Devon

January events in Devon

Now that the New Year is here, get out and about in Devon while on holiday. Make the most of the county's beautiful landscapes during a quieter time of the year.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

New Year in Devon

Christmas and New Year in Devon is a wonderful time to get out and explore all that the county has to offer. Here are some of our favourite activities for that quiet time between partying and socialising.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

Living Coasts Zoo and Aquarium in Torquay

we loved Living Coasts, it was a constantly entertaining mix of great animals and special activity areas which meant that they never got bored. A great day out for all the family in Torquay.

Places to Go Philip Eley

Things to do in Buckfastleigh

Buckfastleigh is a small but charming market town on the edge of the Dartmoor. It is set in perfect rolling countryside, and has the standout attraction of the beautiful Buckfast Abbey; but there are many more reasons to visit this pretty town, so here is my guide to things to do in Buckfastleigh.

Things to do Philip Eley

Top five Devon Christmas markets

Our top five Christmas markets and festivals in Devon. Perfect for getting started on finding ideas and gifts for the big day.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

Hidden places to go in the English Riviera

The English Riviera is a large area with lots of beautiful beaches and many interesting houses to explore, but sometimes visitors might want to escape from the crowds and get off the beaten track. So, here is my guide to beautiful hidden places in the English Riviera.

Places to Go Philip Eley

Little Theatre circular dog walk in Devon

Bailey's back to walk you around Torquay on a cultural route around the old town and harbour. It's a circular walk for dogs with a little bit of theatre for their owner.

Places to Go B Hutchings

December events in Devon

Enjoy festive events across Devon this December with my pick of some of the best for all the family.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

Ghost hunting haunted places in south Devon

Do you like to visit a place with a spooky story? Do you dare visit my list of most haunted Devon places with a ghostly connection? Don't just wait for Halloween at half term, Devon ghost hunts can be enjoyed year-round.

Places to Go Philip Eley

Things to do in Tiverton

You can explore the whole of Devon from Tiverton, visit the contrasting coastlines of north and south Devon, as well as seeing the two varied moorlands of Dartmoor and Exmoor, so there are lots of things to do.

Things to do Philip Eley

Things to do in Beer

Beer may be small but there are lots of things to do to keep everyone entertained. From beach days to places to eat and entertainment, it makes a great day out in Dorset or Devon.

Things to do Becky Bye

UK Island hopping escapes in the South and West

Island hopping can be a beautifully British pastime. In this case, it’s all about the transport, as recommended by our staff, travelling on alternative modes of transport and escaping to an island in the South and West.

Places to Go Katie Chown

November events in Devon

From markets to music, there's plenty going on in Devon this November. These are my top picks for alternatives to do instead of (or as well as) the usual fireworks displays.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

Best cream teas in Devon

Which county started the tradition of cream teas, and more importantly, which county has the best cream teas, Devon or Cornwall?

Classic Fodder Philip Eley

Murder Mystery family activity in Totnes

Explore a new town and find things to do with children in Totnes - as we eliminated suspects and weapons we explored places with great names like Warland and Ticklemore Street.

Things to do Philip Eley

Things to do in Shaldon

Shaldon is a fantastic village facing an attractive estuary with a small village charm but also a good range of shops, pubs and cafes. It lies in a sheltered valley and stares out at the larger town of Teignmouth which it is connected to by a bridge and a ferry.

Things to do Philip Eley

October events in Devon

Make the most of October's crisp autumn weather with food festivals, carnivals, and more across Devon.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

Agatha Christie places to go

It is a real treat to visit the English Riviera on the trail of Agatha Christie’s life and work - she was born in Torquay, and this area of South Devon is full of places which inspired her. From houses where she lived, to places which feature in some of her most famous works, you are surrounded by her presence in Torbay.

Places to Go Philip Eley

Things to do in Seaton

With its pebble beach, easy-going vibe, and many interesting days out and attractions nearby, Seaton is a good place for a family holiday, a walking holiday or an activity holiday.

