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. Pirate Days

    Pirate Days

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    Sub-Attraction

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    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.

  2. Preston Sands Paignton

    Preston Sands Paignton

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    Beach

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    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?

  3. Brixham Harbour and Marina

    Brixham Harbour and Marina

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    Sub-Attraction

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    Brixham

    Brixham Harbour is located on the southern side of Tor Bay and boasts one of the largest fishing fleets in the UK, plus a thriving fish market to support it.

  4. hollicombe beach

    Hollicombe Beach Paignton

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    Beach

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    Paignton

    Hollicombe Beach, sits between Torquay and Paignton. With its distinctive red sand backed by tall cliffs it’s a sunbather’s paradise, and there’s a slipway to the beach giving easy access for people of all abilities.

  5. Princess Gardens

    Princess Gardens Torquay

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    Garden

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    Torquay

    A wander along Torquay's seafront will take you alongside Torquay Marina and through the pretty waterside Princess Gardens, a promenade lined with palm trees, well-manicured flowerbeds and an ornate water fountain.

  6. Berry Head

    Berry Head National Nature Reserve

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    Country Park/Nature Reserve

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    Brixham

    Berry Head National Nature Reserve guards the southern half of Tor Bay. One of the gateways to the English Riviera Global Geopark, it is an internationally-acclaimed heritage site, home to a fascinating variety of wildlife and history.

  7. Oddicombe Beach Torquay

    Oddicombe Beach Torquay

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    Beach

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    Torquay

    This is a great beach for all ages! paddling for the young and a variety of watersports for the older and braver! Accessible via a steep road or you could take the amazing Babbabacombe Cliff Railway.

  8. Watcombe Beach

    Watcombe Beach

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    Beach

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    Torquay

    If you're looking for a pleasant, idyllic spot for somewhere to relax then Watcombe is the beach for you.

  9. Cockington Country Park

    Cockington Village and Country Park

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    Country Park/Nature Reserve

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    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.

  10. Ourglass

    Cockington Court Craft Centre Torquay

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    Arts Centre

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    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.

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