Devon

A moorland National Park that goes on forever and miles of heritage coast topped and tailed by riviera coastline define the southwest county of Devon. You and your family will never tire of rolling hills dotted with thatched cottages, and dramatic coastlines with cliff-edged bays and elegant Georgian towns like Torquay straight from an Agatha Christie crime caper. With so many places in Devon to explore, we recommend you pack picnics for every day out. The hours will disappear exploring rock pools and smugglers’ caves. Another attraction is the dolphins somersaulting off sweeping beaches. Then there are the famous Devonshire teas – oven-warm scones, sticky strawberry jam and dollops of clotted cream. Need we say more?

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A moorland National Park that goes on forever and miles of heritage coast topped and tailed by riviera coastline define the southwest county of Devon. You and your family will never tire of rolling hills dotted with thatched cottages, and dramatic coastlines with cliff-edged bays and elegant Georgian towns like Torquay straight from an Agatha Christie crime caper. With so many places in Devon to explore, we recommend you pack picnics for every day out. The hours will disappear exploring rock pools and smugglers’ caves. Another attraction is the dolphins somersaulting off sweeping beaches. Then there are the famous Devonshire teas – oven-warm scones, sticky strawberry jam and dollops of clotted cream. Need we say more?

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Wake up early for a totally worth it tour of Brixham Fish Market

Wake up early for a totally worth it tour of Brixham Fish Market

An early morning visit to Brixham's famous fish market is the most authentic way to experience coastal life in the southwest of England.

Location: Brixham, Devon

 
Enjoy street food beside the river in Exeter

Enjoy street food beside the river in Exeter

Choose from an impressive line-up of different cuisines at this regular night market, set against the stunning backdrop of Exeter's historic quayside.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 
Be a big cat keeper for a day at Dartmoor Zoo

Be a big cat keeper for a day at Dartmoor Zoo

Join the Big Cat Keepers at Dartmoor Zoo for this hard work, hands on, all day experience.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 
Take a boat trip for the best view of the Jurassic Coast

Take a boat trip for the best view of the Jurassic Coast

Step aboard the Stuart Line Cruise, and see the stunning 250 million year old Jurassic Coast cliffs up close from the sea.

Location: Exmouth, Devon

 
Shout ‘Yarrrr!’ and be a pirate for the day

Shout ‘Yarrrr!’ and be a pirate for the day

Join in the shenanigans this summer at one of Brixham’s fantastic pirate days for adults and children.

Location: Brixham, Devon

 
Go glamping at Crealy Theme Park & Resort

Go glamping at Crealy Theme Park & Resort

Kick back in style at the biggest family theme park in Devon and enjoy unlimited access to exciting rides, indoor play areas and a variety of live shows.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 
Take the Pinkery Challenge at Exmoor’s Chains

Take the Pinkery Challenge at Exmoor’s Chains

There are few locations more stunning than Exmoor but if its wilderness you are after, then places don’t get much wilder than Exmoor’s Chains.

Location: Exmoor, Devon

 
Ride with the driver on the Dartmouth Steam Railway

Ride with the driver on the Dartmouth Steam Railway

Enjoy a scenic steam train ride from Paignton to Dartmouth, with a twist.

Location: Paignton, Devon

 
 Head to Salcombe for butterscotch beaches and electric blue water

Head to Salcombe for butterscotch beaches and electric blue water

A haven for yachties and those who prefer to keep their deck shoes firmly on dry land.

Location: Salcombe, Devon

 
Go wild swimming at Thurlestone Rock

Go wild swimming at Thurlestone Rock

Pull on your wetsuit and goggles and aim for Thurlestone Rock off the south Devon coast for a really wild swimming adventure.

Location: Thurlestone, Devon

 
Set out on a family cycling break in the Heart of Devon

Set out on a family cycling break in the Heart of Devon

Enjoy a cycling break with friends or family and discover the windswept scenery of the Exe Estuary, just south of Exeter, and its abundant wildlife.

Location: Exeter and East devon, Devon

 
Explore Devon’s countryside on a mushroom foray

Explore Devon’s countryside on a mushroom foray

Join Riverside Cottage mushroom expert John Wright as you forage in Devon’s woodland fields to identify, gather responsibly and cook some wild fungi.

Location: Axminster, Devon

 
August events: Grab your partner and ceilidh on down to Sidmouth Folk Week

August events: Grab your partner and ceilidh on down to Sidmouth Folk Week

The Regency town of Sidmouth on Devon’s Jurassic Coast celebrates a week of folk music, dance and song every August.

Location: Sidmouth, Devon

 
Discover Devon's Literature Scene

Discover Devon's Literature Scene

Devon has provided inspiration for a host of literary greats down the centuries. Many of them lived in Devon, or stayed to be inspired for a time.

Location: Exmoor, Lynton & Lynmouth, Taw and Torridge estuaries, Braunton Burrows, Morte Point

 
Watch history come to life at Morwellham Quay in Devon

Watch history come to life at Morwellham Quay in Devon

Take a living history lesson from the team at Morwellham Quay, a beautifully preserved Victorian village in the Devon countryside.

Location: Morwellham Quay, Devon

 
Uncover millions of years of history on the English Riviera

Uncover millions of years of history on the English Riviera

The English Riviera is steeped in rich seafaring history, with stories of pirates, smugglers and shipwrecks waiting to be uncovered.

Location: English Riviera, Devon

 
September events: Experience Agatha Christie's Riviera in Devon

September events: Experience Agatha Christie's Riviera in Devon

Discover Agatha Christie's Riviera and follow in her footsteps by attending her namesake festival, and walking the Agatha Christie Mile in the bustling harbour town of Torquay.

Location: Torquay, Devon

 
Tuck into enjoy fresh seafood on the River Exe Café

Tuck into enjoy fresh seafood on the River Exe Café

Take a water taxi to the River Exe Café, located on a floating pontoon on the Exe Estuary, and sample freshly caught fish dishes.

Location: Exmouth, Devon

 
Take on the South West Coast Path National Trail

Take on the South West Coast Path National Trail

Wander the South West Coast Path and see the trail that allowed officials to catch smugglers in their coves and hideouts.

Location: Somerset

 
Catch some waves at Woolacombe Beach

Catch some waves at Woolacombe Beach

North Devon has some of the county’s most popular family beaches, including award-winning Woolacombe.

Location: Woolacombe, Devon

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