If you’re on a selfcatering holiday, you might not fancy cooking every night. Call Tavistock’s Robertson’s Restaurant (robertsons tavistock.co.uk) for a delivery of one of their near-perfect, organic pizzas (with a glutenfree option).
Try to bag an outdoor seat at the spectacularly positioned, Cafe ODE (odetruefood.com). Its focus on sustainability and child-and-dog friendly nature makes the relaxed spot a favourite with families. Get there early for breakfast-in-abun, or try their raw slaw or home-made cakes.
LOVING THE BEACH
Loving The Beach (lovingthebeach.co.uk) is a Devon-based, small chain of seafront cafes with a strong, ethical manifesto. With sand-side branches at Blackpool Sands, East Portlemouth, Tolcarne, Bigbury on Sea and Watergate Bay, the company uses local produce - often organic and free-range, - and has implemented a number of eco-friendly initiatives. Plus their food is delicious - think crab sandwiches, fish and chips or luscious tofu burgers and vegan ice-cream.
Wonderfully atmospheric, and enjoyably creaky, the Museum of Witchcraft (museumofwitchcraft. com) in Boscastle is a fine place to spend a wet afternoon. Peer at fascinating objects from poppets to cauldrons and divining mirrors, and learn as much about historic attitudes to wise women, education and feminism as supernatural phenomena. Some of the displays may prompt some awkward questions, so either prepare some responses in advance, or stick to taking older kids. The history of the building and collection is almost as fascinating as the objects it houses; look out for the tidemarks from when the town was flooded in 2004.
Part of the Tate family, the magical Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden (tate.org.uk) is fun to explore. Find the sculptor’s large works in bronze, stone and wood. Pick up one of their Family Activity Trails to help smaller art fans uncover the oasis’ secrets, or pick up a bag of Tate Shapes (free to borrow) to create your own 3D pieces.
Small children will love making new woolly friends at The BIG Sheep (thebigsheep.co.uk), a working farm where you can get up-close with the animals. Visit in Spring, and you might see a lamb being born, meet pygmy goats, or give a puppy a pat. Bigger kids (and parents) will love the farm’s rollercoaster, climbing walls and giant outdoor inflatable pillow. In April, it plays host to the inaugural North Devon Mind, Body and Soul Festival.
THE BIG SHEEP
FAMILY HOLIDAY GUIDE 2016