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8 Free Things To Do In And Around Torquay

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Calendar iconPosted 24th Jan 2020

Holidays are great for spending quality time together and trying lots of new and exciting activities. However, it can be easy to lose track of spending and for the pounds to add up.

For families on a budget we’ve compiled a list of just some of favourite things to do for free in Torquay. We hope this help you to enjoy a cost-effective holiday at our Devon holiday park.

1. Occombe Farm

Take the little ones to Occombe Farm this summer to see llamas, ducks, chickens, pigs and cows. This working farm is free to enter and perfect for spending a couple of hours exploring the surrounding woodland on one of the nature trails. For a small fee you can purchase an activity pack at the reception, which will help you identify bugs and other wildlife.

Occombe farm

2. Cockington Court

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon exploring Cockington Court, set within more than 460 acres of scenic country park. While away a sunny afternoon perusing the studios and independent shops, showcasing some of the region’s best artwork and local produce. Previously voted Dog Friendly Business of the Year, Cockington Court is an ideal place for a walk with your four-legged friend. Follow the self-guided trails around stunning gardens and the seasonal sculpture trail. There are a number of interesting events held throughout the year in the outdoor theatre. These are perfect for families or couples looking for a unique activity.

Cockington Court

3. Geocaching

Be a part of the world’s largest treasure hunt and search for geocaches in Torquay. Use the mobile app or a GPS device to seek out containers carefully hidden in hidey-holes around the town. Set yourself a challenge of finding as many as possible during your stay! This is a great way of getting the kids active.  The scavenger hunt adds an element of excitement your walks.

Torquay Geocaching

4. Lazy Days At The Beach

No trip to Torquay would be complete without a leisurely day at the beach. Sit back, relax and enjoy a stress-free day enjoying the English Riviera. Whether you choose to sunbathe, build sandcastles, rockpool or paddle in the beautiful blue waters, you’ll be spoilt for choice when picking where to go. There are so many picturesque beaches to choose from, all within a short drive from our Devon holiday park.

Devon Beach

5. Agatha Christie Literary Trail

Literary Trail Renowned crime writer, Agatha Christie was born in Torquay and drew inspiration from the area for many of her novels. To commemorate her memory and works of literary acclaim, why not take some time to complete the Agatha Christie walking trail? Pick up a leaflet from the tourist information centre and follow in Christies footsteps as you venture to 10 poignant landmarks around the town. Collect the clues as you go and see whether you can solve the mystery by the end.

Agatha Christie Literary Trail

6. Princess Gardens

Situated on the seafront with beautiful views across the marina, Princess Gardens is one of our favourite places in Torquay. Planted with brightly coloured flowers, beautiful plants and a stunning water fountain, Princess Gardens is our very own tropical oasis and the ideal spot for a picnic. Throughout the year there are lots of events hosted here, including food festivals and the Agatha Christie fete.

Princess Gardens, Torquay

7. Geopark

Just a short drive from Beverley Holidays you’ll find Paignton Geopark. Intrepid children will love the range of climbing frames, slides and swings on offer, with something to suit all age groups from toddlers to teens. The park is separated into 4 distinct areas, each providing hands on learning experiences and insight into the area’s geological history.

Paignton Geopark

8. Oasis Leisure

You don’t have to travel far for a free day out when you’ve got Oasis Leisure on your doorstep. All guests at Beverley Holidays receive free entry into our leisure complex, which includes a tropical indoor pool, children’s paddling pool, sauna, steam room and heated outdoor pool! What’s more, there’s multiple play areas and a fantastic range of entertainment on offer throughout the day.

Oasis Leisure


We hope you find this list of things to do for free in Torquay helpful. Enjoy your visit!

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