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. 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.

  2. Princess Gardens Torquay

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    Garden

    Location

    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.

  3. Cockington Court Craft Centre Torquay

    Add Cockington Court Craft Centre Torquay to your Itinerary

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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.

  4. Berry Head National Nature Reserve

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    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Location

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. Babbacombe Downs

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    Viewpoint

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    Torquay

    Beautiful Babbacombe Downs has the highest cliff top promenade in England, and on a clear day you can see right across to Portland Bill in Dorset.

  7. Shoalstone Beach

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    Beach

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    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.

  8. Paignton Sands

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    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. 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.

  10. Torre Abbey Sands Torquay

    Add Torre Abbey Sands Torquay to your Itinerary

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    Beach

    Location

    Torquay

    This delectable beach is part of the English Riviera and it lives up to its name with its stunning sands, views and sunshine. This is the main beach for Torquay, being popular with holidaymakers from the surrounding hotels, day visitors and locals.

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