From sea swimming and steam trains to Shakespeare against the sunset, there are lots of things to do on Exmoor this August.

We’re lucky here in North Devon to have Exmoor on our doorstep – and there is plenty going on this school holiday.

From swimming in the sea to sunset Shakespeare performances, here’ are six things to do on Exmoor this August.

Go on a Seashore Safari

Explore the hidden places and look for marine wildlife in the natural beach rock pools of Combe Martin.

There’s a free rock-pool guide for each family and microscope workshops available.

No need to book - just turn up. August 10, 14, 24 and 29. £2 per child (accompanying adults free). www.combemartinmuseum.co.uk 01271 889031

Why not go rockpooling at Combe Martin? Picture: GettyWhy not go rockpooling at Combe Martin? Picture: Getty

Jump into the sea

If you fancy getting right in have a go at coasteering, kayaking or SUP.

Clambering over boulders or sluicing through the water is an exhilarating way to explore Exmoor’s stunning coastline.

Try Exmoor Adventures (www.exmooradventures.co.uk) or Channel Adventure (www.channeladventure.co.uk) for safe and professional guides.

Drama your thing?

Then check out LEAR. The Pleasure Dome Theatre Company’s gritty re-imagining of one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays is thrillingly performed outdoors against a spectacular Valley of Rocks backdrop between August 1-18, 7:30-9:30pm (Sundays 3-5pm).

Enjoy open air performances of King Lear at Valley of Rocks in Lynton this summer. Picture: John SpurrEnjoy open air performances of King Lear at Valley of Rocks in Lynton this summer. Picture: John Spurr

£15 per adult/£10 under 16’s and £40 for a family ticket. (www.pleasuredometheatrecompany.com)

Pony Festival

There’ll be ponies, ponies and more ponies at The Exmoor Pony Festival (August 5-12).

This year is the bicentenary of the sale of the Royal Forest of Exmoor when over 400 Exmoor ponies were auctioned.

Many were bought by local people whose herds were the foundation of today’s pony population.

There’ll be shows, rides and a special open day at the Exmoor Pony Centre.

Why not visit the Exmoor ponies? Picture: Getty Images/iStockphotoWhy not visit the Exmoor ponies? Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Butterfly search

Look for butterflies in the beautiful Heddon Valley, David Attenborough would approve.

Follow a fun family trail through the valley, with clues to help you spot these beautiful insects along the way.

Pick up your trail from the National Trust shop. Children £1. Call 01598 763402 for more details.

Railway adventure

Hop aboard a railway – there’s a choice of three in and around Exmoor:

Woody Bay Station. Picture: Tony NicholsonWoody Bay Station. Picture: Tony Nicholson

Admire the amazing views as you travel on the famous funicular railway from Lynmouth to Lynton.

Take a two mile round trip through the pretty Exmoor countryside from Woody Bay Station where you can join a little narrow gauge train for a journey back in time.

For more information about where to visit, stay and eat see www.Visit-Exmoor.co.uk