It may sound cliché, but the English Riviera has everything that you need for a family holiday in Devon and caters for everyone from 0 to 100. The area really does offer multi-generational resorts, so whether you are just visiting for a holiday with your children, or bringing along the grandparents too, there will be plenty to keep everyone happy.

Let’s start with the beautiful sandy beaches at Torquay and Paignton that are enjoyed by many, and offer good quality bathing waters too.  Did you know that Torquay has the best sand for sandcastle building?  A study has been carried out by scientists who travelled the UK beaches with their buckets and spades, and the resort came up trumps!  Without getting too “Sciencey”, the quality of your sandcastle is all down to the mixture of sand and water. Torquay came out on top due to its extremely fine-grained sand, which also resulted in the beach having the sand with the greatest cohesive powers. So, pack your bucket and spade and enjoy a good old family sandcastle competition… the winner buys the ice cream!

Family Friendly Beach Holidays on the English Riviera, Devon

You will also find the fishing village of Brixham, a great alternative to a day at the beach, where generations of families have fished for centuries, helping to secure the English Riviera’s Seafood Coast.  In 2000, the former MAFF agency, now, DEFRA, survey revealed Brixham to be the premier fishing port of England and Wales, with annual landings totalling £18.4 million from 10366 species of fish. Watch the colourful trawlers come in with their catch, do some crabbing and enjoy a fish and chip supper.

Toddler Friendly Holidays and Child Friendly Holidays in Devon

Sometimes it can be tricky choosing a holiday if you have children of varying ages, or perhaps a significant age gap between your children, and also travelling with another family or your parents.

As well as the beaches and a paddle in the sea, the English Riviera is very much geared up to cater for families with toddlers, and with children of all ages with its range of attractions and events.

Popular family attractions in the area include Paignton Zoo, Babbacombe Model Village and Cliff Railway, Dartmouth Steam Railway, Pirate Bay Adventure Golf and Kent’s Cavern, to name but a few. 

If you have growing children or teenagers, Torquay has ten pin bowling, a cinema and Waves Leisure Pool at the Riviera Centre.  Splashdown Quaywest in Paignton is the wildest attraction on the English Riviera, with eight exciting flume rides, surf lagoon and raging rapids it’s a great outdoor attraction for those seeking a little extra fun!

Family Attractions and Things to Do on the English Riviera, Devon

Torquay, Paignton and Babbacombe all have theatres that offer a variety of performances throughout the year, enjoyed by children and grandparents alike. You can see more information on family friendly attractions by clicking here.

There is also a year-round calendar of events and entertainment, from Pirate Festivals to Agatha Christie celebrations.  For one week in August every year, Paignton is host to Children’s Week, a free week of fun for children of all ages with activities, shows, competitions, fun and games!

So, now we’ve enticed you, let’s take a look at family friendly accommodation….

Devon Family Holiday Parks in the English Riviera

For your child friendly holiday in Devon, a holiday park is a one stop shop for fun!  With entertainment and activities for children from morning through to early evening, leisure facilities including indoor swimming pools and fun pools, play facilities and plenty of space to run around, you have everything all in one place.  Most offer units to suit all budgets, from your standard static holiday caravan to lodges with hot tubs, and many also accepting pets, they offer a popular choice of all-weather holiday accommodation for families and there are plenty to choose from.

Holiday Parks are really geared up for toddler friendly holidays as well as child friendly holidays and if you are taking the grandparents, there are day and evening entertainment programmes to suit adults too, so why not take the opportunity to take it in turns with the babysitting!  They are also ideal if you have children of varying ages and need to please them all as they have everything to suit from toddlers to teens. Outdoor and indoor swimming pools, soft play, crazy golf, climbing walls, amusement arcade, outdoor areas for games can all be found at many holiday parks.

Family Friendly Accommodation in Devon on the English Riviera

Luckily, there are a whole host of holiday parks in the English Riviera to choose from, offering a selection of static caravans or lodges to hire and suit varying budgets, plus camping and touring options should you choose to take your own caravan, tent or motorhome.

If you want an action-packed holiday with full on family fun, try Hoburne Devon Bay in Paignton, John Fowler South Bay Holiday Park in Brixham or Parkdean’s Torquay Holiday ParkLandscove Holiday Park also offers you the use of the facilities at Riviera Bay, Waterside and Dawlish Sands so plenty of opportunity to experience multi-site facilities!

If you prefer a quieter setting, Waterside Holiday Park, Whitehill Country Park, Paignton, and Riviera Bay Holiday Park also in Brixham, which offers traditional chalet accommodation, offer you the more relaxed holiday park experience.

