This is a super place. It was very toddler-friendly, very buggy-friendly and we lucked out with a sunny day. Pecorama is situated in Beer – and is well signposted too. Alas, we couldn’t find Beer Head which is somewhere close by, and going on the views from Pecorama is probably pretty ace too.
Pecorama has plenty of parking for free, and while it’s pricey to get in, under 4’s go free which is a good saving. We were given a voucher for discounted entry which covers us to the end of the year – and looks like it’s in partnership with some other local attractions, including the Seaton Tram (which looked fabulous but we didn’t have time) – so there may be deals to be had – check before you go just in case.
Beer isn’t too far from Lyme Regis, so you can find yourself right by the sea with The Cob (which still scares me) as well as this lovely line of beach huts.
There’s also lots of other lovely things we want to tell you about Lyme Regis – especially including Alice’s Bear Shop, which we will do soon.
So, Pecorama – you’ve got some really lovely things there – the Beer Heights Light Railway which is just the right size for adults and toddlers (downside – the tunnel gets a bit smokey, so be prepared with a hanky if you think you might cough!)
They offer free face painting, and a man entertained us on stage (H wasn’t keen, she’s still a bit young though)
There’s a huge play area complete with that nice soft concretey stuff so you don’t get too many bumps and bruises, and a train or two to play on,
as well as a really cool slide and an even cooler pirate ship (pirates are very much the in thing at the moment in our house)
The outdoor cafe area near this play area doesn’t take cards, so make sure you’ve some cash! The large cafe does though, and has a really cool model train that runs around at the top – plus their cream teas are pretty good, though Shaun tells me that Dorset do different cream teas to Devon, apparently.
If you’re in the area, it’s definitely worth a visit. We really enjoyed it – there was plenty to keep H occupied, the grounds were lovely to wander round and we definitely could have spent longer there. We didn’t pick up any Teddy Mac books (though should have), that also happen to be beautifully illustrated by Rikey Austin, the lovely lady behind Alice’s Bear Shop!