Things to do Philip Eley

Free things to do with children in Torbay

There are lots of great places to visit, and exciting things to do, which won’t cost anything apart from some parking fees. Here is my list of 10 free things to do in Torbay with children.

Things to do Philip Eley

September events in Devon

Make the most of the late summer weather with one of these lovely festivals and events in Devon this September.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

Things to do in Bovey Tracey

Bovey Tracey is a welcoming town with many tasty cafes and restaurants. It is a great base from which to explore a lovely area so here is my guide to things to do in 'Buvvy'.

Things to do Philip Eley

5 family friendly watersports to try instead of surfing

If you've tried surfing and found it's just not for you, take a look at our alternatives. You can still get in the water while you're on holiday, try a new activity and get all the family involved.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

Family Holidays: Donkey Sanctuary

Famously there is no entry fee and no car parking charge for visiting the Sanctuary. We’re an open charity and people are welcome to visit 365 days a year. The donkeys are here and need feeding, so we’ll be open!

Places to Go James Chubb

Things to do in Dawlish

Dawlish is a seaside town in south east Devon with a gentle air of sophistication yet still a great place for traditional bucket and spade holidays. With both Dawlish and Dawlish Warren full of ideas for a fun break, here is my guide of things to do in Dawlish.

Things to do Philip Eley

Arts cinemas in the South and West

Cinemas are everywhere. And can be a great way to dodge a rainy day while you’re on holiday. But if you like places with a dash of character and plenty of good films to go around, you might want to plan a special trip to one of these.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

Things to do in Plymouth

Plymouth describes itself as Britain’s Ocean City. It is a vibrant, modern city with plenty of attractions and historic buildings, places to visit, things to do and see and lots of foody destinations.

Things to do Philip Eley

August events in Devon

Devon is a big county packed full of things to do in August. Here’s our quick pick to keep you entertained while on holiday.

Things to do Katie Chown

July events in Devon

If you’ve been on holiday to Devon before but have never checked out the local shows or celebrations, or even if you’re new to the area, why not get involved this July?

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

Things to do in Newton Abbot

Newton Abbot is a medium-sized market town, surrounded by great parks and beautiful countryside with access to great seaside one way and great moorland the other way. It also has some of the best parks and open space land you can find plenty of things to do in.

Things to do Philip Eley

Dog-friendly Cafes in South Devon

Our Cockapoo, Monty, has thoroughly tried and tested all of these dog-friendly cafes and restaurants and thinks they’re all Grrrreat!

Classic Fodder Philip Eley

A last minute local staycation

Holidays don't have to be two weeks. A break for a few days can sometimes be enough to relax and refresh you, ready to get back to the office on Monday.

Places to Go Anna H

48 hours in Dartmoor and South Devon

We explored Dartmoor and South Devon in 48 hours to give you an idea of how much you can fit into a short break. Although we wouldn't recommend cramming all of this into your holiday, you can definitely see a lot of sights.

Places to Go Kayleigh Hardy

5 Dog friendly beaches in south Devon

Devon is a fabulous place for dogs, with many wide-open spaces for running around in. So, which beaches in South Devon are the most dog-friendly?

Places to Go Philip Eley

Top 5 places in Devon for artistic inspiration

Painting outdoors can be both calming and exhilarating at the same time, making it good for the soul. But where are the best spots for artistic inspiration in Devon?

Places to Go Philip Eley

Things to do in Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge is an attractive market town in its own right, but it is most often seen as a good base from which to explore the spectacular surrounding area of South Hams.

Things to do Philip Eley

Things to do in Teignmouth

Teignmouth has the nostalgic charm of a Victorian seaside town, with its pier, lido and large houses, but there’s a lot more to this interesting town than that, so here’s my guide to things to do in Teignmouth.

Things to do Philip Eley

June events in Devon

Escape the crowds this summer with a holiday to Devon in June. There's plenty going on to keep earlybird summer visitors busy this month.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

Film locations in Cornwall and Devon

Devon and Cornwall boast magnificent houses, rugged coastline, unspoilt villages and wild moorland. All of these backdrops have been used on some well-loved films and TV programmes.

