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Take the kids to … The Miniature Pony Centre, Devon

A family trip to this Dartmoor attraction means time with the horses, plus gymkhana displays and activities including zipwires and climbing walls

This former cattle farm in Dartmoor national park is home to 69 equines and a host of farm animals, birds and creepy-crawlies. You don’t have to be horsey to enjoy it as there’s stacks of stuff to do, much of it – the mini ride-on tractors, soft-play centre, and playhouse – geared to primary-aged children and younger. This went down well with my kids (five and eight). Every half hour or so, a wellie-wearing staffer rings a bell to invite visitors to activities, such as pony-grooming, a gymkhana display or petting time with guinea pigs, mice and rabbits. This gave our day structure and momentum, and the kids – who’d not studied the chalkboard schedule as I had – pricked their ears for the “surprise” activity each time they heard the bell.

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