Cofton’s Top Ten Things To Do
30 June 2016
We asked our holiday park reception team, Cofton Holidays’ face of the park, to figure out ten things to do in our local area. They had a cracking set of ideas that we’d like to share with you!
1. Bike Rides along the Exe Estuary Cycle Trail
The Exe Estuary Trail is a fantastic cycling and walking route. It stretches from Dawlish to Exeter and Exmouth and beyond, the cycle route provides an exciting opportunity for people to experience cycling or walking around the entire Exe Estuary. You get time to appreciate the wildlife and pass through some beautiful riverside towns and villages steeped in maritime history.
For more information, visit http://www.exetrail.co.uk/index.php
2. Dawlish Warren Beach
Why not escape to the seaside? Dawlish Warren is one of the UK’s finest Blue Flag beach resorts and is truly a haven for families. The distinctive sand dunes and internationally recognised nature reserve add a unique essence to one of European’s Blue Flag award winning beaches. Families are enticed every year to enjoy either a time honoured seaside holiday or an idyllic day out beside the sea.
For more information, visit http://www.dawlishwarren.info
You can buy your crabbing gear from our on-site shop & pop down to Cockwood Harbour, a 5 minute walk from Cofton, count how many crabs you can find!
Half fill a bucket with sea/river water and put some bacon in it for the crabs that you have caught.
Lower your line into the water (keeping hold of one end) until it is slack or loose (when it has reached the bottom).
If you want to pick up the crabs, handle them carefully and pick them up from the back so you don’t get nipped by their pincers.
Always return the crabs to their natural habitat before you leave.
For more information visit http://www.crabbydays.co.uk/ or http://www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk/food-and-drink/south-devon-crab/crabbing-hotspots
4. Starcross to Exmouth Ferry Trip
The Starcross to Exmouth Ferry is a popular passenger ferry which crosses the mouth of the River Exe. Located next to Starcross station, the ferry operates on an hourly basis during the day, from Easter to October. The 630-mile long South West Coast Path uses the ferry to cross the Exe. Hop on board and see the sights of Exmouth after a short trip across the estuary, maybe you’ll even see a seal!
For more information, visit http://www.exe2sea.co.uk/ferry.shtml
5. Local Walks around Cockwood, Starcross & Dawlish
We have a collection of local walks in our reception, take a night time stroll down to the local harbour, or venture further & take a trip to Turf Locks. We even have a Cofton Woodland walk which takes you right the way down into Dawlish Warren itself. Of course you can pick up the South West Coast Path in either direction for a real adventure.
6. Kayaking with Exe Adventures
South Devon’s first mobile outdoor adventure centre, offering a range of fun-packed outdoor adventure activities to groups including; Surf Skills, Rambling, Group Kayaking, Canoeing or Paddle. Their minibus and trailer picks groups up for adventurous activities and then returns you home.
For more information, visit http://www.exeadventures.co.uk/
7. Devon’s Crealy Adventure Park
It is an award winning family attraction. The Park has over 60 rides and attractions set in over 100 acres of Devonshire countryside. They are proud to be a park that caters for the whole family, from the smallest children to parents and grandparents alike. There are over 100 animals, 30 outdoor attractions and a variety of other activities to choose from. With heart-stopping rides for thrill seekers to soft-play and animal petting for younger guests.
For more information, visit http://www.crealy.co.uk/Devon
8. Go Segway at Haldon Forest
Explore Haldon Forest on a Segway, glide up & down the hills with ease! Established over eight years ago, they were the first in the UK to offer forest tours. The tours start from 10.00am to 4.00pm, on the hour. Don’t worry, they provide full training with one to one instructors.
If you feel like something closer to the holiday camp, throughout the summer Go Segway come to us at Cofton for guided tours around the site.
For more information, visit http://www.go-segway.com/
9. Coarse Fishing at Cofton
Are you a seasoned fishing veteran or have you never fished before? Well we have both cases covered to let you get the best out of our coarse fishing lakes. Our on-site tackle shop has bait choices, rods and lines. For those wishing to learn, we offer fishing courses with our expert fisherman. He will impart his knowledge and tell you all you need to know about fishing and our lakes.
For more information, visit our detailed fishing blog post /blog/fishing/get-the-best-from-your-fishing-holiday-in-devon
10. The Famous Dawlish Black Swans
The Black Swan has been Dawlish’s town emblem for well over forty years and it’s said that the Black Swans have been swimming in the brook since the early 1900s. The Dawlish Water is home to other waterfowl including the Lesser White-fronted Geese, Whistling Tree Ducks, African Geese, Red Crested Pochard, Call Ducks, Pintails, Shell Ducks, Mandarin Ducks and Chinese Geese.
And while you’re visiting our famous Black Swans you can have a fabulous Gay’s Creamery Ice-Cream! You won’t find one better!
