Our top 5 picks for Devon summer holiday activities

Devon is truly a magical place for summer holidays packed with activities. From the golden sands that eventually become red as you travel around the coast from Dawlish to Torbay, to the spectacular moors that are a feast for the senses. Devon’s the perfect place for a summer holiday away from the hustle and bustle, whether that’s finding yourself in nature or letting the kids go mad for the clotted cream ice cream!

It’s hard to talk about our favourite things to do in Devon because there is just SO much, but here are our top 5 favourite things to do in Devon in 2018 to get you in the mood for some summer holiday activities!

devon summer holiday activities


Seaside summer holiday activities

Us Devonians are fortunate to have such a diverse coastline. From the jagged cliffs that surround Dawlish seafront to the smooth sands of Torbay, everyone has their own personal favourite beaches and spots. There’s so much to do on our beaches, whether it’s the traditional beach day out building sandcastles and frolicking in the sun or exploring the many rockpools in Devon to find an array of sea life. And what’s a day out at the seaside without a true Devon clotted-cream ice cream?

Dawlish Days Out Devon
Iconic flavours and views.. can you spot the famous Black Swans of Dawlish

Party on at Dawlish Carnival Week

Dawlish is open all year round, but during Carnival Week there’s a party atmosphere like no other! Do you remember the Smurfs who won the raft race last year? Who can forget! Whether you want to take part in the waterborne shenanigans or simply marvel at the spectacular shop windows as they compete for the best-dressed award, break out the ooo’s and ahh’s at the fireworks display or dance along to the Carnival procession, there’s always something going on in Dawlish during Carnival Week.

Devon Summer Holidays must-see Dawlish Carnival

When? 11th Aug-17th Aug (Standard pitches from £357 for 7 days*)

Where to visit? Dawlish

Why? Dawlish Carnival Week


Reconnecting with Mother Nature…

There are so many different ways to find peace and quiet in Devon. This could be finding your own private haunt in many of the quaint villages and towns, or it could be driving to one of the many nature reserves and national parks we have. Or maybe even just heading down to our very own private lakes for a spot of fishing? We often hear visitors from all around the world say that ‘the air is different down here’ and we agree! Turn off your phone, leave the technology at home and enjoy the wide open spaces untouched by the modern world.

Getting back to Nature on a Devon summer holiday

When? 23rd-30th June (Holiday homes from £535 for 7 days*)

Where? Dartmoor

Why? Explore!


Wildlife like no other…

Devon isn’t just about batting seagulls away from your chips. There’s such a wide variety of wildlife here and you don’t have to travel far to find it. In fact, we have our very own fishing lakes here at Cofton if you fancy yourself as the top angler. Or we have the wonderful Pennywell Farm and Paignton Zoo, both of which provide spectacular family days out for all animal lovers, from your goats to your gorillas.

Fishing and Nature at Cofton Holidays

When? 9th July-14th July (Standard pitches from £200 for 5 days*)

Where to visit? Torbay

Why? Paignton Zoo/Living Coasts


The taste of the west…

Devon truly is the county for all you foodies out there. The fresh natural produce we’re afforded makes it somewhere to visit if you want to give your tastebuds a trip they won’t forget. You might think it’s all just Fish and Chips and Cream Teas but there’s so much more. Real ale and cider has boomed in Devon recently as well as locally produced cheeses. Don’t believe us? Try and visit during one of the many food festivals that run throughout the year to try our local produce. Our pick would be the 2018 Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink which runs from the 5th – 7th May 2018. Or, even better, take a look at our menu which highlights where all of our produce comes from.

Devon Food and Drink Festival

When? 5th May-12th May (Holiday homes from £425 for 7 nights*)

Where to visit? Exeter

Why? Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink


With all this on your doortstep at Cofton, bring the family for a fun-filled holiday in your glorious corner of Devon!

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