Top South Devon activities for summer fun

July 25th, 2012 | By Clare Levy

Enjoy a local ice-cream; South Devon activities this summer

Looking for a little holiday inspiration? We’ve put together some of our favourite South Devon activities to enjoy during the summer.

On the Water

When most people think ‘South Devon activities’, their minds immediately turn to the water. South Devon is renowned for its stunning coastline, crystal clear waters and mild climate. With fabulous beaches and coves, perfect for surfing, swimming and sailing, the area is exceptionally popularly with water sports enthusiasts. Why not try something new and hire a boat from Whitestrand Boat Hire in Salcombe ( Alternatively, grab your chance to learn to surf with Bantham Surfing Academy (

Out and About

The area has plenty of all-weather family attractions, meaning come rain or shine, there are always several South Devon activities keep everyone entertained. Woodlands Leisure Park ( is certainly worth a visit, with hours of both indoor and outdoor fun – including water slides. Pennywell Farm is also perfect for a family day out, with adorable animals including micro pigs ( Other options include the fabulous National Trust Gardens at Overbeck’s in Salcombe and river cruises up the River Dart. These are offered by the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat company ( The sheer variety of South Devon attractions available is one reason holidaymakers return here year after year.

Food and Drink

Perhaps the most popular of all South Devon activities is the sampling of delicious local food and drink. We have an excellent choice of eateries including:

  • beach-side cafés with outdoor BBQs in Salcombe, like The Winking Prawn ( on North Sands beach
  • exquisite award-winning restaurants in Dartmouth like The Seahorse, serving fresh seafood caught off the Start Bay coastline
  • Charming traditional inns in buildings dating back as far as the 14th century, such as the Cott in Dartington and the Cherub in the centre of Dartmouth

If these three short suggestions have whetted your appetite for South Devon activities, take a look at our guide to what’s on in South Devon this year. We’ve also produced a handy A-Z guide to things to do in South Devon here.

Or perhaps you’re already ready to start exploring options for your South Devon self-catering holiday? Feel free to browse our fabulous range of properties.