Want to ride on a steam train, watch for red deer or enjoy outdoor theatre - it’s all happening this August bank holiday weekend on Exmoor

Together with Visit Exmoor we've brought you five things to do in North Devon or nearby this August bank holiday weekend.

As the heather-covered hills turn a misty late-summer purple, many visitors to Exmoor might just want to pack up a picnic and go for a long walk.

With several long-distance trails and myriad shorter paths, the area is a treasure trove for hikers with spectacular views, hidden valleys, leafy glades and cold clear rivers and streams at every turn.

Should your companions need a little extra entertainment we'd recommend the following Top Five Things to do on Exmoor this Bank Holiday:

Bee good to yourself and enjoy a trip to Quince Honey FarmBee good to yourself and enjoy a trip to Quince Honey Farm

Ride on the Lynton - Barnstaple Railway at Woody Bay

Hop on board a beautiful heritage steam train at Woody Bay Station for a delightful two - mile round trip through the Devon countryside; you might even see a buzzard flying overhead or perhaps a shy deer. You can even see across the sea to Wales on a clear day! Adults £7, Children £3, under threes free. Family tickets available www.lynton-rail.co.uk

Meet some Exmoor ponies. Picture: Trevor BarrettMeet some Exmoor ponies. Picture: Trevor Barrett

Visit BeeWorld at Quince Honey Farm, South Molton

Nowhere else in the world can you see the inner workings of the honey bee society without layers of protective clothing. BeeWorld is renowned for its up-close exhibition of honey bees and a real hive (!) of fascinating information, demos, activities and talks.

Open seven days a week in August. Adults £7.75 Children £7.25 www.quincehoneyfarm.co.uk

Try and spot an Exmoor red deer stagTry and spot an Exmoor red deer stag

Make friends with a Pony at the Exmoor Pony Centre, Dulverton

Open from 10am-4pm every day (except Tuesdays and Saturdays) this charming place is around four miles from Dulverton, up on the moors and houses about 20 ponies many of which are available for visitors to meet in the yard, paddocks and petting pen.

Entrance is free but donations are welcome www.moorlandmousietrust.org.uk

The Simonsbath area is a good place to spot red deerThe Simonsbath area is a good place to spot red deer

See live outdoor theatre at The Valley of Rocks, Lynton

"I can think of nowhere more fitting to perform," so says Pleasure Dome Director Helena Lang who is putting on entertaining drama at this iconic spot in August.

See The Importance of Being Earnest (now - 26 August) and Lorna Doone (29 Aug - 2 Sept) Tickets £15 www.pleasuredometheatrecompany.com

Enjoy outdoor theatre at Valley of the Rocks. Picture: John Purr PhotographyEnjoy outdoor theatre at Valley of the Rocks. Picture: John Purr Photography

Hunt red deer on Exmoor

Ashcombe car park at Simonsbath is a good place to start your walk searching for these shy but beautiful creatures.

Take suitable clothing and proper walking footwear and binoculars - it might be best to leave the dog at home if you hope to have a chance of seeing a deer.

For more things to see and do and paces to stay look at www.Visit-Exmoor.co.uk