Your Five Star Holiday Park

We could not be more delighted to announce that we have achieved one of tourism’s biggest accolades and have achieved Visit England’s highest standard for quality, the prestigious 5 Star holiday park rating. 

This makes us one of the only holiday parks in the region and the only holiday park in the Dawlish to hold Visit England’s top quality mark.

5 star holiday park

This amazing accolade couldn’t have come at a better time, with a huge amount of investment made over the last few years in new facilities, maintenance, grounds and most recently the brand new toilet and shower facilities under construction. 

This accolade really is the cherry on the cake for Cofton, having swept the board with a series of awards over the past twelve months. These include the AA 5 Pennant Gold accreditation for Cofton’s outstanding camping offering and facilities, Gold in the Holiday Park of the Year category at the Visit Devon Awards 2018, and Gold at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2018/19, winning the title of best Holiday Park and Village of the Year.

Helen Scott, Director of Cofton Holidays, commented: “Achieving Visit England’s five star rating is a crowning moment for the business and for our staff. Our goal is always to provide the highest standard of customer experience, and so it’s great to be recognised for our work, pushing us on the excel wherever we can”. 

“We’d like to thank our hard-working team, without whom none of this would be possible, and our loyal customers who come back to visit us again and again. We continue to invest in our facilities and expand our offering so that our guests can make memories generation after generation in this beautiful corner of Devon.”

Book your next holiday to Cofton today

 

Digby’s Devon day adventure to Pennywell farm

There is no one at Cofton who loves Devon more than our very own Coftasaurous dinosaur Digby. So it was no surprise that  when we were asked to take part in the annual character meeting at Pennywell Farm to celebrate Devon, he roared at the opportunity.  

Devon Day

Even better that Digby got to catch up with some of his favourite furry friends from all around the region.

Mascot day

Here is what Digby had to say about his amazing day at Pennywell. Please excuse any spelling errors, Digby is only a 9 year old dinosaur and his claws aren’t always keyboard friendly. 

Digby’s Write up

My day at Pennywell was very exiting exciting, we started the day in the theter theatre, where we first met our friends. Jay and Holly from the entertainments team at Cofton had to help me with the stairs are my feet are a little on the large size. There was so many children smiling and waving, it was a lot of fun.

Mascot day

We were all introduced to the children one by one, which was great because I got to tell the children about all my favourite things, especially how much I love Jaffa Cakes. 

The children came over to talk to me and hug me, some were staying at Cofton and I remembered from the Digby dance studio. 

 

After the meeting in the theter theatre we were invited for a tractor ride around the farm. It was a little tricky to get onto the trailer, but the ride was a lot of fun. 

tractor ride Tractor ride

My favorite favourite  part of the day was when me, the Cofton team and my friends got to meet and cuddle some of the animals.

Even Jay, Holly and Hannah got involved. 

 

The day ended with a yumy yummy cream tea and some fun around the farm. I had mine with cream first, because that’s the Devon way.

cream tea Slide

We hope you all had a wonderful Devon Day

Thank you to Digby for his fantastic blog, if you want to find out more about Digby and his adventures at Cofton and around Devon, it might just be time to book your next holiday at Cofton.

Discover Dawlish Warren

We are absolutely delighted with the news that Dawlish Warren Beach has won the prestigious Blue Flag Award for it’s 21st year! 

We of course are not at all surprised, as we are very aware of just how much hard work goes into maintaining this beautiful beach. Thank you to Teignbridge Leisure for keeping up the good work. 

Dawlish Warren Beach

Here at Cofton we are particularly proud of Dawlish Warren beach, as winning the Blue Flag award makes it a very safe beach for tourists and a great place for endless family seaside fun.

The beach stretches out for 1.5 miles with plenty of sand dunes, a great place for families to enjoy playing in the water knowing that the RNLI lifeguards are keeping an eye on safety. 

Events and Entertainment 

As well as the array of amusements, games and eateries available at Dawlish Warren. During the summer there are many free open-air events, children’s entertainers and spectacular firework displays. You can find out more about whats on nearby at www.dawlishwarren.info/events/

Dogs

Dogs are welcome at Dawlish Warren and on the beach up to Groyne 9, so you never need to leave your favourite four legged friend at home. 

