Butterfly trails, rockpool rambles, wild skills, creative crafts and live theatre are just some of the things to do in North Devon with the National Trust this summmer.

The National Trust has plenty of activities to keep all the family entertained this summer in North Devon.

From adventurous family trails to immersive ‘wild’ activities, evening outdoor theatre to creative crafts, there’s something for everyone to get involved in.

Exploring in the trees

For budding explorers there are plenty of family nature trails to pick up and go.

The brand new ‘treemendous’ trail at Arlington Court encourages kids to act as plant hunters – discovering some amazing trees and collecting leaf rubbings on their way.

Families can also learn more about leaves and trees on the beautiful Brownsham nature trail, which winds through Beckland Woods then the coast path near Hartland Point.

There is plenty to do in North Devon during the summer holidays. Picture: National Trust Images/Chris LaceyThere is plenty to do in North Devon during the summer holidays. Picture: National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Coastal fun

Or if you’re heading to the coast, why not walk in the footsteps of giants for an exploration around Baggy Point and find out more about the coastal creatures that live there.

Heddon Valley’s popular butterfly trail is also back with butterfly clues to find along the way down to the sea, and you might even spot some of the hundreds of beautiful butterflies who call Heddon Valley home.

Wild skills

There will also be the opportunity for families to get out and about and learn ‘wild’ skills with National Trust rangers at Arlington Court, Heddon Valley and Watersmeet.

Inspired by the popular ‘50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾’s’ campaign, activities will include bug hunting, den building, pond dipping and wild art.

There is plenty to do in North Devon during the summer holidays. Picture: National Trust Images/Paul HarrisThere is plenty to do in North Devon during the summer holidays. Picture: National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Rockpool rambles

The beach rangers at Woolacombe will also be running their popular Rockpool Rambles throughout July and August, with the chance to get up close and personal with some amazing sea creatures such as starfish and crabs.

Creative crafts

If you’re looking for something a bit more creative, family crafting takes place every Tuesday and Thursday in August at Arlington Court, with different things to make each day.

Local artist Deborah Hastings will also be running two special ‘rag-rug’ workshops where you can to learn how to make creative creations out of scraps of material.

Live theatre

There is plenty to do in North Devon during the summer holidays. Picture: National Trust Images/John MillThere is plenty to do in North Devon during the summer holidays. Picture: National Trust Images/John Mill

Another highlight of Arlington’s summer programme is the outdoor theatre performances held against the backdrop of the house’s impressive façade.

This year Illyria will be performing Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, Box Tree Productions bring Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island to life, and Chapterhouse Theatre Company present a brand new production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Bring a picnic, a blanket and the family and enjoy this summer tradition.

Dog-friendly cafe

When the kids are happy-tired and ready for something tasty, you can stop for a bite to eat at Arlington’s dog-friendly seasonal Vine Café, Watersmeet’s tea garden (famous for its cream teas), or Hunter’s Inn at the Heddon Valley.

Normal admission prices apply; or become a National Trust member and gain free admission and parking at all National Trust properties.

For event times, prices and booking information please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/arlington-court and https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/northdevon.