Buckle yourselves in – our lovely Tom Proctor is going to take you on a rollercoaster ride of things to do in Devon!
“Devon’s a county of beauty, wonder and excitement. Enjoy the fresh sea breeze while you’re at the beach; get a taste of the local farmers markets at Dartmoor’s National Park, or check out Torquay’s large, bustling harbour. For the more adventurous, take a splash in the sea along Devon’s Jurassic coastline, have some retail therapy (or just explore) Exeter or go surfing on North Devon’s terrific waves. Either way, there are bags of fun to be had.
Head to Plymouth for the ‘Mayflower’. You’ve got the Mayflower Museum, the Barbican’s quaint cobbled quayside and if you want a paddle about, head to the Mountbatten Watersports Centre. Visit the website for more information here.
For award-winning restaurants, culture, history and beauty, head to the city of Exeter. Check out the 15th century Cathedral, surrounded by designer shops, lovely restaurants and art galleries. Visit the Royal Albert Memorial Museum or go fetch yourself an ice cream and Devon cream tea from the chocolate-box town Budleigh Salterton, only ten minutes away by car.
For more family attractions, there’s lots of family fun in Devon too with amusement parks such as Woodlands Family Theme Park, the largest in the South West, or take the kids on the Dartmouth Steam Railway’s trains for an unforgettable journey.
For a fun day out, visit Escot Park – sat within 220 acres of private parkland, here you can see bird of prey displays in summer, otters and wild boars, red squirrels and sea horses or have a go on their maze and forest play areas. There’s so much to do, so the little ones can blow off some steam! Visit here for more information.
Or, there’s the World of Country Life, Exmouth (for website click here) where they have a safari deer train, petting farm, lamb and calf feeding – you can even walk a goat! If the weather takes a turn for the worst, there’s a kid’s indoor play area, slides and rides and some vintage steam trains and the history of transport to explore.
Why not get out and about on foot in Devon. As the Jurassic Coast slips into the east of the county, there are loads of walking routes with fantastic views. From Haven’s park at Devon Cliffs, you can join directly onto some of the walking routes.
For the more adventurous, you can try Coasteering – which is basically climbing around the edge of the cliffs, taking in the coast from a different angle – and Sea Canoeing in and out of the caves of Devon, a great way to get to grips with the area’s wildlife. Find out more here.
Well, that’s a few things to do in Devon – you could easily fill your days with fun, adventures and exploring the beautiful towns and areas. For ideas on places to stay, why not visit the Haven site by clicking here.”
Dates for you diary:
Exeter Food Festival – 25th-27th April
Devon Country Show – 22nd-24th May
Sidmouth Folk Festival – 1st-8th August
Budleigh Salterton Literature Festival – 20-22nd Sept (tbc)