Dog with a stick in its mouth

Facilities 

You can find just about everything you need just a stones throw away from Dawlish Warren beach. The beach has deckchairs, a first aid room, lifeguards, shower facilities and toilets, making it the perfect place to sit back and relax for the whole day. 

Accessibility 

The beach offers disabled access to the beach, easy access from main roads, good public transport links and toilets for disabled visitors. 

National Nature Reserve 

As well as the fabulous Sandy beach, Dawlish Warren is internationally respected for wildlife. The Warren has a wide variety of coastal habitats, numerous birds, the mudflat’s being a particularly valuable refuge for thousands of over-wintering and migratory waterfowl. The Warren harbours nationally important populations of the following bird species in winter: black tailed godwit, brent goose, ringed plover, dunlin, grey plover, slavonian grebe, red-breasted merganser, oystercatcher, wigeon and teal. Around 180 different bird species are recorded each year.

It is thought that 2000 species of invertebrate are found here, including the spectacular day-flying Jersey Tiger-Moth, colourful dragonflies, such as the rare ruddy darter, and solitary sand wasps which excavate tiny burrows and stock them with paralysed insect prey for their wasp grubs to eat!

There are almost 600 different types of flowering plant including the warren or sand crocus.

Walking the Warren

As well as wildlife there are countless walking routes for you to enjoy from long rambles, short poetry walks, bird watching, local history and spooky walks as well as healthy stretches along the lanes.

Commitment to the environment

Dawlish Warren have always been passionate about protecting the coast line with regular initiatives for litter picking and various conservation projects along the beach. 

New to Dawlish Warren are specialist litter pickers and bins on the beach so that people can do their bit and help to keep Dawlish Warren clean.

Beach clean

Getting to Dawlish Warren 

The great news is if you are staying at Cofton then you are just a stones throw away from the fabulous Dawlish Warren. From our main site, you are just a 10 minute drive or a 45 minute walk away and from our Eastdon estate you are so much closer. 

Find out more about Dawlish Warren or book your holiday at Cofton today 

A venture into the caves of Kents Cavern

Devon may have no shortage of fantastic visitor attractions, unforgettable landscapes and hidden gems, but one things for sure if you haven’t visited Kents Cavern yet  you really haven’t seen anything quite like it before. 

Kents cavern

Situated just a stones throw away from the English Riviera and the heart of Torquay, Kents Cavern is one of the most important Stone Age sites in Europe. It truly is one of Britains very best show caves and if you are visiting the Devon area it really is one not to miss. 

The Cofton team take the tour 

Cofton Kents Cavern

At Cofton we really pride ourselves on our knowledge of the local area and our ability to recommend the very best things to see and do for our guests. It goes without saying that we jumped at the chance to pay a visit to Kents Cavern this week. 

If the visit wasn’t already enough, even better was the warm greeting from our lovely tour guide Leia with the welcome addition of an ice cold glass of prosecco. From start to finish we cannot fault Leia, no question was too much and her knowledge of the caves was pretty incredible. 

Kents Cavern is one of the most important Stone Age sites in the whole of  Europe.  The more we delved into the amazing caves, the more we unveiled about the amazing history and heritage. Named by Leia as one of the first B&B the caves became a home to ancient humans, sheltering from extreme weather conditions, making fires, shaping tools and hunting Ice Age animals. 

As we moved through the caves, the team started to identify signs of human and animal life that once lived in the caves. 

When the tour came to an end, what an amazing way to round up. We indulged in copious amounts of cheese from a local Devon cheese producer and enjoyed an inspirational talk by general manager James Hull, who discussed travel trends and some of the fabulous up and coming events taking place at the Cavern. 

Before the Cofton team, packed up and made their exit, there was just enough time for head of HR Jacqui to steal a kiss from a forgotten friend. 

If you haven’t been yet we really do suggest you pay a visit soon. Take a look at their website to keep your eyes our for new updates from the depths of the caves. 

Fantastic Fishing at Cofton Cup III Fishing Festival

Last week we crowned the champion of Cofton Cup III after 5 days of exciting competition.

28 competitors lined up on 13th of May to battle it out for the cup and over £1000 in prize money, with a competition running over five days.

