Parties in Devon
Your child’s birthday - it’s the one day out of the 365 that is extra special to you and your child, so naturally, you want to make it a memorable day!
To help you decide what to do for your child’s party, what party treats to buy or what entertainer to use we’ve added some top tips for you here...
So, what are the latest Children's Party Trends?
Science and Slime Parties
Science and Slime parties engage young minds with a combination of thrilling demonstrations, wacky experiments and plenty of hands-on activities. Many science party companies run age-related, interactive games so children can concoct exciting things such as gooey DIY slime, amazing bubbles and colour-changing potions. Enormous fun and educational too.
Unicorn, Rainbow and My Little Pony Parties
Unicorns, Rainbow and My Little Pony are big news at the moment, so if your child wants this as his or her party theme, you will be spoilt for choice as many shops and partyware stores currently provide a mass of items to suit all budgets.
Add an extra element of surprise with some fun quirky goodies such as rainbow juice, unicorn photo booth props, rainbow wands, unicorn magic potion or My Little Pony invites.
Fairy Tents and Indoor Teepees
Fairy Tents and Indoor Teepees are great places for the children to enjoy a mini adventure away from the watchful eye of the adults in charge. Inside their ‘secret’ den they can use their wildest imaginations to tell fantastic stories and play fun spy games. Furnish the tent or den with sparkly fairy lights or lanterns and pad it out with cosy rugs and comfortable cushions. A food hamper filled with a feast of cupcakes, chopped fruit and snacks will go down a treat too. For inspiration take a look at the Pinterest pages – fairy tents and indoor teepees
Computer Gaming Parties
Video game, console and coding parties bring birthday celebrations well into the 21st century, and have become hugely popular party options among boys and girls. The games can be put into an inclusive multiplayer mode enabling youngsters to challenge each other in a fun way. The choice of games is vast – choose from singing and dancing games, or football and Minecraft games, for example.
Ice-cream and Milkshake Parties
Ice-cream and milkshake parties offer a really appetising option, enabling guests to have fun concocting their own indulgent delicacy. Many family friendly cafes and venues provide this type of party where half the fun is consuming the final creation. Needless to say, this a great option for those on a budget, as the food is part of the package.
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Here are some details about party providers and entertainers in Devon:
The Proper Party Company
Passionate people bringing your children’s dreams to life!
The Proper Party Company is an established party provider created by sisters Emma and Kate after realising the need for imaginative, immersive themed parties in Devon.
From pirates to princesses, crazy professors to wild wizards, the proper party company works with you to bring a friendly, professional and most of all FUN themed party to your guests.
Take a look at their website to see our full range of services but we routinely provide, live singing princess visits, slime parties and action packed discos!
Have an underground adventure on their explorer’s birthday parties! Kit yourself out with helmets and headlamps then the fantastic hosts will lead you through the cave, playing games and showing you how people and animals used to live there! After the cave it’s time for lunch in Firestone Kitchen and then you’ll be taken to uncover hidden gemstones in the dig boxes and Cavog the Caveman will make an appearance before you leave.
Tel 01392 881780
Give your child a Birthday Party to remember at The Bear Trail - Devon's award winning family assault course. It's the ultimate party venue for active kids! Scramble over the bear nets, zip down the zip wire, tackle bear mountain and much more. Parties include all day entry into the trail, a reserved VIP area in the party barn, squash, invites and more. There are 3 party packages to choose from, starting at just £9.95 per child.
Quince Honey Farm
Tel: 01769 572401
Give your child a buzzing birthday party at Quince Honey Farm. With its large soft play area, The Play Hive, it is the perfect place for your child and their friends to have a memorable day together. You will get your own dedicated table for over two hours, plus a cold food buffet, ice cream and unlimited squash. The Bizzy the Bee mascot can also fly by for a visit! Get in touch now for details and to book!
Aztec Leisure Parties, Torquay
Tel: 01803 400200
Aztec Leisure Torquay are full of bright ideas to make your children's parties go with a swing! Children up to 9 years can enjoy the Soft Play whilst older kids will love 10 pin bowling, indoor archery, aqua jets and more fun in the swimming pool!
