificent backdrop.
Come and explore War Horse Valley – its farming history, its people and its Wartime stories and of course the place where the story of Joey and Albert was born.     

holsworthy museum

Holsworthy Museum, Manor Car Park, North Road, Holsworthy. EX22 6DJ  Tel: 01409 259 337

Situated at the heart of the ancient North Devon market town, Holsworthy Museum tells the story of the town’s long and rich past, as well as rekindling fond memories of yesteryear.

Housed in part of a building that is in itself a museum piece – a small manor house dating from the 17th century, which was used as a parsonage for over 200 years – the rooms are filled with memories of the past.

With hundreds of objects and curios, many unique and unusual, and some you may remember from days gone by, there’s something to interest everyone.

Come and spend an hour wandering through five rooms of nostalgia and local history and uncover some of our hidden treasures.

Open Easter until mid- December

Monday to Friday 11am to 1pm
Closed weekends and Bank Holidays

Other times by appointment

Admission is free but we rely heavily on your donations to keep the museum open

dartmoor railway

Dartmoor Railway, Okehampton Station, Okehampton. EX20 1EJ  Tel: 01837 55164

Welcome to Dartmoor Railway Supporters  Association. The association is a volunteer organisation dedicated to supporting the Dartmoor Railway in conjunction with their associated company, Granite Line Ltd.             

eastcott vineyard

Eastcott Vineyard, Lower Eastcott Farm, Northlew, Okehampton. EX20 3PT  Tel: 01837 811 012

Our beautiful 6 acre vineyard lies in central West Devon, nestling in a delightful vale, a few miles from Okehampton. From the top of the vineyard the highest point of Dartmoor National Park is just visible behind Heath Moor ridge, which gives all important shelter to the local area. Because the grapes are grown in this country, we can call our wine English, as distinct from British.             


Roadford Lake Country Park, Broadwoodwidger, Lifton. PL16 0JL  Tel: 01566 784 859

With over 730 acres of water, Roadford Lake has a genuine offer of something for everyone. It’s a place where you can walk, fish, sail and cycle, or simply just relax with a good cream tea ! To download a brochure click here Roadford Country Park

little stars 

 Little Stars, The Milky Way Adventure Park, Clovelly, Bideford. EX39 5RY  Tel: 01237 432006

Little Stars offers imaginative, exciting and adventurous play for babies, toddlers and young children.

Whether they love dressing up, reading books, playing with cars or something a little more adventurous like assault courses and slides, we’ve got it covered.

Plus, there’s a dedicated soft play area and play frame for children under 3, as well as sensory room with light displays and tactile toys that younger children will adore.

What’s more, we’ve done our very best to make sure that the Little Stars play experience is also enjoyable for parents. As well as a wide choice of play options designed to keep little ones happy, we’ve also tried to minimise awkward climbs and small spaces to make the experience less painful for you!                  

tamar lake

Tamar Lake Country Park, Kilkhampton, Bude. EX23 9SB  Tel: 01288 321 712

Come and enjoy a fun-filled day for all the family at Tamar Lakes, where you will find a host of activities available to keep visitors of all ages involved in fresh air fun all day long. To download a brochure click here Tamar Lake Country Park 

harlequinns leisure

Harlequinns Leisure, Stucley Road, Bude. EX22 8AR  Tel: 01288 355 366

Bowling at Harlequinns Leisure.

There are ten lanes with animated scoring, glo-bowling and disco lights.
Ramps and gutter rails are available so that all ages and abilities can play, including those with disabilities.
You will find a warm atmosphere and sophisticated surroundings.
They also offer Screamers Play Zone
All children that enter the Play Zone are stunned by the sheer size and excitement of this huge indoor adventure fun tower, they never get bored, there are:
Six levels reaching right up to the roof!
An 8 metre high demon drop slide, do you have the courage? (opening times for this feature may vary) and much much more.                         


Trethorne Leisure Park, Kennards House, Launceston PL15 8QE  Tel: 01566 86324

Trethorne Leisure Park is a friendly, family run establishment, situated on the Devon / Cornwall border and is the ideal venue for Family Entertainment and Function Facilities, Coach Stops and Conferencing.

okehampton castle

Okehampton Castle, Castle Lodge, Okehampton. EX20 1JA  Tel: 01837 52844

The impressive ruins of this, the largest castle in Devon, stands on the banks of the river Okement in the foothills of Dartmoor. The central keep is still impressive atop its motte, and there are excellent walks through the woodlands surrounding the castle.

hartland abbey

Hartland Abbey, Hartland, Bideford. EX39 6DT  Tel: 01237 441 496

Hartland Abbey and Gardens offers a warm welcome to visitors from the end of March until October. It makes a perfect day out in this area of outstanding natural beauty. Hartland Abbey is a fascinating house with a welcoming feel only experienced in a cherished family home with all its treasures and memorabilia collected over many generations.            

launceston steam railway

Launceston Steam Railway, St Thomas Road, Launceston. PL15 8DA   Tel: 01566 775 665

