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.

Making your money go further

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. Cockington Country Park

    Cockington Village and Country Park

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    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Location

    Cockington, TORQUAY

    We are a local, independent charity dedicated to caring for over 1750 acres of this beautiful bay. If you can see it, walk it, climb it, or picnic on it you are enjoying the Trust’s hard work right now!
    Berry Head National Nature Reserve, Cockington...

  2. Breakwater Beach - Torbay

    Breakwater Beach

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    Beach

    Location

    Brixham

    Close to the mouth of Brixham harbour is Breakwater Beach, one of the cleanest beaches on the
    English Riviera, South Devon’s beautiful bay. Not only is it a Blue Flag beach, but it has a Seaside Award
    and been recommended by the Good Beach Guide.

  3. Trago Mills

    Trago Mills

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    Shopping Centre

    Location

    Newton Abbot

    Just off the A38 and set within 110 acres of beautiful South Devon countryside, our impressive Newton Abbot store offers the same discounted shopping experience as our stores in Cornwall plus much more for your family to enjoy.

  4. Preston Sands Paignton

    Preston Sands Paignton

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    Beach

    Location

    Paignton

    A short walk from Paignton is Preston Sands, a great family beach. On this safe, clean beach you can sunbathe, swim or make castles in the sand, or why not grab a fishing net and explore the rock pools at low tide?

  5. Cockington Court

    Cockington Court Craft Centre Torquay

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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.

  6. Maidencombe Beach

    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. Babbacombe Beach Torquay

    Babbacombe Beach Torquay

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    Type

    Beach

    Location

    Torquay

    East of Torquay lies Babbacombe Beach. A beautiful arc of shingle beach, this unspoilt coastline is a haven of tranquillity, gorgeous views and calm, clean waters where you can relax and soak up the atmosphere.

  8. South West Coast Path

    South West Coast Path

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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.

  9. Agatha Christie Mile

    Agatha Christie Mile Torquay

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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.

  10. Broadsands Beach Paignton

    Broadsands Beach Paignton

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    Beach

    Location

    Paignton

    In between Paignton and Brixham is Broadsands on the English Riviera, South Devon’s Beautiful Bay. With a long sandy beach the whole family can enjoy, you can make sandcastles for a couple of hours and then paddle in the calm sea.

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