All parties include your choice of activity and party food, plus you get 10% off if you book between Monday-Friday.
The Original Escape Room Co.
Join the new craze and visit kids escape rooms in Dartmouth and Newton Abbot!
Book an escape room party for your child’s birthday, hunt for clues, solve the puzzles, and play detectives to win your freedom!! Prices star at £12.50 per child with an optional tea party available at £5 per child. Groups of 4 or more children are required and individuals must be age 9+ to play
The Lodge Skatepark
Did you know that Sunday is party time at The Lodge indoor skatepark in Newton Abbot?
With their amazing renovation of their new skatepark it’s the perfect way to celebrate your son/daughter’s big day. Their 2 hour party slots enable you to hire exclusive use of the Indoor Skatepark for up to 20 children with party food packages and scooter/skateboard hire is also available. Kids will love this unique party idea that you can completely tailor to suit yours, and the party child’s!
Devon Windsurf and Canoe Centre
Tel 07971 051509
Based at Decoy Country Park – the Devon Windsurf and Canoe Centre offer increasingly popular and unique water sports birthday parties with every child having a fun, safe, exciting and wet time. The events are excellent value at only £10.00 a head for groups of eight or more, fun on the water, followed by hot showers and BBQ! This is an excellent party venue for developing water confidence in a safe and enjoyable way.
Mini Glampers Devon
Mini Glampers Devon offers the perfect sleepover party package for your little one’s special day. They supply indoor A-frame tents in a variety of themes, with all the extras; they deliver, set up and collect so you don't have to lift a finger. They have 14 themes to choose from and more to come.Get in touch to book your little one’s complete magical sleepover experience.
Newton Abbot: 01626 215660
Broadmeadow Sports Centre: 01626 215590
Dawlish Leisure Centre: 01626 215637
A birthday is an exciting time in a child's year. After all, it's a day where they spend time with friends and family, showered with presents, lots of activities and treats. Our party packages are available at Newton Abbot Leisure Centre, Broadmeadow Sports Centre and Dawlish Leisure Centre. Visit their website for centre specific parties.
Something Lovely Pottery
Are you looking for a party that is suitable for all ages and interests? Pottery painting is a wonderful creative activity for all ages and abilities. Create a birthday to remember with items for each guest to paint and cherish for years to come. Paint your own pottery parties can be held at the studio in Sidmouth or at your chosen venue. Visit them at Facebook and Instagram @somethinglovelypottery.
Plymouth Snowsports Centre
Plymouth Snowsports centre offer a huge range of birthday party packages including ones which include ski or snowboarding lessons, sno-tubing or tobogganing. Lessons with their amazing instructors are included with some party options. These packages also combine these fun activities with hot foot, dessert, balloon, gift and unlimited squash. Get in touch today to find out more about this fantastic,active and unique way to celebrate your child’s special day!
SportyStars offer a fantastic selection of sport themed birthday parties that can be held at a range of venues across Devon. Options include general sports, football and flow in the dark for ages 4+ and action packed alternatives such as Nerf, Bubble Football and Archery Tag for older children or those seeking a bit more adventure! All parties are hosted by their enthusiastic sports coach who will take complete control of the party and harness every opportunity to make the birthday child’s day!
Tel: 01647 61359
Party Pieces is an established and much-loved company run by drama graduate and actress Ruth Lawrence.
Ruth has drawn on her wide experience to devise an original formula for party entertainment aimed at children from 3 to 10 years, where she and the children bring different stories to life through imaginative play; music and dance; themed games; dressing-up and face painting; puppets and prop-making; treasure hunts, parachute games and much more.
Schools and pre-schools love Party Pieces too. Party Pieces will enthral and amuse, captivate and charm. You can relax and the party will be one to remember!
Tel: 01363 774626
Planet Play is a large indoor play centre based in Crediton that boasts a 2-storey, interactive and clean play area for children under 10 years.