Stories & Characters Philip Eley

Animal antics in South Devon

For small children, larger zoos can sometimes be overwhelming, so a visit to somewhere small, quiet and friendly can make a perfect day out. Here's some animal antics to spot in parks across south Devon.

Visitors' Book Philip Eley

My Best Friend has a Tail (eleven animal sanctuaries)

What do you do with your dog when it comes to your holiday? Well, bring him or her along for the ride! If you don't have a dog, take a look at our list of animal sanctuaries to visit for some furry fun in the south and west.

Places to Go Katie Chown

May events in Devon

Take your pick of festivals, food fairs and school holiday activities across Devon this May and make the most of the glorious spring weather.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

How to take great holiday photos

Follow our simple hints and tips on how to capture your holiday memories. Including composition ideas, group photos and how to snap that all important sunset shot, we’ve got you covered on it all.

Visitors' Book Kayleigh Hardy

Easter activities in Devon

With plenty of Easter activities to choose from, Devon has a good mix of indoor and outdoor events to keep little ones busy over the school holidays, come rain or shine.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

Things to do in Totnes

In South Devon people usually describe anything which is a bit quirky and whacky as ‘a bit Totnes’, and for a long time, the town sign said ‘Welcome to Totnes - Twinned with Narnia.’ Totnes is an interesting, independent, beautiful, historical town. It’s a fabulous place to explore with many distracting turns up exciting alleyways.

Things to do Philip Eley

Things to do in Dartmouth

Dartmouth is one of the gems of South Devon. It is a pretty little town which clings wildly to the steep banks of the Dart Valley. It overlooks an estuary at the mouth of the river Dart and stares across at the equally picturesque town of Kingsbridge on the opposite bank.

Things to do Philip Eley

April events in Devon

Enjoy the Easter school holidays with some special events that will be perfect for the kids. Make for an early bank holiday getaway and visit one of the incredible festivals in Devon. Whatever you choose, there’s plenty to do in the county this April.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

Things to do in Brixham

Brixham is a beautiful harbour town with pastel houses clinging to the hillside. It’s a colourful town, rich with history and wildlife, perfect for family holidays or peaceful romantic getaways.

Things to do Philip Eley

10 best cosy country pubs in south Devon

The Danish have a word for the comfort and well-being of being inside by a fire while the weather outside is terrible. I’ve put together this list of South Devon’s best cosy country pubs for you to find your own Hygge.

Places to Go Philip Eley

5 top tips for holidays with dogs

Dogs are man's best friend and who wouldn't want to take their best friend on holiday? Choose one of our dog friendly cottages for a great stay with your four legged friend.

News & Offers Kayleigh Hardy

March events in Devon

Plan a March holiday in Devon to enjoy quiet beaches, fields and forests. Here's our pick of things to do to make the most of your time in the South West.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

February events in Devon

Pack your bags and head to Devon for a fabulous February. From farmers' markets to comedy festivals, you'll find plenty to do on your cottage holiday.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

40 ways to propose in the South and West

Some ideas for those considering getting down on one knee. Some would be perfect for Valentine's Day, others are great all year round.

Places to Go Kayleigh Hardy

Christmas in Devon

As the winter evenings draw near, Christmas is just around the corner. With bright lights, entertainment, festive fun and cheer, we have chosen five of the best ways to enjoy that magical Christmas atmosphere in Devon.

Visitors' Book Sadie Phillips

Bonfire night fireworks in Devon

Visiting Devon in November? Remember, remember the 5th of November with one of these great firework displays.

Things to do Philip Eley

Tom's Pies in south Devon

Born and bred on Dartmoor’s doorstep, Tom Cull is a true Devon boy who makes pies to rival the pasty. Come to south Devon and see what he loves about the place.

Stories & Characters Katie Chown

John Arbon Textiles in north Devon

Let John spin you a yarn about all the goods things north Devon has to offer, it's why they've chosen to set up a life there after all. Be inspired to holiday in north Devon by the Arbon woolly wonders.

