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Devon holidays: free entertainment ideas for families

Paignton beach

Paignton beach in Devon

The whole of the West Country offers a wealth of possibilities to tourists and families looking for a great summer getaway and, if you get lucky with the weather, there’s no better place to spend your summer holiday.

Ok, so I may be a little biased as I have very fond childhood memories of family holidays in Devon,Somerset and Cornwall, but seriously, what more could you ask for, great beaches, historic sites, beautiful costal and country scenery, and that’s just for starters.

If you’re planning a family holiday to the West Country this summer and want to keep your budget in check, fear not, there’s plenty to do for free. In fact, Visit Devon is highlighting a number of options for free family fun this summer.

For starters, what about their beaches for free things to do in Devon? In Devon families are spoiled for choice with some of the UK’s best beaches.

Torbay tops the UK’s league for blue flag awards; it has five blue flags for good water quality and beach cleanliness.

East Devon has the award winning Sandy Bay at Exmouth which, as well as being sheltered, has many rock pools, perfect for little ones to while away an afternoon safely collecting all manner of creepy crawlies in their buckets.

For older more adventurous children who want to surf, kayak or try other water sports the beaches of North Devon at Croyde, Saunton, Woolacombe and Westward Ho! have everything for the adrenalin seeking teen.

The Dartmouth Sailing Week from 21 to 29 August is also a must see for those interested in either watching or participating in this famous sailing week. You can also catch the famous Red Arrows display – check out for regatta details and Red Arrow performances.

For an idyllic day in amongst the sand dunes head to Dawlish Warren beach which has an internationally recognised nature reserve. There are good family facilities and a free summer entertainment programme, all within easy reach of the beach.

Also in South Devon is Bigbury-on-Sea, a stunning sandy beach in an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty joined by the causeway to Burgh Island. It offers shallow water for paddling and rock pooling and is great for windsurfing and kite surfing for older children or everyone who is young at heart!

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One thought on “Devon holidays: free entertainment ideas for families

  1. Marcus Brossmann

    Hey there, I notice you’ve made some sort of mention of Woolacombe as part of your write-up! We have lived in Woolacombe Bay for about 28 years! I truly do not believe that I would at any time relocate to some other place! If you’re planning on a visit to Woolacombe then simply check out the Woolacombe Fryer fish and chip shop! They are doing the best fish and chips, and being able to bring them on to the beach is simply awesome. Hope you pay a visit to Woolaocmbe some time soon. Cheers 🙂