The multi-award winning play centre offers a great selection of locally sourced hot and cold food, cakes and drinks. It also offers amazing parties for your little ones. Check out the website for more information.
The Outdoors Group
Tel: 01392 811907
Enjoy the ultimate woodland adventure birthday party with the Outdoors Group in Exeter or Exmouth. What better way to spend a party than in the great outdoors, under the tree canopy, fire lighting, building dens, playing games, toasting marshmallows, eating hot dogs and of course enjoying birthday cake.
Take the stress out of the party and let the Outdoors Group provide the fun. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 01297 21542
Birthday party packages at Pecorama include two hours play in the fabulous indoor play station and the birthday lunch or tea. Party options cover the soft play, pirates, princes and princesses’ themes.
During the winter months, parties last for up to 2 hours in the Play Station followed by the birthday meal in the Garden Room Restaurant with party hats, balloons and a small gift for the birthday child.
The Waie Inn
Tel: 01363 82348
The ‘Waie2Play’ party package offers children 1½ hours of fun in the soft indoor play area before they settle down to some tasty food. There is also a swimming pool party option. You will be amazed at what you find at the Waie Inn.
It is completely child friendly and has fantastic facilities such as an indoor heated swimming pool, an indoor soft play area (Waie2Play), an outdoor play area which includes an all-weather 5 a-side football pitch, zip wire, roundabout and lots more. The Sports Hall also available for hire.
Quay Climbing Centre and Clip ‘n Climb at the Quay
Tel: 01392 426 850
Reach new heights on your birthday with a party at The Quay. Enjoy a one hour climbing taster or a Clip ‘n Climb session with your friends and feast on a celebration Pizza or traditional party menu prepared by its in house chef – all for just £19.95 per person.
Pool Parties at The Queens Hotel
Tel: 01803 551048
Swimming parties are always a big hit with children and the pool at the Queens Hotel in Paignton is simply a brilliant spot for a child’s birthday party. Two hour party slots are available*, enabling the party guests to have an hour of fun in the pool followed by a party feast in a separate room. A selection of tasty hot food is on offer, with options including fish goujons, chicken nuggets, beef burger, hot dog – all served up with chips and peas, plus there’s traditional jelly and ice cream for pudding and jugs of squash to drink. Special dietary requirements are also catered for. This great package is available for just £8 per child, and the birthday child will go free with every 10 paying children. The pool is open 7 days a week between 10am and 5pm. Find The Queens Hotel on Queens Road in Paignton, TQ4 6AT. *For Ts & Cs call 01803 551048.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo offer tailormade magical entertainment for children’s parties and events.
The entertainment is available for birthday parties, fetes, nursery leavers’ parties, weddings, christenings, promotional work, corporate and Christmas events.
So, take your party to the next level and book Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo to create a memory for your child that will last a lifetime. For more information see facebook.com/bibbidi.bobbidi.boo.parties or email: Bibbidi.Bobbidi.Boo@live.com
Plymouth Ski and Snowboard Centre
Tel: 01752 600220
Treat your friends to an experience they will not forget whilst celebrating your birthday in style. Plymouth Ski and Snowboard Centre has a broad range of different and fun activities to turn your child’s birthday into a memorable day. Parties are also great for groups such as guides, scouts and football presentation nights. Choose from: Toboggan and Sno-Tubing, Ski-ing, Snowboarding parties.
Tel: 07703 719402
If you are looking for a party that is really different, great fun and hassle free then look no further than Go-Kart Party. Nathan and his team offer boys and girls of 4 -10 years an opportunity to drive battery powered go-karts around an inflatable circuit.
The parties are fully hosted and fun games such as laser tag, cops and robbers, cone dodging, racing and reversing will give the children an experience they will never forget. Kart speeds and games are tailored to the age and ability of the kids. Available indoors in numerous leisure centres and sports halls across Devon, Go-Kart Party is accessible all year round at a venue near you.
Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre
Tel: 01392 400150
Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre, in Exeter, offers a wonderfully exhilarating birthday party experience. Run from its state-of-the-art facility on Exeter’s historic canal and riverside, the birthday child can choose from one of the many water or land based adventurous activity options.
Plus, if your child is looking for some adventure during the school holiday, then there is a great range of activities on offer, each designed to teach new skills and build confidence. Birthday activities are most suited to ages 8 years and over. However, younger ages can be catered for if a parent is present.
Crealy Adventure Park and Resort
Tel: 01395 233200
Make birthday memories at Crealy Adventure Park and Resort with one of its special birthday party packages. With a number of packages available, suited to all ages, celebrating birthdays at Crealy ensures an unforgettable experience.
Do you want Buddy and Blossom Bear, animals, rides and non-stop fun at your birthday party? You will find it at Crealy Adventure Park and Resort. Every year, Crealy welcome birthday parties for all ages, from tiny tots through to those ‘landmark’ numbers, and right up to grandparents. You’re never too old to have fun on your birthday! Crealy offer venue hire too, so you are able to have exclusive access for your party.
Tel: 01626 332241
iBounce Trampoline Parks, in Exeter, Newton Abbot and Bodmin, offer the ultimate fitness experience, bringing all family members together with hours of bouncing fun. iBounce is a brilliant destination for birthday parties, with different party packages for you to choose from.
Being an indoor attraction, it won't be ruined by the weather either – and is open all-year round. Parties are for children aged 5 years+ and include jump time; use of the party room; water and grip socks; an iBounce t-shirt and goody bag for the birthday child and a free revisit for the birthday child. All iBounce parks ensure a great source of exercise and fun for all ages.
The Bear Trail
Tel: 01392 881780
** Voted Best Party Provider in Devon 2017 by Primary Times Readers. **
Give your child a birthday party to remember at The Bear Trail, Devon's award winning muddy assault course. Parties include all day entry to the trail, 27 obstacles and unlimited mud!
Scramble over the bear nets, zip down the zip wire, swing over the hay bales and tackle Bear Mountain. Parties include a one hour reserved party area, free downloadable invites and stickers and free squash. There are 3 party packages available with delicious food options and if you book a birthday party of more than 12, the birthday child goes free and gets a free return visit!
TLH Leisure - Aztec Games
Tel: 01803 400200
Part of the TLH Leisure Resort hotel group, Aztec Leisure is a stunning family leisure facility in the heart of Torquay with a large indoor games arena, 25m indoor pool, dance studio, bistro and more. Enjoy archery, 10 pin bowling, table tennis, snooker, pool, dance mats and lots more, as well as Aztec Soft Play for your little ones.
Food and drink is served all day and entry is free. All ages can try a Dip ‘n’ Dine party with swimming fun in the indoor pool. Party meal options include traditional hot or cold buffet options served in either Aztec Games or the Aztec Bistro.
World of Country Life
Tel: 01395 274533
Birthday parties are all about having fun and at World of Country Life, ‘Appy Angus and all his animal friends are on hand to make your child’s special day one they will never forget.
The Party Package has so much included - the children can get up close to the animals in the Pet Centre, feed a lamb, walk a goat, take a ride on the Deer Train Safari to hand feed the deer and the llama, enjoy the Hawkridge Birds of Prey display, take in a show at the Barnyard Theatre and watch the hilarious ferret racing events. Once the children have built up an appetite, everyone can head over to the Pirate Ship Party Deck to enjoy a Birthday Party feast!
Tel: 0800 085 8649
Cofton Holidays is an award-winning holiday park in south Devon and is an ideal location for a child’s birthday party. It boasts a fabulous heated indoor swimming pool with a fun splash pad and fountains to play under.
After all the enjoyment in the pool, the party guests can choose a meal from the children’s menu and select a delicious ice-cream sundae too. Alternatively, there is a kids’ buffet option. Additionally, there is an engaging arcade featuring plenty of games for younger and older children, Bowlingo and two soft play areas for children up to 8 years old.