For more information about the swans, visit http://www.dawlish.gov.uk/swans.php
Some of your kind words...
A brilliant stay as always. We stayed in a cottage this time which was beautiful and very well equipped. Lots of lovely little touches with a welcome hamper and lots of board games. Hubbie was well impressed with the huge TV too. Loved the courtyard and we were lucky enough to have the weather to BBQ 2 of the days. All the staff from reception to the shop to the entertainment were friendly and very accommodating of both my girls. Used the chippy which has recently changed hands and the food was still great. There is lots to do, loved the swimming, the zip wire, the park and walk in the woods and around the fishing lake. Have to be honest though we missed the caravan...... will definitely be back, hopefully in the Fernworthy van with the hot tub.
Had an amazing weeks holiday. The park was immaculate, the outdoor pool was spotless and the cleaning blocks were cleaned regularly. All the staff were very helpful and the shop on site was reasonably priced. We went with two kids (aged 6 and 7) and our dog, the kids were never bored and had an amazing holiday. We will definitely be returning next year!
My family and I stayed for 5 nights in July, aged between 13 and 40 and we all had a brilliant family stay. The teenagers loved the outdoor pool and the woods and we all loved the donkeys. I’ve been coming here since I was a child and it’s still got a lovely relaxing atmosphere and has all the facilities you could want for a camping holiday. I must say the fish and chip shop is the best we have ever had at a holiday park, reasonable prices and good sized portions. We have booked to come back again on 25th August for a week and can’t wait!
I visited when my relatives came over from Canada and fell in love. I was lucky enough to stay for a week last August for my sons 2nd birthday. It has got to be one of my favourite places to go. Absolutely beautiful, quiet, good facilities, lovely restaurants. The staff are outstanding. I can't wait to come back again this year!
Stayed in campervan for a weekend. Great campsite good location, plenty of things for all to do. Great fishing lakes all in a short walk through the woodland to the lovely Dawlish Warren and Dawlish. Couldn't fault.
Highbridge, United Kingdom
We have had a wonderful experience, the site is very clean, ALL the staff were friendly and helpful especially the bar supervisor, entertainment was second to none, we'll 100% return...
The Warren Family
I just want to say how impressed my fellow Motorhomers and Caravaners were with the welcome and service we received during our stay. Staff in the office were polite and helpful at all times. Scott the restaurant manager was most accommodating when I enquired about reserving space for 25 to 30 of us for lunch after a walk. The service in the restaurant was speedy the food hot and varied. We were very pleased with the standards. Staff in the restaurant were cheerful and polite and helped make our meal most enjoyable. We had such a good time that we will be returning again next year for our Xmas Rally.
The best holiday park we've been to in our motorhome. Our children aged 2 and 4 loved it. Great facilities, entertainment and activities in one of the best parts of Devon!
Delicious fish and chips, friendly and helpful staff and delightful woodland.
Suze - Cornwall
Good location and dog walking, we'll be back and it can't come quick enough.
David - Portsmouth.
Loved the Zumba class! Can't wait to come back!
Elise - Exeter.
A* facilities, always very clean. The pool and food offer great value for money!
Stayed in Honeysuckle Cottage, stunning views over the Exe Estuary.. fantastic place for a family holiday
Ian - Australia.
My little girls aged 2,3 and 5 loved the entertainment.. all they can remember is fun, fun and more fun!
Anonymous - Cheshire.
Quiet and relaxing in a stunning location.. Can't wait to return
Ethan R, Burnham-on-Sea
We usually camp 3 times a year and hire a caravan after the Christmas break at Cofton, and will continue to do so. We thoroughly recommend staying there. Great for families or just the 2 of you.
Jilly B, Cheltenham
Go for swimming and food at this fabulous holiday camp... facilities A-star so clean and just great value for money would defo use over and over again which I do.... I'm a regular visitor. Dip and dine always good option as the food and snacks are fantastic in the bar cafe area near swimming pool!
Excellent toilet block and lovely hot showers. The on site pub was spot on with really friendly staff..
Joan L, Bromsgrove
The superbly equipped Woodside Cottage was beautifully clean with a fantastic Hot Tub. Waking up to horses and cows in the rear field.. stunning!
So friendly and clean, it’s a home from home and we couldn’t go a year with a visit!
Bernice Procter, Swindon
I always pay a visit to Amelia's Pantry, you can just Relax, Indulge and Enjoy!
‘Wonderful facilities, especially the swimming pools! In a lovely setting, for us it is simply the best campsite we have found.’
Margaret Hayes, Leeds
We have been coming to Cofton since 2009 and have stayed at least 12 times. We love everything about Cofton: the location and scenery in and around the park, the quality and cleanliness of accommodation, the friendly welcoming atmosphere; Everything about Cofton is great!
Ethan Robinson, Somerset
‘Dog walks, cycling, lovely country pubs… It suits our every need’
Kay Hancock, Bristol