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Pecorama Gardens, Games and Trains, Devon

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During our family holiday to Devon, we decided to visit Pecorama in the coastal town of Beer. Mr Cake Escapes has fond memories of going there when he was little and was eager to take our minis. Pecorama has something for everyone; model railways, beautiful gardens, a miniature steam railway, crazy golf, soft play and an adventure playground.

When we first arrived it was impossible to miss the impressive Orion Pullman Car stationed near the ticket sales office and shop. The carriage was historically part of the Golden Arrow train but having been restored to it’s former glory, it now serves drinks, homemade cakes and cream teas.  The Orion wasn’t open when we first arrived (it opens at 11am), but we decided that we would stop there later on to refuel. We were so glad we did, it was beautiful inside! The sage green upholstery, the little brass lamps on each table – I don’t know much about historic trains, but it felt so authentic.  Almost even more importantly, the cakes were fresh and delicious!

We got such a sense of passion and pride at Pecorama, the people who work there clearly love what they do and this was reflected in the stunning gardens. Pecorama has many themed gardens, interconnected with stone pathways, bridges and archways. We had a lot of fun exploring the little paths and the excitement of not knowing what surprises we would find at the end.

We looked at the map and our Minis went on a hunt for the Sun, Moon and Rainbow gardens – they really enjoyed trying to find each one. It prompted lots of conversation about how the gardens were made and why we thought they looked like their themes.

The Sun garden had a huge copper sphere water feature, it looked just like a fiery sun, with so much light bouncing off it:

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The Moon garden was great fun, with its cool tones, interesting textures and pebble floor, it was only natural that we became astronauts going on a lunar expedition as we walked through the opening:

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The Rainbow garden was easy to spot with it’s arcs of colour. This was our minis favourite garden as they love anything to do with rainbows at the moment!

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After exploring all the gardens, we headed in to the Play Station soft play. There is a large soft play area for older children and a smaller separate soft play area for children under three. There are tables and chairs and a cafe, so it was a good place to grab a drink whilst being able to keep an eye on the minis.

Outdoors there is an adventure play ground with play equipment for all ages, crazy golf and a table tennis table which you could hire bats and balls for from the T & Ice snack bar.

Whilst we were there, they were offering free face painting for the over threes and there was also a Jester show scheduled for the afternoon. We weren’t able to stay for the show, but our biggest mini loved getting her face painted as a garden fairy!

Our trip on the ‘Beer Heights Light Railway’ was a great opportunity to see parts of the gardens we hadn’t reached and we also got some amazing views looking down over the town of Beer out to sea. Little Mini was asked if she would like to start the train, so she excitedly hopped off and pressed a button which started the pre-ride announcements. She was so proud of herself!

Before heading home we had a look around the model railway exhibition. There were lots of opportunities to interact, buttons to press, things to spot and there were coin operated trains that you could control for 10p. The railway scenes were fascinating and Big Mini has now requested a model railway in the garden!

Lots of attractions are advertised as ‘fun for all the family’, but they often seem geared to either children or adults with a token something for the other. I think that Pecorama really does deserve the ‘fun for all the family’ tag and I am sure our Minis memories of Pecorama will be just as fond and longlasting as their Dad’s.

RachelSwirl

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