Tel: 01297 20375
Hop aboard a special tram for an unforgettable birthday experience at Seaton Tramway. Party packages include a return tram ride, party food, a Tramway goody bag for each child and the birthday child will receive a tram certificate and special gift.
In the tram, there will be a special reserved seating area with party decorations waiting for the party guests and party food will be served to your table in the Garden Room at the Tramstop Café.
Tel: 01803 215136
Take your tribe for a cave explorer's birthday party at Kents Cavern. Grab your explorers’ helmet and head underground with your enthusiastic and entertaining guide who will take you on journey of adventure, history and excitement.
Afterwards, head for lunch in Firestone Kitchen, but make sure you save some room for ice cream. Finally, dig around for gemstones to take home and meet the mascot Cavog. Prices are £14pp, weekends only.
River Dart Country Park
Tel: 01364 652511
Have an activity fuelled birthday party at the River Dart Country Park – it’s a fabulous place to spend your child's birthday.
The great value party package includes park entry and access to the adventure playgrounds for the day and is available with a choice of fantastic meals including plated options, a pizza buffet or carvery and jugs of blackcurrant and orange squash.
For more information or to book a birthday party, call the number above or email email@example.com
Pocketwatch Theatre Company (with Jonty Depp)
Tel: 07807 840460
Pocketwatch Theatre Company is a fun and flexible company specialising in interactive theatre, walkabout characters, school workshops, parties and festivals.
Its themes include Pirates, Mermaids, Wonderland, Willy Wonka, Knights and Dragons, Fairytales, Kings and Queens, Faerie Folk, Robin Hood, Halloween, Mad Science, Science Fiction, Mr Grinch, Wind in the Willows, Wizards and Potion School...the list goes on!
The Pocketwatch team and Jonty Depp are open to commissions. Check the website and Facebook for February half term shows and all events this year.
Riviera Centre, Torquay
Tel: 01803 299 992
The Riviera International Centre (RICC) in Torquay has rooms and halls of all sizes that are perfect for any type of celebration, as well as its Waves Leisure Pool for big, small or exclusive swim parties.
Its pool party package offers great value for money and is designed to offer stress free party planning. There is always a card and gift for the birthday child, a choice of hot or cold food, ice lolly, party invitations, free adult swims for every 2 children and a selection of extras including party bags. There are private pool hire packages too starting from £160 for exclusive use of the pool, waves and flume.
The Party Wiz
Tel: 07791 560298
The friendly team at The Party Wiz simply love to party! The Party Wiz provides all aspects of children’s party entertainment throughout Devon and beyond – from fantastic face painting, balloon twisting and mini disco’s - to princess visits, bouncy castles and themed children’s entertainment shows - the Party Wiz has it covered!
This mobile party service covers the whole of Devon including Exeter, Plymouth and Torquay. They are looking forward to making your child’s next birthday party one to remember!
Woodlands Family Theme Park
Tel: 01803 712598
Enjoy an unforgettable birthday party at Woodlands Family Theme Park whatever the weather. Parties are bookable every day when Woodlands is open and include a full day of fun in the family theme park, a themed birthday party room, free admission for adults, a choice of 9 hot meals, ice lolly and drink. All children will receive a free balloon and the birthday child will get a free gift card. With 11 play-zones, fun and entertainment is guaranteed!
- Decide on the timings and date of the party
- Decide on how many children you can comfortably accommodate in your house
- Send out the invitations
- Sort out the entertainment if it’s required. Book the entertainer, face painter, bouncy castle
- Plan in the fun factor or create a theme
- Sort out a music playing device
- Select party games for the children to play
- Source decorations, party tableware, balloons and party hats
- Purchase the food and drink
- Get the birthday cake
- Sort out party numbers
- Create a small list of your child’s favourite party venues in preferential order
- Check the availability of the venues and if there are any special deals
- Book a date and time with the venue. Pay the deposit
- Get the name and telephone number of the main party organiser at the venue
- Get the party invitations from the venue and send them out
- Sort out the food with the venue and establish whether a birthday cake is supplied
- Confirm numbers with the venue prior to the day
Traditional party games always go down a treat. Here’s a list of some of the most classic children’s games:
- Pass the Parcel
- Musical Statues
- Musical Bumps
- Musical Chairs
- Chinese Whispers
- Blind Man’s Donkey
- Animal Charades
- Treasure Hunt
And here are a few new party game ideas –
- The Tray Game
- Dead Ants
- Doughnuts on a String
- Marsh-mallow Bobbing
- Piñata Games
Remember to stock up on prizes to award to the winning children.
