Free Things To Do

Free Things To Do

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Holidays don’t have to cost a small fortune, and a holiday at home in the UK is a great way of making the pounds go further. The English Riviera has loads of fun activities and attractions, and the good news is that many of them are absolutely free!

The English Riviera, South Devon’s beautiful bay, has safe and sandy beaches to while away the afternoon for free, whether you want to go sunbathing, swimming, crabbing or rock pooling.

Or, if you’ve had too much sun, take a walk up to Torquay’s newly remodelled Royal Terrace Gardens and find your own little spot to relax and enjoy the amazing sea views.

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Berry Head National Nature Reserve is another great place for fine coastal views, as well as getting up close with nature and history. Napoleonic forts, rugged countryside, diverse wildlife and bracing sea air combine to make an unforgettable and free day out. In nearby Paignton you’ll find The Seashore Centre, a great free family attraction where you’ll discover a variety of marine life.

If you’ve still got plenty of leather left on your shoes, stretch your legs and your budget a little further by following some of the picturesque walks through the English Riviera Geopark and along the South West Coast Path, or stroll through the charming thatched village of Cockington and take in the arts and crafts studios at Cockington Court.

Finally, a trip to nearby Occombe Farm is free, fun and educational too. Find out more about the daily working of an organic farm, see pigs, cows and sheep, and take a stroll along the 2km nature trail.

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  1. Agatha Christie Mile Torquay

    Add Agatha Christie Mile Torquay to your Itinerary

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    Sightseeing

    Location

    Torquay

    Drift back into the style and opulence of the Jazz Age as you retrace the steps of the world’s best-selling author along Torquay’s seafront.

  2. Cockington Court Craft Centre Torquay

    Add Cockington Court Craft Centre Torquay to your Itinerary

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    Arts Centre

    Location

    Torquay

    At the heart of Cockington Village lies Cockington Court, a manor house with roots in medieval times, surrounded by acres of pretty country park. Today, the court is a hub for arts and crafts.

  3. Occombe Farm Paignton - Visitor Information Point

    Add Occombe Farm Paignton - Visitor Information Point to your Itinerary

    Type

    Farm

    Location

    Paignton

    Enjoy a real taste of Devon in the Occombe Farm Cafe, discover wildlife on the nature trail, visit the garden for inspirational fruit and veg growing ideas and walk around the working farm.

  4. Geoplay Park Paignton

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    Adventure Park/Playground

    Location

    Paignton

    Great free attraction on Paignton seafront.
    The park is designed around the English Riviera’s geological history. The toddler area represents the Devonian Period when the area was south of the equator and under tropical coral seas.

  5. Agatha Christie Literary Trail

    Add Agatha Christie Literary Trail to your Itinerary

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    Literature

    Location

    Torquay

    While you're in Christie Country, the Agatha Christie Literary Trail is an unmissable day out for murder mystery fans. Pick up a free leaflet and follow the Trail to discover the places that inspired the settings of some of her most popular works.

  6. Maidencombe Beach

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    Beach

    Location

    Torquay

    If you’re looking for a quiet haven to spend the day, Maidencombe Beach is the perfect retreat. Far removed from amusement arcades and water parks, Maidencombe Beach is about one thing: relaxing.

  7. House of Marbles

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    Shop/Shopping Centre

    Location

    Newton Abbot

    With a nod to the past and an eye on the future.. Welcome to House of Marbles
    At House of Marbles and Teign Valley Glass we have been manufacturing our unusual range of games, toys, marbles and glassware since 1973.

  8. Paignton Sands

    Add Paignton Sands to your Itinerary

    Type

    Beach

    Location

    Paignton

    Paignton Beach offers the ultimate family day out at the seaside. With a sandy beach, safe swimming and a whole host of activities to enjoy this promises to be a fun day out for all the family.

  9. Shoalstone Beach

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    Beach

    Location

    Brixham

    Along the coast from the busy fishing harbour of Brixham is Shoalstone Beach. This isn’t a sandy beach, but there are still plenty of activities to keep everyone happy. Head out on a fishing boat and catch your supper, explore the rock pools.

  10. South West Coast Path

    Add South West Coast Path to your Itinerary

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    Waymarked Trail

    The English Riviera has 22 miles of coastline, all of which can be discovered on the South West Coast Path, which runs along South Devon's beautiful bay between Maidencombe in the north and Sharkham Point in the south.

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