Went while on holiday in North Devon so that our 20 month old grand-daughter could enjoy the soft play with grand-mother and daughter, while I went round the museum. I can understand that combining the price of the soft play with the museum entry makes the former more expensive than elsewhere, but the large car park is free and the soft play is quite new and extensive with seating a tables set underneath some of the play areas so that parents can be close to their child. I would give the play area and attached cafe 5 out of 5. The museum was interesting but perhaps a little tired. There was a video explaining the keeping of bees and honey production but this was clearly quite old as we were told about the vehicles used to transport the hives, but had earlier been told that these had been replaced. On the day we went there was nothing being produced in the "production" area. One or two exhibits no longer worked, and the leaf eating ants were "under the weather" according to a notice and could not be seen anywhere. There seemed several staff in the cafe area, but as the cafe is split between an area open to everyone, and a separate area for soft play users only, I noted that at times no staff were monitoring the soft play area. Management should be aware. That said there were only a few children playing and our grand-daughter has a lovely time. Be aware that socks must be worn at all times although you can purchase for a pound at the till.
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