Family Holidays in and around Devon

Are you desperate to get away from it all and bathe in the pleasures that a holiday can bring or are you simply happy to stay at home and sample the delights found locally?


If you yearn to escape from it all and the bright Mediterranean sun is beckoning you, then a holiday away from home is of course the ideal option. Be prudent and find the best ways to do this at the best price. With uncertainty hanging over Brexit negotiations it will be worth considering travelling to countries with favourable exchange rates, perhaps out of the Euro zone, to get more for your pound.

Alternatively, you may wish to holiday in the UK. Undoubtedly there will be last minute special offers and at weekends during term time at a number of holiday parks, campsites and hotels.



A relatively new term based on old measures, a staycation has provided the perfect free-time solution for many cash strapped families. Even if money is less of an issue, many families enjoy the chance to jumble a whole load of creative ideas together to form a structured plan of how to spend the free time most wisely. Many people plan as though they are actually taking a holiday away from home - they research a destination, in this case the local area; perhaps book a nearby hotel or campsite for a one or two night stay and arrange to visit some local attractions. Finally, they behave as though they are staying away – leaving the post unopened and switching the TV off.


Whether you decide to have a staycation or a vacation the most important thing is to give yourself time to relax, rest, avoid the daily chores and spend memorable moments with your family. Here are some more ideas for you…


Enjoy Full Board Accommodation and Free Activities near Dartmoor

Situated on the foothills of Dartmoor National Park, the Manor House and Ashbury Hotels are an ideal destination for your next family holiday. Enjoy a hassle free break with breakfast, lunch and dinner included and there’s a fantastic range of facilities to enjoy including an unrivalled choice of sports, craft and leisure.

There are over 70 activities to choose from, including 20 crafts, new workshops and free tuition. There’s always plenty for the young - and not so young - guests to enjoy, including water slides, pedal karts, soft play areas and more. You are guaranteed a great value break with prices including full board accommodation and free activities. For bookings and details call 0800 781 9712 or see


Luxury award-winning accommodation in the heart of Devon 

Looking for an unforgettable short break in Devon? Then why not stay at Crealy Adventure Park and Resort? On offer is award-winning accommodation including luxury lodges (complete with your very own hot tub), glamorous themed glamping tents, pre-pitched tourers and family friendly camping and caravanning pitches.

Crealy Resort is the perfect destination for the ultimate Devon family holiday. With Crealy Adventure Park right next door you won’t be lost for things to do either. Whilst the kids run around and play, you’ll be able to enjoy the luxury of a fantastic resort. With a whole host of events taking place in 2019 too, a short break at Crealy is not one to be missed. Visit or call 01395 233200 to book your stay today.


Explore over 80 acres of Devon countryside at Cofton

Cofton Holidays is an award winning holiday park in a picturesque valley location with over eighty acres of Devon countryside to explore. Enjoy a splashing time in the pools followed by a refuel in Amelia’s Pantry before heading off for a woodland walk to Dawlish Warren, taking in panoramic views across the Exe Estuary.

Want your child to ditch the armbands? Then you can sign them up for one of the intensive swimming lessons this half term from 18 to 22 February. Visit or call 01626 892600.


Holidays Close to Home...



Cornwall is such a great destination for the kids. Holidaying on or around Bodmin Moor is perfect for outdoor adventures, stream dipping and mini treks; whilst around every cove there will be a new beach to explore, giving access to thrilling surf, watersports, rockpools and bucket and spade moments.

Plan your trip away and find out what’s happening in Cornwall. As a heads-up, there’s Falmouth Week in early August, and agricultural shows in Launceston, Camborne, and of course the Royal Cornwall show near Wadebridge.




Plymouth, is not only rich in history, its attractions such as the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth Pavilions and nearby Dartmoor Zoo are always appealing, whatever the weather! 





South Devon

South Devon covers an enormous area. Stretching from Plymouth to Seaton, incorporating 123 miles of coastline, an abundance of quirky towns, and a vast amount of Dartmoor, it offers all types and style of holiday for the family.  





North Devon

The contrast between north and south Devon is pretty broad, and many families gravitate to north Devon to enjoy the slightly slower pace of life, to explore the wilds of Exmoor and enjoy the fantastic surf opportunities.

Forthcoming family friendly events include the Clovelly Maritime Festival in July, the North Devon Show in August and the crazy South West Birdman in Ilfracombe in July. Book your trip to the area early to enjoy some of the best events in the county 




Families paying a visit to Dorset can take a walk-through time along the Jurassic coast, go on a fossil hunt in Lyme Regis, discover the downlands with their panoramic views, and build sandcastles on Weymouth beach, which has just been named the UK’s favourite beach by travellers on Trip Advisor.

Major events coming up over the next few months include the Bournemouth Air Festival in August, the Purbeck Pirate Festival in July and the Poole Harbour Festival in July. 



Some alternative options for an affordable family holiday...

Camping: Cheap, cheerful and communal; camping is a wonderful choice of holiday for cash-strapped families. Alternative forms of accommodation make the camping option more novel these days, with many campsites offering static caravans, tipi’s, yurts, log cabins and luxury chalets as an alternative to the traditional tent.

Farm holidays: Working farms provide a therapeutic escape from urban life, and within days the lure of the computer game and TV is replaced with wild adventures in the open countryside.

Adventure holidays: Adventure holidays provide families with the chance to explore new destinations and challenging activities in the safety of a group. This style of holiday is better suited to children who are aged 8 years +.

City Breaks: Most cities have plenty of children’s events and activities during the school holidays and at weekends, making these destinations perfect for mini breaks.



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