I have only once been to Devon and my memories are golden.
I recall a beautiful beach, a fabulous ice cream and a hot and shiny sun. I must have been very young as that is the sum of my memories. Time after time though I hear people talk about their amazing family holiday to Devon and I am firmly resolved to take my own little family there.
I have been asking family and friends for their recommendation for family things to do in Devon and I have to say they came thick and fast and full of enthusiasm.
Here are the top 7.
Oh my goodness a theme park where children and adults alike can ride, drive and operate REAL diggers, dumpers and other full- size construction machinery. How VERY exciting is that!
Escot Park consists of 220 acres of parkland with historic gardens, It has a wonderful a maze created with over 4000 beech trees. It also has a special birds of prey centre as well as otters, red squirrels, and wild boar. It has woods that have been turned into amazing climbing structures. ‘An awesome day out.’
A magical place for kids the Gnome Reserve has lots and lots of gnomes in all sorts of scenarios (Olympics, brass bands, seaside) – like a miniature village but with gnomes and everyone get a gnome hat to wear whilst wondering around. A very full morning or afternoon’s worth of entertainment and they do a mean cream tea too. They also have a wildflower garden with a quiz. Nice wholesome fun.
Becky Falls is considered Devon’s Top Beauty Spot, Becky Falls was also chosen as one of the World Wildlife Fund’s Amazing Family Days Out. The waterfall is outstanding and there is a boulder clamber where you can climb up the waterfall (with different levels of difficulty.) They also have rope ladders and nature trails. It’s good for daredevils and peaceful nature lovers alike.
Sea kayaking with Salcombe Sea Kayaking Company is an adventure! Based on the old lifeboat station in the south sands – you can go kayaking, coasteering and build a fire on the beach. There are lessons available for all levels of abilities, even newbies. What a fabulous way to see this area of outstanding beauty.
The Big Sheep is the most popular family attraction in Devon. It has sheep racing, rollercoasters a splash park and a whole host of fun things for families to do.
To be honest this list of things to do in Devon could go on and on and when I asked around certain things were mentioned again and again especially the beaches. Devon’s beaches are considered to be outstanding with surfing, bodyboarding and swimming all being highly recommended. Coving , crabbing and hunting for beach treasures also came up high on the list.
From the beach to the countryside Devon is adored. And oh my goodness everyone goes about dreamy eyed over their cream tea.
Where to stay
Marsdens Cottages have over 350 Visit England graded holiday cottages in Devon. These range from properties suitable for large groups and families and sweet little fishing cottages for 2.. Marsden’s have been providing holiday cottages all over Devon for over 40 years and they have rave reviews. Personally a cottage with a hot tub near the coast sounds pretty perfect to me!
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