There are so many things to see and do in Torbay that in June we ran a feature on our Facebook page of 30 things to do in 30 days. It covers a range of activities indoor and outdoor, free and charged for adults and children. We hope that you find it useful when planning your stay.
Join our Facebook page to keep up to date with future events! (Link to facebook page)
Day 1: Coincided with the magnificent Torbay Airshow. This annual event on the first weekend of June is always the first outing for the Red Arrows new display. It is a spectacular event and the best views are to be had from Paignton Green at the end of our road. (We can also advise on where you might want to reserve a table at local bars and restaurants for good food and good views!)
Day 2: The ferry between Brixham/Paignton/Torquay is a relaxing and cost effective way to see the Bay.
Top tip: Take the 1.30pm ferry from Paignton and enjoy the first part of the Wildlife Cruise – watch out for seals and dolphins which are often spotted!
Day 3: Paignton Zoo is world famous zoo and botanic garden with over 100 breeding programmes in place.
Top tip: Purchase a combined ticket for the Zoo and Living Coasts in one to save money. Living Coasts (in Torquay) is a great indoor and outdoor experience making it a good choice for rainy days.
Day 4: Rainy day option. If it is not nice outside then the Children’s Play Square Paignton is just around the corner or there are bigger soft play centres at Play Cafe Torquay or Bear Feet in Newton Abbott (both of these also have SEN sessions available).
Day 5: Is this the adult equivalent of Soft Play?! Paignton is home to two Escape Rooms – do you have what it takes to escape the locked room before your time runs out?!
Day 6: When sun is shining why not make the hour long drive to the beautiful coastal town of Salcombe. Take the South Sands Ferry and relax on the white sandy beaches overlooking azure blue waters!
Top tip: For delicious local produce you must visit Salcombe Dairy to taste their wonderful ice cream.
Day 7: Full steam ahead! Paignton is well known for the Dartmouth Steam Railway. Relax and enjoy the stunning coastal scenery as you chug your way to Kingswear. Then hop on the river ferry to Dartmouth. A day when the journey is the experience! You can book the return train or explore more with the ‘Round Robin’ Experience.
(We love the Santa Express in December – its the start of Christmas for us!)
Day 8: Fine Dining! The south west is rightly famed for its seafood and there are a number of Michellin recognised establishments nearby. The Elephant and The Orange Tree are both located in Torquay. A little further afield world-renowned award-winning chef Michael Caines has his flagship restaurant at Lympstone Manor.
Top tip: In the Autumn you can sample some of the South West best food cooked by its most famous Chefs in the ‘Sea Food Feast’ which runs 20th September to 6th October.
Day 9: Sunday afternoons sessions at The Boathouse. Excellent acoustic music, good food and great views over The Bay!
Top tip: The Sunday Roast is only served in winter but is a personal favourite!
Day 10: The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth. A short train or car ride away the largest aquarium in Britain is a fascinating day out for children and adults alike. An excellent choice for a rainy day – and if it’s sunny you can enjoy a walk around Plymouth Harbour afterwards!
Day 11: The Panto in Paignton! We are lucky enough to have Panto in both Winter and Summer. This year’s summer extravaganza is Dick Whittington – oh yes it is! The Palace Theatre in Paignton and the Princess Theatre in Torquay have a show, play or musical event to suit every taste whether it be an Agatha Christie play or a blockbusting musical evening!
Day 12: Adventurous activities! Coasteering, Stand Up Paddleboarding and Kayaking are available in Goodrington and you can even take to the slopes at the Dry Ski Centre in Torquay. Definitely something to keep the adrenaline junkies happy!
Day 13: A little mystery. Greenway was the holiday home of Agatha Christie and is now a National Trust property filled with extensive collections of her memorabilia.
Top tip: Car parking must be pre-booked but during the summer months there is a shuttle from the Steam Train (or it is a 30 minute sturdy walk) to the site. For the most scenic arrival take a ferry from Dartmouth.
Day 14: A Great British Seaside visit would not be complete without a spot of crabbing! Borrow a line and a bucket from our Beach Library and head to Brixham – the best spot in The Bay for crabbing! There are even competitions during Brixfest!
Day 15: The Torquay Eye – a summer phenomenon – for a bird’s eye view of the bay!
Top tip: take an evening ride to see the lights of the town and the lights of the Royal Terrace Gardens staircase illuminate.
Day 16: A visit to Devon would not be complete without a cream tea. There are a host of tea shops in Paignton but for a cream tea with a spectacular view the Berry Head Hotel can’t be beaten! The only question is – do you do it the Devon way (cream then jam) or the Cornish way (jam then cream)?