Stories & Characters Katie Chown

Best 3 National Trust properties in Devon

There are many great National Trust places to visit in Devon and I go regularly with my three children aged 5, 7 and 9. This is a list of our personal favourites and a quick explanation of why we love them.

Places to Go Philip Eley

Out of the Valley on Dartmoor

Out of the Valley on Dartmoor create bespoke and beautiful furniture and timber structures inspired by the landscape around the riverside workshop. Be inspired to stay on Dartmoor when we Meet the Maker and discover Rupert's story.

Stories & Characters Katie Chown

Stoke Gabriel dog walk in Devon

Take in the waterside sights of an amble around the ancient village of Stoke Gabriel and its dog-friendly places to go.

Visitors' Book B Hutchings

Life's A Dream with Miracle Theatre

By the time the lights dimmed in the sky and the play drew to a close, the cast’s energy had filled every minute with a visual and auditory feast, which was appreciated by all ages in the audience.

Things to do Lizzie H

A Family Trip to Dartmoor Zoo

Famously remembered as the inspiration behind the Hollywood film ‘We Bought a Zoo’, Dartmoor Zoo has a charm all of its own.

Visitors' Book Philip Eley

Dog walks in Paignton with Bailey

It’s very tempting to belt out a rendition of something from ‘The Sound of Music’, but all I can manage is ‘Bailey wait for me!’ as she disappears through some brambles.

Visitors' Book B Hutchings

5 Family Easter Days out

Wherever you end up in the South West this Easter there are things to do that will entertain all.

Things to do Becky Bye

Den building at Coleton Fishacre

Coleton Fishacre is a hidden gem. It’s been one of my family’s top ten favourite day’s out for years and it’s just got a whole lot better...

Things to do Philip Eley

Dog walking around Burgh Island, Bigbury-On-Sea

Take a wander around, picking up some interesting facts about Bigbury Bay while you're there; the life and times of a Huer, and the pilchard packers. Remember though, it is tidal!

Places to Go B Hutchings

Blood Moons and Dark Sky Tourism

When on holiday, consider a slightly different point of view. Grab a blanket, a bottle of wine and come and check out the latest in night-time activities.

Things to do Lizzie H

Goat walking in Exmouth

The World of Country Life is a great day out for young children. Even though we went on a Saturday it was surprisingly quiet and we didn’t have to queue for anything which made it all the more enjoyable.

Places to Go Philip Eley

The Blue Pool

The Blue Pool in Wareham, Dorset is allegedly home to the Wareham Bears... So make sure you take a picnic!

Visitors' Book Philip Eley

Becky Falls family day out

I read on the leaflet that Becky Falls has been open to the public since 1903. A lot of small feet must have walked its trails in that time but my children really did feel like explorers discovering a strange and magical land for the first time.

Visitors' Book Philip Eley

Dog walking in Devon on Berry Head

Yes, we are talking rabbits, dog walkers, bird watchers, picnic lovers, historical researchers; and of course not forgetting the Guardhouse Cafe, on the Berry Head Nature Reserve

Visitors' Book B Hutchings

Rip Currents

It’s best to familiarise yourself with the dangers that come with swimming in the sea so that you can stay safe and happy - how to spot a rip current is important.

Visitors' Book Lizzie H

Best Swimming Beaches in the South West

If you’re coming to the South West and can’t wait to get into the water, this is the list for you. We’ve compiled a list of the best beaches to go swimming so you can get straight into the action.

Places to Go Lizzie H

Distinctly Devon cycle path walk

Totnes to Ashprington is a perfect riverside walk. The path is easy to walk on and beautiful from beginning to end.

Things to do Philip Eley

Family friendly Things To Do for Free in Devon

We are quite a frugal family so the more free things that we can fill our days with, the better. Since we have lived in the West Country we have discovered all sorts of new, free, places to visit and I thought I would share a few of them with you.

Places to Go Gina Caro

Spring in the South West

Spring arrives early in the West Country so make the most of Valentines February half term.

