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.


Brilliant beaches

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.

Woolacombe beach in Devon - photo by Joseph Tame

Woolacombe, a Marine Conservation Society recommended beach

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.

Cycling on the Tarka trail in Devon - photo by Stuart Berry

Cycling on the Tarka trail, perfect for beginner cyclists and young cyclists

Cycling trails

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.

Rockpooling in Devon - photo by Markheybo

Anenomes, limpets, gastropods and prawns! Go on a rockpooling safari

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!

My thanks for this sponsored post to Woolacome Bay Holiday Parks, who offer family friendly accommodation on the Devon coastline including camping and touring and holiday cottages in North Devon

Photo credits: Woolacombe beach by Joseph Tame , Cycling on the Tarka trail by Stuart Berry, Rockpooling safari by Markheybo.

More fun things to do in Devon and Cornwall

A visit to Padstow and a walk through the dunes to St Enodoc
Hunting the ash-black slug on Dartmoor in Devon
Castles and cream teas at Dunster

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  • Reply
    Hans@business travel companies
    June 21, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Rock pooling is fun and so is cycling. My kids love to do rock pooling and they will collect every rock they find to create a terrarium.

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      June 22, 2011 at 8:10 am

      Agreed, especially fun for younger children who can potter around for hours seeing what they might find – the natural world is so facinating for kids

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    Bluegreen Kirk
    June 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    One of the best thing about beaches is the fact that they are free. Not only are they family friendly but with so much to do time seems to just fly by. I’ve actually never been rockpooling before though sounds interesting.

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      June 22, 2011 at 8:11 am

      I also love walking on the beach out of season when it’s not so crowded

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