Monday saw 24 anglers compete in an open match to practice for the big event, with only 2 empty pegs on the match lake which was always going to be an interesting battle. Darron Smith taking the overall pools money with 39.03 from peg 25, Bob Rand placed 2nd with 36.14 from peg 23 and there were section wins for both Andy Everill 34.01 peg 16 and Ken Carter 26.0 peg 19.

Tuesday saw the start of the main competition with the first of the 2 qualifying matches and competitors split into two qualifying groups of 14, there was now plenty of space on the lake. The objective of each angler now was to finish in the top 7 positions to make the final. The bottom 7 would be placed in the plate competition later in the week.

Richard Rumney topped the qualifying and also producing the top weight of the week with 77lb 10oz from unfancied peg 1, Paul Bland finished 2nd with 69.03 peg 25 and Graham Nicklin 3rd 63.01 peg15.

Qualifier 2 on Wednesday produced some harder fishing with the lake now seeing its third day of action. Micheal Nunn topped the leaderboard recording 57.12 from peg 25 all to the method feeder showing it’s not all pole dominated. Bob Rand qualified second with 52.11 from peg 12 and reigning champion Andy Everill took third spot with 48.10 peg10.

Main Competition Final

Thursday was the day of the final and our 14 qualifiers gathered for the draw with a buzz of excitement in the air. By the end of the day, we had our champion Bob Rand drew peg 12 for the second day running with a weigh in total of 58.07 to take the title Cofton Cup III champion. Bob having placed 4th in both previous Cofton cups was completely made up to eventually get his named on the cup and pick up the £500 first prize. Graham Nicklin produced 45.02 from peg 19 to take a well deserved second place netting £250 and Lee Bates 34.04 from peg 13 took 3rd picking up £150.

Friday was Plate day for the other 14 competitors and there was still glory and money to fish for. The Plate threw up argubly the best bag of the week with Ken Carter’s catch of 71.06 from peg 17 consisting of 40.07 of carp and a stunning silver net of 30.15 earning him plate champion and £100 in prize money. John Simpson’s 23.06 from peg 5 gave him 2nd and £50 with Peter Hall picking up 3rd with 22.01 from peg 19 winning a £50 meal voucher.

Paul Bland picked up Heaviest fish of the competition for a second consecutive time with an 11.10 carp beating carp of 11.09 and 11.08 a close call! Paul received a £50 meal voucher for his achievement.

The whole week was conducted in a fantastic competitive but fun atmosphere with many anglers making friends and swapping phone numbers. The presentation evening was well attended and much merriment and drinking was had. It was a fitting end to an amazing contest. Congratulations to Mr Bob Rand Cofton Cup III Champion.

 Cofton Cup IV is taking place in September and spaces are available to book now

Free Fishing Experience at Cofton Lakes

Every year on the first May bank holiday we hold a free fishing experience to give the youngest generations and adults new to fishing a chance to try out their skills. Throughout the weekend you and your family can book expert tutorials from Angling Trust certified instructors. 

As part of the weekend, Cofton provide all the necessary equipment and baits, making your opportunity to try fishing as simple as can be. 

First fishing experience

We are lucky to have five fantastic lakes here at Cofton, all with a good stock of fish including Specimen Carp, Tench, Bream, Roach and many more. 

For many, the free fishing experience will be the first opportunity to try out fishing and a great opportunity for some family fun and to kick start the life of some budding future anglers. 

Cofton Fisheries manager Luke Broderick said: “The event this year was more successful than ever before and we were delighted by some of the reactions from families down at the lake. This year we had nearly 100 participants over the weekend and it was the best year yet”.

Due to its success the Free Fishing Experience Weekend in May. This event will take place again in October and in 2020, so keep your eyes peals for more information coming soon. 

More about fishing at Cofton

Pond Dipping at Cofton Lakes

As part of this years exciting entertainment schedule at Cofton, families not only have the opportunity to enjoy the unmissable entertainment line up, but can also take part in a range of educational and fun daytime activities. 

Find out what is lurking beneath the surface of our ponds by getting involved with pond dipping on nature day. Who knows what you might find, but one things for sure you will have a whole lot of  fun. 

Use our nature guide sheet to help you to work out just what you’ve found, whether it’s stick insects, frogs or tiny mites it will be a venture of discovery. 