Places to Go Katie Chown

Devon’s Top Ten Best Fish and Chips

Devon, a part of Britain where the grass genuinely is greener than anywhere else , and you're spoilt for choice about where to go for your fish-and-chip fix

Visitors' Book Pat Kinsella

Wild Swimming in Devon

Swimming – it's the most natural of activities, yet so many people only ever do it in the most unnatural of locations.

Things to do Pat Kinsella

A Jurassic Coast dog walk

No sounds of worldly toil ascending there Mar the full burst of prayer

Things to do Molly and the Princess

Discount walking guides

We've got a special Classic discount on walking books. All the walks in each book are circular and each has all the information walkers need for a good day out.

News & Offers Katie Chown

The best family friendly beach in south Devon

I hesitate to write this because I don’t want too many people to know about THE perfect family friendly beach, but just between you and me, I think I’ve found it.

Visitors' Book Philip Eley

A magical afternoon at Dartington Hall

They say Dartington is situated on a ley line – now I’m not sure about all that hippy stuff, but one thing I do know is I always feel an incredible sense of calm and beauty when I visit.

Places to Go Molly and the Princess

Bluebells at Blackbury Camp in Devon

The flowers are short-lived, and so once they are out, you should grab the opportunity to see them at their best...

Places to Go Molly and the Princess

Exploring Exeter University

Not just for students – exploring Exeter University Streatham Campus

Visitors' Book Molly and the Princess

A Dartmoor walk around Chagford

Snowdrops and crocuses have appeared triumphant and herald the start of Spring, soon to make way for carpets of bluebells.

Visitors' Book Molly and the Princess

The Tarka Trail

Fancy going off-road but want it easy-going? Hit the Tarka Trail. This 35 mile former railway line is a Sustrans benchmark in more ways than one. It’s free of traffic (bar the odd horse), fills you in on the history and the wildlife as you go and lays on a series of artist-made benches, each one acting as a resting place, waymarker or shelter.

Places to Go Katie Chown

Christmas ideas for all the family

Here’s a fistful of Christmassey ideas for all the family to enjoy - events, lights, markets and much more in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

Things to do Liz C

£500 celebration competition

NOW CLOSED Book a cottage with 8 or more people and be in with the chance of winning £500 of stuff you need for that perfect meal for your special occasion.

News & Offers Katie Chown

Photo competition winners

We wanted to see your best representation of a West Country Holiday using colour. Here are our three winners... (a few other favourites)

News & Offers Katie Chown

Stuff to do in June

Indulge in a dose of midsummer madness and slip a world away from the daily grind of work. Intersperse the activities with a few dead cert days at the beach.

Things to do Katie Chown

Top Walks in the West Country

Whether to wear out the kids, or to rediscover alone time together, here are a few of our favourite walks in the South West.

Places to Go Katie Chown

Summer Short Breaks

A weekend away or a mid-week short break. We have holiday cottages throughout the West Country to get you away from it all.

News & Offers Katie Chown

Walk the Best

Have a walk around the best bits of the West Country, as voted for in the Coast Awards 2012.

Places to Go Katie Chown

Top Ten UK beaches by TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor's top ten beaches in the UK, as determined by travellers' ratings and reviews. If anyone needed another excuse to visit the South West, eight of them are down here in the West Country!

Places to Go Katie Chown

Things to do at Easter

New fangled ideas and old school fun for Easter in the South West

Things to do Katie Chown

Occasion Locations

The best places through Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset to hold a special occasion with friends and family. We're thinking wedding party venues, but any special occasion is worthy of such a location.

News & Offers Katie Chown

Tamar Bridge 50th Anniversary

Linking Devon and Cornwall, this feat of engineering makes it an easier journey when coming on holiday in Cornwall!

News & Offers Katie Chown

Firework celebrations 2011

Bonfires, sparklers, marshmallows on sticks. It only happens once a year so go to as many as you can!

News & Offers Katie Chown

Halloween half-term in the South West 2011

There's nothing worse than being stuck inside during the school holidays, so here is some inspiration for Halloween themed things to do in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset during October half-term.

Things to do Katie Chown

Car-free in South Devon

Hot-foot it round the south coast without so adding to your carbon footprint.

Places to Go Katie Chown