Summer holiday days out on the English Riviera

Picnics, beaches, games, trails in houses, woodlands, gardens and parkland and rainy day fun. There's something to keep everyone entertained around the English Riviera during the summer holidays.

A family walking through long grass at Greenway

Family fun

Agatha Christie and her family spent their time at Greenway relaxing, playing garden games and enjoying the woodland gardens. Why not follow in their footsteps by enjoying some activities for families?

A family in the garden of Coleton Fishacre, Devon

Summer family fun

There are lots of activities and events to keep your kids entertained at Coleton Fishacre this summer. From building dens and butterfly spotting to completing trails, find out all of the things you can do as a family.

Hunting for bugs

Come out to play

Playful times in the garden hunting for clues helps us look after this sea-side gem.

Children playing a traditional game of quoits

Fun for families at Compton Castle

Little ones love castles, and at Compton there is plenty to keep them enchanted. They can dress up in medieval costumes, play traditional games in the garden, and complete the trails.

Scabbacombe beach

Peaceful beaches 

If you're looking for a quiet spot on a beach away from the busyness of nearby Paignton and Torquay, why not check out Scabbacome or Man Sands beaches? Tucked away off of the South West Coast Path near Coleton Fishacre, these beaches are secluded, dog friendly and perfect for a picnic.

Coast path explorers Wembury trail

Wembury Trail for families

Make your walks more fun and pop in and see the car park rangers at Wembury to get a free Coast Path Explorer Trail.

The Walkers Hut at East Soar Outdoor Experience provides hot drinks, snacks and cakes

East Soar Outdoor Experience

East Soar Outdoor Experience is situated on a National Trust farm in South Devon. Close to Salcombe, the location offers children and young people an outdoor experience that will stay with them.

Discover creepy critters in the rock pools

Rockpooling at South Milton Sands

Check the tide times and discover an amazing, underwater world as the sea goes out. The pools here are teeming with life such as limpets, sea anemones, crabs and starfish, see what you can find hiding among the rocks.

A view towards Sunny Cove from the coast path

Nearby South Devon beaches

The area around Mill Bay provides sandy retreats and coves away from the busier beaches. Hidden gems that are perfect for resting a while when walking the coast path, or to spend the day and build sand castles, or discover rock pools.

A visitor with an umbrella at Greenway

Rainy days at Greenway

Don't let the rain stop play

Suddenly you arrive at the River Yealm with views across the water

Wembury Bay and the River Yealm walk

An ideal walk for any day, with fine views of the Mewstone, Wembury Bay and, most impressively, the Yealm estuary. In summer, you can extend the route by taking the foot ferry over to Noss Mayo.

The ferry visits Wembury Point, Yealm Steps and Wide Slip

Noss Mayo Ferry

A local boatman offers a seasonal foot-ferry service that links the South West Coast Path across the Yealm Estuary, by running a ferry service between Warren Point, Yealm Steps and Wide Slip.

The Beachhouse cafe has become a popular foodie destination, located yards from the beach

The Beachhouse café

Enjoy great seaside food - Come for breakfast, lunch or dinner year round. The Beach House café and takeaway specialises in freshly caught fish and seafood, which you can enjoy with a chilled glass of wine.