The Autumn Half Term – What’s On Offer in Salcombe?

October 22nd, 2013 | By Clare Levy

With the 2013 Autumn Half Term just around the corner (28 October – 1 November), we’ve compiled a handy list of exciting things to do with your children in ever popular Salcombe.

The beautiful town of Salcombe is located within Devon’s picturesque South Hams area and is sure to delight families with children of all ages, as there is something on offer for everyone in this charming sailing resort and its immediate surroundings.

Celebrate Halloween in Style
Halloween falls during this week and the celebrations planned at Overbecks on the 30th October are sure to make for a great day out. The National Trust owned Overbecks is a beautiful Edwardian House, perched high above the cliffs and is the perfect setting for a day of Halloween fun!

Children can try their hand at making ghoulish lanterns, listen to spooky stories and participate in an eerie twilight procession.

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Get Close to Nature

Pennywell Farm, the award winning family attraction plays host to a number of Halloween inspired events during the Half Term break. Pennywell is holding a bat and owl themed week which is set to delight children who can carve pumpkins, watch owls in flight and try their hand at becoming a bat detective, using Pennywell’s specially created ‘bat monitor’!

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Set Sail

ICC Salcombe, the family run company offers sailing, yachting and powerboat courses for families with children of all ages. The tranquil waters within this acclaimed Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ANOB) are perfect for taking to the water. ICC also offers dinghy and stand up paddle board training – so there’s a variety of ways in which you and the family can experience the stunning Salcombe estuary.

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Take a Wander

Salcombe offers a great choice of walks. For people with older children, why not try the 3.1 mile walk along the South West Coast Path from Salcombe to Bolt Head which takes in many beautiful views. Autumn is the ideal time for nature spotting when migrant birds such as yellow wagtails and finches are gathering.

Try Some Local Favourites

It’s not hard to see why Captain Flint’s pirate themed restaurant is a firm favourite with families. Located on Fore Street, this charming eatery with its buzzy atmosphere and great service offers plentiful portions of delicious pizzas, pastas and desserts such as the infamous banoffee pie. It’s a perfect treat to round off a fun family holiday or day trip.


Cranch’s Sweetshop is also another Salcombe institution which children will adore. This old fashioned sweetshop sells a huge variety of pick n mix style confectionery including a host of many retro options which will be sure to delight children and adults alike.

If you fancy making your trip to Salcombe into a short break during the Half Term period, then please view our Late Availability calendar and see the Salcombe holiday homes on offer.