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things to do in the Axe Valley

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January 12, 2017

Hawkchurch Resort & Spa is a five star location nestled in the magical Axe Valley where family fun and relaxation is key…


The perfect place to unwind and have some quality family time in the stunning Axe Valley and Devonshire countryside. With five star facilities at Hawkchurch, including a state of the art gym, refreshing hydrotherapy pool and relaxing treatments available at the Ezina Spa, you feel your stresses slip away.

Although relaxation is key at Hawkchurch Resort & Spa, the Axe Valley is filled with historical and fun places to visit. Venturing out to explore this historic region is an exciting prospect, and here at Darwin Escapes HQ we’ve found three family fun activities in Axe Valley for everyone to enjoy.


axe valley runners

Hawkchurch Resort & Spa offers holiday home ownership, as well as holiday breaks. If you decide to become an owner at our resort then joining the Axe Valley Runners means you will have something to look forward to every weekend! The group used to be known as “the little club with big feet” but since growing to over 200 members they aren’t quite so little, catering to a wide range of abilities, with no-one being left behind and ages ranging from 16 to the over 70’s. You will love having a weekly run with this diverse and friendly group!


axe vale festival

This is Axminster’s very own family friendly festival! Surrounded by the beautiful Axe Valley you can explore the festival at your own pace, with a plethora of exhibitor stands to go through, with 5 main marquee tents including floral, crafts, food hall, vintage, retro and antiques and toys and hobbies!

There are hundreds of trade stands selling everything from garden machinery and kitchen ceramics to local produce and clothes. Watch in wonder at the demonstrations stalls, including a willow artist, chair re-caning, fire and rescue service, a blacksmith, cider making and so much more. Enjoy the wow factor in the entertainment field, which has an exciting programme to thrill everyone, including the Adrenaline Tour performing an awesome show of Quad and Motorcycle stunts, the Rockwood Dogs will amaze with their courage, agility, tricks and comedy routines (plus, awe dogs!) and Adams Axemen who are a performing lumberjack team and love to entertain a crowd! All along with live music from local acts and bands, bouncy castles and kids crafts to keep everyone happy, pop along on the 17th and 18th of June 2017 for this fun family festival in the Axe Valley.


axe valley wildlife park

Although the Axe Valley Wildlife Park is currently closed for renovation it will be re-opened during the February 2017 school half term, ready for you holiday at Hawkchurch Resort & Spa! This is a family friendly zoo that everyone will enjoy, but it is primarily aimed at families with children under 12 years old.

You will get hands on experience at the zoo, with the opportunity at feeding the free range birds, keeper experience days and daily educational talks about various animals, with a full programme of animal handling sessions during the school holidays. As you stroll through the zoo you will see a variety of animals, including zebra, antelopes, small wild cats, wallabies, otters, guinea pigs, flamingos, owls, porcupines, armadillos, various reptiles and plenty of creepy crawlies! There are also plenty of play areas for the children to enjoy and picnic areas dotted around the park too. Alternatively you could grab a slice of cake at Ringo’s Rest Coffee Shop. For owners at Hawkchurch Resort there is Toddler Time during the weekdays, with toys, books and organised activities, giving you something to look forward to with your toddler during your time at your home away from home!


This is just a small example of what you can explore in the Axe Valley, with breath taking scenery and history dating as far back as the doomsday book there is more on offer in East Devon! Book your holiday at Hawkchurch, or if you are looking into holiday home ownership book your park tour now, or contact our Ownership Team on 01745858010 for more information.

Happy Exploring!

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