Luxury Family Holidays in Devon

If it’s luxury you are after, the English Riviera is graced with a good selection of 5 star rated quality family friendly accommodation.

Beverley Holiday Park in Paignton offer top of the range hot tub lodges and caravans with sea views and private sundecks.

Babbacombe’s 5 star Cary Arms & Spa welcome children with the gift of a fishing net and have a wide variety of luxury accommodation options to choose from, including family suites, cottages with their own private gardens and Beach Hut suites.  This is also a great accommodation option if you are travelling with a group of extended family, as it affords the luxury of you all being able to holiday together but have your own space at the end of the day.

Farm Holidays on the English Riviera for Families

Pilgrim’s Rest Luxury Holiday Cottages in Torquay offer three family holiday cottages, again ideal if you are travelling with another family, or with the grandparents. Open all year round, they offer gardens, a BBQ area, trampolines and even a child sitting service!

Marston House is a hotel set in the Meadfoot area of Torquay, and appears in the Michelin Guide.  They offer a modern and spacious family suite, with a double room, additional room with bunk beds and an en-suite bathroom, as well as a licensed bar and an outdoor pool.

For more information on luxury accommodation in the English Riviera, you can click here.

Self Catering Family Holidays in Devon

Self catering holidays probably offer the best flexibility for a family holiday in Devon.  Like holiday cottages, there are no restrictions, you can come and go as you please, eat when you like, cook your own food for those fussy eaters and have a home from home environment with plenty of space. At the same time, a self catering family holiday also offers you the chance to eat out, sample the local cuisine, and explore. 

Many properties will have the luxury of a dishwasher, perfect when you are catering for the whole family, and a washing machine, a definite essential when you have little ones, as well as enclosed gardens which are perfect for both children and pets. 

Whether you choose a holiday park, a self catering cottage or an apartment, on the English Riviera we can definitely offer location, location, location, with a range of self catering family holiday properties on the coast, in the town and in the countryside.

Family Holidays on the English Riviera

Family Friendly Farm Stays in the English Riviera

If you are looking for a family friendly farm day out in Devon, then Occombe Farm near Paignton is a must visit.  This working farm is free to enter and have a wander around hosts many events and activities throughout the year.  They have a café on site serving farmhouse breakfasts, Sunday Roasts, hearty lunches, seasonal specials, tasty treats and snacks.  There is a playground, including a vintage tractor!  All food is locally sourced where possible.

To add to all of this, there is a cookery school and run workshops hosted by the Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust, sampling local and international recipes, cakes, bakes, breads and even dinner party dishes.

For a family friendly farm holiday in Devon, Widdicombe Farm offers a traditional camping and touring park set in extensive farmland, with a bar and restaurant on site, offering entertainment during peak times. Upton Manor Farm in Brixham also offers camping and touring at their rural treat set in the Devon countryside, and is certainly the choice for those families who enjoy peace and quiet, but like to get out and explore.

Family Hotels in Devon with Swimming Pools

Many of the larger hotels have outdoor or indoor swimming pools, some with both, or offer the use of the facilities at the Riviera Centre in Torquay.

The TLH Derwent Hotel is very much geared up for families with a games room, indoor and outdoor pool with a children’s pool, fun pool, 10 pin bowling, snooker pool and 4 rink indoor bowls centre and gym, to name just a few, perfect for that multi-generational holiday.  Likewise, their sister hotel the TLH Carlton, also offers a games room, gym, health, beauty and fitness facilities, a 25m Aztec themed indoor swimming pool and fun pool, two outdoor swimming pools, 10 pin bowling, snooker, pool and indoor bowls.

The Torbay Hotel and the Riviera Hotel both have an indoor swimming pool.

There are certainly a great selection of family friendly hotels with swimming pools for your stay in the English Riviera.

Family Activity Holidays in Devon 

If you are an active family, a large majority of the family friendly accommodation options offer something to do. 

Much of the accommodation that doesn’t have its own leisure facilities will happily arrange cycle hire, fishing trips and other activities for its guests.  With so many indoor and outdoor activities to try out on your family holiday in the English Riviera, you will certainly need a week to take it all in!

Being on the coast, water sports and activities are very popular with many of our visitors, but there are a whole host of activities that you cab partake in, from visiting out Museums and Galleries to walking our stretch of the South West Coast Path.  Take a look at our Things to Do section for a comprehensive guide to all the fantastic activities, attractions and other things to do in the English Riviera.

We look forward to welcoming you!




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