South Devon offers plenty of open spaces for enjoying the fresh sea air away from the crowds. Check out this great selection of free activities to get you out and about on the English Riviera…
Build sandcastles or get on the water
The beaches are not just for summer here in South Devon and you are certainly spoilt for choice. Torbay is home to over 20 amazing beaches, 10 of which have recently received the globally recognised Blue Flag Award including Breakwater Beach, Broadsands Beach and Oddicombe Beach. Grab your bucket and spade and get set to construct your very own sand creation amongst some of the areas most stunning seaside surroundings.
Or for those whole prefer to spend time on the water, Torbay is heaven for canoeing and kayaking. This is a great way to explore the Devon’s stunning coastline as you paddle from beach to beach.
Go crabbing or rockpooling
Crabbing is a great activity for all ages to enjoy. Popular nearby crabbing spots include Brixham Harbour and the village of Stoke Gabriel located on a creek of the River Dart.
Or why not spend some time at our local beaches searching the underwater world of rockpools where you can find plenty of other mysterious marine life including starfish, shrimps and much more. You will find great beaches for this right by our holiday park including Goodrington Sands and Broadsands Beach.
Whether you are crabbing or rockpooling do remember to put all animals back where you find them.
Get a head for heights at Berry Head Nature Reserve
Sitting high up on 200ft cliffs, Berry Head Nature Reserve offers up spectacular coastal views and is an ideal place for a picnic, taking a scenic walk and enjoying a spot of wildlife watching.
You can also find the award-winning Guardhouse Café here serving up fabulous food if you forget to take your picnic basket.
Step back in time at Cockington Village
You will find the picturesque village of Cockington just a short distance away from Torquay seafront. With cottages dating back to the 16th Century, the village provides an experience that is quintessentially British and is the perfect place treat yourself to a cream tea from a choice of Tea Gardens.
Once you have explored Cockington Village feel free to discover the surrounding Cockington Country Park with its beautiful gardens, lakes, and woodland.
Play at Paignton Geoplay Park
Visit the Geoplay Park in Paignton for a free day of family fun. This popular adventure playground on Paignton seafront is open all year round and includes separate play areas for different age groups from toddlers to teens.
You can find a seesaw, climbing hut and trampoline for toddlers while older children can enjoy a giant climbing net, zip wire and much more. You can also find a picnic area within the play park which is ideally situated beside the beach. A great spot for enjoying that fresh sea air while tucking into your favourite seaside snack!