Day 17: Wine has been made in the area since Roman times and vintages are being created locally at the Old Walls Vineyard where you can enjoy a visit and tasting throughout the summer months.
Top tip: stop for a sandwich, snack or meal at the café/bistro for spectacular views over the valley towards the sea at Teignmouth.
Day 18: The Lucky 7 Club is an independent club and venue in a secret Paignton location! It hosts events and soirees including everything from comedy nights to burlesque evenings and children’s arts events. In August this year it is again hosting the South West Beard and Moustache Competition – an event not to be missed!
Day 19: BMAD. Every Wednesday throughout the summer bikers from around the region meet on Paignton seafront giving us a perfect opportunity to see fine examples of bikes of all shapes and sizes. Each biker pays £1 and the money donated is used by BMAD in the local community. Each May Day Bank Holiday BMAD hosts a huge festival of bikes, music and fun on Paignton Green. Book early as Paignton fills fast!
Day 20: Water world. When the sun is shining – visit the UK’s largest outdoor water park, Splashdown just a ten minute walk from us. There are areas for small children as well as 8 body, mat and tyre rides for the bigger kids!
Day 21: The sun is out – time to hit the beach! Fairy Cove is a quiet and less well known beach to the south end of Paignton Sands. Although rocks make is less ideal for swimming they do provide a vast array of interesting rock pools to explore at low tide.
Top tip: borrow a net from our Bucket and Spade library! There are no facilities on the beach itself but Paignton Harbour is close by with a range of cafes, shops and public toilets. There is also a set of steps to the back of the beach, that leads up to Cliff Road and onto Goodrington itself which is dog friendly all year round.
Day 22: The South West Coastal path passes the end of our road and is a great way to explore The Bay. It is England’s longest waymarked long-distance footpath and a National Trail stretching for 630 miles from Minehead in Somerset, along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, to Poole Harbour in Dorset.
Day 23: Calling all Runnists! The third weekend in June each year sees the running of the Torbay Half Marathon. The race starts and finishes on Paignton Green (at the end of our road) and enjoys great views over The Bay.
Top tip: we offer early breakfast, fuelled filled food options such as porridge and access to shower facilities post-race (all for no extra charge).
Day 24: One for the kids – and a free one at that! Paignton Geopark located at the end of our road it is designed around the English Riviera’s geological history. For example the toddler area represents the Devonian Period when this area was south of the equator and under tropical coral seas. Toddlers can ride on a trilobite and swing over a wetpour sea. This area also has a seesaw, climbing hut, trampoline and spinner bowls. There are also areas for juniors and a sand area representing Permian Period when this area was just north of the equator and all of the red sandstones and breccia rocks were formed. Aside from the educational aspect the park is a great place to play!
Top tip: if this park is really busy there is another more traditional play park in Victoria Gardens (also a two minute walk from us) which is generally more quiet!
Day 25: Let the train take the strain! There are plenty of interesting day trips from Paignton on the train – Plymouth, Exeter and Looe have lots to see and do. However the train trip can also be part of the experience. The journey to Exeter includes a section right at the seas edge at Dawlish with spectacular views.
Top tip: sit on the right hand side of the train facing forest in departure from Paignton for the best views!
Day 26: Take a short trip inland to Dartmoor National Park. With wild, open moorlands and deep river valleys there is plenty to explore. Dartmoor National Park is well known for many legends and myths such as being haunted by pixies, a spectral hound pack, and the headless horseman!
Day 27: Cruising in The Bay. There are many and varied trips that depart from Paignton Harbour just five minutes walk from us. Choose from fishing, wildflife cruises or an evening cruise including a fish and chip supper. It can be so romantic as to inspire proposals as happened to our guests this year!
Day 28: Fish and Chips! What could be more quintessentially British than Fish and Chips at the seaside? Local chain Rockfish has branches in Torquay, Brixham and Dartmouth using locally caught sustainable produce for eat in or take away. The specials are based on what is available from the market each day. Have a look at the menu and let us know what you would chose!
Day 29: Spend a day in Babbacombe (easy to get to by Bus from Paignton). Use the funicular to access the glorious beach, visit the famous model village or enjoy a show at the theatre. There are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants too!
Day 30: Well we have come to the end of our journey and there are so many things that we haven’t been able to covered! Keep following us and we will provide details of upcoming events over the summer. On this last day we would like to take a stroll over to Goodrington – the next bay which has a year round dog friendly beach. There is a boating lake, mini golf and park to keep you entertained. For food head to Cantina a Café/Bar/Restaurant serving locally sourced food and drink with everything from a tender steak to vegan ‘fish n chips’ with delicious local fish dishes alongside. There is music and gin – what more could you want?!