Whilst the South Hams, the southernmost tip of Devon, boasts one of the mildest climates on mainland Britain, it is inevitable that this beautiful area has the occasional wet day. Luckily, whatever the weather, there are plenty of things to do near Salcombe as well as in the town itself. Here are just a few ideas:
Browse the boutique shops
Salcombe is home to a fabulous array of shops – from the girly treasure trove Amelia’s Attic, to sweetie heaven Cranch’s, there are shops that will appeal to everyone. Pick up some fabulous clothes from one of the independent boutiques, or shop for presents to give family and friends back home. Retail therapy will banish those rainy day blues!
Head to the Art Café
Visiting the Art Café in Kingsbridge is one of the most enjoyable family-oriented things to do near Salcombe that the weather cannot spoil. Sit back and enjoy a warming hot chocolate and delicious cake whilst the little ones paint pottery and ceramics, from piggy banks to coasters. For the younger children, there is also a very well equipped play corner with an abundance of toys, to keep little fingers busy.
There are so many fun things for families to see and do in our region, including Woodlands Leisure Park and Pennywell Farm. Both are just a short drive from picturesque Salcombe, and both offer plenty of activities, whatever the weather. Woodlands has various indoor play areas, one of which offers seven floors of fun, from ball pools to soft play areas. For animal lovers, a visit to Pennywell Farm is a must – cuddle the micro pigs, meet the alpacas up close and help feed the animals.
Enjoy a long lunch…
On an occasional rainy day, what better way to spend leisurely hours, than over a long lunch? Head to the waterside restaurant Dick and Wills in the centre of Salcombe, where you can sit back and relax, watching life on the water and dining on the finest, locally caught seafood. Finish your meal with a scrumptious pudding – you are on holiday after all!
Don your wellies and waterproofs, and head out beachcombing on this beautiful coastline, collecting driftwood and other treasures, before returning to your holiday home to dry off! Try South Sands beach, or head across the estuary on the foot passenger ferry to Millbay. Why not make a piece of artwork with the shells you find, as a lasting memento of your holiday?
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