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. Occombe Farm Paignton - Visitor Information Point

    Occombe Farm Paignton - Visitor Information Point

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    Farm

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    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.

  2. 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.

  3. Maidencombe Beach

    Maidencombe Beach

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    Beach

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    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Torquay Harbour & Marina

    Torquay Harbour & Marina

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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.

  7. 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.

  8. Babbacombe Downs

    Babbacombe Downs

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    Viewpoint

    Location

    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.

  9. Meadfoot Beach

    Meadfoot Beach

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    Beach

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    Torquay

    A mile from Torquay harbour and in a stunning location at the bottom of a row of imposing cliffs is Meadfoot Beach. Grab a deckchair and enjoy the sound of the sea lapping against the shore, or wander along the split-level promenade.

  10. Shoalstone Pool Brixham

    Shoalstone Pool Brixham

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    Brixham

    Brixham’s outdoor seawater swimming pool is one of only a few left in the country, with large open areas to relax in and enjoy the sun. There is also a small shingle beach adjacent to the pool. There is easy access with adequate parking at the back

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