With the summer holidays officially over, we find ourselves making plans for the next break in the school calendar year,...
Bringing the whole gang down to South Devon? Whether you’re a big multigenerational family group, a few families or couples holidaying together or just a collection of friends, you’ll find plenty of ways to entertain yourselves.
Here are five of our favourite group activities in South Devon.
From Go Ape-style ziplines and high ropes to raft building and sea kayaking, Dynamic Adventures offers an extensive range of supervised activities suitable for adults and kids. These are offered both onsite at their base in Dartington and offsite around the area. Pridhamsleigh Cave, for example, is just 10 minutes away from Dartington, and is where you’ll go to explore this underground limestone expanse under the guidance of their instructors.
Note: Dynamic Adventures is only open for public bookings during the school holidays, although groups of four or more may be able to book activities at other weekends (subject to availability).
From perhaps the most adventurous activity on our list to the most sedate, it doesn’t get more civilised than a cheese and wine tour at Sharpham Vineyard and Cheese Dairy. Resting on the south-facing slopes of the Dart Valley in Ashprington near Totnes, the Sharpham Estate would be worth a visit for the scenery alone. But for connoisseurs it represents paradise on earth, with so many award-winning wines and cheeses on the menu.
Choose a simple self-guided ‘trek & taste’ option or opt for the whole ‘Sharpham Experience’ – it’s all up to you.
Great for group breaks: 3 & 4 the Drive near Dartmouth
3 and 4 The Drive are stunning detached houses which provide sumptuous accommodation for up to 10 amidst the glory of the South Devon countryside. Explore:
3 The Drive or
4 The Drive now.
How about getting your group on the water for a paddle? Hire a 9 or 12-seater canoe from Canoe Adventures, based at Stoke Gabriel and Tuckenhay on the River Dart, and then embark on an aquatic adventure all together. You can also hire a barbecue kit if you’d like to take a midway break.
If you can’t assemble a large enough group to hire your own canoe outright, it’s also possible to hire individual seats (subject to availability).
No shortage of boat trips are available to you in South Devon, but it’s hard to beat a speedy rib ride off the South Devon coast, as provided by Sea ‘N’ Shore. They provide all the kit, including all-weather clothing and safety equipment, and promise a ‘007-style’ high-speed rib ride around the coast from Salcombe to Hallsands and back. For a truly exhilarating group activity, have a go at coasteering!
There are slower options too if you’d like a gentler ride. Find out more at http://www.sea-n-shore.com/en_GB/ribrides.
Salcombe holiday highlight: The Custom House
A Salcombe landmark which sits by the lifeboat station, the Custom House can accommodate up to 10 guests in comfort. Take a look around the Custom House today.
Here’s an option that’s active without being adrenaline-fuelled. The famous Round Robin, which involves a scenic ferry trip, steam train ride and bus journey, is a great way to get to know the charms of Dartmouth, Totnes and Paignton. Get some fresh air and feast your eyes on the stunning South Devon scenery, and take some time to explore these three lovely holiday towns between journeys.
A spacious holiday home in scenic South Pool
In the picturesque village of South Pool, Estuary House is a very well-presented detached house in tranquil rural surroundings. Discover Estuary house now.
Browse our ‘Family days out’ pages for more information about activities to enjoy in and around South Devon.
Enjoy an unforgettable break with your nearest and dearest in South Devon, whether that’s all the generations of your family or simply a group of friends.