Creating a crafty campsite holiday in Devon the kids will love… 🍂
19 July 2017
There is so much to do on a campsite holiday in our glorious corner of Devon, kids of all ages can fill their days letting their imagination and their feet run away with them! Explorers, pirates, fairies and mermaids, whatever takes their fancy. Here at Cofton, we’re fortunate enough to offer campsite holidays close to both peaceful woodlands and sandy beaches, so you can not only take away some great family memories, but also handmade keepsakes of your time spent exploring. We’ve seen some wonderful keepsakes our guests have made over the years and we’re always surprised by the creativity shown by the kids to make something out of seemingly nothing.
Sand bowls can be tricky to make, but as a messy craft it’s one kids will undoubtedly love! Here’s what you need:
- Glue/adhesive (PVA works fine)
- One plastic bowl
Sand bowls make a unique ornament and can even be decorated with patterns/pebbles. All you need to do is find lots of sand, mix with an adhesive to form a good consistency (the key is that it needs to be really thick, but still pourable) and then place over the top of a bowl so the sand ever so gradually drips down. Leave the sand to dry over the bowl for a day and it should become solid. Probably not recommended for your morning cereal, but fun and funky to look at none the less!
Shells are always fun to collect and their uses are plentiful. Collect lots of small shells to create a neat little necklace or strike gold with bigger individual shells to add to the outside of candles as decoration. Shells and other beach rocks can also be drawn on with chalk and pen to make a cool little collection. You could maybe even collect various shells across South Devon, from Starcross to Shaldon and track the beaches you’ve been to on holiday.
You won’t be short of resources for DIY gifts on Dartmoor. As one of the most stunning natural environments there is, there is always something spectacular you can pick up and form into a craft. With an eclectic range of wildlife, landscapes and lakes you’ll be able to find something for everyone but don’t forget to be gentle with the countryside. We usually find that a great scavenger hunt is perfect for creating some competition among the kids!
Or why not try a twig raft race in the winding Dartmoor lakes. Here’s what you need:
- Twigs and anything else you can find!
Collect some driftwood and get inventing! You can be as elaborate as you want with your craft and there are plenty of leaves and twigs to strengthen your craft, but don’t forget to collect them afterwards.
The varying colours, materials and environments of the Devon countryside and coastlines make for a melting pot of craft creation. If you’re not sure what to do you can always take your materials back to the campsite and create an artistic medley of your found materials. Lots of our guests have created wonderful canvasses and collages using materials straight out of Dartmoor or Dawlish Warren and our wonderful surrounding woodland area.
Kids will also find plenty to get excited about at our kids club located on site, which takes place daily. From bug discovery to circus fun, there’s always something on to keep the kids occupied. Our bug discovery, which takes place every Saturday, challenges the kids to make their very own insect home in the forest. There is always a good competition as to who can make the best insect campsites… 🐞
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