I can most definitely recommend a visit to Devon: the south of the region boasts some of England’s most beautiful countryside, with a stunning coastline and quirky villages and towns. It is no surprise that Devon has been a favourite holiday location for families from across the U.K. and from further afield for many years.
When you visit this region you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to planning how to spend your time: foodie, outdoor adventurer, thrill seeker or in need of rest and relaxation – you will not be disappointed. Wet weather (which I think we have all seen enough of) or fair weather, South Devon caters for all conditions. So looking ahead, half term is already upon us, the Easter holidays are fast approaching, and to add a bit of cheery weather news to the mix: The Independent has reported that it’s likely this summer will be one of the hottest on record. With that in mind, now seems the ideal time to delve into South Devon.
Right now in the UK we are seeing some extreme weather conditions, but it doesn’t mean we can’t take a look at how exciting and exhilarating exploring the diverse coast of South Devon can be. Sea Kayak Devon have a team of highly qualified and knowledgeable staff that can take you on an adventure – one that many mightn’t think is possible here at home. Spectacular cliff landscapes – home to ancient castles and caves, garnering stories from hundreds of years ago – secluded beaches and quiet estuaries all call out to be explored –and the icing on the cake for me? Being up close and personal with some of the amazing wildlife to be found at sea: dolphins, seals and of course a multitude of sea birds. Waterproof cameras are a must. There are courses available for all levels; Sea Kayak Devon is the perfect place to start your Devon adventure.
Back on land, and open ready for the Easter holidays is one of England’s oldest homes: Powderham Castle. When it comes to describing the beauty of the location beside the Exe Estuary it is hard to do it justice; it really does need to be appreciated first hand. The castle dates back to 1391 and the manor of Powderham was mentioned in the Domesday Book, which gives you a fair idea of the deep history and fascinating heritage to be uncovered when visiting. The guided tours are fun and informative and outside you can enjoy a Deer Park Safari, a Nature Trail, Play Areas and a Pets corner to mention just a few of the activities that are available. You won’t be surprised to learn that many visitors return time and time again.
If you have children and are looking for some family fun then look no further than Woodlands Family Theme Park. Just five miles from Dartmouth, Woodlands will keep the youngest to the oldest members of the family entertained. There are a variety of rides from gentle toddler rides to Water Coasters and the jaw-dropping Trauma Tower. It is not all about the rides at Woodlands though: there are also some special residents that you should make sure to visit. Meerkat Hotel is home to a family of Meerkats who love to receive visitors, and their funny antics will be sure to keep you watching them for a while. You will find the Meerkat Hotel in the Zoo-Farm area of Woodlands Park, which is also home to Animal Paddocks, Rabbit and Guinea Pig City, a Nocturnal House, Deer Park and much more.
For something a little different, Babbacombe Model Village is wonderfully intriguing. Your imagination will be blown away with the intricate miniature model scenes: fire-breathing giants and real, live replicas of historic sites are just two fictional scenes all brought to life at Babbacombe Model Village. Wander around the four acres of stunning gardens discovering hidden secrets and the most realistic miniature models – it’s truly a captivating experience.
Take a look at Visit South Devon for more inspiring ideas. Whether you are a fair-weather or an all-weather person, a break in South Devon will not disappoint. Find a perfect holiday rental in South Devon.