The focus this week is on the stunning location of South Devon, with its relaxing beaches, thriving seaside towns and fun attractions. We hope you enjoy this read and who knows, perhaps something we talk about might just spark your need for a trip to the South.
Something for the children
When it comes to family holidays, South Devon should be on your list of choices due to the abundance of activities available to keep the children entertained. First is the very popular attraction of Plymouth Aquarium, the UK’s largest aquarium! It is home to over 4,000 ocean animals, with everything from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Barrier Reef. Immerse yourself in experiences and learn all about the underwater world with daily talks and shows.
Woodlands, another attraction that will keep your little ones amused all day. With everything from the farm to all the thrill-seeking rides, there is something for everyone. Woodlands can even be enjoyed in the wetter weather with the South West’s largest indoor play area.
For the little ones that like to get ‘stuck in the mud’ then Diggerland should be on the cards. The theme park includes an array of different activities; get stuck in and dig for treasure, drive around on dumper trucks, bash about on the dodgems or sit back and enjoy a ride on one of their robots or trains.
Paignton Zoo is a must-stop for any animal lovers, children or adults! The zoo boasts over 2,500 animals across 80 acres. There are also lots of cafes to keep you refuelled throughout the day. As well as all the animals to observe, the zoo also has a range of talks and activities to take part in such as walking with Lemurs, Terrific Tigers and Daily Discoveries.
For those that want to venture into the past, Dinosaur World is a perfect choice. Dinosaur World is an indoor exhibition that brings the past to life with incredible life-sized dinosaurs. As well as the exhibition, the venue also hosts regular events including Halloween Horrors, Santa ‘Claws’ Christmas special and February Fossil Festival.
The final stop on this attraction extravaganza is Pennywell Farm, the petting farm of children’s dreams. The farm has a huge range of activities on offer every day, with something new every half hour. Cuddle up to their famous miniature pigs, get involved with feeding the lambs or have fun watching ferrets race.
Something for the Shoppers
For those who enjoy a good shop or like to explore towns and cities, South Devon has lots in store for you. South Devon has two cities, Exeter and Plymouth, both are filled to the brim with shops, restaurants and bars to keep you entertained.
As well as the cities, South Devon boasts an array of seaside towns including the likes of Brixham, a beautiful fishing town that has excellent food and drink. Teignmouth, another large fishing town, sitting on the edge of the mouth of the River Teign. Salcombe is a popular stop, located in the South Hams district, much can be enjoyed including Salcombes very own gin tasting. Finally, a trip to Torquay might be just what you are after. The thriving seaside town boasts high-quality seafood restaurants, an international marina, the iconic palm trees and more.
When it comes to the great outdoors, the beaches do of course have to be mentioned. There is an abundance of choice with over 50 beaches to be explored. To name a few, we had to include Bigbury on the Sea, a popular family-friendly beach that is excellent for water sports activities. Burgh Island is also the iconic landmark that sits directly opposite Bigbury on the Sea and is only accessible on low tide. Another great choice is Hope Cove, made up of two sandy beaches, it is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). For those of who fancy a long walk with your feet in the water, Exmouth beach is for you with its 2-mile stretch of golden sand. Blackpool Sands is another beach worth a mention for its Blue Flag award-winning water quality. Finally, Dawlish Warren beach is a great family-friendly choice, with its long sandy beach, sand dunes and safe waters.
For those who enjoy a walk, South Devon has plenty to offer. Many parts of South Devon are areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) making it a fantastic destination to get outside with nature. If you enjoy exploring gardens and historic places South Devon has a range of sites to explore, including Dartington Hall located near to Totnes. Dartington Hall is a building that dates back to medieval times and is set in over 12,000 acres of land. Powderham Castle is another interesting choice to learn more about the history of South Devon. Powederham Castle is a fortified manor house which is over 600 years old and is home to the Earl and Countess of Devon. Finally, Greenway is another popular choice for history lovers. The holiday home of Agatha Christie is owned by the national trust and at your disposal to explore.
If after reading this you and think that South Devon is a place that must be visited, we are here to help. Here at Devon Farm Holidays, we have a wide selection of charming holiday spots where you can sit back and relax after a day’s activities in South Devon.
Or if you are looking for somewhere more specifically in Exeter of the heart of Devon to stay, we too have a range of accommodation that could just be perfect.