I’ve mentioned last month that I was planning on a bit of a blog mini-series sharing some of the great areas to holiday in here in the UK and we kicked it off with Suffolk which is a lovely, lovely area to holiday in that not many of you had really considered. This month I’m sharing a UK destination that would probably be in your top 3 places if I asked you to name a holiday destination in the UK – Devon.
Now I’m going to be honest and tell you I’ve never been to Devon although it’s been on my must visit list so I will get there one of these days. The problem for me is that it’s so far away from where I am way up here in the North East that it’s a long enough drive at the start and the end of the holiday to put us off going with two (usually) bickering children in the car.
It didn’t seem right to do a popular UK holiday destinations series without including it though, so with the help of some blogger friends I’m going to share some of the great things to see and do on a holiday in Devon….
Torquay just kept coming up when I asked for great places to visit and I can see why judging by this lovely photo that Katy from KatyKicker shared with us:
Katy told me that I should be sure to visit Torquay when I finally get to Devon – “It is so beautiful, and there are lots of lovely boat rides and a big wheel to ride too!” Laura’s also a fan of Torquay and recommended Torquay harbour where there she promises me there are lots of shops and activities that we’ll enjoy.
Another vote for Torquay came from Sara who loves the living coast in Torquay. She said “There’s really nice tanks but the best thing are the penguins where they walk freely between two areas. If you get there for feeding time it can be quite interactive and the staff are amazing.” That definitely sounds like somewhere the kids would enjoy!
Hayley gave me lots of tips and seeing as she’s a local, I’ll definitely be taking notice – “I would highly recommend my local area of East Devon and the Jurassic Coast – it’s beautiful. If you’re looking for a picturesque village, I’d recommend Beer, a fishing village. It’s got a gorgeous pebble beach nestled in a cove, plenty of character and there’s even a small train theme park (Pecorama). Within half an hour’s drive you can get to Seaton Tramway, the Jurassic Centre (plenty of dinosaurs), Sidmouth for a larger town, the Donkey Sanctuary and beach or even into Exeter where there’s loads to do for all ages. We love it!”
Emma told me that she used to holiday at Newton Ferrers on the River Yealm when she was little and when she visited again as an adult it was as picturesque as she remembered. I love that she says it’s a bit off the beaten track and feels as if you’ve gone back in time!
After our visit to the Donkey Sanctuary in the Isle of Wight, Emma’s suggestion of a visit to the the Miniature Pony Centre in Dartmoor is a great one. She says it’s a lovely place to take kids as it has a variety of animals not just ponies but you can really get up close and personal with them in the big open paddock where all the ponies are out for you to cuddle and you can also help to groom them. As well as this they have a variety of indoor and outdoor play areas for all ages. Her blog post about her day there is here.
Elizabeth tells me that a visit to Woolacombe Beach and judging by what she says about it, I’m pretty sure we’d love it – “The beach is blessed with mile after mile of soft golden sand, along with sublime swimming and surfing opportunities that are suitable for kids and adults at all levels. There’s a huge resident contingency of rock pools to explore when the tides are right, the natural scenery on all sides is quite frankly breath-taking and even in the midst of the summer when things are at their busiest, you’ll still easily find plenty of space for you and the kids to relax.”
Wow! If I didn’t want to visit before, I definitely do now.
The area as a whole looks beautiful and I’ve been having a look at cottages in the Devon area and they’re very reasonable – even the ones close to the beach. I love staying in a cottage rather than a hotel or caravan as it just feels so much more relaxed and homely! I might even splash out on one with a hot tub when we finally make it to Devon – a necessity to relax my muscles after the long drive I think! 😉
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