Free and family friendly holiday activities in Devon
If you’re looking for fun and more importantly free, family friendly activities in Devon, this article from Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks, will give you some great ideas.
Woolacombe’s beach is one of the best in Europe, a fact testified to by the thousands of delighted family holidaymakers flocking there every weekend to sample its delights. It’s good news for families with younger members, being extremely flat, accessible and buggy friendly. Even off-season, the kids are guaranteed to be entertained for hours building sandcastles (they may get lucky and be able to enter one of the fantastic Saturday sandcastle competitions), sandboarding down the dunes, playing cricket and football… and then braving the sea itself of course.
If you’ve got a baby backpack and it’s a sunny Devon day, then you should load junior onto your back and take a long stroll from Croyde to Baggy Point. Part of the South Devon Coastal Path, there are stunning sea views and dramatic views of Lundy Island and Wales, especially if you’ve been lucky with the weather and visibility’s good.
Devon’s famous Tarka Trail offers 32 miles of traffic-free cycle path along former railway tracks. It’s pleasurable even for families with younger cyclists, and there are fabulous views between Braunton and Meeth. See the countryside more or less as it was when described by Henry Williamson, who wrote Tarka The Otter back in 1927.
BBC Wildlife Magazine voted Devon’s Tunnels Beach the third best place to go rockpooling in the UK, and with its abundance of fish, crab, anemones and coral species replenished by the tidal system, finding a fascinating specimen to put in your bucket is as effortless as lifting up a rock.
Remember – the best rock pooling is around low tide, so be sure to check tide times and plan your trip to maximise your exploration time.
Fly your kite
Saunton Sands is a perennial favourite for kite buggying, windsurfing, paragliding and all manner of air-propelled sporting action.
And that means all you’ll need for hours of fun, even on a grey and blustery day, is some warm outdoor clothing and a kite or two. Saunton’s beach is open, exposed and goes on forever… Perfect if you’re a more extreme kite flyer, too.
Ride the waves
It’s the original and best – and surfing, swimming and bodyboarding in the shallows or the waves off one of Devon’s world-class beaches is surely the best way to while away a sunny afternoon in the UK. And it’s free!
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