Things to do in the South Hams; autumn & winter ideas

October 18th, 2015 | By Vicky Rogers

Things to do in the South Hams - Apple bobbing at Dartmouth Food Festival

Whatever type of holiday you are planning for this autumn, there are plenty of things to do in the South Hams. Whether you are thinking of enjoying a walking holiday with your dog, an action-packed family break before the festive season, or a romantic getaway for you and your loved one, here are just some of the activities you can enjoy:

At the end of October, the Dartmouth Food Festival returns to the South Hams. One of the most anticipated things to do in the South Hams during the autumn, this three day event includes cookery demonstrations, workshops and family-friendly activities to keep visitors of all ages entertained. For more information on things to do in the South Hams during the Food Festival, read this article – Top 5 activities at Dartmouth Food Festival.

Things to do in the South Hams - Candlelit Dartmouth

Another exciting annual event in November is Candlelit Dartmouth. Perfect for those looking to get into the Christmas spirit, this two day attraction is just one of many festive things to do in the South Hams. Highlights of the event include:

  • a lantern procession through the town
  • the arrival of Santa by Boat in the Dartmouth Boat Float
  • carols around the Christmas tree
  • late night shopping in lots of Dartmouth’s boutique shops

During the autumn and winter months, there are a host of ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ (AONB)-related things to do in the South Hams. These are perfect for nature enthusiasts and those looking to get to know the area better, during a particularly atmospheric time of year. 2015’s events included The South West Coast Path Challenge, a Nature Connection Day, a Brixham Fish Market tour, and a beach clean at South Milton Sands. For information about AONB-related things to do in the South Hams in 2016, visit

Thurlestone Rock is a dramatic sight on autumnal and wintery days

For a slightly more family-orientated day out, book a trip with Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company. They offer numerous things to do in the South Hams, ranging from their popular ‘Round Robin’ river cruise, bus trip and railway journey (a fabulous day out for all!), to outings on the historic Paddle Steamer along the River Dart.

Of course, there are plenty of other things to do in the South Hams that are completely free and can be pleasurable whatever the weather! Explore the beautiful beaches, and admire the breathtaking sunsets at this time of year – or why not take to the network of footpaths in the unspoilt countryside and spot wildlife found in this picturesque spot? If you would like to find out more about exciting things to do in the South Hams this autumn, read this article: Autumn Family Holiday Ideas

Fancy enjoying fun days out with family or friends this autumn or winter? Book your South Devon holiday with Coast & Country Cottages today.