Get down to Plymouth Aquarium, the UK’s largest, with zones that take you all around the marine world, plus a range of ocean-themed events. Have a wild day out at Paignton Zoo, home to over 2,000 animals and countless amazing plants across 80 acres of beautiful, spacious grounds.
Overdose on stroking, petting and cuddling at Totnes Rare Breeds Farm. Take a round trip by boat and train through Dartmouth, Kingswear, Paignton and Totnes with the Dart River Steam Company. Or try archery, kayaking, paddleboarding and more with Dartington Adventures.
Pack your sun cream for gorgeous beaches such as Blackpool Sands, Slapton Sands, Bigbury, Thurlestone and South Milton. Enjoy fun-filled family days out at Woodlands Theme Park, with its amazing indoor play, dramatic water rides and zoo farm, or on Crealy’s 60 rides and attractions.
Vulture some culture at The Flavel, offering a menu of cinema, theatre, live music, courses and workshops. See more big-screen action at the Merlin Cinema in Kingsbridge. Explore the coast close-up with Sea Kayak Devon, ride the slides at Splashdown Quaywest waterpark, or amuse yourself on Paignton Pier awhile.
Work off any excess at Dartmouth Leisure Centre on aqua fit, yoga, Pilates, badminton, or lane swimming. Climb the walls at Dart Rock Climbing Centre. Enjoy a glorious walk through mature parkland spoiled by 18 holes at Dartmouth Golf Club. Or potter Dartmouth and Totnes for unique, independent shopping.
There’s all the heritage you can handle at Dartmouth Castle, one of England’s most beautifully located fortresses, Powderham Castle with its colourful past, and Plymouth Cathedral. Or visit the Benedictine monks at Buckfast Abbey and take away a little tonic wine from the gift shop.
Visit the 1920s retreat of the D’Oyly Carte family, Coleton Fishacre, or see Greenway, with its walled garden and glorious valley views. Help the National Trust out even more at Saltram, a house full of treasures, stories and intrigue with a secret garden, and Compton Castle, a dramatic fortified manor house with small formal garden.
Enjoy the buzz of festivals? Come in October for Dartmouth Food Festival, in May for the music festival, or in August for the Royal Regatta. Take a tour of the Britannia Royal Navy College, paddleboard the coast with The Paddle Shack, rip it up on a RIB with Nomad Marine, or chill the pace at the Flavel Arts Centre.