Things to Do
Be spoilt for choice in South Devon with a plethora of different attractions; zoos, parks, farms, pubs, museums, theme parks and other areas of natural beauty.
Arts and Crafts
If you fancy learning a new craft, South Devon has bags of opportunities for you to learn from the masters. With skills and techniques passed down from generation to generation, arts and crafts have been a strong focus in the West Country for hundreds of years. Everything from dry stone walling, thatching, cob building, and hurdle making are a great way of learning more about the crafts that have shaped life in South Devon.
South Devon now has its very own climbing centre, based in the centre of Exeter. The centre is within easy distance of the M5 motorway, and makes for a great day out for all the family, with children as young as 4 able to enjoy the climbs and take up some exciting challenges.
The centre is also an ideal wet-weather activity, within easy driving distance of seaside towns such as Teignmouth, Dawlish and Dawlish Warren.
If you like the idea of combining your downtime with your passion for cooking, then look no further than South Devon. South Devon has seen an influx of high-profile chefs seeking to take advantage of the wealth of quality ingredients available from the local farms, dairies and fishermen. As a result, there have been a number of prestigious cookery schools springing up in the region.
Tours & Guides
What better way to find out the history or story behind a beatiful piece of art or an old country house that stands proudly in a lush green garden? Find out all you need to know about South Devon's hidden and most loved treasures through guided walks and tours.
Peace, quiet, tranquillity and 'the one that got away was THIS big - South Devon is a fishing fan's paradise. With coasts, estuaries and rivers there is an abundance of locations to fish, whether you're a keen angler or just want to try out some sea fishing as part of a fun-filled West Country holiday.
For traffic-free cycling and a great range of routes and locations to explore, South Devon has it all for adventures of the two-wheeled kind. Whether you want tranquillity in the summer countryside or an energetic autumn break, South Devon prides itself on catering for cyclists of all levels.
South Devon has a variety of attractions that are perfect for the whole family. From Zoological parks and farms packed with cute and cuddly animals to theme parks and action-packed days out!
There's something for everyone in Devon's museums and galleries, from steam trains to shipwrecks, farming to factories, boats to battles and local history to lace.
Top 10 Free Things
Here is a list of our Top 10 Free Things To do in South Devon
Trying to list the top 10 beaches in South Devon is a difficult task for anyone. Every holidaymaker wants something different from their beach, whether it's peace and quiet, water sports or family fun. However, we've put together a list of our top 10 beaches (in no particular order), based on all those criteria. You'll find that some will be quiet retreats whereas others will be busy and stacked with attractions. The choice of which of these top 10 beaches you visit depends entirely on what you want from your downtime.
Walking - there's nothing like heading out into the great outdoors and going exactly where you please. But some places are more liberating than others when it comes to public footpaths and wide-open spaces. South Devon has some of the finest walks in Britain, with hundreds of miles of ancient tracks and coastal paths for you to explore and enjoy.
Sports & Leisure
Beauty & Spa
As far back as Victorian times, the English Riviera was popular with royalty and the wealthy as a health spa resort by the sea. Today, you don't have to be rich to enjoy a revitalising break here; you simply need to leave your cares at home and relax.
Here on the English Riviera, South Devon's beautiful bay, there are a number of luxurious spas to choose from, where even the prices are stress-free!
The English Riviera, South Devon's beautiful bay, is famous for a lot of things, and bowls is one of them. Host of the annual English Riviera Open Bowls Tournament, the area's many great bowls venues attract teams from across the country. Of course in addition to some great bowling there are some wonderful beaches and attractions here.
Whether you are dedicating an entire trip to improving your handicap, or you're simply keen to get stuck into a healthy but relaxing holiday activity, the English Riviera has plenty to offer golf fans.
Theatres & Shows
It's your holiday so you deserve to treat yourself to a night on the town. Here on the English Riviera, South Devon's beautiful bay, there's plenty of ways to pass the time after dark. You can take the family to see a show in our theatres, or enjoy glitz and glamour and an evening's entertainment in one of the local casinos. When the sun goes down, the curtain comes up, and with a selection of stand-up comedy acts, concerts, musicals and children's shows, there's something for everyone on stage at the English Riviera.
Pubs & Nightclubs
The English Riviera has plenty of trendy clubs and a huge range of friendly pubs offering fine dining and family-friendly pub fare, from the good old British pint in one of its authentic real ale bars to a fizzy, fruity cocktail.
We Brits love the cinema. So why not plan a great family night out on the English Riviera, South Devon's beautiful bay? Get the popcorn in and take your seats, because it's time to see what's hot at the cinema this year.
The whole family will love to visit the Apollo on the Esplanade in Paignton for a multiplex cinema experience that would put any big city to shame, or Central Cinema in Torquay for all the latest films just a stone's throw from the beach.
As one of the UK's top seaside resorts, the English Riviera has some great beaches, but what sets it apart from the rest are the many different boat trips it offers.
Accompanied and unaccompanied dives are arranged locally, nationally and at overseas locations. We have an active and well supported diving club which organises regular social events and diving. This is an ideal way to meet new dive buddies and have fun. Divers Down carries comprehensive insurance for all its activities.
With two piers, three harbours, 22 beaches and two marinas, life in the English Riviera revolves around the sea. The calm waters and gentle currents of South Devon's beautiful bay make it one of the best water sport locations in the UK, particularly for beginners.
When you're shopping in Brixham, the trick to discovering its many hidden treasures is to take your time and slowly wander through the winding alleyways. You will find attractive gifts, delicious food products, fantastic art shops, clothes and much more.
Paignton is a fabulous seaside town in the English Riviera, South Devon's beautiful bay. Tucked in between Torquay and Brixham, it's got a safe and sandy beach, a pier with plenty of fun and frolics and some spectacular views. And if you're here at Christmas you're in for a real treat, as the lights and decorations create a magical atmosphere in which to shop.