Our top 5 picks for Devon summer holiday activities
12 January 2018
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!
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?
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.
When? 11th Aug-17th Aug (Standard pitches from £357 for 7 days*)
Where to visit? Dawlish
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.
When? 23rd-30th June (Holiday homes from £535 for 7 days*)
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.
When? 9th July-14th July (Standard pitches from £200 for 5 days*)
Where to visit? Torbay
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.
When? 5th May-12th May (Holiday homes from £425 for 7 nights*)
Where to visit? Exeter
With all this on your doortstep at Cofton, bring the family for a fun-filled holiday in your glorious corner of Devon!
*costs subject to availability at this pricing level.
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