Here is a selection of ways to spend your time in Torbay without spending all your money!
The traditional fishing port has plenty to see of interest which costs little or nothing. Stand in the working harbour and watch the colourful fishing boats return to dock to return their catch.
Brixham crab is rightly famous and for a few pounds you can purchase crabbing buckets and lines from shops along the quayside. A hugely popular activity in the summer months have a competition to see who can catch the most and the biggest crabs in the harbour! (St Weonards can provide bacon bait for you!).
Whilst you in Brixham you can visit the Brixham Heritage Museum which is free to enter. The museum holds an extensive collection celebrating the port’s rich heritage, it won the prestigious Kids in Museums, Family Friendly Museum Award in 2013 so your little ones will find lots of things to do. The museum encourages a ‘hands-on’ experience for its young visitors from dressing up, borrow an activity bag, drawing activities and taking part in competitions to encourage learning.
- Go Dolphin spotting at Berry Head
Torbay is blessed with numerous fantastic walks being on the South West Coastal path. One of the best of these is from Brixham to Berry Head. Berry Head is a huge granite headland with spectacular views across Torbay and is the perfect place for wildlife spotting. It is not unusual to see dolphins from here! On a clear day you can see across the 46 miles to Portland Bill. Berry Head is also the home of the highest on lowest lighthouse in England – although it is only a few feet high it is built on such a high cliff that at its top is 190 feet above sea level.
Scientist at Bournemouth University have calculated the best type of sand for sandcastle building – and the beach that best fits the formula in Britain is – Torre Abbey Sands in Torquay! St Weonards has a bucket and spade library where you can borrow the required tools and spend an afternoon seeing who can build the biggest and best sandcastle.
On Paignton Green is a playpark – the Geopark. The park tells the story of the area’s geological history – the climbing frames tell the story of the collision of the continents during the Carboniferous period. Each section of the park is designed to reflect the areas fascinating pre-historic history with information provided on each section.
An educational few hours which as a bonus are guaranteed to tire the kids out!
- Explore Cockington Village
Set back from Torquay seafront and within a short walking distance you’ll discover the picturesque thatched village of Cockington, believed to date back to Saxon times.
Take the footpath through the shaded water meadows and woodland area towards this pretty village. The walk is popular with dog walkers and is wheelchair and pushchair friendly. At the end of the boardwalk you’ll be at the very heart of the village with Cockington Forge, thought to date from the 14th Century where the local blacksmiths once plied their trade and today make miniature ‘lucky horseshoes’ for tourists.
Within the 450 acres of Cockington Court Country Park there are 20 artisan shops selling local souvenirs including hand blown glass and wooden toys. You can even watch the glassblowers and blacksmiths in action! The park has won awards for its high environmental standards and quality of visitor facilities. There are plenty of picnic spots and quiet places to find amongst the woodland areas and ornamental pond, near the cricket green, the delightful Rose Garden and the Churchyard. Look out for the horse-drawn carriage service offering tour rides around the beautiful Devon grounds.
- Take in Children’s Week (2021)
The UK’s longest running children’s Festival – Torbay Children’s Week takes place on Paignton Green in the third week of August (not operation in 2020 due to Covid). It returns 20 – 24th August 2021.
A free week of entertainment for children old and young! Watch shows performed on the green, take part in workshops or enjoy the free bouncy castle. Everything is free!
- See The English Riviera Airshow (2021)
Jewel in the crown of Torbay, the airshow takes place on the first weekend in June and is centred around Paignton Green. Alongside the spectacular airshow there are lots of free activities with exhibition stands, bars, food stall etc.
The first outing of the season for the Red Arrows is always highly anticipated. Our particular favourites are the Chinook helicopter the closing of the show each day with the sonic boom of the Typhoon aircraft!