The Launceston Steam Railway links the historic town of Launceston with the hamlet of Newmills. The line runs for two and a half miles through the glorious Kensey Valley along the trackbed of the old North Cornwall Railway, where once express trains from Waterloo thundered along.                              Follow@LauncestonSR


Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre, Milford Farm, Lifton. PL16 0AT  Tel: 01566 783 425

The Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre is proud to present the National Fairground Collection. It is a facility unique in the UK, designed to capture the magic of a bygone age through exhibits, vintage engineering and stunning artwork displays. The Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre is a 45,000 square foot indoor attraction that provides a unique opportunity to view our Fairground Heritage in a beautiful rural location.

tamar otter

Tamar Otter & Wildlife Centre, North Petherwin, Nr Launceston. PL15 8GW  Tel: 01566 785 646

Take this unique opportunity to observe the British Otter close up, and plenty of other animals too! This is one of the most popular wildlife Parks in Cornwall, it makes a great day out for the whole family in the beautiful countryside of Cornwall.                     

milky way

The Milky Way Adventure Park, Clovelly, Bideford. EX39 5RY  Tel: 01237 431 255

If you’re looking for fun days out and things to do in Devon, The Milky Way Adventure Park has it all! Ride the Cosmic Typhoon Devon’s tallest, fastest & longest roller coaster. Have a wild time in North Devon’s biggest indoor adventure play area with assault courses & slides built for adults & children.                  


The Splash, Stucley Road, Bude. EX22 8AR  Tel: 01288 356 191

The Splash swimming pool in Bude is a great way to spend a few hours if you fancy a change from the beach or if the weather is disappointing. For a few pounds the children will love the large pool with flume and wave machine, and the beach-style shallow end is ideal for toddlers who want to splash and float about safely

hidden valley

Hidden Valley Discovery Park, Tredidon, St Thomas, Launceston. PL15 8SJ  Tel: 01566 86463

Hidden Valley – An extraordinary adventure park in beautiful Cornish countryside offering great family entertainment whatever the weather. With so much to entertain everyone, the whole family will want to return time after time.

the big sheeep

The Big Sheep, Abbotsham, Bideford. EX39 5AP  Tel: 01237 472 366

When looking for the best Devon days out, The BIG Sheep is an award winning attraction full of fun and laughter for the whole family.
The whole flock is committed to ensuring that everyone in the family has a guaranteed great day out in Devon. Now open weekends and school holidays through the winter,  only you can enjoy indoor play at North Devon’s Biggest Playground and Christmas Fun in December.                    

atlantic pursuits

Atlantic Pursuits, Bude. EX23 9TH  Tel: 01288 321 765

We are a small company with 30 years of travel and outdoor pursuits experience. In all activities that Atlantic Pursuits offers, you will be guaranteed top class tuition and first class care and attention with highly qualified coaches                  


Arlington Court and National Trust Carriage Museum, Arlington, Nr Barnstable EX31 4LP  Tel: 01271 850 296

Arlington Court is an unexpected jewel on the edge of Exmoor, a complete family estate held by the Chichester family for over five hundred years. The collection consists of treasures for all tastes, from model ships to shells, collected over several generations. The house itself, built in 1823 and extended in 1860, has an austere facade. However, inside the cosy rooms purvey a homely, family atmosphere.

The Carriage Museum in the stables has a vehicle for every occasion from cradle to grave. Currently on loan from the Houses of Parliament is the Speaker’s State Coach, a glorious, gilded carriage with over 300 years of history.


Dunsland (National Trust), Brandis Corner, Holsworthy EX22 7YQ

A grand Parkland abundant in wildlife and with over 900 years of history
Perfect for a walk or picnic, the tranquil, ancient parkland of Dunsland park once befitted the grand house that stood in its midst.The park is home to a variety of trees, including 700-year-old Sweet Chestnuts and old fruit trees.The trees in Dunsland park support many rare lichens and provide a rich habitat for wildlife.

Colourful Blue Bells and Primroses can be seen in spring and you may hear the rustle of Doormice and Roe Deer. Look out for Dippers and Sparrow Hawks too

Wander around the remaining buildings of Tudor Dunsland House. All apart from the old stable and coach house were lost in a fire in the 1960s.          

Ruby Oak Park, Brandis Corner, Holsworthy EX22 7YA  Tel: 01409 221580

Aqua Stars provides swimming lessons for children and adults of all ages and abilities and for schools. We aim to make our lessons enjoyable and structured enough for children to perform strokes with correct technique and to be safe in and around water.

We also want to give all our pupils the opportunity to learn and take part in other activities like snorkelling, life saving, water polo and we have some new exciting activities coming soon!

Cafe now open to the public


Ruby Country Partnership is pleased to be supporting these businesses and would like to support more. If you are interested in working with Ruby Country Partnership to develop and promote your business please contact us at Holsworthy Information Centre on 01409 254185 or email us at



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