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Family Days in Dartmouth

Whether you are planning a trip to Dartmouth for the day or to stay in one of our properties, you are in for a treat.  With a multitude of things to do for all the family on your doorstep and slightly further afield, it really is the perfect location for Your Devon Escape.


Set in an unspoilt, sheltered bay, it is a safe option for a beach day out.  Swim, sail or relax on the sand.  Hire kayaks and paddleboards throughout the summer to get on the water.  It is a short trip from Dartmouth, accessible by bus, car or on foot.  Take down a picnic, barbeque or treat yourself to lunch or an ice cream at the Beach Café. Beach lifeguards are present throughout the summer months, from July to September.  Dogs are welcome on the beach from November to March.  They hold events on the beach throughout the summer including Tunes on the Sands and their very own beach cinema evenings.  With toilets and showers available and disabled facilities, this is very much a beach for everyone to sit back and relax.


Tour the historic BRNC every Monday and Wednesday throughout the year.  Join expert resident tour guides on a voyage from past to present.  Learn about the Initial Naval Officer Training that the college has been carrying out for new recruits since 1863.  Whilst walking around, enjoy the breathtaking views out across Dartmouth and further afield.


A Dartmouth classic.  One which is loved by all ages.  Spend the afternoon watching the boats fly by as you wait in anticipation to catch one of the many crabs in the River Dart.  Enjoy along the embankment or at Bayard’s Cove, where you can grab takeaway fish and chips from Rockfish or the adults can grab a pint from the Dartmouth Arms.  Realise you are a family of natural ‘crabbers’?  Take part in the crabbing competition at Dartmouth’s very own Royal Regatta.


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.  Stop for an ice cream, coffee, or lunch at the Castle Tea Rooms.  Accessible by foot, by car or catch the ferry from the Dartmouth embankment.


Created in Dartmouth by a local family.  Order online before your trip to explore Dartmouth in a more creative way.  Take it home with you to complete whilst you reminisce over your trip as a family.  Colour in at the end of a busy or relaxing day whilst staying in one of our lovely Dartmouth properties.


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.  They seek to entertain and educate visitors, whatever their interest.


Located just off Foss Street, the centre holds a multitude of events throughout the year for kids.  It runs a weekly film club, partnering with the George & Dragon pub for dinner.  Pop in during the day to use the library for those book lovers or have a look at the events being held for children on weekends and during the holidays.


A thirty-minute ferry trip up the relaxing River Dart to writer Agatha Christie’s house and grounds.  Walk up the steps that Poirot has himself, when landing in the quay.  Take in the unrestricted views of Dittisham and up towards Totnes.  There is no better spot for a cream tea, ice cream or spot of lunch.  The house is a five-minute walk from the quay, but, for those less mobile, the National Trust car meets in conjunction with the ferry landing times to whisk you to the door.  Book online or at the booking office opposite Boots in Dartmouth.


Open April through summer, pop down to their kiosk located on the embankment or book online.  Pack a picnic and some swimwear for a trip out on the River Dart.  Personalise your trip on the river by cruising up to Dittisham or out to sea, where you can explore one of the many hidden coves only accessible by boat.  Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and basking seals.


Enjoy a guided trip from one of the highly experienced guides.  Want to learn more?  Take part in one of the many courses they have on offer, from very beginner to highly skilled.  For all ages and abilities to enjoy the River Dart and beyond from a different angle.  


Book the kids in for a pottery workshop in Dartmouth’s market square.  Spend a couple of hours learning how to make a unique holiday momentum and spend time browsing the array of stunning handcrafted pieces Olivia has on display. Holding small group sessions, enjoy a private family workshop to learn some of the arts of pottery.


Paddleboarding lessons and hire available from the Paddle Shack located on Coronation Park.  A unique way to explore the River Dart.  An option for all ages and skill levels, with guides on hand to help.  Hop on a board and paddle down the river like a true local.  Pre-booking is essential.


One of the best ways to explore Devon.  Enjoy the steam train, a river cruise and bus ride through South Devon.  Visit neighbouring towns of Totnes and Paignton.  Running April to October and you can depart from any of the three locations.  A fun-filled day out for all the family.


Enjoy a dip between April and September at Dartmouth’s very own heated, outdoor swimming pool.  Take a picnic to enjoy at one of their picnic tables or on the grassy banks surrounding the pool.  Woggles, rings, and floats are all provided for endless fun.  Booking is recommended with the option of private hire.


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, alongside water slides and a zoo farm.  There is endless fun on offer, whether the rain is pouring, or the sun is shining.  They hold events throughout the year, including a Santa’s Grotto, and welcome special visitors such as Peppa Pig.  Have a look online at what they have going on.  Pre-book tickets on their website for a cheaper rate!

For those wanting to venture further afield, pay a visit to our pages on things for kids to do in Totnes and Bigbury.

Written and reviewed by Abi

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