6 top summer attractions & activities in South Devon

By Ross Purdy on June 20, 2018

Woodlands is a top summer attraction in South Devon

South Devon is a fantastic destination for holidaymaking families in search of summer fun.

During the school summer holidays, lots of our biggest and best attractions put on special events to entertain kids and adults alike, while nothing beats a day at the beach on a sunny day.

Here are six of our favourite family attractions and activities that you can enjoy in South Devon in summer 2018.


1. Woodlands Family Theme Park

Woodlands, on the A3122 just a few miles from Dartmouth, is Devon’s largest family theme park. There’s always plenty to occupy active kids at this popular attraction, but during the holidays there’s a super-charged programme of events and performances to make the day even more memorable for little ones.

This summer, look out for:

  • Fizzpop science workshop and shows
  • The Woodlands SUPASTARZ, a team of entertainers performing throughout the summer holidays
  • Emazdad the magician and friends
  • Titan the Robot

Find out more about Woodlands here: woodlandspark.com

2. Pennywell


The folks at Pennywell Farm have promised an ‘action, animal and activity packed summer’ in 2018. Pennywell is a much-loved local attraction, especially for small families, due to its array of cuddly creatures, friendly atmosphere and manageable size, ideal for youngsters.

As well as all the animals, there’ll be a different hands-on activity every half an hour. Highlights include:

  • Four farm rides
  • Miniature pig racing
  • Crazy golf
  • Goat milking
  • Egg collecting

Explore Pennywell’s website for more information about what to expect at this adorable South Devon attraction.

3. Owls, otters, butterflies and a beautiful train ride

The South Devon Railway and Dartmouth Steam Railway are great reasons to visit South Devon.

Combine three top South Devon attractions with a steam train ride alongside the Dart, with a great value saver ticket available from:

Park for free at Buckfastleigh station, where you’ll find a gift shop, café and railway museum, as well as Dartmoor Otters and Buckfast Butterflies. From there, take the steam train on a picturesque journey to Totnes (hopping off at the pretty riverside village of Staverton if you like). By the nostalgic Totnes Littlehempston station, you’ll find Totnes Rare Breeds Farm, a little petting zoo with a famous collection of rare owls as well as lots of cuddly, pet-able critters.

Look out for summer events at all of these attractions, by visiting their websites.

Learn more about the three-for-one ticket at: threeandone.co.uk

4. Summer fun at the South Devon Chilli Farm

At Wigford Cross on the edge of Loddiswell (TQ7 4DX), the South Devon Chilli Farm is a top foodie brand and local attraction, with a show tunnel, kids’ play area, café and excellent gift shop.

Visiting outside of summer? You’ll be happy to know the South Devon Chilli Farm is open seven days a week throughout the year, from 10 am to 4.30 pm, except for the Christmas holidays. You can also get hold of your favourite chilli products by ordering online.

Find out more from the South Devon Chilli Farm website.

5. Beaches

The Blue Flag awarded beach Blackpool Sands, near Dartmouth in South Devon

The beaches may be open all year round, but it’s during the summer that the sea warms up nicely, many of our beachside cafés extend their opening hours, and watersports equipment and lessons become most widely available.

No matter how you want to enjoy the beach, you’ll find you’re spoilt for choice in South Devon. On your summer holiday, you could be exploring the rockpools in Hope Cove with your little ones, trying your hand at Stand-Up Paddleboarding at Blackpool Sands, splashing about in the shallows at South Sands, or building Sandcastles at East Portlemouth – the list goes on.

Find out more about the best beaches in South Devon.

6. All-weather fun for youngsters

How about those days when you want some shelter or shade? There are lots of indoor attractions to choose from, many of which put on extra activities throughout the summer. These attractions include:

Soft play centres

These indoor attractions are ideal for families with active little ones.

  • In a short time, Kidz and Co Soft Play Café on Island Street in Salcombe has become a very popular place for young families, with a fantastic café where parents can take the load off.
  • Bumble in Kingsbridge is a play centre, café and kids’ hair salon, situated on Fore Street (Kingsbridge’s high street). Enjoy a snack with your tea, coffee or super-deluxe hot chocolate while the kids let off steam.

Arts and crafts attractions

Paper Bird Island in SalcombeHow about something a little more sedate, such as a fun yet calming space where kids and adults can get creative?

China Blue’s Ceramic Studio in Totnes offers you the chance to paint some pottery or even throw it yourself. Why not pop into the café while you’re there?

The Art Café is another popular South Devon arts and crafts attraction. Conveniently located on Fore Street in Kingsbridge, the Art Café is great for children and adults alike. Enjoy getting creative with your friends or family while you enjoy a snack or a coffee.

Finally, Paper Bird Island on Salcombe’s Island Street is an inspiring art space where kids and adults can paint, découpage and glitter a range of papier mâché animal and box shapes. Calling ahead is recommended, particularly on rainy days during the summer holidays.

This is just a flavour of all the family fun available to South Devon visitors this summer. For even more suggestions, take a look at…

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