- The birthday cake!
- A choice of sandwiches with simple fillings such as plain ham, cheese and tuna. Mix some salad leaves into some of the sandwiches – if the children don’t like it they can always take out the salad! Think about supplying some healthy options which are visually appealing and tasty.
- Chopped up vegetables such as carrots, mangetout, peppers, cucumber with cream cheese or houmous for dips
- Cheese straws
- Potato wedges
- Pizza slices
- Mini sausages and sausage rolls
- Cheese and pineapple on sticks (or uncooked sticks of spaghetti)
- Crisps and popcorn
- Chopped fruit
- Mini-sponge cakes
- Jelly Boats made from scooped out and quartered oranges. (Halve an orange, scoop out the fruit, fill it with jelly. Once set, cut into quarters)
- Drinks: Either orange and blackcurrant squash, fruit water, fruit juice, milkshakes or plain water
Quick and Easy Chocolate Hedgehog Cake
- Buy or bake a round sponge cake.
- Divide the cake into three parts, the middle should be slightly bigger than the two sides, which should be the same size as each other.
- Cut a V-shape at the end of the middle piece of cake (this is the hedgehog’s nose). Discard the two smaller pieces. Or eat them.
- Cover the middle piece of cake with thick chocolate icing.
- Place the two remaining pieces of cake on top of the iced piece, round side up, for the Hedgehog’s hump.
- Liberally cover the entire sponge with thick chocolate icing.
- Use chocolate buttons or flakes for the Hedgehog’s spines.
- The Hedgehog’s eyes and nose can be made using Smarties or similar.
Don’t forget the candles for the cake. They are often overlooked with all the other preparations.
- Books or small colouring-in books
- Glitter Tattoos
- Small packs of pencils
- Small bag of sweets
- Finger puppets
- A paper glider
- Decorate your own paper party bag
- Cake Pops
- A piece of birthday cake or a cup cake
For the party hosts
- Hand out the invites in plenty of time, ideally about 3 weeks before the party date.
- Include detailed information on the invitation such as the date, the start and finish times, the venue’s full address and postcode, and the name, email address and number for them to RSVP.
- Include a RSVP date to help you confirm final numbers prior to the day. You may wish to use words to the effect of: ‘As the venue requires final numbers prior to the party we would appreciate confirmation of your child’s attendance by (add RSVP date). If we do not hear from you by this date we will assume that your child is unable to attend’.
- As a second measure, about a week beforehand, you may wish to politely chase up parents who have not as yet RSVP’d.
For the guests
- RSVP as soon as you can, whether your child can make it or not.
- If something happens on the day of the party, and your child can no longer attend, let your hosts know ASAP.
- If you are running late, or need to leave early then let the hosts know in advance.
- If you have not RSVP’d then don’t just turn up uninvited.
- Candles for the cake
- Candle holders
- Cake knife
- You may wish to include party bags for unexpected additional guests or young siblings
- Printable directions, including the postcode of the party venue
Does it seem like your child is attending a different birthday party each week? Needing suggestions for generic party gifts that won’t break the bank? If you are super-savvy you will have already stocked up on a number of general items in the Sales, if not, here are some ideas for a fiver:
- Colouring-in sets and basic craft kits
- Travel and Pocket games
- Top Trumps
- Books, jotters or notepads
- Pamper packages filled with hair bands, bobbles and snazzy hairclips
- Nail art kits
- Superhero action figures