Pond dipping takes place during peak season on Mondays at 2pm.

 

 

Own your own Glorious piece of Devon

Buy a holiday home in Devon’s award winning holiday park

We all love a holiday and an escape from the daily grind, but what about if you had your very own holiday home and could escape whenever your heart desires?

moterhome sites in devon

The Holiday Home

Take a look inside our stunning Aspen caravan and you won’t be disappointed. This caravan offers all the comforts of home and so much more. All Cofton holiday homes are modern and clean, with comfortably furnished living spaces and fully equipped kitchens.

Exterior / structure

  • Aluminium cladding
  • Upgraded fully galvanised chassis
  • Feature under-canopy exterior lighting
  • Energy efficient white PVCu double glazed windows and doors.
Aspen

Interior Features

  • Rooms include, lounge, kitchen, dining area, En-suite, Master Bedroom, Twin Bedroom and Family Shower Room. 
  • Gas central heating system featuring high-efficiency condensing combi-boiler
  • Integrated 70/30 fridge -freezer and microwave
  • Double cavity gas over / grill with glass splash-back and extractor fan. 
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • The floor to ceiling cathedral-style windows are simply breathtaking, allowing acres of light to cascade in.
  • Freestanding L-shaped sofa with fold-out occasional sofa bed, two armchairs (one swivel) and scatter cushions. 
  • Freestanding TV unit and coffee table 
  • Freestanding dining table and fully upholstered chairs.
  • One piece fibreglass shower enclosure with thermostatically controlled shower.
  • We’ve brought the traditional Shaker kitchen bang up to date giving you a design that combines classic with contemporary.
  • The swivel chair is ideal for people that love to see the inside and outside of their surroundings.
  • The dressing table has drawers and a cupboard to take care of all your beauty and styling essentials.
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What you will find at Cofton?

Hidden in the depths of the picturesque South Devon Coast, you will find award winning, independent, family run holiday park Cofton holidays. With everything you need here on site including 4 fantastic eateries, an onsite leisure complex and 80 acres of beautiful landscape, you need never leave.

If you’d rather venture a little further afield, then you’re in for a treat because Cofton is the ideal central point for your Devon adventures. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, stunning coastlines and amazing attractions, there is no end to the adventures you can have from your holiday.

To arrange a viewing and for more information contact us …




Cofton gets top rating from AA

Another exciting award for the cabinet here at Cofton, we are delighted to been awarded with a AA 5 Pennant Gold rating for the second year running.

The AA visit over 900 campsites, looking at touring pitches, facilities and hospitality before grading campsites from between one to five pennants, with Gold Pennants only awarded to the very best campsites.

Award winning holiday park

Cofton was given a 92% approval rating being commended particularly for its well-stocked coarse fishing lakes, the attractive outdoor pool and excellent indoor pool, bar and restaurant with outside seating and terrace, daily entertainment programme and the spotless facilities and well-maintained pitches.

Helen Scott, Director at Cofton Holidays, added: “We’re delighted to receive the news that we will be awarded the 5 Pennant Gold Award this year. It’s thanks to the hard-work and dedication of our team coupled with our fantastic loyal customers that we continue to secure such accolades. Receiving the award from the AA recognises all the effort and investment that we’ve made to make Cofton a premier destination for campers and caravanners looking to make memories in this beautiful corner of South Devon.”

Find out more about our pristigious AA Gold award 

Cofton Named Plastic Free Champions

In our quest to become the most environmentally friendly holiday park, we are delighted to have been officially named a ‘Plastic Free Champion’ by the prestigious Surfers Against Sewage

Plastic Free Champion

There were 17 businesses in the Teignbridge area selected to be audited as part of the process and only 9 being awarded. So we were delighted to have been chosen for our commitment to the environment.

In the past few months the team have worked hard to make sure plastic is used responsibly and where possible we make substitutes to reduce consumption. Alongside this the team have taken part in litter picking exercises in the community, both at local blue flag beach Dawlish Warren and around the Cockwood and Starcross area.  

In the coming months, there are more exciting projects that we will be getting involved with in the local area. Keep your eyes pealed for updates.  

Find out more about Cofton’s responsibility to the environment