Things to do in Devon in the rain: South Devon activities
By Sarah Howard-Jones on March 30, 2018
Whilst South Devon boasts one of the warmest climates on mainland Britain, it’s no secret that the British weather can sometimes be a little unpredictable. Occasionally, the heavens might decide to open during your holiday, but don’t worry, there are plenty of fun things to do in Devon in the rain, especially in South Devon. From painting ceramics to making craft gin, there is something for every age, taste and mood, come rain or shine!
Focus on the food
Our region is a foodie’s heaven, and boasts a fantastic collection of traditional pubs, award-winning restaurants and thriving cafes. From fresh line caught fish to decadent Devon cream teas, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to eating in South Devon. Aside from dining out, there are also various interactive things to do, such as gin making at Salcombe Gin or a tasting tour at Sharpham Vineyard. Alternatively, spend the afternoon perfecting your cookery skills with a visit to the Manna from Devon Cooking School learning the art of woodfired oven cooking and perfecting your bread making skills.
Arts and crafts attractions
South Devon is a hub of creativity, and is positively brimming with arty opportunities, suiting all ages and abilities. Paint your own ceramics at The Art Cafe in Kingsbridge, or at China Blue in Totnes, or for something even more relaxed, visit Paper Bird Island, on Salcombe’s Island Street, an art space where kids and adults can paint, decoupage and glitter a range of papier-mache animal and box shapes. If you would rather a more structured workshop activity, then join a class at Harbour House in Kingsbridge, or The Craft Revolution programme at Dartington, who offer year round workshops in carpentry, ceramics, printmaking and book binding. Regardless of where you choose to get those creative juices flowing, calling ahead is highly recommended, particularly on rainy days during the holidays
Delve into Devon’s history and heritage
South Devon is steeped in history, and is peppered with exciting castles and properties, perfect for exploring. From the 600 year-old fortress that guards Dartmouth, to Agatha Christie’s former holiday home on the banks of the River Dart, not forgetting all the properties and subtropical gardens in between, you can spend many rainy days nestled deep within South Devon’s history.
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Very few people need an excuse to shop, but if ever there was one, then a day of wet weather would win hands down. From boutique shops to art galleries, Dartmouth, Salcombe and Totnes all provide countless opportunities for those that love a day (or two!) of retail therapy.
We hope you enjoyed our guide to things to do in Devon in the rain! South Devon has many more activities and attractions for all the family to enjoy, whatever the weather. For further suggestions, take a look at the 51 reasons to visit South Devon or browse our family days out pages.
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