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Winter in Dartmouth

You might think of Dartmouth as a summer holiday destination, but we think that there are plenty of reasons to visit in the cooler months.  Yes, the town is quieter in the winter months, but this gives you more space to explore the area at your own pace.  There are lots of activities to get involved in through winter in Dartmouth.  Start planning Your (winter) Devon Escape today and discover the hidden gems this place has on offer.


On a cold winter’s day, wrap up warm and head to the beach.  Take a stroll whilst watching the waves roll in, breathing in the sea air.  Join the locals for a dip or pack your waterproofs and let the kids splash about in the waves.  All beaches are dog-friendly during the winter, so bring your pooch along for the ride. On a sunny day, a day at the beach can feel like summer!  Pack your beach stuff for your winter staycation and enjoy that beach holiday, despite the time of year.  For our recommendations for beaches in the area, check out our blog post.


Get into the town’s festive spirit as the town comes alive with this festival.  It consists of a candlelit festival and the arrival of Father Christmas by boat.  Get involved beforehand by joining a workshop to make a lantern for the procession or just be a spectator and watch the town light up.  With street performers, stalls, and Santa, it is the perfect way to get into the festive spirit.


One of the most beautifully located fortresses in England.  A good family day out whatever the weather.  Learn about Dartmouth’s history whilst exploring the old castle and fort.  Admire the wonderful views out to sea whether it’s a sunny day or windy and choppy.  The castle is open on weekends throughout the winter and is accessible by foot or by car.  Stop for an ice cream, coffee, or lunch at the Castle Tea Rooms.


Dartmouth food festival is hosted in October of each year.  It brings together local food and drink companies who showcase what they have on offer.  It is a good way to check out the excellent selection the county has on offer.  Taste local spirits, cheeses, chocolates and more, and buy yourself something to take home with you to remember your trip by.  Restaurants in the area put on guest chef events, so why not have a browse and book yourself in for one.


Occupying part of the historic Butterwalk, the building holds as much history as there is to learn inside.  There are extensive collections of artefacts, models, paintings, and photographs all related to Dartmouth’s history.  The museum is run by volunteers who are eager to pass their knowledge on to people of all ages.  The museum is open seven days a week throughout the year so pop in to learn more about the area and the local history.


Created to mark the 400-year anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower.  It tells the story of the town and its relationship with the voyage.  The trail is split into three sections, so it can be completed in one walk or broken down into three shorter sections.  Learn more about the history of the voyage and some of Dartmouth’s unique history whilst exploring the town.


Dartmouth is brimming with a wide selection of shops, from high-end chains to small independents.  With an eclectic mix, it offers a unique experience for everyone.  Whether you are after a small momentum to remember Your Devon Escape by or some serious retail therapy, you will find it in this delightful town.  Dartmouth also holds a bi-weekly market throughout the year on Tuesdays and Fridays in the Old Market Square.  Pop in and have a look at the weekly selection on offer.


The South Devon section of the South West Coast Path allows you to take in some of the breath-taking scenery the area has to offer.  Whatever the weather, walking along the coast path is the perfect way to unwind.  On blustery winter days, wrap up warm and watch the storm waves pound the cliffs.  Or on a sunny winter’s day, walk the coast path in cooler temperatures as if it is summer.  Check out their website to find the perfect walk for Your Devon Escape or check out our blog post on our recommendations for walks in the Dartmouth Area.


The Flavel is the cultural centre of Dartmouth and hosts a variety of regular groups alongside having a cinema and library.  From language classes, musical workshops, holiday activities for children, and fitness classes, they have an action-packed calendar.  It is the perfect place for a rainy-day activity.  Whether you pop in to grab a book and have a read in the library, book into a group or fancy a film, they have you covered.  Check out their website and book today on Your Devon Escape.


Being the largest theme park in Devon, it is packed with fun for all the family.  It holds the largest indoor play areas in the South West, making it perfect for wet or cold days.  Open weekends only in winter, pop in for a whole day or just an afternoon and let the kids run wild.  Woodlands offers endless fun whether it is raining, or the sun is shining, so make sure you pop in on Your Devon Escape.

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