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. Goodrington Sands Paignton

    Goodrington Sands Paignton

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    Beach

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    Paignton

    Close to Paignton is the long, sandy stretch of Goodrington Sands. With a Seaside Award, safe swimming conditions and loads of great activities, this family friendly beach promises to keep the kids happy whatever the weather.

  2. House of Marbles

    House of Marbles

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    Shop/Shopping Centre

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    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.

  3. 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.

  4. Cockington Country Park

    Cockington Village and Country Park

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    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Location

    Cockington, TORQUAY

    Just a mile from Torquay seafront, you'll discover the beautiful thatched village of Cockington, and at its heart 460 acres of beautiful country park.

  5. Torquay Harbour & Marina

    Torquay Harbour & Marina

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    Sub-Attraction

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    Beacon Quay, Torquay

    Torquay Harbour has close links with the leisure and tourism industry acting as a base for many boat trips and watersports. In addition to this, it remains a fully operational working harbour and bustling port.

  6. Paignton Sands

    Paignton Sands

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    Beach

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    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.

  7. Brixham Battery Heritage Group

    Brixham Battery Heritage Group

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    Heritage/Visitor Centre

    Location

    Brixham

    The Brixham Battery Heritage Group was founded in 1999 by the late Ron Coleman, we are a group of volunteers helping to restore the Brixham coastal defence battery built in 1940 and provide on-site information to the general public

  8. Paignton Harbour

    Paignton Harbour

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    Canal / Waterway / Marina

    Location

    Paignton

    Paignton Harbour nestles on the western shores of Tor Bay, situated midway between Torquay and Brixham harbours. Its understated beauty and authentic ‘fishing haven’ feel are often overlooked by visitors to the area.

  9. Seashore Centre

    Seashore Centre

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    Environmental Attraction

    Location

    Goodrington, Paignton

    The Seashore Centre is a great base from which to explore Torbay’s stunning marine environment and discover more about local wildlife and the Geopark.

  10. Pirate Days

    Pirate Days

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    Sub-Attraction

    Location

    Brixham

    Pirate Days are held during the Spring and Summer school holidays where the majority of shenanigans will be held under the Old Fish Market on Brixham harbour side.

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