Dates for the Diary: 2014 Events at Wimbleball Lake

Date Name of event Type of event
1/5/14 Lapping Wimbleball Lake Guided walk around Wimbleball – led by Exmoor Area Manager (Alex Forster) – part of North Devon Walking Festival ( 
5/5/14(Bank holiday) Family Fun day In house- community games, have a go archery, high ropes, bushcraft, fly-fishing. Free entry (normal car park charges apply, payment required for some activities)
6-8th June Commonwealth Fly fishing comp International fly fishing competition
15/6/14 IronMan One of the world’s most grueling Triathlons 
28/6/14 WRC regatta Rowing Race, bbq etc.   ( 
29/6/14 Family cycle day Competitions, games, workshops – Free entry (normal car park charges apply, payment required for some activities)
16/8/14 Pirate party and treasure hunt Fun for all the family – ring for details and to book in your team
25/8/14 Fishing for life sponsored walk Charity fundraising walk, steel band, bbq, stalls, bouncy castle – Free entry (normal car park charges apply, payment required for some activities) 
25/8/14 Midsummer Nights Dream –  Stunning performance of this Shakespeare classic by  Chapterhouse theatre
(call 01566 771930 for tickets)
30 + 31st Aug. Orvis boat pairs fishing comp Fly-fishing comp
31/10/14 Spooky Walk Halloween ghostly trail family fun  ring for details and to book

Please call (01398) 371460 to confirm the above planned events are going ahead / to book / for further details

Things to do: Visit the home of the Beast

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EXMOOR Zoo at Bratton Fleming is a special place that enables visitors to get up close and personal!

It is an ideal family venue, especially for the kids, and it is always changing, so no repeat visit is ever the same.

LogoThe Gold award-winning zoo in the rolling valleys of North Devon is home to more than 175 species of birds and animals.

See cheetah, puma, maned wolves, sitatunga and the famous “Exmoor Beast” black panthers, together with unique and rare smaller animals for which the zoo provides natural enclosures. Carefully planted shrubs and trees along the winding zoo paths keep visitors wondering what is next, providing a relaxing and natural atmosphere.

Exmoor Zoo is different, neither a wildlife park nor a city zoo, but a more friendly and contact-orientated zoo that has grown into the North Devon countryside. Visitors get to meet the animals, join in the handling sessions, touch a snake, hold a spider, feed a wallaby and learn about the animals during talks and feed times. There are even some ‘free range’ animals to encounter on your way around the grounds.

Spring and summer bring many baby animals and the chance to meet and stroke some of the new arrivals.

Exmoor Zoo took over what had formerly been the Bird Gardens in 1993.  Danny and Lynn Reynolds and the family have since renovated existing enclosures and built new exhibits of mammals, birds and reptiles on a year to year basis.

meerkat group 2From one member of staff and 10,000 visitors, it has grown consistently. Today just under 50,000 people visit annually, enjoying the friendly, relaxed and natural atmosphere of the zoo. Fourteen staff, a head keeper and an education officer all endeavour to instil the importance of looking after the environment and respect for the habitat of native and exotic animals. There are now more than 35 breeding programmes to maintain the captive population of endangered species. This breeding and encouraging respect for the animals is a very important part of the work.

After a stroll around the zoo and a visit to the reptile house and souvenir sales area, the African Café provides relaxed seating and welcome refreshment for more than 75 diners, or there is a picnic area and children’s playground for those who prefer.

Exmoor Zoological Park, South Stowford, Bratton Fleming, Barnstaple, North Devon. EX31 4SG.



Telephone:        01598 763352

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Things to do: Exmoor Adventures

Outdoor activities across Exmoor for holiday makers, locals, stags, hens and busy business people!

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Exmoor Adventures are based in Porlock, West Somerset, and have been operating since 2008, and are constantly expanding!

Founded by Dan French, his passion is to deliver a range of quality, enjoyable and unforgettable experiences to a wide range of participants.

When you contact Exmoor Adventures, it’s Dan that you’ll talk to, it’s Dan who will discuss your booking to make sure that you are getting what you want and it’s Dan who (95% of the time!) will deliver your activities along with his team of instructors.

With over 10 years experience in the Outdoor Industry, Dan has a range of National Governing Bodies as well as a Degree in ‘Outdoor Studies’.

Dan has worked in a number of Activity Centres in the UK ranging from Cornwall and the Lake District through to the western Isles of Scotland. The job has also taken Dan to the United Arab Emirates and Spain, where adventurous activities have been delivered to a wide range of clients.

There’s nothing better than guiding people along the Exmoor coastline, down a grade II river or mountain biking over the moorlands. It’s great to see the reaction of individuals, escpecially when they are made aware of what Exmoor offers in terms of stunning scenery, wildlife and adventure!”


We specialise in group activities for families, stag/hen, birthdays, military and other groups.

Activities start from as little as £25 pp for a half day (3 hour) and from £40 pp for a full day of activities. Activities can be ‘mixed and matched’ to suit your groups requirements.

Multi Activity Weekend Breaks

Whether a stag or hen party or a group of friends or family wanting an adventurous activity weekend, we can cater for all groups.

A multi activity weekend, including three activities can cost as little as £95 pp.

We can even help you with group accommodation on Exmoor, making the planning process as easy as possible.

 Personal Skills Coaching

Exmoor Adventures Instructors are qualified in a range of different activities from rock climbing and kayaking, through to navigation and mountain biking.

1:1 or small group coaching is available in all activities for those who want specific coaching on skills and techniques. 1:1 coaching starts from £80.

 Corporate Events

With a range of different activities on offer including specific team building and problem solving tasks, we can tailor make an activity day to suit your needs. From 4 to 100 participants, we can structure a day which could help benefit your company for years.



Twitter:           @ExmoorAdventure

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Telephone:    01643 863536

Mobile:          07976 208279